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‘Fight Club’: Meat Loaf Reveals How He Helped David Fincher Pick Key Takes During the Directing Process

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‘Fight Club’: Meat Loaf Reveals How He Helped David Fincher Pick Key Takes During the Directing Process
Meat Loaf has come a long way since his acting debut in the 1975 classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He’s appeared in countless films and television shows including “The 51st State,” “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny,” “Monk,” “Glee,” and “House, M.D,” among others. He’s also a Grammy Award winner and has sold more than 80 million records worldwide – but don’t call him a musician (more on that later).

Speaking with The A.V. Club, Meat Loaf revealed that “Fight Club” was one of his favorite movies that he’s been a part of because David Fincher let him take part in the directing process.

The actor portrayed Robert “Bob” Paulson, a former body builder who due to his excessive use of steroids got testicular cancer, and at times helped the director pick key takes.

Read More: Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher to Direct the ‘World War Z’ Sequel,
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Tenacious D Confirms Jack Black Is 'Alive and Well' After 'Sick' Death Prank from Alleged Hacker

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Tenacious D Confirms Jack Black Is 'Alive and Well' After 'Sick' Death Prank from Alleged Hacker
Never fear, Jack Black is still rocking on. The actor's band Tenacious D revealed on social media, Sunday, that their Twitter account had been hacked and a message had been sent out saying that Black had died. "We had our Twitter account hacked," Tenacious D wrote on Facebook. "We can assure you that Jack is Alive and Well and that this was a sick 'prank.' " The tweets in question have been deleted, but screengrabs from Diffuser.fm show that in the early morning hours someone wrote, "I'm sad to officially annouce[sic] the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother,
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Tenacious D Confirms Jack Black Is 'Alive and Well' After 'Sick' Death Prank from Alleged Hacker

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Tenacious D Confirms Jack Black Is 'Alive and Well' After 'Sick' Death Prank from Alleged Hacker
Never fear, Jack Black is still rocking on. The actor's band Tenacious D revealed on social media, Sunday, that their Twitter account had been hacked and a message had been sent out saying that Black had died. "We had our Twitter account hacked," Tenacious D wrote on Facebook. "We can assure you that Jack is Alive and Well and that this was a sick 'prank.' " The tweets in question have been deleted, but screengrabs from Diffuser.fm show that in the early morning hours someone wrote, "I'm sad to officially annouce[sic] the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother,
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Horror film 'Gnaw' begins filming in Colorado

By Seth Metoyer

MoreHorror.com

Colorado is quickly becoming one of the go to filming destinations in America. At the beginning of May, the horror film Gnaw began shooting principal photography -- and it's slated to be one hell of a ride.

From director Haylar Garcia, Gnaw stars Penelope Mitchell, Chris Johnson, Sally Kirkland, and Kyle Gass.

Check out the official details below, as well as some behind the scenes images. Stay tuned for more details about this one as they become available.

From The Press Release

Sally Kirkland, Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe and Spirit Award-winning actress (Anna, Valley Of The Dolls, The Sting), joins the already stellar cast of the feature film, Gnaw, directed by Haylar Garcia. The film stars Penelope Mitchell (Curve, CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Netflix's Hemlock Grove), Chris Johnson (xXx: State Of The Union, L. A. Noire, Cursed) and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny,
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5 Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance

5 Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance
There are more than a handful of sequels and franchise movies that came out amongst tons of hype only to fail or disappoint fans that waited far too long to finally see them. Sometimes, its this anticipation that makes a movie seem less than its sum. We, as lovers of pop culture, have spent far too much time cultivated our own ideas about them. In many instances we have years, even decades, to build the movie for ourself inside our brain. So, of course, more often than not...There's going to be a disconnect. We never return to these movies again. Our tainted memories remain firmly in place. But sometimes, its these bloated expectations that devour us, killing any enjoyment or fun we might otherwise have with any given installment of the latest blockbuster. Sometimes, we just take these things too seriously. And a perfectly decent movie gets lost in that 'expectation translation'.
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The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z

The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red
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Movie Review – Goosebumps (2015)

Goosebumps, 2015.

Directed by Rob Letterman.

Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee

Synopsis:

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

2015/2016 seems like such an odd time to adapt the best-selling book series that really had its heyday 20 years ago. Like The Tom Green Show or Jackass, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps was a product of its time; horror stories written for children while shows like Tales From the Crypt entertained adults. As such, adapting Goosebumps for the big screen in the 21st Century was never going to be an easy task. The earliest attempt can be traced back to the late-1990s – when the book series was at its most popular – with Tim Burton possibly directing. Obviously, that movie never materialised either,
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Amy Poehler Just Sang the Crap Out of Bette Midler's "The Rose" With Jack Black

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Amy Poehler joined Jack Black on stage at Tenacious D's third annual Festival Supreme on Saturday for an unexpected - but very welcome - rendition of Bette Midler's "The Rose." (You know, it's the one that goes, "Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed . . . ") As you might expect, it's straight-up amazing. This isn't totally out of the blue, though. Poehler and Black go back a long way; they costarred in 2004's Envy and 2006's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Maybe if this video racks up enough views, they'll appear in another movie together? Let's hope so.
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Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen to Host 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

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Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen to Host 2015 Independent Spirit Awards
Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen will host the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 21, live on IFC at 2:00 pm Pt / 5:00 pm Et, from executive producer Joel Gallen.

Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary

Read the full release from Film Independent:

Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday,
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HBO Orders Tim Robbins And Jack Black To The Brink

Having commissioned the pilot episode of The Brink – a half-hour dark political comedy – last year, HBO has now ordered the show to series, with Tim Robbins and Jack Black heading the cast.

The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot.
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5 Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance

5 Disappointing Movies That Deserve a Second Chance
There are more than a handful of sequels and franchise movies that came out amongst tons of hype only to fail or disappoint fans that waited far too long to finally see them. Sometimes, its this anticipation that makes a movie seem less than its sum. We, as lovers of pop culture, have spent far too much time cultivated our own ideas about them. In many instances we have years, even decades, to build the movie for ourself inside our brain. So, of course, more often than not...There's going to be a disconnect. We never return to these movies again. Our tainted memories remain firmly in place. But sometimes, its these bloated expectations that devour us, killing any enjoyment or fun we might otherwise have with any given installment of the latest blockbuster. Sometimes, we just take these things too seriously. And a perfectly decent movie gets lost in that 'expectation translation'.
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Jack Black and Tim Robbins to Star in Jay Roach’s HBO Comedy Pilot The Brink

Jack Black and Tim Robbins are heading to television. THR reports that the duo will lead a half-hour dark comedy pilot for HBO called The Brink, which is being produced by Meet the Parents and Austin Powers director Jay Roach. The series focuses on “a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men,” with Robbins playing the U.S. Secretary of State and Black playing a foreign service officer who is reluctantly caught on the ground. The third role of a Navy fighter pilot has yet to be cast. Roach has a history with HBO as of late on the more dramatic side of things, as he directed the impressive political features Recount and Game Change. Weeds alum Roberto Benabib is writing the pilot script alongside his brother Kim Benabib while Roach will direct. Black and Robbins, who both appeared in Anchorman and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,
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The James Clayton Column: Metallica at the movies

Feature James Clayton 4 Oct 2013 - 06:14

James is off to never never-land, as he considers Metallica: Through The Never and the band's appearances in the movies...

A Metallica movie? Oh yeah? Say f*ck yeah, James! I'm there and I'm throwing up heavy metal horns and headbanging like a maniac. Unfortunately, trying to watch a film and simultaneously make moshpit movements is a tricky feat to pull off.

It raises a distressing dilemma: "to rock out or not to rock out?" It's a little like those moments where you're enjoying a musical and can't resist singing along, except with the Headbanger Hamlet question, there's little chance of you being able to follow what's happening on screen.

You can't properly appreciate, say, the cinematography and nuanced depth of the acting performances with blurred vision and flailing hair in your eyes. Also, as unfortunate possible side effects, you can end up
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12 Trippy Freak Out Film Scenes That Will Melt Your Mind

Drugs are bad. Everybody knows that. They ruin lives, strike at the very heart of society and, worst of all, give rise to that most tedious of movie genres, the stoner comedy. But c’mon, who doesn’t love a good, old fashioned freak out?

Not only does it often provide a film’s funniest, finest or most frightening moment, but, rather like a dream sequence, a freak out gives the director the perfect excuse to throw in all kinds of crazy stuff that would otherwise look out of place. It also guarantees repeat viewing from, shall we say, an appreciative cult audience.

Listed below, for your sweet delectation, are twelve of the most surreal drug scenes ever captured on screen. And remember, they’re getting tweaked off their gourd so that you don’t have to.

12. Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny

Having gobbled a handful of wild ‘shrooms,
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Dave Grohl Documents the Rise and Fall of Analog Recording in 'Sound City' Trailer (Video)

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Dave Grohl Documents the Rise and Fall of Analog Recording in 'Sound City' Trailer (Video)
After appearing in features like "The Muppets" and "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny," Dave Grohl finally has a movie of his own. The Foo Fighters frontman-turned-filmmaker has directed a documentary tracing the rise and fall of Sound City, the legendary Los Angeles rock studio.  Also read: Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Doesn't Like 'Glee,' Either The recording space, which closed in 2011 before being turned into sound stages, holds a special place in Grohl's heart because Nirvana's "Nevermind" was born there. As indicated by the number of rock stars appearing in the trailer
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Exclusive: Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk 21 Jump Street Blu-ray

Exclusive: Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk 21 Jump Street Blu-ray
Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk 21 Jump Street, on Blu-ray and DVD today!

When Phil Lord and Chris Miller set out to make 21 Jump Street, they knew they had quite a task on their hands. It's nearly impossible to convince moviegoers sight-unseen that this is more than just a cash grab designed to prey on nostalgic feelings for a young Johnny Depp and the 80s. But somehow, they managed to create an action comedy that plays fresh and new, and is quite possibly going to be remembered as the best TV-to-film adaptation to ever arrive at the box office.

Critics raved, fans cheered, bloggers tried valiantly to pass on the good word...Yet, a huge majority of you still failed to acknowledge that this is actually one movie worthy of its ticket price. The good news is, now you can rectify the situation today by purchasing either the 21 Jump Street
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Jack Black Says 'The Big Year' With Steve Martin & Owen Wilson Was A "Career Nadir"

Jack Black, for the all the success he's had in films like "The School Of Rock" or the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, is no stranger to flops. "Year One" anybody? How about "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny"? But it seems one much more recent movie is an effort that the actor views as one of the lowest points of his career on stage or in front of the camera.

Teaming with his Tenacious D buddy Kyle Gass to speak with Canada's Exclaim for their monthly questionnaire, Black was candid when he was asked about his career low point. "God, there's been a few lately. What's the lowest of the low? I guess my career nadir was probably that bird watching movie ['The Big Year'] that came out a couple months ago," he said. "I know it was good but, career-wise, when no one goes to see a movie that you're in
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Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Directing 'Sound City' Studio Doc

Though fans of rock will know Dave Grohl as the frontman for Foo Fighters and the drummer for Nirvana, the musician has also had a couple big screen roles in the form of Satan in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny and as Animool, the knock-off Animal from The Moopets in last year's The Muppets. Well, now the musician is going behind the camera for a new documentary taking a look at Sound City, the iconic recording studio in Van Nuys, California where talents like Rage Against the Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Tomy Petty, Neil Young, Nirvana and more recorded some of their most revered music there. Here's just a taste of the documentary Sound City from Dave Grohl: Grohl's history with the studio goes back to the 1991 recording of Nirvana's album Nevermind (you know, the one with the swimming, naked baby) and he told Variety, "Sound City
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Watch Tenacious D return with help from Val Kilmer, Dave Grohl and others

It's been six long years since the last Tenacious D album, but Jack Black and Kyle Gass are back, hoping to put Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny behind them. The rebelliously-phonetic Rize of the Fenix is set for May 15, as the thunder gods put in their earplugs.  In a new promotional video for Fenix entitled "To Be the Best," the D catch us up on their recent past, under the guise of an Extra piece hosted by Maria Menounos. We learn that Black has gone Hollywood, while his old partner Gass obsesses over him in an institution. And we see the pivotal role that that ol' huckleberry Val Kilmer plays in the duo's reunion. And that's not all. An epic, war-ending, seventeen-day hug leads to a Rocky III-esque training montage and flying on a giant eagle, in true D fashion. The boys [...]
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Watch Tenacious D Return in To Be the Best Short Film

Watch Tenacious D Return in To Be the Best Short Film
Tenacious D pretty much fell off the face of the Earth after the unexpected flop of their first feature film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. Kyle Gass went into hiding while "Hollywood" Jack Black put the band behind him to become one of our biggest comedy superstars. Now, the unthinkable has happened. They've gotten the band back together and are about to release their first new album in over six years with Rise of the Fenix, which gets unleashed May 15th. They've released a short film chronicling their fall and resurrection, which also serves as a music video for their track To Be the Best. Check it out as Hollywood Jack and Rage Kage are reunited at last!

To Be The Best: Tenacious D - To Be The Best
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