Sony Sets Date For Jack Black-Starring ‘Goosebumps’

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 10:26am PST

GoosebumpsSony Pictures has set March 23, 2016 as the release date for Goosebumps starring Jack Black. The film, based on the series of books by R.L. Stine, will bow on a Wednesday. Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman and … Read More »

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HBO Gives Series Order To Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’ Starring Jack Black & Tim Robbins, From Jay Roach & Jerry Weintraub

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 2:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

timrobbinsjackblackEXCLUSIVE: In a very quick turnaround, HBO has given a series order to The Brink, its comedy pilot starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. Written by former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales and Eric Ladin co-star on the series, executive produced by Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach. Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive produce.

jayroach25th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - ArrivalsThis marks the first HBO series for Weintraub and Roach, who both have deals with the pay cable network and established relationships there. Weintraub executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning movie Behind The Candelabra, while Roach directed and exec produced the Emmy-winning HBO movies Game Change and Recount.

The Brink’s road to HBO’s primetime started with an email Weintraub received while in Europe, which contained the Benabibs’ script. “I read it and I fell in love with it,” he said. When he came back to Los Angeles, Weintraub had lunch with Roach about a movie project where hbo45__130924185923-275x112Roach mentioned that he had been looking to do a half-hour comedy. Weintraub ran to his office and brought Roach The Brink script. Joking that Roach “is famous for taking three years to make up his mind” on anything, Wentraub heard from the director the very next day. “He calls me and he says, ‘I’m in, the script is too good’.” Read More »

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Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite To Remake Slamdance Pic ‘Wizard’s Way’

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 12:28pm PST
Mike Fleming

jackblackJack Black’s Electric Dynamite has come on to executive produce Wizard’s Way, the film that premieres this weekend at Slamdance. Black will serve as an executive producer along with Electric Dynamite’s Priyanka Mattoo on a mockumentary written and … Read More »

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Fox Buys Comedy From Amanda Lund, Matt Gourley, Jack Black & Diablo Cody

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 5:57pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has put in development Wunderland, a workplace comedy written by Amanda Lund and Matt Gourley, with Diablo Cody supervising and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite producing for 20th Century Fox TV.  Co-created by … Read More »

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Jack Black & Tim Robbins To Star In Jay Roach’s HBO Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jack Black and Tim Robbins are set as two of the three leads in The Brink, HBO‘s comedy pilot directed by Jay … Read More »

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Zig Zag Options ‘Hide & Seek’ From Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite, Japan’s T Group

Fresh off a sale to Discovery of its sex therapy documentary Real 40 Year Old Virgins, British indie Zig Zag Productions has taken options on three new formats for the UK market. First up is Hide & Seek, … Read More »

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Jack Black And Shine America To Produce Paranormal Web Comedy Series For Yahoo

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 4:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Production has started on Ghost Ghirls, a Web comedy series from Shine America and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods, which is set to debut in spring 2013 on Yahoo! Screen.

Black, as well as Jake Johnson, Molly Shannon, Jason Schwartzman and other celebrities, are set to make cameo appearances in Ghost Ghirls, a comedic take on popular paranormal procedurals like Medium and Ghost Whisperer. The project, originally developed as a TV series for Syfy last year, chronicles the antics of two young female ghostbusters, played by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci (two-women improv show BEANS!) — a pair of investigators attempting to solve the mysteries behind paranormal phenomena. At the same time, they attempt to convince their clients, other-worldly visitors and themselves that they are legit. Read More »

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FX Buys Military Academy Comedy From Jack Black’s Company And Shine America

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 11:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FX has put in development an untitled coming-of-age comedy from Shine America and Jack Black‘s Electric Dynamite. Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Rob Schrab (Children’s Hospital) are co-writing the project, said to be tonally … Read More »

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SyFy Developing Paranormal Procedural Comedy Spoof Produced By Jack Black

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 7:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Syfy continues to build a comedy development slate as the cable network is yet to greenlight its first half-hour pilot. Syfy’s latest comedy buy is Ghost Ghirls, a project … Read More »

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Millennium Entertainment Taps Vicky Eguia To Run Publicity

Mike Fleming

Vicky Eguia has been named vice president of publicity at Millennium Entertainment, reporting to marketing head Brooke Ford. Eguia most recently had been publicity veep at Apparition and before that served stints at Newmarket Films and Picturehouse with former Apparition chief Bob Berney. Under CEO Bill Lee, Millennium has gotten … Read More »

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AFM: Sony Group Pacts For Michael Winterbottom’s Jack Black Comedy ‘Bailout’

Culver City, CA (November 3, 2011) – Ealing Metro has struck a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) on Michael Winterbottom’s (Trishna, The Trip, 24 Hour Party People) eagerly anticipated comedy BAILOUT starring Jack Black (School of

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Spoof: Clinton Foundation Celebrity Division

This Funny Or Die video from writer-director Josh Greenbaum explains why non-liberal America hates Hollywood. Featuring Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Jack Black, and Kevin Spacey. Wait for the scene with Bill:

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Former ‘Daily Show’ EP Josh Lieb Sells Comedy To NBC With Nick Thune, Another One To Fox Produced By Jack Black’s Co.

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Daily Show executive producer Josh Lieb has sold two multi-camera comedy projects — one at NBC with actor-comedian Nick Thune and one at Fox that Jack Black’s company is producing. Both hail from Warner Bros Television.

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TOLDJA! Jack Black Pic ‘Bernie’ Acquired By Millennium Entertainment

Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed in July that Millennium Entertainment was buying U.S. distribution rights to the Los Angeles Film Festival’s opening film Bernie, the Richard Linklater-directed movie that stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, for a low-seven-figure minimum guarantee and $1 million P&A commitment. Millennium has finally confirmed the deal. Here’s the official announcement: Read More »

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Obama Steps Up 2012 Hollywood Fundraising

GOP Candidates Seeking Hollywood Help

“We were discussing the new season of Glee,” tweeted Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson about what he and President Obama said to one another last night at the Sunset Strip’s House of Blues. It’s where the actor emceed one of two Hollywood fundraisers for Obama’s re-election campaign Monday. According to a White House pool report, Obama greeted Ferguson, turned to the microphone, and said, “I was telling him that Michelle and the girls love them some Modern Family.” Some in the crowd chanted “Four more years”. Roughly 900 people paid ticket prices starting at $250 and as much as $10,000 (to secure a photo with the president).

The second fundraiser cost $17,900 for each of the 120 people in attendance at Melrose Avenue’s Fig & Olive restaurant. The private event’s co-hosts included Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, his longtime political adviser Andy Spahn, and Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon. “I’m going to need your help, so don’t get tired on me now,” Obama was quoted by a pool report as telling showbiz attendees like Judd Apatow, Aaron Sorkin, Jamie Foxx, Jack Black, Eva Longoria, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, and Jon Landau (producer of Avatar and Titanic). “I urge some of you to watch the Republican debates,” Obama added.

Obama received a standing ovation from the industry types seated at round tables with white table linens. But news of the president’s impending Hollywood fundraising was punctuated by several media articles proclaiming that Tinseltown support for him had eroded greatly since 2008. Recently Democratic activists like Robert Redford, Matt Damon, and Michael Moore have criticized Obama’s inability to stay the liberal course. Katzenberg seemed to address that disappointment when he introduced Obama by saying, “We must keep fighting for him so he can keep fighting for us.” Katzenberg also noted, “I have a dependency on President Obama. He inherited a crashing economy and two wars and opponents who questioned if he was even born (in the U.S.). Yet he kept us moving forward. He was dealt adversity on all fronts, but he maintained his stature.” Read More »

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Charlie Kaufman Attaches Steve Carell, Jack Black And Nicolas Cage To ‘Frank Or Francis’

By | Friday July 22, 2011 @ 11:42am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Charlie Kaufman is attaching Jack Black and Nicolas Cage and is talking to Steve Carell to star in  Frank Or Francis, the next film Kaufman will direct.  Kaufman’s projects are always shrouded in mystery (sometimes even after you’ve seen … Read More »

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Millennium Buying ‘Bernie’ With Jack Black

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: A deal is near for Millennium Entertainment to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the Los Angeles Film Festival opening-night pic Bernie. I’m told that it will be the first significant grab for former Film Department co-head Mark Gill since … Read More »

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HAMMOND On L.A. Film Festival Opening: Can It Ever Challenge Toronto Or Telluride?

Pete Hammond

Although the Cannes Film Festival just ended three weeks ago, there’s always another film fest around the corner trying to steal its thunder and become part of the cinematic conversation. On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Film Festival, now in its 17th year, opened with the world premiere of the Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Dazed and Confused) comedy Bernie, with stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey joining its writer-director in introducing the film at downtown L.A.’s LA Live Regal Cinemas, where the fest moved last year. Not that it’s easy navigating the Los Angeles freeways at rush hour to get downtown, an off-the-beaten track place to premiere your movie, but the unapologetic black comedy and true-life tale of a small-town undertaker who caters to the much-hated Texas town’s matron until he reaches for a gun was worth the herculean effort navigating the annoying traffic jams and $25 parking fee (I didn’t read the signs carefully) just to see this splendid trio of actors deliver terrific performances backed by a great supporting group of locals who won big laughs throughout.

Bernie is an acquistion title and likely will be snapped up immediately by some enterprising distributor even though it’s not an obvious commercial hit. It is Black’s best work in some time. It could develop a following on the indie circuit though, and it certainly had the crowd (which included well-wishers like Linklater friend Steven Soderbergh and wife Jules Asner) buzzing at the crowded after-party on the L.A. Live parking garage rooftop.

Film Independent (which runs the fest as well as the Spirit Awards) board members I spoke to at the premiere are hopeful Bernie could become the fest’s first big breakout acquisition title, and reps from many indie distribs were in attendance. In fact, the fest delayed announcement of its opening film until after the Cannes festival was over because producers did not want to be inundated with calls about acquiring the film during that market and wanted to wait until it could premiere cold in L.A., a big tribute to the growing clout of LAFF. Read More »

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CANNES: Jack Black Teams For ‘Bailout’ Comedy With Director Michael Winterbottom

By | Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 1:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Ealing Metro International and The King’s Speech financier Prescience will finance and sell worldwide rights on Bailout, a Michael Winterbottom-directed comedy that will star Jack Black. The film is based on the Jess Walter novel The Financial Lives of The Read More »

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