Release date: Friday May 26, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy, Animation, Family, Adventure Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Studio: Paramount Studios/DreamWorks Animation Producer(s): Melissa Cobb Screenplay: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber Official Site:kungfupanda.com Rating:Not yet rated Available film art:Kung Fu Panda 2 movie posters
Synopsis In KUNG FU PANDA 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed (Souce official “Kung Fu Panda 2″ site).
Release date: Wednesday December 22, 2010 (Wide) Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy Director: Rob Letterman Studio: 20th Century Fox Producer(s): Ben Cooley, John Davis Screenplay: Nicholas Stoller, Joe Stillman Cast: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Romany Malco, Catherine Tate, T.J. Miller Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Gulliver’s Travels movie posters
Synopsis Jack Black stars in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels with this fantasy-filled comedic production. This take on the timeless tale revolves around a shipwrecked journalist (Black) who discovers an island in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle where he is the biggest occupant in comparison to its tiny inhabitants. Shark Tale’s Rob Letterman directs from a script by Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Nick Stoller and Joe Stillman (Shrek).
Plot Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the executive editor-in-chief of a book publishing company, Colden Books, who forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to avoid being deported to Canada. He grudgingly accepts, under the condition that he is promoted to the position of editor. When the government investigates, the two are forced to spend the weekend with his parents in Alaska in order to sell the lie, but start to fall genuinely in love as they spend time together.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson; Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Plot After being banished from their homeland, Zed and Oh (Jack Black and Michael Cera), two tribesmen, embark on a journey through their ancient world. Along the way, they encounter Adam and Eve (Harold Ramis and Rhoda Griffis), Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd), and Abraham (Hank Azaria).
In an interview regarding Be Kind Rewind, Black stated that Year One will be about two men running around in Moses’s time. He said that the movie is similar to Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Black stated that it might be fun to see all the stories of the Bible in a modern movie.
In an interview with MTV, Cera described it as a comedy set in Biblical times with Black’s character, Zed, looking for some kind of meaning for his life. Black warned viewers expecting a comedy along the lines of Ghostbusters or Knocked Up that the style of the film is much more along the lines of the Monty Python movies.
Cast: Jack Black, Olivia Wilde, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple, June Diane Rapheal, Eden Riegel, Hank Azaria; Directed by: Harold Ramis
For those unfamiliar with the “Greatest Band on Earth” (as they’ve dubbed themselves), Tenacious D boasts two origin stories… both equally unique. The real world duo got their start as members of Tim Robbins’ ensemble theatre troupe, the Actor’s Gang. It was there that JB (Jack Black) and KG (Kyle Gass) discovered their mutual love for rock ‘n’ roll. After developing a slew of fan favorite songs revolving around fame, Kielbasa, Dio, friends, idols, drugs, demons and love, the band found itself thrust into the limelight and opening for such well-known acts as Beck, Tool and Pearl Jam. Their 2001 album, Tenacious D, went platinum; they followed this effort up with Tenacious D The Complete Masterworks, a DVD that included their live concert at Brixton Academy plus music videos directed by Spike Jonze and Liam Lynch, as well as Lynch’s documentary On the Road with Tenacious D.
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny serves as the band’s theatrical origin — one in which a number of liberties have been taken. Instead of meeting in the Actor’s Gang, the film depicts a meeting at Venice Beach where JB, escaping the repressive regime that was his childhood home, is “wowed” by KG’s guitar playing skills. After what can be considered a rocky start, the two become roommates and assume a master/student relationship. KG proceeds to instruct JB in the ways of rock ‘n’ roll — with lessons on playing for weed, performing in front of a drunk and cantankerous bar crowd, and landing the ultimate power slide.
Upon completing his training, JB joins with KG to form Tenacious D. But when their first performance is met with less than a stellar response, the two determine that they need to write a masterpiece — a song that will make them the Greatest Band on Earth. Of course, it doesn’t take long for them to realize that this is much harder than they ever imagined. But luck is on their side and soon they discover the Pick of Destiny — a guitar pick forged from the devil’s tooth and said to give all in its possession the ultimate musical skills. It resides in the Rock and Roll History Museum — an impenetrable fortress — and thus begins The D’s greatest adventure: one that pits them against police officers, security guards and Satan himself.
In a surreal sort of way, The Pick of Destiny is reminiscent of Tommy — what with all the singing and A-list cameo appearances. But the film opts for a more comedic approach then its 1975 predecessor. In fact, it’s this reporter’s opinion that Black is at his funniest when he’s singing — particularly when the lyrics are off the cuff. (For an example, see the actor’s performance of “Encarnación” in Nacho Libre.) And this movie truly gives Black a platform to flex that particular muscle.
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Synopsis: This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes’ quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick Of Destiny…
Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jason Reed, Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller, Colin Hanks, David Krumholtz; Directed by: Liam Lynch