GOOSEBUMPS Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage Revealed; Jack Black and Rob Letterman Talk Adapting the Beloved Book Series

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Today at Comic-Con we were treated to a first look at Goosebumps.  Director Rob Letterman and star Jack Black were on hand to discuss the film and give fans a glimpse into the world they created around the famous children’s horror anthology.  For those who don’t know, the film is not a direct adaptation of the series.  Instead, the works of R.L. Stine have been reimagined, featuring Stine himself as a character who battles his own creature creations when they are set free from their books.

As a child of the 90′s, I absolutely adored Goosebumps, so I was thrilled to check out what the film has to offer.  And the good news is that what they had to offer today looked pretty darn good.  Black and Letterman clearly made the film with respect for the source material and the good sense of fun it requires.  Check out my full Goosebumps Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

New GOOSEBUMPS, JUPITER ASCENDING, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Released Ahead of Comic-Con

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Comic-Con officially begins tomorrow night, but the festivities have been well underway since last week with studios releasing sneak peeks of the movies they’ll have on tap for the annual convention.  Earlier today we got a look the first poster for Goosebumps, and now three new images have been released (click here for the images that were released last week).  Warner Bros. has also released images for a couple of the movies they’ll have for Comic-Con: Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.  We’ll be in Hall H on Saturday covering these two panels, but in the meantime enjoy pale Channing Tatum and buzz-cut Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump to check out the Goosebumps images along with ones from Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Jack Black’s R.L. Stine Revealed in First GOOSEBUMPS Movie Images; Black Discusses His Iteration of the Author

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Author R.L. Stine’s series of Goosebumps books were a staple of nearly every 90s kid’s childhood.  They had just the right amount of darkness and creepiness while still being accessible, and the twist endings recalled episodes of The Twilight Zone.  The books spawned a cheesy but still enjoyable TV series of the same name, but director Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) is bringing the property to life again with a new feature film, and now the first Goosebumps movie images have been unveiled.  Jack Black plays Stine in the film, and the author’s creations unexpectedly come to life thanks to a teen neighbor (Dylan Minnette).  Subsequently, Stine must team up with his neighbor and daughter (Odeya Rush) before the numerous and varied monsters destroy their small town.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Goosebumps images and to see what Black had to say about his take on Stine.  Goosebumps opens in theaters on August 7, 2015.

Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE Set for July 18th; GOOSEBUMPS Will Spook Theaters on March 23, 2016

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A couple of release dates have been announced.  First up, Zach Braff’s long-awaited Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here will open in limited release this summer on July 18th, after which it will be expanding into 20 cities on July 25th and even more cities on August 1st.  Braff co-wrote, directed, and stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin).  I caught the film at its Sundance debut and was rather disappointed.  While it’s quite funny and features some really solid and interesting moments, it also has a fair share of scenes that simply do not work and stop the film cold.  That said, Kate Hudson turns in her best performance since Almost Famous as Braff’s supportive wife.  Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, and Joey King also star.

Hit the jump for release date news and more info on the upcoming Goosebumps movie.

HBO Orders Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy THE BRINK to Series

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Though HBO recently opted not to pick up the comedy series Family Tree and Hello Ladies for second seasons, the network has now added a new comedy offering to its upcoming schedule.  THR reports that HBO has ordered to series the comedy The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as a foreign service officer and the U.S. Secretary of State, respectively.  Executive produced by Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) and Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), the show focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.  Weeds alum Roberto Benabib wrote the pilot script alongside his brother Ken Benabib and will act as showrunner, while Roach will helm the pilot.

The Brink will join HBO’s current comedy lineup, which includes Girls, the recently premiered Looking, and Mike Judge’s upcoming series Silicon Valley.  Production begins later this year, so the show likely won’t premiere until sometime in 2015, though no official date has been announced.

Christoph Waltz Contracts TULIP FEVER; Jack Black and James Marsden Take THE D-TRAIN; Ed Skrein Takes over from Jason Statham as the TRANSPORTER

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Christoph Waltz will star in Tulip Fever, an adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel directed by Justin Chadwick.
  • Jack Black and James Marsden are set for the low-budget indie comedy, The D-Train, the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel.
  • Ed Skrein will replace Jason Statham as Frank Martin in the newly rebooted Transporter series.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Jack Black and Tim Robbins to Star in Jay Roach’s HBO Comedy Pilot THE BRINK

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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, will also serve as producers on the potential series.

Join Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team for a Live On-Stage Reading of ANCHORMAN; Proceeds Will Go to Charity

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Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is calling out for the News Team to assemble, and you have a chance to join them.  Burgundy sent out a new video today listing the Top 10 reasons you should join him, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion Kind (David Koechner), Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), and the biker Ron hit with his burrito (Jack Black) for a live-reading of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.  Producer Judd Apatow and director Adam McKay will host the event, and it only costs a donation of $10 to enter.  In addition to being on stage with the cast, the winner will also receive flight and 4-star hotel accommodations for them and their guest.  Proceeds will go to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills.  So you can enter to win a great prize and give money to charity?  Now that’s classy.

Hit the jump to check out the video and find out how you can donate.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.

Jack Black in Talks to Star in GOOSEBUMPS Adaptation

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In spooky news befitting Friday the 13th, Sony and Scholastic Media’s adaptation of R.L. Stine’s best-selling Goosebumps series has landed its first star in Jack Black (Bernie).  This move reteams Black with his Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman, whose attachment we reported a few months back.  Although that last pairing didn’t work out all that well, Goosebumps comes with a built-in readership, in addition to a possible nostalgic effect of original readers who now likely have little ones of their own.  The new report makes no mention of screenwriters Carl Ellsworth or Darren Lemke who were previously involved, but it does shed some light on the plot.  Hit the jump to read on.

Jack Black Talks GHOST GHIRLS, Producing and Guest Starring in the Web Series, Doing More Original Content, and an Animated TENACIOUS D Series

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Produced by Jack Black (who also guest stars in the two-part finale), Ghost Ghirls is a 12-episode web comedy series that follows the antics of two best friends, Heidi (Amanda Lund) and Angelica (Maria Blasucci), who work as paranormal investigators.  Each episode sees the hilarious duo on bumbling adventures, as they attempt to solve otherworldly cases.

During this recent interview to promote the September 9th premiere on Yahoo! (www.screen.yahoo.com), Jack Black talked about the evolution of this web series, why he hopes to do more original content like this in the future, how he was influenced by paranormal stories like The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby and Ghost Busters, how they hope to release a soundtrack, and cool guest stars.  He also talked about the animated Tenacious D series that he’s developing, which he describes as post-apocalyptic, but with music.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Samuel L. Jackson to Play the Villain in THE SECRET SERVICE; Jack Black Makes a Cameo in SEX TAPE

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Jack(son) attack in tonight’s casting report:

  • Samuel L. Jackson is set to play the villain in The Secret Service.  Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) will direct the Mark Millar comic adaptation.  Colin Firth and Taron Egerton also star.
  • After casting his Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as the leads in Sex Tape, director Jake Kasdan went back to his Orange County rolodex to sign Jack Black for a key cameo.

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

DRUNK HISTORY Review; The Funny or Die Sketch Makes Its Way to Comedy Central

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Moving something that’s successful online to TV isn’t a translation that always works.  Remember $#*! My Dad Says?  Memes flare brightly and die a pretty swift death online, and by the time TV execs (or morning talk show hosts) get in on the joke, the revival is like parading a corpse.

But Drunk History is a little different, in part because its creator, Derek Waters, is just very lucky.  In 2007, he filmed a friend imbibing a bottle of scotch and recounting the 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.  The rest is, well, Drunk History.  The original segment aired in 2010 on Funny or Die, the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-created website.  Having had the backing of both the public and some of the most successful current comedy minds, the real question is why it took so long for Comedy Central to run with the idea.  Hit the jump for more on the new series.

Will Ferrell and Jack Black Attached to Star in TAG BROTHERS

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Ever since Jack Black punted Will Ferrell’s dog off a bridge in Anchorman, tensions have remained high between the two comedic veterans.  Not really.  But they haven’t had an opportunity to work together since then.  That’s all about to change with New Line’s Tag Brothers, a comedy pitch based on a real life occurrence.  A Wall Street Journal article chronicled the shenanigans of a Spokane, Washington group  of friends whose long-running game of tag soon became the subject of national attention.  Now in their 40s, they devote every February to a game of tag that stretches across the country.  Hit the jump for more.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Gael Garcia Bernal Joins Matthew McConaughey in THE DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB; Ron Perlman in SAVAGE MUTTS; Jack Black and Richard Linklater Go Bowling

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Let’s take a look at some recent casting news, shall we?

  • It looks like Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) will be joining Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, a drama about the AIDS epidemic directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.).
  • Ron Perlman (Hellboy) will join Savage Mutts, a criminal action thriller written and directed by Nika Agiashvili (Tbilisi, My City).
  • Word has it that Jack Black and director Richard Linklater, who previously collaborated on School of Rock and the 2012 indie Bernie, will reunite for a bowling movie that may have been inspired by colorful PBA champion, Pete Weber.
  • Finally, the ensemble cast of August: Osage County has added Julianne Nicholson (Kinsey) as well.  The film currently stars Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Dermot Mulroney.

Hit the jump for more on each casting note.

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