Jack Black (born Thomas Jack Black August 28th, 1969) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, comedian and musician.
Acting career: Jack Black's acting career began with primetime TV. He played roles on several shows such as: The X-Files (Bart 'Zero' Liquori), Northern Exposure (Kevin Wilkins) and Picket Fences (Curtis Williams).
He later took on small roles in a range of films including: Demolition Man, The Cable Guy, Mars Attacks!, Waterworld, The Jackal, Dead Man Walking, Saving Silverman, Enemy of the State, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and High Fidelity, which particularly garnered him more exposure.
His career soon led to leading parts, showing his diversity with roles in Shallow Hal, Orange County, School of Rock, Envy, King Kong, Nacho Libre and Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.
It wasn't just straight comedy roles that Jack Black would land and 2007 would show this. Starring alongside Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet in The Holiday, Jack Black played Miles, the love interest of Winslet's character. Then in 2007 he starred in Margot at the Wedding alongside Nicole Kidman, a tragic comedy drama.
During 2008 Jack Black appeared in three films - Be Kind Rewind, which was written and directed by Michel Gondry. He voiced the main character, Po, in the animated film Kung Fu Panda and played Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy in Tropic Thunder.
Music Career: Jack Black makes up one half of the comedy and rock music duo Tenacious D, alongside his friend Kyle Gass.
The group has a large cult following and have released two albums, a self-titled debut and the follow up, The Pick of Destiny. Along with the music, the duo starred in Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny - a fictionalised account of the band's formation.
Black has appeared in music videos by Beck, "Sexx Laws"; Foo Fighters "Learn To Fly", "Low", and "The One"; The Eagles of Death Metal, "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)"; Sum 41 "Things I Want"; and Weezer "Photograph."
Personal life: Jack Black dated actress and comedian Laura Kightlinger from 1997 until 2005.
In January 2006, he got engaged to Tanya Haden the daughter of the jazz double bassist Charlie Haden. Tanya an accomplished cellist married Jack Black in March 2006.
They have two sons, Samuel Jason "Sammy" Black who was born on June 10th 2006 and Thomas "Tommy" Black, Jr who was born on May 23rd 2008.
Jack Black had his gall bladder removed.
He shares a birthday with Shania Twain.
As a child Jack Black had a Bull Mastiff and Rottweiler mix named Chico, who died of parvovirus soon after Jack's parents divorced.
Jack Black's mother worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.
As a child, Black appeared in an early Atari Pitfall! advert, which you can find on Youtube.
Regarding exercise, Black has been quoted as saying that 'Ultimate' is the only form of exercise that he doesn't hate.
Jack Black recently stated, during the 2008 VH1 "Rock Honours" that his favourite band is The Who.
The GoodFellas reunite at Tribeca's closing night, while Carey Mulligan and Jack Black lead the red carpet charge in New York and Los Angeles. There's one last insane trailer for Mad Max, plus the first glimpses at Tom Hardy as the Krays, Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and Nicole Kidman in small-town Australia...
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York wrapped up at the weekend with a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's 'GoodFellas', which featured a reunion of the film's actors including Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Debbie Mazar, Lorraine Bracco, Kevin Corrigan and Mike Starr. Take a look at pictures from the closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival here.
Paul Sorvino, Debi Mazar, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco and Kevin Corrigan
Also in New York, the US premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' brought out stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple and director Thomas Vinterberg, plus other celebrities including Kathleen Turner and Sarah Silverman. The film opens this weekend in both the UK and US. Check out pictures from the premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' here.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Tribeca Wraps In New York, 'Madding Crowd' And 'D Train' Hold US Premieres, A New Trailer Drops For 'Mad Max', And There Are First Looks At 'Legend', 'Black Mass' And 'Strangerland'
James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn and Jack Black - A variety of celebrities were snapped as they arrived for the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The D Train' which was held at the ArcLight in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th April 2015
American film actor and front man for the heavy metal band 'Tenacious D' Jack Black was snapped as he was out running errands in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 20th April 2015
Scott Eastwood hits the red carpet in Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling meets his fans in London, and Paul Reubens gets back into Pee-Wee gear for his new movie. Trailers this week offer glimpses at a comedy from Jack Black, action with Pierce Brosnan, both comedy and action with Zach Galifianakis, and a moving documentary about Amy Winehouse...
Rising-star hunk Scott Eastwood hit the red carpet in Los Angeles this week for the premiere of his new movie The Longest Ride, a romantic drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. Sparks was on-hand as well, along with costars Oona Chaplin, Britt Robertson, Melissa Benoist and director George Tillman Jr.
Nobody really wants to attend their school reunion. Nobody, except for maybe Dan Landsman (Jack Black), who is the self-appointed head of the school reunion committee. After slogging through days of rejections, Dan is beginning to believe that no one is going to come to the 20th Anniversary reunion for their high school - that is, until he turns on the television and sees Oliver Lawless (James Marsden). Lawless, a once popular student, is now a relatively successful actor, and Dan believes that getting him to attend the reunion will convince everyone else to come along. But when he meets up with Lawless for the first time in twenty years, something goes wrong. Lawless is going to attend the reunion, and it is on track to be a massive success, but Dan no longer feels so good about it.
Continue: The D Train Trailer
Jack Black - A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th January 2015
Jack Black's comedy movie to be performed on a live stage.
Fans of Jack Black's epic 2003 comedy 'School of Rock' can get excited as a stage version of the story prepares to hit Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest project - featuring songs both old and new!
Andrew Lloyd Webber to work on 'School Of Rock'
We've had our fingers crossed for a sequel to Richard Linklater's musical movie since it was announced as 'School of Rock 2: America Rocks' back in 2008, but then it started to look like we weren't going to see rock teacher Dewey Finn return to our screens after all. Never fear though, as now the original story is coming to Broadway towards the end of 2015 with previews kicking off in November.
Continue reading: Andrew Lloyd Webber Brings School Of Rock: The Musical To Broadway
Jack Black - Photographs from the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 10th December 2014
Kristen Wiig and Jack Black head the line-up at Sundance 2015.
Whereas previous Sundance line-ups have relied on the talents of the world's greatets dramatic talents, the 2015 edition, which kicks off in Park City on January 22, will be home to some of Hollywood's funniest people. The unveiling of the program shows a heavy move towards comedy, with Jack Black and Kristen Wiig amongst the star names heading to Utah.
Kristen Wiig will bring two movies to Sundance 2015
Bridesmaids star Wiig returns with two new movies, The Diary of a Teenager in the U.S Dramatic Competition and Nasty Baby in NEXT. The former co-stars Alexander Skarsgard and tells the story of a teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco who enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend. Nasty follows a gay couple trying to have a baby with the help of their best friend.
Continue reading: Comedy's The Word as Kristen Wigg, Jack Black Head to Sundance 2015
Indie filmmaking is one of the best niches to find super-talented directors and writers; and none more so than Richard Linklater. Having recently received a flood of praise for the extraordinary and innovative 'Boyhood' - a movie filmed over thirteen years with the same actors - actors and movie makers everywhere join this appraising documentary marking 21 years of amazing cinema from this artist. With works including the decade spanning romance trilogy 'Before Sunrise', musical comedy 'School of Rock', animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', crime drama 'Bernie' and underdog flicks 'Slacker' and 'Bad News Bears', the Texan cine-hero continues to produce imaginative and totally unique, genre-crossing stories with comedy 'That's What I'm Talking About' and a 'School of Rock' TV series marking his upcoming projects.
Continue: 21 Years: Richard Linklater - Clips
Richard Linklater is well known in the film industry as one of the stand out names in indie movie making. Responsible for a wide variety of films including the decade spanning romance 'Before Sunset' (and its sequels), music fuelled comedy 'School Of Rock', social misfit drama 'Slacker', and innovative animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', Linklater has inspired a generation of filmmakers and scooped two Oscar nominations and numerous film festival awards along the way. After 21 years, this Texas born innovator is still thoroughly impressing, his latest project 'Boyhood' having caused a stir for its unique quality of having been filmed over thirteen years. Just what will he do next?
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Although it presents itself as a rude sex comedy, this movie is actually a prudish exercise in simplistic moralising. A glut of sweary dialog and leery innuendo is certainly no replacement for properly adult-oriented humour. At least Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are relatively reliable as actors who can keep their characters likeable, but even they struggle with the trite material. And as a cowriter, Segel only has himself to blame.
Diaz and Segel play Annie and Jay, a couple whose courtship consisted mainly of having lots of sex in as many unusual places as they could think of. So it's hardly surprising that marriage and parenthood feel like a disappointment. They never have time for sex now, so when Annie's blog improbably wins a lucrative publishing deal, they celebrate by leaving the kids with the grandparents for a sexy night on their own. To get things going, they decide to film themselves on their iPad, oblivious to the fact that the video is synchronised to all of the iPads they've given to their family, friends and clients over the last few months. So now they're in a mad dash to find them all and delete their sex tape.
Honestly, does anyone actually give iPads to everyone they know? This is such a naggingly stupid premise that it leaves everything that happens feeling utterly inane, especially their contrived ignorance about how the Cloud works. Diaz and Segel bring enough charm to the film to keep the audience watching, playing even the lamest jokes as if they're hilarious. And as they race between their friends and family members, each side actor gets their cameo-style moment in which they can try to steal the show. Although even here director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) hedges away from the genuine gross-out comedy, which leaves first-rate comical performers like Corddry, Lowe and Black looking a bit lost.
Continue reading: Sex Tape Review
Good news for Jack Black fans: Nickelodeon are set to revisit one of his classic films, 'School of Rock', by creating a spin-off television series.
Whilst it's not yet known if Black will return to repise his role as penniless musician turned eccentric music teacher Dewey Finn, original director Richard Linklater will be involved, fresh off the success off his latest film, the masterpiece Boyhood. Yep, who knew that the director of 2014's independent masterpiece was also responsible for creating the song 'Math is a Wonderful Thing'? Producer Scott Rudin is also on board. Thirteen episodes have been commissioned and the series is expected to premiere in Spring 2015.
Black was hugely memorable in the 2003 film
"School of Rock is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series," said Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nick.
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Jack Black is bringing Goosebumps to the big screen, but the plot might cause the biggest fright
There’s a special place in the heart of fright loving 90’s kids reserved for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps novels. Anyone who even slightly delved into the series can probably remember some of the spooky tales, Night of the Living Dummy or The Haunted Mask spring to mind. In one of the series spin-off books you could even choose your own ending, how many of us managed to do that without taking a sneaky peek at both options? But now Goosebumps is coming back, this time it's on the big screen as Jack Black is heading up a movie based on R.L. Stine’s works. Thing is, from what we’ve found out, the Goosebumps movie might be unexpectedly weird, as writers seem to have found the oddest possible way to bring Stine’s stories to life. Read on if you dare but be warned you can’t chose your own ending here.
Jack Black will star in the Goosebumps movie
In the 90s Goosebumps was not such a successful novel series, it was also a television show with episodes based on stories from the books. For years now the idea of a film version of Goosebumps had been talked about, a one point Tim Burton was even said to be involved. But last year the Goosebumps movie went from being the subject of internet chatter to a reality when it was announced that Gulliver's Travels director Rob Letterman had signed on to the project. The next big move was when Jack Black was secured to take the lead role after Darren Lemke had begun penning the script. The next major casting announcement was of Odeya Rush who’s about to star alongside Jeff Bridges in The Giver. Rush will be joined by Dylan Minnette who has guested on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', rounding off the film’s main cast. Helping with the writing is the multitalented Mike White who’s perhaps best remembered for the short-lived HBO series ‘Enlightened’ which he wrote, directed and starred in.
Continue reading: Jack Black Will Play R.L. Stine in 'Goosebumps' Movie
High Fidelity co-stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins are re-teaming and heading to the small screen in a new dark comedy.Bosses at America's Hbo network...