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.
Mixing the action, comedy and horror from novelist R.L. Stein's books into a family-friendly package, this lively romp is entertaining enough to amuse the audience even when it veers off the rails. It helps that Jack Black is on board, giving one of his more energetically charged performances, and that the script peppers scenes with smart gags. But an over-reliance on big special effects weakens the movie's big climax, and the breathless pace is sometimes exhausting.
Black plays Stein himself, a reclusive author and over-protective father who lives in a small town with his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush). Then single mother Gale (Amy Ryan) moves in next door with her teen son Zach (Dylan Minette), who is immediately intrigued by Hannah. Despite Stein's warnings, Zach and his new school friend Champ (Ryan Lee) sneak into the house to find out more, opening one of the novelist's manuscripts in the process. Out pops an abominable snowman, who proceeds to wreak havoc in the town. And the next literary escapee, the sadistic ventriloquist's dummy Slappy, is even worse. He sets about releasing all of Stein's fictional monsters into the real world, unleashing chaos on a massive scale. But Zach has an idea that may stop the mayhem.
Screenwriter Darren Lemke and director Rob Letterman have a great time bringing the maximum level of pandemonium to this small town, with a range of outrageous creatures that are both comical and scary. These are rendered in rather obvious digital animation, including a gang of militarised garden gnomes, a slimy blob, zombies, werewolves and a gigantic praying mantis. But the cartoonish sheen is undercut intriguingly by some genuinely tense moments, mainly because Slappy is properly menacing. Black provides Slappy's gleefully sinister voice while hamming it up on-screen as Stein. Minette and Rush are fine as the usual bland youthful heroes with a cute hint of romance between them. And more textured acting is provided in small roles by Ryan, Jillian Bell (as Gale's airhead sister) and Ken Marino (as a lovelorn colleague).
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Jack Black knows why the Kung Fu Panda films do so well...
Even as critics are calling Kung Fu Panda 3 the best in the trilogy, Jack Black knows that it's the public that demanded another movie. "I think there's a hunger for panda," he laughs. "People want more panda. And that's a good sign. But then the panda's been very good to me! I've had great experiences making these movies and travelling the world to promote them."
With this third adventure, Black sees the story coming to a proper climax. "You've got the beginning, the middle and now here's the big finish," he says. "And I think it's the best of the three in many ways. Three is the magic number! It's got a really kick-ass emotional ending. The whole crowd was flipping out when we screened it at my kids' school."
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This time he has a whole panda brood behind him.
Po is set to return with an all new gang of martial art anthropomorphic animals in 'Kung Fu Panda 3', but this time he's reunited with his own kind - or so it may seem. Jack Black reprises the titular role and Alessandro Carloni joins previous director Jennifer Yuh Nelson at the helm.
Po finally meets his father in 'Kung Fu Panda 3'
After successfully defeating two nemeses with his unorthodox kung fu style in the previous two films, Po faces his biggest challenge yet with 'Kung Fu Panda 3'; he has to teach a whole clan of useless pandas the art of kung fu - something that he himself had trouble enough grasping to begin with. On the other hand, he's finally reunited with his biological father, who sensed his survival at the end of 'Kung Fu Panda 2', even though Po has finally found peace in Mr. Ping the goose being his true father.
Po and The Furious Five return in Kung Fu Panda 3! Po might now be the undisputed Dragon Warrior but his mission of self-growth and protection for the citizens of the Valley of Peace. Taking advice from the person he trusts most, Master Shifu Po discovers that his real journey is just beginning as he must transition from warrior to teacher.
After finding his birth father, Li, Po finally feels he belongs to someone. Po's stepdad, Mr Ping on the other hand isn't so convinced that this new panda is a relative at all! The Panda's travel to a secret panda village where Po, for the first time, is surrounded by Bears - most clumsy - just like him.
When a supernatural beast named Kai comes to their region, he threatens to put the lives a of some of the animals Po loves most in danger. To survive the attack by Kai, Po must train his new family and teach them how to fight for themselves - after all, surely they all have some of the Dragon Warrior in them?
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It's been a pretty spooky year...
It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.
Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak
Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:
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The big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s series has topped the US box office in its opening weekend.
Jack Black’s Goosebumps has taken the top spot at the US box office this weekend, amassing $23.5 million from 3,501 theatres. The family-friendly horror comedy is based on R. L. Stine’s series of books and stars Jack Black as a fictional version of the author.
Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps.
The film’s plot sees a variety of Stine’s characters escape from his books and start chaos in the real world, with the writer, his daughter and their teenaged neighbour tasked with returning them back to the pages of his fiction.
Jack Black has opened up about his past drug use and the death of his brother.
Jack Black, in a recent interview, discussed his substance abuse during his teenage years. The comedy actor may play light-hearted roles on-screen, in films such as School of Rock and Gulliver’s Travels, but he’s certainly wrestled with his fair share of demons.
Jack Black at the L.A. premiere of Goosebumps in October 2015.
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A provocative drama wrapped in the skin of an adult sex comedy, this sharply written and performed movie is hugely entertaining even as it grapples with some big issues. The central themes here are notions of celebrity and sexuality, neither of which is nearly as clear-cut as the audience or characters think they are. And the script allows actors like Jack Black and James Marsden to do what they do best while undermining their usual personas with some edgy shadings.
Black plays Dan, the self-proclaimed leader of his high school class' 20-year reunion. He has always felt invisible, and is annoyed that he gets no respect from the reunion committee. Then he spots hot classmate Oliver (Marsden) in a TV advert and hatches a plan to increase his popularity by convincing Oliver to attend the reunion. He lies to his boss (Jeffrey Tambor) about needing to go to Los Angeles on business, and he gets carried away as the openly bisexual Oliver shows him the partying lifestyle, taking things far beyond where he thought his limits were. Back home, he can't admit any of this to his sharp wife (Kathryn Hahn) and begins to lose touch with his smart teen son (Russell Posner). Then when Oliver turns up, things get even more precarious.
Filmmakers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul get everyone into this mess in the usual ways, with snappy dialogue, goofy antics and rather a lot of humiliating embarrassment for poor Dan. Then they do something interesting: they refuse to play it safe, taking a surprisingly complex journey through questions about everything from peer pressure and family dynamics to the illusion of fame and the unspoken spectrum of sexuality. So even though the characters aren't always likeable, and even though all of them make some questionable choices, they're unusually sympathetic because the astute script and performances make them thoroughly recognisable.
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Zach Cooper has just moved to a sleepy town and is looking forward to getting to know his new neighbors. Hannah seems nice enough, but her father is less than willing to be welcoming; he also happens to be R. L. Stine, the author of the famous children's horror book series 'Goosebumps'. Late at night, Zach hears screams coming from their house and decides to check on his new friend - especially given how unstable her father seems. However, Zach is not prepared for what he's about to find inside the creepy abode. Sitting neatly within an old bookcase are locked volumes containing the 'Goosebumps' manuscripts and, curious as he is, he decides to open one of them. Unfortunately, as he discovers, that was really one mistake too many when he unwittingly unleashes those supposedly fictional monsters into the world.
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Po the giant panda may be ever increasing his prowess at kung-fu, but he still has a lot to learn. Even so he faces yet another dangerous threat to China in the form of the evil spirit Kai, who is determined to take over the country by robbing various martial arts masters of their powers. Meanwhile, Po has a few personal problems to contend with. His long lose biological father has re-appeared out of the blue, looking for his soon having sensed that he is still alive somewhere. And so, Po returns to where he was born - though he has never felt less at home. He is being pressured into an arranged marriage with a needy panda named Mei Mei, but he's got to put his family issues on hold if he wants to save China yet again. Unfortunately, the only way he can do it is by training up his new panda neighbours in the art of kung fu - he's never had a more difficult task than this.
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Date of birth
28th August, 1969