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By Geoff Boucher and Geoff Boucher,Los Angeles TImes | December 8, 2006
HOLLYWOOD-- --When Jack Black says he wants to tell you a sad story about his childhood, the natural reaction is to brace yourself for a grand, loopy lie that will leave your face hurting from laughter. But what if it's really true? Or does that really matter? Anyway, here he goes: "I went to a Renaissance fair when I was just a child. I remember there was a woman there dressed as a wench" -- right there he enunciates like a wrestling announcer channeling Olivier -- "and she's on top of a wooden platform.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Brace yourself for a big swig of history, Baltimore. The Comedy Central show "Drunk History," which features spifflicated storytellers recounting great moments in our nation's past, will be filming at Mother's Federal Hill Grille on Thursday night. Lutherville native Derek Waters will be returning to his hometown to film this episode of the show, which was an online sensation before being picked up by Comedy Central in 2012. The show, which starts its second season this year, features famous actors reenacting history as told by the inebriated narrators.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | June 19, 2009
If Harold Ramis' Year One were a bowling match, it would lurch between gutter balls and spares, with some scattered lucky strikes. Despite the key image of rotund Jack Black and willowy Michael Cera in animal skins, it's not a caveman comedy like Caveman. It's a romp through the early chapters of the Bible with Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera), who are forced to leave their primitive village when Zed eats fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. At its best, it's a bit like Mel Brooks' The History of the World Part I (except Ramis stops somewhere in Genesis)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | June 19, 2009
If Harold Ramis' Year One were a bowling match, it would lurch between gutter balls and spares, with some scattered lucky strikes. Despite the key image of rotund Jack Black and willowy Michael Cera in animal skins, it's not a caveman comedy like Caveman. It's a romp through the early chapters of the Bible with Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera), who are forced to leave their primitive village when Zed eats fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. At its best, it's a bit like Mel Brooks' The History of the World Part I (except Ramis stops somewhere in Genesis)
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sun reporter | October 2, 2006
Are you ready to rock?" the instructor asks. The kid says nothing. He doesn't need to. He's ready. Music director Bryan Ewald's invitation is a bit of a tease, though. This is just a one-on-one lesson. The real jamming won't happen until two days later when a bunch of students get together to play in a group. But at the new Paul Green School of Rock Music in North Baltimore, even private sessions sometimes thunder. Guitar in tow, Dane Filipczak, 12, joins Ewald in a practice room and starts riffing through a solo in Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II."
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Brace yourself for a big swig of history, Baltimore. The Comedy Central show "Drunk History," which features spifflicated storytellers recounting great moments in our nation's past, will be filming at Mother's Federal Hill Grille on Thursday night. Lutherville native Derek Waters will be returning to his hometown to film this episode of the show, which was an online sensation before being picked up by Comedy Central in 2012. The show, which starts its second season this year, features famous actors reenacting history as told by the inebriated narrators.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 16, 2006
As a romantic comedy, Nacho Libre is cute. As an introduction to Mexican wrestling (known south of the border as Lucha Libre), Nacho Libre promises more than it delivers. As a mix of the two, Nacho Libre never seems to find its footing, so uncertain are its makers of what their audience expects. That uncertainty is understandable. Fans of star Jack Black are going to expect a gonzo romp, a no-holds-barred celebration of all things manic. Fans of writer-director Jared Hess are going to expect a reprise of his Napoleon Dynamite, with its deadpan humor and calculatedly detached point of view.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 22, 2006
Garage rock meets garage moviemaking: that should have been the mandate of Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, featuring Kyle Gass and Jack Black as the amateur-hour power-guitar duo Tenacious D, who believe they're God's (or Satan's) gift to rock 'n' roll. Instead, with the collusion of director and co-writer Liam Lynch, Gass and Black make a spectacle of themselves. They create a joke-ridden fantasy complete with tarot card chapter breaks boasting titles like "Destiny" and "The Quest."
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March 8, 2009
1 Spring forward: Did you remember to set your clocks ahead before going to bed? If not, the rest of the 5 Things will all be off by an hour. 2 ACC showdown: No. 2 North Carolina hosts archrival and seventh-ranked Duke (4 p.m., chs. 13, 9) with the ACC regular-season title on the line. 3 Finals test: The Maryland women shoot for an ACC basketball championship against Duke (1 p.m., Comcast SportsNet-Plus). 4 Georgia on mind: Kyle Busch attempts to win his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m., chs. 45, 5)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 11, 2002
Orange County isn't terribly funny. But it's not terribly mean, either, and in an era in which teen comedies should be graded by their raunch quotient, that counts for something. It also has a certain Wizard of Oz-like quality that earns points for sincerity, if not execution, with its central message that dreams are best realized from one's own doorstep. Colin Hanks (son of Tom) plays Shaun Brumber, a high school overachiever with his sights set on Stanford - a school with two advantages.
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March 8, 2009
1 Spring forward: Did you remember to set your clocks ahead before going to bed? If not, the rest of the 5 Things will all be off by an hour. 2 ACC showdown: No. 2 North Carolina hosts archrival and seventh-ranked Duke (4 p.m., chs. 13, 9) with the ACC regular-season title on the line. 3 Finals test: The Maryland women shoot for an ACC basketball championship against Duke (1 p.m., Comcast SportsNet-Plus). 4 Georgia on mind: Kyle Busch attempts to win his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m., chs. 45, 5)
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By From Sun news services | December 17, 2008
Jack Black is joining 'Office' staff for episode on Super Bowl Sunday Jack Black is headed to The Office to guest-star in an episode slated to air in a ratings-rich time slot: immediately after NBC's Super Bowl telecast. The Feb. 1 episode, titled "Stress Relief," will follow the office drones as they try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie at work. The network did not say how the Tropic Thunder star will factor into the story line. Hosts with the most Fox TV says Halle Berry and actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry will host the 40th NAACP Image Awards in February.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 15, 2006
When Hollywood was still adult, they were called "women's pictures." They revolved around eternal issues like the tension between personal happiness and wifely duty or motherhood, and the shape these issues took could range from powerhouse tearjerkers such as Imitation of Life to no-holds-barred melodramas such as Mildred Pierce. Today they are called "chick flicks," and they refer to any movie that a girl or a woman is most likely to attend alone or with her gal pals, or with her local chapter of Oprah's Book Club.
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By Geoff Boucher and Geoff Boucher,Los Angeles TImes | December 8, 2006
HOLLYWOOD-- --When Jack Black says he wants to tell you a sad story about his childhood, the natural reaction is to brace yourself for a grand, loopy lie that will leave your face hurting from laughter. But what if it's really true? Or does that really matter? Anyway, here he goes: "I went to a Renaissance fair when I was just a child. I remember there was a woman there dressed as a wench" -- right there he enunciates like a wrestling announcer channeling Olivier -- "and she's on top of a wooden platform.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 22, 2006
Garage rock meets garage moviemaking: that should have been the mandate of Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, featuring Kyle Gass and Jack Black as the amateur-hour power-guitar duo Tenacious D, who believe they're God's (or Satan's) gift to rock 'n' roll. Instead, with the collusion of director and co-writer Liam Lynch, Gass and Black make a spectacle of themselves. They create a joke-ridden fantasy complete with tarot card chapter breaks boasting titles like "Destiny" and "The Quest."
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sun reporter | October 2, 2006
Are you ready to rock?" the instructor asks. The kid says nothing. He doesn't need to. He's ready. Music director Bryan Ewald's invitation is a bit of a tease, though. This is just a one-on-one lesson. The real jamming won't happen until two days later when a bunch of students get together to play in a group. But at the new Paul Green School of Rock Music in North Baltimore, even private sessions sometimes thunder. Guitar in tow, Dane Filipczak, 12, joins Ewald in a practice room and starts riffing through a solo in Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II."
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By From Sun news services | December 17, 2008
Jack Black is joining 'Office' staff for episode on Super Bowl Sunday Jack Black is headed to The Office to guest-star in an episode slated to air in a ratings-rich time slot: immediately after NBC's Super Bowl telecast. The Feb. 1 episode, titled "Stress Relief," will follow the office drones as they try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie at work. The network did not say how the Tropic Thunder star will factor into the story line. Hosts with the most Fox TV says Halle Berry and actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry will host the 40th NAACP Image Awards in February.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | November 9, 2001
Anyone can see that Shallow Hal is a one-joke movie. What makes it misfire is that its one joke clashes with its one idea. Played by Jack Black (the manic comic from High Fidelity), Hal is squat and chunky, and falls into a default look - a glare - that makes him look intense and crude, like Neanderthal man. But Hal fixates on women with the dimensions of models for the Sports llustrated swimsuit issue. Professional motivator Tony Robbins (as himself) gets stuck in an elevator with this bozo, senses that he has a good heart (how?
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 16, 2006
As a romantic comedy, Nacho Libre is cute. As an introduction to Mexican wrestling (known south of the border as Lucha Libre), Nacho Libre promises more than it delivers. As a mix of the two, Nacho Libre never seems to find its footing, so uncertain are its makers of what their audience expects. That uncertainty is understandable. Fans of star Jack Black are going to expect a gonzo romp, a no-holds-barred celebration of all things manic. Fans of writer-director Jared Hess are going to expect a reprise of his Napoleon Dynamite, with its deadpan humor and calculatedly detached point of view.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 3, 2003
Jack Black essentially gets to play himself in School of Rock, and the results are pretty funny. To a point. As an out-of-work, cash-strapped rocker who cons his way into a substitute teaching job at a hoity- toity private school, then tries turning a bunch of stuffed-short kids into a rock band, Black gets to display the skills and attitude he's honed as frontman for his own band, Tenacious D (as well as extrapolate on the character he introduced in...
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