News for Jul. 13, 2006

Jack Black: Hey dude, party's over

7/13/06, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Jack Black doesn't look like a Hollywood movie star. He's short and rotund with hawk-like eyes glistening beneath Jack Nicholson eyebrows. And he certainly doesn't sound much like a Hollywood star: "Dude, I reckon I look pretty darn good in stretchy tights". And yet, somehow, the anti-hero has become a star. The adulation began six years ago with Stephen Frears's High Fidelity, in which Black's obnoxious record-store assistant Barry stole the show from the film's real star, John Cusack. At the same time, a short-lived HBO television series showcased Black's mock-metal band Tenacious D. Later this year they will take their act onto the big screen with Tenacious D in "The Pick of Destiny". [More]