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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

Surprises all round this week! Louis from One Direction has unexpectedly knocked up a "friend," Katy Perry (who's never won a Grammy) is up for an Emmy, Sinead O'Connor probably hasn't looked at Rolling Stone for 15 years, and it turns out…
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Music, All Shook Down Jimmy Fallon's Top 5 Greatest Music Parodies

Jimmy Fallon's Top 5 Greatest Music Parodies

Earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon enlisted Jack Black to put together a frame-for-frame parody of Extreme's "More Than Words" video. Now, unless you're in the same age bracket as Jimmy 'n' Jack, you probably won't understand the sheer majesty of…
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News, Feature Phallusy: Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass on Van Halen and Theater-Sized Dick Jokes

Phallusy: Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass on Van Halen and Theater-Sized Dick Jokes

When it comes to mixing rock and comedy, self-proclaimed "greatest band on Earth" Tenacious D occupies the same rarified stratum as Frank Zappa and Spinal Tap. For 20 years, Jack Black and Kyle Gass have been belting out hilariously vulgar…
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Music, All Shook Down Tenacious D Splooges All Over the Audience at the Fox

Tenacious D Splooges All Over the Audience at the Fox

By David Corcoran Tenacious D The Sights May 24, 2012 Fox Theater Better than: The Pick of Destiny. By a lot. If you happened to take in Tenacious D's show last night at the Fox Theater in Oakland without having…
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Film, "Bernie": Black Excels in Weird, Affecting True-Crime Story

"Bernie": Black Excels in Weird, Affecting True-Crime Story

The script for Bernie was in part dictated from the stand: In a 1997 murder trial in Carthage, Texas, Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede, a closeted ex-mortician, confessed to the shooting of his benefactress, 81-year-old millionaire widow Marjorie Nugent, 43 years his…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Film, "The Big Year": Star-Studden Comedy Fails to Take Flight

"The Big Year": Star-Studden Comedy Fails to Take Flight

In the spirit of its bird-watching subject, The Big Year populates countless scenes with notable faces — Dianne Wiest! Brian Dennehy! Jim Parsons! Rashida Jones! Joel McHale! Corbin Bernsen? — yet despite such stargazing, which also extends to leads Steve…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Funny World You People Live In

It's a Funny World You People Live In

A lot of us know Nick Hornby for one thing: lists. His novel and subsequent John Cusack/Jack Black vehicle of a film, High Fidelity, had much to recommend it, if not the girlfriend character. But the very best part was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be Green

Be Green

How would you like it if Jack Black played you in the movie of your life? Gotta be a mixed bag. Especially since School of Rock stole your idea and gave you no credit. But the original, the Paul Green…
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News, The Snitch

Behold: Prop 8 - The Musical

If ever a topic deserved the high-kicking, earnest treatment of a school musical, well, um, homophobia probably isn't it. Except that this is awesome. Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Andy Richter and others skewer Prop 8 with songs, dancing, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Bad Case of Loving You

A Bad Case of Loving You

Hopefully you've seen the viral video "Prop. 8: The Musical," starring Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Alison Janney, Neil Patrick Harris, and lots of other smart pro-gays by now. If so, wouldn't you like to be cool like them? All you…
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Film, <i>Be Kind, Rewind</i> Not Worth Renting

Be Kind, Rewind Not Worth Renting

The pleasures of Be Kind Rewind do not extend far beyond the promise of its premise: Jack Black, magnetized and manic (yawn), erases every single video tape in the rental store where he hangs out and has to reshoot the…
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Music, All Shook Down

Mos Def and Jack Black Remake Rush Hour 2 in Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry's upcoming film Be Kind Rewind features Mos Def and Jack Black as video store clerks who film their own versions of Hollywood blockbusters after accidentally demagnetizing all the rental tapes. This means hilarious home videos of the…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Fears of a Clown: MC Frontalot Gets Trapped in Unfunny Nerdspeak

The Fears of a Clown: MC Frontalot Gets Trapped in Unfunny Nerdspeak

With regular old bad songwriting, at least there's the occasional hooky melody or propulsive beat listeners can grab on to. With bad comedy bands, the demands are much higher. It's all about the punch line. If you hit the right…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Weed Killer

Weed Killer

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (New Line) You probably already know where you stand on Tenacious D, the pudgy hard rock comedy duo that made Jack Black famous. And if you haven't heard of them, this isn't the…
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Film, One Toke Wonder

One Toke Wonder

The first few minutes of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny are something to behold: a four-minute rock opera cranked to 11. A doughy young boy with dirty-mop locks (Nacho Libre's Troy Gentile, once more playing lil' Jack Black)…
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Film, Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat

There is no movie more overrated in recent history than Napoleon Dynamite; it's to cinema what the Doors are to rock 'n' roll, a thing blindly and inexplicably championed as though it were a religion above being blasphemed by nonbelievers.…
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Film, Bad Education

Bad Education

Before there was School of Rock, the 2003 movie in which Jack Black awakened a class of subdued elementary schoolkids with lessons in America's loudest subject, there was rock school. Students of the Paul Green School of Rock Music in…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Local Magazine

Planet www.planet-mag.com The Mission District-based Planet may be only 3 years old, but in that time it has carved out a distinctive niche that straddles the line between the modern urban cool of Black Book or Fader and the…
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Music, Reviewed Clem Snide

Clem Snide

Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay has always been a decent singer/ songwriter -- you know, the kind who turns a nice phrase, plucks a pretty melody, and warbles in a mournful tone that gets his tunes placed on many a…
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