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The best of #NewStateMottos rebrands every state in America

The best of #NewStateMottos rebrands every state in America

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 10 (UPI) --Chris Hardwick asked his audience to rebrand every state in America on Wednesday's episode of Midnight, and fans of the fledgling talk show did not disappoint.
Matt Bradwell
Fan starts petition seeking Weird Al Yankovic to play Super Bowl halftime show

Fan starts petition seeking Weird Al Yankovic to play Super Bowl halftime show

GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) --A Weird Al Yankovic fan has started a Change.org petition asking the NFL to let the parody singer perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
Evan Bleier
'Goosebumps' movie begins production with Jack Black, Dylan Minnette

'Goosebumps' movie begins production with Jack Black, Dylan Minnette

ATLANTA, April 24 (UPI) -- Production has started on the upcoming film adaptation of 1990s children's horror book series "Goosebumps."
Annie Martin
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in 'Sex Tape' trailer

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in 'Sex Tape' trailer

April 1 (UPI) -- Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star as a couple who makes a sex tape in the upcoming film, "Sex Tape."
Veronica Linares
Ford, Bullock, Roberts honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Ford, Bullock, Roberts honored at Hollywood Film Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were honored at the Hollywood Film Awards gala in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Cher, Bryan Cranston lend voices to Autism Speaks campaign

Cher, Bryan Cranston lend voices to Autism Speaks campaign

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Adam West, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jim Parsons and Mark Hamill are lending their voices to the "Sound Off for Autism Speaks" fundraising campaign.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
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Cranston, Mikkelsen, Wilson join 'Kung Fu Panda 3' voice cast

Cranston, Mikkelsen, Wilson join 'Kung Fu Panda 3' voice cast

GLENDALE, Calif., April 10 (UPI) -- Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson have joined the voice cast of the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda 3," California's DreamWorks Animation said.
'Lincoln,' 'Django,' 'Argo' lead Golden Globe nods

'Lincoln,' 'Django,' 'Argo' lead Golden Globe nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln" was nominated for a leading seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Drama, in Los Angeles Thursday morning.
'Walking Dead' wins four Video Game Awards

'Walking Dead' wins four Video Game Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- "The Walking Dead: The Game" won four prizes at Spike TV's 10th annual Video Game Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Kennedy Center comics target Obama

Kennedy Center comics target Obama

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- President Obama and some of the seven award recipients were targets of comedians' jokes Sunday night at the Kennedy Center Honors program in Washington.
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Friars Club to roast actor Jack Black

Friars Club to roast actor Jack Black

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Actor, comedian and musician Jack Black is to be the subject of the 2013 Friars Club Roast in New York this spring, organizers said Wednesday.
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'Moonrise,' 'Linings' lead with 5 Independent Spirit Award nods

'Moonrise,' 'Linings' lead with 5 Independent Spirit Award nods

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" led the field with five Independent Spirit Award nominations apiece in Los Angeles Tuesday.
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Jack Black, who stars in the movie "Year One," arrives for the movie's premier at the Lincoln Square theater on June15, 2009 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American comedian, actor and musician. He makes up one half of the comedy and satirical rock duo Tenacious D. The group has two albums as well as a television series and a film. His acting career is extensive, starring primarily as bumbling, cocky, but internally self-conscious outsiders in comedy films. He was a member of the Frat Pack, a group of comedians who have appeared together in several Hollywood films, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. He has also won an MTV Movie Award, and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. He also hosted the 2011 Kids Choice Awards.

Black was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of two satellite engineers, Judith (née Cohen), who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, and Thomas William Black. Black's mother is Jewish and his father converted to Judaism. On The Tonight Show, he said his surname may have come from the occupational name Blacksmith. Black's parents divorced when he was 10; Black moved to Culver City with his father and frequently visited his mother’s home. As a child, Black appeared in a commercial for the Activision game Pitfall! in 1982, which was later shown during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and again on The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien. When Black entered high school, his parents enrolled him at the Poseidon School, a private secondary school engineered specifically for students struggling in the traditional school system. Black also attended the Crossroads School, where he excelled in drama. He later attended UCLA but dropped out during his sophomore year to pursue a career in entertainment, at which point his father discontinued his financial support. Fellow UCLA alumnus Tim Robbins later cast Black in Bob Roberts. He also had recurring roles on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show.

Black's acting career began with prime time television. He played roles on shows including Life Goes On, Northern Exposure, Mr. Show, Picket Fences, and The X-Files. Black appeared in the unaired TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack, directed by Ben Stiller, in which he played an ex-astronaut pursued by actor Ron Silver. He was accompanied by his friend who had merged with a motorcycle, voiced by Owen Wilson.

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