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Strapped for cash, Jack Black gets a Bailout

May. 12, 2011by: Mike Sampson
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While Jack Black is at Cannes promoting KUNG FU PANDA 2, he's also there wheelin and dealin. Black has signed on to star in BAILOUT, an upcoming comedy directed by Michael Winterbottom, who last directed the decided unfunny THE KILLER INSIDE ME. The comedy is pre-selling at Cannes with hopes to begin filming this August.

In the film, Black would star as a reporter who gets laid off, is deep in debt, suspects his wife is having an affair and generally going through a mid-life crisis. One night while making a trip to 7-11 for milk, he gets the bright idea to start selling weed on the side. As it often does, hilarity ensues.

BAILOUT is based on the novel "The Financial Lives of the Poets" by Jess Walter (and it gets its title because the lead character loses his money on a website that mixes poetry and financial advice).

Black can be seen next in THE BIG YEAR with Steve Martin and Joel McHale and has a bit part in THE MUPPETS later this year.

Source: Variety

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6:56PM on 05/12/2011
I was with this until I got to "decides to sell weed on the side". I mean come on! Do we always have to aim for the most absurd and fundamentally stupid way of dealing with your problems to 'let the funny happen'... lazy.
I was with this until I got to "decides to sell weed on the side". I mean come on! Do we always have to aim for the most absurd and fundamentally stupid way of dealing with your problems to 'let the funny happen'... lazy.
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9:46AM on 05/12/2011
Could be okay. I haven't seen a lot of Jack Black movies, so I'm not burned out on him yet like many people are.
Could be okay. I haven't seen a lot of Jack Black movies, so I'm not burned out on him yet like many people are.
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10:21AM on 05/12/2011
Seeing how Tristam Shandy : A Cock and Bull Story is one of my favorite comedies of all time, I have full faith in Winterbottom directing a funny movie.

On the other hand, there are only a handful of Jack Black movies I actually like : High Fidelity, Tropic Thunder and Margot at the Wedding (and Anchorman to a certain extent). So I will be waiting for a trailer before making my mind about this...
Seeing how Tristam Shandy : A Cock and Bull Story is one of my favorite comedies of all time, I have full faith in Winterbottom directing a funny movie.

On the other hand, there are only a handful of Jack Black movies I actually like : High Fidelity, Tropic Thunder and Margot at the Wedding (and Anchorman to a certain extent). So I will be waiting for a trailer before making my mind about this...
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3:05PM on 05/12/2011
I thought School of Rock was funny, but his latest films like Gulliver's Travels and Year One have been turds
I thought School of Rock was funny, but his latest films like Gulliver's Travels and Year One have been turds
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