The road from teen pop idol to movie star is not an easy one, but Nick Jonas seems to have navigated it successfully. He’s currently appearing in his biggest role to date, co-starring in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle alongside such Hollywood veterans as Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart. So how did Jonas like working with his Jumanji co-stars?
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, after nearly overtaking Star Wars: The Last Jedi for first place in its first weekend at the U.S. box office, is playing now in theaters everywhere.
These days, it seems like you can’t talk about Dwayne Johnson without using the words “potential Presidential candidate.” The talk of a Rock run at the Oval Office has reached a fever pitch, and the actor himself hasn’t done anything to quash the rumors. Far from it — when we sat down with him to talk about his new movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, he even talked about the roles his co-stars could play in the possible Johnson administration.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with all its fun and games, is playing in theaters now.
Though he voiced Po in Kung Fu Panda 3,Jack Black’s last live action features were 2015’s Goosebumpsand The D List. The good news is he’s back in 2018 with The Polka King, the true story of Polish immigrant Jan Lewan’s (Black) pursuit of the American Dream.
Unfortunately, those goals were not met via honest and hard work as he created the world’s only known Polka Ponzi scheme. Lewan’s life story was previously spotlighted in the 2009 documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King, and this version should shine a bigger spotlight on Lewan’s colorful (and criminal) life. Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wally Wolodarsky (Seeing Other People) are the co-writers and directors of The Polka King, with Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove and Willie Garson rounding out the cast. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Goosebumps was the #1 film over the weekend, as it took in $23.5 million. With a projected budget of $58 million, the film is expected to make a solid profit for Sony, and a sequel is currently in development.
One of the film’s strengths lies in Jack Black’s portrayal of real life author R.L. Stine as a curmudgeonly author. “My introduction to Goosebumpswas the screenplay to the movie,” said Black. “I had never read any of the books or seen any of the television episodes, but I loved the screenplay and read some of the books as my research. They’re great and they’re really fun to read.”
The good news is that R.L. Stine was supportive Jack Black’s performance which, according to Black, was inspired by Orson Welles’ portrayal of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. In the audio clip below the actor and Goosebumpsdirector Rob Letterman talk about Stine’s love for the project and such TV classics as Your Show of Shows. (Click on the media bar below to hear Black and Letterman):
Opening Friday, Goosebumps centers on Zach (Dylan Minnette), a teenager who moves to Greendale, Maryland with his mother (Amy Ryan). Initially reluctant with the change of scenery, Zach befriends inquisitive neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush), and their immediate bond is somewhat impeded by Hannah’s reclusive father, aka author R.L. Stine (Jack Black).
When Zach unwittingly unleashes Stine’s fictional creations into Greendale, it’s up to him and his newfound friends (Ryan Lee also stars as Zach’s new buddy Champ) to save the day.
“I auditioned (for Goosebumps)a few times,” said Rush, who starred last year in The Giver. “I read with a lot of different boys for Zach and then I read with Dylan and I read with Jack and it was kind of immediate then. I realized in the audition process that I really loved the script and I loved the way Rob Letterman directs. I could really do this for the next for months and I would really enjoy working with these people.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rush, Minnette, and Bell discuss their respectiveaudition process for Goosebumps.