Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Liam Lynch
Screenwriter: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
Genre: Comedy, Musical
MPAA Rating: R
Cast (in credits order)
Jack Black .... JB
Kyle Gass .... KG
Jason Reed .... Lee
Ronnie James Dio .... Himself
Paul F. Tompkins .... Open Mic Host
Troy Gentile .... Lil' JB
Ned Bellamy .... Security Guard #1
Fred Armisen .... Security Guard #2
Kirk Ward .... Car Chase Cop/Gang Leader
Amy Poehler .... Truck Stop Waitress
Tim Robbins .... The Stranger
David Grohl .... Satan
Ben Stiller .... Guitar Store Guy
ABOUT THE CAST
Jack Black first came to widespread recognition as the sarcastic music store worker in the Stephen Frears comedy High Fidelity. In 2003, Black received a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor category for his performance in School of Rock. Black played a failed rock musician who masquerades as a substitute teacher at a private school in the hit comedy directed by Richard Linklater and written by Mike White.
The following year, Black produced and starred in the hit comedy Nacho Libre directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and written by Mike White, Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess.
Black portrayed filmmaker and showman Carl Denham in Peter Jackson’s 2005 epic King Kong, which also starred Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Colin Hanks. He provided the voice of Lenny in the 2004 animated feature Shark Tale, which also featured vocal performances from Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Renée Zellweger and Robert De Niro.
Black’s previous screen credits include the Barry Levinson comedy Envy with Ben Stiller, the Farrelly brothers’ Shallow Hal, which also starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Orange County from director Jake Kasdan and writer Mike White, Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs and Steve Zahn and the independent drama Jesus’ Son with Billy Crudup. He made his feature film debut in 1992 for director Tim Robbins in Bob Roberts.
Black recently wrapped production in Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind and the untitled Noah Baumbach Project. Both films, in which Black has lead roles, will be released in 2007.
This December, Black will star in the ensemble romantic comedy, The Holiday, with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law for director Nancy Meyers.
Kyle Gass and Jack Black met as members of Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang ensemble theatre troupe. They created their comedy rock band, Tenacious D, in the mid-90’s.
Gass, who was born and raised in Northern California also leads the five-man band Trainwreck which features JR Reed (who plays Lee, The D’s most ardent fan) as lead singer and includes Nate Rothacker on drums, John Konesky on electric guitar, John Spiker on bass and vocals..
An accomplished actor as well as a musician, Gass made his feature film debut in Jacobs Ladder. His other feature motion picture credits include Elf, Almost Famous, Shallow Hal, Saving Silverman, The Cable Guy, and The Cradle Will Rock among others. He also appeared in iconic TV shows Seinfeld, Friends and Undeclared.
JR Reed attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV as a theater major. A longstanding member of Los Angeles’ Actors’ Gang Theater Company, he acted in, wrote and directed numerous award-winning productions under artistic director Tim Robbins and performed in several Mark Taper Forum produced theater projects as well as several L.A. sketch comedy groups-- including A.S.S. (Another Showcase Showdown) whom performed mainstage at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival.
The Las Vegas, Nevada native originated the role of “Lee” in “The Fan” episode of the HBO series “The Adventures of Tenacious D.” He has appeared as Lee live in concert singing songs with the D as well as portraying other characters, including “cheap-ass spidey”-man and satan.
Trainwreck, a southern-rock character band formed by Reed and Kyle Gass has toured nationally and appeared as musical guest on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” In 2004, they released “Trainwreck Live” on Sony/Epic Records.
On television, JR has appeared in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Dead Last,” “Alias,” “Living with Fran,” "VH-1 Storytellers" and with his Trainwreck bandmates, hosted programming on Al Gore's CurrentTV.
Armisen is currently in his fifth season on “Saturday Night Live.” In his first year, his character the Venezuelan comedian “Fericito” coached Senator John McCain through his opening monologue and brought laughs to “Weekend Update.” He now has his own recurring sketch, “Showbiz Grande Explosion.” In addition, Armisen provided the (late) rimshots as the geriatric drummer Mackey for Chris Kattan’s burned-out Vegas act “Buddy Mills” in the recurring “All Night Vegas” sketches and as the European VJ Leonard on Club Traxxx, the Native American comic Billy Smith, the adult education advocate Gabe Fisher and as Prince, the host of the musician’s often-silent talk show “The Prince Show.”
He began his career as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came with the 1998 underground short film Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and SXSW which followed him posing as a music journalist through the Austin, Texas “South by Southwest Music Festival.”
Armisen has brought his characters to “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” the Chicago Comedy Festival and programs on British television. He has also appeared on HBO’s music show “Reverb” and in his own eponymous interstitial series on “HBO Zone” as well as in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. His films include “Anchorman: The Story of Ron Burghendy”, “Eurotrip”, and the upcoming “Deck the Halls” and “Quebec”, co-starring with John C. Reilly.
Ned Bellamy and Tim Robbins formed The Actors’ Gang theatre troupe following their graduation from UCLA where Bellamy received his BA in theater.
The Actors’ Gang created some of the most compelling stage work in Los Angeles including “Violence,” “Boys In The Back Room,” “Mephisto” and “Carnage,” which they also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Bellamy also appeared in The Mark Taper Forum’s version of “Nothing Sacred.”
Most recently Bellamy has appeared in the Harold Ramis comedy The Ice Harvest, opposite John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Following his role in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Ned will next be seen in The Contract starring Morgan Freeman and Wind Chill alongside Emily Blunt.
Bellamy has worked for over two decades on both the small and large screens, with some of the best directors in Hollywood including Robert Altman in The Player, Frank Darabont in The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Burton in Ed Wood, Spike Jonze in Being John Malkovich, Tony Scott in The Fan, and Simon West in Con Air.
On television, he has guest starred on “Seinfeld,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Scrubs,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “CSI: NY & Miami” and most recently on “The Unit” and “Boston Legal.”
Bellamy was born and raised in the Midwest. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.
Born in New Hampshire, USA, Ronnie first achieved recognition singing with his own band Elf. Deep Purple's Roger Glover and Ian Paice spotted him in 1972, and Elf then supported the British band on several US tours. In 1974, Ronnie sang on Roger's famed solo project “The Butterfly Ball” and then joined Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. With his pioneering classical metal work in Rainbow, as well as his vocal pyrotechnics on two Black Sabbath monoliths (“Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules”), Ronnie used word and rhythm to seduce his way into the center ring during metal's thriving heyday.
His first solo offering, “Holy Diver” (1983), was a brilliant display of melody and might that married Ronnie's immense vocal, lyrical and compositional acumen with the talents of a band chosen with almost Machiavellian insight. “Holy Diver” quickly established the singer's hypnotizing skill for delivering messages that pierced the wild heart of the metal generation. Due to a wellspring of strength built from childhood struggles, Ronnie learned to soar with words, writing anthems to overcoming, paeans to personal power and overtures to outcasts, all with a verve that stressed independence in the face of dark forces.
By the release of record #2, “The Last in Line” (1984), Dio was firing on all cylinders, packing stadiums with a visual and aural symphony: a pyramid stage
set complete with a three-headed cobra and fighting sphinxes and songs that spoke to an all too prevalent middle American reality. Good versus evil was Dio's unrelenting theme, carried forward on releases such as “Sacred Heart” (1985), “Dream Evil” (1987) and “Lock up the Wolves” (1990). Next up for Ronnie was his reunion with Black Sabbath for 1992's “Dehumanizer.” The remainder of the 90's saw Dio releasing “Strange Highways” (1994), “Angry Machines” (1996), and a live offering in “Inferno: Last in Live” (1998).
In 2000, Dio and the band’s music was featured in an episode of Comedy Central’s hit show, “South Park,” now available on DVD. That year also saw guitarist Craig Goldy returning to the fold as the Dio clan released “Magica,” a concept album. “Magica” was hailed as the band's "comeback" album and received glowing reviews. Following a hugely successful tour of Europe, Japan and the U.S., Ronnie found himself teaming up with his old mates from Deep Purple to perform songs from “The Butterfly Ball” and his new - masterpiece, in conjunction with a 79-piece orchestra. Shortly thereafter, Goldy once again retreated, and former Hurricane/Lion axeman Doug Aldrich joined the band for 2002's “Killing the Dragon,” a classic Dio masterpiece, and the live recording of “Evil or Divine,” filmed live at New York's Roseland Theater and released on both CD and DVD in 2005. A tour with Deep Purple and the Scorpions followed.
After Aldrich's defection to Whitesnake, Goldy returned once again and set to working on a whirlwind year of touring with Iron Maiden and Motorhead, followed by the recording of “Master of the Moon,” released in 2004. 2005 brought the release of the “We Rock “ DVD, on which Aldrich filled in when Goldy injured his arm on tour, while “Holy Diver-Live,” a classic concert recorded at London’s Astoria in 1995, was released this year on CD and DVD.
2006 has taken Dio to the four corners of the world, the U.S., Japan and Europe, of course, but they also performed to new audiences in Central and South America and Russia. Ronnie James Dio will begin writing a new album to be released early in the new year. Ronnie reminds us that an album is forever -- that each one is a document carved in time, to be studied and enjoyed by generations of listeners. After more than 20 years of thoughtful and painstakingly creative music, the Dio canon is now regarded as above and beyond trend, one of the few hallowed metal collections composing the very definition of "classic rock."
Meat Loaf who is known throughout the world for his great musical talents, has also enjoyed a prodigious acting career.
He became known to national audiences as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which he also performed on Broadway. More recently, he starred opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in DavidWayne’s World and Leap of Faith among others. His television credits include “The Ballad of Lucy Whipple,” opposite Glenn Close and the HBO movie “Blacktop” opposite Kristen Davis.
Originally from Dallas Texas, Meat Loaf began his career in Los Angeles and made his chart debut in 1971. The notorious 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and is the number three selling record of all time. His 1993 sequel, “Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell,” earned him a Grammy ® for Best Rock Vocal Performance for “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” and was one of the biggest selling records of the year (18 million copies worldwide). Additionally, he simultaneously released the album Storytellers, in partnership with VH-1 and his autobiography To Hell and Back in 2003.
His next album, Bat Out of Hell III – The Monster is Loose (Virgin Records America), will be released on Halloween 2006 and marks the culmination of a three-decade journey for Meat Loaf. Combined, the first two Bat albums sold
nearly 50 million copies worldwide, establishing Bat Out of Hell as a true musical franchise.
On Broadway, Meat Loaf has performed in “Hair,” and “The National Lampoon Show.” His off-Broadway appearances include “As You Like It” and “Othello” at Shakespeare in the Park. On November 2nd, Meat Loaf will return to Broadway for a special one-night engagement, Bat Out of Hell on Broadway, at New York’s Palace Theatre. In this three-act musical he will perform songs from the Bat trilogy.
Amy Poehler is in her sixth season on “Saturday Night Live” and her third as the co-anchor seat of “Weekend Update.”
Renowned as “a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian,” (Entertainment Weekly, 11/19/05), Poehler boasts an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters, from the hyperactive “Caitlin” and one-legged reality show contestant “Amber” to a manic host of “Good Morning Meth,” Poehler has also contributed memorable impressions of Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Senator Hillary Clinton, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson.
Poehler joined the “SNL” cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe originally formed in Chicago.
Poehler and the U.C.B. relocated to New York where they had a sketch show on Comedy Central for three seasons on which she was both a writer and performer. In addition, they opened a theater currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venue in New York City. Poehler and the U.C.B. was featured in “A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv” an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Upcoming features for Poehler include: Blades of Glory, alongside “SNL” alum Will Ferrell, Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” and Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite. She will also be seen on the big screen in Mr Woodcock opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Seann William Scott, Fast Track with Zach Braff, Jason Bateman and Amanda Peet and Southland Tales for director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko). She’ll also voice “Snow White” in the eagerly anticipated Shrek the Third. She was seen in the hit comedy Mean Girls opposite Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey, and her other credits include: Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Wet Hot American Summer and Envy.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television ranging from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (as recurring character "Stacey," Andy Richter's little sister), “Arrested Development” (playing the wife to real-life husband Will Arnett), “Wonder Showzen” and “Undeclared.” She also was a voice on “O’Grady” and “The Simpsons.”
Poehler is married and lives in New York City.
Paul F. Tompkins first collaborated with Tenacious D on their HBO specials, playing the role of Paul.
Paul is a regular contributor for VH1's Best Week Ever and can be seen in the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson feature. His other feature credits include Will Ferrell's Anchorman.
For the past four years, Tompkins and his “The Paul F. Tompkins Show,” have performed on the last Monday of the month at the Los Angeles nightclub, Largo. A showcase not only for his talents as standup comic, singer and actor, the variety show brings together comedy acts, musicians and guest stars and has gathered a cult audience.
A native of Philadelphia, Tompkins moved to Hollywood in 1994 where he met Jay Johnston with whom he created the sketch show, “The Skates.”
He was a writer and performed on HBO’s “Mr. Show with Bob and David” receiving an Emmy nomination for writing. He also wrote and starred in “Driven to Drink,” his own one-man show on HBO.
Other television credits include appearances on “The Daily Show” (before Jon Stewart); “Late Night with Conan O’Brien;” the situation comedy “DAG,” “Real Time” with Bill Maher.
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