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New Jack Black Comedy Probably Less of a Broad Bore Than Usual

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Every so often Jack Black likes to take a break from Gulliver Traveling and being a panda, giving his vocal cords a brief respite from shouting with a more subdued role in something like Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding. It sounds like that time has come yet again, with news Black will star in the painfully timely-named but respectable-sounding Bailout.

The film is selling worldwide rights at Cannes--with the help of a hilarious, enormous banner of Black looking surprised, if history is any indication--and is set for an August shoot with prolific filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, the upcoming The Trip) directing a script from Jess Walter, who also wrote the book (The Financial Lives of The Poets) that's serving as the basis. Black will play a man who's lost his job, fears his wife is cheating on him, and is near losing his house to debt when he meets a couple guys at a grocery who propose "a strange business opportunity and his last chance to save himself." As the film's title implies, overarching this tale of mid-life crisis is a grander explanation of the world financial crisis, which I believe will make for the first time a broadly popular comic actor has covered a serious political issue since Adam Sandler so thoroughly detailed the Israel-Palestine conflict in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Now where is Eddie Murphy with a criticism of the bin Laden operation in which he'll play both Osama and Obama?

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