10 Hollywood stars who need a hit
Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman and others struggle to get back on top
The Situation: A dependable supporting actor who shines in ensembles ("Margot at the Wedding," "Tropic Thunder," "High Fidelity"), Black doesn't seem to have much box office draw as a leading man or co-lead. His last starring live-action hit was "Nacho Libre" in 2006, while "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," "Be Kind Rewind," "Year One," "The Big Year" and the pricey "Gulliver's Travels" all flopped in the U.S. (although "Gulliver" did nicely overseas). He's had much more success in animation, but many kids don't go see "Kung Fu Panda" movies for Jack Black.
Why there's hope: Lower budget, indie-minded films like Richard Linklater's "Bernie" reminded audiences why they love Black -- and that bigger is not always better -- which is precisely why "The D Train" (which premiered at Sundance 2015) may really resonate when it goes wide this year. Yes, there's another "Kung Fu Panda" on the way for 2016, but there's also "Goosebumps," a new adaptation of the adored kid's book series, also out this year.