Jack Black and Kyle Gass were in Los Angeles recently to shoot a music video for "The Pick of Destiny," the first single from the soundtrack to their upcoming Tenacious D movie of the same name. "The idea is that me and Kyle are going to see our own movie, and we get so excited while we're in the theater that we start singing this song and jumping up in front of everybody, and everybody gets angry at us," said Black, who hosts the Video Music Awards live from New York at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday (August 31). "We ruin their experience and get thrown out of our own movie." The video features an angry usher chasing the duo around an irritated audience while the "Destiny" movie plays, and it will debut shortly before the film's November 17 release. Black also said the D will be releasing several other videos from the soundtrack. "I'd like to make one for a metal song we've got on there called 'The Metal' — that would be pretty rad — and one of them's going to be animated; it's called 'Classico,' and we've got the dude who did 'Ren & Stimpy,' " Black said, referring to cult animation hero John Kricfalusi. "He did another music video for us [earlier] for 'F--- Her Gently.' It never once played on MTV, but it did make the rounds on the Internet." ...

"Baby, you are going to miss that plane," crooned Celine, a final note of glorious ambiguity at the end of 2004's "Before Sunset." And we all would have missed that plane, if it meant we could spend more time with Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater in another sequel to the acclaimed "Before Sunrise." Linklater confirmed recently that early conversations between the three principals have centered on the possibility of revisiting the two love-struck characters several years into their marriage. "That's a thought," Linklater said about putting Delpy and Hawke's characters together permanently. "If we were ever to do that again, [a third film] would be in the belly of the domestic beast." The 46-year-old director isn't worried a second sequel would diminish the characters' enthusiasm for each other — or for deep, nuanced conversations about love, family and growing old. "In any life that goes on, there'll be more interesting stuff," he intonated. "I mean, those are interesting people. I'm sure there'd be something to dig into at some point." ...

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If the hit flick "Step Up" still has your toes tapping now that you've left the theater, you'll want to keep your eye on the next dance flick making the rounds. Previously boasting the similar-sounding title "Steppin'," the January release starring Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Meagan Good has been renamed "Stomp the Yard." Studio insiders assure us that no actual yards were harmed in the filming of the movie. ...

With John Constantine as a friend, death is no obstacle for Shia LaBeouf. The precocious young actor from last year's "Constantine," LaBeouf said he hopes to make a follow-up film — despite the fact that his character died at the end of the first movie. "I was signed to do sequels with 'Constantine,' " he enthused. According to the "Transformers" star, however, life would have to imitate art for it to happen. Keanu Reeves — who played the supernatural detective with the power to rescue the dead — needs to climb onboard for the project to move forward. "It's up to Keanu and where he wants to go, what he wants to do on his slate," LaBeouf shrugged. ...

Paramount Pictures has donated $2.6 million to four New York charities, carrying out a 9/11 pledge. The figure is a percentage of the opening-day gross from Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center," starring Nicolas Cage. Half the donation will go to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and fund the construction of the memorial's two planned reflecting pools. The remaining donation will be divided equally among Tuesday's Children, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center and the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. ...

Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy — girl moves to Egypt to become a belly dancer? That's the world according to actress Laura Ramsey ("She's the Man"), whose next film, "Whatever Lola Wants," follows an American jazz enthusiast on a transcontinental journey of dancing discovery. "She's auditioning and auditioning and isn't getting any dance opportunities," Ramsey explained of the plot. "So she ends up falling for this guy from Egypt and following him there, where she becomes a belly dancer." The Wisconsin-born actress called her training for the film challenging, since she "never had any previous dance experience," but she added that the style was more important than its execution. "It's supposed to be a woman's dance, and it's appetizing," Ramsey contended. Contradicting traditional Hollywood executive decrees, the 24-year-old admitted that she was encouraged to "gain a little bit of weight, because you need to have something to roll around." The actress returns to the Morocco shoot soon and will film until December, with the movie dancing toward a late 2007 release. ...

Anthony Mackie is giving a history lesson, and the day's subject is Nat Turner — the slave who became a prophet and whose resistance nearly brought down a government. "I think it's a monumental point in American history," the "Million Dollar Baby" actor insisted, adding ruefully, "and a lot of people don't even know about him." Mackie hopes to rectify that with "3/5 of a Man," a Ving Rhames-produced biopic on the enslavement, rebellion and eventual execution of Turner. "The story of Nat Turner has to be told," he exclaimed. "You have a man who was really looked at as a religious prophet in American history." Based on a play by Michael Henry Brown, the flick takes its name from an early clause in the Constitution that counted each slave as only three-fifths of a person. ...

If scary movies frighten you, that's nothing compared to how Samaire Armstrong ("Just My Luck") feels. And, as in most Hollywood revenge plots, this time it's personal. "I swore never to do scary films because my birthday's on Halloween," the vivacious blonde winced. "I don't really like that nature of things. But," she continued, "this one ... is pretty cool." "This one" is "Rise," a vampire revenge film starring Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis. The movie centers on a female reporter who vows eternal justice after discovering a nefarious organization has transformed her into a member of the undead. Armstrong plays Jenny, a character she likens to "Drew Barrymore in 'Scream,' where you're like, 'Where is she? Oh, she's dead.' " The thriller is expected in theaters later this year. ...

A native of Toms River, New Jersey, Piper Perabo achieved her greatest acclaim playing a character literally close to home in 2000's "Coyote Ugly." Six years later, she's heading to the opposite shores as one of four friends making a beeline for the California coast in a currently untitled film from wunderkind filmmakers Àlex and David Pastor. Cameras started rolling in Los Angeles recently on the flick stars Perabo alongside Chris Pine ("The Princess Diaries 2"), Lou Taylor Pucci ("Thumbsucker") and Emily Van Camp ("The Ring Two"). The film, which is targeting a 2007 release, tells the story of a group fleeing a deadly viral pandemic in the post-apocalyptic American West.

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