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Jessica Alba and Jack Black to Guest Star on NBC’s The Office

jackblackandjessicaalba-121608NBC has announced that Jack Black and Jessica Alba will both be guest-starring on the hour-long post-Super Bowl episode of The Office on February 1, 2009.

I’ve included both press releases after the jump.

Jack Black to Guest Star on The Office

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 15, 2008 – Multitalented actor Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Tropic Thunder,”) is set to guest-star in the upcoming post Super Bowl episode of “The Office.” The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

In one plot of the special post Super Bowl episode of “The Office,” some of the office workers try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie during the workday. The movie stars Jack Black and other notable Hollywood actors.

The special hour-long episode titled “Stress Relief” will premiere immediately following “Super Bowl XLIII,” Sunday, February 1 (10:30-11:30 p.m. ET; simultaneously to all time zones) on NBC. Season five of the Emmy-Award winning series will continue airing in its regular time slot; Thursdays (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC.

“The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Paul Lieberstein and Jennifer Celotta and produced by Reveille LLC, Deedle Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios.

This year has been very busy for Jack Black, starting with lending his voice to the lead animated character of “Po” in Paramount Pictures’ Kung Fu Panda. The film has earned more than $626 million worldwide, making it DreamWorks Animation’s most successful non-sequel film to date. So it comes as no surprise that DreamWorks has signed Black for the sequel scheduled to release in summer of 2011.

Black was back on top of the box office charts in August for the Paramount release of “Tropic Thunder.” Directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film, Black was joined by the star-studded cast of Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey. The film was #1 in the box office for two straight weeks and has earned over $100 million domestically.

Black recently wrapped filming his next feature film, “The Year One,” starring opposite of Michael Cera (“Juno”). Produced by Judd Apatow (“Pineapple Express”) and directed by Harold Ramis (“Knocked Up”), Black plays “Zed” a lazy hunter-gatherer who is banished from his primitive village and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. This adventure comedy is set to release in June of 2009.

Jessica Alba to Guest Star on The Office

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 16, 2008 – Actress Jessica Alba (“Fantastic Four,”) is set to guest star in the upcoming post Super Bowl episode of “The Office.” The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

In one plot of the special post Super Bowl episode of “The Office,” some of the office workers try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie during the workday. Alba and comedic actor Jack Black will play characters in the bootleg movie.

The special hour-long episode titled “Stress Relief” will premiere immediately following “Super Bowl XLIII” Sunday, February 1 (10:30-11:30 p.m. ET; simultaneously to all time zones) on NBC. Season five of the Emmy-Award winning series will continue airing in its regular time slot; Thursdays (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC.

“The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Paul Lieberstein and Jennifer Celotta and produced by Reveille LLC, Deedle Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios.

Alba first achieved worldwide recognition as the lead character in James Cameron’s “Dark Angel.” In the series, Alba portrayed Max, a genetically enhanced human prototype who escapes from her government captors only to live out her life on the run in the underground of 21st century Seattle. In the series’ first season, she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice Award. She was voted the TV Guide Award as Breakout Star of the Year by readers, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. “Dark Angel” has been a success around the world, helping to establish her as an international star.

Her early feature film credits include “Never Been Kissed,” starring and produced by Drew Barrymore, as well as the thriller “Idle Hands.” She later starred as the title character in the romance film “The Sleeping Dictionary.” Her first starring role in a major studio film was the 2003 release “Honey.” The contemporary urban drama from Universal Pictures grossed over $60-million worldwide.

In 2005 she starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed “Sin City,” directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm ‘The Invisible Girl’ in Marvel Comics’ action-franchise blockbuster “Fantastic Four,” which was released in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success, with over $300 million in revenue. Later the same year, she starred in the 2005 underwater action-adventure, “Into the Blue.” In 2005, the combined worldwide box office for “Fantastic Four,” “Sin City” and “Into the Blue” totaled over half a billion dollars. There is talk of a sequel to “Sin City” and the second installment of the popular comic book adaptation “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” opened to worldwide success in June 2007.

Alba co-starred in the psychological thriller “Awake” with Terrence Howard, Hayden Christiansen and Lena Olin, and the hit comedy “Good Luck Chuck” opposite Dane Cook. Alba went on to star in the remake of Hong Kong’s psychological horror hit “The Eye,” and then co-starred with Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake in the summer comedy “The Love Guru.” Next up, she stars in “An Invisible Sign of My Own,” filmed on location in New York for release in 2009.

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  • Erin

    Holy Schnikeys! This will be such a great addition to the show… though, I hope it doesn’t hurt Alba’s or Black’s ratings as far as movies go. Typically TV is the last attempt to keep a name alive… Alba hasn’t had too many recent movie hits, so its hard to say: http://www.everyhype.com/?utm_source=bc

  • Erin

    Holy Schnikeys! This will be such a great addition to the show… though, I hope it doesn’t hurt Alba’s or Black’s ratings as far as movies go. Typically TV is the last attempt to keep a name alive… Alba hasn’t had too many recent movie hits, so its hard to say: http://www.everyhype.com/?utm_source=bc