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Black’s knack for Nick

Disney's 'Madagascar' leads pic pack with three noms

A correction was made to this article on Feb. 7, 2006.

Jack Black will host Nickelodeon’s 19th annual “Kids’ Choice Awards.”

Black takes over as emcee from last year’s host, Ben Stiller. Kudocast will air live April 1 from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

“Kids love Jack Black’s high-energy, unpredictable comedy,” said Nick exec VP Marjorie Cohn. “With Jack as host, the surprise factor is naturally elevated.”

DreamWorks’ “Madagascar” led the pack with three nominations, one for animated movie and two for voice from an animated pic (Chris Rock and Stiller). Fox’s “Robots” also picked up two, one for animated movie and another for Robin Williams in the voice category.

Will Smith snatched mentions for male singer and movie actor, while Mariah Carey also claimed two, for female singer and song (“We Belong Together”). Green Day garnered double noms for music group and song (“Lose My Breath”).

Two noms each also went to skeins “Drake and Josh” and “That’s So Raven,” as well as to “Harry Potter” for movie (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) and book series.

In addition to “Goblet,” movie nominees also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Herbie: Fully Loaded.”

Beginning March 6, the cabler will allow kids to vote online for their picks in 16 film, music, sports and television-related categories. Surprise awards will also be announced during the show.

Bonus media also will be available on Nick.com, including a “Kid’s Choice” playlist and clips from past shows, accessible through TurboNick, the cabler’s broadband video service. Podcasts featuring exclusive Jack Black content can also be obtained on the site, as well as through iTunes.

Black, who can currently be seen in “King Kong,” next stars in Nick Movies/Paramount pic “Nacho Libre.”

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