Sam Worthington is going back to Australia. The actor is set to star in Drift, a surfing drama that will be co-directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott from a script by Morgan O’Neill.

The film is set in 1972 and follows “brothers who start a new life in a remote Australian coastal town. There they contend with suspicious locals and ruthless bikers as they struggle to kick-start a business from their greatest passion — surfing.” Sounds like a pretty old-school film in some way — if the brothers end up knocking heads it could feel like a real drive-in surfing picture. Might be fun. [Variety]

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Mere days before the mega-hit Jackass 3D (without the D) hits DVD and Blu-ray, Paramount is taking steps to make sure they remain in the Jackass business. First up, they’ve purchased a pitch called First Man which will star Johnny Knoxville as a rowdy guy whose wife is elected President of the United States. Second, they’re revamping a previously purchased project called Mustache Riders that follows three crooks who search for buried treasure with a “grizzled old outlaw.” The three crooks would be played by Knoxville, Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn while the outlaw would be Willie Nelson. You can’t make this stuff up. Read more about both films after the break. Read More »

For the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Jackass stars have filmed four parodies of scenes from the four 2010 Best Picture nominees. MTV has released a video of the stunt stars reenacting scenes from David Fincher’s The Social Network. No word on what the other film parodies will be. The best picture nominees also include: 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. After the jump you can watch a clip from filming which includes Johnny Knoxville playing Mark Zuckerberg, who is being grilled by an interrogator (played by Bam Margera) and the Winkelvoss twins (played by Wee-man and Preston Lacy).

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Jackass 3 had a huge opening weekend and has pulled in more than $150m so far. That meant that the rumored follow-up Jackass 3.5 became a sure thing. We’ve known that the film — a whole new feature-length set of stunts — would not be a theatrical release. Now Paramount has announced final plans for the release of Jackass 3.5, which will be doled out in online increments starting in March 2011 before being made available as a full digital offering and eventual VOD and DVD title. Read More »

The Making of Jackass 3D

VBS TV has a great 15-minute long behind the scenes documentary on the making of Jackass 3D.

The franchise that most of the tv-watching world knows as “Jackass”—a crew of loveable, Teflon-coated miscreants consisting of Chris Pontius, Bam Margera, Wee Man, Steve-O, and Johnny Knoxville—began years ago when the group decided to document their gleefully destructive antics on camera. Spike Jonze and VBS take a peek behind the cameras on the set of the third Jackass film, Jackass 3D, and see what happens when the time-tested tradition of unhygienic pranksterism and camaraderie meet the technological mind-meld of three-dimensional film.

I kinda love the fact that Spike Jonze thinks that Jackass isn’t just entertainment but is really about science — guys doing insane science experiments which test their fear and pain. And it’s also interesting seeing how much work goes into filming these stunts, especially with the additional 3D technology required for this sequel.
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POTD: Jackass, The Modern Day 3D Stooges

Vanity Fair has an article on Jackass 3D titled “The 3-D Stooges”, asserting that Johnny Knoxville, Steve O., and Bam Margera are a modern day version of The Three Stooges. They even did a photoshop to illustrate the point. Read the full article on VanityFair.com. View more from the photoshoot in one of those annoying slideshows.

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