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There’s always a “how did they do that?” appeal to a film like Borat, or to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. In the age of reality TV and the omnipresent camera, there’s reason to wonder how people can be part of a staged skit and not realize what’s going on.

Some of it is easier than you’d think, as long as a few people can be corralled into a room with the notion that they have a specific task to perform. I can understand not wanting to know how the sausage is made, but seeing the process in action is really pretty cool. Vice went behind the scenes of Bad Grandpa to watch the crew, director Jeff Tremaine, and star Johnny Knoxville shoot some of the film.

You’ll hear how people — or marks — are recruited to be part of a scene, and see how it’s set up to go into motion. Above all else, it’s neat to see Knoxville just working a conversation in the moment, and his immediate understanding when he’s pushed the dialogue out of the realm of comedy.  Read More »

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Jackass Bad Grandpa

It’s flying a bit under the radar, but there’s a new Jackass movie coming out this weekend. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa comes from the same twisted minds who brought us the violent, hilarious TV show and three feature films. This time though, they’re coming at the idea from a different point of view. In Bad Grandpa, instead of building a film around stunts, director Jeff Tremaine and star Johnny Knoxville tell a narrative story featuring unassuming real people shot reality style, like Sacha Baron Cohen did in Borat and Bruno. That story follows Jackass character Irving Zisman (Knoxville) who travels across country with his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) in tow.

On the last few Jackass films so much footage hit the cutting room floor, they were able to release unofficial sequels (dubbed “.5″) on DVD. Knoxville confirmed the same will happen on Bad Grandpa. The difference this time is the new film will feature two Oscar-nominees cut out of the theatrical cut: Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener. Read More »

‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ Red-Band Trailer

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The Jackass segments featuring Johnny Knoxville made up to look like a much older man were always fun, but can that concept work during the course of an entire film? We’ll find out in a few days when Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens in theaters.

In the meantime you can get another look at the film via this red-band trailer, which is very definitely not safe for work thanks to the presence of, among other things, a very stretchy prosthetic penis. If that seems tame, there’s also very underage drinking, some awkward strip club action, and serious car-on-penguin violence.   Read More »

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New posters have been released for three radically different Fall movies.

There’s the star-studded Oscar contender The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman. Then there’s a comedy starring four Oscar-winners (Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) called Last Vegas. Finally, there’s a comedy with no Oscar aspirations at all, Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa starring Johnny Knoxville. Check out the posters below. Read More »

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We were surprised just a couple weeks ago to hear not only that there would be a new Jackass film, but that is already finished and ready to go.

Now here’s the first trailer for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which puts Johnny Knoxville in his Irving Zisman old-man makeup for a film that is partially improvised in the classic Jackass mold, and partially scripted. Irving and a kid take a cross-country trip, and what transpires is, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Check out a trailer below.  Read More »

‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ Coming This Fall

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Briefly: Earlier this week, we learned that Paranormal Activity 5 had been shifted from fall 2013 to January 2014. Now we know what’ll take its place.

The studio has announced that Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa will take over Paranormal’s old slot on October 25. The $15 million 2D film takes a Borat-like format, following an old man getting up to no good. Fans of the franchise will recognize Bad Grandpa from previous skits.

The new date follows the same pattern established by the three previous Jackass movies, each of which opened in the fall. The most recent, Jackass 3-D, was particularly successful; its $50 million domestic opening is the second-best October performance of all time. [Variety]

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