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The small screen regularly attracts many big screen filmmakers to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, but the Super Bowl is the premiere for many of these new spots. So beyond the commercials for big screen movies and television shows, which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Find out after the jump.

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Jeff Tremaine, who directed the recent film Bad Grandpa, has been with the Jackass crew from the beginning. He was the magazine editor who sent a camera with journalist Johnny Knoxville to “test out” a bulletproof vest — by being shot while wearing it — and video footage of that event ultimately spawned Jackass and everything that followed.

And then you’ve got The Dirt, the oral history of Mötley Crüe, and one of the most depraved accounts of rockstar behavior in and out of print. The book has it all: total debauchery, excessive drug use leading to entire forgotten recordings (bassist Nikki Sixx doesn’t even remember making the third album) and the awful DUI-related death of one of singer Vince Neil’s closest friends, for which Neil himself is to blame.

The book has been optioned to develop as a film for years, and it’s the sort of thing that would make for a great movie, if someone was in the driver’s seat who really got it. Now Jeff Tremaine is that guy, and he seems like a perfect choice. Read More »

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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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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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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 »

There was a time when you could always count on geeks to be the beleaguered underdogs of cinema and television. In recent years, however, nerds (or geeks, if you prefer) have enjoyed a surge in social status — comic book franchises are huge, Judd Apatow and his Freaks & Geeks gang are the kings of comedy, Jesse Eisenberg is a sex symbol (at least on Tumblr). And this might be the ultimate symbol of how far we’ve come: Warner Bros. is planning a film called Revenge of the Jocks, which will “update” the 1980s films Revenge of the Nerds. Jackass co-creator Jeff Tremaine is set to direct. Read more after the jump.

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Even thought the Hollywood tradepapers confirmed rumors earlier this month that Jackass 3D would begin filming on January 25th 2010, Paramount andMTV Films have apparently sent out a press release officially announcing the project.  The funniest part is a quote from Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, who claims that with Jackass 3D, “We’re going to take the same 3D technology James Cameron used in AVATAR and stick it up Steve O’s butt. We’re taking stupid to a whole new dimension.”

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