Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
I was never a huge fan of Jackass, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get it. Because I totally get it – there’s something special about performers who are literally willing to put their personal safety on the line for a gag and there’s an invisible cord connecting the Jackass crew to the likes of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. They literally suffered for their art, pushing themselves to physical extremes for the sake of a laugh. It’s stupid and insane and immature and it may, somehow, loop back around on itself and become high art.
So the news that Jackass headliner Johnny Knoxville is planning a movie that will involve him getting battered by unsafe theme park rides has me intrigued, mainly because I wonder with morbid curiosity if this will be the project that finally does him in.
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Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan became a huge star in the United States. His incredible stunt work caught the attention of Hollywood and action fans alike, and a handful of his movies received a domestic release in theaters, albeit with dubbed dialogue. Shortly thereafter, Chan was starring in Hollywood films like Rush Hour with Chris Tucker, Shanghai Noon with Owen Wilson and even his own starring vehicle, The Tuxedo. Now he’s back in a movie that feels like it got lost in a couch cushion back in 2001.
Skiptrace is a new action comedy from Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger director Renny Harlin, and it puts Jackie Chan into the lead role alongside an American actor for comedic relief. This time it’s Jackass star Johnny Knoxville starring alongside Jackie Chan, and as you’ll see in the trailer that just debuted, the two couldn’t be a more mismatched pair. Watch the Skiptrace trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
To date, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is the only Jackass movie with a plotline, and the only one to be nominated for an Oscar. But one way it doesn’t differ from the other Jackass movies is the amount of footage shot for it.
Like Jackasses 2 and 3, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa had enough leftovers for a not-quite-sequel, dubbed Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5. Featuring Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Oscar winner Spike Jonze, the new film arrives in just a couple of weeks. Today, we have the first Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 trailer. Watch it after the jump.
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The actors who play the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Jonathan Liebesman‘s new film won’t, necessarily, lend the voices to those famous turtles. Case in point, Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) has been added to voice group leader Leonardo and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) will voice master Splinter. During filming, Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn played the respective roles in performance capture but, apparently, their deals never guaranteed they’d provide the voices. Read more about the new Ninja Turtles Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub below. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Sure, it’s got noble warriors, a vicious villain, a graceful queen, and an old, bitter feud, but the most epic thing about Epic may be the voice cast. Amanda Seyfried leads as Mary Katherine, an ordinary girl who somehow gets shrunk down and finds herself involved in the grand yet very, very tiny battle between the protectors and the destroyers of the forest.
The characters she meets along the way are voiced by the likes of Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Blake Anderson, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles, and Pitbull. Jason Sudeikis voices her father. The latest trailer makes sure the emphasize just how many celebrities have gone into the making of this movie. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
A star-studded cast works wonderfully as a marketing gimmick, but as films like New Year’s Eve and Movie 43 have proven, it’s no guarantee of quality. Fortunately, Blue Sky Studios’ animated adventure Epic seems to have a little more going for it.
Amanda Seyfried voices Mary Katherine, a normal girl who gets caught up in an old and bitter battle between the protectors of the forest (voiced by Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, and others) and the destructive forces led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). Beyoncé, Pitbull, Steven Tyler, Judah Friedlander, Aziz Ansari, and Blake Anderson also star. Watch the second trailer after the jump.
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