John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville are set to star in Carnaval, a comedy directed by Josh Stern. Cusack will play a sports scout who tavels to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval in order to sign a soccer star, while Knoxville has been cast as Cusack’s musician best friend who tags along. Cusack’s character needs to bring the player on board so that he can take over his agency, but his plans go awry when Knoxville’s character sleeps with the player’s girlfriend. Carnaval will begin shooting in Rio this January.

Knoxville’s been on a roll lately in terms of landing roles. Over the past few months, he’s signed on for the teen comedy Fun Size, an untitled camping comedy with Patton Oswalt, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand. Cusack also has a handful of movies lined up for next year, including Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, the Edgar Allan Poe thriller The Raven, and the serial killer drama The Frozen Ground. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, TV actress Katherine LaNasa gains two movie husbands, and a whole bunch of people board Night Train to Lisbon.

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Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.

The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »

Patton Oswalt is set to take his biggest film role since starring in Big Fan in an as-yet untitled comedy from Todd Rohal, director of The Catechism Cataclysm. The new film (“an outlandish yet poignant comedy,” says the press release) will feature Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville as “a pair of battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a last ditch camping trip that goes wildly wrong.” Read More »

Three radically different comedies are filling up with a bevy of well-known actors. Johnny Knoxville, Josh Pence and many more have joined the cast of Fun Size, a kid comedy described as a Halloween-set blend of Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting. Allison Janney has been cast by Josh Radnor for Liberal Arts, which the How I Met Your Mother star will star in, write and direct. Also Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg will appear along Katee Sackhoff in the dark comedy Sexy Evil Genius. Read more about all of these projects after the jump. Read More »

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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Johnny Knoxville was on the shortlist for the new cast of The Three Stooges almost from the moment the film was revived at Fox. (Writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly once had Benicio Del Toro, Jim Carrey and Sean Penn set to stooge, but that version fell apart.) Now there is a report that an offer is out to Johnny Knoxville to play Moe. If he accepts, then we’ll have a very good idea of how the cast for the film might come together. Read More »

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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 »

Earlier this week we heard a great audio recording of Peter and Bobby Farrelly talking Badass Digest through a comic sequence in their planned big screen version of The Three Stooges. The action involved a nun, and now there is a possible actress for the role: the Farrellys want Cher. In addition, they say (still) that Benicio del Toro, who was once cast as Moe, isn’t out of the running just yet. 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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