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 »

Jackass 3.5 Headed to Theaters?

Jackass 3-D rocked box office expectations this past weekend by nearly equaling the total grosses of each of the past two Jackass films within three days of its release, and in typical Hollywood fashion, Paramount is looking at other means to capitalize on their investment. Jackass figurehead Johnny Knoxville already announced plans of a Jackass 3.5 release, which was set to hit the web and DVD a month or so after Jackass 3-D‘s theatrical run, but now it looks as though Paramount wants to take the left-over footage from the gang’s 3-D outing and repackage it for a theatrical release all its own. Read More »

Jackass 3D – What Did You Think

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It’s been eight years since Johnny Knoxville and crew took Jackass from the small screen to our local cineplexes via Jackass: The Movie. That film grossed a staggering $79 million off a budget of only $5 million, and spawned Jackass Number Two, an equally successful 2006 film.

You might think that Knoxville & Co. had exhausted all possible ways to hit Knoxville in the balls, or force Steve-O eat some form of human or animal excretion. With the rise of 3D, however, the boys finally had the excuse to get together for one last, bigger-budget, money-making venture. Was it worth the wait?

Hit the jump for my thoughts and leave your own in the comments. SPOILERS (such as they are) lie after the jump.
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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.

First Look: Jackass 3D

Paramount and MTV Films will be screening the first footage from Jackass 3D at a special event during Comic-Con. To lead up to this event, MTV has released the first photo from the upcoming 3D reality movie sequel on Yahoo.  Hit the jump to see the full image.

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Brett Ratner

Relativity Media announced today that Peter Farrelly (of the famous comedy directing team The Farrelly Brothers), Brett Ratner, actress Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne (The Accidental Husband) are directing a sketch comedy feature film. More directors are expected to be announced shortly. Originally set up at Overture Films, the yet-to-be-titled comedy project takes a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube. Not much more is known about the premise.

The growing cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. The producers will announce additional cast members as further deals are solidified, and production will continue thru late May 2010.

I expect that we’ll be seeing more and more movies like this after the success of Valentine’s Day, which was able to cram an impressive ensemble cast into a modestly budgeted romantic comedy. And a Sketch movie allows you to cram even more stars and directors into a two hour feature for a low cost and time commitment. You can read the full press release 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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Kevin Spacey is producing and starring in a film called Father of Invention and now he’s been joined by the wonderful Craig Robinson, as well as Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville and Camilla Belle, according to THR. Spacey plays, according to the trade, a “humble inventor turned egomaniacal billionaire” who serves an eight-year stint in jail after some bad shit goes down with one of his inventions. Intent on revitalizing his reputation, he also has to rebuild his family. Trent Cooper is directing from his own script co-written with Krane and Nichole Beatty. Read More »

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To my eye, the story seemed to break on FOX news, who told us that Cher and Johnny Knoxville would be teaming up for a new film called The Drop Out, reportedly to be scripted and directed by Family Guy alum Ricky Blitt. They commented on Cher’s age (sigh) and summarized the premise like this: an original comedy about a lonely 62-year-old who takes up with her 35-year-old ne’er-do-well neighbor.

Okay, debate ‘original’ all you want. Then, the story cropped up on The Hollywood Reporter, who started their story “Have you heard the one about the Cougar and the Jackass?”, and later told us “The slacker laughter tracks the fortunes of a 35-year-old career college student (Knoxville) who is finally kicked out of his parents house. Desperate, he decides to get in good with the 62-year-old woman next door (Cher), so he can keep his food, couch and TV regimen intact. In the mix is the woman’s ne’er-do-well son, who is looking for a father figure, even if it’s a guy his own age.”

They didn’t actually specify if the project was a feature film in their copy, but did post the piece to their Film News section.

But… you know what? I don’t think those two venerable establishments (ahem) have necessarily gotten their facts right here.

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