JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA .5 Blu-ray Review

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The problem with alternative comedy cuts is fairly self-evident: they’re made up of footage deemed less than what was actually released. Thus by their very make-up, they are less funny than whatever original preferred version preceded them.  Bad Grandpa .5 makes a valiant attempt to overcome these short-comings (at least for the first half) by being less a collection of unused footage and more a behind the scenes making of.  Hit the jump for my Bad Grandpa .5 Blu-ray review. 

BAD GRANDPA Blu-ray Review

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When Ryan Dunn passed away, it meant there was a hole in the heart of the Jackass crew, and likely spelled the end of the group’s feature film work.  To sidestep that tragedy, Johnny Knoxville took a character from those shows and movies and spun it off into a feature film: Irving Zisman, the dirty old man who once bellowed he was Lon Chaney’s lover.  Zisman is the focus of the move Bad Grandpa, and here the Jackass group are working within the confines of a narrative feature (which makes it feel similar to the Sacha Baron Cohen films), but get great results.  My review of Bad Grandpa on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

Director Jeff Tremaine Talks JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, the Unrated Cut, Confronting the “Marks” after the Prank Has Been Revealed, and More

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One of the more fascinating aspects of the ‘hidden camera’ gag happens after the cameras stop rolling and the joke has been revealed.  In order to use any footage with civilians, one must first get them to sign a waver – thereby allowing the show/film the ability to use the footage just shot.  As someone who has been on his fair share of ‘hidden camera’ sketches, I can attest to just how difficult sometimes it can be to get people to ‘sign’.  There’s no telling how someone will react when they discover that ostensibly they’ve been made a fool of.  So I can only imagine what that process was like on Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.  There are genuine moments where Johnny Knoxville pushes unknowing people to the very brink of violence.  But what happens after the prank is revealed?  What goes through these poor people’s minds?  How do they react to the ‘joke’?

Earlier this week I interviewed director Jeff Tremaine, in accordance with the Unrated Blu-ray release of Bad Grandpa, about these very matters.  In addition, the filmmaker also discussed what footage was added back into the Unrated Cut, the difficult editing process on the picture and, briefly, his next directorial project: the Motley Crue biopic Dirt.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Watch the Red-Band Trailer for the Uncut Version of JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA

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If you missed Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa in theaters, you’re in luck because the comedy is coming to home video in an uncut version.  Johnny Knoxville stars as 86-year-old Irving Zisman, who takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), home.  There are a couple of new jokes in this trailer, but the uncut version is sure to be chock full of them.

Available digitally now, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on January 28th.  If you buy the digital version, you can watch it live with Knoxville online tonight at 8pm ET.  Hit the jump to watch the red-band Blu-ray trailer.

Johnny Knoxville & Jackson Nicoll Talk BAD GRANDPA, Scripted Pranks, Eye-Poking, Arm Hair, the Future of Billy & Irving, and More

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When you pose the challenge of poking yourself in the eye without tearing up to the star of a new Jackass movie, he’s bound to take you up on it.  Bad Grandpa features Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll as Irving and Billy. When Billy’s mother is hit with some serious jail time, it’s up to Irving to drive cross-country so he can dump the kid with his father and not get stuck with him himself. Even though Irving is disappointed that his newfound single status is tarnished by this little “cock block,” he soon comes to realize that they make quite the destructive, insulting, outrageous and lovable pair.

When Nicoll and I weren’t busy jabbing our fingers in our eyes during our interview at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nicoll and Knoxville enlightened Collider on the risk involved in staging stunts, behind-the-scenes pranks that couldn’t make the final cut, Nicoll’s passion for fishing, speedos and sandwiches, and more. Enjoy watching Nicoll count Knoxville’s arm hairs in the video after the jump and click here for my review.

BAD GRANDPA Review

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Bad Grandpa is everything you’d want from a Jackass movie and more. Not only is it brimming with outrageous stunts, but it also boasts two crass, disgusting, insensitive and lovable lead characters that bring a new dimension of hilarity to the material.  Hit the jump for my review. 

New Red-Band Trailer for BAD GRANDPA, Starring Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll

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A new red-band trailer for Bad Grandpa is now available.  Why is it red-band?  It might have something to do with 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) getting his penis caught in an ATM.  Or maybe it’s the scenes of Zisman giving his eight-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) alcohol.  Then again, it could be all the cussing caused by Zisman pissing off innocent bystanders with his childish antics.  Whatever the cause, the effect is sure to be audiences laughing their asses off when Bad Grandpa opens this Friday, October 25th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

New Posters from OLDBOY, VAMPIRE ACADEMY, BAD GRANDPA and THE BOOK THIEF

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Here’s today’s poster round-up:

  • OldboySpike Lee’s take on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s manga, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley.  Oldboy opens November 27th.
  • Vampire AcademyMark Waters’ adaptation of Richelle Mead’s novel, starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Olga Kurylenko.  Vampire Academy opens February 14, 2014.
  • Bad GrandpaJeff Tremaine directs Johnny Knoxville as the title character, along with his “grandson” Jackson Nicoll.  Bad Grandpa opens October 25th.
  • The Book Thief – Brian Percival’s book adaptation starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey RushEmily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer, opens November 15th.

Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.

First Clip from JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA Sends Johnny Knoxville on a Ride

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The first clip from director Jeff Tremaine’s comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is now available.  It offers up an extended look at a sequence seen in the film’s trailer.  It also shows off the gimmick that has worked so well for Jackass films in the past, that of performing crazy stunts in the midst of unsuspecting passersby and then recording their reactions.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Jackson Nicoll star in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, due out October 25th.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

First Posters for LABOR DAY and CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN; Plus New BAD GRANDPA Poster

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A few new posters tonight:

  • Labor Day - Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who forms a makeshift family with a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith) in the latest from Jason Reitman (Up in the Air).
  • Charlie Countryman – Formerly known as The Necessary Death of Charlie CountrymanShia LaBeouf plays the title character who “enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love.”  Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen also star.
  • Bad GrandpaJohnny Knoxville brings back his 85-year-old Irving Zisman character from the Jackass movies and adds an 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll).

See the posters after the break.

New Posters from THOR: THE DARK WORLD, BAD GRANDPA and THE COUNSELOR

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Check out new posters from the following films:

  • Thor: The Dark World  – New posters from Alan Taylor’s Marvel sequel features Anthony Hopkins as the great Odin (and his ravens) and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.  (Check out this previously-released Loki poster for fun photoshopped comparison!)  Thor: The Dark World opens November 8th.
  • Bad Grandpa - Jackass presents this new poster for Jeff Tremaine’s comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll and a host of confused prank victims.  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens October 25th.
  • The Counselor - A new international look at Ridley Scott’s The Counselor features Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem all in one place.  The Counselor also opens October 25th.

Hit the jump to take a look.

New Posters for THOR: THE DARK WORLD and JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA

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A pair of international posters for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World have made their way online, each highlighting a specific character from the Alan Taylor-helmed sequel.  The Thor-centric poster shows Chris Hemsworth’s titular character laying the hammer down, while the Loki poster boasts Tom Hiddleston putting on a happy/mischievous face as he likely contemplates his revenge.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

Additionally, Paramount has released the first poster for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.  The film finds Johnny Knoxville reprising his 85-year-old Irving Zisman character from the Jackass movies, but this time he has his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) in tow.  The first trailer promises plenty of juvenile hijinks, and this debut poster is in that same vein.  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens on October 25th.  Hit the jump to check out all three posters.

First Trailer for JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA Starring Johnny Knoxville

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Jeff Tremaine’s comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.  The film finds Johnny Knoxville reprising his 85-year-old Irving Zisman character from the Jackass movies, but this time he has his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) in tow.  In a style akin to Borat, the pic blends Jackass-style pranks with a narrative involving Zisman and Billy, and based on this trailer the results look to be incredibly juvenile and really, really funny.  I’m still uncertain as to whether the Bad Grandpa sketch can sustain an entire movie, but the gag at the end of this trailer involving Nicoll’s character had me laughing incredibly hard.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens on October 25th.

First Images from JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA; Film Blends Prank Footage with a Narrative Story

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Paramount Pictures made a bit of a surprise announcement a few weeks ago when we learned that the heretofore rumored film Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa had not only been filmed already, but was slated for release in theaters this coming October.  Now the first images and details from the pic have landed online, giving us a clearer idea of what the Jackass spinoff entails.  Johnny Knoxville reprises his 85-year-old Irving Zisman character in the film, which blends Jackass-style prank footage involving the unsuspecting public with a narrative arc (not unlike Borat).  Knoxville is joined onscreen by his Fun Size co-star Jackson Nicoll, who plays Zisman’s 8-year-old grandson Billy.  Jackass staple Jeff Tremaine directed the film and co-wrote the script with Knoxville and Spike Jonze.

Hit the jump to check out the first images, and click here to watch the trailer.  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens on October 25th.

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