January 17, 2017

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‘Elvis & Nixon’ speculates on a very odd moment in history

I’ll mention this tidbit again before the week is out, but a lot of things debuting currently at the Tribeca Film Festival are also just hitting theaters this weekend as well. One such movie is Elvis & Nixon, which I’ve seen and enjoyed for the most part. I don’t especially think it’s an awards player, but as speculative entertainment and a festival entry, it certainly does the trick, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Mostly, it’s an effectively comedic star vehicle for Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey, as well as a mild satire. It won’t blow you away, but it likely will make you giggle a fair amount.
The film is a look at what led up to the most requested photograph in the National Archives, which is an image of President Richard Nixon (Spacey) shaking hands with Elvis Presley (Shannon) in the Oval Office. Blending fact and fiction, we follow along as Elvis decides he needs an audience with Nixon in order to become deputized as a federal agent. He heads from Nashville, first to Los Angeles to recruit friend/associate/pseudo manager Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), and then to Washington DC to attempt to crash the White House. Initially, Nixon refuses, but staff members Egil Krogh (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) eventually talk him into it. The rest, essentially, is history. Liza Johnson directs a screenplay from Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal, and Cary Elwes (yes, the actor). Supporting players here include Johnny Knoxville, Sky Ferreira, Tracy Letts, Tate Donovan, and Ashley Benson, among others.
What makes Elvis & Nixon work is how light yet enjoyable a tone it takes with a concept that should probably come off as too ridiculous to work, even if it’s true. Shannon and Spacey are clearly having fun, and it rubs off on the audience. When not focused on either one of them, the film lags, but when they’re on the screen, and especially in their climatic meeting, sparks do tend to fly. The movie is far from perfect, but it’s so odd that it just plain winds up working. It’s a lighthearted satire that leaves you with a smile on your face, and that’s something.
It was interesting for me to compare Spacey’s real life interpretation of a President here to his fictional one on Netflix’s House of Cards. Whereas in the latter project he’s almost Shakespearian in his darkness, here he basically puts forward […]

Beyonce to star in animated film

HollywoodNews.com: Beyonce is ready to get animated as she is reportedly set to star in a new animated film called ‘Epic.’
Beyonce will reportedly do the voice of the character Queen Tara in the CG-animated film, states UsMagazine.com. But she won’t be the only big name in the film as Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler have allegedly signed on.
The film is expected to be released in May 2013.
Will you check out the film?
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‘Jackass 3.5’ coming to your computer in March 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Paramount Digital Entertainment in association with MTV, both part of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) announced today that it plans to add another original project to its popular digital programming line-up: “Jackass 3.5,” which will premiere in March 2011. The third installment of JACKASS from Paramount Pictures and MTV Films -Jackass 3D – hit theaters on October 15, 2010 and has already grossed over $155 million at the worldwide box office. The film stars Johnny Knoxville and the boys and was produced by Dickhouse Production’s Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze, along with Knoxville. Jackass 3.5, which was tailor-made for launch in digital media, will feature all new content, including never-before-seen stunts, pranks and other side-splitting antics by the JACKASS crew. New stunts and antics from “Jackass 3.5” will be released online weekly and then packaged together as a feature length film distributed digitally followed by other platforms including home video.
“I don’t want to say that the JACKASS guys invented the Internet, but they were doing viral videos before most people had even heard the term. That distinguished heritage makes JACKASS the perfect franchise for digital,” said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “When the JACKASS guys went to make JACKASS 3D, we proposed that we shoot a follow up to the successful JACKASS 2.5 digital feature alongside it, and everyone was up for it. In JACKASS 3.5, you are going to see an entire movie’s worth of new stunts, new pranks and new gags, on whatever screen you choose.”
“For JACKASS 3D we shot enough footage for two movies so a lot of great stuff didn’t make it in the film. Luckily you will get to see those bits in 3.5. We also shot some additional footage in Europe specifically for 3.5. I have staples in my head right now to prove it. Woo hoo,” said JACKASS co-founder and star Johnny Knoxville.
“It’s been ten years since JACKASS first launched on MTV and there is still more poo, stunts and hilarity to go around on every screen imaginable,” said Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music/Logo/Films Group. “Whenever the JACKASS crew gets together, you know there will be a plethora of valuable fragments of entertainment to satiate their fans, and JACKASS 3.5 will not disappoint as the latest installment in this fine franchise.”
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Will “Jackass 3.5” be in theaters in a few months?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The hot topic during the recent “Jackass” publicity push wasn’t just the “3D” version that was headed to theaters, but also the additional footage director Jeff Tremaine left out.
During our interview, Bam Margera mentioned a few alternate stunts that didn’t make the final cut. Appearing on Sirius XM’s “Opie and Anthony Show,” Steve-O talked about physical abuse he suffered that was left on the cutting room floor. But he assured those listening that they’d get to see it in “Jackass 3.5,” the supplemental online feature that usually comes out a few months after a “Jackass” film makes its way through theaters.
Ah, but the prophetic Steve-O probably had no idea just how quickly that promise would become a reality … most likely because he could not have predicted how well “Jackass 3D” would do at the theaters on opening weekend.
As you know, “Jackass 3D” broke box office records with its $50 million opening. No surprise, Paramount now wants to figure a way to keep the interest burning, and so “Jackass 3.5” might not be heading to DVD by Christmas, as promised. It might be heading to theaters.
According to 24 Frames, the studio is contemplating taking all of the material held out of “Jackass 3D” and packaging it as a separate film. It would be incredibly quick turnaround for a “sequel,” though it makes a lot of sense from the studio’s standpoint. Johnny Knoxville claimed in the article that they “shot two movies’ worth of footage. We have so many bits that we never even turned in to Paramount because we were so swamped with ideas — funny stuff. The bits were just coming out of us left and right.”
And now they’ll likely be coming to a theater near you. What do you think? Would you pay to see another “Jackass” film in a few months? Or does absence make the heart grow fonder, and you need a few years to recuperate after seeing the guys catapulted through the air in a portable toilet? Let us know in the comments section below. Once we know what Paramount has decided, we’ll bring the news to you.
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This Week In Movies – “Jackass 3D,” “Red,” “Conviction”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Box office-wise this will probably be known as the week that clearly marked the decline of western civilization. With its near stunning $50 million gross Paramount’s scatological gross-out epic “Jackass 3D” exceeded expectations on about the same level as it managed to exceed any expectation of taste. The enthusiastic public reception to this third chapter in Johnny Knoxville and gang’s low brow exercise in vomit-inducing bodily pranks probably says more about what audiences crave than it does about the “filmmakers” who serve it all up in gut-blasting 3D. Want to see a dildo fly right into your face? This is the place. Want to watch a fat guy running on a treadmill wrapped in cellophane producing ‘sweat cocktails’ for adventurous drinkers? Line up now. Want to check out a hungry pig named Bob trying to extract an apple from the same fat guy’s rear end? Welcome to Knoxville’s own Fellini-esque vision of human debasement. It’s like watching The 3 Stooges on an acid trip, only there are 9 of these guys with names like Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Preston Lacy, “Danger Ehren” McGhehey, Dave England and Chris Pontius whose self-induced torture of his male member (aided by a toy helicopter) deserves some sort of bravery medal. Some of it is undeniably funny but you’ll want to take a cold shower afterwards. Of course this kind of stuff is nothing new, it’s just more extreme. In the 60’s there were a series of shockumentaries such as Mondo Cane which promised such sights as people eating excrement etc. The difference now are 3D effects that allow the excrement to seem like it’s flying off the screen and into the theatre. You haven’t lived until you witness the outhouse bungi jump! Even with hiked prices for 3D the studio was taken by surprise by just how much of a craving moviegoers have for this kind of thing. Another “Jackass” is guaranteed and certain to go even further than this. These are the times we are living in.

The week’s other wide release also did quite well, if not even half the “Jackass” haul. “RED” could be dismissed as just another Bruce Willis action vehicle were it not for a supporting cast whose combined ages number into the several hundreds. This clever “geriaction” movie features the […]

“Jackass 3D” breaks several records with $50 million debut weekend

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: “Jackass 3-D” grossed a whopping $50 million in its debut weekend, setting several records and setting punditry tongues wagging in the process. First of all, the film bested the $48.1 million opening weekend for “Scary Movie 3” in 2003, taking the October opening weekend record. Second of all, the opening figure is far and away the best opening weekend for any kind of non-fiction/documentary film in history. If you count this series as a documentary franchise (which I do), then the third entry is now the fifth-highest grossing documentary in history in just three days. It stands behind “Jackass: The Movie” ($64 million), “Jackass Number Two” ($72 million), “March of the Penguins” ($77 million), and “Fahrenheit 9/11” ($119 million). While the franchise has mediocre legs (part one had a 2.9x weekend-to-total multiplier in 2002 and part two had a 2.4x multiplier in 2006), thus making $100 million+ not quite a sure thing yet, there is little doubt that the film will end its domestic run as the second-highest grossing documentary/non-fiction film of all time. Still, 3-D films seem to have better legs than average (witness the useless “My Soul to Take” dropping just 53% in weekend two, as well as the inexplicably strong holds of “Legends of the Guardians,” now at $46 million), partially because they keep the bigger auditoriums for longer periods of time. If it can manage a mere 2.4x multiplier, it will in fact surpass the Michael Moore anti-Bush epic.
There will be much discussion this week about how much of an effect the 3-D format (and related ticket-price bump) had to do with this performance, and this is a rare case where it must be acknowledged. The opening weekends of “Jackass: The Movie” ($22 million) and “Jackass Number Two” ($29 million) aren’t anywhere near the debut for part III, even when adjusted for inflation (around $33 million apiece). It is difficult to deny that the appeal of watching Johnny Knoxville and the gang horribly maim themselves in actual (not converted) 3-D had a certain appeal to both hardcore fans and those who only casually followed the franchise. As such, 3-D ticket sales accounted for 90% of the gross. As I’ve said before, 3-D is a tool, not a genre in-and-of itself, and Jackass is a franchise that lent itself to this newly-popular tool. More importantly, I’d argue, this is an R-rated film franchise (and […]

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Jackass 3D,’ ‘Red’ duke it out

HollywoodNews.com: Box office bean counters are foreseeing another faceoff at the box office between Paramount’s MTV eight-year old franchise “Jackass 3D” and Summit Entertainment’s comic book shoot ‘em up “Red” starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich.
“Jackass” is predicted to bring in about $30 million, while “Red” could see north of $25 million.
“Jackass” follows Johnny Knoxville and his crew as they perform ridiculous ‘don’t do this at home’ stunts. The upside in this third installment: It’s all in your face. Paramount spent only $20 million on the film and it looks to be a huge cash cow for the studio.
Critics gave “Jackass” a kick in the butt with a 59% rotten score, but it doesn’t matter – the film isn’t for them, rather young guys. Variety’s Justin Chang actually likes the film, exclaiming, “Few suffer as cheerfully for their art as Johnny Knoxville and his band of scatological stuntmeisters, and the gut-busting pleasure they take in every act of self-humiliation proves as infectious as ever.”

“Red” is based on a DC comic book about a group of retired CIA agents and killers who are framed and forced to break into agency headquarters. Mary Louise Parker also stars. Summit is looking at their best film opening outside it’s “Twilight” franchise. The studio shelled out about $60 million for the film. Currently, “Red” is tracking to hook adults over 35. Critics are enjoying the explosions, awarding it a 69% fresh on the Tomatometer. John DeFore of the Hollywood Reporter praises “Red” saying “Although tailor-made for genre fans, it benefits from flavors of humor and romance that keep its appeal from being fanboy-only.”

Clint Eastwood’s Warner Bros. supernatural drama “Hereafter” unspools in six theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto before going wide next weekend. The film, starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard, follows a blue collar U.S. worker, a French journalist and a London school boy who are impacted by death in mysterious ways. Critics are giving it a 60% fresh score. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times says, “Hollywood once upon a time made films exploring these kinds of issues, but in today’s climate only a filmmaker like Eastwood, determined to never do the same thing twice, would have the nerve and the clout to take it on.”

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Jackass 3 set for big screen

Jackass 3 has been confirmed to hit the big screen in late 2010. Johnny Knoxville is sure to have some new tricks up his sleeve that will leave us gasping and painfully trying to keep our eyes open while watching him destroy himself. As a big fan of the jackass series (both on tv and in film) I will be anxiously waiting for the opening of this film.