BREAKING: Paramount Pictures has signed Johnny Knoxville and his Hello Junior banner to an exclusive 2-year first-look deal. This comes after Deadline revealed that he was brought in to voice Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it follows a long string of hits with the studio including the Jackass films and Bad Grandpa. Those Jackass films have earned $336 million globally, and Bad Grandpa did just over $150 million worldwide.
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With the possible exception of Jackie Chan (who does all his own stunts), no actor has sacrificed his body and absorbed more onscreen punishment than Knoxville did in those Jackass films. Chan never took a paintball shot or numerous other projectile objects to the nutsack, which I recall seeing Knoxville do so often, in the name of comedy. Or been upended by a raging, charging bull, or been knocked unconscious by the over-sized boxer known as Butterbean in a clothing store. I could go on, but I think I’ve made the point that no one can begrudge Knoxville this good fortune as he limps into his new office on the Par lot. Let’s hope the deal includes medical.
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Here’s a redband peek at Paramount‘s Bad Grandpa that gives a better sense of the R-rated shenanigans Johnny Knoxville perpetrates on unwitting Americans in his October 25 Jackass spin-off. Jeff Tremaine directs the Borat-esque road trip comedy with Fun Size‘s Jackson Nicoll as Knoxville’s pint-sized prankster-in-arms:
Here’s the first clip from Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, in which Johnny Knoxville punks strangers while in character as senior citizen Irving Zisman. The previous three Jackass films grossed $79M, $84M, and $170M worldwide for Paramount – but they also kept to the show’s signature disconnected shocks and pranks vs. a Borat-esque hidden camera narrative. Bad Grandpa is scripted by Knoxville, director Jeff Tremaine, and Spike Jonze, and opens wide on October 25 against Fox and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor with no other major competition:
Jackass jackanape Johnny Knoxville returns to shock doc comedy in Paramount‘s Bad Grandpa, pranking real life strangers in character as his recurring Jackass character Irving Zisman. The Borat-style faux setup has Zisman shepherding his 8-year-old grandson (Fun Size‘s Jackson Nicoll) on a cross-country road trip, awkwardly offending and surprising male strippers, bikers, funeral mourners, and child beauty queens and stage moms. The studio slotted Bad Grandpa into the October 25 slot vacated by Paranormal Activity 5, which moved to a January 2014 debut earlier this month. Here’s the first trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Trip Taylor and Bobby Pura have signed with UTA. The agency will represent the duo’s company The Uprising in all areas; they were previously with WME. Taylor was an executive producer on all the Jackass movies and a producer on the stunt-fueled TV series. He also was the EP on MTV’s Nitro Circus and Wildboyz. A former MTV development exec, Pura was a producer on Jackass: The Movie in 2002 and exec produced the Venus And Serena: For Real series in 2005, among others. The two formed The Uprising in 2010. The company focuses on features, action sport shows, reality series and documentaries. The Uprising signing comes on the heels of Uma Thurman joining UTA this week for TV and film representation, the second new agency for the actress in as many years. Thurman joined WME in September 2012 after leaving CAA in October 2011. She continues to also be repped by Untitled Entertainment.
Paramount Pictures announced today it is offering the entire Jackass movie catalogue available for rent directly through the Jackass Facebook Page — including Jackass The Movie, Jackass 2, Jackass 3 as well as digital features Jackass 2.5 and Jackass 3.5. All will be available to stream using Facebook credits and viewed for up to 48 hours. Warner Bros has been offering its films through Facebook, too.
Following Ryan Dunn’s death in a car accident this morning, G4 has put his new show Proving Ground on an indefinite hiatus. Proving Ground featured the Jackass alum as he tried to re-create in the real world professional stunts from films and TV shows as well as imaginary ones from video games. The series, which has eight more episodes in the can, started off slowly last week with 31,000 viewers for its Tuesday premiere. “The show will not be airing for now and discussions are underway re future plans,” a G4 spokeswoman said. Earlier in the day, the cable network issued a statement on the passing of Dunn, 34, who crashed his car early this morning in a wooded area in Pennsylvania, killing himself and his passenger: “All of us at G4 are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news that Ryan Dunn has passed away. Ryan’s comedic wit and signature no-holds-barred approach made him an incredible talent and his work on G4’s Proving Ground was flawless. Ryan will be missed dearly by his legion of fans and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”