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Interview: Bad Grandpa’s Johnny Knoxville & Jackson Nicoll

Bad-GrandpaWhen 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.

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Review: Bad Grandpa

Bad_Grandpa_PosterBad 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.

Johnny Knoxville is Irving Zisman, an older man with a young heart, juvenile sense of humor and insatiable sex drive. When his wife passes away, Irving is eager to put his new single status to use, but his grand plan to hunt down prime poontang hits a snag when he’s put in charge of his grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Billy’s mother is off to prison and now it’s up to Irving to road trip it across the country and deliver Billy to his father.

But what does any of that matter? You’re not heading off to see Bad Grandpa to indulge in some cutesy grandfather, grandson bonding time; you want shocking Jackass-style stunts, and in that respect, Bad Grandpa delivers.

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Review: Movie 43

Movie_43_PosterStar power is no match for tasteless, offensive and unfunny comedy.

The “Movie 43” wraparound features Dennis Quaid as a lunatic with an abysmal script who forces Greg Kinnear’s movie producer to buy the piece at gunpoint. Coincidence? Probably not, as almost each and every sketch of this comedy anthology is so silly, nauseating and degrading it seems like the only plausible way the producers could manage to recruit so much top-notch talent.

Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet make it through better than most. Jackman will likely never live down having a pair of testicles dangle from his neck for the sake of this movie, but between the giggle-worthy visual and the duo’s charm, “The Catch” is easily “Movie 43’s” finest few minutes. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber’s “Homeschooled” is another portion that at least respects its leads, but breaks down entirely when the scenario drivels on and right into a strange and unsatisfying conclusion.

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Tribeca Interview: Birth Of Big Air’s Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine And Mat Hoffman

There are very few things worth risking your life for. Initially, BMX riders were in danger of breaking a bone or suffering a concussion, but thanks to Mat Hoffman, the sport has transitioned into a far more daring activity that, in the most extreme cases, can bring athletes to the brink of death. Birth of Big Air details Hoffman’s rise to fame, his domination of the industry and the introduction of the mega ramp.

While promoting the film at the Tribeca Film Festival, producer Johnny Knoxville and director Jeff Tremaine were eager brag about Hoffman’s monumental impact on the sport as well as his passion, perseverance and dedication. A humble Hoffman listened on as his co-workers and friends praised his work and returned the acclaim by commending their filmmaking technique, particularly how they used those with a similar passion for BMX to tell his story.

But of course, there was no achieving greatness without suffering a slew of injuries. Quite a few of Hoffman’s bumps and bruises make it into the film, but there is no way to include them all. The boys bring up one particular spill after which Hoffman was fitted with an artificial ligament in a hotel room.

Hear about all this and much more for yourself in the video interview with Knoxville, Tremaine, and Hoffman below. Birth of Big Air is currently available On Demand and is set to air on ESPN in July.

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Tribeca Review: Birth Of Big Air

When walking into a film directed by Jeff Tremaine and produced by Johnny Knoxville, you expect to get something shocking and gruesome a laJackass, however, this isn’t the case with Birth of Big Air. Not that the boys of Jackass don’t have heart, but the degree of dedication and ardor exemplified in this film is unfounded. ButJackass enthusiasts aren’t left empty handed. There’s certainly enough action and accidents to go around, but rather than giving yourself paper cuts as a recreational activity, Mat Hoffman is risking his life for the sake of his passion.

BMX has been around for quite a while, but it wasn’t until Hoffman arrived that the sport evolved from a rogue hobby into a respected show of athleticism. Tremaine kicks off the piece with a look at BMX’s early days, all the way back to Bob Haro in the late 70s. As the sport builds momentum, so does the documentary. Tremaine seamlessly eases in Hoffman’s story as though it were merely another notable timely progression. But perhaps that’s because it was. From the moment Hoffman’s mother decided to submit a photo of her son getting some serious air to a magazine, BMX would never be the same.

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Johnny Knoxville Talks Jackass 3-D And Untitled Comedy

With Birth of Big Air making its big debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, the boys of everything and anything insanely dangerous, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, came out to support their latest project. The film is part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, 30 documentaries celebrating 30 different trends, people or occurrences in the world of sports. This film, directed by Tremaine and produced by Knoxville, focuses on the man responsible for inspiring the mega ramp event at the X Games, Mat Hoffman.

After chatting with me today about Birth of Big Air, Tremaine, Knoxville and Hoffman took some time to provide a brief glimpse of Jackass 3-D. Naturally, Tremaine and Knoxville assured us that round three will be just as traumatizing, if not more, than the first two. They’re in the midst of shooting the film right now, thankfully in 3D rather than relying on a post-production conversion, and in the words of Tremaine, there will be “poo-poo, pee-pee, throw up” galore. And why is Hoffman in on this conversation beyond the fact that he happens to be promoting Birth of Big Air? Because he’s making a cameo in Jackass 3-D! It’s a quick part of the interview that’s easy to miss, but Tremaine provides a nod of confirmation around the 35 second mark.

Knoxville also shared a little about the untitled omnibus comedy that’s been getting loads of attention. The cast boasts names like Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz and many more. The film will be comprised of 17 different shorts created by various directors including Griffin Dunne and Bob Odenkirk. Knoxville confirms he’s wrapped his segment, which was shot by Brett Ratner and features himself and Seann William Scott.

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Red Carpet Coverage: Cop Out

Monday night I had the pleasure of covering the red carpet for Cop Out on behalf of MTV. Check out all of my video work included in these articles:

1. Cop Out Cast Say Working With Bruce Willis Is ‘Awesome’

As if anyone needs confirmation that working with Hollywood legend Bruce Willis is awesome, his Cop Out co-stars are spreading the word. And having the chance to work with him on the Kevin Smith-directed flick, which opens this weekend, was a dream come true.

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2. Tracy Morgan ‘Would Love’ To Remake Jaws, Doesn’t Want To Jinx Knoxville Comedy

Producers of the upcoming vicious fishies flick, Piranha 3-D, are positioning their film to become Jaws for the 21st Century. If an unsourced rumor floated on the Internet earlier this month is to be believed, the studio behind 1975’s Jaws is determined to have their shark-infested-waters classic remade to become the Jaws for the 21st Century, possibly with Tracy Morgan in the lead role.

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3. Cheer Up, Bruce Willis!

We are a little worried about Cop Out star Bruce Willis. In the last few days we’ve noticed that he seems to be a little down about something. MTV News has had the opportunity to meet up with Willis several times recently, as he’s been promoting his new Kevin Smith-directed buddy comedy, Cop Out. And with each interview it becomes clearer that Bruce seems to be going through some existential crisis.

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