From what we've seen of Jonas Akerlund's "Small Apartments" it is very likely a strange, yet funny film. In other words, it's the perfect kind of film to premiere at Austin's annual South by Southwest Film Festival. Not to mention the intrigue surrounding the curiously colorful cast of characters the prolific music video director has assembled to fill out the ranks of his film: Matt Lucas ("Bridesmaids"), Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Caan and more.
When MTV News caught up with Akerlund, Lucas and Knoxville at SXSW recently, they talked about the film's strange and dark elements, as well as the fact that the eclectic group of actors in the cast are all playing against type, in roles we might not expect.
"It’s a strange movie," Lucas admitted. "It’s a dark movie with comic undertones about a bunch of characters who live in a rundown apartment block and the character I play may or may not be the murderer of his landlord. And may or may not make good his escape. What about the character you play Johnny Knoxville?"
In the spirit of the old adage that tragedy plus time equals comedy, director Todd Rohal has taken a particularly traumatic event from his childhood and built a dark comedy around it. The finished product is "Nature Calls," which recently had its premiere at the 19th annual South By Southwest Film Festival.
MTV News caught up with Rohal and his comedic co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle recently where they explained the rather dark inspiration for the film, and how they built humorous action around it.
MTV News' first two days of SXSW action in Austin consisted of a lot of "The Cabin in the Woods" and a little "Killer Joe." First we hit up the "Cabin" world premiere on Friday, followed by a lively round of interviews with the cast members and filmmakers at the film's press day Saturday. What we've learned so far from that talented group: the actors are perfectly charming and delighted with the film, also Joss Whedon and first-time director Drew Goddard have such an easy rapport that we see more films from the co-writers in the future.
With respect to "Killer Joe," we spent some time with cast members Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon and Emile Hirsch at the film's U.S. premiere where they promised audiences a unique blend of humor, violence and cringe-worthy moments from their performances in the William Friedkin-directed film.
After many rumors and much hoopla, Matt Damon is finally lining up his directorial debut.
Variety has learned that Damon and "The Office" star John Krasinski have co-written a currently untitled script that Damon will now helm. The idea originated between Krasinski and "Away We Go" writer Dave Eggers, and then Damon came on board. The film would follow a salesman who reevaluates his life after moving to a small town, with Damon playing the salesman. The flick is currently set up at Warner Bros, and should start shooting soon on the east coast.
Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!
Arnold Schwarzenegger's fast and furious return to the big screen is currently getting underway. The former Governor of California has targeted director Kim Jee-Woon's "The Last Stand" as his first star vehicle since returning to acting, and he won't be alone — he'll have some very notable co-stars joining him for the ride.
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and "Jackass" host Johnny Knoxville have boarded the cast of "Last Stand," an impressive roster of actors that already includes "Thor" star Jaimie Alexander, "300" villain Rodrigo Santoro and the inimitable Peter Stormare of "Fargo" fame. Also joining the cast is Harry Dean Stanton, perhaps most recently best known for playing the creepy Roman Grant on HBO's "Big Love," but forever in my heart for his ill-fated turn as Brett in Ridley Scott's "Alien."
Prepare for your comedic worlds to collide: Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt are teaming up for an as-yet untitled comedy.
Deadline has the news that the two funnymen will be starring in a flick to be directed by relative newcomer Todd Rohal. They will play battling brothers who, in an attempt to honor their dying father, take a group of boys on a camping trip...though of course that does not go as planned. The movie also stars Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney and Patrice O'Neal.
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Being a "Jackass" ain't easy. You have to endure overwhelmingly powerful blasts from a jet engine, playing tether ball with a beehive, jumping ravines on a bicycle — not to mention going for a bungee jump in a port-o-potty filled with you know what.
Yeah, it's pretty rough stuff. Accidents happen. People get hurt. Like Johnny Knoxville in this exclusive clip from the upcoming "Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie," hitting Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (June 14). There's over 30 minutes of brand new footage on the home video release, including this little scene where Johnny gets in a bit over his head. Check it out for yourself.
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The "Red Dawn" reboot has already changed its targeted enemy from Russia to China, but the latest change is perhaps the most drastic of them all.
"Red Dawn," which completed filming quite a while ago, will now feature North Korean bad guys instead of Chinese villains, according to the Los Angeles Times. The report states that MGM made its decision so as to avoid issues with foreign distribution in the all-important Chinese market. The plan is to digitally replace Chinese flags and military symbols and altering dialogue to now refer to North Korea.
There's more news out there in movie land, so click on after the jump to find out about Tom Hanks' latest flick, what Matt Reeves has to say about "Cloverfield 2" and whether or not Johnny Knoxville is really in "The Three Stooges" remake after all.
by Patrick Hester
Looks like Paramount can’t get enough of their favorite jackasses. After starring in the hit “Jackass” movie franchise, based off of the popular MTV show, Johnny Knoxville is set to star in a new film for the studio that turns him into the President's husband.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures is putting a new picture called “First Man” into development with Knoxville set to star as a man whose wife becomes the President.
The character is described as a natural hell raiser, who has behaved himself during his wife’s Presidental campaign, only for their relationship to change once he moves into the White House and becomes the First Man. With that, he's inclined to return back to his rowdy form. Knoxville’s Dickhouse Entertainment and Priya Swaminathan are set to produce the picture with Matt Spicer and Max Winkler, known for the Uma Thurman-starring "Ceremony," writing the film.
You can't keep this sort of insane, troubling, hilarious, cringe-inducing footage locked away in an editing suite. If you create a literal crotch rocket that shoots a fiery projectile from one man's groin to another man's buttocks, that footage must see the light of day.
Johnny Knoxville and his stunt-crazed pals understand these basic facts. That's why they're unleashing "Jackass 3.5," a follow-up to last year's $170 million-grossing 3-D flick. But instead of releasing the footage on DVD — as they did for "Jackass 2.5," the extension of their 2006 theatrical release — Jackass and Paramount have teamed up with Joost to premiere the new flick online in a series of episodes starting on April 1. New installments will appear online weekly. Only later on will the full footage will land on DVD. Read More...