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October 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
"The right ring finger. ... No, THE LEFT RING FINGER!" It's minutes before sunrise at Westchester's Kerlan-Jobe sports medicine clinic and Johnny Knoxville has very nearly, accidentally, authorized orthopedic surgery on the wrong hand. His uninjured hand. A clinic administrator taking down Knoxville's information shakes her head in disbelief. Within the hour, the co-creator and breakout star of MTV's cultishly beloved series "Jackass" - and a trio of spinoff movies that have a combined gross of more than $335 million - will be under general anesthesia and no longer able to rectify any self-inflicted finger fiascoes.
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January 16, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How could they? Why would they? I'm talking, of course, about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' unsightly snub of “American Hustle's” hair in the Oscar nominations Thursday. This is not to denigrate in any way the very fine work of the nominees: “Dallas Buyers Club's” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, “The Lone Ranger's” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua Casny, and the academy's seriously gutsy decision to show a little love to “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” and Stephen Prouty.
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October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Words I thought I'd never write: "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville has made an actual movie. I don't mean the occasional part the actor takes in someone else's film, notably Luke Duke in 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard. " Or the string of stunts that migrated pretty much intact to the big screen from MTV's "Jackass" reality series, with "Jackass: The Movie" in 2002, followed by "Jackass Number Two" and "Jackass 3D. " All lowbrow, low-budget and lucrative. What I do mean is that "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" is an evolution.
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October 27, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
What goes up must come down, and so "Gravity" finally did this weekend, falling to the runner-up position as "Bad Grandpa" ruled the box office. Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera prank flick was an easy No. 1 this weekend, debuting with a robust $32 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. After three weekends atop the charts, "Gravity" came in second with $20.3 million, meaning the 3-D space film is now a stone's throw from another box-office milestone with its overall gross of $199.8 million.
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October 14, 1999 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
We hear Johnny Knoxville's been hanging out at the Saddle Ranch Chop House. Knoxville, an underground icon known for self-inflicting tremendous bodily harm, has an affection for the Ranch's mechanical bull. It's a bit gentler than the live one he recently tried to tame: As part of his sick shtick, he picked the meanest dang beast he could find and nearly got trounced. . . .
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March 18, 2001 | ROBIN RAUZI, Robin Rauzi is the assistant editor for Calendar Weekend
Somehow, "Jackass" is what television has come to: hand-held video of young men dousing themselves with sewage. And spraying one another with pepper spray. And roller-skating in jockstraps. It's no surprise that someone would find such things entertaining. Just how many someones is another matter. This unapologetic celebration of all things gross and juvenile is the top-rated show on MTV, and last fall was among the most popular shows on cable. As Matthew T.
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October 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton
This week, the pull of young men was stronger than "Gravity. " Powered by the same audience that made the TV series "Jackass" into a money-making franchise, Johnny Knoxville's hidden camera-fueled movie earned an estimated $12.6 million on Friday. Prerelease audience surveys forecast that the film would earn $30 million in its debut weekend, and it is well on its way to that total. In the film, officially known as "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," Knoxville disguises himself as an 86-year-old man traveling cross-country with his 8-year-old grandson ( Jackson Nicoll )
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October 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
What to do when good things happen in bad movies ... "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" got me thinking. The film is wildly inappropriate, ridiculously raunchy, mindlessly dangerous, comes with a warning label - and yet, I howled at the outrage wrought by 86-year-old Irving Zisman, played with a nifty old-guy limp by Johnny Knoxville. To start, in this rapidly expanding geriatric nation, and with the "Jackass" crew hitting middle age, it was just the right time for this particular Knoxville character to take center stage.
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October 24, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
For three weeks, no film has been able to pull "Gravity" from its No. 1 orbit. But this weekend, Johnny Knoxville's prank flick "Bad Grandpa" will likely pull it off -- no joke. The inexpensive hidden-camera comedy from the "Jackass" creator is poised to debut with a strong $30 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. (Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the film, is projecting a softer opening of no more than $20 million.) Meanwhile, "Gravity," the hit 3-D space drama, may add another $22 million to its $177-million haul -- meaning the Alfonso Cuaron picture will make far more in its fourth weekend than the new thriller "The Counselor" will in its first.
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September 22, 2006 | Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
Quite honestly, I don't know what to say about "Jackass: Number Two." What is there to say, after all, about a 95-minute foray into feces, intestinal gas, horse semen and a beer funnel inserted into a body cavity that's quite obviously not someone's mouth? Johnny Knoxville is rejoined by his usual band of thick-skulled morons, including Bam Margera, whose poor parents seem to have been sucked (again) into this nightmare, Steve-O and Dave England.
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October 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton
This week, the pull of young men was stronger than "Gravity. " Powered by the same audience that made the TV series "Jackass" into a money-making franchise, Johnny Knoxville's hidden camera-fueled movie earned an estimated $12.6 million on Friday. Prerelease audience surveys forecast that the film would earn $30 million in its debut weekend, and it is well on its way to that total. In the film, officially known as "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," Knoxville disguises himself as an 86-year-old man traveling cross-country with his 8-year-old grandson ( Jackson Nicoll )
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October 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
What to do when good things happen in bad movies ... "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" got me thinking. The film is wildly inappropriate, ridiculously raunchy, mindlessly dangerous, comes with a warning label - and yet, I howled at the outrage wrought by 86-year-old Irving Zisman, played with a nifty old-guy limp by Johnny Knoxville. To start, in this rapidly expanding geriatric nation, and with the "Jackass" crew hitting middle age, it was just the right time for this particular Knoxville character to take center stage.
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October 24, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
For three weeks, no film has been able to pull "Gravity" from its No. 1 orbit. But this weekend, Johnny Knoxville's prank flick "Bad Grandpa" will likely pull it off -- no joke. The inexpensive hidden-camera comedy from the "Jackass" creator is poised to debut with a strong $30 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. (Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the film, is projecting a softer opening of no more than $20 million.) Meanwhile, "Gravity," the hit 3-D space drama, may add another $22 million to its $177-million haul -- meaning the Alfonso Cuaron picture will make far more in its fourth weekend than the new thriller "The Counselor" will in its first.
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October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Words I thought I'd never write: "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville has made an actual movie. I don't mean the occasional part the actor takes in someone else's film, notably Luke Duke in 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard. " Or the string of stunts that migrated pretty much intact to the big screen from MTV's "Jackass" reality series, with "Jackass: The Movie" in 2002, followed by "Jackass Number Two" and "Jackass 3D. " All lowbrow, low-budget and lucrative. What I do mean is that "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" is an evolution.
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October 23, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Here's one scene you won't be seeing in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” when it hits theaters Friday. Rendered unrecognizable in heavy prosthetic makeup as his libidinous 86-year-old grandfather character, “Jackass” prankster-actor Johnny Knoxville shows up at the office of a sex therapist accompanied by his love interest, another heavily wrinkled geriatric firecracker named “Gloria.” A closer inspection of the credits, however,...
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October 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
"The right ring finger. ... No, THE LEFT RING FINGER!" It's minutes before sunrise at Westchester's Kerlan-Jobe sports medicine clinic and Johnny Knoxville has very nearly, accidentally, authorized orthopedic surgery on the wrong hand. His uninjured hand. A clinic administrator taking down Knoxville's information shakes her head in disbelief. Within the hour, the co-creator and breakout star of MTV's cultishly beloved series "Jackass" - and a trio of spinoff movies that have a combined gross of more than $335 million - will be under general anesthesia and no longer able to rectify any self-inflicted finger fiascoes.
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August 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
If you're already familiar with the motorcycle-jumping, car-crashing, body-banging brand of extreme sports marketed and practiced by the team Nitro Circus through its television show, then you might be predisposed to enjoy "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D. " Though decidedly not for everyone, "Jackass," both the TV series and the movies Johnny Knoxville and his team made, had a sharply wry sense of narrative, showmanship and subversion. By contrast, "Nitro Circus," opening Wednesday, remains firmly planted in the realm of the inarticulate dude-bro, where shirtless men gleefully engage in physical acts of self-inflicted pain without a trace of real self-awareness or understanding.
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January 16, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How could they? Why would they? I'm talking, of course, about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' unsightly snub of “American Hustle's” hair in the Oscar nominations Thursday. This is not to denigrate in any way the very fine work of the nominees: “Dallas Buyers Club's” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, “The Lone Ranger's” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua Casny, and the academy's seriously gutsy decision to show a little love to “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” and Stephen Prouty.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
If you're already familiar with the motorcycle-jumping, car-crashing, body-banging brand of extreme sports marketed and practiced by the team Nitro Circus through its television show, then you might be predisposed to enjoy "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D. " Though decidedly not for everyone, "Jackass," both the TV series and the movies Johnny Knoxville and his team made, had a sharply wry sense of narrative, showmanship and subversion. By contrast, "Nitro Circus," opening Wednesday, remains firmly planted in the realm of the inarticulate dude-bro, where shirtless men gleefully engage in physical acts of self-inflicted pain without a trace of real self-awareness or understanding.
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October 10, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
You should talk about "Carlos. " Directed by Olivier Assayas, the 51/2-hour film (Don't worry, it'll air as a three-part miniseries) about the terrorist Carlos the Jackal will air on the Sundance Channel. The film stars Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez ("The Bourne Ultimatum") as Carlos, who was linked to a series of bombings, attacks and kidnappings in the 1970s and '80s. And, hey, it's slightly more thought-provoking than watching "The Real Housewives of Atlanta. " (Monday)
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