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7 items from 2006

MTV makes room for Margera

13 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MTV on Wednesday unveiled a new scheduling strategy that will reshuffle and expand its primetime lineup. In addition, the network has greenlighted two new series, one of which features Jackass' Bam Margera and the other centered on wrestling.

Starting in the first quarter, MTV is planning to shuffle its primetime lineup by scheduling blocks with shows that have similar themes, expanding its 10 Spot programming into the 9 p.m. hour on two nights and scheduling returning series on new nights.

In addition, the two new series also will be part of the rejiggered lineup. The first one, Bam's Unholy Union, features skateboard pro Margera as he prepares to get married; MTV describes the second show, Wrestling Society X, as "the greatest, dirtiest and most dangerous sports entertainment program that throws out the glam of wrestling." Both shows are set to debut in January.

As for the new schedule, Brian Graden, president of entertainment at MTV Networks Music Group and president of Logo, said the new strategy is a result of programming successes as well as having a wealth of quality shows available to program. »

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Jackass Number Two

22 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It didn't seem possible, but Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man and company might just have cooked up a sequel that's even wilder, funnier, extra-depraved and more gag-inducing than the seemingly incomparable "Jackass the Movie".

But whether or not it goes down in cinema history as "The Godfather: Part II" of self-mutilation documentaries, "Jackass Number Two" -- aptly named given an even greater obsession with bodily fluids -- ensures that the screams of laughter come fast and furious in this frat boy's fever dream of a circus sideshow.

While the uninitiated should probably keep their distance -- this one's definitely goosing the boundaries of its R rating -- the appreciative fan base that helped make the original one of Paramount's most profitable pictures of 2002 is certain to put a big smile on Sumner Redstone's face when the opening weekend figures start pouring in.

Granted, nothing quite matches the inspired novelty of the repeated downing of those giant mounds of wasabi or the totaled rental car return that were among the highlights of the first, too-hot-for-TV, big-screen edition, but director Jeff Tremaine and his resident Jackasses have kept the overall consistency of the bits higher, while pushing it all along at an appropriately breakneck pace.

Again, raging bulls, slithering reptiles, scary inanimate objects and High Voltage meet up with dangling personal extremities to outrageous effect, but even as one wonders if they might have crossed over a line (or two) during, say, a sequence involving the "milking" of a primed stallion, resisting laughter remains futile.

Here as before the secret to their surprising cross-gender appeal is that Knoxville and the boys like to keep their gleefully juvenile pranks all in the family. Most of the time, the ones being punk'd are part of the Jackass inner circle, and despite all the nasty welts and burns and expulsion of various forms of matter, there's seldom an overt meanness to their antics or even a whiff of the pervasive sexism, racism or homophobia that have become part and parcel of the usual shock comedy experience.

Also coming back for more are Tony Hawk, Rip Taylor and Bam's hapless mom and dad. Directors John Waters and Spike Jonze, who's one of the producers, also join in on the fun, with Jonze donning a pair of perilously pendulous prosthetics to play a very old lady with an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.

There's even enough money left in the budget for a big closing number that pays homage to bigger-than-life movie musicals; it doesn't really deliver the anticipated goods but nevertheless gives rise to the notion of an all-Jackass Oscar ceremony.

It would be worth it just for the gift bags.


Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films present

a Dickhouse production in association with Lynch Siderow Prods.


Director: Jeff Tremaine

Producers: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville

Executive producers: Derek Freda, Trip Taylor, David Gale, Van Toffler


Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey

Running time -- 92 minutes

MPAA rating: R »

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Men overboard with new films

21 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Between Jackass Number Two and Jet Li's Fearless this weekend, young males are again the primary target of the domestic boxoffice. The question is, can they possibly support both films plus last week's holdover, Sony Pictures' Gridiron Gang? Add on the fact that Flyboys is targeting older males and All the King's Men is out to reach adults, and one must wonder what teenage girls will be doing this weekend because there sure isn't a new movie out there for them. Jackass, from Paramount Pictures, is the sure winner of the weekend. Johnny Knoxville and his gang of knuckleheads will stun audiences again with their stupid human tricks. The R-rated film is set to bow in 3,059 theaters, but whether it will reach the $22.7 million opening number of Jackass: The Movie in 2002 remains to be seen. Industry insiders are placing the gross in a range similar to the original, though with the boxoffice down the past two weekends, underperforming is a possibility. Directed by Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the original, Jackass reunites Knoxville with cohorts Bam Margera, Chris Pontius and Steve-O, among others. »

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Margera Reignites Rumors of Simpson Affair

21 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jackass star Bam Margera has re-ignited rumors he slept with Jessica Simpson while she was still married after appearing on the Howard Stern radio show on Tuesday. Margera's former fiance, Jenn Rivell, told a Pennsylvania radio show in 2005 that Simpson and Margera had sex while the pop star was still married to Nick Lachey. At the time, Bam's father Phil Margera also told Philadelphia radio deejays Preston & Stern his son admitted bedding Simpson. Stern interrogated Margera on his show, asking about the night the two spent together while she was filming The Dukes Of Hazzard with his Jackass co-star Johnny Knoxville. Margera said the relationship was blown out of proportion, but admitted he "bumped into Simpson", which caused his fellow Jackass co-star Steve-O to say suggestively, "Yeah, bumped into her!" Margera claims they "wound up at her parents house drinking margaritas and it went from there" and said afterwards he "left at eight in the morning." When Stern asked Margera if Simpson looked good naked, he said she had a personal trainer for the film adding, "Yeah, she looked good. I can't deny that!" »

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'Viva la Bam' Star Released on Bail

30 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

TV stuntman Bam Margera's uncle, Don Vito, has been told he must check in with a Colorado court twice a week and stay away from kids as he awaits a sexual assault hearing. The chubby prankster, real name Vincent Margera, is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and faces trial at the end of October. A Colorado judge ruled on Monday that Margera could leave the state and return home to Pennsylvania - as long as he adhered to conditions set by his bail. Margera, a regular on his nephew's wacky Viva La Bam TV show, posted $50,000 bail and must be supervised during his release, during which he needs to check in with pretrial services officers twice a week. He is not allowed to have any contact with children younger than 18, cannot consume any drugs or alcohol and will be subject to random urine tests. Margera, 50, was arrested earlier this month after allegedly inappropriately fondling two underage girls during two separate incidents at a signing event at a skatepark in Colorado. He has hired attorney Pamela Mackey, who represented Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in his 2004 sexual assault case in Colorado. »

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Margera's Uncle Arrested for Child Sex Assault

22 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The uncle of Viva La Bam star Bam Margera has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child. Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, 50, was arrested by police in Lakewood, Colorado on Friday and accused of inappropriately touching a child. Don Vito appears in Viva La Bam as the victim of his nephew's practical jokes. »

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'Jackass' Star Arrested for Weapon Possession

8 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jackass: The Movie star Bam Margera was arrested for unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon on Friday, after trying to pass through a security check-point at LAX airport in Los Angeles with brass knuckles. Margera, who has previously been romantically linked with singer Jessica Simpson, was released the next morning after posting $20,000 bond. The star, who admits to being "blatantly drunk" during the incident, says, "I met up with some people from Island Def Jam (Records) and went to a party at the Roosevelt Hotel. At some point they ended up giving me a pair of brass knuckles as a gift. I just tossed them in my bag and then showed up drunk at the airport to catch a flight home." The Jackass star was stopped by security, caused a scene and was subsequently arrested. He tells MTV News, "They booked me and took me to this small-a** cell with this glue-huffing Mexican and some 50-year-old homeless guy. I'm mad at myself because I think that if I wasn't drunk at the airport I could've weaseled my way out of this whole thing, but I was slurring my words. Sometimes I'm an idiot." »

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