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Casting Net: Will Ferrell to play Bobby Riggs in 'Match Maker'; Plus, Johnny Knoxville, more

• Will Ferrell is attached to star in the tennis drama Match Maker, about the famous 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is writing the screenplay based on an ESPN.com article by Don Van Natta Jr. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Turning Johnny Knoxville into Bad Grandpa -- VIDEO

There are Oscar-caliber films, and then there’s the Jackass series. Johnny Knoxville’s irreverent, prank-filled romps just fill a different niche — one that, under normal circumstances, probably wouldn’t even register with those looking to honor prestige filmmaking. It is probably safe to say that no one ever expected a Jackass property to get an Oscar nomination.

But Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was different, and the Academy took notice. Here was a film that lived and died by its ability to trick people in real life into thinking that a 40-something Knoxville was actually a crude 86-year-old man. The conceit worked, and Stephen Prouty scored his first Oscar nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, pitting him against teams from Dallas Buyers Club and The Lone Ranger. “I received an email from Johnny that day. It had a lot of expletives in it, but good ones. And I believe a ‘wahoo!’ was how it started,” he told EW.

Considering old-age makeup is often unbelievable on screen, convincing real people that they were actually dealing with a man in his 80s was clearly one of the biggest accomplishments, but for Prouty, the litmus test was continuity. Prouty explained: “There’s a driving montage, and it’s a fixed camera inside the car. It’s him and the boy talking and joking back and forth and it’s a lot of quick cuts, and you see the wardrobe change, you see the background change. These were actually shot over the course of the whole film from the same angle. To me, that was rewarding, because it’s like, ‘Okay, he looks the same,’ so obviously we kept our continuity.”

Take a look at a very cool time-lapse video of Prouty’s process after the jump, along with a heartfelt intro from Knoxville.

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'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa' red-band trailer: 'My --- is stuck in the machine!' -- VIDEO

What, the headline doesn’t tell you all you need to know about Johnny Knoxville’s latest project?

Fine. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa stars Knoxville as Irving Zisman, a dirty old man who loves three things above all else: “poontang,” making a spectacle of himself, and his young grandson/wingman (Jackson Nicholl). Previous trailers for this hidden camera comedy featured Irving ruining a wedding and crashing a kiddie beauty pageant; this latest red-band clip features a lot more swearing, as well as a delightful scene of Knoxville getting his (prosthetic) Little Grandpa stuck in a vending machine.

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Johnny Knoxville takes off as 'Bad Grandpa' in new clip -- VIDEO

Johnny Knoxville returns to the big screen in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, starring as 86-year-old Jackass character Irving Zisman. After teaming up with his 8 year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicholl), the two trek across America on the most crazy hidden camera road trip ever.

A new clip shows Zisman attempting to fix a kiddie car ride to appease his annoying grandson — then being thrown through the window of a local thrift store, much to the surprise of bystanders.
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'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa' trailer: What hath Borat wrought?

If you like watching stuff topple over, have we got a treat for you: This trailer for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the fourth (!) feature released under the Jackass label.

This time, the guys are ditching vignette-style pranks for a movie with a semblance of narrative: Irving Zisman, a.k.a. Johnny Knoxville’s old man character, is taking his young grandson (Jackson Nicholl) on a cross-country road trip. Along the way, they’ll hit a bunch of stuff with their car, destroy a wedding, crash a Toddlers & Tiaras-style beauty pageant — and horrify the unsuspecting people they meet along the way.

Basically, think Borat, only with Knoxville in geezer makeup instead of Sacha Baron Cohen in a banana hammock. Or, as the trailer describes it: “Real people. Real reactions. Real messed up.”

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'The Last Stand' new trailer: Forest Whitaker laments 'a psychopath in a Batmobile' -- VIDEO

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s craggy-faced action comeback in South Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s English language debut The Last Stand is only a month or so away, out in theaters Jan. 18, and the movie’s new trailer pulls out more one liners from the former California Governator, costar Forest Whitaker and goofy sidekick Johnny Knoxville.

Cars crash into each other in a corn field, big guns are shot, and Whitaker as a serious law enforcement agent laments “a psychopath in a Batmobile” racing towards the U.S.-Mexican border to face off against world-weary Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger plays border town Sheriff Ray Owens, who is backed by a ragtag group. Bug-eyed Knoxville, part of the team, chuckles to Schwarzenegger, handling a mega weapon, “Nice shooting, sheriff.” Check out the trailer, below:
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New 'Movie 43' poster as saucy as the celeb-filled movie -- EXCLUSIVE

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What’s curvaceous and a bit naughty, with a greenish palor? This exclusive poster, below, for the upcoming mega celebrity-filled ensemble comedy Movie 43!

Touted as “The biggest cast every assembled, for the most outrageous comedy ever made,” the poster boasts a bada-boom outline of a greenish woman’s body with the movie’s title as the, er, crotch clincher. Helmed by several directors, including Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber), the film stars a serious litany of A-list names, including — take a long breath — Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, Leslie Bibb, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, and Uma Thurman.

“Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much,” Farrelly told EW last month, giving us the lowdown on scenes ranging from Winslet on a crazy blind date with Jackman to a potty-mouthed Watts and her real-life love Schreiber playing parents home-schooling their son by totally demeaning him. The movie’s set for release in theaters Jan. 25, 2013.

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'Movie 43' trailer: Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone get their NSFW on

There are few things more gratifying than watching A-list celebrities break type and act really, offensively stupid. Brace yourselves, then, for Movie 43, a star-studded raunchy comedy that took 12 directors and four years to make. The new red-band trailer is an orgy of R-rated shenanigans, though it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on, as the clip is basically a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated vignettes, Robot Chicken-style. But honestly, who cares about plot or coherence when you’ve got Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts telling her son, “You dropped your books, f–kface”?

In fact the pedigree of talent in Movie 43 is remarkable. Of course there are plenty of comedy staples: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone. But the remainder of the cast reads like an awards-season epic: Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry.

So if you’ve been waiting your whole life to hear Terrence Howard say, “The Lord did his part already. He made you black! He gave you a foot-and-a-half–” I’m sorry, I’m sorry. You’ll have to watch the extremely inappropriate trailer yourself.

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'Movie 43' co-director Peter Farrelly praises comedic Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts -- EXCLUSIVE

Peter Farrelly has never turned up his nose at total silliness, directing such raunchy comedies such as There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber with his brother Bobby. But collaborating as one of a dozen directors on the upcoming ensemble comedy Movie 43 had its own unique perks, not the least of which was getting to see a slew of A-list stars such as Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet let loose.

The movie, set to release Jan. 25, 2013, has a cast and story as celebrity-steeped and plot-twisty as a Robert Altman film crossed with the shameless spunkiness of Jackass. In addition to Watts and Winslet, it includes appearances by: Elizabeth Banks, Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, Leslie Bibb, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, and Uma Thurman. Whoosh, that’s a mouthful. With all those actors, more than 15 writers, and several directors, including Farrelly and actress Banks herself, the movie took several years to make.

“It’s the brainchild of Charlie Wessler, who produced most of our movies. Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much,” said Farrelly by phone. “Charlie knows all these people. He went to them, huge stars, like Kate Winslet, and she said, ‘I’m shooting this movie, I’m not free for a year and a half.’ This movie was made over four years, and they just had to wait for a year or two years for different actors. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to.”

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Casting Net: Beyonce, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell going 'Epic.' Plus: Adam Sander, Olivia Wilde

Adam Sandler is in negotiations to replace Mark Wahlberg in the family football comedy Three Mississippi. The switch, made due to issues with Wahlberg’s schedule, instantly makes the premise of the film more plausible. Which is easier to believe: that a family headed by Will Ferrell would always win a Thanksgiving tackle football game against Sander’s family, or Wahlberg’s? Sean Anders (That’s My Boy) will direct. [Vulture]

Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are nearing deals to reprise their roles in Kick-Ass 2, along with Chloe MoretzJeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) will direct. [Deadline]

• Olivia Wilde has joined Amy AdamsJoaquin PhoenixRooney Mara, and  Samantha Morton in Spike Jonze’s untitled new film, reportedly about a guy who falls for a computer voice. [Deadline]

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