'Jackass' Sequel Premieres Online


Although the first two "Jackass" films were theatrical hits, the franchise's most recent sequel is premiering online and for free.

Beginning Dec. 19, MTV New Media and Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment will make the "Jackass 2.5" available sans charge through the Blockbuster-owned online property Movielink.

The "2.5" title is appropriate because the movie is basically 64 minutes of previously unseen footage and interviews shot in the midst of production on "Jackass: Number Two," which grossed more than $70 million domestically.

Cast members Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Steve-O, Ehren McGhehey, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Preston Lacy and Ryan Dunn are all featured.

"When we set out to make 'Jackass: Number Two,' we made more than a movie -- we made almost two movies. All the guys were so red hot, we just couldn't stop filming," says franchise producer and co-creator Jeff Tremaine. "Now with 'Jackass 2.5' we finally have a great way to release the rest of this movie-worthy footage."

"Jackass 2.5" will be available for free on Movielink for two weeks. In addition, the movie will be released on DVD through Blockbuster with an extra 45 minutes on Dec. 26. That same day, "Jackass 2.5" will also go out on iTunes, Amazon and several other participating download-to-own services.

"We are very excited to be able to deliver 'Jackass 2.5,' the first feature-length movie from a major studio which will debut free on the internet," says Thomas Lesinski, president of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment. "The Jackass movie is the first of several features that we plan on distributing online and as the digital world evolves, Paramount will continue to turn digital distribution of content on its head."

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