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Talking the 'Bad Grandpa' Makeup with Oscar-Nominated Stephen Prouty

So will the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling go to Stephen Prouty for his impressive transformation of Johnny Knoxville's hysterical and horny 86-year-old Irving Zisman in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"? It's a triumph of old school craft, which required a complete re-imagining to believably pull it off and provide Knoxville with better flexibility for his comedic turn.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 25, 2014 2:57 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Thor' Bashes Box Office, 'Ender's Game' Collapses

Led by a strong performance by 3-D enhanced "Thor: The Dark World," overall grosses came in about equal to last year, keeping pace with the 2012 year-to-date total. (2013's top ten grossed $159 million against $161 million last year.) With $86,109,000 for the weekend, "Thor" came in just behind "Skyfall"'s stellar opening last year, but the heavy lifting came from the rest of the top 10.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2013 1:57 PM
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'Ender's Game' Tops Weekend, 'Last Vegas' Lures Adults, 'Bad Grandpa' Holds Tight

A stronger than expected Saturday boosted the weekend box office as three openers grossed $16 million or better for the first time since mid-August. Last week's #1, "Bad Grandpa," enjoyed a great hold. The top 10 scored $115 million, down from $119 last year (which boasted "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight").
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 3, 2013 2:27 PM
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'Bad Grandpa' Pulls Young Males, 'Counselor' Flops, '12 Years' Makes Top Ten, NC-17 'Blue' Starts Strong

Who knew? All it took to bring back the core males MIA from theaters was a film about an 86-year-old. Paramount's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" opened to an easy #1 Friday with $12.6 million (including Thursday late shows). Maybe Emmanuelle Riva should have stuck around a little longer after the Oscars last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 26, 2013 2:06 PM
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