Silverlight & Blockbuster brings you Jackass 2.5, for Free

In one of the most bizarre agreements I have yet reported on, the makers of Jackass 1 and 2 have agreed to team up with Microsoft to release JACKASS 2.5, for free, using the software giant's Silverlight technology. On December 19th (through December 31st), Viacom Incorporated and Blockbuster will premiere the first-ever, studio-backed feature streamed movie in its entirety online. Just like the previous ones, this movie will include stunts and pranks which will only result in you spending hours convincing your friends they aren’t safe to try at home. If you’re interested (and are 17 or older), or you just don’t want have to buy it (for the kids) later, head over to this Wednesday (time unknown as of this newspost).

It's all so clear now - this is how Microsoft plans to push Silverlight!

The cast will include Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Steve-O, Ehren McGhehey, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Preston Lacy and Ryan Dunn. “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. The Jackass movie is the first of several feature films that we plan on distributing online and as the digital world evolves, Paramount will continue to turn digital distribution of content on its head,” states Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment.

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anyone notice how they are using adobe flash for the previews and stuff on the web site right now and not silverlight

Relational marketing.

Microsoft will push MS Flash silverlight using a jackass movie.
so it's just a time matter that people will relate silverlight with jackass.

Better hope they don't screw this up, if loading/buffering times are bad, people will have a horrible first impression of Microsoft's Silverlight.

I wonder how they're going to do age verification.

Looking over the comments here makes me think most readers aren't of legal age to see an "R" rated movie.

2.5? Is it half a movie?

Maybe they found the only way to improve a Jackass movie: make it shorter.

Or a more reasonable assumption: the studio marketing department hoovered up so much Media 2.0™ hype that
they ended up performing a feat Knoxville & co. would be proud of -- disappearing up their own ar*es.

Here's someone who has either never used Windows (not likely) or never seen the show.

That's the only way this comment makes any sense.

Yes. I think Steve-O just likes shoving odd objects in his butt while people watch in disgust. Giving it away for free doesn't kill the thrill, good for him.

billyea said,
hey, why not? it seems like both parties could benefit (microsoft, obviously, more than viacom)

But how much did Viacom get paid to do this?