"Jackass 2.5," a feature film combining new footage and unreleased bits from "Jackass Number Two," will be presented free by Blockbuster from 12/19-12/31 here before being made available for purchase on DVD and on iTunes and other download outlets. "It’s the first broadband movie ever distributed by a major studio," Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, tells the AP. We’d be a bit more impressed with this show of faith in the future of distribution models if it were actually, you know, a new film, a la Edward Burns’ "Purple Violets," which last month garnered the distinctions of being the first full-length feature to premiere exclusively on iTunes and the umpteenth to find Burns chronicling the romantic malaises of emotionally immature New Yorkers.
More interesting web-premiere news: Variety reports that back-from-the-dead British production company Hammer Films will be producing its first feature in 30 years and… distributing it via MySpace. "Beyond the Rave" (heh) will be released in 20 free four-minute chunks on MySpace TV before being made available in its entirety for purchase. The plot provided to IMDb by screenwriter Tom Grass:
The movie follows the last hours of freedom of local soldier Ed, who is flying out to Iraq in the morning. With the help of his best friend Necro, he spends his last night in the UK tracking down his missing girlfriend Jen, last seen partying with a bizarre group of hardcore night-time ravers led by the mysterious Melech. But as he catches up with Jen at a party, Ed discovers that Melech’s crowd, who are hosting the event, are looking for more than a night of fun, and that not everyone will make it through to dawn.
Jude Law ex Sadie Frost (Lucy in "Bram Stoker’s Dracula") is part of the cast â€” here’s a teaser trailer. Here’s hoping for some sort of larger Iraq war/vampires/techno metaphor.