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June 21, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday: Roger Ebert sent out a tweet criticizing "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash, saying Dunn was drinking and driving. Perez Hilton and Bam Margera got upset with Ebert. ( Huffington Post ) "Mad Men" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" were the big winners at the first Critics' Choice TV Awards. ( Los Angeles Times ) Keith Olbermann is back on TV, and get this -- he's still indignant! ( Los Angeles Times )
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January 25, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Rush Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 28 Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan tell the story of 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in "Rush," a true-sports adventure that starts out as a "the olden days were groovy" corn-fest, then takes a turn for the better. The second half of the film concerns itself mostly with the incredibly tight points-battle between Hunt and Lauda throughout the 1976 season, and those racing sequences - some of which were shot with a subjective camera, in bad weather conditions - are white-knuckle.
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October 17, 2002 | Andre Chautard, Special to The Times
TURNING the hit MTV series "Jackass" into a feature-length film sent star Johnny Knoxville to the emergency room only three, maybe four times; he can't really recall. One stunt gone awry left him in an overturned vehicle with a bloody gash on his head, footage of which is shown in the film with an off-screen voice yelling, "Don't move him!" "It's healed, I think," Knoxville says over lunch at a West Hollywood dive. "Not that many stitches. Seven or eight."
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Bob Costas has generated a lot of buzz in the world of slopestyle, not all of it good. This week, the NBC studio host appeared on the "Today" show and talked to Matt Lauer about the ski and snowboard event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games. In case you're not familiar with slopestyle, it involves a downhill run marked by various features such as jumps and rails. Athletes are judged on creativity as they descend. Costas compared it to the MTV show "Jackass" with all its stunts and pranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
If you're already familiar with the motorcycle-jumping, car-crashing, body-banging brand of extreme sports marketed and practiced by the team Nitro Circus through its television show, then you might be predisposed to enjoy "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D. " Though decidedly not for everyone, "Jackass," both the TV series and the movies Johnny Knoxville and his team made, had a sharply wry sense of narrative, showmanship and subversion. By contrast, "Nitro Circus," opening Wednesday, remains firmly planted in the realm of the inarticulate dude-bro, where shirtless men gleefully engage in physical acts of self-inflicted pain without a trace of real self-awareness or understanding.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2001
Robin Rauzi writes of "Jackass" host Johnny Knoxville that "even covered in feces, he's raffishly appealing" ("Not Such a Dumb Stunt After All," March 18). What a stunning new standard of beauty. Of course, the morons who make and watch "Jackass" (no show was more aptly named) have no problem tainting the collective conscious of youth culture. A symbol of "teenage rebellion"? Not from a multimillion-dollar corporation like MTV. More a symbol of the burgeoning, self-absorbed, desensitized culture that finds human pain entertaining.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A 15-year-old boy suffered first-degree burns over his face and upper body when he set himself on fire trying to reenact a stunt from MTV's controversial show "Jackass," police said. The Bellevue teen soaked his shirt in rubbing alcohol and ignited it while his friends filmed footage that they planned to sell, police and media reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2006
REGARDING the review of "Jackass: Number Two," by Jessica Reaves of the Chicago Tribune ["What Comes After Stupid? Just Gross," Sept. 22]: It bothers me no end to read reviews from one of your sister publications in my hometown newspaper. If I wanted a Chicagoan's perspective, I'd go to the newsstand and pick up a Chi-town rag and read that. That said, what really bothers me was the review itself, apparently written by some queasy intern who was so repulsed by the movie that she had to mention not once but twice how it made her sick to her stomach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1993
I'm sure you consider it your journalistic duty to publish this large picture of the "youth identified as Ricardo," which glorifies the activities of an illiterate pea-brained jackass. I hope you will follow this up by doing your duty as good citizens and reporting this gangster and his true identity to the authorities. Perhaps this will lead to his apprehension and conviction. In turn, maybe we will luck out and he will be sentenced by an intelligent judge to clean up everything he has tagged, with his tongue.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Bob Costas has generated a lot of buzz in the world of slopestyle, not all of it good. This week, the NBC studio host appeared on the "Today" show and talked to Matt Lauer about the ski and snowboard event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games. In case you're not familiar with slopestyle, it involves a downhill run marked by various features such as jumps and rails. Athletes are judged on creativity as they descend. Costas compared it to the MTV show "Jackass" with all its stunts and pranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
What to do when good things happen in bad movies ... "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" got me thinking. The film is wildly inappropriate, ridiculously raunchy, mindlessly dangerous, comes with a warning label - and yet, I howled at the outrage wrought by 86-year-old Irving Zisman, played with a nifty old-guy limp by Johnny Knoxville. To start, in this rapidly expanding geriatric nation, and with the "Jackass" crew hitting middle age, it was just the right time for this particular Knoxville character to take center stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Words I thought I'd never write: "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville has made an actual movie. I don't mean the occasional part the actor takes in someone else's film, notably Luke Duke in 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard. " Or the string of stunts that migrated pretty much intact to the big screen from MTV's "Jackass" reality series, with "Jackass: The Movie" in 2002, followed by "Jackass Number Two" and "Jackass 3D. " All lowbrow, low-budget and lucrative. What I do mean is that "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" is an evolution.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
"The right ring finger. ... No, THE LEFT RING FINGER!" It's minutes before sunrise at Westchester's Kerlan-Jobe sports medicine clinic and Johnny Knoxville has very nearly, accidentally, authorized orthopedic surgery on the wrong hand. His uninjured hand. A clinic administrator taking down Knoxville's information shakes her head in disbelief. Within the hour, the co-creator and breakout star of MTV's cultishly beloved series "Jackass" - and a trio of spinoff movies that have a combined gross of more than $335 million - will be under general anesthesia and no longer able to rectify any self-inflicted finger fiascoes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
If you're already familiar with the motorcycle-jumping, car-crashing, body-banging brand of extreme sports marketed and practiced by the team Nitro Circus through its television show, then you might be predisposed to enjoy "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D. " Though decidedly not for everyone, "Jackass," both the TV series and the movies Johnny Knoxville and his team made, had a sharply wry sense of narrative, showmanship and subversion. By contrast, "Nitro Circus," opening Wednesday, remains firmly planted in the realm of the inarticulate dude-bro, where shirtless men gleefully engage in physical acts of self-inflicted pain without a trace of real self-awareness or understanding.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2011 | By Robert Abele
The combustible elements of "Bellflower" — male aggression, fractured love, one tricked-out muscle car and a homemade flamethrower — get a cinematically confident stirring in writer-director-star Evan Glodell's ambitiously gritty debut feature. With American independent filmmaking all too often a ready punching bag in today's cinéaste culture, this frequently dazzling, eccentric portrait of mutually assured destruction is that most delirious of combos: charmingly funny and emotionally terrifying.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Lindsay Lohan stays out of the slammer, but the judge limits the actress' house-arrest guest list after she flunked a booze test. ( Los Angeles Times ) Movie review: "Cars 2" mixes familiar characters, kid-friendly lessons and a spy thriller plot. ( Los Angeles Times ) Kid-sized peepers? Dolby launches a line of 3-D glasses for pint-sized cinephiles. ( THR ) Studios dish out $25,000 for tables at William and Kate's "essentially sold-out" black-tie event in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2004 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
Tea LEONI hijacked lunch. The actress stopped her car in front of Allegria restaurant in Malibu, plucked her designated lunch date out of a booth, cleared off the passenger seat by throwing a pile of family detritus into the back of her car, and took off. It was a few days before Halloween.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2002 | Associated Press
"Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville expressed sympathy to the family of a teen who died last week after falling from a moving pickup in a stunt possibly inspired by the TV show. "My heart goes out to the kid's family, but we've done everything we can to prevent this type of thing from happening," Knoxville told The Knoxville News-Sentinel. "We don't take submissions. We never have," he said. "We have warnings at the beginning and the end.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday: Roger Ebert sent out a tweet criticizing "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash, saying Dunn was drinking and driving. Perez Hilton and Bam Margera got upset with Ebert. ( Huffington Post ) "Mad Men" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" were the big winners at the first Critics' Choice TV Awards. ( Los Angeles Times ) Keith Olbermann is back on TV, and get this -- he's still indignant! ( Los Angeles Times )
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn's death in a fiery crash when his Porsche ran into a forested area at high speed raised questions as to whether alcohol was involved. Though the toxicology results may not be released for weeks, Dunn apparently tweeted a photo of himself having a beer with friends shortly before he and passenger Zachary Hartwell died. Film critic Roger Ebert soon tweeted, "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," which drew nasty responses from fans and friends. It's a sad story, and one that is all too common.
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