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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The man who donned a bear costume for a frantic dance atop the St. Louis Cardinals dugout Monday night in Game 3 of the National League championship series says he's been banned from Dodger Stadium for six months. The 50-year-old man behind "Rally Bear," Mark Monninger of Rancho Cucamonga, said he pulled the stunt to promote the idea of the Dodgers' getting a mascot. The moment came as the Dodgers fought their way to a 3-0 win Monday over the St. Louis Cardinals. In the bottom of the eighth inning, during a pitching change, Monninger jumped out of his seat dressed in a bear costume and rushed on top of the Cardinals' dugout.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 53-year-old Michigan woman survived being hit by a skydiver who died over the weekend doing a stunt, officials said. The unidentified woman, who was standing on the ground, was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said in a news release that was reported by the Associated Press. The incident happened in Ray Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit. The dead skydiver was identified as Kenneth R. Bernek of nearby Waterford, police told reporters over the weekend.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Volvo Trucks has been targeting the viral-video market with its "live test" campaign. The latest stunt film in the series, released Thursday, features a Volvo FL truck chased by bulls in Spain. "The Chase" is an ad, yes, but it's also a rollicking bit of fun, and you can see why previous entries in this series have gained Web viewers -- including " The Hook ," which saw the president of Volvo Trucks standing on the front panel of a construction truck dangling 66 feet above the ocean.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Good news, President Obama: Americans support the Affordable Care Act, as Jimmy Kimmel showed Tuesday night. The bad news: They hate Obamacare. Of course, we all know that "Obamacare" is the pejorative shorthand for the Affordable Care Act, Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law being held ransom by House Republicans who cite the American people's dislike of the legislation as their reason for bringing much of the federal government to a halt. Correction: As Kimmel showed , some of us know.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | David Ng
John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood's Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: "We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102. " Calvert impressed many of Hollywood's most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows.
SPORTS
September 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The moral of the story is: Don't try to jump over a moving car. Kobe Bryant's famous video from 2008, a commercial for Nike's Hyperdunk, appeared to show him jumping over a speeding Aston Martin -- only it never happened. Bryant's commercial was all special effects, which the Lakers guard acknowledged as soon as the video made its splash. The show "Sport Science" attempted to re-create the actual stunt, but as the video below shows, it's just too dangerous. As the ill-fated jump illustrates, the timing is just too hard to calculate with the naked eye. Part 1 Part 2 Bryant's clip certainly made an impression.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Mic Rodgers, Mel Gibson's stunt double until the late 1990s, and his wife, Robyn Britton, have sold their home in Agoura Hills for $1.85 million to psychologist Morris Halperin. The Craftsman-inspired contemporary, built in 2005, features high ceilings, a combined kitchen/family room, an office, a craft room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,662 square feet of living space. There is a two-car garage off the main house. The one-acre property contains a swimming pool, a spa and a 1,340-square-foot Craftsman-style building with a workshop, a bathroom and indoor parking for five more cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
When a production benefits the Bulgarian economy as much as "Getaway" apparently did, it might seem mean-spirited to knock it. And when its wall-to-wall car stunts are the real, metal-on-metal deal, shot in the streets of the capital city, that's worth noting. But unless you're a demolition-derby fetishist or a connoisseur of vehicular mayhem, none of that will buy you a thrill in this video game posing as a movie, a preposterously plotted kidnapping story starring a high-performance Mustang.
NATIONAL
August 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A clown banned from the Missouri State Fair for his involvement in a skit that mocked President Obama said that he has received death threats and complained that "a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. " "I've had one lady spit in my face," Tuffy Gessling told Kansas City's KCTV . "Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh," he said.  Although it was another clown who wore the Obama mask during a bull-riding contest as the crowd was asked whether they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull," Gessling has told media outlets that the skit was his idea.
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