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Jackass Star Vincent 'Don Vito' Margera Dead at 59

Uncle of Bam Margera succumbed to kidney, liver failure: family

(Newser) - In what TMZ describes as a "double blow" for Jackass star Bam Margera, his uncle, Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, died early Sunday at age 59, April Margera (Bam's mother and Vincent's sister-in-law) tells TMZ . Vincent, also known as his character "Don Vito," "struggled... More »

Jackass' Steve-O Headed to Jail for SeaWorld Stunt

He also has to stay 100 yards away from Hollywood

(Newser) - Jackass star Steve-O was sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for an August stunt in which he climbed to the top of a 100-foot-tall construction crane in Hollywood, lit off fireworks, and dropped an inflatable killer whale with "SeaWorld Sucks" written on it, KTLA reports. According to TMZ... More »

Jackass Guy Arrested After SeaWorld Stunt

Steve-O is not a fan of the franchise

(Newser) - Resident "Jackass" Steve-O's latest stunt has him facing a litany of charges after the 41-year-old climbed a crane in Hollywood last night in something of a dramatic SeaWorld protest, reports NBC Los Angeles . Teetering at least 100 feet in the air, and live-streaming himself on Facebook , Steve-O inflated... More »

Thor Bashes Jackass With $86.1M

It wasn't really a close fight

(Newser) - Thor: The Dark World smashed its way to a hulking $86.1 million win at the weekend box office, easily swatting away Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and its second-place $11.3 million, reports the AP . Thor's take was good enough for the fourth-biggest debut of the year, notes the... More »

'Jackass' Stunt Kills German

'Bavarian Dumbasses' may be charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - A crazy stunt styled after MTV's Jackass reality TV series cost a young man his life Sunday. The 20-year-old German, identified in a local newspaper only as Tobias, was part of a group of six who called themselves the “Bavarian Dumbasses.” They modeled their stunts on those... More »

Johnny Knoxville Blogs Tribute to Ryan Dunn

'Dear friend' was a good laugher, equally good listener

(Newser) - At Ryan Dunn's memorial last week, Johnny Knoxville found himself unable to do anything other than mumble and try not to cry. He makes up for it with a touching tribute to his friend and co-star on his blog , writing that his world is "about 134% less funny"... More »

Bar Won't Be Charged in Jackass Star's Death

Ryan Dunn didn't seem drunk when bar served him, police say

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania bar where Ryan Dunn spent four hours drinking before the crash that killed him and his passenger won't be facing charges, police have decided. The Jackass star—whose blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he crashed his Porsche—did not appear intoxicated while at Barnaby'... More »

Cops: Ryan Dunn Was Drunk, Going 140 MPH

'Jackass' star had blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit

(Newser) - Ryan Dunn's blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit, and he was driving as fast as 140 mph when he crashed his Porsche Monday morning, killing the Jackass star and his passenger, according to police. The legal BAC limit in Pennsylvania is .08, and Dunn's level was .196,... More »

Crash's Violent Impact Killed Jackass Star

Ryan Dunn's Porsche may have been traveling more than 100mph

(Newser) - Jackass daredevil Ryan Dunn and his passenger died from the impact of the violent car crash and the resulting fire, according to a coroner's report yesterday. Blunt force trauma and thermal trauma were the official causes of death for both men. Toxicology results will take four to six weeks... More »

Ebert: 'Jackass' Tweet Meant to Be True, Not Cruel

Also: Movie critic's Facebook page briefly taken down

(Newser) - Roger Ebert shifted away from Twitter and took to a place where he could address the "Jackass" situation in more than 140 characters: his Chicago Sun-Times blog. There, the movie critic wrote, "I regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as... More »

Dunn Pals Rip Roger Ebert for Harsh Jackass Tweet

'He drank, he drove, 2 people died,' the movie critic tweeted

(Newser) - Pals of Jackass star Ryan Dunn are furious Roger Ebert took advantage of news of his car-crash death to make a point about the stuntster's drunk driving. "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," Ebert tweeted. Cops have not yet mentioned drinking as a cause of... More »

Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Dies in Fiery Car Crash

Police: Speed may have been a factor in crash

(Newser) - It wasn’t the crazy Jackass stunts that killed him, but rather a fiery car crash after a night of drinking with friends . Jackass cast member Ryan Dunn and an unidentified passenger riding in his 2007 Porsche died after the car left the roadway and burst into flames around 3am... More »

'Male Nudity' Scares MPAA

New category is pretty darn sexist

(Newser) - Watch a trailer for Jackass 3D, and you might notice that it’s rated R for, among other things, “male nudity.” This struck Brian Patrick Thornton of Jezebel as odd—why specify that it was men who were naked? He did a quick scan through the past five... More »

Miss Jackass? New Site Is YouTube for Crazy Dares

MakeaDare.com aims to hook users up with professional opportunity

(Newser) - Fearing that Jackass-style daredevil stunts are getting lost on YouTube, one entrepreneur has launched a site where the brave/stupid take on dares from others. Make A Dare users then vote, with “street cred” the winner’s reward. At least for now—Tory Osinoff tells True/Slant he hopes he can... More »

New Dancing Lineup Adds Criminal Twists

Julianne's back; Jewel, Denise Richards, and 3 felons will compete

(Newser) - Dancing With the Stars is introducing a few new twists this season, including one couple competing against each other and another working together, USA Today reports. Returning pro Julianne Hough will partner with her real-life boyfriend—country singer Chuck Wicks—while singer Jewel will dance against rodeo-riding husband Ty Murray.... More »

Jackass Indeed: Knoxville Brings Grenade to LAX

Photo-shoot prop was inactive, but actor will face criminal complaint

(Newser) - Los Angeles International Airport authorities detained former Jackass star Johnny Knoxville for bringing a grenade in a carry-on bag today, the E! Online reports. The bomb squad determined the grenade was not explosive. Knoxville was issued a citation and permitted to board his plane. “He told police it was... More »

Songs Savaged by Pop Culture

Commercials, YouTube and 'iconic' movie scenes make old faves unlistenable

(Newser) - Some songs simply can't survive the ravages of pop culture. Scott Bennett on College Humor, runs down some tunes he can no longer listen to:
  • "O, Fortuna:" Jackass turned this "orchestral masterpiece" from Carl Orff into something that went from evoking "the struggle of mankind" to
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When Dumb Lawsuits Attack

Damages claimed for mistaken impressions, aggressive toilet seat

(Newser) - Emotional trauma because she used the men’s restroom? Surfer in pain after losing his wave? The Daily Mirror digs up the silliest lawsuits ever filed:
  1. Whale tale: After their 27-year-old son was found dead on the back of an orca, parents sued SeaWorld for depicting killer whales as huggable
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Jackass Star Steve-O Hit With Coke Charge, Hospitalized

Daredevil emailed pals he's 'ready to die'

(Newser) - Jackass daredevil Steve-O was charged with felony cocaine possession yesterday just days after he was hospitalized when friends became alarmed by his destructive behavior, reports E! Online. Stunt-addicted Steve-O—real name Stephen Glover—entered the psychiatric wing of a Los Angeles hospital as he was planning a 25-foot fall onto... More »

Jackass 2.5 to Have Web-Only Debut

'First Internet movie', studio heads say

(Newser) - Paramount is moving into uncharted territory by premiering Jackass 2.5 online, the New York Times reports. The December 19 premier on Blockbuster's Movielink service will be the first time a studio-backed feature film has made its debut on the Web. Executives hope that a successful experiment will pave the... More »

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