(LOS ANGELES) – Johnny Knoxville is no stranger to concussions. He has endured more than a dozen concussions in the decades since he rose to stardom as the reckless ringleader of “Jackass,” that he is aware of. But his most recent one was unique.
Now, on doctor’s orders, he has to get inventive to obtain his adrenaline fix more safely. His most recent try is with “Jackass Forever” co-star Eric Andre and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe on their new ABC comedy, “The Prank Panel,” which starts on Sunday.
Doing work suitable for network television has been a significant but essential lifestyle change for the 52-year-old thrill-seeking stuntman.
After being rammed by a bull for the fourth and final “Jackass” film, released in 2022, he sustained catastrophic brain injuries. This resulted in over a year of sadness and mental health issues, forcing him to permanently abstain from such exploits, despite his enthusiasm for them.
“I think I got a little addicted to it, to the point where, you know, it scrambled my brains,” he admitted. “I can do little stunts where, if I break a hand or an ankle or whatever, no one cares.” I cannot do it – no more concussions for me.”
Knoxville isn’t sure what stunts make him so happy — is it the attention he receives or the excitement of pulling it off?
“It’s complicated,” he reflected. “Being with everyone and all my friends around is just a real moment.” But don’t make me romanticize it.”
So, for now, “The Prank Panel” will have to suffice. It’s a satire on reality competition shows in which people come on and submit prank ideas to the three hosts. Suppose Knoxville, Andre, or Sidibe — touted on the show as the “world’s greatest pranksters” — is satisfied with the idea’s viability. In that case, the hopeful prankster will receive money, resources, and assistance from their sponsor to carry off the caper on an unsuspecting victim.
Johnny Knoxville is no stranger to concussions.
Knoxville, who is shown slapping Andre between the legs in the teaser, stated that he was pleasantly surprised when his attempts to push limits on the network show were received with allegedly little pushback.
“I wasn’t concerned about becoming more formal. When I’m being particularly wicked, they can beep my words and cut around. But I was more worried with what we could get away with on ABC,” he explained. “In retrospect, we got away with a lot more than I thought we could.”
The show even approved of a prank that led to Knoxville being sued by a handyman who claimed he was subjected to a “terrifying ordeal” after being hired for a TaskRabbit assignment. Knoxville’s spokesperson interjected when pushed to elaborate, but not before humorously asking, “Which lawsuit?”
The art of the prank can take numerous shapes and goals. Some have gained notoriety for their social or political comments — such as Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” — while others are pranks designed to make the victim it’s champion: Consider the recent cult series “Jury Duty,” which attempted to create a hero’s journey for the person being duped.
But, as Knoxville perfected his pranking theory over the years — a crucial component of the “Jackass” franchise — his aims crystallized into a simple aspiration: he wants to be startling.
“I enjoy perplexing people more than anything else.” “I don’t want to appear stupid,” he explained. “I just want to create a really bizarre situation where they’re like, ‘What is happening?'”
Johnny Knoxville is no stranger to concussions.
That approach has rendered him and the rest of the “Jackass” cast immune to the criticisms leveled by certain comedians about political correctness or cancel culture.
“Some may find it distasteful, and some may find it offensive, but it’s not like it’s going to truly offend anyone,” he remarked. “But I know it’s a little dicier in other areas of comedy these days.”
In addition to realizing he has to limit his stunts and physical humor, Knoxville said his experience with long-term brain damage has made him more conscious of the importance of mental health, which he is open about in the hopes of helping others.
“Having gone through it opens your eyes,” he explained. “Anyone suffering from depression or intrusive thoughts should know that their brain is playing tricks on them.” And if you seek the assistance of a psychiatrist or a doctor, you can turn things around.”
SOURCE – (AP)
Russell Brand Lashes Out At ‘Legacy Media’ For Trying To Silence Him
Brand, 48, took to Rumble, a free-speech alternative to YouTube, to inform his 1.6 million followers that the allegations against him are part of a “legacy media” and “establishment narratives” campaign to suppress him. How do I know that the global media assault against free speech is in full swing? Brand said in his 20-minute video, “Guess!”
“Today, of course, we’re discussing the events of the past week, but in particular the collusion between big tech and the government and what appears to be a concerted effort by legacy media, the state, and big tech to silence independent media voices.”
The Forgetting The Sarah Marshall star stated that there is a concerted effort by the “Trusted News Initiative,” a collection of well-established global news organizations, to “cooperate with one another and corroborate one another to shut down what they believe to be their true enemy: independent media voices.”
Brand also implied that the allegations were part of a plan to discredit him due to his skepticism regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and his criticism of the mainstream media and “big tech sites.”
YouTube announced last week that it was removing the comedian’s ability to monetize his videos due to “serious allegations” against him. Brand noted that, fortunately, Rumble has yet to follow suit.
The British comedian then encouraged viewers to subscribe for $60 per year to gain access to his premium content.
At least four women have made allegations of “non-recent” sexual assault against the actor, which prompted the British police to launch an investigation on Monday, prompting Brand’s latest tirade.
The Sunday Times, The Times of London, and Channel 4’s Dispatches reported that one of the accusers is a 16-year-old. Another accused Brand in 2012 of having assaulted her in Los Angeles. Additionally, one of the women stated that he was physically and emotionally abusive.
Some women cited Brand’s newfound prominence as an online wellness influencer for their decision to speak out.
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, who is conducting the investigation, told the Associated Press, “We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence to contact us, no matter how long ago it occurred.”
Brand’s previous comedic routines also began to resurface. In one clip from his BBC radio program The Russell Brand Show, he advises a 15-year-old to have a birthday celebration with a sexual theme.
“Assuming you are 16 years old, it is illegal for you to consume alcohol or use illegal drugs,” Brand said.
“Now, you will be legally allowed to have sexual partners,” he continued. Now, I believe the festivities should be themed around legal sex.
In a second viral video posted on X, Brand made a tasteless joke about having intercourse with women regardless of their “age, race, or whether or not they’re awake.”
“That’s the policy I use for women,” Brand said. “Hello, a woman is present. Let’s not get caught up in details such as age, ethnicity, or whether or not they’re awake. Simply get there and give them the greatest night of their lives.”
Before the allegations were made public earlier this month, Brand described the alleged encounters as “consensual” in an Instagram post.
“I have received two extremely disturbing letters, one from a mainstream media TV company and one from a newspaper, containing a laundry list of offensive and aggressive assaults. “Amongst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious accusations that I categorically refute,” he stated.
“When I was in the movies, I was extremely promiscuous, as I have written extensively about in my novels. During that period of promiscuity, every single relationship I had was consensual.”
SOURCE – (thesun)
David McCallum, Star Of Hit TV Series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ And ‘NCIS,’ Dies At 90
LOS ANGELES — David McCallum, an adolescent heartthrob in the 1960s series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the eccentric medical examiner in the popular series “NCIS” four decades later, has passed away. He was 90 years old.
CBS said that McCallum died of natural causes surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Monday.
“David was a talented actor and author who many people across the globe adored. CBS said, “He led an extraordinary life, and his legacy will live on through his family and the countless hours of film and television that will never disappear.”
McCallum, who was born in Scotland, had been successful in films such as “A Night to Remember” (about the Titanic), “The Great Escape,” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (as Judas). In the mid-1960s, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” made the blond actor with the Beatles-inspired haircut a ubiquitous name.
The popularity of the James Bond novels and films spawned a proliferation of secret operatives on both large and small screens. According to Jon Heitland’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Book,” Bond originator Ian Fleming contributed to developing “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
Robert Vaughn portrayed Napoleon Solo, an agent in a covert, high-tech squad of crime fighters whose initials stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. The program debuted in 1964. Despite the Cold War, the agency had international personnel, including McCallum as Solo’s Russian sidekick, Illya Kuryakin.
McCallum recalled that the role was initially relatively minor, adding in a 1998 interview, “I’d never heard of the word’sidekick’ before.”
The show received mixed reviews but eventually gained popularity, especially among teenage females drawn to McCallum’s good looks and enigmatic, intelligent character. By 1965, Illya was Vaughn’s primary partner, and both stars were mobbed during personal appearances.
The series ran until 1968. In 1983, Vaughn and McCallum reunited for the nostalgic television film “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” in which the agents were coaxed out of retirement to save the world again.
McCallum returned to television in 2003 with another series featuring an agency with initials: CBS’s “NCIS.” He portrayed Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, a nerdy pathologist for the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, which investigates offenses involving the Navy or Marines. Mark Harmon portrayed the leader of NCIS.
McCallum stated that he believed Ducky, who wore glasses and a bow tie and had an eye for beautiful women, “looked a little silly, but it was great fun to do.” He also took the position seriously, spending time in the coroner’s office in Los Angeles to learn how autopsies are conducted.
David McCallum, an adolescent heartthrob in the 1960s series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the eccentric medical examiner in the popular series “NCIS”
Co-star Lauren Holly lamented his passing on X, formerly Twitter: “You were the kindest man. “We appreciate your being you.” The 20th-anniversary marathon of “NCIS” on Monday night will now include an “in memoriam” card in memory of McCallum.
Gradually gaining an audience, the show eventually made the list of top 10 programs. McCallum, who resided in New York, rented a one-bedroom flat in Santa Monica while “NCIS” was filmed.
“He was a scholar and a gentleman who was always gracious, a consummate professional, and never one to turn down a jest. Working with him from day one was a privilege; he never let us down. According to a statement from “NCIS” Executive Producers Steven D. Binder and David North, he was merely a legend.
McCallum’s work on “U.N.C.L.E.” earned him two Emmy nominations, and he received a third nomination for his role as an educator battling alcoholism in the 1969 Hallmark Hall of Fame film “Teacher, Teacher.”
In 1975, he portrayed the title character in a short-lived science fiction series titled “The Invisible Man,” from 1979 to 1982, he portrayed Steel in the British science fiction series “Sapphire and Steel.” Over the years, he has also made guest appearances on numerous television programs, including “Murder, She Wrote” and “Sex and the City.”
He appeared on Broadway in the 1968 comedy “The Flip Side” and in the 1999 revival of “Amadeus” starring Michael Sheen and David Suchet. Additionally, he acted in several off-Broadway productions.
McCallum was a longtime American citizen, telling The Associated Press in 2003, “I have always admired the freedom this country stands for and everything it stands for. And I reside here and enjoy voting here.”
In 1933, David Keith McCallum was born in Glasgow. His father played the violin, and his mother, David, played the cello. When David was 3 years old, the family migrated to London, where David Sr. played with the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic.
The young David studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. He determined he wasn’t good enough, so he studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before turning to theatre. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2009, he stated, “I was a small, emaciated blonde with a sunken chest, so there weren’t a whole lot of roles for me.”
After completing his military service, he returned to London and began working in live television and film. In 1957, he appeared in “Robbery Under Arms” alongside Jill Ireland, an emerging Australian actress. The couple tied the knot in the same year.
McCallum was a member of the large ensemble of “The Great Escape” in 1963, and he and his wife became friends with Charles Bronson, who also appeared in the film. Ireland fell in love with Bronson, and she and McCallum divorced in 1967 after their separation. In 1968, she married Bronson.
McCallum stated in 2009, “Everything turned out well because shortly after that I met Katherine Carpenter, a former model, and we’ve been married for 42 years.”
Paul, Jason, and Valentine were McCallum’s three sons from his first marriage, and Peter and Sophie were his son and daughter from his second. Jason overdosed and perished.
“He was a genuine Renaissance man — he was fascinated by science and culture and would turn those passions into knowledge. As an example, according to a statement released by Peter McCallum, he was able to conduct a symphony orchestra and (if necessary) could execute an autopsy based on his decades-long preparation for his role on NCIS.
In 2007, while working on “NCIS,” McCallum told a reporter, “I’ve always felt that the harder I work, the more fortunate I become. I believe in serendipity, but I also believe that dedicating yourself to what you do is the greatest way to succeed in this life.”
SOURCE – (AP)
Spain Charges Pop Singer Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings, authorities announced Tuesday. This is Spain’s most recent fiscal accusation against the Colombian singer.
Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged in a statement that Shakira used an offshore company based in a tax refuge to avoid paying the tax.
According to the statement, she has been notified of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.
Shakira is already scheduled to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 for a separate case involving her residence between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance.
Prosecutors in Barcelona have asserted that the Grammy winner spent more than fifty percent of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and thus should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.
Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings.
Last July, Spanish tax officials launched a new investigation against Shakira. Prosecutors have decided to file charges after reviewing the evidence compiled over the past two months. No trial date has been set.
Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm previously managing Shakira’s affairs, had no immediate comment.
Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”
Since she began dating the now-retired football player Gerard Pique, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain. The couple, who have two children, resided in Barcelona until the end of their 11-year relationship last year.
In the past decade, Spain’s tax authorities have cracked down on football superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their entire tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a provision that enables judges to forego sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.
SOURCE – (AP)
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