NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV has reached a deal with Johnny Knoxville to develop a feature film version of his prank show "Jackass," which brought the cable channel some of its biggest ratings -- and biggest criticism.
Knoxville will star in the movie, scheduled for release next year. The director will be Jeff Tremaine, one of the show's co-creators and writers. The agreement also includes the creation of three TV specials.
"Jackass" became an instant hit when it debuted in October 2000, featuring Knoxville and his crew in a series of stunts, including being doused with pepper spray, sitting in a portable bathroom as it was tipped over, and lying down on a barbecue in a fire-resistant suit hung with steaks.
But several young people were seriously injured trying to copy the stunts, prompting MTV to move "Jackass" to a later time slot and run disclaimers. Reruns of the program air Sunday nights.
Limbaugh's surgery successful
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- Doctors who performed cochlear implant surgery on conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that the operation was successful.
A doctor from the House Ear Clinic and Institute in Los Angeles said Limbaugh, 50, could regain "as much as 30 to 50 percent of his hearing in the implanted ear."
"I feel great," Limbaugh said in a statement. "The surgery went smoothly, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the holidays and returning to the air in early January."
Weiland pleads guilty
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland pleaded guilty to domestic battery after fighting with his wife at the Hard Rock hotel.
The 38-year-old entered a guilty plea Wednesday, but will have his case dismissed if he has no more problems in the next six months and completes 26 counseling sessions.
Weiland was arrested Nov. 19 after fighting with his wife, Mary, in a hotel room. The singer argued with his wife over a prescription he was going to have filled.
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