Bits and Pieces - June 21, 2011
June 21, 2011
Today is the first day of summer. You can tell that it's summer because Lady Gaga is wearing cold cuts.
"Jackass" prankster RYAN DUNN died in a car crash in suburban Philadelphia early yesterday morning. Dunn was driving his 2007 Porsche when it veered off the road, flipped over a guardrail, crashed into the woods and burst into flames, killing both him and passenger Zachary Hartwell. Officers say the car was engulfed in flames when they arrived, but they were able to identify Dunn through his tattoos and hair. The force of impact tore the vehicle into several pieces that were blackened from the fire. Police say the car left a 100-foot-long skid mark before the impact and speed was likely a factor. Alcohol was also likely a factor as Dunn Tweeted a photo of himself drinking with friends just hours before the crash. Various witnesses at the bar say he either was "wasted" and "had a lot to drink" or only had three Miller Lites and three "girlie shots" over about four hours and was "not too drunk to drive." It'll take awhile for the toxicology tests, but film critic Roger Ebert jumped to conclusions by Tweeting: "Friends Don't let jackasses drink and drive." Late last night Jackass co-star Bam Margera finally responded by telling Ebert to shut his "fat f*cking mouth" and said he'd been crying all day. Meanwhile, the G4 cable channel says they'll stop airing Dunn's new TV show, "Proving Ground" effective immediately. (See photos here)
It looks like it'll be the end of the road for some GLEE characters after next season. Creator Ryan Murphy says Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, Kurt and the rest of the original gang will be graduating and will be replaced by new characters. However, Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch will be staying.
- THE STROKES just released their fourth album, Angles, a couple of months ago and they're already working on the follow up. No word on when it'll be out, but the band is also planning a very long tour this fall.
- R. KELLY'S ex-manager is suing, claiming Kelly refused to pay him more than $1 million in commissions because he instead used the money to pay off people connected with that underage sex video he was accused of taking part in.
- GARTH BROOKS could soon find himself in another songwriters' hall of fame. Garth, along with LARRY GATLIN, AMY GRANT and ALAN JACKSON are among 15 songwriters nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
- ABC: Wipeout is new, plus the premieres of the new shows 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and the new war drama Combat Hospital
- CBS: NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife reruns
- Fox: A new Master Chef and two Raising Hope reruns
- NBC: An America's Got Talent repeat; The Voice is new (Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera perform their new song "Moves Like Jagger.")
- CW: One Tree Hill and Hellcats repeats
The Florida Marlins have brought back 80-year-old Jack McKeon to manage the team for the remainder of the season. McKeon led the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003.
Vero Beach, Florida's Lionel Johnson placed repeated calls to the police in which he told them he was an operative for the CIA and that he wanted the cops to pay for his room at the Oceanaire Motel. After about eight such phone calls, officers decided to pay a visit to Lionel. Upon their arrival, Lionel told the officers they were "sexy" before explaining his behavior by unscrewing the cap of a bottle of Wild Irish Rose and taking a swig. Police arrested Lionel on open container charges and picked up the tab for his room at the Gray Bar hotel.
1981: The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark opened.
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