The son of late daredevil Evel Knievel has been banned from driving for 30 days after he was arrested on a DUI charge on Tuesday (06Aug13). Robbie Knievel, who is also a stuntman, is accused of ramming his motor home into two other vehicles outside the Buffalo Chip campground in South Dakota and driving off without stopping.
Police discovered the 51 year old behind the wheel of his recreational vehicle at a nearby parking lot and asked him to complete a series of field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. He was allegedly almost three times over the legal alcohol limit, according to TMZ.com.
The stuntman was taken into custody and booked for driving under the influence, but he has already been sentenced - in addition to the licence suspension, he has been ordered to pay almost $600 (£400) in fines.
Knievel has announced he plans to visit Twin Falls, Idaho to discuss a plan to jump Snake River Canyon during the Independence Day weekend next year (Jul11) with local officials.
Evel Knievel, who died in 2007, failed to clear the chasm in a rocket-powered Skycycle - an event rapper Kanye West recalled in his Touch The Sky video.
Ironically, the late stuntman sued the rapper over the use of Knievel's trademarked image in the music video, in which West played Evel Kanyevel, and tried to jump over a canyon on a rocket-powered motorcycle.
The two settled out of court just before Knievel's death.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone raked in a record breaking $5 million in limited Sunday previews, Variety reports. Warner Bros. claims the Sunday sneaks were the highest single-day grosses in U.K history. The movie opens in the U.K. and North America Nov.16. Meanwhile, a special screening of Harry Potter on Sunday in Washington was greeted by protesters from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The group opposes Coca-Cola's $150 million partnership with Warner Bros., accusing the soft drink giant of peddling junk food to children. The deal, signed in February, makes Coca-Cola the sole global marketing partner for Harry Potter.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is set to appear in court Monday for an alleged air rage incident on a British Airways flight from Seattle to London in April, Reuters reports. Buck has been charged with common assault on cabin crew, criminal damage, being drunk on an aircraft and disobeying an aircraft captain. The trial is expected to last five days.
Fleetwood Mac is back in the studio to record its first album since its 1997 reunion. The group, however, will be one member short. Singer/keyboardist Christine McVie has reportedly retired from rock 'n' roll and is living in an English castle. The four-piece band will include drummer Fleetwood, bass player John McVie, and songwriters Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood has denied rumors that Sheryl Crow will help out, Reuters reports.
Brian Dennehy will portray former Indiana Hoosiers coach Bob Knight in a made-for-TV movie, The Associated Press reports. The movie, based on John Feinstein's A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers, will air on ESPN March 10.
Jay Leno led the 18th annual charity Love Ride on Sunday in Glendale, Calif. The 50-mile ride, followed by a barbecue and a concert, is expected to have raised $1 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other charities. According to AP, riders included X-Files star Robert Patrick, Ian Ziering of Beverly Hills 90210 and daredevil Robbie Knievel.
Clive Barker (Hellraiser) and Todd McFarlane (Spawn) have signed a deal with Universal Pictures to produce a picture based on Barker's action figures. McFarlane Toys marketed the six action figures, Clive Barker's Tortured Souls-Animae Damnatae, in limited numbers last July and promptly sold out, Variety reports.
Forest Whitaker is in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to direct aFat Albert live-action picture, Variety reports. The feature film is based on Bill Cosby's cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids that ran on CBS for more than a decade. The film is slated for a 2003 summer release.
Paul Newman will reprise his role as Battler in the teleplay The World of Nick Adams, based on Ernest Hemmingway's collection of short stories. According to Variety, the teleplay will also feature Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Brian Dennehy, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow and will be presented at Avey Fisher Hall in New York on Nov. 19.
Sylvester Stallone is working on a new script for a fourth Rambo movie, PageSix.com reports. The story would pit Rambo against leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Rambo IV could be ready by next year.
A set of old teeth belonging to Jack Nicholson will be auctioned off on the British TV show Auction World on Dec. 10, the BBC reports. Nicholson is reportedly upset that his teeth are to be sold this way and plans on buying the back. The set consists of a mix of small baby teeth and adult molars.
Well, the February sweeps are finally over.
Once the remainder of NBC's "10th Kingdom" is flushed from the system, it will all be just a distant memory. Regis Philbin won, if you were scoring along at home. If the February sweeps were like network TV's playoffs, Regis was Michael Jordan -- only shorter and dressed like a bootlegger from the 1920s.
The good news? Now that the quarter-hour numbers don't mean as much to the bean counters, you might find a few higher-quality shows on the air -- not that Fox's "Robbie Knievel: Head On Train Jump" wasn't "high quality" as head on train jumps go. ... But, um ... Hey, everybody, let's get ready for those mid-season replacements!
-- Right after HBO's "The Sopranos" airs today at 8 p.m. (this is old news, but yes, the series really is as good as everybody says it is), stay tuned for "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (9 p.m. EST/PST). It's a long overdue look at changing lesbian lifestyles from the 1960s through 1990s. Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Williams ("Dawson's Creek") and Oscar-nominee Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") star in the kind of film that portrays lesbianism in a more positive light than we are used to seeing on TV -- you know, minus the laugh track and drooling men. It's sort of "lesbianism for women," if that makes any sense. Howard Stern spoke the truth when he said "lesbians equal ratings." But we're not sure this is what he had in mind.
-- No longer afraid of losing good shows in the crush of all those February network "specials," cable's USA network premieres two pretty good "based on actual events" originals this week. Producer Shaun Cassidy, a former teen "heartthrob" who will never live down his past if we have anything to say about it and the creator of the intensely spooky but short-lived "American Gothic," is the scribe behind the first episode of "Cover Me" (8 p.m. EST/PST today). It's an hour-long drama about an FBI agent who feels that the best way to keep his family safe from the bad guys is to put the wife and kiddies to work on his cases -- so, um, they can be more directly in the line of fire. You know, that doesn't sound like the greatest plan in the world, but it might make a good TV show. ... Hey wait a minute! Oh, nevermind.
-- And Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST/PST, USA offers the made-for-cable movie "The Huntress." If the title alone hasn't sold you, it also stars Annette O'Toole! And if, like us, you're not sure who that is (actually she's very famous and was in "Nash Bridges"), it's also based on the true story of Dottie Thorson! And if, again, you're not sure who that is, either, you'll just have to take our word that this movie is pretty cool. When a (based-on-a-real-person) professional bounty hunter (Craig T. Nelson) explodes in his driveway, his (based-on-real-people) wife (O'Toole) and daughter (Aleksa Palladino) decide to press on with the family business. It's smart and funny in a seedy Quentin Tarantino kind of way ... the good Tarantino, before "Destiny Turns on the Radio" and that vampire movie.
-- Kevin Spacey takes the chair on Bravo's always interesting interview show "Inside the Actor's Studio" (8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST today). Count on the intrepidly probing host, James Lipton, to get a lot out of the Best Actor Oscar nominee (for "American Beauty") in this hour.
-- And an hour later (at 9 p.m. EST/PST), E! premieres another installment of its stately "True Hollywood Story" doc series. This time the subject is Burt Reynolds. From his days as a No. 1 box-office attraction (long before "Stroker Ace," and "Cop and a Half," if you're trying to remember) to Loni Anderson to Dinah Shore to ... You know, if Burt Reynolds hasn't actually done it all, he's certainly done most of it. This should be pretty good.
-- Fox reanimates "Family Guy" for another run Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST. It's a funny toon and certainly deserves a regular spot in its struggling line-up (not that worth ever stopped a network from canceling anything before). Meanwhile, NBC finally moves into the 1990s (in the year 2000, no less) and joins the animation revolution by giving a prime spot (right behind "Friends") to the mid-season replacement "God, the Devil and Bob" (8:30 p.m. EST/PST Thursday). When all creation seems to have lost its luster, God (voiced by James Garner) gambles with the devil (Tony-winner Alan Cumming) that a guy named Bob ("3rd Rock from the Sun" co-star French Stewart) can restore his faith in humanity. If Bob isn't up to the task, then basically the universe becomes a "do-over." Don't knock "Bob," yet. It's got to be better than "Jesse."
-- Hoping to capitalize on the ratings success CBS had with the Grammys last month, VH-1 will televise the "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" (9 p.m. EST/PST Wednesday). Inductees include Eric Clapton, the Lovin' Spoonful, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Unfortunately, Jennifer Lopez is busy (picking up boyfriend Puff Daddy at court is like a full-time job now), so Clapton has volunteered to "take one for the team" and wear the thin-strips-of-delicate-fabric-taped-to-the-breasts outfit.
-- And finally, the Sci-Fi Channel will be running the entire "Indiana Jones" trilogy on consecutive nights this week. If you don't know what we're talking about, the "Indiana Jones" movies are about an archeologist who travels around and digs for ancient artifacts. (They're a lot better than they sound). Anyway, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. (EST/PST), followed by "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (8 p.m. EST/PST Wednesday) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (8 p.m. EST/PST Thursday). As an extra-special treat, Sci-Fi is presenting the flicks in extra-special widescreen format. Sounds like hunkering down time in front of the television.
Tonight's heavy with recommended shows, but topping the list is another inventive "X-Files" (9:00 p.m. EST/PST, Fox). In one of the more inspired "crossovers" of the season, the episode follows an intrepid camera crew from another long-time Fox staple, the reality-based "COPS," as they hook up with a couple of FBI agents looking for a werewolf in Los Angeles.
Just when you think they may be running out of steam, and rumors that the show won't be back next season might be a merciful thing after all, "The X-Files" reminds you that it's still one of the most clever and entertaining hours on TV.
-- Have you seen the new 2Gether video "U+Me=Us"?! 2 cool! MTV's first-ever made-for-TV movie "2Gether" (8 p.m. EST, MTV) gives the "Spinal Tap" treatment to the boy-band genre. And if the above-mentioned video is any indication, it's 2 fun-E, and 4U2B… oh forget it. Kevin Farley, brother of the late prat-falling dynamo Chris, stars as the band member who doesn't quite fit the traditional boy-band mold. You can check out the hype and see the video for "U+Me=Us (Calculus)" by tuning into the network's "Total Request Live" be-in, Monday at 3:30 p.m. EST. One more cool thing: MTV's planning to run "2Gether" like a real-live movie -- sans commercials. (Well, unless you consider all MTV programming to be one, big-long commercial.)
-- Speaking of music …Many people over the years have laid claim to the label "Creator of Rock n' Roll." Few have as strong a case as Little Richard. Sometime in the early 1950s, when soulful rhythm-and-blues music took a sideways turn and really started to rock, Little Richard's piano was the main reason. And now for his contributions he gets the ultimate tribute -- a TV biopic. Robert Townsend ("The Five Heartbeats") directs the two hour "Little Richard" (9 p.m. EST/PST, tonight). Richard's story features the same highs and lows as most VH-1 documentaries, but with the added drama of being a black man who sold millions of records worth of the most overtly sexual music white people had ever heard in pre-civil rights America. Expect, at the very least, to hear some great tunes and to see a man standing on stage in a metallic Speedo decades before anybody else would ever again think, "Hey, this'll look really cool!"
-- PBS amps up the action in a testosterone-driven "Masterpiece Theatre" (no, really). "All the King's Men" (9 p.m. EST/PST, tonight) draws a rare TV-MA rating for depicting the intense and somewhat grisly real story behind the legendary battlefield disappearance "in a golden cloud" of a British regiment in WWI Gallipoli. David Jason ("A Touch of Frost") stars as the big hearted but dutiful, "ours is not to reason why…"-type commander.
-- Also tonight, TBS is re-running the 1995 Rob Reiner film "The American President" (at 8:05 p.m. EST). You may find it interesting for two reasons. The first, it's a good movie. The second, this film was the spawning ground for a lot of the better things on television in recent years. See, it's a big-hearted, soft- and-squishy, romantic kind of movie, set in a place (the White House) we tend to associate with somewhat un-squishy words like "sex scandal," and "Def-Con 5." As a result, the movie made a lot of people say, "Hey, there just might be a TV show in there somewhere." The first show to come (unofficially) out of "The American President" was ABC's "Spin City," in which Michael J. Fox, who steals a few scenes "President" in a supporting role, basically reprises his character in sitcom-form, working this time for the Mayor of New York. But perhaps the biggest score from "President," was the courting of writer Aaron Sorkin by the networks. The results, so far, are the critically acclaimed but ratings challenged "Sports Night" (9:30 p.m. EST/PST, Tuesday, ABC) and, the most direct descendant of this film, "The West Wing" (9 p.m. EST/PST, Wednesday, NBC.) "President" also features Martin Sheen -- who went on to score a big promotion in "West Wing."
-- Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST/PST on UPN, "I Dare You: The Ultimate Challenge," a show that once proudly boasted "...So we decided to crash an airplane into the back of a semi!," pits host Evel Knievel in a bit of a ratings battle with son Robbie, who a night later over at Fox will be seen jumping his motorcycle lengthwise over a speeding train ("Robbie Knievel: Head-on Train Jump," 9 p.m. EST/PST, Wednesday). With Fox brass recently declaring that they'll be leaning toward more "high brow" fare in the future, this week's showdown between people (and networks) who like to crash stuff may soon be a thing of the past. (We won't hold our breath.)
-- A couple of quick notes… For the more discerning music aficionado, the Learning Channel offers some insights into a hugely influential record producer who worked with pretty much everyone from The Beatles to The Ramones, in "Rock n' Roll Genius Phil Spector" (10 p.m. EST/PST, Saturday)… For fans of the long-running and previously mentioned "COPS" (8 p.m. EST/PST, Saturday, Fox), the Discovery Channel is running episodes of its more-studied hour-long documentary "Real LAPD" every night this week, starting Monday at 8 p.m. EST/PST. ...
And finally, a point of interest for readers who are either dog lovers or, um, males age 18-34… The USA network's delayed airing of its ratings juggernaut "WWF Raw Is War" late-night last Monday still handily beat the primetime numbers for its replacement, "The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show." For those who must know, the dog competition was won by a Brittany Spaniel who upset a rather eccentrically coifed Poodle -- the heavy favorite among Las Vegas oddsmakers. (No kidding). In the spirit of "Raw Is War," the spaniel won the competition when his trainer attacked the poodle with a folding chair when the judge's back was turned. (Okay, now, we're kidding.)