Don't place your bets that a "Jackass 4" is coming around anytime soon.
Though rumblings were made a couple of weeks ago that Paramount was developing a sequel to 2010's "Jackass 3D," Johnny Knoxville — nee PJ Clapp of South Knoxville — was quick to shut down any such talk.
"It is absolutely 'no' is the answer," he told me recently. "One hundred percent 'no.'"
All the talk started when a report hit the web that Paramount bought domain name rights to "Jackass 4." Knoxville found out about it when he read the same article.
The sequel is supposably going to be titled "Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa." Maybe that's an indication that the original "Jackass" crew are in their 30s (and Knoxville himself is in his 40s).
"There is no 'Jackass 4' in the works. That, I promise," he said.
Besides, he's kind of busy.
Knoxville has two pre-school children to care for — his daughter, Arlo, who is not quite a year old, and a son, Rocko, who is nearly 3 years old.
He also has many film projects to which he is reportedly attached, including an animated feature called "Epic" with Beyonce.
Coming out this year are "Nature Calls," a comedy with Patton Oswalt; "Fun Size" co-starring Chelsea Handler; and "Carnaval" with John Cusack.
If that isn't enough, the guys behind the FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" have told me they are chomping at the bit to work with Knoxville on a new series idea they have. But so far Knoxville hasn't taken the bait.
Sevier County icon Dolly Parton plans to make an announcement on Saturday concerning new plans for Dolly's Splash Country. The rumors say she's talking of a major expansion to the water park that bears her name.
A media invitation says her announcement would be about a first for the state of Tennessee.
While visiting Knoxville last week, actress Kristen Bell told a crowd at the Regal Riviera movie theater downtown she loved Knox Vegas.
When asked by a fan what she thought about our city, Bell responded, "You mean Dog City? ... I love it."
She and beau Dax Shepard, of NBC's "Parenthood," had a chance to walk Market Square, where they encountered many people with adopted dogs.
An avid animal lover, Bell was, pardon the pun, in doggy heaven.
Superhero team up
Luttrell native Kenny Chesney and film director Jonathan Demme are collaborating.
The two will work will on the next installment of the "American Express Unstaged" music series on June 20, according to the Associated Press.
"I think it's a unique situation for both of us because odds are we never would have worked together without this thing, you know?" Chesney told the news service.
"And I think it's a good thing. I love meeting and working with people who can push me and inspire me creatively in a different way. And I think that all creative people look for inspiration. That's the thing I'm looking forward to the most about this, because it is left of center and it is combining two worlds."
Demme's credits include "The Silence of the Lambs" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" concert film. He will direct the livestream of Chesney's 75-minute performance from the beach in Wildwood, N.J.
"I love doing shows where I can smell the sea, that's for sure," Chesney said.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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