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By United Press International   |   June 21, 2011 at 3:44 AM

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RYAN DUNN: Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of the "Jackass" movie and TV series, has died in a car crash in Pennsylvania, the mother of a co-star confirmed.

Dunn, 34, and an unidentified person both died in the crash early Monday, the mother of Dunn's "Jackass" co-star Bam Margera told TMZ.

In the last photo Dunn posted to Twitter, he and two friends are seen drinking, MTV News reported.

The car caught fire in the crash in West Goshen Township. It was unclear who was driving the car, authorities said.

Dunn started doing extreme stunts and skateboard tricks in a series of online videos and joined MTV's "Jackass" in 2000.

He appeared in "Jackass" spin-offs like "Viva La Bam" and "Bam's Unholy Union," as Bam Margera's sidekick.

He acted in the Jessica Simpson movie "Blonde Ambition" and on the NBC drama series "Law & Order: SVU."


'MAD MEN' STARS: "Mad Men" was the big winner at the Critics' Choice Television Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In addition to earning the prize for Best Drama Series Monday, the 1960s-set advertising show also garnered the Best Actor in a Drama award for Jon Hamm. His co-star Christina Hendricks shared the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama honor with Margo Martindale of "Justified."

Julianna Margulies was honored as Best Actress in a Drama for her role in "The Good Wife" and John Noble picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for "Fringe."

"Modern Family" won in the Best Comedy Series category, while Jim Parsons won the trophy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "The Big Bang Theory" and Tina Fey was acknowledged for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in "30 Rock."

Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" was named Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, while Busy Philipps of "Cougar Town" took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

The Best Reality Series prize was a tie between "Hoarders" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

The Best Reality Show -- Competition went to "American Idol" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was declared Best Talk Show.

The winners were announced at a luncheon Monday given by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, a new offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

ReelzChannel is to broadcast the Critics' Choice Television Awards show Wednesday.


MEGAN FOX: U.S. director Michael Bay says producer Steven Spielberg told him to fire Megan Fox from the "Transformers" franchise because of controversial remarks she made.

In an interview with Wonderland magazine in 2009, the actress compared Bay to notorious Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. She then did not return for the third "Transformers" flick.

EW.com said Bay finally confirmed the long-rumored reason for her dismissal in an article for GQ.

"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, 'Fire her right now,'" Bay recalled.

EW.com said Spielberg's publicist declined to comment on the story.


PETER FONDA: Peter Fonda's publicist says the "Easy Rider" star has married Margaret "Parky" DeVogelaere in Hawaii.

People.com said Fonda made DeVogelaere his third wife Sunday.

No other details regarding the ceremony or the actor-director's new bride were reported.

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