A Kentucky judge is apparently trying to force some high culture on fans of MTV's Jackass.
The teens in question were arrested for trying out an outrageous stunt as an audition for the popular series, even though MTV does not accept audition tapes. Jackass features host Johnny Knoxville committing outrageous antics, such as lighting himself on fire, to see if he can survive.
In the April accident, a 16-year-old broke his legs trying to jump over a car that his friends drove at him. The driver and a passenger were sent to a juvenile detention center for their part in the planned hit-and-run.
A judge has ordered them to read 12 classic books and write book reports every two weeks. They also have to perform community service, their driver's licenses are suspended and they will not be watching MTV for a while. They're relegated to the evening news for six months.
Capt. Bakula Reports for Service
Trekkies will not be without a captain for long. Star Trek: Voyager is signing off this month, and Paramount has announced who will lead the crew of the fifth installment of this phenomenon.
The upcoming series, Enterprise, will star Quantum Leap actor Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer.
"[Archer] is a bit of a renegade and is not afraid to question or even disobey them if he feels in his gut that he is right," said a press release on the Star Trek Web site.
The series is rumored to precede the original Star Trek series, although the network is keeping details quiet.
Star Wars Improvements
The next time Obi-Wan Kenobi graces the screen, it will be a much more entertaining experience, according to actor who plays the Jedi master.
Ewan McGregor is at the Cannes Film Festival promoting Moulin Rouge, but reporters are asking him about the next installment of the Star Wars sci-fi series. He says Episode Two is "much better," according to the British Web site Popcorn.
McGregor adds he wasn't unhappy with his first Star Wars experience, but "it could have been better."
The second prequel is in post-production and expected in theaters in May 2002.
Alanis Morissette plans two small gigs in Los Angeles at the end of the month as a warmup to her summer European tour. … And Sean "P. Diddy" Combs reportedly will do time — on the big screen. Variety says the rapper formerly known as Puffy Daddy is considering playing a convicted murderer in Monster's Ball with Heath Ledger, Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton.
ABCNEWS Radio and ABCNEWS.com's Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.