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Evel Knievel Dies at 69

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RIP: Just days after making peace with Kanye West, Daredevil Evel Knievel died today. [AP]

Witherspoon Can Buy and Sell You: Reese Witherspoon is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, even though she frequently takes pay cuts when starring in dramas or films in which she gets to kiss Jake Gyllenhaal. [HR]

Suddenly Canceled: London producers of the stage adaptation of the 1985 Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan have canned the show owing to low ticket sales and the fact that it was terrible. [AP]

Chinese Democracy Probably Never Coming Out: For those of you who have lost count, the San Franciso Chronicle has a handy recap of every promised release date for Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy. It's coming out in 2008, don't worry! [San Francisco Chronicle]

Guy Who Sued Dan Brown Dies: Richard Leigh, the author who unsuccessfully sued Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown for plagiarism has passed away. (From a heart condition, not an ancient conspiracy.) [AP]