March 05, 2012 6:46am EST
The Charlie Sheen of 2011 was a very specific entity—an embodiment of hedonistic, unpredictable and destructive behavior unlike that which Hollywood had seem in quite some time. The Charlie Sheen of 2012 is a separate being altogether. At some point in the fall of '11, following his expulsion from the incredibly popular Two and a Half Men, Sheen abandoned his oddball persona for a more down-to-Earth and stable mentality. Although Sheen's career is still fruitful, the death of his "loose cannon" character has definitely kept him further from headlines attention than he was last year. This shift in persona, and in public interest, begs the question: is Charlie Sheen still Winning?
Sheen has some good things on the horizon for '12. Leaving a wildly popular sitcom like Two and a Half Men so abruptly seemed like a dangerous path—it has certainly not boded well for the show. But Sheen seems to have a bright television future in store with his upcoming FX series, Anger Management (based on the 2004 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy film). The series is accumulating a cast including Shawnee Smith as Sheen's ex-wife, Selma Blair as his love interest, and Brett Butler as Sheen's bartender friend. As is becoming more of a prevalent practice with basic cable network original series, Sheen's Anger Management was picked up initially for a ten-episode trial season which, if successful, would lead to the production of one hundred episodes. That is quite an investment to make in Sheen, as he stands as the show's primary appeal for the American public. Sheen's career on the small screen is not limited to Anger Management. Although his "settled down" image is widespread, connotations with the actor are not so far gone to render him incapable of making some money off of his old oddball character. A new advertisement for the FIAT 500 Abarth features Sheen embodying his old character, the free-living "bad boy" who exemplifies the desired personality of the car. Further still is his old character being utilized in the commercial world. DirecTV employed Sheen for a recent commercial, depicting him in free-living, mentally unstable form as a frequent patron of Turkish bathhouses and a delusional figure who likes to reenact scenes from his 1986 movie Platoon (much to his company's dismay). Although they might still retain some relevance, it's curious how much longer the public will accept commercials like this. Once Sheen is years past his old lifestyle, will these sorts of jokes still work in the sale of cars and television packages? Will Sheen still be able to bank on his wilder days to make a few dollars? If Sheen is intent on reinventing his life and image, commercials like these might be a bit of a road block. In order to truly reign victorious in his production of a clean lifestyle, he might need to separate himself from the old Sheen completely, ads and all. And these commercials aside, he seems to be doing just that. Sheen's personal life has also taken quite a turn. Last the public heard, Sheen's relationship with his ex-wife Denise Richards was highly erratic and volatile. But thanks to this new era of Sheen, he and Richards are apparently enjoying a rejuvenated friendship, both playing a part in the rearing of their daughters Sam and Lola. Daily Mail released photos of Sheen and Richards attending seven year-old Sam's soccer game. If this incident is any indication of the Sheen we'll come to know, the man might be completely relinquishing himself of the drug- and alcohol-induced playboy identity and assimilating into the role of family man. Most exciting of all has got to be Sheen's resurgence in the film world. The actor the actor will also be starring in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, wherein he'll be playing the title character. The film is directed by Roman Coppola, and also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza. The big screen is where America came to recognize Sheen's tremendous talent. His collaboration with Coppola in this upcoming movie indicates a return to the artistic integrity for which he was celebrated in his younger days, for films like Platoon and Wall Street. 2011 was an eventful, trying year for the actor. But somewhere around last fall, Sheen seemed to develop a new attitude. Some say that criticisms from comedians on Sheen's Comedy Central Roast really got through. Some credit an eventual appreciation of his time on Two and a Half Men and his friendship with the cast and crew, and some praise Sheen's family, father Martin Sheen especially, for pulling him out of his funk. It's hard to say what it was exactly that led Sheen to his shift in identity, but whatever it was, it's something for which he, his loved ones, and his fans should all be thankful. This coming year has a great deal of new prospects for Sheen: television, film, and a flourishing personal life. Sure, the new Sheen might not be as fertile grounds for tabloid headlines or as rich a source of bizarre catchphrases, but that's nothing compared to the creation of good movies and interesting television, and, most of all, the love of a family. All in all, 2012 looks to be an improvement on Sheen's 2011. Source: Time, Daily Mail
February 27, 2012 7:15am EST
Although dozens of movies are released every year, it makes sense that we only recognize up to ten in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. This is because generally, the vast majority of the movies released in a given year are pretty bad. Sometimes really bad. That's why America has the Razzie Awards: a recognition of the worst cinema of the past year. And in this world of widespread big screen garbage, it must really take a lot for a single individual to stand out among the rest. Ladies and gentlemen, Adam Sandler: the recipient of eleven Razzie Award nominations for 2011—a new record.
To be fair, Sandler is not always a propagator of bad movies. Over the years, he has treated audiences to some fun and interesting stuff (check the high end of the Adam Sandler Stupidity Scale for reference). But this year, what the world got from Sandler was...less of a treat. Sandler's 32nd Annual Razzie Award nominations come attached to his work in the films Jack & Jill, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, and Just Go with It. Sandler earned nods in such categories as Worst Picture (as producers for both Jack and Jill and Bucky Larson) as well as for Worst Actor, Worst Actress (now that's transcendent), Worst Screenplay, Worst Ensemble and Worst Onscreen Couple, with multiple nominations in several of the categories.
Sandler's eleven nods in a single year more than doubles the previous record, set by Eddie Murphy in 2007 at the 28th Annual Razzie Awards, for his work in Norbit. John Wilson, head of the Razzies, tells Hollywood.com, "Sandler had a role, as an actor, writer or producer, in three of 2011's most critically reviled movies. Bucky, which Sandler co-wrote and co-produced, was both a box office bomb AND received a rare 0% Approval Rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Critics' opinions play a major role in how we select our nominees. Other factors in our process include financial info—what did the movie cost? How much was lost?—and what we call the "Razzie Pedigree" of a film; i.e., do the actors or filmmakers involved have a past history with our awards? On all of these criteria, Sandler's three films stood out as among 2011's 'Berry Worst.'" Wilson went on to add, "Showing that he has a sense of humor about himself would go a long way toward 'redeeming' Sandler in the eyes of moviegoers. Maybe he should follow in the hallowed footsteps of Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry, and show up—dressed as 'Jill'?—to accept any Razzies he or his films may 'win.'" Other noteworthy entries of this year include The Hangover Part II, nominated in the Worst Prequel, Remake, Spin-Off or Sequel category. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I was attached to eight nominations, Transformers: Dark of the Moon had six, and New Year's Eve five. But nothing tops the twelve nods for Jack & Jill, or the resounding eleven for multi-hyphenate Sandler. After the comedian's profession of his desire to create something honest and real during the video interview segment last night at the Oscars, it can be hoped that he'll lend his attention to more projects like Funny People and Punch Drunk Love. But it sure does feel like Jack & Jill 2: Pacino's Revenge isn't that far off from a possibility. Source: Razzies
February 26, 2012 4:15am EST
The funnyman has been dishonoured with 11 'Razzie' nominations, which are given to the worst movies of the year, including Worst Actor and Actress for his dual male and female roles in cross-dressing comedy Jack and Jill.
There were also dishonourable mentions for Al Pacino for his cameo in Jack and Jill, and Nicole Kidman for her supporting role in Sandler's romantic comedy Just Go With It.
Vampire romance The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was also targeted with eight nods, including Worst Movie and and worst acting for its stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart.
The winners will be announced on April Fools' Day (01Apr12).
February 23, 2012 4:56am EST
Feb. 22 proved to be a big day for Jennifer Aniston for many different reasons. Not only did the actress earn herself a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, but The Daily Mail reports she also shared her first public kiss with her beau of nine months, Justin Theroux, as a way to commemorate the special occasion.
The lip lock comes as a bit of a surprise given the couple's usually private nature, however, the two of them seemed more than comfortable with it. In fact, the kiss happened right in front of her father, Days of Our Lives star John Aniston, who was seated right next to Theroux. PDA in front of the parents? It must be true love.
And though her Friends co-stars were unable to attend the ceremony, Adam Sandler and her Wanderlust co-stars Malin Akerman and Kathryn Hahn where all in attendance and gave speeches in her honor.
Aniston also took to the podium to say a few words and commented, "It feels very surreal to be honest. I was born here and it's sort of something you went and saw as a kid and got excited about just walking and seeing the names. To imagine that you’re going to be there is really special. It's fun."
All-in-all things seem to be looking up for Aniston in both her professional and private life. Go, Jen!
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February 23, 2012 4:00am EST
Her Just Go With It co-star Adam Sandler and Wanderlust castmates Malin Akerman and Kathryn Hahn were among those saluting the former Friends star at the ceremony as her boyfriend and Wanderlust co-star Justin Theroux and father, actor John Aniston, looked on.
Unveiling her star, the actress said, "It feels very surreal to be honest. I was born here and it's sort of something you went and saw as a kid and got excited about just walking and seeing the names. To imagine that you’re going to be there is really special. It's fun."
February 10, 2012 4:00am EST
Just hours after Cyrus departed the animated project, Eonline.com reports Gomez will now be voicing the part of Dracula's daughter in the film.
Sandler will give Dracula a voice in the quirky movie, which also features Cee Lo Green and Kevin James.
February 09, 2012 12:15pm EST
The Bewitched stars grabbed 17 per cent of the vote in the St. Valentine's Day-themed survey carried out by Fandango.
Junior co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emma Thompson came in second with 16 per cent, and Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton were third with 13 per cent for The Beautician and the Beast.
Movie fans voted the unlikely coupling of Kate Winslet and Jack Black fourth for The Holiday, while Maid in Manhattan's Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes and Just Go With It's Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler tied for fifth.
In related Fandango polls, filmgoers picked Sarah Jessica Parker as the Worst Romantic Comedy Actress (27 per cent) and Ashton Kutcher as Worst Romantic Comedy Actor (also 27 per cent).
Adam Sandler and Dane Cook tied for second place.
February 03, 2012 12:23pm EST
A lot of the heat surrounding everything and anything related to Charlie Sheen has died down since the fall. But the actor isn't out of the picture; he still has his FX comedy, Anger Management (based on the 2004 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson movie) in the works. Sheen has been set to play the central psychologist for some time, and he's getting a colleague: Selma Blair, who has been dubbed the show's leading lady. The Cruel Intentions star will portray another doctor, who helps Sheen's character deal with the pressures of his life via therapy and, as it were, romance. Also cast is Shawnee Smith as Sheen's character's ex-wife. -EW
Portia de Rossi has proven herself an endless source of rapid fire comedy. From Ally McBeal to Arrested Development to Better Off Ted, de Rossi has been a beloved fixture in the world of television humor. She's heading back to the small screen with a new series: The Smart One, which stars the comic actress as the outshined sister of an unintelligent-but-adored big city mayor who hires a resentful de Rossi to join her political staff. ABC has picked up the half-hour comedy, which will be written and executive produced by Donald Todd. Ellen DeGeneres, de Rossi's wife and an unstoppable force in her own right, will also executive produce. -TVLine
The Big C has enjoyed the acting talents of Gabourey Sidibe since its first season. However, the Precious star has always been credited as a guest star. Finally, a long overdue promotion has been waged for Sidibe: she will be upped to a regular on the Showtime series. Sidibe plays Andrea, the student, tenant and closest friend of Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney), a Stage-4 cancer patient. The Big C is slated to return to Showtime on Sunday, April 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. -TVLine
January 31, 2012 2:10pm EST
And to think I considered a movie based on the board game Candy Land to be a foolhardy endeavor. More wrong I could not have been. Not only is the project moving forward under the auspices of a major studio -- Sony -- it has also proved intriguing enough to land the services of America's most inexplicably popular actor.
Variety reports that Adam Sandler is in final talks to star in and co-write (along with SNL alum Robert Smigel) a live-action adaptation of the classic Hasbro game, which had been in development at Universal before the studio abandoned the project in a momentary fit of financial sanity. Sandler's involvement is a major coup for the once-troubled project, as he is known to be an actor of highly discriminating tastes. Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct.
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January 27, 2012 2:02pm EST
Veteran actress and former Becker costar Shawnee Smith has landed a major role on Charlie Sheen's upcoming FX comedy Anger Management, based on the movie of the same name.
She'll play the identity-seeking ex-wife of Sheen's character -- named Charlie, oddly enough -- a former baseball player who, like Adam Sandler's Dave Buznik in the big-screen version, has a temper problem and is forced to undergo anger management treatment.
The 10-episode first season is reportedly set to premiere this summer.