February 26, 2013 10:03am EST
Good news for those who thought Seth MacFarlane's delivery of breast-centric musical numbers and presidential assassination jokes were tacky and tasteless; bad news for anybody who loves a good von Trapp gag: the Family Guy creator and Ted writer/director will not be hosting the Oscars next year, or ever again.
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As has been the case of every marginally successful Academy Awards delivery, speculation had amounted following the show over whether MacFarlane would host again. But the musically-inclined comedian announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he would not be reprising his role center stage.
RT @crusephoto: @sethmacfarlaneWould you host the #Oscars again if asked? // No way.Lotta fun to have done it, though.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 26, 2013
The Academy might actually take this as a bit of bad news — despite MacFarlane's controversial material and a Cloud Atlasian runtime, the show mustered some pretty high ratings, especially among young viewers. So who can they get next time around to rival MacFarlane's intake?
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Clearly, people like musicals, so we'll need someone who can handle a tune. Also, fans seemed to be into the whole Star Trek shtick, so perhaps another fan of the franchise. And it didn't seem to hurt matters that MacFarlane has a long-running comedy series on a Top 4 network. Add all these together and you've got...
Jim Parsons. Wait, maybe we can do better than that. Okay, musically inclined + high rated network sitcom from the last few years - Star Trek humor + propensity for racy material...
Charlie Sheen. Um, one more shot. Let's go for broke this time. Musically inclined (even marginally!) + racy material (even offscreen!) - network sitcom and Star Trek + has been in a recent movie with CGI characters...
Shia LaBeouf. Oh forget it. Let's just get Neil Patrick Harris and call it a day.
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Lindsay Lohan's formerly tragic — but now just annoying — fall from grace is a story that just won't die. Long gone are the days when her courtroom drama was actually shocking, and our interest in her strange at-home antics has been largely replaced by the amusing wackiness of fellow fallen child star Amanda Bynes. The New York Times piece on the mess that is Lohan's "comeback" film The Canyons briefly re-sparked some interest in the trainwreck that keeps burning, but in a not all press is good press sort of way. In short, we're pretty much over Lindsay Lohan.
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However, there is one piece of the Lohan puzzle that is actually quite puzzling — her growing friendship with 47-year-old fellow tabloid-star Charlie Sheen, who will now be her romantic interest on an upcoming episode of his sitcom Anger Management. Sheen has been luckier than Lohan in that, either due to some stroke of brilliant luck or the fact that men have a wider margin for error in Hollywood, he seems to have recovered from his highly-publicized meltdown. Anger Management received an impressive 90-episode order, and when he's not interacting with Lohan, his formerly explosive exploits are now absent from the tabloids. So why is he jumping right back in by palling around with this deeply troubled young woman? Is he crazy? (Yes.)
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Maybe it's his post-meltdown success that has inspired the actor to basically take 26-year-old Lohan under his wing. The two shot a brief cameo together in the upcoming Scary Movie 5 (hey, speaking of things that won't die), then made headlines when Sheen reportedly offered up a hefty sum to help pay Lohan's taxes. Now, mere days after reports surfaced that Lohan ruined an expensive gown that Sheen set her up with, FX has confirmed that Lohan will play herself on an upcoming episode of Sheen's sitcom. Wait — what? Is this now the standard payment for screwing someone over?
To make things even ickier, this will mark the second time that the two have been romantically entwined onscreen this year. They wind up in bed together (as themselves) in SM5, and now Lohan will have a relationship with Sheen's character (who is based on the actor himself) after she becomes his therapy patient.
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Tell us this, universe: why are you (or, err, publicists) trying to make Lohan and Sheen, the couple, a thing? We sort of understand why one formerly struggling actor would want to help another, but the 21-year age difference makes the whole romantic piece of the equation very disturbing (especially given Sheen's extensive history with both domestic abuse and young girls, some of them porn stars). Also, why would Sheen keep banking on Lohan (she must be getting a decent sum for appearing on the show) after she's burned him twice in the last year, and proven herself to be an awful coworker on so, so many occasions?
If Sheen wants to help out Lohan financially — privately — fine. Weird, but fine. It's their own business, and maybe he can somehow help her learn from his own mistakes before she ends up six feet under (sorry, it's true). But putting these two together as some publicity-driven modern day f***ed up odd couple is a strange and terrible idea, that doesn't seem to be very beneficial for either star. If you want to clean up your image, don't keep bad company and become involved in a strange friendship/pseudo-relationship with a fellow addict who is 21 years older than you. If you're trying to become fodder for a future Lifetime movie, you're "winning" (sorry). If you're still trying to stage an actual, respectable comeback, this just isn't the way.
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The actor staged a series of bizarre media interviews and an ill-fated U.S. comedy tour after a public feud with bosses of his hit TV show Two and a Half Men led to them firing him over his erratic behaviour.
Sheen has vehemently denied allegations drink and drugs were the root of his problems as he attempted to recover from the loss of his show, and now he confesses he believes a topical solution he used to boost his energy levels and libido was the cause.
He tells U.S. TV host Katie Couric, "I think I was doing too much testosterone cream, and I think it metabolised into... a steroid. I think it was a bit of a roid rage. That's the only thing I can point to to explain (it). There was no booze, no pain pills, seriously there was nothing, there was no street drugs."
The 47 year old eventually got his life back together, and landed a leading role on new series Anger Management, and he's thankful his actor dad Martin Sheen was there to knock some sense into him.
He adds, "He was very supportive. He didn't know who he was talking to, he wasn't talking to the real guy, he was talking to some version of me. So he backed off and then when it all slowed down and came to a stop, he said, 'Let me give you advice: Get back to who you know you are, go get your money from the studio and take care of your kids.' That was great advice. I did all three."
February 04, 2013 10:45am EST
Two years following his highly publicized meltdown, Charlie Sheen rests comfortably on the sidelines of pop culture pertinence. The actor's name still conjures up the connotations of Two and a Half Men feuds, "tiger blood" rants, drugs, alcohol, and a barrel of other malignant expositions.
But the Sheen of today is one of considerably calmer temperament, and (as such) much less frequent blips on the zeitgeist's radar. Still, Sheen is not wanting for creative outlets: along with his astronomical sum of pre-ordered Anger Management episodes, Sheen is headlining director Roman Coppola's new venture A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. Beyond drawing a given name from his portrayer, Swan is a character who'll draw many comparisons to Sheen: he's a high society playboy undone by his proclivity for reckless relationships and substance abuse. But Coppola is ready to dispel the notion that these elements alone are enough to brand Swan an onscreen incarnation of Sheen.
"A lot of people say, 'Oh, Charlie Sheen is crazy,'" the director says. "There’s a tendency to sort of lump them. Is Charles Swan Charles Sheen? You want [your actors] to embody the role, so you want to use all their characteristics." And Coppola is hardly blind to the superficial similarities shared by the men. "[Sheen] is, in many ways, like the character on a surface level. He’s handsome, he’s charming, he’s that age where you’re not supposed to act like a kid anymore but you can kind of get away with it."
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The filmmaker continues: "He loves beautiful women. He’s from California. He’s very funny, very witty. He’s gotten by and has been able to use his charm to kind of smooth over problems. Those are all kinds of qualities that he has." But all this aside, Coppola can separate Sheen and Swan at a more substantial plateau. "My character … has a need for aesthetic beauty; fine clothes, a car that’s a statement, and this kind of expression of his imagination through his work as a graphic designer." Coppola cites one of the more ornate fixations he concocted for Swan: Kopi luwak coffee, an expensive type of coffee bean harvested from the excrement of the Asian palm civet. "It’s a hundred bucks for a cup of coffee," Coppola says. "It’s from Indonesia. It’s pooped out. There’s a little marsupial that comes in."
But this is not something you'd find in Charlie Sheen's kitchen. "[Sheen] is very different," Coppola says. "He loves baseball. He’s into hanging out with his pals. He’s very casual. He just hangs out in a t-shirt. He’s a different kind of person."
As such, it wasn't Sheen or his headline-heavy drama that encouraged Coppola to devise this character. In fact, Coppola's interest in Sheen for the role of Charles Swan predated the actor's 2011 controversy altogether. "I was pursuing him just prior to all the craziness," the director says. "I have a kind of funny string of text messages with him. We were exchanging notes, and [wishing each other] Merry Christmas. 'Merry Christmas, I’m here with Brooke [Mueller] and the kids in Aspen, having a great time.' And then we all know the history, what happened after that." But "what happened after that" hardly deterred Coppola's casting. "During that period, I was very determined to not let it go. I really wanted him to be in my movie. And he was a little apprehensive ... He really liked the material, we’re friends, he wanted to be in the film. But — I can’t speak for him, but I think he was a little bit scared."
As anyone might be in this circumstance. "It’s a commitment to put yourself out there in that way, and have the chops," Coppola says. "And I kept reaching out to him. And through all that craziness, I was kind of waiting. I was telling people, 'I want Charlie Sheen to be in my movie.' And they were all like, 'What? You can’t have him. No one would insure him.' And no one did insure him." But Coppola persisted, and thinks that Charles Swan might have been what helped pull Sheen out of his lasting funk.
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"I was so clear-minded about wanting to work with him, it made him think, 'Wait a minute. This guy is willing to go this far in his belief that I can do the movie. Maybe I should sort of rise to the occasion,'" the director says. "So, at the tail end of all that craziness, he said, 'I’ll do it!' He said that. He did it. And he was there every day. He made it happen. He totally came through. He learned Spanish when he needed to, learned to dance when he needed to. Learned to sing the Portuguese song."
Coppola says, "In a way, I think the movie was a sort of symbol. [Something] that he was sort of able to jump into, and to find the sort of focus, and to have that pleasure of working with other actors on a feature project. I think he really values that."
One is likely to approach A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III prepared to see Charlie Sheen: The Movie. And in Coppola's film, which he describes as "a character study of a really flamboyant guy who is charismatic, and kind of has everything within means, but it’s all falling apart for him," one is likely to find traces of that. But as far as the director is concerned, Sheen and Swan are two different animals. Coppola didn't tackle the project as a means of bringing Sheen's controversies to the silver screen. Instead, he "want[ed] to do something really showy, and playful, and fun, and balls out." In fact, Coppola pins the whole ordeal down to one word: "pizzazz." To him, that's the definition of Charles Swan III.
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"I'm sorry, but Big Bang Theory is a piece of s**t - it's a stupid show and it's just lame, about lame people." Charlie Sheen is not a fan of geeky TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
February 03, 2013 4:30am EST
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February 01, 2013 5:40am EST
Impersonations are always hit or miss. Actors will either nail every element of another person's character, or just get lost in the confusion of the target's attributes. On Thursday night, David Letterman pointed out a talented actor who does a great impersonation. Letterman told his guest, Al Pacino, that Kevin Spacey does "a pretty good job of" of imitating the The Godfather star.
But Pacino didn't agree with Letterman. "I don't really [think he does a good job]," he told the host. "I think it's good if people like it. You know? But, I don't see myself in his impression."
Well, Letterman wasn't going to lose the argument. He had to prove his point, and to do so, he surprised Pacino by inviting Spacey to come out on stage.
And as soon as Spacey and Pacino were done dancing, literally, Spacey kicked right into Pacino mode. "Oh shut up, Dave!" Spacey said in a deep, husky voice that sounded quite similar to Pacino's. "I worked on something just for this moment. I had to write it down." Spacey then slid down into his seat, and in the same gruff voice, spit out a few more comments, driving Letterman's point home.
"That is brilliant," Pacino said.
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Recovering alcoholic Butler lost her job on TV comedy Grace Under Fire in 1998 after struggling with a prescription drug problem, and her life spiralled so out of control she ended up homeless and broke.
As she began to rebuild her life, she managed to buy a farm outside of Atlanta, Georgia, but when she lost the property last year (12), she decided to head back to Los Angeles and give her career one last shot.
She hired a manager, Mark Burg, who happened to count Sheen among his clients - and the actor decided to take a chance on Butler by offering her a small role as a bartender on his new TV sitcom Anger Management.
The job has given Butler a second try as an actress and she is doing her best to impress.
She tells the New York Times, "I'm just trying to show up and be a good worker. It does feel a little bit like being on probation, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm grateful just for the shot."
And Sheen admits he sympathised with the veteran actress' situation following his own public meltdown, which caused him to be fired from Two and a Half Men by creator/producer Chuck Lorre - the same man who axed Butler from Grace Under Fire.
Sheen says, "She's awesome. Seriously, I think she's forgotten what a comedic genius she is.
"Somebody we have in common (Lorre) tried to extinguish that flame. And it didn't work. That kind of talent never goes away, you know? I always tell her: 'Don't forget who you are. Don't forget how good you are.'"
January 22, 2013 9:23pm EST
Are you a fan of competitions? What about food? What about the structure of the show The Voice? Take all of those things, put on a grill pan, and season with celebrity foodpeople to taste. ABC suggests: Chef Anthony Bourdain, Chef Brian Malarkey, writer and cook Nigella Lawson, and Chef Ludo Lefebvre. From home cooks to top chefs, the group of potential cooktestants (can't call a non-trained cook a chef, y'all) run the gamut in terms of experience.
Let your food do the talking. It's all about the single bite, the one taste to rule them all. Welcome to The Taste.
Yes, the show is damn-well identical to the format of The Voice, but in one of the very few instances of the matter — it actually works, at least so far. The blind auditions involve a single taste of food produce by contestants that are then chosen to be team members (or sore losers) for the the four judges-cum-mentors. Sure, there's a lot of the typical heartstring-pulling sob stories and delusional know-it-alls (this is a reality show, after all), but the smart and often witty commentary from the judges makes up for all the American Idol-esque grandma-baiting that comes with establishing characters and backstory.
As for those judges — well, it's all about them this first episode. But aren't all reality shows these days? When your show's star is Anthony Bourdain, you get yourself a load of credibility and a tell it like it is spirit — in the most blunt (and expletive) of manners. Fans of Bourdain will be pleased to know that none of that is lost, but it certainly is weird to see the man who slams integrated marketing efforts (remember Cadillacgate?) on a show that has bumpers advertising a Hellman's Mayonnaise-fronted recipe competition in support of the show. Can't win 'em all, though, eh?
Luckily for Bourdain, the show has Brian Malarkey to do the shilling and host-esque chilling. A former Top Chef-er, Malarkey also runs five restaurants in San Diego. It'll be interesting to see how Malarkey's contributions pan out in the long-run. Because at the moment, he feels more like an overeager puppy who just wants to run with the big dogs than a culinary authority. That said, Malarkey is no idiot. And while most shows have at least one judge who is meant to be more of an entertainer than an authority, The Taste's judges are all constructive critics with the knowledge base to back it all up — Malarkey and his delightful last name, included.
The next judge is sensual British foodie goddess, Nigella Lawson. A champion of the home cooks, Lawson serves as more than just the "token lady judge." She's smart, sensual, and can hang with the big personalities in Bourdain and Lefebvre. Admittedly, she seems perhaps edited a bit too much to look like she only cares about the amateurs, but every good underdog needs a champion. That said, Lawson knows more than a thing or two about good food. She pairs well against Bourdain's gruff business, and works especially well with the final of the four judges, the tattooed French rooster, Ludo Lefebvre — arguably the show's greatest asset.
And undoubtedly the breakout of the show he is! Lefebvre is all parts French, charming, French, smart, outlandish, and caring. And also French (as a half-French/half-Belgian American, this is more than A-OK with me). Lefebvre is a lightning rod. He's arrogant, angry, and surprisingly caring. He develops a soft-spot for Reneé, a culinary instructor who quit her job to audition for the show. While her technique was flawless, her dish didn't make the mark, taste-wise. And though she was sent home, it wasn't totally empty-handed: Lefebvre was so impressed, that he offered her a job, on the spot. Awwwww, Ludooooooo! Regardless of what happens to The Taste, Lefebvre's got a hell of a lot of television starring in his future, no doubt.
But for those worried about the near-required terribleness that comes with every reality competition show? Oh, it's there. Look no further than the awesomely awesome kickboxing chef of awesome who makes "food for awesomeness, not just food for tasting good. Oh, and also the oh-so-unfortunate chicken mole from a home cook who also separates s**t from water at a waste management facility. (Yep, I sure did mean that s**t literally.) Watch out to see if very-impressive personal chef of Charlie Sheen injects the show with a little bit of tiger's blood — or at least, some more "winning!" jokes. A word to the wise: if you work with s**t, try really hard to make sure you food doesn't a.) look or b.) taste like the aforementioned. If you're a fan of Top Chef, this show might fit quite nicely into your TV-viewing repertoire. It's hard to judge an entire series on a single, premiere episode, so we won't, but we're intrigued. Get your mis-en-place prepped and ready, The Taste.
The Taste airs Tuesdays at 8e/7c on ABC.
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The unlucky-in-love actor has been married three times but has seemingly fallen head-over-heels for Jones, who is 23 years his junior.
In an interview with U.S. TV host Piers Morgan, Sheen gushed about the relationship and admitted that he was already a fan of Jones' work before he met her.
He says, "She's terrific... I was a fan before I met her. She was on the Internet. Just girl-girl. You can do a lot of research before you meet them. No joke, right. But I'm a bigger fan since. She's fabulous.
"You know, she's - I don't want to say a female version of me. But no, we have very similar traits and qualities. She's a lot younger, and she's hotter than the word itself. And she's fun as hell. She's fun as hell."
Sheen is adamant that Jones' job never bothered him, as it is the reason they met.
He adds, "(She left the adult entertainment) a couple (of) years (ago). And that stuff is all out there, but it's the reason we met. So how can I criticise it. You know what I'm saying? I'm a hypocrite if I do, right?"
When asked if he was in love with Jones, Sheen answered, "Yes, I am. Actually, yes. There's a part of me that is, absolutely. I think that there's different types of love."
This isn't the first time Sheen has fallen for a porn star - he dated Bree Olson in 2011.