Charlie Sheen's comeback is almost complete - his new TV sitcom has been picked up. Anger Management, a spin-off from Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler's movie of the same name, will air on FX after executives beat out two other U.S. networks for the show. Sheen was sacked from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men earlier this year (11) after falling out with creator Chuck Lorre.
The Piranha 3-D star, who wed actress June Diane Raphael last October (10), commissioned a professional to take on the lead groomsman role and even penned the faux-Nicholson's speech so he'd amuse guests.
Scheer explains, "I couldn't figure out who to be my best man (sic)... You don't want to offend one of my friends and I don't have a brother, so, I was like, 'Who could it be?' And I was like, 'I should get a Jack Nicholson impersonator to be my best man.'
"He was amazing. And I wrote him this whole speech so he could come out and be like, 'Paul and June are As Good As It Gets. Being at this wedding, I can cross it off my Bucket List.'"
But Scheer admits, the plan ultimately backfired.
He added, "He couldn't remember any of the stuff. He'd be like, 'Can you put it on a teleprompter for me?' And I was like, 'I can't put it on a teleprompter, it's a wedding.' And he was like, 'Alright I'll try.'
"I think he had a couple beers because he started forgetting his Jack Nicholson lines, and he just started saying things like, 'Yummy, yummy'... But then he goes, 'Well guess what, I'll just stand over here and give everybody hugs.'"
Last week (end02Oct11) the moviemaker offered an apology to Samantha Geimer, who he slept with at a party at actor Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home when she was under age.
Polanski, who fled to America in 1978 and skipped sentencing after he was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor, said in documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, "She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press."
The Rosemary's Baby director was arrested two years ago (09) on his way to the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland, and after fighting extradition to the U.S., he was eventually freed last year (10) following several months custody and house arrest at his Swiss chalet.
Now Polanski has revealed the impact his actions have had on his life, telling Swiss television channel TSR, "I have regretted it for 33 years, of course I regret it."
The filmmaker also thanked Swiss officials for having the "respect" to refuse to extradite him.
The veteran director returned to the country this week (beg26Sep11) to pick up a lifetime achievement award at the event, two years after he was arrested on child sex charges dating back to 1977, while he was en route to the annual ceremony.
Polanski fled America in 1978 and skipped sentencing after he was convicted on a charge of unlawful sex with a minor, relating to Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when the filmmaker bedded her at a party at actor Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home.
After his arrest in Switzerland in 2009, the Rosemary's Baby director fought extradition to the U.S. and was eventually freed last year (10) following several months of jail time and house arrest at his Swiss chalet.
Polanski's life is now the focus of Laurent Bouzereau's new film Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, which was shot while he was under house arrest, and during the film, the moviemaker offers a public apology to Geimer, saying "She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press."
The screening on Tuesday marked the film's world premiere.
The veteran actor broke his arm and shoulder when he lost control of his vehicle while driving in Mississippi in August, 2008. The car veered off the road and flipped over several times.
He has been disabled ever since the accident and doctors advised him last year (10) that it would take another 12 months before his stretched nerves would fully function once more.
But, during an appearance on U.S. talk show Live with Regis & Kelly on Tuesday (27Sep11), Freeman admitted his mangled fingers were taking a lot longer to heal.
Wearing a supportive glove throughout the interview, he explained, "It's coming along, it looks a little odd with this glove on..."
When the discussion then moved on to his 'bucket list' - a list of things to achieve before his death - Freeman quipped, "Make these fingers work, that's one of them!"
Freeman starred in the film The Bucket List alongside Jack Nicholson.
The actor no longer lives at the property on Woodrow Wilson Drive but rents it out.
The blaze broke out on Friday night (09Sep11) and firefighters fought to contain it. Two suffered heat exhaustion in the effort and were taken to hospital.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
The Los Angeles Times reports two unnamed actors were renting the home from Nicholson at the time of the fire. Nicholson hasn't lived at the home since 1995.
The embattled star has been looking for his next gig since he was fired from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men following a public battle with producers earlier this year (11), and he has now officially unveiled plans for his acting comeback - in a TV adaptation of the 2003 film.
In a statement issued to UsMagazine.com, Sheen pokes fun at reports of his short temper, saying, "I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept.
"It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth."
The show synopsis, released by publicists at Lionsgate Entertainment, suggests the Anger Management series will revolve around "a mild-mannered, non-confrontational man ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself".
Sheen previously worked with Roth on a number of movies, including Young Guns, The Three Musketeers and Major League.
The series has yet to be given an air date.
The Two and a Half Men star was fired from the hit sitcom earlier this year (11) due to his bizarre antics and subsequently replaced by Ashton Kutcher. He is rumoured to be planning a TV comeback in a show based on Jack Nicholson's 2003 movie Anger Management, and has now returned to acting with a role in a video for his rapper pals Simon Rex and Brother Marquis.
Sheen is seen chastising the pair as a restaurant manager in the promo for Steak and Mashed Potatoes.
He took on the role for free as a favour for his friends, according to TMZ.com.
Sheen was fired from hit show Two and a Half Men after publicly falling out with producers earlier this year (11) - and now he's set to take Nicholson's womanising role as an anger specialist to the small screen.
TMZ.com reports this is the Joe Roth project Sheen alluded to during a chat with snappers on Tuesday (05Jul11). Roth owns the screenplay to the 2003 movie.
The website reports Sheen's character becomes a counsellor to defendants in the criminal justice system with anger management problems.
Roth worked with the actor on a number of movies, including Young Guns and The Three Musketeers.
James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives, was arrested in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday (22Jun11).
Bulger is charged with 19 counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, narcotics distribution and money laundering charges, and will make his first court appearance on Thursday (23Jun11).
He was an FBI informant before he fled in 1995 after an FBI agent tipped him off about an impending racketeering indictment.
The FBI offered a $2 million (GBP1.25 million) reward for information leading directly to the arrest of the 81 year old.
The authorities credit a new publicity effort for the tips that led them to Bulger and his girlfriend, who was also arrested. On Tuesday (21Jun11), the FBI began airing a 30-second public service announcement in 14 cities across the U.S.
Bulger has been in hiding since 1995. The FBI put Bulger on its most wanted list in 1999.