Charlie Sheen declined a series finale role offered to him by his former Two And A Half Men boss Chuck Lorre. The hit comedy ended its 12-season run on Thursday (19Feb15), and despite multiple reports that Sheen would make a surprise cameo on the show - even though his character was killed in France, the bad boy actor did not make an appearance.
However, the finale did centre around Sheen's character Charlie Harper, after his brother, played by Jon Cryer, discovered he didn't actually die, but was kidnapped by his stalker-turned-wife, Rose, who imprisoned him in a pit in her basement for four years.
In the last scene of the series, a Sheen lookalike is seen from behind, as a falling baby grand piano ultimately kills him.
Lorre, who fired Sheen in 2011 following a heated bust-up with the actor, explained in the vanity card shown at the end of the episode that he had hoped Sheen would return for the last show.
The card read: "I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record he was offered a role.
"Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only apply to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn't."
"Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers, starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too."
In the final scene, after the Sheen look-alike was crushed by the piano, Lorre appeared from a director's chair and was also killed by a falling baby grand after smiling at the camera and using his former leading man's catchphrase, "Winning!"
Sheen also confirmed he would not be appearing in the finale on Twitter.com hours before the episode aired.
While Sheen didn't stage a comeback, his former castmate Angus T. Jones did make a cameo, and Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed a detective, while John Stamos and Christian Slater briefly appeared as themselves.
Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry has joined the long list of music stars offering up festive treats for fans by releasing a four-song Christmas EP. Joe Perry's Merry Christmas is the guitarist's first-ever collection of holiday songs and features his renditions of White Christmas, Silent Night and Santa Claus Is Back In Town.
The fourth track, Run Run Rudolph, features Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar.
The EP is available to download via iTunes, and Perry admits he's thrilled to be part of the 2014 Christmas celebrations.
He tells WENN, "I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with Aerosmith for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one... We were in L.A. with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together. I was finally able to record some Christmas classics for the fans."
He adds, "The two instrumentals (Silent Night and White Christmas) are among the 10 most popular Christmas songs. Almost everyone knows the lyrics to them, so we treated them as songs that people could sing along to, while staying close to the classic versions everyone knows.
"The two vocal songs, Santa Claus is Back in Town and Run Run Rudolph, are rockers made famous by Elvis and Chuck Berry. They are probably less well known, so you would have to hear the lyrics to know they are Christmas songs. They are two of my favourite holiday songs."
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno is inviting fans of his reunited rock supergroup Team Sleep to join them for a recording session in New York as the band works on its first album since 2005. The singer/guitarist revealed last month (Aug14) that he was reuniting his experimental side project, seven years after the musicians unveiled plans to release a follow up to their eponymous disc, and now they are giving devotees the chance to witness the creative process in October (14).
They are inviting fans to join the group at the Applehead Recording studios in Woodstock on 17 and 18 October (14) to listen to new material, watch the band perform, take part in a question and answer session and sit down for a meal with Moreno, Todd Wilkinson, Death Grips drummer Zach Hill, DJ CrookOne, Tinfed's Rick Verret and Chuck X.
A statement released by Team Sleep reads: "Dear friends, Please join us as we create our next record in Woodstock, New York. We'll gather at Applehead studio, near the base of the Catskill mountains to eat, write, play and record.
"For a long time, business people, logistics, careers, adulthood, families... have thwarted us, but we've continued to make music. At the same time, the creative process has become increasingly fragmented and dehumanized.
"With that in mind, we're very excited to get together with our friends, hang out, play music and have a unique experience in a beautiful place. We'd like you to be there, too. Your participation will be essential to the independent creation and release of the live performance and our forthcoming studio record; we look forward to seeing you."
BBC bosses have launched an ambitious, day-long hunt for the greatest guitar riff of all time. A list of 100 classic, instantly-recognisable hooks has been compiled by record producers, critics, and staff at BBC Radio 2, and listeners of the station will hear the entire rundown throughout Monday (25Aug14).
Fans have also been voting for their favourites, and the 'winner' will be declared by presenter Zoe Ball at around 5pm London time.
The list features iconic riffs including T Rex's 20th Century Boy, Money by Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, and Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie.
Others on the rundown include Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, and The Kinks' You Really Got Me.
Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, who helped compile the list, says, "I was in agony trying to whittle down my nominations. It was a tough job but I am happy I got to do it."
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A familiar face will be cruising through Marvel's cinematic galaxy come this August. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has confirmed that the one and only Nathan Fillion will appear in the upcoming space adventure in a "very small fun cameo." While earlier rumors suggested that Fillion might play a bigger role in the film, Gunn set the record straight via his Twitter account last night. With Fillion's addition the cast, Guardians of the Galaxy is looking like it might be the most geek-friendly film of the decade. In light of the good news, we've decided to assess to geek cred of every major cast member in the film.
Relevant Projects: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Ding-Along Blog, Justice League Unlimited, that one episode of Lost Geek Cred: Through his frequent collaborations with nerd Jesus Joss Whedon, including a guest-stint on the last season of Buffy and a leading role in the cult sci-fi western Firefly, Fillion has built up an incredibly loyal legion of fans. Even 10 years after it's cancelation, some of the more deluded browncoats out there still believe there's a chance Firefly can somehow become un-cancelled. Now, there's some credibility for you.Rating: 5 out of 5
Chris PrattRelevant Projects: Jennifer's Body, Wanted Geek Cred: Pratt doesn't have a whole lot of nerd fodder to his name, but appearances in the comic book film Wanted and the underappreciated horror comedy Jennifer's Body to give him a decent boost. Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Avatar, The LosersGeek Cred: Saldana has a prominent role in the newest chain of Star Trek film, though that might boost or diminish her cred, depending on who you talk to. There are similarly mixed feelings about her other two genre pictures, Avatar and The Losers.Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The Man with the Iron Firsts, RiddickGeek Cred: Batista has spent more time wrestling than appearing in movies so most geeks probably aren't familiar with their new Drax the Destroyer. He did have a role in the latest Riddick sequel, but was overshadowed by Vin Diesel. (More on him later)Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: AliasGeek Cred: Unfortunately, Bradley Cooper doesn't have the most geek friendly filmography as of yet, but his role as Rocket Raccoon should change that quite soon. Geeks might remember him in Alias, but even in the J.J. Abrams show, he wasn't the one doing the cool spy stuff.Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Doctor Who, Outcast, OculusGeek Cred: Huge! Gillan three-year stint on the British import Doctor Who was almost perfectly timed with the show's explosion in popularity in the states.Rating: 4 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Stargate, Alias, EragonGeek Cred: Not very high. Hounsou has enjoyed small roles in things like Stargate, Alias, and Eragon, but noting really major for geeks to really get to know the actor.Rating: 2 out of 5
John C. Reilly
Relevant Projects: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Wreck-it Ralph, everything Tim and EricGeek Cred: Reilly doesn't have a huge backlog of geeky things on his resume, but Wreck-It Ralph and his work in the absurdly wonderful world of Tim and Eric does give him some clout to work with.Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Mars Attacks!Geek Cred: Despite being a A-lister in Hollywood, Close has mostly steered clear of genre pictures, though her appearance in Mars Attacks! does give her something.Rating: 1 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The 6th Day, Slither, Stargate SG-1, Chuck, The Walking DeadGeek Cred: Rooker's cred skyrocketed with his role as Merle on The Walking Dead, but the longtime character actor has stealthily built up quite the geeky filmography over the years with appeareances in shows like Chuck and Archer.Rating: 4 out of 5
Benicio Del Toro
Relevant Projects: Sin City, The Wolfman, Thor: The Dark WorldGeek Cred: Fans recieved a snapshot of Del Toro's "The Collector" character in the end credits stinger for Thor: The Dark World, but beyond that, the actor's geek cred is pretty slim.Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: All the Riddick moviesGeek Cred: Huge. Even outside of his career, Diesel is a well-documented geek and enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons on his off-time. He has also developed a good relationship with fans, appearing in video game adaptations of his Riddick films, and even putting up his own money to fund the 2013's Riddick.Rating: 5 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The Fall, the Hobbit moviesGeek Cred: Pace has impressed in the last two Hobbit films, but he doesn't quite have the same history as some of his cast members.Rating: 2 out of 5
David Bowie is to release two limited edition picture discs on Record Store Day next month (19Apr14). British fans will be able to purchase a copy of Rock 'n' Roll Suicide, while 1984 will be available in America. Public Enemy's Chuck D has been named the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2014.
Rockers Green Day are putting out a collection of unreleased demo songs in honour of Record Store Day on 19 April (14). The American Idiot hitmakers are longtime supporters of the annual celebration, which was founded to help promote independent record stores.
This year (14), the band is planning on releasing 18 demo tracks, which it recorded during the sessions which later became the 2012 trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, according to a post on Facebook.com.
The yearly event has long had the support of musicians from every genre - earlier this month (Feb14), Record Store Day organisers named Public Enemy leader Chuck D as the official ambassador of this year's festivities.
So, where did we leave off? Somewhere as chaotic as usual, no doubt. We pick up with everyone going in opposite directions: two Gallaghers have officially entered adolescence (it's a bitch), one has secretly joined the army, one went to University of Chicago, one has a steady job for the first time, and one is bed-ridden, liver damaged, and still the über-alcoholic we know and love (?).
Debbie has officially become a teenager and she has all the attitude (and poorly-deployed eyeshadow) to go with it. She sasses big sister Fiona, she loads up on the fruity lipgloss, she wobbles down the sidewalk in snakeskin stilettos – oh, and she's auctioning her virginity online for a million dollars: you know, normal teenager stuff. She also happens to meet a cute yet older boy (he can drive, she's still in middle school). He seems sweet so far, but time will tell if he's a creep – and judging by the Gallagher's track record, he's going to be more trouble than he looks.
Fiona also has a new boyfriend (her supervisor at work), as well as a cherry new job; and things are starting to get more serious in both avenues. She realizes she gets insurance, benefits, and a 401k, and she finally sleeps with Mike. It's a little awkward; they certainly don't have the same physical chemistry as she did with Jimmy (who is still mysteriously gone, by the way – is he dead?), but maybe it's time for a change of pace. We'll see – like with Debbie's boyfriend, at this point, he's still something of a wild card.
And poor, poor, Lip. Sexiled (and snubbed) by his bumbling roommate's girlfriend, given a D by an officious TA, and looked down upon by everyone for his work-study job in the dining hall, he's definitely experiencing the flipside of big-fish-little-pond syndrome. This isn't to say he doesn't deserve getting knocked down a peg, but anyone who's gone to college can probably feel his pain in at least one of his misfortunes. (Even if you always got impeccable grades and didn't need workstudy, chances are you had at least one truly horrible roommate).
Oh, and speaking of Lip, it looks like Mandy Milkovich still carries a torch; in fact, both the Milkoviches are pining for their respective Gallaghers – Mickey does his best to inconspicuously ask after Ian throughout the episode, and in a surprisingly touching scene, he tries to jack off to a portrait of Ian, but becomes so upset that he punches a crater into the bathroom mirror (it was much more moving than it sounds, okay?). Who'd have thunk we'd be feeling this bad for psychopathic Mickey, of all people?
Meanwhile, Veronica and Carl are getting picked dry by Veronica's mother, Carol, who happens to be carrying their future child. She needs money for all the pregnancy staples: ultrasounds, doctor's appointments, and most importantly, chic maternity wear from Nordstrom's. Which would be fine and well, except for the fact that Veronica realizes that she, too is pregnant. How will they handle two kids when they can barely afford one? Veronica frets over how she'll tell Kevin, but the moment presents itself perfectly: when he returns home, saddened by the death of his boss, she comforts him with some much-needed good news.
And Frank has sunk possibly lower than we've ever seen – like Mickey, it's amazing the depth of sympathy we feel for him even after the breadth of damage he's done. Tony (Fiona's cop old flame) finds him in a crackhouse, near-dead, next to a very telling syringe, spoon, and rubber tubing. Fiona's all for dumping him on a park bench "far, far away" but Carl insists on keeping him. Carl's always been his dad's biggest supporter, and it's painfully hard to watch as Frank cajoles him into helping him butt-chug (ew) some Franzia (double-ew). And perhaps it's his way of thanking his son, but Frank proceeds to give 12-year-old Carl the lowdown on masturbation ("Hold it like an egg," and "If you don't use lubrication, you'll get blisters" are only a couple of his gems of wisdom). Somehow, their scenes together manage to be as sweet as they are horrifying.
The button on the episode? Carl returning home with a Costco-sized tub of Vaseline.
The son of Everly Brothers star Phil Everly has poured his heart out about his late dad in a new Rolling Stone interview, insisting the rock 'n' roll legend was "a regular guy" and "a big goof", who never acted like a celebrity. Jason Everly confirmed reports his father had died on Friday night (03Jan14), and has now opened up about the man who spanked him when he didn't finish his homework.
Jason says, "He was the guy I didn't want to make mad..."
He adds, "He was gracious, and ridiculously humble... He was also a closet inventor. He was always trying to invent stuff. When I was a little kid in the 70s, he wanted to make a guitar with a speaker in it. It was heavy and it didn't really work and had tons of feedback. He had a record player with two needles so it would play real stereo."
The younger Everly, who served as the brothers' agent during their last tour, reveals the Everly Brothers came really close to giving up on their music dreams when they first arrived in Nashville, Tennessee at the beginning of their career.
He adds, "(They) had about two weeks left of money before (they) had to go get real jobs, and that would have been it. And then they became world famous and wealthy and all the things that go with that. Everybody gets their own agent, their own lawyer, accountant and managers, and bad things happen.
"But you couldn't get in between them. If you were going to say something bad about my uncle Don in front of my father, you were in for it. When Paul Simon asked to bring them on tour for the Old Friends tour, I said, 'Paul, you know them. They're brothers. If they're getting along, then the answer is yes. If they're not getting along, then the answer is no.'"
And he reveals, "Five years ago, the Grammys brought over (sic)... they had everybody - Little Richard and Chuck Berry - and they wanted the Everly Brothers badly. The guy was begging me. Everybody wanted them to go on tour again. But you can't tell guys that have helped invent rock and roll and toured the world for 50 years on every continent over and over again what to do."
And when the music faded, Phil became a doting grandfather to Jason's kids.
He continues, "I have two little girls who are six and nine, and all my dad really wanted to do is sit with a glass of wine and play with his grandkids. He was in his 70s, he's like, 'I got nothing to prove. I'm totally at peace with my life.'
"He was a smoker, like a lot of people from that generation, and he quit 10 years ago, but it still chased him down. But he said he had a lot of good cards: 'I can't complain. I had a really good life.'"
Phil Everly passed away in Burbank, California, aged 74, after suffering complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.