The Week: Most Recent Hollywood Personalities:Charlie Sheen's Meltdown recent posts.en-usThu, 28 Jun 2012 15:49:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Hollywood Personalities:Charlie Sheen's Meltdown from THE WEEKThu, 28 Jun 2012 15:49:00 -0400Charlie Sheen's Anger Management: Disappointingly old-school?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">With the debut of his new FX sitcom, Charlie Sheen's wild ride has turned depressingly tame. <em>Anger Management, </em>his first TV gig since leaving <em>Two and a Half Men</em> in 2011 in a tiger-blood-fueled frenzy, is loosely based on the 2003 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy of the same name. Sheen plays a former baseball player whose tendency to lose it curtailed his career and sent him back to college to become an anger management specialist. His new commitment to self-control, however, is consistently tested by his ex-wife, his teenage daughter, and his no-strings-attached lover/best friend. Critics are...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 28 Jun 2012 15:49:00 -0400Charlie Sheen vs. Ashton Kutcher: Another 'verbal rampage'<img src="" /></P><p>Charlie Sheen has been working hard to repair his image since his epic, tiger-blood-fueled meltdown last year. But now, just as his new sitcom, <em>Anger Management</em>, is going into production for an initial 10-episode run on FX, Sheen is flying off the handle again, lashing out at his old show, <em>Two and a Half Men</em>, and its new star, Ashton Kutcher. Here's what you should know:<br /><br /><strong>What exactly did Sheen say?</strong><br />"I'm tired of lying," Sheen told <em>TMZ Live</em> last week. "I'm tired of pretending [<em>Men</em>] doesn't suck." Of Kutcher, the actor called in to replace him, Sheen said: "I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 22 Feb 2012 12:20:00 -0500'I'm not crazy anymore': 4 ways Charlie Sheen says he's changed<img src="" /></P><p>"I'm not crazy anymore," Charlie Sheen told journalists this week, at a press conference for his upcoming FX series <em>Anger Management</em>. During the event, Sheen candidly discussed the dramatic past year of his life, during which a very public meltdown made him a headline-grabbing media star, got him fired from his gig as TV's highest paid actor on <em>Two and a Half Men</em>, and eventually led to a mea culpa tour ending in his being cast in the FX sitcom (which will be loosely based on Adam Sandler's 2003 movie). Here, four lessons Charlie Sheen says he's learned:<br /><br /><strong>1. Sometimes, you have to take a chill pill...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 Jan 2012 13:59:00 -0500Is FX crazy to pick up Charlie Sheen's new sitcom?<img src="" /></P><p>As CBS frets over the flat-lining ratings of the Charlie Sheen-less <em>Two and a Half Men</em>, another network is getting into bed with the troubled sitcom star. Sheen's new comedy series, <em>Anger Management</em>, has been picked up by FX for a potential <em>100 episodes</em>. According to the deal, FX is committed to airing the first 10 episodes as soon as next summer; if they achieve a certain ratings benchmark, the network is obligated to pick up 90 more. <em>Anger Management</em> will be based on the 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson movie, and Sheen will play a therapist who may require more help than his patients. It will...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 28 Oct 2011 16:51:00 -0400Charlie Sheen's Today show interview: Did he redeem himself?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Just days before the airing of Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen &mdash; not to mention the season premiere of his former TV showcase, <em>Two and a Half Men</em> &mdash; the actor-turned-punchline is embarking on a mea culpa tour. He sat down with <em>Today</em>'s Matt Lauer for an interview that aired Friday morning, claiming surprise that the catchphrases he coined &mdash;&nbsp;"tiger blood" and "Adonis DNA," for instance &mdash;&nbsp;caught on so quickly. (See clip below.) "I couldn't really put out the fire," he says of his public meltdown, adding that the whole ordeal was "just one crazy chapter...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Sep 2011 12:50:00 -0400Killing Charlie Sheen off Two and a Half Men: Good idea?<img src="" /></P><p>R.I.P. Charlie Harper? <em>Deadline</em>&nbsp;reports that the season premiere of CBS's <em>Two and a Half Men, </em>ostensibly a comedy, will begin with a funeral for the character played by Charlie Sheen. After the character's (many) ex-girlfriends grieve his passing, his home will be put on the market: Enter replacement star Ashton Kutcher as a prospective buyer. Speculation is that Kutcher purchases the house, precipitating some co-habitation arrangement with the show's remaining "one and a half men." Of course, killing off Sheen's character precludes the prospect that the strangely popular actor could ever...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 03 Aug 2011 11:47:00 -0400Charlie Sheen's wild ride: A timeline<img src="" /></P><p>Charlie Sheen's acting career is defined by staggeringly steep ups and downs. He broke out in the '80s with roles in <em>Red Dawn</em>, <em>Platoon</em>, and <em>Wall Street</em>. But in the '90s the actor became more of a tabloid cover star than matinee idol. Successful TV gigs on <em>Spin City</em> and&nbsp;<em>Two and a Half Men</em>&nbsp;helped repair Sheen's image, before an almost year-long personal and professional meltdown left the actor unemployed and &mdash; in the eyes of many &mdash; unemployable. But against all odds and after many false rumors, Sheen is&nbsp;returning to TV in an adaptation of the 2003 Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Jul 2011 06:30:00 -0400Charlie Sheen's Comedy Central roast: A 'winning' move?<img src="" /></P><p>Remember Charlie Sheen? It wasn't so long ago that the ousted <em>Two and a Half Men</em> star's imploding career and personal life was all over the news. But now, with even his notoriety fading, Sheen's going back on TV &mdash; as the "subject-cum-victim" of Comedy Central's popular Roast series on September 10. Is it really a good move for Sheen to follow luminaries like Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff into a lion's den of trash-talking celebrity guests and comedians?</p><p><strong>This is a win for Sheen and Comedy Central:</strong> The roast is more than just an excuse to resurrect the Sheen catch phrase "winning," says...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 06 Jul 2011 10:20:00 -0400Ashton Kutcher: A 'smart choice' to replace Charlie Sheen?<img src="" /></P><p>Hugh's out and Ashton's in. That's the big news in the saga of the troubled sitcom <em>Two and a Half Men</em>. Earlier this week, fans and critics were tantalized by reports that Hugh Grant had come close to replacing the off-the-rails Charlie Sheen on the hit comedy. Now, CBS has announced an official replacement &mdash; square-jawed everydude Ashton Kutcher. The <em>Punk'd </em>producer/<em>Valentine's Day</em> star/Demi Moore spouse is being called a "smart choice" for the role. Is he?</p><p><strong>Yes, Kutcher's a lot like Sheen... only sober:</strong> Kutcher is "a great fit for the show," says Alan Sepinwall at<em> HitFix</em>. Like Sheen, he...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 13 May 2011 16:09:00 -0400What if Hugh Grant had replaced Charlie Sheen?<img src="" /></P><p>On Wednesday, <em>Deadline</em> reported that Hugh Grant (<em>About a Boy</em>, <em>Notting Hill</em>) nearly replaced Charlie Sheen on the cash-cow sitcom <em>Two and a Half Men</em>. According to the report, Grant backed out at the last minute, wary of the intense work schedule a network series entails. Still, the news that the high-profile British movie star nearly signed on sent shockwaves through Hollywood. How would the charmingly jittery Brit had changed the series and where does the show go from here?</p><p><strong>CBS just missed an incredible coup:</strong> "Holy crap, Hugh Grant would have been such a big get for that show!" says Margaret Lyons...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 12 May 2011 12:56:00 -0400Charlie Sheen bombs in Detroit: The best of the worst reviews<img src="" /></P><p>By all accounts, Charlie Sheen's traveling stage show, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option," failed bigtime on its opening night. The sellout crowd at Detroit's Fox Theater on Saturday booed the erratic star, shouted for refunds, and walked out early, leading Sheen to curtail his appearance after an hour. His broadly reworked second show, in Chicago on Sunday, went better. But repercussions from his disastrous effort in Detroit are already souring ticket sales for the tour's remaining 20 or so stops. How bad was it? Commentators sound off:</p><p><strong>Sheen went off the rails</strong><br /><strong></strong>People wondered...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 04 Apr 2011 11:47:00 -0400Should Charlie Sheen get his job back?<img src="" /></P><p>After weeks of bizarre behavior, during which Charlie Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit against CBS and introduced Americans to the quaint phrase "tiger blood," it seemed inevitable that the "Two and a Half Men" star and his former network would go their separate ways. But could the almighty dollar reunite them? According to a <em> </em>report, CBS executives are "ready, willing, and able to forgive and forget all of Sheen's recent antics" (most recently he smooched late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on the air), and reinstall him on TV's top-rated comedy. But given Sheen's history of drug...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 22 Mar 2011 12:35:00 -0400Charlie Sheen live: What can fans expect?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video: </strong>If Charlie Sheen is suffering a mental breakdown, it might be the most profitable breakdown in history. The recently-fired "Two and a Half Men" star is taking his "they fired me" schtick on the road, with a series of live comedy performances. (Watch Sheen preview his road show, below.) Though Sheen's "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" tour schedule is currently limited to Chicago and Detroit, tickets for both locations sold out in minutes, and additional tour dates are rumored. The troubled actor, who some suspect may be battling a mental illness or drug dependency...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 14 Mar 2011 18:36:00 -0400The 74,000 people desperate to work for Charlie Sheen<img src="" /></P><p>Days after Charlie Sheen became a Twitter phenomenon &mdash; he reached 1 million followers in under 24 hours, a record &mdash; he quickly turned it into a money-making venture. His first sponsored tweet (for was a March 7 call for a social-media intern. "I'm looking to hire a&nbsp;#winning INTERN with&nbsp;#TigerBlood," the star tweeted. The winning candidate will monitor social media, "prepare for exciting online projects, and increase Charlie's base of followers." <em>TMZ</em> reported that over three days Sheen received more than 74,000 applications from 181 countries. But really...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 11 Mar 2011 13:00:00 -0500Replacing Charlie Sheen: 10 more shows that switched stars<img src="" /></P><p>After firing Charlie Sheen, CBS is looking to cast a new actor for its cash-cow comedy "Two and a Half Men." Critics wonder if the show can go on without Sheen, but television history is peppered with programs that have lost marquee names and continued, successfully or otherwise. Here, ten shows that lived on after losing a top star:</p><p><strong>1. "Bewitched" (1964-1972)</strong><br /> Dick York played Darrin Stephens, a mortal married to a witch, on the beloved ABC sitcom from 1964 until 1969. He had to quit due to a back injury he suffered during a film shoot years earlier, and producers quickly hired Dick Sargent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 10 Mar 2011 16:45:00 -0500Who should replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'?<img src="" /></P><p>Charlie Sheen may (or may not) be a "Vatican assassin warlock," but he most certainly is out of a job. While Sheen considers his next steps now that he's officially been fired from CBS' "Two and a Half Men," producers of TV's number-one comedy are left looking for a way to keep the sitcom alive. TMZ reports that show creator Chuck Lorre has come up with a "short list of replacements" for Sheen (who himself replaced Michael J. Fox on "Spin City" for its final seasons). And, of course, commenters have been more than willing to offer their own suggestions. Here, the arguments for, and against, some...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 09 Mar 2011 13:54:00 -0500