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November 30, 2011 |
Patrice O'Neal, 41, a veteran stand-up comic who gained a wider following through TV and radio and helped roast Charlie Sheen in September, died Tuesday from complications of a stroke he suffered last month. O'Neal's manager, Jonathan Brandstein, said he died at a New York-area hospital. O'Neal grew up in Boston and started his stand-up career there. He appeared on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman's late-night TV shows and was a frequent guest on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show on Sirius XM. His performance was a highlight of the Comedy Central roast of Sheen, who had been fired from the hit CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men. " O'Neal had half-hour specials on Showtime and HBO and was the host of "Web Junk 20" on VH1. He also acted in the TV series "Arrested Development," "Chappelle's Show" and "The Office.
November 20, 2011 |
Television personality Brooke Mueller has sold the gated Los Feliz home she once shared with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen , for an undisclosed amount. The buyer is actor Simon Helberg of "The Big Bang Theory. " The restored 4,179-square-foot villa has four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. A fountain stands in the tiled front courtyard of the Mediterranean-style home, built in 1927. Inside, the dramatic two-story entry has wood floors and a vaulted ceiling. The step-down living room features a fireplace and wood-beamed ceiling.
November 16, 2011 |
Television personality Brooke Mueller has sold the gated Los Feliz home she once shared with her ex-husband Charlie Sheen for an undisclosed amount. The buyer is actor Simon Helberg of "The Big Bang Theory. " The restored 4,179-square-foot villa has four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. A fountain stands in the tiled front courtyard of the Mediterranean-style home, built in 1927. Inside, the dramatic two-story entry has wood floors and a vaulted ceiling. The step-down living room features a fireplace and wood-beamed ceiling.
October 23, 2011 |
Millions of us will gather in just a few days to observe a ritual that some have been anticipating all year. We'll spend our savings, experience a sugar rush and garb ourselves in garments inspired by our favorite characters. We'll dress up like Angry Birds or march around in tracksuits in an attempt to channel Sue Sylvester or we'll don a winged helmet à la Captain America. We are, of course, talking about Halloween, a holiday that will be celebrated by more than 160 million Americans, according to the National Retail Federation, which also predicts that we'll spend almost $7 billion on merchandise, $1.2 billion of that for costumes.
September 30, 2011 |
The results of the first couple of weeks of the fall TV season are in, and there are some surprises. For the first time in its 25-year history, Fox won premiere week among young adults, which cements the network's dominance in the main demographic that drives ad spending and programming decisions across the industry. It looks like it has a good shot at taking the second week as well, thanks in part to a youth-oriented sitcom sleeper hit, "New Girl," with Zooey Deschanel — already the first new show to get a full-season order.
September 28, 2011 |
The dinosaurs may have roamed in prime time, but Ashton Kutcher's roar was louder. Fox's dino-epic "Terra Nova" got off to a decent if unspectacular start Monday night, proving no match for CBS' "Two and a Half Men," which remained strong in Week 2 with new costar Kutcher. The heavily publicized two-hour premiere of "Terra Nova," the long-anticipated time-travel drama from executive producer Steven Spielberg and already one of the most expensive series in TV history, averaged 9.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
September 27, 2011 |
Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. Television and "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre have officially made peace and settled their legal differences. Sheen has been at odds with the studio and Lorre since early this year after Warner Bros. shut down production of the CBS sitcom to force Sheen to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. Warner Bros. later fired the actor after he publicly criticized the studio and Lorre. Although none of the parties would comment on the deal, last week the Los Angeles Times reported that Sheen would receive $25 million to settle the matter.
September 26, 2011 |
It saddens and pains me to say it, but the granddaddy of all Halloween theme park events has gotten tired, old and complacent. After 39 years, Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm looks like a creaky, middle-aged zombie that's lost its will to rise from the grave every night. > Halloween Haunt 2011 preview: Mazes | Shows | Photos I'm not sure whether to blame the malaise on contemptuous familiarity, increased competition or just a slow night on an opening weekend, but the Buena Park theme park that set the bar for haunted attraction excellence has become overrun with interchangeable mazes full of indistinguishable monsters.
September 21, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Despite record ratings for "Two and a Half Men. ", Charlie Sheen fans aren't happy about Ashton Kutcher. ( Los Angeles Times ) Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is working the apology circuit. ( Los Angeles Times ) The first celeb was booted from "Dancing With the Stars. " ( Los Angeles Times ) "The X-Factor": "American Idol: Part 2"? ( Los Angeles Times ) Gordon Ramsay is getting another reality show: "Hotel Hell.