Charlie Sheen and Other Topics

March 1, 2011

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Charlie Sheen

Yesterday, in the midst of the disaster that his life has become, Charlie Sheen demanded a 50% raise, to $3 million per episode, to continue starring in 2 1/2 Men.  I’ve never been one to begrudge entertainers and athletes their millions, but at some point, the producers have to decided whether it’s worth the headache at this point.    As it stands, the show is in end game, as Angus T. Jones (the kid) isn’t getting any younger – he won’t be half a man for many more years.  Perhaps it’s best to pull up stakes and reap the cash cow that is syndication.

Among the many strange comments Sheen has made during this time is his assertion that producer Chuck Lorre uses that name to hid his Jewish ancentry (his given name is Charles Michael Levine).  Apparently, nobody else in Hollywood uses screen names that mask their ancestry.  Good call, Charlie Sheen (given name Carlos Irwin Estevez).

Fact is, Chuck Lorre was a success before he began working with Charlie Sheen and he’ll continue to be a success after their partnership ends.  Can we can we say the same for Sheen?

(OK, time to catch your breath before the flood of Amazon affiliate links begin …)

The Oscars

I hear that the Academy Awards were held the other night.  I get bored to tears by award shows, so I only caught snippets of the broadcast.  I should probably make an effort to watch The King’s Speech at some point.  It seems like the type of flick I would like, in spite of the paucity of serial killers in the movie.  Another movie I wouldn’t mind seeing is Princess Ka’iulani – has anyone seen it?

Avril Lavigne

I generall y don’t get that excited about cd releases, but I am eagerly anticipating Avril Lavigne’s new disc, Goodbye Lullaby, which is due out on March 8.  Although my music tastes run very heavily toward country (Alabama, in particular), I’m also a fan of good music, regardless of genre, from Tchaikovsky to Jimmy Buffett to Bon Jovi.  Despite not being in her target demographic, I’ve been a fan of Lavigne’s since the first time I heard Sk8ter Boi, nearly a decade ago.

You might also want to check out the new country group The Band Perry.  You can find good prices on their disc everywhere (I paid $7.99 for my copy).  I’m a big fan of the song “If I Die Young.”

On the bookshelf

The time I spend writing means that I generally have limited time to read these days.  I finally finished up Jeffery Deaver’s newest Lincoln Rhyme book,  The Burning Wire.  The book features a villain who uses electricity as his weapon.  The book fell a bit short of expectations, but that’s more because of how high the previous books set the bar than a shortcoming of The Burning Wire.

I finally bit the bullet and bought the late Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, just to see what the fuss was about.  I don’t usually grab the popular books without a good reason, but when Silicon Valley Blogger over at The Digerati Life mentioned the book, I decided it was time to read it, since SVB and I have quite similar interests when it comes to literature and cinema.

I’ve also been attempting to read J.D. Salinger’s classic The Catcher in the Rye.  I really wanted to appreciate it as being a seminal American work, but it’s really not grabbing me.  If I didn’t “know” that the book was a classic, I would have long since abandoned it.

Speaking of abandoned tomes … I have been reading The Fountainhead since 1992 (very slowly).  After a recent restructuring of my library, the book has turned up missing.  If I can’t find it, maybe I’ll buy a new copy in another decade or so …

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Martin Kelly
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 13:47:11

    The King’s Speech was/is a great view. I am glad it got recognized, but then again I like those kinds of period pieces with obscure or shall we say boring topics. Haven’t seen the Princess movie yet.

    On books, I have tried reading the base material for movies. I read the original ‘I am Legend’, and have to admit the movie was better. The original material was the longes of a compilation of short stories. The rest of the compilation is not worth the read. I just finished ‘True Grit’. Each movie was faithul to the book in it’s own way. Both movies and the Book are well worth the time. I tried to read some of the other works of Charles Portis, unfortunatly his other works (‘Masters of Atlantis’ and ‘Gringos’ are the ones I sampled) were not as good. Currenly trying to digest ‘Cold Mountain’. My problem is I did not like the movie, so it is hard to disassociate the visuals from the text.

    I am not much of a music person any more. When I was younger, it was classical only. Now I just listen to whatever the wife or daughter has in the CD player.

    On the Charlie Sheen situation, all I can say is – Sad, just sad.


  2. Squeaky
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 16:09:56

    I haven’t seen the King’s Speech but would like to. The clips look pretty good.

    Charlie Sheen is a very talented actor and I respect that talent, but what an idiot. 2 1/2 men is about the only comedy I watch…ok, it’s one of the few tv shows I watch. It’s just a bummer that he has to ruin this for the other actors and the fans. It would be hard to act like more of a jackass than Sheen has. Now I’m hearing that he’s clean? I’m struggling with that.


  3. thelamest(dot)com
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 23:32:28

    I’ll cover off as many things as I can remember from your post in no particular order:

    – Kings Speech: great film! I put off seeing it for ages cause it looked boring. Very clever and engaging film.

    Charile Sheen: If he invested his money in something other then his nostrils and pros he’d be set for life and wouldn’t need to parade around like middle aged male version of Lindsey Lohan.

    – Oscars: I think social network probably should have taken best film (just) over Kings Speech.

    – Averil Lavigne: sorry I know I’ll sound like a jerk when I say this but I have to. I reckon you’re probably the only person who’s looking forward to her new CD. Her best work is behind her, and that was on those lame ass pimple ads.

    thanks for giving me the chance to vent! 🙂


  4. Superdave
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:27:06

    Being a western genre fan, I was kind of hoping that True Grit would win. However, I have to agree with the Acadamy, The Kings Speech was terrific. The acting was superb..both Colin Firth AND Geoffrey Rush. And I think that Rush was also just as deserving of the Best Supporting Actor award as Christian Bale. Bale, too, had a phenominal performance in The Fighter.


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