10 items from 2015
CBS' "Two and a Half Men" ended on Thursday (February 19) night after 12 seasons and a whopping 262 episodes. It was a show that relied heavily on puns and hack dirty jokes, a sitcom that went on far too long -- between five years and 12 years, depending on who you ask -- and ground a premise that was almost impossible to logically justify into the ground. But don't take my word for it. Ask "Two and a Half Men"! Thursday's two-part "Of Course He's Dead" finale may not have been great art, but it was an amusingly self-conscious conclusion built around an unfulfilled promise that at least punished the principals responsible for that unfulfilled promise. And if a finale featuring two people crushed by pianos isn't love, it'll have to do until the real thing comes along. [In other news, the series finale of "Parks and Recreation" is less than a week away and I somehow assume it will be the real thing. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Welcome to the February 12, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story? Beyonce gets a smack-down from Huffington Post contributor Kim Lute. Oh boy, does Kim go after Beyonce here. In an impassioned article posted today, the Peabody-winning journalist takes aim at the singer's performance of the classic Mahalia Jackson gospel song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at Sunday's Grammys: "The performance of this iconic song, of which Beyoncé and her family apparently believes is uniquely theirs alone -- though it's sung almost universally at black funerals and churches -- should have been fraught with significance," she writes. And then, more damningly: "And if, as Beyoncé contends, this song means so very much to her why hasn't she sung it on any of her 200 albums? Could her performance have merely hinted at an exaggerated sense of self-worth that »
- Chris Eggertsen
The firestorm of controversy surrounding Brian Williams' six-month suspension from NBC News has polarized people's opinions of the Nightly News anchor, but the embattled newsman has gotten a show of support from an unlikely source: Charlie Sheen.
Dear Mr. Williams,
Sorry to bother you during this most surreal, unjust and mercurial moment in your awesome life.
First off, Thank You, for 24 years of inimitable professionalism and top shelf brilliance, as a stone cold passion driven and (Perfectly) fact based journalist. Secondly, Thank »
Brian Williams appears to be winning, at least in one sitcom star's eyes. Anger Management actor Charlie Sheen is staunchly on the embattled Nightly News anchor's side after NBC's decision to suspend him for six months without pay. Williams has been under fire after telling a false story about a 2003 helicopter ride during the Iraq invasion, for which he has since apologized on air. Read More Michael Wolff Offers Solution to the Brian Williams Problem: End 'Nightly News' In a lengthy Twitter missive, Sheen thanked Williams for "24 years of inimitable professionalism and top shelf brilliance, as a stone-
- Ryan Gajewski
We’re back with another horror news round-up. This time around we have two new photos from Tremors 5, a recently released poster for the all-female directed horror anthology film, Xx, as well as a look at the upcoming Zombie Strike Doominator Nerf gun.
The Graboids are back to snack on unlucky surface dwellers once again in Tremors 5, but standing in their way as always is the indomitable Burt Gummer (Michael Gross), along with his new pal, Travis (Jamie Kennedy). Two photos from Tremors 5 were recently revealed, giving us a fresh look at Gross and Kennedy in the fifth installment of the horror/sci-fi franchise that’s due out later this year.
“With even more deadly creatures on the loose, Tremors 5 continues the films’ hallmark combination of adrenaline-laced suspense, »
- Derek Anderson
FX Networks has an aggressive plan to expand its comedy biz in 2015. This year the cabler will launch two series that aim to follow the lead of critically-hailed game changer “Louie,” and Fox’s flagship cabler will take bigger steps to differentiate the branding between comedies on the mothership channel and its Fxx offspring.
The latter half of that strategy began in earnest this week with the debut of “Man Seeking Woman,” a surrealist look at the dating lives of a group of twentysomethings starring Jay Baruchel (“This Is the End”) and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. The half-hour follows Fxx flagship series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” a cult favorite that is now entering its tenth season as a remarkably steady ratings performer.
The wacky narcissists on “Sunny” find themselves arrested for arson one week and hooked on crack the next, while when Baruchel says he’s dating »
- Geoff Berkshire
Another celebrity recently insulted Kim Kardashian and he comes in the form of Charlie Sheen. The 49-year-old actor, who previously starred on CBS' Two and a Half Men and most recently on the FX series Anger Management, went on a wild rant against the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star on Twitter after she allegedly declined to sign an autograph for a young fan.
Charlie Sheen is sorry for his mean tweets.
He wrote that the girl "cries about it every night before she goes to sleep" before he called her butt "gross" and then said, "Your public loves u. Give something back or go f yourself."
Now, he's using Twitter again with the hashtag #ShutUpSheen to apologize for his Kim K rant. In his public apology to the reality star, he writes, "I heard a story that bothered me, wrote some trash you didn't deserve. Ever. I'm an idiot as often as I'm a genius."
Dear Kim, my extreme bad. really embarrassed by my actions. I was already pissed about some other crap that … http://t.co/tbbqZ9qOG5
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) January 6, 2015
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Perhaps #ShutUpSheen will start to trend? (His words, not ours, folks.) Charlie Sheen is putting his virtual foot in his mouth yet again after posting a series of expletive tweets aimed at Kim Kardashian. The tweets have since been deleted and the Anger Management star has apologized on the social media site...so what happened?! The 49-year-old actor opted to put his beef with Kim on blast in the early hours of Tuesday morning, accusing the E! star of ignoring a 6-year-old fan who wanted an autograph. Unsurprisingly, there's no truth to the fabricated story, which Sheen later acknowledged on his Twitter account and in case there was any further concern, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians »
During the hot topics segment, Cantone brought up a deleted Twitter rant from the “Anger Management” actor about Kim Kardashian. Sheen called E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star’s bottom “gross” and “giggly” [sic] after she reportedly denied an autograph for a 6-year-old fan.
“Her ass can clap itself when she jumps up and down. It can giggle and jiggle. It talks and says, ‘Feed me,'” Cantone joked.
See photos: 7 Juicy ‘Bachelor’ Scandals: From a Venezuelan’s Gay Slur to »
- Alicia Banks
10 items from 2015
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