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'American Idol': Was James Durbin's 'Pepsi moment' remark funny or insensitive?

Turns out last night’s American Idol came complete with a cup full o’ unexpected controversy. Following James Durbin’s performance of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),” the contestant told host Ryan Seacrest that he feared he would experience a “Pepsi moment” on stage, thanks to a healthy dose of hairspray and some pyrotechnics. Here’s where the controversy comes in (and no, it doesn’t surround the fact that Durbin said the dreaded “P-word” on the heavily Coke-branded show): For you youngins, “Pepsi moment” refers to an incident in 1984 when the late Michael Jackson suffered second-degree burns after pyrotechnics lit his hair on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial, an injury from which he reportedly never fully recovered.

Criticism surrounding the supposed insensitivity of Durbin’s comment — and the fact that Fox did not censor it during the West Coast feed — spread quickly throughout the Internet, with even Jackson’s family reportedly expressing anger about the remark. Fox is not commenting on the matter, but we’re going to toss this one to you, PopWatchers: Was Durbin’s quip in poor taste? Or are fans being oversensitive? Vote in our poll below. READ FULL STORY

Elizabeth Taylor and 'The Scandal of the Century': A look back at the romance that rocked the world

For the past 50 years, Cleopatra has remained the gold standard of Hollywood excess. The 1963 epic nearly sank Twentieth Century Fox. It took two-and-a-half years to shoot. It burned through two directors and two regime changes at the studio. Its budget rocketed from $2 million to a then-unthinkable $44 million. And, most famously, it left the marriages of its two stars — Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — in ashes. Nowadays, in an age when celebrity breakups and affairs are more or less routine happenings dissected and dispatched by the tabloids in the blink of an eye, we aren’t so easily shocked. But the early ’60s were a different time. And the titillating, tawdry gossip coming from the Roman set of Cleopatra was like catnip for the world. Once they’d had a taste of Liz and Dick and ‘Le Scandale,’ celebrity would never be the same again.

Cleopatra was already off to an inauspicious start by the time the production got to Rome’s Cinecitta studios in 1961. READ FULL STORY

Tiger Woods on Fallon: Not Hugh Grant on Leno, sadly

On Wednesday’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Tiger Woods made his first late appearance since his scandal. Anyone expecting Jimmy Fallon to ask him “What the hell were you thinking?” (what Jay Leno inquired of Hugh Grant in 1995) was probably disappointed. Fallon did address the scandal, in a roundabout way, choosing to open with, “It’s been a year and a half since you were on our show… what have you been up to?” Woods’ response: “Uh, nothin’. Nothin’. Playin’ bad golf.”

We do have to give props to Fallon for thanking Woods, ad nauseum, for the gift he gave late night shows. “I want to say thank you for having the courage to come on a late night comedy program…. It must have been a painful and awful situation, the whole thing you went through, but from a comedian’s standpoint, and my monologue writers’, thank you so much. That was some of the greatest comedy we did ever. I mean, you must have heard every golf joke in history, but that is like a magical thing to happen, your awful pain. And we laughed at your pain, and I mean, not even making jokes — it kinda wrote itself. I mean, ‘balls,’ ‘shaft,’ ‘holes,’ ‘foursomes.’ I mean, it really writes itself. I just want to say, thank you. thank you, thank you.” Woods laughed heartily and said, “You got it.”

Surprisingly, that’s when Woods looked the most relaxed. READ FULL STORY

Who should replace Charlie Sheen? Poll!

two-and-a-half-replacementImage Credit: Mitchell Haddad/CBSIn a PopWatch poll earlier this week, 46 percent of readers though Two and a Half Men should continue with a replacement for Charlie Sheen. (Eighteen percent thought CBS should continue producing new episodes of TV’s top comedy without replacing him, and 36 percent thought the show was kaput without him.) As EW’s Lynette Rice points out, Spin City and Cheers did it. Even though Chuck Lorre created the show with Sheen in mind, who’s to say he couldn’t get inspired by another actor (or actress, as EW’s Jennifer Armstrong has suggested)? Let’s take it to a vote with the 10 suggestions below culled from reader picks and my brain. (I’m leaving in Rob Lowe and John Stamos even though those actual rumors have been shot down, because, well, things could always change.)  READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen fired: Should 'Two and a Half Men' live on without him?

Two-Half-Men-CryerImage Credit: Greg Gayne/CBSLet’s start with the facts: Charlie Sheen was the highest-paid actor on television… who has now been fired… from the highest-rated sitcom on TV. Now the question: Should Two and a Half Men live on without its biggest draw? (That is, if we judge by paydays. We still love you, though, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.) Granted, it’s unlikely we would have seen Charlie Harper in the same light had Sheen not been let go from the show after we witnessed his recent “winning” (losing?) media blitz. But from a pure business standpoint, it seems a risk to go on without him — yet also a risk not to go on without him. Airing a Sheen-less Two and a Half Men means airing a show without its biggest star, who would disappear suddenly and noticeably from the plot. But not airing a Sheen-less Two and a Half Men means risking losing a show with a massive built-in audience. (After all, after Valerie Harper’s contentious exit from Valerie in 1987, the show lived on an additional four seasons, albeit retitled as The Hogan Family with star Sandy Duncan.) Oy, my head hurts. What to do, PopWatchers? Tell me how to think in the poll below. And for more on Sheen, visit our Charlie Sheen hub. READ FULL STORY

Jon Cryer plays Ellen DeGeneres' receptionist in sketch: 'I needed the work'

Take a look at that, eh? A different Two and a Half Men star has made a headline! After a week of nothing but Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, Jon Cryer (a.k.a. the one without warlock wings) has stepped into the spotlight, appearing in a sketch that will air on Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show that pokes fun at his currently unemployment. (Following Charlie Sheen’s combative radio interviews, CBS shut down filming on the final eight episodes of the season.) In the sketch, Cryer plays DeGeneres’ new receptionist: “I needed the work,” he shrugs, shortly after DeGeneres applauds his work ethic by telling him, “You do the work of two and a half men!” Tune in today to find out if the two dance enthusiasts pas de deux to “Try a Little Tenderness.” Watch the clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Why not replace Charlie Sheen... with a woman?

Charlie-HarperImage Credit: Keadrick D. Washington/PR Photos; Greg Gayne/CBS; Keadrick D. Washington/PR PhotosYes, yes, I know the show is called Two and a Half Men. But with all this speculation about the show’s future after this week’s crazytalk press tour — and many mentioning John Stamos (though sources say no such thing is imminent) — just for kicks, I’d like to throw out a different idea: How about we make it 1.5 men plus a lady? I won’t insist on the awkward title change — the thing’s a huge hit, let’s keep the name recognition! — but putting a woman in top billing on TV’s No. 1 comedy would provide at least the tiniest bit of karmic payback for Sheen and his alleged bad behavior. As The New York Times‘ David Carr pointed out, until this week, “the business interests — hundreds of millions in broadcast and syndication revenue will be lost if the show is gone for good — continued to prevail even as he terrorized the women in his life,” and he only got himself fired now by insulting his (male) boss. READ FULL STORY

Charlie, The Sheen Is Gone: No amount of rehab -- drug, image, or otherwise -- can repair his reputation

charlie-sheenImage Credit: RS/X17online.comI got a very big kick out of Charlie Sheen for a very long time. I don’t mean I thought he was a good guy or an upstanding citizen, or that I was a huge fan of Two and a Half Men. But Sheen himself was fascinating: a celebrity unhinged and uninterested in making himself warm and fuzzy to the public. He has never seemed admirable or even decent, but he was authentic and never boring. We imagined we might live the way he did, if we were powerful and beloved and exceedingly wealthy and free of conscience or any moral code whatsoever — sex, drugs, world-class hotels. And except for the occasional arrest or stint in rehab, he always ended up back on our TVs, hitting his marks on his top-rated series, playing a PG-13-rated version of himself.

But the Good Time Charlie we believed in was laid to rest by his mind-boggling radio and morning-television media tour. READ FULL STORY

Sheen pal Alex Jones lashes out on 'The View'

Alex Jones, the radio host largely responsible for this week’s Charlie Sheen Warlock Tour media circus, went on The View today to thoroughly piss off four women and prompt the saddest face Barbara Walters has ever made. Jones vehemently corroborated his pal Sheen’s unique worldview and insisted that all of Sheen’s recent gloppy word salads were filled with the truth. “He’s tired of being judged and held up as the ultimate demon of this world,” explained Jones. “He didn’t kill people in Iraq. He’s not responsible for the takedown of [World Trade Center] Building 7…. We’ve got banks bankrupting the United States. He didn’t steal $23.7 trillion.” READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen on 'Today': 'It's $3 mil an episode, take it or leave it'

today-show-charlie-sheenThe Charlie Sheen Warlock tour kicked off on the Today Show this morning with an interview between the Two and a Half Men star and NBC’s Jeff Rossen. Sheen addressed some of the huge questions surrounding the “war” he has declared against CBS and Men executive producer Chuck Lorre, including his recent self-treatment for what remains a rather ill-defined ailment. Sheen told Rossen he doesn’t remember the last time he did drugs (results of a drug test revealed on GMA this morning also indicate that he is clean), and said he has rejected the “fiction” of Alcoholics Anonymous and its “5 percent success rate.” Instead, he created the Sober Valley Lodge in his own home, he told Rossen, and wouldn’t allow AA to be any part of it. “Their primary client achieved radical success,” Sheen said of Sober Lodge (which, again, is his house). When Rossen asked if relapse was an issue, Sheen replied that relapse was only for “Fools, trolls, weak, defeated — they allowed defeat to be an option. I will not.” READ FULL STORY

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