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Charlie Sheen fires second 'Torpedo': Chicago hits closer to mark

Early reports coming in from Chicago say Charlie Sheen presented a revamped and improved show for the second performance of his My Torpedo of Truth Tour.

Sheen took the stage at the Chicago Theatre on Sunday night with a show that featured fewer video clips than his debut and had the actor telling anecdotes from his life (hmm, why do those changes sound familiar?). Plus, Sheen ditched the comedian stand-up act and added a Q&A segment with an interviewer.

Despite the fixes, Sheen blamed reaction to the Detroit show not on himself, but on the opening night audience. Sheen reportedly urged the audience “not to become (expletive) Detroit tonight. Let’s show Detroit how it’s (expletive) done.” Some audience members chanted “Detroit sucks.”

According to TMZ, Sheen told stories about smoking weed with Chris Penn and said he would return to Two and a Half Men, but called the folks who run the show “blood suckers.” During a Q&A segment, Sheen was asked why he pays for sex and replied “because I had millions to blow; I ran out of things to buy.”

More reviews: “Doomed to fail as a live act” says Chicago Sun Times, but “it got the job done” says Chicago Trib and CNN says “funny, funny Charlie.”

Overall, it sounds like the performance was a step up from the spectacular Detroit boo-fest.

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5 ways to fix Charlie Sheen's live tour

No refunds! That fine print policy is doubtless going through the minds of some fans who are holding tickets for Charlie Sheen’s Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour following the Warlock-In-Chief’s opening night reviews in Detroit (all the gory details here). But could the show be saved? Improved? Made, if not actually great, at least not so … intensely boo-able? Here are some suggestions: READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen's Detroit disaster: Boos, walkouts for Torpedo of Truth

First the U.S. automaker recession, and now this. Charlie Sheen unleashed his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour on the Motor City on Saturday night before a crowd that greeted the actor with an adoring standing ovation and concluded with booing and walkouts. The padded and disjointed show was a hodgepodge of video clips and Sheen-isms that felt hastily assembled and misjudged the patience of even the hardest of hardcore fans. Below is our on-the-scene progressive timeline of disaster from Detroit:

7:50 p.m. ET — Lovefest: Outside Fox Theater, Melissa Shovlin and Haley Clark — two young women wearing homemade “Winning!” T-shirts (see picture below) — are asked what they expected from the show. “We have no idea,” says Shovlin. “That’s part of the excitement.” Is she concerned about Sheen’s mental state, given his recent tendency toward multimedia outbursts? “Everybody is a little crazy,” she shrugs off. She also notes, “I think in this environment, he’ll be a little more free to jump around like a snake in a chair.”

Geoff Resek, an attendee from Connecticut, declares that Sheen will use his theatrical performance “to prove he’s completely sober, because he wants to win.” In general, the atmosphere outside is irony-free: People are here because they find Sheen hilarious, because they have always found Sheen hilarious, and because they are officially in support of his “winning” transformation. They are more devoted to Sheen than the media, but they simultaneously are taking him less seriously.

Inside the theater, the program for the evening (which cost $20) features a collection of Sheen’s radio quips — “I’m on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen” — and pictures of the actor. The T-shirts are selling briskly. A popular one for $30 declares “F—ing Brilliant!”

7:59 — You cannot walk through the crowd without hearing someone say “Winning.” There are girls wearing tiger-striped pants, and assorted custom Sheen quips T-shirts. The Midwestern crowd has come from all over, devout followers of the Vatican’s most famous assassin.

8:13 — The show is supposed to start at 8 p.m. A geeky comedian who is decisively not Charlie Sheen comes on stage and begins a set. There is some booing from the audience, followed by chanting: “Charlie! Charlie!” The booing gets louder.

8:17 — The comedian starts a joke: “I found out exactly how I’m going to die–” Someone in the audience yells, “Yeah, on stage!” Note to comedians: If Charlie Sheen asks you to open for him, say “No.”

8:19 — Here is just a sample of this painful opening act: “Shouldn’t they call the defibrillator a difibra-now?” Sheen himself comes out to defend the comic, telling the audience to give him a chance. The actor receives a standing ovation. Sheen says that he’ll be right back out, and exits. The comedian continues his set. Problem: This is a rock-concert atmosphere, and nobody wants a stand-up act. They’re here for the warlock.

8:30 – The comedian has been literally booed off the stage.

8:32 — That’s weird. The lights have come back up, and the audience is waiting again. Everyone is confused — it’s not clear why the show started and then stopped again. So far, this has the makings of a disaster, the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark of celebrity stage acts.

8:53 — The show officially begins with a mock iPhone ad, advertising the “MaSheen.” This app will be used throughout the show to introduce each segment. Two attractive scantily clad women — contest winners Kelly Jean and Lisa Jaques — come on stage to sing the national anthem before a waving flag. They’re not exactly great singers. “Do it topless!” one audience member shouts.

8:58 — Film clips are playing on screen. Die Hard, Midnight Express, Taxi Driver, Animal House, Sheen’s own Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and (of course) Apocalypse Now. There’s no context, just the violent clips. One imagines it’s like being inside Sheen’s fever dream and the experience is taking on a Clockwork Orange quality.

9:00 — Two goddesses are now making out on stage. And finally, Charlie Sheen returns. He holds up a sports shirt of the style that’s worn by his Two and a Half Men character and puts it on. The audience gamely boos. The Two and a Half Men theme song plays and is intercut with a scene from a classic film of a man screaming “Turn it off!” Then Sheen grabs a Detroit Tigers shirt instead. The crowd roars and gives him a standing ovation. Regarding the Men shirt, Sheen says, “Take that out and burn it.” On video, the girls burn the shirt backstage.

9:07 — Sheen steps behind a presidential-style podium that proclaims “Warlock States of Sheen.” Guitarist Robert Patterson is playing on stage. Sheen begins a lengthy speech in his newfound Malibu Messiah semi-coherent metaphor-stuffed neo-Hunter S. Thompson style, talking about his “napalm-dripping brain.” “I’m here to solve a portion of this grand mystery,” he says.

9:08 — Sheen: “I am finally here to identify and train the Vatican assassin locked inside each and every one of you.”

9:10 — Sheen’s promises are largely incomprehensible, though they at least seem intentionally so: “Freedom from monkey-eyed…sweat-eating whores. Freedom from the dour and sour taste of malignant reproach…. I’m a giant and leaky bag of mayhem.”

9:13 – Sheen: “They took my awesome children… They took my sometimes bitchin’ job… And when they thought there was nothing left, they tried to take my heart and brain and titanium spine. But they could not.” Audience growing restless. This show is all pump-up, no narrative.

9:15 — Okay, nobody understands a word Sheen is saying. “Is anybody else as confused by this s— as I am?” he finally asks. There are roars from the crowd. “I wrote every word!” Later, a cabdriver tells me that it’s about this time that angry fans began walking out of the theater.  READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen's live tour: Our top 5 predictions

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Charlie Sheen kicks off his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour Saturday night in Detroit, and nobody is sure what to expect. How will the actor transform his new-found gonzo blend of celebrity bridge-burning mania to the stage? Is VTOT a drama? Spoken word? Avant-garde? A musical? A comedy? Or will Sheen combine all of the above into an unholy theatrical stew? Here’s our ideas …

– Drama: An Oedipal Complex theme is on full display during a stunning adaptation of Apocalypse Now that concludes with Sheen’s machete take-down of a Chuck Lorre look-alike.

– Musical: A chorus line of dancing warlocks casts a spell on a delighted audience. READ FULL STORY

'Lost II?' 'Glee' crossover? 12 traffic-bait headlines we'd like to see

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Been a bit slow lately aside from the Mad Men drama. So in honor of April Fools Day, below is our prayer to the TV gods: A dirty dozen of online traffic-boosting headlines we’d like to see:

Lost prequel announced: Peninsula-set reboot to explain everything

– NBC reveals shocking new The Office boss: Dave Chappelle!

– Fox: “We screwed up, let’s bring back Firefly

– The Glee and Grey’s Anatomy crossover wedding: Yes, it’s happening! READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen to appear on Drew Carey's new show

Charlie Sheen is returning to series television for one night… on GSN… on an improv show. The actor will appear on Drew Carey’s upcoming Improv-A-Ganza, a new primetime daily strip series that’s shot before a live audience at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Those expecting the latest round of Sheen mania, however, will likely be disappointed. The network says the episode was taped in January, back in those innocent carefree days before we knew about warlocks and tiger blood. Sheen’s episode airs April 12.

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Court denies Charlie Sheen's attempt to halt arbitration of Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre lawsuit

It was anything but a #winning moment today for the Charlie Sheen legal team, after a Los Angeles judge denied a request that would have halted arbitration in Sheen’s lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre.

Sheen’s team had filed a request for a temporary restraining order against JAMS, the arbitration firm in charge of handling the contract dispute, claiming their client wants his day in court, according to the Los Angeles Times. With that request now denied, his counsel will reportedly continue their quest and take the matter up with the original judge assigned to the $100-million lawsuit. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. claims the actor’s contract calls for arbitration to resolve disputes.

Sheen filed the lawsuit March 10 following several tumultuous weeks of back-and-forth between Sheen and his now former employers.

The suit, which Sheen filed on behalf of himself and the Two and a Half Men crew, claimed Lorre and the studio “conspire[d]” to “attribute the suspension of the series and termination of Mr. Sheen’s contract on Mr. Sheen’s alleged statements, conduct, and condition, despite the fact that Mr. Sheen is in compliance with his contract.” Lorre’s lawyer later called the allegations “fantasy.”

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Could Charlie Sheen return to 'Two and a Half Men'?

How unlikely can something be and still be within the realm of possibility?

That’s the impression we’re getting about the current reports that Charlie Sheen could get his job back on Two and a Half Men.

The story was launched by a Radar Online story and also NBC News reporter Jeff Rossen posting the following to Twitter: “Sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back. Discussions ongoing. Not a done deal.”

The first flag that goes up when one reads this is that it’s Warner Bros. who does the hiring and firing on Men, not CBS, though the broadcast network is hardly a silent partner. Indeed, Rossen later clarified that CBS wants Sheen back “IF Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre, and Sheen can settle [their] differences” (even all-caps don’t do that “IF” justice). The news also comes on the heels of reports that Sheen met with executives at Fox. It could be, some speculate, that Camp Sheen is engaged in a whisper campaign to try and drive up the actor’s price in the marketplace. The actor apparently met with HD Net chairman Mark Cuban today, with the executive telling Access Hollywood:  “What we do with Charlie will be interesting to see. We’re going to meet, today actually, and talk some more about what those opportunities are. You know, Charlie’s a smart guy and I don’t think he’s getting nearly as much credit as he deserves for just how much he’s manipulating the media and those around him to his benefit and I think that would make a good reality show.”

CBS and Warner Bros. had no comment the rumors. But one line of thought goes like this: READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen special coming to TLC -- EXCLUSIVE

But of course it is!

TLC has ordered Charlie Sheen: On the Brink, an hour-long documentary about the unraveling of Charlie Sheen’s career and public image. The special will include news footage and original interviews, tracing the actor’s story from his childhood all the way to… well, whatever madcap stuff is happening in Sheen’s world right before the program airs (if the program were on VH1, it might be called Behind the Winning). The special includes reporter Jeff Rossen’s exclusive details about Sheen’s life and Mackenzie Phillips discussing life as a celebrity on drugs and recovery.

The special is produced in association with NBC News and airs on TLC on March 20 at 10 p.m.

Charlie Sheen's 'trailer' driven off Warner Bros. lot -- PHOTOS

Charlie Sheen’s “trailer” has left the Warner Bros. lot, where it was parked for years beside the Two and a Half Men stage.

The vehicle is a bus that Sheen converted into a “total hang-out pad,” and it nested beside Stage 26 for the actor’s use during breaks while shooting Men. It was going to be towed, but Sheen sent a repairman to fix it up so it could be driven home on March 10 with dignity.

Still, having your trailer driven off the lot is the celebrity version of packing up your desk and carrying the box out the door. Here are some exclusive pics. It’s the end of an era, the Sheenpocalypse Now version of the last helicopter leaving Saigon. Winning? READ FULL STORY

Police confiscate gun and ammo from Charlie Sheen's home

Police visited the home of Charlie Sheen Thursday night to investigate a possible violation of a temporary restraining order, according to People magazine. “It came to the attention of the LAPD that Sheen is the registered owner of firearms,” the police said in a statement late Thursday night. Sheen was not arrested or detained, but the police confiscated bullets and an antique gun, which are prohibited as part of a pending custody agreement with his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen later tweeted that “the LAPD were AWESOME. Absolute pros! they can protect and serve this Warlock anytime!!! c.” He followed later with, “50 cops in my home. they all left. I’m still here. WINNING? 24/7.”

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Jon Cryer: 'I am a troll.'

Jon Cryer went on TBS’ Conan tonight to address comments his former Two and a Half Men costar Charlie Sheen recent made about him, namely that Cryer is, among other things, a “troll.” Although Cryer did recently appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a receptionist because he “needed the work,” this marks the first time the actor has directly addressed the Sheen media maelstrom of the last two weeks. And frankly, his remarks are quite shocking. Check out the video below:  READ FULL STORY

Chuck Lorre slams Charlie Sheen's lawsuit as 'fantasy'

Two and a Half Men executive producer Chuck Lorre fired back at Charlie Sheen via after the actor filed a $100 million dollar lawsuit against him and Warner Bros. today.

Lorre’s attorney Howard Weitzman issued the following statement: READ FULL STORY

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