Even in bacchanalian Hollywood, few are more associated with the excesses of fame than Charlie Sheen — from his cameo in madam Heidi Fleiss‘ little black book to his chronic drug battles to more than one ex claiming that she’d been threatened or physically harmed by his outbursts. Now the 44-year-old Two and a Half Men star will likely serve jail time in connection with a Christmas Day fight with wife Brooke Mueller, whom he allegedly threatened with a knife (sentencing will take place July 12). So why such outrage over the antics of, say, championship-grade philanderer Tiger Woods, while Sheen is TV’s highest-paid actor on a No. 1 sitcom? The answer may lie in his choice of roles: Early on, he leaned into his natural tendencies, often playing cocky screwups with a dark side (Jennifer Grey’s police-station hookup in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). More recently, his beloved TV cads have taken few pains to hide their parallels with Sheen’s real-life persona: On Spin City, his skirt-chasing deputy mayor was named Charlie Crawford; on Two and a Half Men, his serial womanizer is named Charlie Harper. His troubles just seem an extension of the guys he plays; audiences have come to expect little else from him. It may finally be time for us to recognize, as a viewing public, that his actions carry consequences. — Jennifer Armstrong
In defense of Sex and the City 2. Seriously.
If you believed the reviews, then the whole Sex and the City kingdom, in a word, was over. The movie was Abu Dhabi doo-doo! I, however, will go on record and say: I am not tired of these ladies. I thought the scenes with Carrie and Big had a convincing and subtle domestic flow, and that the Abu Dhabi sequence, although 20 minutes too long, was funnier, more resonant, and more sustained than the Mexico sequence in the first film. I enjoyed Sex and the City 2 because I still relished the chance to bask in their quickness and silliness, their valor and confusion, their passion, their presence. I want to see what happens to them next…if there is a next. — Owen Gleiberman
Clip of the Week
Baby Gaga: ”Telephone” Memo to parents: You may think it’s cute when your children imitate the pop star/avant-garde performance-artist amalgam that is Lady Gaga, but it’s not as special as you believe it to be. It’s actually borderline creepy, mainly because Gaga is. We suggest a moratorium on all ”Telephone” parodies. You will never top the Afghanistan-based American soldiers doing it, no matter how cute your kids are. — Jennifer Armstrong
Top 3 Glee performances of Season 1
1 ”Don’t Stop Believin’ ”: The Journey song that started it all, and made us realize that we wanted more of these kids — and this show.
2 ”Bad Romance”: This rendition of Lady Gaga’s anti-love song had all of the drama, intensity, and ”theatricality” of the original.
3 ”Don’t Rain on My Parade”: Like Barbra Streisand before her, Rachel (Lea Michele) delivered when it mattered most. — Emily Exton and Tim Stack
Which was the best same-sex kiss last week?
Miley Cyrus and a backup dancer performing on Britain’s Got Talent 1%
Justin Long and Mike White in a video protesting California’s Proposition 8 6%
Jason Bateman and Dustin Hoffman on the Kiss Cam at a Lakers game 63%
Jonah Hill and Russell Brand on the Kiss Cam at the MTV Movie Awards 11%
Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock on stage at the MTV Movie Awards 19%
”[He’s] a con artist who makes you feel like he’s your best friend, but then takes your wallet, your keys to your house, and your car.”
— Royal Pains‘ Mark Feuerstein on his character’s errant father (played by Henry Winkler), who guests on the USA drama during season 2 (Thursdays, 10 p.m.)