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Apr032011

Charlie Sheen Bombs at Detroit Debut of 'My Violent Torpedo of Truth'

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(DETROIT) -- Charlie Sheen doesn’t appear to be winning anymore.

After all but getting booed off stage at the Detroit debut of his live show, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option," it's unclear if or how Sheen's month-long tour will proceed.

Ticket holders milled about the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit before the 8 p.m. start time, sometimes yelling Sheen catch phrases like "tiger blood" and "winning" to rev up fellow attendees. As of Saturday afternoon, all 4,700 seats at the theater had been sold. However, some didn't stay occupied for long. Even before Sheen took the stage close to 9 p.m., the mood in the auditorium went sour. The warm up comedian, Kurt Fox, drew a chorus of boos so loud that Sheen came out before his scheduled intro to ask the audience to play nice.

Sheen managed to up the crowd's enthusiasm for the start of his act. Before his official debut, he played a montage of video clips including scenes from Apocalypse Now, the film starring Sheen's father that Sheen claims to be obsessed with. He then strutted on stage with his "goddesses," Bree Olsen and Natalie Kenly, who proceeded to engage in a passionate kiss, much to the delight of the crowd. They then went backstage to burn a bowling shirt similar to the one Sheen wore on Two and a Half Men.

The spectacle mirrored the ranting and raving Sheen's done online and in interviews over the past few weeks. But after that, things took a turn for the weird.

Sheen stood at a podium in front of a pseudo-presidential looking seal saying "Warlock States of Sheen" and launched into a nonsensical speech seemingly directed at his critics.

He started, "Tonight I am delivered by cyber cloud, with the stomp and glisten of heaven's produce section." He then talked about burning something "down from the mount of olive" and "gasoline rainbows." He frequently damned "trolls" -- presumably, Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and his former bosses at CBS and Warner Brothers. He called Sarah Palin a "whore" for no apparent reason.

The audience seemed confused. They started to boo, loudly. Sheen pushed back, saying "I already got your money, dude." All tickets stipulated that no refunds would be granted.

Throughout the night, the booing intensified, and people began streaming out of the theater. At one point, Sheen asked audience members to raise their hands if they've ever done crack. When few hands went up, Sheen said he was "surprised because Detroit seems like a good place to get crack." That was met with a crush of expletives from the crowd.

The night's rumored special guest, rapper Snoop Dogg, didn't show. A little more than an hour into his act, Sheen offered up a video of Snoop singing the song they recorded together, "Winning." After that, the house lights came on; the show was over. By that point, it looked like 50 percent of the theater had emptied out.

Sheen returned with Olsen and Kenly 15 minutes after most of the crowd left to thank his "true fans" -- the stragglers remaining near the stage. He said that the show is still something of an experiment and that it will get better; he shook a few hands. When forlorn fans started shouting "refund," he left for good.

Sheen is due in Chicago on Sunday, and then in New York, Boston and other cities in the upcoming weeks. His publicist did not immediately respond to ABC News’ question about whether those shows are still on.

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Saturday
Apr022011

Locked Out NFL Players Try Soccer, Boxing and 'Dancing’

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If your boss told you that you could not show up for work, what would you do? Take a vacation? Write that novel you've always been meaning to get to? How about get a new job?

For NFL players, that question is more than just hypothetical during their league's labor stoppage. Unlike most Americans, they may not have to take a new job to pay the bills, but some are finding interesting ways to stay busy.

Take the Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Ochocinco, never shy when it comes to self-promotion. Known for his fancy footwork on the field, this month the wide receiver traded one type of football for another. The wide receiver tried out for a spot on Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team, saying that soccer always has been his first love.

Tommy Zbikowski of the Baltimore Ravens is back in the ring, boxing professionally in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Ravens safety was an amateur boxer while he played college football at Notre Dame. He said he's trying to work his way up to being a legitimate contender. Zbikowski has won both of his professional fights since the lockout started, and his football bosses in Baltimore are cheering him on. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti thinks Zbikowski's career as a pugilist is "awesome."

Super Bowl champion Hines Ward swapped his cleats for dancing shoes and is competing on this season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

There's no end in sight in the labor dispute between the owners and players, and some believe the legal battle could last for several months in court. Now in its third week, the NFL lockout has given hundreds of athletes some unexpected free time. The athletes cannot contact their coaches and they cannot work out at the team's facilities.

But with questions about whether the NFL's strict personal conduct code is still in effect during the lockout, other players are finding it hard to stay out of trouble.

Tampa Bay's Aqib Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a domestic incident. Green Bay's Johnny Jolly was arrested in Houston for possession of 600 grams of codeine.

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Friday
Apr012011

Kim Cattrall: What Happened to 'Sex and the City's Samantha Jones?'

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For years, Kim Cattrall attracted a huge fan base on Sex and the City with her portrayal of Samantha Jones, a shamelessly confident "cougar" who wasn't afraid to take her sexuality by the reins. Known for her raunchy quips and one-night stands, Samantha became a favorite with viewers.

And for a while, Kim Cattrall capitalized on the message of sexual freedom her character stood for. In 2003, she released a how-to book with then husband Mark Levinson called Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm. In 2006, the year after Sex and the City ended, Cattrall followed up with Sexual Intelligence, a coffee table book, and an HBO documentary of the same name. It seemed as if Kim Cattrall and Samantha Jones were one and the same, until recently.

At the March 29 premiere of her recent indie movie, Meet Monica Velour, in which Cattrall plays a former adult film star who turns to stripping to pay the bills, she reportedly went on a red carpet tirade, lashing out at several female reporters at New York's Landmark Theater. When a New York Post reporter asked her about a story that she had gotten a bikini wax earlier that day, Cattrall said, "That's a stupid question." She then told a Page Six reporter that being a gossip columnist wasn't a "respectable job," suggesting that she work for Reuters or write a blog.

After Keith Bearden, Meet Monica Velour's director, told reporters about an embarrassing moment on the set in which Cattrall's 21-year-old co-star Dustin Ingram reportedly got aroused during a steamy kissing scene, the New York Daily News tried to get Cattrall to comment. But she claimed not to know what the director was talking about, retorting, "You know, as a woman, I really find those questions offensive."

The media has gone into a frenzy, questioning whether the actress, who once channeled the easygoing and sex-driven Samantha Jones, had gone prude on everyone.

And a sudden reserve is not the only apparent break with her Sex and the City character: Samantha never had any qualms about aging, but 54-year-old Cattrall told the New York Post, "Do you know what it's like to be 54 and marginalized? It doesn't get easier as you get older."

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Friday
Apr012011

Lindsay Lohan's Frantic 911 Call Released

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The gossip website TMZ has released a 911 call Lindsay Lohan placed during an argument she had with a worker at the Betty Ford clinic named Dawn Holland Dec. 12, 2010.

Holland claims that she saw Lohan and another woman trying to jump the wall of the clinic and escape after curfew. When Holland tried to make Lohan take a breathalyzer test, Holland claimed that Lohan was "reeking of alcohol." She also said, "Lindsay Lohan pushed me and hit me with the phone."

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Friday
Apr012011

James Franco Addresses Oscars Criticism on Late Show with David Letterman

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a taped appearance on CBS' Late Show set to air Friday night, James Franco and David Letterman swap stories about their poorly-received performances as host of the Oscars. Letterman, who emceed the 1995 Academy Awards ceremony, told Franco of his experience, "It was horrible. I was so bad that they talked for a while about shutting down the motion picture industry." Letterman was widely panned by critics for his Oscars performance, especially for his "Oprah...Uma" joke, in which he introduced Oprah Winfrey to Uma Thurman because of their unique names.

Franco said that some people thought he was under the influence while he co-hosted this year's Oscars with Anne Hathaway. He said, "I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway...She has a lot of energy."

Franco said he did his best with the material he was provided, and he's mystified by what he perceives to be hypocritical complaints about him. He said, "Leading up to the Oscars, I couldn't hear enough about how, 'Oh, people don't care about the Oscars anymore, it's dead, it's boring, it's at the end of a long awards season, who cares about it?'  Well, as soon as you don't host the way they want you to, they suddenly care and they won't shut up about it."

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Friday
Apr012011

Charlie Sheen's 'Violent Torpedo of Truth' Tour Kicks Off

Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(DETROIT) -- Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" blasts onto stage Saturday. What comes with it remains unclear.

The former Two and a Half Men star and current online sensation is taking his rants and raves on the road, kicking off his month-long "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" tour with a live show at Detroit's Fox Theater.

On Friday, Sheen talked about his debut show but offered little insight into what he has planned. He confirmed that his "goddesses" and rapper Snoop Dogg will be with him at the theater. When asked if he'll also rap, he said, "Depends what type of mood I'm in."

Initial reports said Sheen's Detroit show sold out on Ticketmaster in less than 20 minutes, but as of Friday afternoon, Ticketmaster was still showing seats available. There are plenty more to be had for his New York, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Denver and Dallas stops, among others.

Thousands of tickets people bought are being resold on sites like StubHub.com for a fraction of their original cost. As of Friday afternoon, tickets for the main floor of the Detroit show, originally $52, were going for as little as $14 each on StubHub.

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Friday
Apr012011

Carrie Ann Inaba Accepts Surprise On-Air Marriage Proposal

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) -- Carrie Ann Inaba has a new dance partner for life.  The Dancing with the Stars judge got engaged while guest hosting Live! with Regis and Kelly Thursday morning.  At the end of the episode, her boyfriend of two years, Jesse Sloan, walked onto the set while the lights dimmed and violinists began to play.  The 39-year-old Sloan popped the question and the 43-year-old Inaba, tearing up, happily accepted.

The timing of the proposal was rather ironic, since earlier in the episode, Inaba told Regis Philbin there was no truth to rumors she was engaged.

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Friday
Apr012011

April Fools! Bronx Zoo Cobra 'Hacks' Ryan Seacrest

Roger Kisby/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The hissing, deadly cobra that vanished from the Bronx Zoo last weekend may have been caught Thursday, but that's not stopping her from keeping a very high profile.

Since Monday, fans have been following the slippery snake by the thousands on Twitter at @BronxZoosCobra. The stream's mystery author -- who remains a mystery -- tweeted the imaginary escapades of the escaped female cobra as it took on Manhattan.

Now, she's "hacked" into Ryan Seacrest's Twitter feed and home page.

On Friday morning, the @BronxZoosCobra tweeted, "Even while incarcerated my reach extends beyond my 20 inches. I have hijacked Ryan Seacrest's Twitter. See for yourself @RyanSeacrest."

And, sure enough, over at the American Idol host's account, there was this message, posted almost simultaneously: "Seacrest out! @BronxZoosCobra in! I'm hijacking Ryan's Twitter & fixed his website. It didn't kick enough s. http://bit.ly/Sssseacrest."

Seacrest's homepage had been entirely overrun with snake-related content, like "Britney Spears' Python: Where Is He Now," a roundup of "Best Snake Tattoos" and breaking news that Ryan Seacrest himself had been "Captured & Returned to Pygmy Marmoset Exhibit at L.A. Zoo."

In real life, the elusive snake was found "coiled, sort of secluded in a dark corner" about 9 a.m. Thursday -- with nary a smartphone in sight -- a couple of hundred feet away from the enclosure from which she had slithered, said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

The poisonous cobra disappeared from the zoo last Saturday and immediately became New York's hottest -- and skinniest -- celebrity. The teenage cobra built up a huge following on Twitter with more than 200,000 followers while she was on the lam.

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Friday
Apr012011

Mel McDaniel, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dead at 68

Redferns/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Grand Ole Opry star Mel McDaniel has died after a long battle with lung cancer, according to TheBoot.com.  He was 68.

His biggest hits included the 1984 smash "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On," "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Stand Up," "Big Ole Brew" and "Real Good Feel Good Song."

Born in Checotah, Oklahoma, McDaniel got his start in country music by singing on demo recordings and writing songs for other artists, including Kenny Rogers and Conway Twitty.  He landed his record deal in 1976, but didn't score his first big hit until 1981's "Louisiana Saturday Night."  He was inducted into the Opry in 1986.

In 1996, an onstage fall forced him off the road, but he continued to record. In 2009, he suffered a heart attack and was put into a medically-induced coma.  On February 9 of this year, he was hospitalized with terminal lung cancer, shortly after completing what will now be his final album, The Last Ride.

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Friday
Apr012011

'Hop,' 'Source Code,' 'Insidious' Hit Theaters Nationwide Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Hop: In this live-action/animated film, Russell Brand voices the Easter Bunny's son, E.B., who pals around with a man who hit him with his car.  James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco and Hugh Laurie are also part of the cast.  Rated PG.

-- Source Code: Jake Gyllenhaal is a soldier involved in a government project dubbed the "Source Code," which allows him to take over another person's body to travel back in time.  He uses this skill to investigate a train bombing in Chicago.  Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Insidious: A family moves into a home and discovers it's haunted...or is it their son who's haunted?  Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey star in this thriller, from the creators of Saw and Paranormal Activity.  Rated PG-13.

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