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Hookers Get an Unexpected Boost from Time Magazine

NortonSubHedHow can there be, at press time, only five reader comments to the time.com op-ed “In Defense of Johns.” While we essentially agree with comedian Jim Norton‘s take on prostitution, there are no doubt a bunch on the Henry Luce side of the fence who would be outraged by such a published pronouncement. Time Inc. spinoff notwithstanding.

Norton angles into the essay with, as you would expect, one-liner style. He explains that when he first heard about an August 5 law enforcement round-up, he misunderstood the effort to be a celebratory “National Day of Johns:”

I envisioned myself being carted down New York City’s Fifth Avenue on the back of a flatbed truck, waving to cheering fans as confetti rained down on me and my disappointed parents hid behind a mailbox. A silly (yet understandable) mistake on my part, as the National Day of Johns was a celebration of the arrests of hundreds of men in a series of sex stings in 15 states.

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Atop Mulholland Drive, Reporter’s Assignment Starts with a Charlie Sheen Dotted Line

Even though Charlie Sheen has mercifully stopped making boastful “tiger blood” DNA claims, those three initials are still part of his Mulholland Drive gated community make-up. Only now, they’ve been re-arranged to spell NDA.

We know this because Karina Longworth leads off her fun house-call LA Weekly cover story with a reminder that celebs like Sheen are doing all they can to prevent a triggering of the TMZ coffers. With, in the reformed actor’s case, a little help from seasoned entertainment PR pro Larry Solters. From Longworth’s article:

I am intercepted in Sheen’s driveway by a security guard, a friendly, not-intimidatingly-large man who asks me to come with him into the garage to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

This is a first for me. I scan the five pages of legalese, in which the undersigned — me — is referred to as “the Employee.” To what extent, I wonder, will signing this document impede my ability to do my actual job of interviewing Sheen and his childhood friend, Roman Coppola, about their new movie, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III?

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Charlie Sheen Pays for Paparazzo’s Funeral

When he’s not rubbing elbows (allegedly, not allegedly, those two need to come up with a story and stick to it) with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Charlie Sheen continues to prove he has a heart of gold.

The actor cut a check for $12,000 to pay for the funeral services of 29-year-old paparazzo photographer Chris Guerra, who was killed New Year’s Day in a tragic accident while chasing after what he thought was pop singer Justin Bieber.

“A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject,” Sheen told TMZ. “It’s an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future. As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved.”

I didn’t exactly hear Bieber wanting to help Guerra’s family out. Total class act move by Sheen.

[H/T TMZ, LAist]

 

Charlie Sheen, Antonio Villaraigosa Aren’t Really BFFs

You’ve probably seen the photo by now of actor Charlie Sheen and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sharing an awkward man-hug.

Well, the Mayor went on NBC’s News Conference to shed some light about how the two ran into each other.

Both guys were in Cabo San Lucas and Sheen asked to take a photo with Villaraigosa.

“I’m in the picture taking business,” Villaraigosa said on NBC. “I’ve never said no to anyone that wants to take a picture…I was on vacation. I deserve a vacation from time to time.”

Let this be a heads up to anyone who happens to run into Mayor Villaraigosa as he plays out his term — ask him for that picture and make sure to put it on Instagram.

[H/T LA Observed]

CBS CEO Les Moonves on Angus Jones Fiasco: After Charlie Sheen ‘This is a Piece of Cake’

The CEO of CBS commented on the very public outburst from Two and a Half Men star Angus Jones. Les Moonves, speaking at a forum here in New York sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, said he wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the kid.

“I don’t know what our status is with him, we took this boy, who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seems to be what happens with child stars over the course of time,” Moonves said, adding dryly. “He is now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19 year old kid.”

He went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch his show because it is filth, “though he is still collecting his $300,000 a week,” Moonves added.

That said, he did not seem concerned as to what it meant for the program, which still has more viewers than every other comedy on TV, save for The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

“We have other plans, I don’t think it has quite been resolved, but after going through Charlie Sheen, I think this is a piece of cake,” he quipped.

Two and a Half Men Star Calls Show ‘Filth’ After Finding Religion

Angus T. Jones, the adorable kid from Two and a Half Men, might be out of a job soon. Speaking in a video “testimony” about his newfound Christian faith, Jones bashes the show that reportedly pays him approximately $350K per episode, saying, “I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”

Wow, it’s sort of a right-wing Charlie Sheen moment, with Jones practically begging to be fired. He declares, “You can not be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show. You go all or nothing.”

Be forewarned, the video is long, rambling, and tedious. And this is just the second half. The video was produced by the Christian group Forerunner Chronicles, who could learn a thing or two about production from those sinners Hollywood.

A Santa Anita Celebrity Trifecta That Can Always Be Counted On for Laughs

Santa Anita Park is doing a lot to raise the profile of its annual Breeder’s Cup races kicking off tomorrow. Per an article in the Pasadena Star-News by Brenda Gazzar, they’ve got Tony Bennett singing Saturday before the big $5 million race and a host of new celebrity supporters across the country.

But in terms of old school PR, Santa Anita has for years been able to count on the all-star comedy stable of Mel Brooks, his close friend Dick Van Patten and the Conway family duo of Tim and Tim Jr. Among the memorable anecdotes in Gazzar’s piece is this one, about a father passing on some life skills:

After returning from a day at the races with his father, Conway Jr. improvised a Show and Tell [at Encino Elementary] by teaching his classmates how to “box an exacta.”

When the Encino school’s principal told Conway Sr. it was “borderline child abuse” to teach a kid to gamble, he deadpanned: “Let me tell you what child abuse is. (He picks horse 3 and 5), it comes in 5-3, and he doesn’t have it boxed” and loses. “That’s child abuse.”

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Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

There was never any doubt in our minds that Nikki Finke would have the scoop about the next Oscar host, even though the gap between her EXCLUSIVE post and this morning’s official Academy announcement is the shortest yet. The selection of Seth MacFarlane also means that there will be a Saturday Night Live imprint of sorts on the February 2013 telecast.

While outgoing Academy president Tom Sherak’s attempt to have Lorne Michaels produce and Jimmy Fallon host was unsuccessful, Finke thinks today’s choice connects logically to NBC’s storied weekend franchise:

It now looks like MacFarlane’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live’s premiere for this fall season was a tryout for telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. He did well, especially during his stand-up where he sang and did voices and looked great and was thoroughly entertaining.

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New Ad.ly CEO Will Take Ten Photojournalists Over One Kardashian

Walter Delph says he has spent the past six months cleaning up the mess left behind by Charlie Sheen at social media PR firm Ad.ly. The newly installed CEO tells Fast Company he is intent on forging a #winning formula that has little to do with fatuous celebrity zeitgeist.

The Kardashians are still free to use ad.ly, of course, but the firm is looking to expand its roster to include less expected “publishing partners”… “GE, for example, will not be a good match for the Kardashians,” Delph says. “If we’re working with Nikon, for example, I’d prefer to have 10 photojournalists over one Kardashian [sister].”

A couple of early comments to the article question Delph’s take. They suggest that Sheen, regardless of the way the actor’s 2011 rants and raves eventually tailspinned, did the celebrity-Twitter-influencers outfit a huge launch phase favor.

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Charlie Sheen Challenges WWE Superstar to a Fight


Could we see Charlie Sheen mix it up in a WWE ring on pay-per-view later this summer?

During the 1,000th episode of WWE Raw, Sheen, who served as the social media ambassador for the evening, challenged wrestler Daniel Bryan to a fight the next time he’s in Los Angeles.

The next time Bryan and the WWE crew are in town is on Aug. 19 for SummerSlam at Staples Center. It’s the WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year (behind WrestleMania) and chairman Vince McMahon is always looking for a way to rope in coverage from the mainstream media.

Unfortunately for the WWE, they’re about a year too late on the whole Sheen phenomenon.

(Not) winning.

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