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CHARLIE SHEEN MAY BE COMING BACK TO 'TWO AND A HALF MEN'
Could Charlie Harper be making an appearance on the final season of Two and a Half Men? Rumors are circulating that Charlie Sheen and creator Chuck Lorre are both considering the idea even though the character was killed off back in 2011 following a very public battle between Sheen, the show, and the network.

Charlie told TV Guide, "I've reached out to them and they've reached back. We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."

  • Chuck discussed the possibility of Charlie's return to E! last month saying, "We haven't discussed that, really. We've been really focused on finding a storyline that puts Jon and Ashton front and center in a really interesting, provocative hopefully fun story. That was our priority going into this year, was to do a storyline that puts these two guys right in the middle of it. So outside characters will come in as they do, but that's not the focus."


JULIETTE LEWIS DEFENDS SCIENTOLOGY AND TOM CRUISE
Juliette Lewis insists that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about Scientology. The Kelly & Cal actress recently chatted with The Daily Beast where she defended the religion and the media crusade against Tom Cruise after he spoke out against prescribed medication on the Today show.

Juliette said, "I'll get all conspiratorial on you. I'm just going to throw this out: The mainstream media is funded by pharmaceutical companies. When you have the biggest movie star in the world at the time -- Tom Cruise -- coming out against anti-depressants and Ritalin and just saying, 'Hey, why don't you put a warning label on there?'...So, when Tom came out about that, I've never seen someone get torn down so hard, and they still brutalize him with Scientology pieces to this day." She continued, "The thing about Scientology is it is anti-drug in that you're seeking relationship or communication tools -- simple basics on how to live better. It's a religious philosophy and self-help movement. And you'll never see a truthful word written about it in mainstream media."



KRIS AND BRUCE JENNER ARE OFFICIALLY DONE
Kris Jenner has officially filed papers to end her marriage to Bruce Jenner. After being separated for over a year, TMZ is reporting that Kris cited "irreconcilable differences" as the cause for the split.

Their business managers reportedly worked out all of the details because there was no prenup. They will allegedly split everything evenly and neither party is seeking spousal support. Bruce and Kris will also share custody of 17-year-old Kylie.

  • They married in 1991 following Kris' divorce from Robert Kardashian, Sr.


VIOLA DAVIS RESPONDS TO NY TIMES CRITIC
New York Times TV Critic Alessandra Stanley continues to deal with the backlash of her review of Shonda Rhimes' new ABC show, How to Get Away With Murder. In addition to her comment about Shonda calling her memoir "How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman," the writer has also come under fire for writing that Viola Davis isn't as pretty as other African American actresses.

Alessandra wrote, "The actress doesn't look at all like the typical star of a network drama. Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than Kerry Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant."

  • Viola took to Twitter on Saturday (September 20th) to offer a response in the form of a Maya Angelou quote. She wrote, "You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise!!!"
  • The quote is taken from Angelou's 1978 work, Still I Rise.
  • New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan added her voice to the list of people who did not agree with Stanley's critique. She wrote in a blog post on Monday (September 22nd,) "The article on the television producer Shonda Rhimes hadn't yet appeared in Sunday's paper, but the virtual world was ablaze in protest over it on Friday after it was published online. There are some big questions here -- about diversity, about editing procedures and about how The Times deals with stories about women and race. They are worth exploring in depth.This is a preliminary post, and I'll be adding to it later today, or posting again. But I’ll say this much: The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was -- at best -- astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch."


SARAH SILVERMAN SLAMS TABLOID STORY ABOUT MARRIAGE
Sarah Silverman wants to make it clear that she is not looking to become Michael Sheen's wife. The comedian took to Twitter on Sunday (September 21st) to slam a recent Star magazine story with the headline, "Sarah Wants A Ring."

Sarah wrote, "Just read that I wanna get married which is hilarious b/c I will never get married. Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? Ew. It's barbaric. That s**t never bothers me b/c who cares but I feel like this one is bigoted. The Jew girl MUST want a RING! Yich."
She expressed similar views in Playboy back in 2010 saying, "It's just not for me. I'm a vegetarian, but I don't have a problem if you want a hamburger. Marriage, to me, is like eating meat. I think it's gross and f***ing crazy. It's this superbarbaric, old-timey tradition that no one remembers we don't have to do anymore. I really do believe in love. I've experienced it, I've had it, so I know it's real."



CELEBRITY GOSSIP
PAULA DEEN TO RETURN TO 'TODAY' SHOW: Paula Deen will appear on the Today show this morning (September 23rd) for the first time since attempting to apologize for making racial slurs in June of 2013. The disgraced chef is reportedly going to discuss what she has learned over the past year and what her future plans are. Paula recently purchased the rights to all of her shows on the Food Network and will be relaunching them along with new material on her own new subscription-based digital network which kicks off on Wednesday (September 24th.)

EMMA WATSON SPEAKS ON GENDER EQUALITY: Emma Watson spoke over the weekend at the HeForShe Event at UN headquarters in New York City where she discussed why feminism should not only be a female issue. She told the crowd, "Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. I've seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man...I've seen men fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don't have the benefits of equality, either. We don't often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are." Emma was named as a goodwill ambassador for UN women six months ago.

IS TOM HARDY SECRETLY MARRIED?: UK's The Mirror is reporting that Tom Hardy and his girlfriend, Charlotte Riley, got married over the summer in secret. The ceremony allegedly took place at a castle in the South of France on July 4th. A source revealed, "It was a beautiful, low-key day made even more special because they just had their closest friends and family around them. Tom's son Louis played a key role during the ceremony. And they made certain to pick a stunning and private setting. There was nothing flash about the wedding, they always said they wanted it to be about the two of them and their family rather than any grand gesture." The news has not yet been confirmed by the couple.

SUGAR BEAR DENIES CHEATING ON MAMA JUNE SHANNON: Only a few days after announcing their split, Sugar Bear is denying that he cheated on his wife, Mama June Shannon -- mother of Honey Boo Boo. When asked by a TMZ camerawoman about the rumors, Sugar Bear said he wasn't allowed to give much information but insisted that he did not cheat on June. He also said that he did not know if there was a chance at reconciliation but the couple was photographed together on Sunday (September 21st) along with two of their children on their way to a housewarming party for Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle.

'D2: MIGHTY DUCKS' CAST REUNITE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Many of the cast members of D2: The Mighty Ducks reunited on Sunday (September 21st) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film's release. Marguerite Moreau, who played Connie in the film, shared photos from the event on Instagram including a shot where the cast members formed the movie's signature movie -- the "Flying V." Cast members Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, and Kenan Thompson were not in attendance.



INDUSTRY NEWS
KENAN THOMPSON WANTS OUT OF 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE': Rumors are circulating that Kenan Thompson plans to leave Saturday Night Live after the upcoming season. According to TMZ, he wanted to leave after last year but Lorne Michaels convinced him to stick it out for one more year. The decision to leave is reportedly motivated by a decision to move his family to L.A. so he can work on a new show that is currently in development.

'MAGIC MIKE XXL' ADDS JADA PINKETT SMITH: Jada Pinkett Smith has landed a role in the upcoming Magic Mike sequel. She revealed on Queen Latifah's talk show that the character was actually originally written as a man. It is believed that she may be playing the owner of a strip club. Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on July 1st, 2015.

HULU PICKS UP SERIES ADAPTATION OF '11/22/63': Hulu has given the green light to a drama series adaptation of Stephen King's novel 11/22/63. The show will be produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company. The nine-episode series follows Jake, a divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. King said in a statement, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it. I'm excited that it's going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team."

BRYAN SINGER TO DIRECT 'X-MEN: APOCALYPSE': Bryan Singer has been officially announced as the director of the next X-Men film called X-Men: Apocalypse. He has directed the last two films but his involvement in the third was up in the air due to the sexual abuse lawsuit filed against him prior to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The case was dropped last month. X-Men Apocalypse will be released on May 27th, 2016.

JOHN KRASINSKI SELLS TWO SHOWS TO NBC: NBC has purchased two new projects from The Office star John Krasinski's production company, Sunday Night. One project follows a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection. The other show involves a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly who loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage. John is not expected to act in either project.



TICKETS FOR LINDSAY LOHAN'S PLAY OFFERED AT DISCOUNTED RATE
It appears that Lindsay Lohan doesn't quite have the box office draw that she used to. Crazy Days and Nights is reporting that tickets to her London theater debut in Speed-The-Plow are not selling well.

There is apparently no date that is sold out and tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate on Groupon in the UK. According to the website, the theater is not as large as a typical Broadway theater. The capacity is less than 800.

  • Preview performances for the show begin on Wednesday (September 24th.)







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