Several hours after CBS said it is pulling the plug on “Two and a Half Men,’’ its star, Charlie Sheen, said he’s in talks with HBO about a new show — only to have HBO shoot down the claim. The morning after the radio rant that led CBS to cancel TV’s most popular sitcom, Sheen told celebrity website TMZ.com that he has had a $5 million-per-episode HBO show in the works. HBO, however, said there is “no truth to the report.’’ Sheen’s recent misadventures have included wild partying, three hospitalizations, a stint in rehab, and a divorce filing from his third wife.
Dior suspends Galliano after bar incident
Fashion house Christian Dior suspended creative director John Galliano
— whose wildly inventive designs have defined the French label for the past 14 years — yesterday after he was accused of issuing an anti-Semitic insult at a Paris bar. The circumstances of Thursday night’s altercation weren’t clear, but Paris prosecutors said the British designer was questioned and released after a couple accused him of insulting them. Under French law, making anti-Semitic remarks can be punishable by up to six months in prison.
Judge backs Seinfeld in cookbook dispute
A judge yesterday threw out a lawsuit by a cookbook author who accused Jerry Seinfeld
of hurting her reputation by mocking her on national television. State Justice Marcy Friedman
said it was clear the comedian was joking when he called Missy Chase Lapine
a “wacko’’ on the “Late Show With David Letterman
’’ in 2007. The judge said Seinfeld also has a constitutional right to express his opinion. The suit stemmed from a legal battle in which Lapine accused Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica
, of stealing her idea for a book on how to get children to eat healthy.
Grammer marries again Kelsey Grammer
has tied the knot for the fourth time. The “Cheers’’ and “Frasier’’ star married Kayte Walsh
yesterday on the Broadway stage of the Longacre Theatre, where he had been headlining “La Cage aux Folles.’’
“People fought to give me — a millionaire — a tax cut this year. I didn’t need it. And all the other millionaires didn’t need it either.” — Singer John Legend
, on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, during a visit to the White House.
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