Sideshow: Sheen ‘Torpedo’ debut bombs

April 4th, 2011 by Staff

www.philly.com – Charlie Sheen’s vaunted “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” tour.

The volatile actor was all but egged by the crowd at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

The standing ovation that greeted him turned to boos and chants of “refund” from the audience, many of whom walked out before the 70-minute show ended abruptly.

After the first heckler, Sheen responded, “I’ve already got your money, dude.”

That did not sit well with the crowd. Neither did his assertion that Detroit was a logical setting for his crack-cocaine anecdotes.

Disgruntled ticketholders exiting the venue said that “My Violent Torpedo” was shockingly lacking in substance or humor.

Sheen’s show is scheduled for 19 more cities, including Atlantic City on April 16.

“Tonight’s an experiment,” he pleaded with the restive audience.

Not a successful one.

Late-night royalty

Sir Elton John got by with a little help from his friends during his stint as host and musical performer on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Dropping by for comic cameos were Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, and NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

John concluded a feisty monologue by quoting one of his more famous song lyrics. “The [rhymes with witch] is back!”

Moving on . . . quickly

British beauty Elizabeth Hurley has filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Arun Nayar, an Indian textile heir. In her filing, the actress cited “unreasonable behavior” as grounds.

It was the first marriage for Hurley, 45, who dated Hugh Grant for 13 years and has an 8-year-old son with onetime companion Steve Bing.

Neither Hurley nor Nayar is sitting home alone.

She has been seen of late with married cricket star Shane Warne (who also recently filed for divorce).

Meanwhile, Nayar has been squiring Kim Johnson, a 25-year-old model whom many observers have remarked bears more than a passing resemblance to Hurley.

Privacy is overrated

After being proposed to on air Friday while serving as guest host of Live With Regis and Kelly, Carrie Ann Inaba defended the public display.

The Dancing With the Stars judge tweeted: “Jesse [Sloan] wanted to share our engagement with our families who were in HI, NY, CO and CA. This was a way they could all witness the moment.”

Of course, you could have done what the rest of us do, Carrie Ann: break out the video camera. It makes the occasion a little more intimate.

That way you don’t have Regis Philbin peering over your shoulder, commenting on the diamond engagement ring.

‘Hop’ to the top

Hop, a CGI/live-action mix, topped the weekend box-office totals, exceeding expectations with an estimated $38.1 million. If the numbers hold up, the kiddie comedy with a talking bunny could pass Rango as 2011′s best nonholiday opening.

Source Code, a sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan, finished in second with $15 million.

Another new release, the horror film Insidious with Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, landed in third with an estimated $13.5 million in tickets sold.


One Response

  1. Johnny D

    WHO CARES !! really! WHO F-N cares? Drop this rock head from ALL news media and he will go away.

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