Source: TMZ

Charlie Sheen reportedly received a "briefcase full of cocaine" during his latest 36-hour bender.

Source: The Wrap

Early Thursday morning, actor Charlie Sheen was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles with an unspecific ailment, described as "abdominal pains" by his publicist, Stan Rosenfield. According to The Wrap, a 9-11 call was placed at approximately 6:35 AM and Sheen was put into an ambulance on a stretcher 30 minutes later.

Sheen's exploits have been in the media frequently of late due to a number of public fracases stemming from his reputation for being a hard partier. His personal peccadilloes have made some industry insiders, including cast and crew members of his CBS television series, Two and a Half Men, concerned about his reliability and the future of the show.

While CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler confessed that the network had a "high level of concern" about Sheen during the Television Critics Association on Jan. 14, she also indicated that the quality of the actor's work was undeniable. "You can't look at it simplistically," Tassler said. Charlie is a professional. He comes to work, he does his job extremely well -- we're taping tonight -- and it's, as I said, it's very complicated."

 

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Source: Variety

DreamWorks Animation has recruited a considerable ensemble of actors for its upcoming feature Rise of the Guardians. Not to be confused with Zack Snyder's Lord-of-the-Rings-by-way-of-Woodsy-Owl opus, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole, the Peter Ramsey-directed film will feature the talents of Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher for its tale of "childhood legends" such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as they battle an evil spirit not unlike the Boogeyman.

Pine replaces Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Frost, the star of the story, while Law plays Pitch, the piece's villain. Director Peter Ramsey take on the project after previously helming a short for the DVD release of Monsters vs. Aliens, the spinoff Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. According to the Variety report, the "heroic" childhood fantasy figures must band together to protect the imaginations of human children around the world. No word yet whether Ramsey plans to enlist the clown from Poltergeist as one of Pitch's henchmen, but if there's a more formidable producer of childhood nightmares, we've never seen him.

 

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Michael Fassbender (Hunger) has joined the cast of Prometheus. The sci-fi flick is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.

Source: Deadline.com

Noomi Rapace, star of the films in the "Millenium" series (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest), is set to star in Prometheus, Ridley Scott's forthcoming return to the Alien franchise, which he launched in 1979. Rapace is the first actor to be signed for the film, although Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are reportedly in talks to take on the script's other high-profile female lead. The film is also scheduled for a March 9, 2012 release, which means that casting decisions will have to happen soon in order to get production underway in time to have the film ready for its opening day next year.

According to the story posted Friday on Deadline, Scott said that the film will evoke its predecessors, but take the story in a dramatically different direction. "While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place," he said. "The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn't be more pleased to have found the singular tale I'd been searching for, and finally return to this genre that's so close to my heart."

Jon Spaihts wrote the initial draft of the screenplay based on Scott's ideas, and then turned his work over to Scott and Lost producer Damon Lindelof to expand the story further. Lindelof said of the experience, "In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie. It's daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects. When I sat in a movie theater as a kid, feet raised off the floor for fear that something might grab my ankles, I never dreamed in my wildest imagination I would one day get to collaborate with the man responsible for it. Working alongside him has been nothing short of a dream come true."

 

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