February 8th, 2010
07:14 PM ET

Charlie Sheen charged with assaulting his wife

More than a month after their alleged Christmas Day fracas, Charlie Sheen finally has been charged with domestic violence against his wife, Brooke Mueller.  Today in Colorado, the "Two and a Half Men" star was charged with a felony count of menacing, as well as two misdemeanors: third-degree assault and criminal mischief.  Court documents allege Sheen had a knife in the pre-dawn tussle.

Sheen wasn't required to enter a plea today, and he didn't.  He and Mueller were both in court, and even hugged and kissed before leaving the courthouse.  The restraining order has been loosened, and they can live together as the process goes forward, though restrictions in the order against firearms, alcohol, and drugs remain in force.

So now what?  Sheen's next hearing is March 15, and between now and then, it's a safe bet Sheen's attorney and the district attorney will be negotiating a plea deal.  Mueller's attorney says his client committed to getting whatever help she needs, and that Mueller hopes all of the charges will be dropped.  Stay tuned.

February 8th, 2010
05:24 PM ET

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bring proceedings against U.K. paper

It seems that nearly every tabloid in the supermarket checkout line is proclaiming the end of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's relationship.

But for a newspaper in London, printing alleged misstatements about Jolie and Pitt has landed them in hot water.

The actors and parents of six have started proceedings against News Group Newspapers Limited after the News of the World printed some alleged rumors about the Hollywood couple.


Filed under: Angelina Jolie • Brad Pitt
February 8th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Letterman to reveal Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue tonight

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For the third year in a row, David Letterman will have the honor of unveiling the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The model and the cover itself – both kept under tight security until the big reveal tonight – will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman," airing at 11:35 p.m. EST.

Last year's cover girl was Bar Refaeli, the Israeli model and on-again-off-again girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Former cover girls include Tyra Banks, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland and Elle Macpherson. Check out SI's gallery of past Swimsuit Issues from 1964-2009 here.

Filed under: Uncategorized
February 8th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

Lil Wayne sentencing scheduled for Tuesday morning

On Tuesday morning rapper Lil Wayne will formally be sentenced to a year-long prison term for gun possession in the Manhattan Supreme Court, CNN has learned.

Although the exact time of sentencing is unknown, it's also likely that Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, will start his prison term Tuesday as well.

This sentence has been a long time coming for Wayne, who pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in October 2009 stemming from a July 2007 arrest. Police said Carter and another man were smoking marijuana on a New York City street. The officers also found a .40-caliber pistol in Carter's possession.

Up until his sentencing, Wayne has been working on his next album, "Tha Carter IV," and he told Rolling Stone in an interview that he doesn't plan to stop working while he's in prison.

To date, Wayne has sold millions of albums - "Tha Carter III" alone sold a million within its first week - since his solo debut, "Tha Block is Hot," in 1999.

Filed under: Music
February 8th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Super Bowl most-watched show ever

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Move over, "M*A*S*H" finale. You've finally been surpassed.

According to Nielsen ratings estimates published in Hollywood trade publications, Sunday's Super Bowl XLIV - in which the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 - now holds the record for viewership. The event was watched by 106.5 million viewers, slightly more than the famed 1983 "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" conclusion to "M*A*S*H," which was watched by 105.97 million.

Yes, the usual caveats apply. The United States is a more populous nation than it was 27 years ago, and thus there are more TV viewers. But there are also more TV outlets - the fabled 500-plus channels - which means the Super Bowl crushed a lot more competitors than "M*A*S*H" (or the "Dallas" "Who Shot J.R." episode or the end of "Roots") did.

See what other broadcasts have made history


February 8th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

What was your favorite Super Bowl ad last night?

The New Orleans Saints took the trophy for last night's Super Bowl game, but who won the title of best Super Bowl ad?

For all of the money that companies shell out for a mere 30 seconds during one of the most-watched sports events in the U.S., expectations are always high for creative and hilarious commercials, and last night's ad spots did a decent job of living up to viewer's hopes.

On the winning team was Google's swoon-worthy Parisian love story, Intel's Jeffrey the Robot, Bud Light's amazing use of AutoTune and Letterman and Leno's surprise 10 seconds of bonding with Oprah Winfrey.


Filed under: television
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