Gold Derby nuggets: Charlie Sheen signing off? | Kristen Chenoweth's 'new' songs | Betty White tops on 'The Middle'
• On Friday night, Charlie Sheen is taping what could be his final appearance on the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men." Sheen -- who has earned four consecutive Emmy nods for the show -- may be exiting the CBS staple after seven seasons. Sheen -- who has had his share of personal woes over the course of the series -- faces charges for a domestic dispute at Christmas and is currently in rehab. As Elizabeth Leonard reports, the actor denies that his leaving has anything to do with salary negotiations; rather as he explains in a statement: "Approaching the start of the current season and as far back as June ‘09, I submitted my terms for season eight to Warner Bros. and CBS respectfully. Both parties have known the score for over a year. In no way, has this been a hasty or negligent eleventh hour surprise." PEOPLE
• The first trailer and poster for "The Kids Are All Right" -- the hit of the Sundance and Berlin filmfests-- have been released in advance of the July 7 premiere. The domestic drama from Lisa Chodolenko stars Oscar nominees Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as same-sex parents struggling to integrate the sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo) into the family. As Simon Dang writes, "The poster's tagline probably says it best: 'Nic and Jules had the perfect family, until they met the man who made it all possible.' " PLAYLIST
• Jennifer James reviews the tantalizingly titled "Streep Tease" playing at the Bang Theater in Los Angeles. As the subtitle says, this is "An Evening of Meryl Streep Monologues Performed by an All-Male Cast." For James, "this brisk, hour-long sampling of Streep’s oeuvre, directed by Ezra Weisz, features a gamely goofy cast" and "the most hilarious segment of the evening is a six-minute rendition of the entire plot of 'Out of Africa,' performed by David Dean Bottrell with a spot-on Danish accent and a languid manner that is at hilarious odds with his breathlessly-paced romp." CULTURE MONSTER
• Gordon Cox reports on the Broadway trend to make old musicals sound new again with the addition of tunes not heard in the original production. He cites the current revival of the 1968 Tony winner "Promises, Promises" which has leafed through the Burt Bacharach-Hal David songbook for more solos for lead Kristen Chenoweth. As per the show's director Rob Ashford, the added songs -- "Say a Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not a Home" -- "make Fran's role complete, and therefore more appealing." VARIETY
• Kristen Chenoweth has proven to be appealing to both Tony and Emmy voters over the years. She won the featured actress in a musical award at the 1998 Tonys for her work as sassy sister Sally in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and contended in the lead category in 2004 for "Wicked," losing to her costar Idina Menzel. For her supporting role on the comedy series "Pushing Daisies," Chenoweth won an Emmy last fall. She may well contend again for both awards again this year with her star turn in the tuner "Promises, Promises" and her TV guest spot on the breakout hit "Glee." She talks about these latest roles in the paperback edition of her memoir "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages" that hit stores this week.
• Idina Menzel is also guesting on "Glee" this year and to coincide with her first appearance, she will be releasing a six-track EP on April 13. The disc features three tunes from her album "I Stand" and another three from her appearance on the PBS series "Soundstage."
• Rick Porter previews the upcoming appearance of four-time Emmy champ Betty White on the May 19 season finale of ABC freshman hit "The Middle." As Rick writes, "White plays Mrs. Nethercott, the librarian at Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) school -- and she may hold the key to whether Brick advances to the third grade. At the end of the school year, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) discover that Brick has 31 overdue books checked out of the library, which is endangering his chances at being promoted." White's last Emmy win was for a 1996 guest spot as an exaggerated version of her self on "The John Larroquette Show" and the last four of her 16 nominations have been for guesting on both comedy and drama series. ZAP 2 IT
• Our forum posters have been handing out awards to their choices for the best in film since 2002. This year, "The Hurt Locker" won best picture, director (Kathryn Bigelow), film editing and cinematography. In previous years, the top prize has gone to "Wall-E," "No Country for Old Men," "The Departed," "Brokeback Mountain," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "Chicago." Now our posters have nominated their picks for the best pics and performances of the decade. Voting continues through Sunday, April 25 with the top 3 vote recipients and overall winner in each category announced on Sunday, May 2. Many thanks to our forum notables Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Robert "Rob L" Licuria, Andrew "andrew" Pickett and Matt "Noble" Noble for organizing these awards. GOLD DERBY
Top photo: Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men." Credit:CBS
Middle photo: Kristen Chenoweth in "Promises Promises." Credit: Broadway Theater
Bottom photo: Betty White and Atticus Shaffer in "The Middle." Credit: ABC