PASSAGES: Sheen to Follow 'Raymond'
CAST: Former “Spin City” headliner Charlie Sheen, 37, will star in CBS’s one new comedy this fall, “Two and a Half Men,” to be produced by veteran “Dharma & Greg” and “Roseanne” writer Chuck Lorre, reports USA Today. The show will debut Monday, Sept. 22, in the enviable 9:30 p.m. timeslot after “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Sheen will play a character whose life is interrupted when his newly divorced control-freak brother (Jon Cryer) and his son (he’s the “half”) move in with him. Holland Taylor will play the brothers’ mother.
PREPARED: Warner Bros. Pictures and director Mike Newell (who is currently working with Julia Roberts on “Mona Lisa Smile”) are joining to work on the fourth installment of the studio’s Harry Potter franchise, “Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire,” notes the Hollywood Reporter. The first “Potter” director, Chris Columbus, retired from his duties after the first two movies (he’s still onboard as a producer), while Alfonso Cuaron has directed the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” No word on why Cuaron is not returning. (Warner Bros., like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner.)
PLANNED: Mick Jagger, who turns 60 on Saturday, plans to celebrate with 60,000 fans, flying from Hamburg to Prague, the latest stop on the band’s European tour, reports Reuters. “He is having a private party with the band and friends in Prague,” said a spokesman for the rocker. On Sunday, Jagger will appear before a crowd of 60,000 at Prague National Stadium on their “40 Licks” tour that wraps up in mid-September in London.
REMOVED: British-born director John Schlesinger, 77, an Oscar winner for the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy,” was removed from life support at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif., on Thursday, notes the Hollywood Reporter. The filmmaker suffered a debilitating stroke in December 2000. In recent weeks, his condition has deteriorated significantly, according to his spokesperson, Ronni Chasen.
TRICKED: USA Today reports that Ben Affleck, 30, told the Swiss newspaper View that he and Jennifer Lopez, 33, will marry in Hawaii on Oct. 5. Then again, notes USA Today, he informed journalists at last weekend’s press junket for “Gigli” that they’re sealing the deal in Europe, South America and any number of other places. “You can surmise he was playing with the press a little bit,” his publicist, Ken Sunshine, explains. “Believe me, if it’s going to be official, it’s going to be official.”