NEWSMAKERS | Sheen says efforts got his crew paid


NEWSMAKERS

Sheen says efforts got his crew paid

LOS ANGELES

Charlie Sheen is not done talking. Amid high-profile interviews Monday that managed to upstage post-Oscars buzz, the “Two and a Half Men” star showed no signs of slowing his media blitz against the producers of his top-rated television comedy.

Television crews came and went from the actor’s hilltop home — which he dubbed “Sober Valley Lodge” — the setting for segments scheduled to air on “Access Hollywood” and NBC’s “Today” show. He also held court Tuesday with Howard Stern, discussing his clash with producers over his personal life and his lengthy extracurricular career as a Hollywood playboy.

Sheen told The Associated Press he wasn’t satisfied with an agreement by Warner Bros. Television to pay the “Men” crew for only half of the eight episodes canceled when producers tired of their star’s off-screen antics. He called it “a start” and said his efforts “are paying off,” but declared: “I won’t sleep until I get all eight. I don’t care about me right now.” He said getting compensation for series co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones was “next” on his to-do list.

Orchestra members offer to return to work

DETROIT

The striking musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra say they will return to work without a contract in an effort to end a nearly five-month walkout. Musicians’ spokesman Karl Pituch said Tuesday that they’re offering to submit unresolved contract issues to binding arbitration and play while those issues are resolved.

He says musicians and management would need to negotiate terms of that return.

A message seeking comment was left with orchestra spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt. She earlier said that an announcement by the musicians about a possible return was “an encouraging development” but that management couldn’t respond until it had all of the details.

Musicians walked off the job Oct. 4. Management suspended the remainder of the season Feb. 19 after musicians rejected what management described as a “final offer.”

Aguilera, boyfriend freed after arrests

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.

Authorities say Christina Aguilera’s boyfriend has been released from jail, hours after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and the singer was taken to a West Hollywood jail until she sobered up.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says 25-year-old Matthew Rutler was stopped near the Sunset Strip after he burned rubber and fishtailed onto a street Tuesday morning with Aguilara in the car.

Whitmore says Rutler’s blood-alcohol content was 0.09 percent — slightly above the legal limit. He was freed after posting $5,000 bail.

Aguilera was freed earlier. She was arrested on suspicion of being publicly drunk, but Whitmore says it was out of concern for her safety and she won’t be prosecuted.

Katie Holmes sues magazine over cover

LOS ANGELES

Katie Holmes has sued publishers of Star Magazine for libel over a magazine cover that insinuated she was a drug addict.

Her attorney, Bert Fields, says in a statement that the January cover that featured the headline “Katie DRUG SHOCKER!” was not supported by the actual story inside the magazine.

He called the cover, which featured a disheveled photo of Holmes, “untrue, unethical and unlawful.”

Holmes says in a statement that Star, which is published by American Media Inc., knew the story was false and published it to sell magazines.

Associated Press

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