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Charlie and Martin Sheen Star in Hilarious 'Sheenpocalypse Now' Roast Promo (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 13th 2011 1:45PM
We've been covering a lot of Charlie Sheen roast news around here lately: the roast roster, preview clips and promo videos, but the latest, a video starring Charlie and Martin Sheen in a spoof of 'Apocalypse Now,' is by far the funniest yet.

It starts with Charlie, with his face painted in camouflage, swimming in the darkness, channeling his dad's classic 'Apocalypse Now' character Captain Benjamin J. Willard. As a voice-over of Charlie reciting his dad's famous monologue plays (with a few slight tweaks), the camera pans out, and we realize Sheen is just swimming in his backyard pool. Then his dad comes out of the house and yells at him to wash his face and get inside and tells Charlie's poolside goddesses it's time to go home as Charlie laments, "C'mon Dad!"

The video was directed by Roman Coppola, who will also direct the indie film Sheen just signed on to do called 'A Glimpse into the Mind of Charlie Swan III.' According to EW, Martin's involvement in the sketch was a last-minute decision that Charlie announced to the crew by saying, "We're going to need some lines for my father."

Check out the hilarious and oddly heartfelt video after the jump.

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Veteran TV and Movie Star G.D. Spradlin Dies, Aged 90

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 26th 2011 9:00AM
G.D. SpradlinGervase Duan "G.D." Spradlin, a character actor best known for playing authority figures in television and films, including 'The Godfather: Part II' and 'Apocalypse Now,' has died. He was 90.

The 'Los Angeles Times' reports that Spradlin died of natural causes at his cattle ranch in San Luis Obispo on Sunday.

Born in Oklahoma in 1920, Spradlin served in the Army Air Forces in China during World War II and worked as a lawyer before becoming rich as an independent oil producer.

He turned to acting in his 40s and used his real-life experience as an attorney, oilman and rancher to play men in charge.

Spradlin also directed John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign in Oklahoma and ran for mayor of Oklahoma City, unsuccessfully, in 1965.

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Fishburne Recalls Brando, 'Apocalypse Now' and Magic Tricks on 'Jimmy Fallon'

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 10th 2009 3:02PM
On last night's 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,' 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' star Laurence Fishburne talked about working with screen great Marlon Brando while filming 'Apocalypse Now' at the tender of age of 14.

According to Fishburne, working with Brando was an experience involving magic tricks, head-scratching wonder at being in the presence of a larger-than-life movie legend, and the enjoyment of -- putting it delicately -- herbal refreshment.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gary Jennings' Aztec novel optioned for mini-series

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2009 2:02PM
Aztec, by Gary JenningsEvery once in awhile, you come across something that reaches way back and scratches a memory you didn't now you had. This story did that. I remember years ago stumbling across Gary Jennings' massive tome Aztec. I had a thing for big, fat books; to me it felt like I was getting more for my money. Plus, I've always been a bit of a history buff, and so little was being discussed about the Aztecs in school.

So I dove into it, and the subsequent books in the series. It was fascinating and rich, and uniquely told. It is the biography of an old Aztec man as he told it to a Bishop. The Bishop, in turn, wrote the story in a series of letters to the Spanish King, and it is these letters that make up the chapters of the book.

The story was so unique and so uniquely told, I remember at the time thinking it would make a wonderful mini-series. And now, after all these years, that might just happen. Aztec has just been optioned for television as a possible mini-series. It's just too bad Jennings didn't live to see it.

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The Simpsons: Smoke on the Daughter - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 30th 2008 11:37PM

Lisa Simpson -- Addicted to Second-Hand Smoke(S19E15) "I'm not a nerd. I'm a jock who's too cool for sports." -- Bart Simpson

From the outside, the Family Simpson comprises a group of people who go from one wacky adventure to another. Yet, when you go beneath their four-fingered exteriors, each member of the family is actually fighting their own little battle. For Bart it's the fight against the establishment; for Marge it's finding order withing the disorder of her life; for Maggie it's getting through an entire day on one pacifier; and for Homer it is the philosophical dilemma of whether or not death brings forth life or life brings on death. That, or just trying to get between breakfast and lunch without starving to death...it really depends on the day.


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Apocalypse Now writer penning miniseries for AMC

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 21st 2007 12:03PM

john miliusJohn Milius, who wrote the screenplay for Apocalypse Now and also served as a writer and producer on the HBO series Rome, will be writing a miniseries about photojournalists in Vietnam, set to air on AMC. The miniseries will be called Saigon Bureau, and unfortunately that's all we know at this point.

I'm hoping for a miniseries in which all the photojournalists are similar to Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now: crazy, hopped up on drugs and ending every sentence with "maaaaaaaaan." Of course, that describes pretty much every movie Hopper made in the '70s, but what the hell, you go with what suits you.

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