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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Charlie Sheen's bizarre career-killing antics, James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the 83rd Academy Awards, and the new Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never—Director's Fan Cut 3-D.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Charlie Sheen's dismissal from CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.
Sheen interviews on the radio, on Today, on Good Morning America, and with TMZ.
Nick Broomfield's 1995 documentary Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.
Some of Sheen's most bizarre quotes from the TMZ interview.
Sheen's radio rant as performed by animated bears.
The official Web site of the 83rd Academy Awards.
Dana and Troy's discussion of the Oscars in Slate.
Nina Shen Rastogi's Oscars recap for "Brow Beat."
Simon Doonan's review " The Best and Worst of Oscar Fashion" for Slate.
The official Web site for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
Jonah Weiner's review of Bieber's debut album, My World 2.0.
Jody Rosen's appearance on the Gabfest to discuss "Baby" and other 2010 songs of the summer.
"Brow Beat's" analysis of the dark side of Bieber fever.
The Gabfest's recent discussion of Nixon in China.
Happy Birthday, Justin!
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Mark Harris' recent GQ essay on Hollywood's crisis of originality, " The Day the Movies Died."
Julia's pick: Singer-songwriter Adele's new album 21.
Steve's pick: Guptill's roller skating arena in Latham, N.Y.
Outro: "Somebody To Love" by Justin Bieber.
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