Charlie Sheen's career meltdown, James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the Oscars, and the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never on this week's Culture Gabfest podcast.

Charlie Sheen's career meltdown, James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the Oscars, and the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say…

Charlie Sheen's career meltdown, James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the Oscars, and the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say…

Slate's weekly roundtable.
March 2 2011 11:16 AM

The Culture Gabfest, "Adonis DNA" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Charlie Sheen's career meltdown, the Academy Awards, and the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never.

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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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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.