Charlie Sheen is choosing 30 days of jail time over probation, which was too risky, reports TMZ. In a plea bargain, Sheen will plead no contest to third-degree misdemeanor assault for hitting his wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day and immediately start to serve what will likely amount to 17 days in jail in Aspen, Colorado. He has to complete 36 hours of anger management before the hearing June 7. Mueller and Sheen both went into rehab following the incident, and Sheen took off time from his hit TV show Two and a Half Men. He’ll get his time out of the way before filming begins in early August. The show has been renewed for two seasons; Sheen now earns a reported $2 million an episode.
– Up next for Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest: a Tupac Shakur biopic. The Morgan Creek production is set to begin in September. Fuqua told Digital Spy that he wants to “go to the streets” and find unknowns to play Shakur and other characters, but will use some known actors as well.
– After news that Guillermo del Toro is moving on from directing The Hobbit due to MGM-induced delays, executive producer Peter Jackson told New Zealand’s Dominion Post that he would step in and direct the film himself if necessary, but that he would have to finagle out of two Hollywood studio directing contracts in order to do so. If it’s not Jackson, the entire internet is offering up alternative suggestions.
– The future of TV will be a fight between Google TV and Apple TV, reports the LAT. Both will offer limitless content streaming from the internet to your television. Given the quantity of time Americans spend watching TV, analysts estimate the advertising market at stake is worth some $150 billion. Analysts also speculate that Google is closer to closing the computer/TV gap, which means that Apple will need to up its game. Meanwhile, media giants oppose changes to the traditional TV system. Change is inevitable, it’s just a matter of how and when.
– Production Weekly reports that Paul Thomas Anderson is looking at three leading contenders to star as the daughter of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “The Master” in PTA’s untitled Scientology film: Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll. The Playlist suspects that the less experienced Woll (True Blood) is the most desirable candidate, because the costlier Seyfried is tied up with Catherine Hardwicke’s Girl with the Riding Hood, and Emma Stone is set to star in the upcoming racial drama The Help. Who wouldn’t want to join Hoffman and Jeremy Renner?
– THR reports that HBO’s Boardwalk Empire was a standout at the L.A. Screenings, where foreign buyers select the American shows to take back to their homeland. Martin Scorsese’s prohibition-era drama, starring Steve Buscemi, will be taken to France, Spain, Canada and several other territories around the world. As usual, some deals were already arranged and others were picked up at the screenings. Overall, the reactions seemed tempered by a lack of ground-breaking shows.