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'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' premiere: Daniel Radcliffe works a little more magic

John Larroquette and Daniel Radcliffe at  "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"  premiere The stars came out to witness Daniel Radcliffe's sorcery go corporate Sunday at the opening night of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York.

In the revival of the musical comedy, "Harry Potter's" Radcliffe stars as J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who works his way up the corporate ladder through a series of schemes and a self-help manual. 

He is joined by Emmy winner and "Night Court" attorney John Larroquette, who plays Finch's boss, the president of the World Wide Wicket Company, in the play, which originally debuted on Broadway in 1961.

Tammy Blanchard plays Hedy LaRue, a secretary and the boss' mistress. She last appeared on Broadway in the 2003 revival of "Gypsy." Making her Broadway debut (like Larroquette) in Rob Ashford's production, Rose Hemingway plays Rosemary, an over-the-moon-over-Finch employee.

John Stamos at  "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"  premiere
Tony Award-winning royalty at opening night included Sara Ramirez of TV's "Gray's Anatomy," Bernadette Peters ("Annie Get Your Gun," "A Little Night Music") and David Hyde Pierce ("Curtains," "La Bete"). Film, television and Broadway star Victor Garber also joined the festivities. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon and "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve" director Garry Marshall walked the red carpet along with 1965 "How to Succeed" cast member Michele Lee.

Others on hand for the festivities were actress Anjelica Huston, Candy Spelling and John Stamos. Stamos last appeared on Broadway in the 2009 revival of "Bye Bye Birdie."

Singer Katharine McPhee and Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz also attended the opening.

One word of warning to ticket-buying Muggles: Radcliffe will be taking a break from the show this summer to promote the last installment of the boy-wizard films.


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-- Nardine Saad
twitter.com / NardineSaad

Upper photo: John Larroquette and Daniel Radcliffe arrive at the opening night after-party for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in New York. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Lower photo: John Stamos at opening night. Credit: Joe Corrigan / Getty Images

Charlie Sheen approves of Rob Lowe -- what a relief *that* must be

Charlie Sheen could be replaced by Rob Lowe or John Stamos?

Charlie Sheen has given Rob Lowe his blessing to replace him on "Two and a Half Men" and apologized to John Stamos for being rude to him as a potential contender -- offering up advice to the two actors if they were to fill the shoes of Charlie Bender.

"I think they're both fabulous. And my apologies to John, I was rude to him earlier. That was unnecessary. And Rob's an old friend and a brilliant actor and a beautiful man," he told Dan Patrick on Wednesday.

Rumors had been running amok about possible replacements, and Stamos, who reappeared on Tuesday's episode of "Glee," even took to Twitter to put the kibosh on his possible casting.

"contrary to the rumors, i am not replacing charlie sheen on two and half men. however, martin sheen has asked me to be his son," the "Full House" actor tweeted

As for Lowe, he's reportedly in serious talks with Warner Bros. to join the "Men" cast, despite ties to NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and Showtime's "Californication."

"What I would advise them to do though is to make it their own," Sheen told Patrick. "Don't think about anything I've done brilliantly on the show for 177,000 episodes. But I would just tell them make it your own."

The embattled actor said he was glad he was fired from the CBS show because now he could be a "free agent" who would be able to pursue "things that are more creative than that slag pit of redundancy. And there's a part of me that kind of enjoyed taking all their money."

Sheen also denied taking drugs or alcohol on the "Men" set and told Patrick that he was training for another installment of "Major League."

Additionally, he cryptically told the sports radio host -- whom he blamed for "94%" of his media-exposed problems -- that his Wednesday morning call-in could be his last interview ever.

"This could be my final interview," Sheen said. "It's kind of symbolic. This is where it all began and where it all ends."

Then he backpedaled, saying he would talk to Patrick exclusively from here on out because he hated reporters who "gladhand me to get into my home and then they vilify me in their narrative speak."

Creepy as an unwinning troll or warlock streaming live while smoking cigarettes and yapping on the phone? Perhaps even creepier.


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-- Nardine Saad

Photos: Charlie Sheen, left; Rob Lowe, center; John Stamos, right. Credits: Greg Gayne / CBS / Associated Press, left; Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images, center; Charles Sykes / Associated Press, right

Who does 'Rocky Horror' better: John Stamos on 'Glee,' Meat Loaf or ... Russell Crowe?

Glee does Rocky Horror You might have heard: "Glee" did a tribute to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for Tuesday's Halloween-esque episode. Sure, there are mixed opinions as to whether it was "family" appropriate. But there was one PG number in particular worth noting: hunky dentist John Stamos twirling female castmates around the rehearsal room as he sang "Hot Patootie -- Bless My Soul."

We would be content to leave Stamos alone. Then Jezebel unearthed footage of what appears to be a young Russell Crowe performing this number  -- and later, showing off his gams as the wheelchair-bound Dr. Scott.

But we know that some still have a soft spot for Meat Loaf's version of "Hot Patootie" from the 1975 movie.

(Props to "Glee," for giving cameos to the Loaf as well as Barry Bostwick, the "Horror" movie's Brad, by the way).

We've got the three videos after the jump. Watch 'em and tell us in the comments who you think really, really does love that rock 'n' roll.

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John Stamos extortionists each get four years in prison

Allison-coss-scott-sippola Mess with Mr. "Full House," get sent to the big house: A Michigan man and woman were each sentenced Friday to four years in prison after attempting to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos.

John-stamos-extortion Allison Coss and Scott Sippola, who met Stamos in 2004 when the actor was in Orlando, Fla., after his  split with Rebecca Romijn, each faced up to nine years in prison but reportedly were hoping for something closer to two.

"The defendants' strategy consisted of lying and inventing stories at trial in a bid to confuse and incite the jury," Stamos wrote in a statement read at the sentencing, which he did not attend. "I was forced to watch (Coss) slander me at trial with impunity while the press reported their fabricated allegations."

Coss, who was 17 at the time she met Stamos, and Sippola had threatened to sell photos of Stamos partying with strippers and blow — pictures that the FBI said did not exist. Stamos contacted the FBI in November 2009 and a sting was set up, which didn't work out so well for the Michigan folks.

Coss was crying at the sentencing and didn't address the judge; Sippola had apologized in a court filing earlier in the week, saying in part, "I sought to exploit my knowledge of the personal weaknesses of a perfect stranger for my own undeserved financial gain."

The two were chained at the ankles and wrists Friday and taken to prison.

— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo at left: Allison Coss, 24, and Scott Sippola, 31, leave the Federal Building in Marquette, Mich., after sentencing on Friday. Photo credit: Danielle Pemble / The Mining Journal

Photo at right: John Stamos in Hollywood on Nov. 16, 2009. Photo credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press.

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Harrison Ford, John Stamos honored by Operation Smile in Beverly Hills

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The Ministry loves a good hero, and on the life-imitating-art-imitating-life front, Harrison Ford is proving to be quite a tasty treat.

Indiana Jones' alter ego is an experienced pilot, and on Friday evening he was honored for commanding a February airlift of medical volunteers and supplies into Hinche, Haiti, at the request of Operation Smile, which responded to the devastating earthquake by expanding its mission beyond providing corrective cleft-palate surgery to needy children around the world.

Alas, Ford was too busy imitating life -- he was on set -- to pick up his award for imitating art, so wife Calista Flockhart did the honors at Operation Smile's ninth annual gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Flockhart's last-minute substitution seemed karmic, because the "Brothers & Sisters" star was to have been honored herself in 2001 until 9/11 intervened.

"I am very proud to be here to accept this beautiful award for my husband, Harrison Ford," she told the crowd, adding that he couldn't be there because "a schedule is at best a work of fiction. But what really matters is he was there in Haiti when it mattered."

Sing it, sister.

Smilepromo The honorees also included "ER's" John Stamos, who's a big supporter of children's charities like the Starlight Foundation and Project Cuddle, for which he serves as national spokesman. He's also developing a Lifetime project based on the rescue organization for abandoned babies and guest-starring on "Glee," which sent Kevin McHale (Artie) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) to provide the evening's entertainment.

"He's quite a good cuddler," "Full House" producer Garry Marshall assured the crowd in presenting the award to the hunky Stamos.

Good to know. Seriously.

– Irene Lacher

Photo: John Stamos accepts his award at the Operation Smile gala. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Michigan couple convicted in John Stamos extortion trial

Stamos-and-fans A man and woman accused of attempting to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos in 2004 were convicted Thursday in a U.S. District Court in Michigan, CNN reports, and face up to nine years each in prison.

Prosecutors said Allison Coss and Scott Sippola had threatened to sell to a magazine allegedly compromising pictures of Stamos doing cocaine with a pair of strippers; when the FBI searched the couple's home, no such photos were found. Stamos had maintained that no pictures existed because nothing inappropriate had happened during a 2004 trip to Orlando, Fla., where he met Coss.

Stamos bounced back with a statement Thursday, made via his Twitter account, that read, in part:

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John Stamos caught up in alleged extortion plot

Stamos Well, he's not exactly David Letterman, but apparently John Stamos can get extorted just as well as the next guy

That's alleged extortion, of course. Two people were arrested Dec. 2 in connection with an FBI sting aimed at busting a plot to extract $680,000 from Stamos -- "Mr. X" in the affidavit obtained by the Smoking Gun -- so that pictures taken during a 2004 party wouldn't be sold to the tabloids and cause harm to the "Full House" and "ER" actor's reputation.

Officers raided the Michigan home of Allison Coss, 23, and Scott Sippola, 30, finding photos of Stamos, Stamos' personal cellphone number and contact information for three tabloid magazines, the FBI said.

Coss and Sippola are currently out on bail.

The pictures reportedly are of John posing with fans, his rep said, adding that the images will be made public "at the conclusion of the investigation and hearing." 

See you in court.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Hey, who's picking on Uncle Jessie? John Stamos poses with his star during the induction ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 16, 2009, in Hollywood, California. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images.

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