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After going through the decimated Alberta City neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Mr. Sheen told the Associated Press he was working with local officials to organize a benefit. He said a date has not been set.

“I want to bring some money, hope, faith and healing to the area,” said Mr. Sheen, the former star of the sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”

The actor, wearing a University of Alabama baseball cap, said he decided to visit after receiving an invitation via Twitter from a University of Alabama student. David Harris of Mobile had asked in a tweet April 30 if he would be willing to perform a relief show in Alabama, Mr. Sheen said.

Mr. Sheen spent the day in Tuscaloosa meeting with storm victims and first responders. He posed for photographs with police officers and National Guard soldiers, accompanied by one of his so-called goddesses and former major league baseball player Todd Zeile.

Mr. Sheen also stopped by an area Kmart to buy flashlights for some of the thousands still without electricity. He paid the $324.07 tab with his own Visa card, and then brought them to a relief center amid loud cheers and applause.

“I’m astounded,” said one of the people at the center, Adrian Norfleet. “I just can’t believe someone would care so much.”

‘Vampire Diaries’ crew spooked during filming

Fans may get a chill watching the CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” but star Nina Dobrev says the cast and crew were the ones spooked while filming at the Gaither Plantation in Covington, Ga.

Miss Dobrev says several creepy, unexplained events took place during the 2010 shoot, including a piano seemingly playing on its own. “The [assistant directors] started screaming, ‘Stop! Whoever that is stop the music. We’re rolling. Cameras are on,’ ” Miss Dobrev says. But the actress says when they walked in the room with the piano, no one was there.

At another point, the lights began flickering while she was in the bathroom. At first she thought her co-stars were playing tricks on her but she says, again, no one was nearby and “the lights were just spontaneously coming on and off.” Miss Dobrev, who plays characters Elena and Katherine in the vampire drama filmed in the Atlanta area, says everyone had a collective “weird feeling” at the site even though “nobody could pinpoint” why.

She says she previously didn’t believe in the supernatural, “but all of a sudden it was kind of happening and it was kind of weird.”

There have been numerous reports of ghost sightings and strange events at the 159 year-old plantation - enough to lead another television show, “Ghost Hunters,” to investigate. Jason Hawes, lead investigator of the Syfy show, says that during a 2009 visit to the plantation, his team found compelling evidence of “intelligent” paranormal activity.

TV on DVD: ‘Penn & Teller’

Master illusionists and comedians Penn Gillette and the ever-so-quiet Teller return for a final season of stylish debunking and muckraking in “Penn & Teller: The Complete Eighth Season” (Paramount Home Entertainment, not rated, $31.99) with a look at topics such as cheerleading competitions, criminal justice, teen sex and vaccinations.

The two-disc DVD set offers the season’s 10 episodes, which feature Penn doing a lot of screaming and swearing - and occasionally some magic - and the self-humiliation of supposed experts.

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