Hot Pop Culture – February 28 … Mr. Pop Culture Report…

Tragedy For Marie Osmond -  Her 18-year-old son Michael Blosil has passed away. Osmond said in a statement through her publicist that her family is devastated by the “tragic loss.” She did not provide details on the death. Entertainment Tonight reported on its Web site that Blosil jumped to his death Friday night from a downtown Los Angeles apartment building.

NASCAR - Kevin Harvick overcame a pair of horrendous pit stops to win the Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick led 83 of the 200 laps Saturday, but had to rally after his crew cost him several spots on pit road. Patrick finished 36th in her third and final NASCAR race before she takes a four-month hiatus to return to IndyCar racing.

As I Recall – Little Brownie Bakers, the maker of Girl Scout Cookies, announced a recall of some of its cookies Thursday. The company, located in Louisville, Ky., said Lemon Chalet Crème cookies, while still safe for consumption, are not up to its quality standards. Approximately 10 consumers have informed the cookie maker of an off taste and smell in certain packages of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies, which it said is a result of oils that may be breaking down.

Get Ready – Intel plans to release a faster version of its “Pine Trail” Atom processor for Netbooks on Monday, bringing a little extra performance to this popular segment of the laptop marketMajor. PC makers are expected to announce–over the coming weeks and months–new products or product refreshes with the new processor, the N470, which will be identical to the current 1.66GHz N450 but get bumped to a speed of 1.83GHz, according to a source familiar with the announcement.

Hot hits this week in 2010 -Tik Tok – Ke$ha, Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas,We Are The World For Haiti & Bad Romance – Lady Gaga.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1983….

WSM Inc. in Nashville debuts “The Nashville Network” on cable this week. It’s a new 18-hour network available in 7 million cable homes. WSM says it has committed $50 million to the new advertising-supported network. The main feature of the channel so far will be “Nashville Now” – being billed as cable’s first nightly live entertainment show.  Chairman Bud Wendell says “We’ve been in the business of country music for more than 50 years. We feel we know our market. Cable is a very viable, logical direction for us.”

The debut comes on the heals of a failure in cable – RCA announced last week that it be ending “The Entertainment Channel” at the end of next month. Officials hope to raise the Pay-TV channel as a commercial service later this year. Other programs on “The Nashville Network” will include “Fandango” – a country-oriented game show, “Yesteryear in Nashville” – hosted by Hee Haw’s Archie Campbell, “Tumbleweed Theater” -  old Western movie serials, “Dancin’ USA,”  “I-40 Paradise” – a sitcom and “Country Sportsman.”

At Toys R Us – E.T.  2 1/2” wind-up figure – his head bobs up & down as he walks – $2.48 … E.T game from Parker Brothers – help E.T get back to his ship safely – $8.97 … Milton Bradley Pac-Man game – Arcade game is now a board game – $9.97.

Pop music this week in 1983 – “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson, “”Baby Come To Me” – Patti Austin with James Ingram, “Shame On The Moon” – Bob Seger, “Stray Cat Strut’ – The Stray Cats, “You and I” – Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle, “You Can’t Hurry Love” – Phil Collins, “Pass The Dutchie” – Musical Youth, “Goody Two Shoes” – Adam Ant, “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” – Sammy Hagar, ”All Right” – Christopher Cross, “Allentown” – Billy Joel, “Back On The Chain Gang” – ThePretenders, “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Duran Duran, “Separate Ways” – Journey, “The Other Guy” – Little River Band

Top Pop Culture For February 27… Mr. Pop Culture Report

A devastating 8.8 earthquake in Chilli – and death toll is climbing. Hawaii is at the heart of Tsunami warnings as of this posting…

Top Music Money Makers – U2 leads Billboard’s 2010 Money Makers list, earning more than $108 million in 2009. Bruce Springsteen is second with $57 million and Madonna follows with $47 million. AC/DC and Britney Spears round out the top 5 with $43 and $38 million, respectively. Billboard compiles the list from monies earned through tours, CD and digital sales, publishing royalties and more. Madonna topped the list last year; Springsteen came in third. Both U2 and Madonna have touring deals with Live Nation.

Making Pop Culture History – Apple Inc. said  that it has sold 10 billion songs from the iTunes Store since it opened in 2003, cementing its position as the world’s largest music retailer. The 10 billionth song was “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash, bought by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga. He will receive a $10,000 gift card. The music store sold around 25 million tracks in 2003. Three years later, it surpassed the 1 billion mark. Johnny Cash Performing “Guess Things Happen That Way.” Song Makes Pop Culture History This Week (www.mrpopculture.com (see video)

Michael Jordan’s New Team – With minutes to go until his exclusive negotiating window was to expire,  Michael Jordan struck a deal late Friday night to buy controlling interest of the Charlotte Bobcats,  putting the six-time NBA champion in charge of the money-losing team in his home state.

Google Gaga Over Solar – Google has developed a prototype for a new mirror technology that could cut by half the cost of building a solar thermal plant, the company’s green energy czar said. Bill Weihl said that if development and testing go well, he could see the product being ready in one to three years. “Things have progressed,” Weihl said in an interview. “We have an internal prototype.” (CNET)

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 2002 -

The death of Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is confirmed – he has been killed by his terrorist captors. A video tape showed him being shot by pistol to the head.

The Olympic Games at Salt Lake City close. The event was rather peaceful – but police did have to arrest 20 people after a beer garden closed early and patrons did not disperse.

The Dow tops 10,000, influenced by hot home sales.

Technology –

Apple unveils the new iMac. The most expensive model sells for $1,799 has 256 megs of Ram, 60-gig hard drive and a SuperDrive which burns CD’s and DVD’s!

Elton John says the music industry is the pits – and is churning out “average and mediocre” bands. He also doesn’t like videos and says if he were in charge – they’d all go away so we could all listen to music again.

Wednesday night – Don’t miss The Grammy Awards on CBS-TV. Host Jon Stewart with performances by U2, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews band, ‘N Sync, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss.

Top Pop Culture Stories – February 26… Mr. Pop Culture Report

Sadly – Former “Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig was found dead Thursday in a wooded area of a sprawling downtown park where he enjoyed spending time, apparently after committing suicide. The actor’s father, Walter Koenig, said “my son took his own life,” and police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness said, “I’ll let Mr. Koenig’s words speak for themselves.” “He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter Koenig said, referring his son’s lifelong depression.

Great Gold – South Korea’s Kim Yu-Na easily won the ladies’ figure skating gold with a world record total of 228.56 points, shattering her previous global standard by 18 points. The win gave South Korea its first Olympic figure skating medal ever.

No More Oscar Specials  For Barbara – After 29 years, Barbara Walters has decided to call it quits on her yearly Oscar Specials. For her final Oscar (ABC, March 7, 7 PM), Walters, 80, will sit down with front runners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Mo’Nique (Precious).

He’s So Vain – Carly Simon’s “Your So Vain” is really about David Geffen. The song, which catapulted the singer to fame in 1972, was rumored to be about one of her ex-boyfriends, who include Warren Beatty Mick Jagger, but she had persistently refused to name the man behind the track. But Simon has now revealed who was so vain by giving fans a cryptic clue in an acoustic version of the song, which features on her upcoming album “Never Been Gone.” The singer whispers Geffen’s name backwards in the track, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week in 1985 …

Technology – Sharp introduces a double-cassette VCR – where you can record tapes from tapes. It’ll be sold only in Japan for now. Hollywood hates the idea and believes it’ll be easy to pirate videotapes.

“Beat of a New Generation” – Pepsi-Cola kicks off its 1985 advertising campaign featuring singer Lionel Richie in a three-minute television spot – the longest product-oriented television commercials aired to date. The commercial is described as a mini-rock video and will air during the Grammy Awards telecast on CBS 1985 Lionel Richie/Pepsi… @www.mrpopculture.com

$22 million suit – Frank Sinatra files suit against the National Enquirer for an October article that claimed the entertainer went of a Swiss clinic for injections of a youth serum made of sheep cells.

Playing in Las Vegas –

Willie Nelson – Caesar’s Palace

Desert Inn – Jerry Lewis and Shirley Jones

Maxim – Allen & Rossi

MGM Grand – Rich Little and Ann Jillian

Music news – John Fogerty has his first album in 10 years and it looks like a hit – “Centerfold.”

She’s Helen Folasade Adu and was born in Nigeria. But she calls herself Sade – a nickname derived from Folasade.

Top Pop Culture Stories – February 25… Mr. Pop Culture Report

Tyler Puts The Aero Back In Smith – After turmoil that included public squabbling, threats of a lineup change and a rehab stint, Aerosmith is back and ready to rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have announced a European summer tour — with Steven Tyler. The announcement was made via a video post on the band’s Web site Wednesday. Tyler was sitting with the rest of the band and joked: “I just auditioned and I got the gig.”

Mr Chekov Checks-Out – Andrew Koenig’s parents mysteriously walked out of an interview with talk show host “Larry King” just minutes before they were due to go on the air.The former “Growing Pains” star hasn’t been seen since Feb. 14. He disappeared during a trip to Vancouver, Canada and was reported missing by a friend after failing to show up for his flight home to Los Angeles on Feb. 16. Said Larry King, “For some reason unbeknownst to anyone, Walter Koenig, the father of the missing Andrew Koenig, and Judy Levin-Koenig left the studio in Vancouver. We checked them out, they were prepared to go on, I said ‘Hello,’ they said ‘Hello.’ We said we’d be on in two minutes, they said ‘Fine.’ And they got up and left, for reasons unknown.”

Hummer To Stop Idling – General Motors said today it will wind down its Hummer SUV line after failing to complete a deal to sell the brand to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. “We are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed,” John Smith, GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances, said in a statement.

Not Loving Her – Whitney Houston has suffered another setback in her ongoing tour of Australia — fans walked out of her show in Sydney on Wednesday night after the singer’s voice began to fail. The “I Will Always Love You” hitmaker was previously accused of putting on a lackluster performance in Brisbane on Monday, reportedly coughing through her set and taking breaks to catch her breath. Promoters behind the concert defended Houston’s performance, and brushed off fears the star is in poor health.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1966…

Teenage trends – Girls are going for animal pins, made out of gold-look metal,
with sapphire or emerald eyes… French seems to be hot. Some teens are watching foreign French films and listening to French music, including rock n roll.Do you belong to a French club in school?
More teen trends – Saddle shoes are popping up everywhere … Ben Franklin glasses (the kind The  Byrds wear) … pastimes among teens – starting a singing group, chitchatting in teen coffeehouses, writing to pen pals… Teen girls seem fascinated with these careers – modeling, fashion, airline hosting …Most teens seem to be in favor of the Vietnam War …53% say they are headed to college. Media -everyone’s going for the Beatles, Beach Boys, Herman’s Hermits and – David McCallum (Man from UNCLE). Teens are signing birthday cards “from UNCLE. (Video Here)Byrds – “Turn Turn Turn” – Roger McGuinn’s Granny Glasses.
Sean Connery – Bond, James Bond, says he will make his directing debut on Broadway next fall. “When I got to be 35 last June, I promised myself that for the next 35 years, I would do only things that excite me.” The drama is to be called “The Secret of the World” and will star Shelly Winters and a male colleague to be announced. “Negotiations are going on in England right now. Either I’ll do two more Bond pictures or none. (So far, Connery has done four James Bond
adventures).


Top Pop Culture Stories – February 24… Mr. Pop Culture Report

Bryant Is Back - Kobe Bryant returned to lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury and made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to lift the LA Lakers to 99-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points, including his team’s final nine points. His 3-pointer with 54 seconds left tied the game at 96-all. His game-winner came off an inbounds play 4 seconds after his layup attempt was blocked by Rudy Gay. (Fox)

Sex and the New Scent – “Sex and The City” fans can finally smell like Carrie Bradshaw! Sarah Jessica Parker debuts a new scent, SJP NYC, based on her beloved character. “I like the idea of creating a fragrance of everyone. I thought a lot about the idea of like when Carrie Bradshaw walks down a street,” said Ms. Parker.

De-Ready DeGeneres – Ellen DeGeneres gets a first taste of judging on a live “American Idol”  Tuesday night as the Top 12 girls got their first chance to compete for the public vote. Ellen and Simon served as bookends on the judges’ table, with Randy and Kara at center. Making a play on Cowell’s remarks about them not getting along – Ms. Degeneres remarked that “We had a little problem and I felt like it’s safer over here,” of her seat next to Randy. “The problem is, Simon wants me and he’s got a thing for me and I get it Simon. I get it, and it’s not going to happen.”

Fool’s Gold At the Winter Games – A bad call by his coach costs (Dutch) Sven Kramer a gold medal in speed skating. Far ahead of the crowd, he stopped to talk to his coach, but was sent back – in the wrong position – to the inner instead of the outer track – and was disqualified!! OOOCH!! (see video).

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1996…

Television news – Temperamental Roseanne Arnold dumps three of her show’s writers for helping her ex – Tom on his upcoming movie.

“The Late Shift” – an HBO movie about the battle between Jay Leno and Dave Letterman – drew 2.3 million homes – airing on Saturday night this week. (Sample of the 1996 HBO Movie – “The Late Shift” Leno Vs. Letterman. This Week in 1996 at www.mrpopculture.com

After four years – “Picket Fences” will end production, although CBS has not officially canceled the series. “Nash Bridges” starring Don Johnson will air in the spot vacated by Picket Fences on Friday night beginning March 29.

On Saturday Night Live this week – Elle Macpherson hosts with musical guest Sting.

Top Pop Culture Stories – February 23 – Mr. Pop Culture Report

The King Is Back – Michael Jackson is returning to Disneyland for the first time in over ten years! “Captain EO” and late pop king Michael Jackson are returning to Disneyland and the Disney Park will be playing the musical indefinitely. Jackson’s musical flick, which ran from 1986 to 1997, will now be shown indefinitely at the Disney parks.

Sarah’s Smiling – As daughter Bristol Palin will make her acting debut on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” The 19-year-old Palin has a 1-year-old son, Tripp, with ex-fiance Levi Johnston. She will play herself as one of Amy’s friends at a music program for teen moms. Ms. Palin said in a statement that she is “thrilled” to appear on the hit series.

Out Of The Zone – TMZ is being sued for broadcasting allegedly stolen and confidential footage of an interview with Debbie Rowe soon after her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, died last June. The details of the lawsuit raise interesting questions about the gossip Web site’s news operation, copyright issues, and the boundaries between an entertainment clip and a fair-use news product. Suit was filed by Marc Schaffel Productions.

Get Ready To Vonn - In the first stop of her post-Olympic tour, Lindsey Vonn will guest on Jay Leno’s first return “Tonight” show. The skier, who has won two medals already in Vancouver, will join actor Jamie Foxx and country singer Brad Paisley in returning the embattled Leno back to his old time slot on March 1, the first Monday after the Olympics.

Spotting the Trend – As the government cracks down on the way banks charge fees for overspending on debit cards, the industry is mounting an aggressive campaign aimed at keeping billions of dollars in penalty income flowing into its coffers. Chase and other banks are preparing a full-court marketing blitz, which is likely to include filling mailboxes with various aggressive and persuasive letters, calling account holders directly, and sending a steady stream of e-mail to urge consumers to keep their overdraft service turned on. Starting this summer, banks must get consumers to agree, or “opt in,” to a service covering purchases on a debit card when there is not enough money in their account. The Federal Reserve has ordered the same restriction for banks that want to let people withdraw more than their balance at an automated teller machine. Many banks now automatically provide such coverage for fees of up to $35 or more.So many people now dip their balance below zero that banks generated an estimated $20 billion from overdraft fees on debit purchases and A.T.M. transactions in 2009, according to Michael Moebs, an economist who advises banks and credit unions. All of this revenue is potentially at risk, since these are the two areas that the new Federal Reserve regulations cover. (Banks generate an extra $12 billion by covering checks and recurring bills; under the new rules, they can still cover those and charge fees without customers’ consent.) Over the last decade, these fees have become an increasingly important source of income for banks as consumers have turned to debit cards to pay for a wide variety of their purchases, whether monthly bills or a pack of gum. (Many banks also offer less controversial overdraft programs in which consumers sign up to cover shortfalls in their checking account by pulling money out of a savings account or a credit card.) (Huffington)

Steady and Stable –  Home prices rose for the seventh straight month in December, a sign of price stability as the U.S. housing market continues its bumpy road to recovery. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released Tuesday rose 0.3 percent from November to December, to a seasonally adjusted reading of 145.87. The index was off 3.1 percent from December last year, nearly matching analysts’ estimates that it would fall by 3.2 percent.

Mr. Pop Archives – Week of February 22, 1979…

Funk singer Rick James comments on a black trying to make it in rock – “Rock still isn’t ready for black stars. That was proven with Jimi Hendrix. He was the first one and he had to go through all sorts of mind-boggling changes…” “I’ve been trying to crack rock with funk fusions for the longest time but there’s too much racial crap going on in rock. I just couldn’t deal with it anymore. I decided I was going back to fun where my roots are.” James said he tried rock for one reason – the money is better.

Television news –

The six episodes of “Roots: The Next Generation” were in the top 11 TV ratings last week. The other top shows in order – “Mork & Mindy,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Happy Days,” and “Angie.” ABC-TV had all the shows.

NBC, unhappy with the style and the early ratings of “Supertrain,” has fired executive producer Dan Curtis. The show, a midseason replacement – did OK in the ratings when it debuted Feb. 7 – 32% of the viewing audience, but it’s now down to 20%. Curtis believes NBC is in a panic.

Spin off – Helen and Stanley Roper of “Three’s Company” are going to sell the apartment building and move into a series of their own on ABC.

Sylvester Stallone appears on the syndicated “The Muppet Show” this week in 1979.

Top Pop Culture Stories – February 22 – Mr. Pop Culture Report

Long And Winding Abbey Road – Music company EMI wants to retain ownership of the Abbey Road recording studios, immortalized by the Beatles album of the same name, though it is talking to other parties about revitalizing the site, EMI said on Sunday. A source familiar with the situation told Reuters last week that loss-making EMI had put the studios up for sale and was talking to a few interested firms, although no deal was imminent.

He’s Missing Paula – Simon Cowell says his relationship with new judge DeGeneres isn’t the best, when asked about Paula Abdoul: “Amazingly, even though we used to argue a lot, she was somebody I got close to,” he says. “We would hang out together after the show. She always made me laugh. She was funny. It is not having your friend on the show any more, so I do miss her.”

Credit Long Overdue – A sweeping credit card law that takes effect this week. The law that President Barack Obama signed last May was supposed to prevent banks from using tactics that put borrowers deeper into debt. Yet, it still allows loans and cards with crushing terms. The new law now lets you know how much that card really costs to use. The consumer will now know how long it will take to pay off the balance. The law does allow banks to create new fees and raise old ones. It also permits some interest rate hikes with ample notification. But it shields card users from sudden hikes, excessive fees and other gimmicks that companies have used to drive up profits. (AP)

Heavy Medal – Apolo Anton Ohno becomes the most decorated US Winter Olympian ever after earning his seventh career medal. The 27-year-old skater from Seattle took the bronze in the men’s short track 1,000 meters on the ninth day of the Winter Olympics. The medalist broke a tie with Bonnie Blair, who accumulated six medals (five gold, one bronze) in speed skating in the 1980s-90s. “I really had to fight,” he said following his victory. “I can’t wait to watch the tape and see how I came back from last place to win bronze.”

Mr. Pop Week-by-week archives -This Week In 2001:

NBC says it will keep its XFL game coverage in prime time – despite sinking ratings. The made-for-TV league – where NBC partnered with the WWF, saw only 3.9 million watching the most recent telecast.

Kelly Ripa is now with Regis Philbin for “Live with Regis and Kelly.” She’s still keeping her acting job as Hayley on “All My Children.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Katie Holmes with musical guest – The Dave Matthews Band.

FBI Agent Fox Mulder returns to the “X-Files” this week.

MTV changes the “Jackass” disclaimer after complaints by Sen .Joseph I. Lieberman.  This after a 13-year-old boy was badly burned while mimicking a stunt from the show.

Top Pop Culture Stories – February 20… MrPopCultureDotCom

Good Morning Mr. Phelps - The most decorated athlete in Olympic history began a five-day trip to Vancouver by making a little news of his own. Michael Phelps told reporters that the 2012 London Olympics will be his last and that he won’t attempt to repeat his eight-gold-medal performance in two years. “I told myself I will not swim over the age of 30, and I will not swim over the age of 30,” he said. Phelps has won 14 gold medals in his career, five more than any other athlete. Though he didn’t specifically say how many events he’d do in London, five or six would be the most likely (three relays plus two or three individual events).

Lizzie McGuire to Marry – After dating for two years, actress, singer and former superstar Disneygirl Hilary Duff, who had a recurring guest role on the popular CW series last season, is engaged to Edmonton Oilers forward Mike Comrie.The proposal comes during the NHL’s two-week break for the Olympics. Hilary recently appeared in the CW’s “Gossip Girl.”

Broken Ties - Former “Family Ties” actor Brian Bonsall has been arrested again in Colorado, this time on a charge of using marijuana in violation of the terms of his release. He was accused of repeatedly hitting a friend in the head with a broken wooden stool in December and of missing a court hearing in 2007 in another assault case.

Penn & Temper – Actor Sean Penn has been charged with two crimes after a run-in with a photographer last year and could face jail time if convicted, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Friday. Penn, 49, was charged with misdemeanor battery and vandalism after allegedly kicking a photographer in the leg and breaking his camera last October at an upscale shopping center in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, the city attorney’s office said.

Sizzling Search Engine Get More Energrized -  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized Google Energy to buy and sell electricity in bulk like any other utility. The FERC, the agency with oversight of the U.S. power grid, signed an order that grants Google Energy market-based rate authorization. This paves the way for the search giant to not only better manage its own energy costs, but to possibly add electricity marketer to its repertoire of services. The order specifically grants Google Energy–a subsidiary of Google–the rights “for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates” while acknowledging that neither Google Energy nor its affiliates “own or control any generation or transmission” facilities.Google has expressed a desire for access to larger amounts of renewable energy to help produce the electricity it consumes as part of its vast search-engine empire. Google has long maintained that its goal is to become a carbon-neutral company. As a side note, it’s not unusual for large companies to be granted the authority to trade in the wholesale electricity market for the purpose of managing their own energy costs.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1981 -  It’s announced that Prince Charles, heir to the British throne and one of the world’s most eligible bachelors is engaged to 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer and the couple will be married this summer. The announcement ended months of speculation about their romance.

Top Pop Culture Stories (Updated) – February 19… MrPopCultureDotCom

A Toast To Mariah - According to Star magazine, Mariah Carey’s “excessive drinking is spiraling out of control,” and husband Nick Cannon.The supermarket tabloid has an unnamed source who says, “Mariah drinks champagne all day long,” and it’s becoming “more than [Cannon] can handle.”Among the reasons Carey is allegedly hitting the bottle, claims the Star, is that “she’s terrified about being a has-been and stressed about having to prove herself with each album.” (MSN)

Abbey May Have A New Road - Superstar composer Andrew LLoyd Weber says he is “very interested” in buying England’s famed Abbey Road recording studios, saying it is “vital for the future of the music industry in the UK” to save the north London venue where he and the Beatles laid down much of their work.

Ooooch! -Lil Wayne – the 27-year-old rapper (real name: Dwayne Carter) had eight root canals on Tuesday. During the eight-hour procedure, Lil Wanye — who has said his jewel-encrusted teeth cost about $150,000 — underwent several tooth implants and “had the few real teeth he had left repaired,” the site reports. (TMZ)

Woods Coming Out of the Woods – Tiger Woods’ public apology has the media on pins and needles. And should come any time now!.. But wait – it has…

Tiger, appearing in a 13-minute press conference -  admitted that he is the only one to blame, admitting, “I was unfaithful.” He also apologized to his family, friends and fans, and said he thought he played by different rules because of money and fame, but agrees that those “actions were wrong.”Tiger admitted “he has a long way to go,” but he is taking steps in the right direction, and said that no matter what people want to know about his marriage, it is going to stay within the family. “Please leave my wife and kids alone,” Tiger stated.

  • From LA Radio – When John Melendez left the Howard Stern show in 2004, where he was known as “Stuttering John,” he became the on-screen announcer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Apparently the way John split from Howard, there is no way he could return. And he’s going to need another gig because when Jay Leno returns to the Tonight Show, the announcer will be unseen and generic. Stuttering John is gone.
Mr. Pop Flashback – This Week in 1969 -  NBC unveils its fall slate:
Dropped are “Star Trek,” “Get Smart,” “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” “Mothers InLaw,” “My Friend Tony” and “The Outsider.” Among the new shows – a newsituation comedy starring Bill Cosby. He’ll play a high school gym teacher whodoubles as a private eye. Also new to the NBC schedule – “My World AndWelcome To It” starring William Windom and “The Debbie Reynolds Show.”Replacing “Star Trek” on Friday nights will be “Bracken’s World” starring Peter Haskell. An NBC press release describes it this way: “It is a glamorous world, it is also a ruthless one. It is a world where stars are born and dreams come true anda world where hopes are shattered and nightmares are lived in  aking hours. Inshort, Bracken’s World is Hollywood.”

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For February 18

Vonn Loves Vancouver - Lindsey Vonn vowed to “push through” the pain, and push through it she did — crossing the line in the downhill at the Winter Olympics on one ski to win her first career gold medal. Overcoming a shin injury and living up to huge expectations, the most decorated female alpine skier in U.S. history tore through the rugged and ragged course Wednesday, winning by more than half a second. Teammate and 2006 giant slalom gold medalist Julia Mancuso finished second, followed by Austria’s Elisabeth Gorgl.

Rowling Razzed -  J.K. Rowling has been named in a lawsuit alleging she stole ideas for her wildly popular and lucrative “Harry Potter” books from another British author.The estate of the late Adrian Jacobs on Wednesday added Rowling as a defendant in a lawsuit it filed in June against Bloomsbury Publishing PLC for alleged copyright infringement, according to a statement released by the estate’s representatives, who are based in Australia.The lawsuit, filed in a London court, claims Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” copied substantial parts of Jacobs’ 1987 book, “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No. 1 Livid Land.” Jacobs’ estate also claims that many other ideas from “Willy the Wizard” were copied into the “Harry Potter” books. Jacobs died in London in 1997. (AP)

Wal-Mart Smart - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 22 percent increase in its fourth-quarter profit as the world’s largest retailer cut costs and slimmed down its inventories. But a key measure of sales showed its third consecutive quarterly decline, the discounter said Thursday, as it continues to grapple with deflation in groceries and electronics and a tough economy. The company also offered a tepid earnings outlook. Wal-Mart shares fell 82 cents to $53.24 in premarket trading.

Lopsided Unemployment - A new study found that while the unemployment rate among those making over $150,000 was only 3 percent, the rate for those in the bottom 10 percent of income was a staggering 31 percent. Does anyone believe that we would be facing the same lack of urgency about the jobs crisis in Washington if it were the unemployment rate among the top 10 percent that was 31 percent?… (Huffington)