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Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 26

Amazing Stat – According to a study funded by UK-based Sheila’s Wheels insurance company, the average woman wears 1,000 pounds worth of clothes and accessories per day—or, according to today’s exchange, about $1,440. The study says the typical outfit consists of a top worth about $30, skirt $44, coat $90, shoes $70, handbag $150, jewelry worth more than $500 and watch about $110. The study also included estimates for underwear, tights and knitwear.

Tops in NASCAR  -

Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch

Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick

Kurt Busch

Matt Kenseth

Jeff Burton

Jeff Gordon

Britney is Tops On Twitter – Over the weekend, the official Britney Spears Twitter account passed actor Ashton Kutcher’s feed as the most popular on the microblogging site. Both are closing in on a whopping 5 million followers – Britney had about 4,946,000 as of late Monday morning, compared to Kutcher’s 4,942,000. Her new place in the top spot comes despite the fact that Britney’s feed, in contrast to Kutcher’s ultra-personal musings, is largely filled by posts from her manager, Adam Leber, and other staffers.

Television Passing – Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular TV shows “People Are Funny” ” and “House Party” in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97. His son-in-law Art Hershey says Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. “Art Linkletter’s House Party,” one of television’s longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969. Linkletter collected sayings from the children into “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” and it sold in the millions. The book “70 Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965″ ranked “Kids Say the Darndest Things” as the 15th top seller among nonfiction books in that period.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 24

Paula Is Back – As Simon Cowell leaves the reality-show judge’s chair, his old foil, Paula Abdul, is coming back. CBS said Monday that Abdul will be a judge on “Got to Dance,” a competition expected to make it on the air sometime next season. She’ll also be an executive producer for the series, which is based on a successful competition that airs in Britain.

Rock singer Bret Michaels finally had a reason to celebrate on Sunday after a string of medical emergencies — winning the reality TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The show’s host Donald Trump told Michaels he was “hired” in Sunday’s finale, winning $250,000 for his nominated charity, the American Diabetes Association. In second place was actress Holly Robinson Peete with $250,000 also to go to her chosen charity, her own HollyRod Foundation that supports families facing a serious illness.

Simon Cowell tells Oprah Winfrey he’s leaving “Idol” because, he’s bored… “After a while, you start to go on automatic pilot,” Cowell  “And there were too many times, Oprah, where I was sitting there bored, and I thought, ‘The end of the day, the audience doesn’t tune in to watch me being bored. They deserve more than that.’ But I can’t hide it when I’m bored. I just can’t fake it.”

Technology – “Tech Guy” Leo LePorte – who does a popular weekend radio show on the tech industry – is at war of sorts with Facebook – and has pulled his page. And lately – the social Internet giant has come under fire for how it operates and how it shares information. Now buffeted by those privacy snafus and the lingering fallout from a damning, years-old instant messaging thread, Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg switched into full-on damage control Monday, confessing that the sprawling social network had “missed the mark” when it comes to its complex privacy controls — and pledging to do better. The company this week releases these bullet points – to set the record straight…

Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:

You have control over how your information is shared.

We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want.

We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.

We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.

We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.

Hot albums this week in 2010 –

My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Iron Man 2 – soundtrack

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Sea of Cowards – The Dead Weather

Live at the Troubadour – Carole King & James Taylor

Charice – Charice

Raymond V Raymond – Usher

The Oracle – Godsmack

Powerless Rise – As I Lay Dying

Court Yard Hounds – Court Yard Hounds

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 20

Search For TV – Saying it will “change the future of television,” Google on Thursday rolled out Google TV — the internet giant’s venture into web-TV integration. The application, run by Google’s Android operating system, lets users search for content from their television, DVR and the web.The platform will let users search for content, from the name of a TV show to the name of a network, in much the same way a Google search works. They’ll get results from TV and the web and be able to watch either on their TV screen. It also will have voice recognition, letting users speak the name of a show or other content and have it pop up on their screens.

Vanessa Williams – the “Ugly Betty” (her show which wrapped up in April) veteran has joined the cast of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

A Los Angeles Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Lindsay Lohan’s arrest. The bail was set at $100,000. Lohan, 23, failed to appear in court Thursday, claiming she was stranded without her passport at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France. The troubled actress later made bail.

Google kicked off its annual developers’ conference this week by introducing tools to help people build web-based applications, while making a strong push for HTML5, the next generation of the code on which the web is built. In a wide-ranging keynote, Google engineers and guest speakers emphasized the potential of the web as an open-source platform for developers to build apps and reduce the dependence on plug-ins — small external programs, such as the Flash media player, that can make browsers more useful.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 19

Miley Cyrus may sing about how she “Can’t Be Tamed” in her new single, but it looks like the producers of “Dancing With the Stars” ” think that actually can. Miley, who is set to perform the song on Tuesday’s “Dancing,” has been warned by producers to keep things G-rated.  The report comes a week after Miley was filmed giving one of her “Last Song” producers a lap dance. The recent release of the “Can’t Be Tamed,” in which a highly sexualized Miley dances in a birdcage (see video below), also caused controversy.

FOX is changing the “American Idol” ” format after it sagged in the ratings (dropping 9% in young viewership) giving a push to “Glee” and focusing on comedy heading into the next television season. In response to viewer requests for more performances, Fox will increase the Tuesday night competition show from an hour to 90 minutes. The Wednesday results show will be chopped in half to 30 minutes, Fox executives said. Despite the ratings slide, “American Idol” continues as the nation’s most popular TV show.

William Shatner will star in his first sitcom. CBS has given the green light to a show, “Bleep My Dad Says,” on which the son of Shatner’s character has more than a million followers to a Twitter account where he writes down his father’s musings.

Hot Hits This Week -

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Not Afraid – Eminem

Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Eminem & Haley Williams

Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Rude Boy – Rihanna

Your Live Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 13…

Google’s Nexus One smartphone will start being sold in brick-and-mortar stores, said the company Friday in acknowledging that its experiment with Web-only sales has been a failure. Unveiled in January to much fanfare, the Nexus One offered the choice of “locked” service with T-Mobile or, for a higher price, the freedom to let the user pick their mobile provider. More recently, Verizon was added as a mobile provider for the phone. “As with every innovation, some parts worked better than others,” blogged Andy Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering . “While the global adoption of [Google's] Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the Web store has not.”

NBC will not renew the original “Law & Order” at the upcoming conclusion of its 20th season, leaving it tied with “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running scripted show in television history. But, don’t fret – NBC has picked up another season of “SVU” and a new Law and Order: Los Angeles. Great!

The next version of Firefox will be a faster, more powerful Web experience, the browser’s director says. In a presentation to Firefox developers, Mozilla’s Mike Beltzner said that the planned version 3.7 of the browser will now become Firefox 4.0 – a revamp clearly designed to close ground on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and stay ahead of competitors like Google’s upstart Chrome.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 10

Market researcher NetApplications released a report saying IE has fallen to less than 60 percent of the browser market. Meanwhile, alternative browsers like Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are catching up a bit. Firefox makes up nearly a quarter of the browser market; and newer Chrome is at about 7 percent, up from about 2 percent a year ago in May. A new version of Internet Explorer – IE9  should be out this year.

Such A Bargain – JetBlue is selling all remaining seats on nonstop flights Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to 59 destinations for $10 each way. The airline didn’t specify how many seats are available in the sale. JetBlue Airways Corp., based in Forest Hills, N.Y., serves 61 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Central America — including San San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco — with 650 daily flights.

New York’s Apollo Theater takes on a touch of Hollywood by installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson.The famed Harlem auditorium had every year been creating its own Hall of Fame list of legends who had close ties to the theater. But on Monday it began installing bronze rectangular plaques on the sidewalk outside the theater, including for James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald.

Susan Boyle (49) is taking legal action against two of her brothers for breach of privacy over an interview they gave. Susan’s brothers Gerry, 55, and John Boyle, 59, apparently told a mag about her career, which saw her attain stardom in less than a year, reports the Daily Express. John and Gerry told the mag that the family is increasingly being “frozen out” of the church volunteer’s life.

Barbara Walters (80) – ‘The View’ creator and longtime television newswoman, says she will have a heart valve replaced this week and be off air indefinitely.

Golden Ratings – They Love Betty White – White’s SNL hosting debut was the No. 1 telecast of the night, topping prime-time programs, and netted an 8.8 rating/21 share to post the late-night sketch-comedy show’s best numbers in 18 months, according to early estimates. Musical guest was Jay-Z.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 7

Only on Comedy Central –  (coming)  – a  Jesus Christ comedy – Titled JC, the half-hour animated comedy will revolve around Christ, who moves to New York City to “escape his father’s enormous shadow” in an attempt to live life as a regular guy, according to a news release.

With Aaron Kelly getting the axe this week – American Idol is down to the final four – Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James and Michael Lynche.

Craig Kilborn is heading back to television. Kilborn, who previously hosted CBS’ “Late Late Show,” before leaving the program in 2004 (he was replaced by Craig Ferguson, will host a new show in an earlier time. The show would be syndicated via 20th Television, a division of FOX.

Top Video Games This Week in 2010 –

Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) (X360)

Wii Sports

Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver Version (DS)

New Uper Mario Bros. Wii

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Wii Fit Plus

Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

God of War III (PS3)

Record of Agarest War (X360)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (X360)

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 5

Summer Burger King/McDonalds wars – Many Mickey D’s locations are planning a summer drink promotion where customers can get any sized soft drinks or a 32-ounce sweet tea for just $1. Now the King has counter-punched, with a plan to sell medium-sized Icees in Coke flavor or Fanta Cherry flavor for just $1. The promotion starts May 24 and runs until June 20.

A recording of Britney Spears (pictured) singing Lady Gaga’s hit track Telephone has been proved to be authentic after it was leaked on the internet. Music producer Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jenkins has now confirmed that the track is real.

Harry Connick Jr. mentored “Frank Sinatra” night on “American Idol.”

Debra Winger has signed on as a regular cast member on HBO’s “In Treatment”’ She’ll play one of Dr. Paul Weston’s (Gabriel Byrne) patients when the show returns for its highly anticipated third season later this year.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 3

Warren Buffet said he is seeing real signs of improvement in the economy, especially in manufacturing, though it will take another year for a sustainable housing recovery to take hold.

Apple Inc. reports it is has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it’s been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new. Apple said it reached the milestone this week, when the new 3G model of the iPad was delivered to its first buyers. That model can access AT&T’s cellular broadband network. The first models had only Wi-Fi access.

William Shatner  - commander the Starship Enterprise on TV’s “Star Trek,” but can he command his native land of Canada? Some die-hard fans think so – they want the original Capt. James T. Kirk to lead Canada as Governor General. The Shatner believers have launched a Facebook campaign calling for Shatner, a native of Montreal, to be appointed to a real five-year mission as the ceremonial Governor General of Canada. As of Wednesday, nearly 41,000 people were supporting the bid.

Passing – Lynn Redgrave  who became a 1960s sensation as the freethinking title character of “Georgy Girl ” and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances as “Shakespeare for My Father” and “Nightingale,” has died. She was 67.

Hot hits this week in 2010 –

Rude Boy – Rihanna

Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Airplanes B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams of Paramore

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1977 –

President Carter says the U.S. welfare system is “worse than we thought” and should be scrapped. He proposed a new system of jobs for those who can work and a guaranteed income for those who cannot.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter gives a box lunch on the south lawn of the White House for president Carter’s staff. The President attended, put his foot up on a piano bench and listened to live Dixieland jazz.

Wholesale prices, an indicator of prices consumers eventually pay, soar 1.1% in April – the third big monthly increase in a row.

Census Bureau reports – America’s population of 216 million is growing older as the median age of the population jumped from 27.9 years in 1970 to 29.0 in 1976.

Communities may not prohibit display of “For sale” signs on private property, the Supreme Court rules.

In a 90-minute David Frost interview – Richard Nixon in his first public comment on Watergate since resigning on Aug. 9, 1974, admits that he failed to meet his responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws during the Watergate coverup. And he admitted, he had not told the truth to the American people at the height of the Watergate scandal. “I let down my friends. O let down the country. I let down our system of government and the dreams of all those young people that ought to get into government, but think it’s too corrupt… I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life,” Nixon told Frost.