Mr. Pop – This Week In 2007. Week Of December 23, 2007. Goodbye To Netscape Navigator And Much More…

Two suicide bombs kill at least 24 and injure 100 others north of Baghdad.

President Bush signs a $555-billion spending bill that will pay for a large share of government operations in 2008

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who had promised to restore democracy in Pakistan is assassinated, setting off a nationwide wave of grief and fury in the area.

Bill Clinton praises the Democratic field of presidential contenders, noting that as president he had close ties to almost all of them. But he said there was no doubt his wife would make the best president.

A tiger escapes from its enclosure in the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas day and mauls a man to death – and leaves two others seriously injured.

The national housing market plunges deeper into despair with sales of new homes plummeting to their lowest level in more than 12 years.

Analysts say gas prices will be going up next year – and could go to $4.00 a gallon.

U.S. retailers’ holiday sales rose 3.6% over the previous year, barely reaching the lower end of projections, helped by a late-season spending surge on some items.

Sports television –
In an unprecedented decision the NFL announces that CBS, NBC and the NFL Network will simulcast the game between the patriots and New York Giants.

Technology –
Goodbye Netscape – Netscape Navigator, the world’s first commercial Web browser, the launchpad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb 1 after 13 years. AOL has decided to kill further development and technical support to focus on growing the company as an old advertising business. Netscape’s usage dwindled with Microsoft Corps entry into the browser business, and Netscape all but faded away after the birth of its open-source cousin, Firefox. You’ll be able to download Netscape, but AOL will stop releasing security and other updates Feb. 1.

Warner Music Group says it will sell digital songs without anti-piracy protection through Amazon.com. The pressure is on as CD sales are falling and Warner Music reported profit had plunged 58% in its fiscal fourth-quarter.

Brand new for X-Box – “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and “Guitar Hero II” and “Rock Band.’

Music news –
Rapper Yung Joc fails to show up at his Cleveland (OH) arraignment of carrying a concealed weapon and is now considered a fugitive.

Soulja Boy’s “Crank It” is the biggest novelty tune of 2007 and it all began as a Youtube video.

Rapper Jay-Z has his 10th No.1 hit on the national charts – tying with Elvis Presley. Only the Beatles have more at 19.

Television news

Don’t miss Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin in the annual Walt Disney World Christmas day Parade on ABC.

This week – “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown” as Elmo and friend Abby Cadabby go on a quest to find the 10 magical numbered boxes that will restore the Elves’ defunct Christmas Counter-Downer. Also appearing – Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Anne Hathaway and Jamie Foxx.

Actress Mischa Barton – former star of “The OC” is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Hollywood.

The Commerce Department begins accepting applications for coupons worth $40 off a no-frills converter box to allow older televisions who use antennas and not cable – to receive digital broadcast signals. The complete conversion to broadcast digital happens in February 2009.

Writer’s strike be damned – Come early January – the late night TV comics will return to the air. David Letterman begins January 2.

Wednesday night television –
CBS –Criminal Minds, 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson
NBC – Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, dirty Sexy Money, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel
MyNet – Movie-Touch of Fate
Fox – Christmas with the Kranks
CW – Crowned: The Mother of all pageants, Gossip Girl
PBS – Wired Science, Oprah’s Rots, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose
HBO – Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

New Year’s Eve music shows -

On “Dick Clarks’ Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008” – Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Fergie and One Republic. Co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest. On ABC.

“New Year’s Eve Live” – Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Lifehouse and Fall Out Boy. Cat Deeley hosts on Fox.

Tila Tequila’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade 200” – Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Fabolous, Paramore, Good Charlotte, Wyclef Jean and Flo Rida. On MTV.

“NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” with Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys.

At the movies –
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks
I Am Legend
Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem
The Great Debaters
June
The Water Horse
Charlie Wilson’s War
P.S. I Love You
Sweeney Todd

Top DVD’s for 2007 –
High School Musical: Encore Edition
Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chase
The Office: season One
Planet earth: The Complete Series
Family Guy: Volume Four
The Office: Season Two
Grey’s Anatomy: Season One
24: Season One
Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Second Season
Hannah Montana: Living the Rock star Life!
What’s New Scooby Doo? Safari So Good
FireFly: Te Complete Series
24: Season 5
That So Suite Life of Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile

Top albums for 2007 –
The Dutchess – Fergie
Daughtry – Daughtry
Konvicted – Akon
Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
Hannah Montana – Soundtrack
All the Right Reasons – Nickelback
Futuresex/Lovesounds – Justin Timberlake
High School Musical 2 – Soundtrack
Now 23 – Various Artists
Minutes to Midnight – Linkin Park
Graduation – Kayne West
B’day – Beyonce
Love – The Beatles
Me and My Gang – Rascal Flatts
The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus
Not Too Late – Norah Jones
Awake – Josh Groban
Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift

Top hit artists For 2007
Akon
Fergie
Justin Timberlake
Beyonce
t-Pain
Daughtry
Carrie Underwood
Avril Lavigne
Timbaland
Rihanna
Gwen Stefani
Nelly Furtado
Nickelback
Fall Out Boy
Maroon 5
Plain White T’s
Mims
Pink
T.I.
Kanye West
UNK
Ludacris
Shop Boyz
The Fray
Ciara
Ne-Yo
San Kingston
Soulja Boy Tell’em
Lloyd
Hinder
Bow Wow
Jim Jones
Christ Brown
Linkin Park
Rascal Flatts
Jay-Z
My Chemical Romance

Top pop artists for 2007 –
Fergie
Justin Timberlake
Akon
Avril Lavigne
Daughtry
Timbaland
Rihanna
Nelly Furtado
Beyonce
Nickelback
Gwen Stefani
Pink
T-Pain
Fall Out Boy
Maroon 5
Carrie Underwood
Plain White T’s
Ludacris
Sean Kingston
Mims
Hinder

Top Country This Week In 2007 –
So Small – Carrie Underwood
Firecracker – Josh turner
Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
More than a Memory – Garth Books
Our Song – Taylor Swift
Fall – Clay Walker
How ‘Bout them Cowgirls
Star – Sugarland
What Do Ya Think About that – Montgomery Gentry
Winner At a Losing game – Rascal Flatts

Hip Hop This Week –
Kiss Kiss – Chris Brown
No One – Alicia Keys
Can’t Help But wait – Trey Songz
Until the end of Time – Justin Timberlake
Duffle Bag Boy – Playaz Circle
Just Fine – Mary J. Blige
Shoulda Let You go – Keyshia Cole
I’m So Hood – DJ Khaled
Like You’ll Never Se Me Again – Alicia Keys

Hot Hits This Week –
Apologize – Timbaland
No One – Alicia Keys
Apologize – Timbaland
Low – Flo Rida
Clumsy – Gergie
Bubbly – Colbie Caitiat
Hat That I Love You – Rihanna
Crank that – Soulja Boy Tell’em
Tattoo – Jordin Sparks
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
The Way I Are – Timbaland
Stronger – Kayne West
Cyclone – Baby Bash
Bed – J. Holiday

Top albums this week in 2007 –
Nice! – Josh Groban
Now 26 – Various Artists
As I Am – Alicia Keys
High School Musical 2 – Soundtrack
Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus
The Ultimate Hits – Garth Brooks
Taking Chances – Celine Dion
Exclusive – Chris Brown
Christmas Song – Mannheim Stemroller
Mothership – Led Zeppelin
Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift
Jonas Brothers – Joana Brothers
American Gangster – Jay-Z
Coco – Colbie Caillat
Enjoy the ride – Sugarland

Top Modern Rock –
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Big Casino – Jimmy Eat World
Fake it – Seether
Empty Walls – Serj Tankian
I Get It – Chevelle
Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park
Bleed It Out – Linkin Park

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Was There Ever A Movie Called “Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter?” Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History -The answer is yes and no. NBC wanted to re-run an airing of “Manhunter; but, in order to capitalize on a new theatrical movie called, “Silence of the Lambs” – they changed the original name  from “Manhunter” – to “Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter.” The reason… you guessed it, was to capitalize on the character and the popularity of “Lamb.”

This was back in 1991. NBC had already run “Manhunter” in 1989 – with OK ratings – but this time – it didn’t want to take a chance. It’s amazing and the only time in pop history this was ever done.

Mr. Pop Remembers This Week In History 2004… Week Of December 22, 2004 In News And Pop… Dick Clark In The Hospital As Ryan Seacrest Takes Over For Rockin’ New Years Eve… And Much More.

Suicide bomber – A powerful explosion tears through a mess tent at a U.S military base near Mosul during lunchtime, taking out 22 people. Officials say it was an inside job.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld makes a surprise Christmas Eve visit to the military base near Mosul – where 14 troops were killed in a suicide bombing.

More Iraq – as heavy fighting is reported in Fallouja – the heaviest fighting in weeks.

President Bush urges Americans to help the neediest among them by volunteering to care for the sick, the elderly and the poor in a Christmas day call for compassion.

An earthquake in the Indian Ocean, triggering tidal waves that has so far, killed 500 (that number would go up to ten’s of thousands.) The earthquake – measuring 9.0 – struck 155 miles off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

A gang of thieves makes off with at least $39 million in cash from the vaults of a Northern Ireland bank.

The death toll stands at 125,000 in Indonesia from an earthquake and resultant tsunami. At least 80,000 of the dead were from Indonesia.

President Bush says more aid will be sent and defended the U.S. response to the Indian Ocean area disaster.

After a weekend of cancellations and lost luggage – Comair and U.S. Airways resume flights. It was a combination of bad weather and a number of employees calling in sick – including baggage handlers.

A federal judge says that Arizona can enforce a proposition that bars services for undocumented (mostly Mexican) workers. The law requires proof if immigration status from anyone trying to obtain state and local welfare benefits.

A divided Montana Supreme Court declared that the state constitution’s guarantee of equal protection extended to gays and that the state university system must offer same sex couples the same health benefits available to heterosexual ones.

A Texas woman has paid $50,000 to a biotech company to clone her dead cat.

Two Wal-Mart employees in Evansville (Indiana) have been charged with felony animal cruelty after authorities said they followed a manager’s orders to shoot and kill a stray cat.

El Paso – Brandon Moon (43) – who served nearly 17 years for rape is freed from prison after DNA tests determine he was not responsible for the crime.

An unmanned cargo ship (Progress M-51) on a vital supply mission docked at the international space station, carrying badly needed food for a U.S.-Russian crew that has been forced to ration dwindling supplies.

169 die in a nightclub fire during a rock concert in Buenos Aires. The blaze was caused by a flare that was fired into the club’s ceiling.

Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to drunk driving at Salisbury, Maryland.

The FDA approves Prait – a new drug that fights severe pain – an option for patients who no longer benefit from morphine and other traditional pain medications.

Passing – Artie Shaw – one of the king’s of the swing era. He was 94.

Passing – Actor Jerry Orbach (69).

Passing – Author and activist Susan Sontag. She was 71.

Wet Seal says it will close about 150 stores, eliminating some 2,000 jobs.

Sirius Satellite Radio says it has achieved its year-end goal of 1 million subscribers.

Sports – Vancouver Canuck forward Todd Bertuzzi receives a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault more than nine months after slugging Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind during a game.

Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick becomes the richest player in the NFL with a new 10-year, $130-million contract

Entertainment news –
Eddie Murphy is selling his NJ estate for $30 million. He owned it for 18 years.

Univision – the largest U.S. Spanish-language TV and radio broadcaster, will purchase TV stations WLII and WSUR in Puerto Rico for about $190 million.


Some top albums –
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2
American Idiot – Green Day
Collision Course – Jay-Z/Linkin Park
Confessions – Usher
Encore – Eminem
Destiny Fulfilled – Destiny’s Child
Loyal to the Game – Tupac

Passing – Freddie Perren (61) – composer, arranger and record producer who wrote a number of disco hits. And worked at Motown with the early Jackson 5 – among other projects. He was 61.

Eric Clapton says that “Cream” (Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce) will reunite – for four shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Television news –
Dick Clark plans to watch his New Year’s Eve show from the hospital. “As I always have in the past, at midnight, I plan on kissing my wife, Kari, and wishing her a happy new year.”

The “Apprentice 2” finale scores with 16.93 million viewers.

New Year’s Eve television (Friday night) –
CBS – Joan of Arcadia, JAG, Without a Trace, David Letterman
NBC – Dateline NBC, New Year’s Eve w/Carson Daly, Jay Leno
ABC – 8 Simple Rules, Complete savages, Hope & Faith, Less than Perfect, Dick Clark’s Prime Time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005
PBS – Washington National Opera’s Die Fledermaus
Fox – Movie, New Year’s Eve Live Form Times Square With Ryan Seacrest
MTV – New Year’s Bash

Dick Clark prime time – Regis Philbin fills-in for ailing Dick Clark with Catherine McCord and Mike Richards. Ashlee Simpson is the West Coast host.

Carson Daily – Conan O’Brien, Brian Williams, Tina Fey, Amy Phehler, Jill Hennessy, Dule Hill, Kathy Griffin and Donald Trump. With performances by Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne and Duran Duran.

Ryan Seacrest – Hoobastank, Evanescence.

MTV New Year’s Bash – hosted by Damien Fahey, La La Vasquez, Quddus, Hilarie Burton and Vanessa Minnillo. With Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jimmy eat World, Ryan Cabrera, Lindsay Logan, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Fabolous, Ludacris, Ying Yank Twins, Simple Plan.

At the movies –
Meet the Fockers
Fat Albert
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Aviator
Ocean’s Twelve
Darkness
The Polar Express
Spanglish
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
The Phantom of the Opera

Dean Martin Dies… This Week In 1995 – News and Pop The Week Of December 25, 1995… 16 years ago.

A partial shutdown of the government enters its third week. The House approvesa bill that would return 280 thousand federal workers to their jobs. Congress and the White House still have work to do to balance the budget. In a surprise move,House Speaker Newt Gingrich throws his support behind the plan.

The U.S Army completes a ribbon pontoon bridge and now NATO troops can cross over the flooded Sava Riverinto Bosnia from Croatia – to beginenforcing the Dayton, Ohio peaceaccord. The temporary bridge spansmore than 3 football fields.

The FDA approves a new therapy that useslight to destroy cancerous throat tumors sobig, that even swallowing is difficult. Photofrin is the first of a new type of cancertreatment called photodynamic therapy, inwhich patients get a drug to make their tumorslight sensitive. The light then kills cancer cells.One drawback – patients are susceptible tosevere sunburns for 30 days. Up until now,lasers would chip-away at the tumor, butthroat tumors are known to grow large in size, even lasers became useless.

German authorities order CompuServe to shutdown access to more than 200 Internetnewsgroups deemed indecent and offensive. It’s the first case involving government censorship of a commercial online service. CompuServe reluctantlycomplies. Some of the newsgroups in question contain child pornography andother sexually explicit materials. The cutoff directly affects all 4 millionCompuServe subs in the U.S. and 146 other countries. Some fear the action is a precedent.

Best selling books -Politically Correct Holiday Stories – James Finn-Garner…The Christmas Box – Richard Paul Evans…Five days In Paris – Danielle Steel…The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans
More Books  -
The Tiger In The Grass – Harriet Doerr…The Lost World – Michael Crichton…In The Cut – Susanna Moore…The Road Ahead – Bill Gates…Charles Kuralt’s America – Charles Kuralt… The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra…Miss America – Howard Stern…Lincoln – David Herbert Donald…Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

Passing – singer/actor Dean Martin (Dino Paul Crocetti) (78) dies at his Beverly Hills Home of acute respiratory failure. Known as the “chief-deputy” to the chairman of the board in Sinatra’s “Rat Pack,” Martin started out as a solo singerin records and radio. (He did a 15-minute late-afternoon show on WMCA in NewYork City in the late 40′s.) Teaming up with Jerry Lewis, the pair wasunstoppable in movies and as a night-club act from 1946-1956. As a solo artist,Martin scored on the charts during this period with huge hits on Capitol Records -hits like “Return To Me,” “That’s Amore,” “Memories Are Made of This” and “Volare.” After the pair split up in 1956, Martin continued his recording and moviecareer, often appearing in dramas such as “The Young Lions” in 1958, “Some Came Running” in 1959 and “Rio Bravo” in 1959. The late 50′s and early 60′s saw Martin team with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and JoeyBishop for several movies and nightclub appearances (esp in Las Vegas) as “The Rat Pack.” In the middle of the Rock n Roll British invasion – he scored a #1record with “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and other top-10 records during the mid-60′s “The Dean Martin” variety show, was one of the top television shows through the 60′s and into the 70′s.

Some Dean Martin quotes through the years- “Two of the greatest turnin’ points in my career were, first, meetin’ Jerry Lewis. Second, leaving Jerry Lewis. I became a realactor because of these two things.” About acting – “And if any actor tells you it’s tough, tell ‘em they ‘re full of beans … To become half a success in what you do, you have to enjoy it or else you become a griper. The good Lord gave me a talent and I’ll use it until I run dry.” “I like people. I love what I am doing and Ithink people can tell that. You know more men want to see me than girls. You know why? I never sing to the girl. I figure that some guy is paying the bill and here I am singing to his girl, then he’s gong to get threatened. I don’t flirt with the girls like Wayne Newton does. I sing over their heads”

Martin’s second wife – onetime Orange Bowl queen Jeanne Beigger – “I married him knowing nothing about him. I divorced him 23 years later and I still know nothing about him.” Condolences – Frank Sinatra – “Dean was my brother -not through blood but through choice. Our friendship has traveled down many roads over many years and therewill always be a special place in my heart and soul forDean. He has been like the air I breathe, always there, always close by.” Jerry Lewis, according to his manager Joe Stabile is “completely shattered and grief stricken.”

Said comedian Alan King: “I am going to have a drink right now for him.”Goodbye Dino – Jerry Lewis, closing his tributeto his longtime partner said – “Rest well and don’t forget to short-sheet my bed when I get there.” Also paying tributes to the superstar at his funeral – Shirley MacLaine andRosemary Clooney. Other attendees included Barbara Sinatra (Frank couldn’t make it and was said to be too overwrought to attend), Angie Dickinson, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Robert Stack, Tony Danza, Edie Adams and Cyd Charisse. Las Vegas hotels including the Sands, Stardust and Flamingo dimmedtheir lights on Thursday evening for 10 minutes, in Martin’s memory.

Tech news -

The first wiretap on the Internet leads to three arrests on charges of illegallyselling and manufacturing electronic devices and cellular telephone cloning.Secret Service Agent Brian Gimlett tells a news conference that the governmentfollowed the alleged mastermind of the operation – Bernhard Bowitz, on theInternet, documenting his worldwide equipment sales.

Television News -

Turner Broadcasting System Inc launches its eighth cable network this week – the CNNfn business channel. Says Lou Dobbs, CNNexecutive vice president and veteran business journalist – “We’re not going to be pretentious, but aim to be entertaining and fun, presenting eventhe absurdities of business. There is no monolithic market authority that has asole handle on the truth and we won’t pretend there is. We’ ll have psychics and astrologers as well as hard empiricalists. We’re  not trying to be hip, we’re trying to be human.” Its rival, CNBC, targets hard-core investors with serious talkingheads. CNBC is doing well financially. Advertising revenue has swelled to $110million this year – up from $40 million in 1993. The channel will make $80 million in profit for its parent – General Electric Company.

Television ratings -Monday Night Football – 17/8 ER – 17.1 Seinfeld – 16.8 Frasier – 16.6 Caroline in the City -14.6 NYPD Blue – 14.5 Friends – 14.4 Coach – 14.2 Home Improvement -13.6 Grace Under Fire - 13.1 Single Guy – 12.7 Wings – 12.7 The John Larroquette Show – 12.6 NewsRadio – 12.5 Movie – Eye of the Stalker – 12.0 Roseanne – 11.5 Dateline NBC (Tues) – 11.3 PrimeTime Live – 11.0 Hudson Street – 10.8 Family Matters – 10.5 20/20 – 10.5 Ellen – 10.2 The Naked Truth – 10.1 Kathie Lee/Home For Christmas – 10.0 Law & Order – 9.9

Saturday Night television -CBS – Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Touched By An Angel, Walker, Texas Ranger   NBC – Movie (My Girl), JAG   ABC – The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Maybe This Time, Movie   Fox – Cops, Cops, America’s Most Wanted  A&E – At the Improve Biography, Movie(Monty Python &The Holy Grail) Comedy Central – Stand-Up, Offisides, Comics Kill, Dr Katz,The Critic, Ben Stiller, Exit 57 Sci-Fi Channel – Max Headroom, Twilight Zone, Tales of theDarkside, Movie(Nightflyers) TNN – Backstage, Grand Ole Opry, Statler Brothers, Ralph Emery on the Record with Mel Tillis, Charlie Daniels Talent Roundup

A& E Biography – Dean Martin

Top Albums This Week In 1995 -

Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness -Smashing Pumpkins

Something To Remember – Madonna

 R. Kelly – R. Kelly

Liquid Swords – Genius/GZA

Waiting to Exhale – Soundtrack

Tigerlily – Natalie Merchant

Dogg Food – The Dogg Pound
Jagged Little Pill – Alanes Morissette

Alice In Chains – Alice in Chains

Oscar & Steve – Mandy Patinkin

Insomniac – Green Day

Fresh Horses – Garth Brooks

Presidents of the USA – Presidents of the USA

Four – Blues Traveler

Fresh Horses – Garth Brooks

Home – Deep Blue Something

Sixteen Stone – Bush

More Albums This Week -

The Ghost of Tom Joad -Bruce Springsteen…Nirror Ball – Neil Young…To Bring You My Love – PJ…HarveyPost – Bjork…Elastica – Elastica

Top Albums In 1995

Cracked Rear View – Hootie &The Blowfish

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Jagged Little Pill – AlanisMorissette

The Hits – Garth Brooks

Waiting To Exhale – soundtrack

Anthology 1 – The Beatles

Top Videos for 1995

The Lion King

Forrest Gump

Cinderella

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

The Mask

The Santa Clause

Angels In The Outfield

SpeedCasper

The Barney Series
At the movies this week in 1995 -

Toy Story

Waiting To Exhale – Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

Jumanji – Robin Williams

Heat – Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro

Father of the Bride Part II – Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

 Grumpier Old Men – Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

 Sudden Death – Jean-Claude Van Damme

 Sabrina – Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond

Cutthroat Island – Geena Davis, Matthew Modine

An American President – Michael Douglas, AnnetteBening

Casino – Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone

Tom and Huck – Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro

Sense & Sensibility – Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant

Dracula Dead and Loving – Leslie Nielson

Week of December 25, 1995 as compiled by Gary West for www.mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com

Mr. Pop Culture Report – Let’s Review Last Week… December 15-21 2010. The World’s Largest And Best This Week In Review Place.

From the Mr. Pop Culture database – the largest of its kind:

Week of December 15-21 2010 – The week in news, pop culture, trends…

Police investigating a possible serial killer have determined that four decomposed bodies found recently along a remote New York beach are all women. The four bodies were systematically dumped, perhaps over a period of 18 months or longer, along a desolate, wind-swept stretch of highway that on sunny summer days transports thousands to the white sands of Jones Beach, police said.

LAS VEGAS — Waving a gun, a motorcycle helmet-wearing bandit ordered wide-eyed gamblers and dealers back from a Bellagio craps table, and quickly stashed at least $1.5 million in casino chips into a bag. As he fled, casino security had a choice: Let the armed robber escape, or get into a dangerous shootout.In the end, the bandit casually jogged out of the posh resort — every step captured by surveillance cameras, and broadcast later around the world. He disappeared into the neon light of the Las Vegas Strip.

India – Firefighters searched a gutted garment factory  for more possible victims of a devastating fire that trapped workers and forced some to jump to their deaths. At least 29 fatalities were reported. No more bodies were immediately found, said Nilufar Yasmine, a fire department official.

Consumer prices increased slightly last month as food and energy costs ticked up, but there was little sign of widespread inflation. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in November, less than the previous month’s rise of 0.2 percent, the Labor Department said Wednesday. In the past year, prices have moved up only 1.1 percent.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people, including a newborn baby, at a Shiite mourning ceremony, state media reported. The attack, which also injured 90 people, took place outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in the port city of Chahbahar, near the border with Pakistan, the official IRNA news agency said.

Oops!  Mr. Pop Photo – Mick Jagger From 1964 Wearing A WMCA (radio) ) Goodguy Sweatshirt. Now back to the week of December 15-21, 2010…

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity. The strong 250-175 House vote Wednesday propels the issue to the Senate, where supporters of repeal say they have the votes but perhaps not the time to get the bill to the floor. It could be the last chance for some time to legislatively end the 1993 law that forbids recruiters from asking about sexual orientation and troops from acknowledging that they are gay.

In a reach across party lines the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to prevent a Jan. 1 income tax increase for millions and renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The 81-19 roll call cleared the way for a suspenseful vote in the House on Thursday, where rebellious liberals announced plans to try and stiffen an estate tax provision they oppose as too generous to the rich.

President Barack Obama told war-weary Americans on Thursday that enough progress was being made in Afghanistan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops in July, even as he faces growing doubts about his war strategy. Obama, under pressure to show results after criticizing his predecessor George W. Bush for neglecting the war, insisted that U.S.-led forces were scoring gains against the Taliban and al Qaeda but warned they were fragile and reversible.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2010, joining the ranks of winners that include heads of state and rock stars as the person the magazine believes most influenced events of the past year. At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest “Person of the Year” since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time said Wednesday. Zuckerberg beat out Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by just two weeks: She was 26 when she was named in 1952.

The founder of WikiLeaks said Friday he fears that the United States is preparing to indict him, but insisted that the secret-spilling site would continue its work despite what he claims is a dirty tricks campaign. Assange spoke from snowbound Ellingham Hall, a supporter’s 10-bedroom country mansion where he is confined on bail as he fights Sweden’s attempt to extradite him on allegations of rape and molestation.

President Barack Obama signed into law a huge, holiday-season tax bill extending cuts for all Americans on Friday, saluting a new spirit of political compromise as Republicans applauded and liberals seethed. The benefits range from tax cuts for millionaires and the middle class to longer-term help for the jobless.

The U.N. Security Council met in emergency session Sunday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and a North Korean warning of a “catastrophe” if South Korea goes ahead with a live-fire drill. Russia called for the meeting, and Moscow wants the U.N.’s most powerful body to adopt a statement calling on North Korea and South Korea “to exercise maximum restraint” and urging immediate diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions.

Pakistan’s top spy agency denied Saturday that it helped unmask the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad, dismissing speculation it was retaliating for a U.S. lawsuit linking the Pakistani intelligence chief to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.

The latest in a series of powerful storm systems is bearing down on California, pelting mountain areas with heavy rain, snow and high winds, prompting evacuations and leaving thousands without power. Virtually the entire state has been affected by the storms.

An explosive device was found Tuesday under a subway-car seat in Rome and bomb-disposal experts were examining whether it was an attempted Christmas season terror attack, officials said. The ANSA news agency said the device was in a package that had wires, pipes and explosive powder.

There have been growing concerns in Europe about holiday season attacks following a suicide bombing in Sweden and official fears of an assault on a European city modeled on the deadly shooting spree in Mumbai, India.

Moon eclipse – The 3 1/2 hour celestial spectacle was visible from North and Central America where skies were clear. Portions of Europe and Asia only caught part of the show.

Secrets about Apple Inc.’s iPhone were among insider trading tips that led to the arrests Thursday of three employees at public companies and a sales executive at a California expert-networking firm, authorities said as they boosted to six the number of arrests in a wide-ranging Wall Street insider trading probe.

Steve Jobs action figures that got so much press last month has sold online for $2,500. The SJ Action Figure, you may recall, was hand-painted doll that sold for $99 until Apple) complained to M.I.C Gadget — its Chinese manufacturer — that the toy constituted an unauthorized use of a person’s name or likeness and threatened to sue under California Civil Code Section 3344. Only 300 were made.

Nielsen Study – In the U.S., 33% of young mobile users have smartphones. Italy had the highest smartphone penetration among youth (47%), and India had the lowest (10%). One surprise: Most young U.S. smartphone users (55%) are female. In every other country studied, most young smartphone users are male.

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a proposed new framework for protecting consumers’ privacy online. The plan centers around a “Privacy Bill of Rights” that would encourage better transparency about data collection online, according to the Commerce Department’s report on its policy recommendations. It would promote “informed consent” for consumers through simple notices that clearly state what personal information will be collected and what will be done with it.

New York Gov. David Paterson contradicted his staff, the Yankees and common sense when he falsely claimed he always intended to pay for five tickets to the first game of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium, a state commission said in assessing him a $62,125 fine.

In a report from The Environmental Working Group  indicats that millions of Americans are regularly drinking hexavalent chromium, made famous in the film “Erin Brockovich” as a carcinogen, through their tap water. The group tested water from 35 U.S. cities and found that samples from 31 cities contained hexavalent chromium. The highest concentrations were found in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu; and Riverside, Calif. The substance had been a widely used industrial chemical for decades and has evidently leached into the groundwater in many areas.

Federal regulators adopted new rules Tuesday to keep the companies that control the Internet’s pipelines from restricting what their customers do online or blocking competing services, including online calling applications and Web video. The vote by the Federal Communications Commission was 3-2 and quickly came under attack from the commission’s two Republicans, who said the rules would discourage investments in broadband. Prominent Republicans in Congress vowed to work to overturn them.

Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West. The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, the lowest since the Great Depression. The nation’s population grew by 13.2 percent from 1990 to 2000. Michigan was the only state to lose population during the past decade. Nevada, with a 35 percent increase, was the fastest-growing state.

The State Department is ordering most of its personnel to leave Ivory Coast because of what officials are calling a deteriorating political and security situation and growing anti-Western sentiment. A disputed presidential election has led to deadly violence in Ivory Coast and threats of international sanctions if President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to relinquish power.

Sports – The Yankees Wanted Him – But the Phillies Got Him Instead! The The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms late Monday night with Cliff Lee, the prized left-hander who pitched for them in the 2009 World Series, according to a baseball executive told of the deal. The executive was granted anonymity so he could speak freely about a contract that was not completed.  The contract is believed to be for five years and $120 million (or $24 million a year) with a vesting option for a sixth year based on innings pitched. The baseball executive said the Yankees initially offered Lee six years for $138 million (or $23 million a year), then extended the offer to seven years at $148 million.

Entertainment news –

Passing – Director, writer and producer Blake Edwards, who made more than 40 films including the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the “Pink Panther” comedies, has died from complications of pneumonia at age 88. A spokesman for his wife, Julie Andrews, said Edwards died Wednesday night at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with Andrews and immediate family members by his side.

Vince and wife Kyla Weber welcomed daughter Locklyn Kyla Vaughn into their family on Saturday in Chicago, a rep for the “Wedding Crashers” star has confirmed.

While the top two searches of the year went to the oil spill debacle in the Gulf of Mexico and the World Cup in South Africa, Miley Cyrus earned the honors of the Year’s Most Searched Person on Yahoo! Miley was a fixture on the cyber scene this past year, with the ending of her long-running Disney show, “Hannah Montana,” her on-again off-again relationship with now ex-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, her provocative dance moves in an Adam Shankman video, her parents’ highly-publicized split and the most recent video leak of her holding a bong smoking what was reported to be the herb Salvia. Following Miley on the list of most searched celebrities was reality queen,Kim Kardashian. The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star was quite busy in 2010, earning her a spot at the top of The Daily Beast’s “Highest Paid Reality TV Stars” list. On Yahoo!’s Most Searched list, she was #4 overall.

At 88-years-old, actress Betty White had a year that would have been remarkable at any age. For her influence on entertainment and culture in 2010, AP members voted her Entertainer of the Year.

Music  news -Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, he announced on his website. “Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of,” the 69-year-old “Sweet Caroline” singer said in a statement. “I think it’s great. I’m happy that they recognized me and my work.” Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album, although Diamond began recording in the 1960s.

Garth Brook’s offer to perform a benefit concert for Tennessee flood  Victims has become nine sold-out concerts beginning on Thursday night, and the music star said he was overwhelmed by the response. Brooks, the all-time best-selling star in country music, will raise at least $4 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the nine concerts over six days. Merchandise sales could raise another $1 million. Brooks announced in October that he would do one show in Nashville to benefit the foundation. When tickets went on sale November 3, he sold out nine shows in four hours.

Troubled rapper DMX was sentenced to one year in prison by an Arizona judge on Thursday after admitting he violated his probation by drinking alcohol, court officials said. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was on probation for attempted aggravated assault and using a fake name to avoid paying a $7,500 hospital bill.

Arizona Superior Court Commissioner Christine Mulleneaux said DMX would receive credit for 113 days already served in prison while he awaiting trial.

It’s a sad day for Parisian “little monsters” after Lady Gaga’s concert in Paris has been canceled due to complications arising from a severe storm. The princess of pop took to Twitter early Sunday morning to vent her frustration, Tweeting, “All 28 of my trucks for the Monsterball [tour] were detained by the French government going on over 26 hrs, 2 of my employees were arrested trying to get into Paris so we could perform.

Kanye West has been named MTV’s Man of the Year.
The rapper won the honor for his “compelling” comeback story after starting the year as a villain, thanks to his infamous mic-swipe from Taylor Swift, and ending it as a “hero.”

After a self-imposed hiatus, West started his comeback in May, releasing “Power.” Two months later, he joined Twitter, unleashing infinitely entertaining stream of consciousness in 140-character bursts. By the fall, he wowed fans with his performances on the MTV VIdeo Music Awards and Saturday Night Live; directed a short film, Runaway; released his album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; made amends with George W.Bush  – but in a tiff with Matt Lauer.

Shania Twain and Nestle business executive Frederic Thiebaud are engaged. He’s her ex-best friend’s former husband!

Television news –

Larry King’s Last CNN SHow – More than 2.2 million tuned in to watch King’s final CNN show on Thursday night. That may not sound like a huge number, but it was up more than 100% compared to the previous night. King even beat Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, the perennial 9 p.m. cable news, for total tune-in. Hannity was watched by 2.1 million. But Hannity did beat King among news’ target demographic of 25-54 year olds (543,000 vs. 530,000).

Passing – Steve Landesberg – best known as Detective Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on the long-running 1970s cop comedy “Barney Miller.” He was 65.

The much-touted “Sing Off” finale finale didn’t exactly reach fortissimo, but it helped NBC win the night with its 2.7 ratings among 18-to-49-year-olds. The two-hour show averaged 8 million-plus viewers, but was down 18 percent in the demo from the previous Monday. The premiere of Perfect Couples, which followed it at 10/9c, attracted just a 1.9 in 18-49.

At the movies this week in 2010 –

TRON: Legacy (1st week $44.026 million)

Yogi Bear (1st week $16.411 million)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Fighter

Tangled

The Tourist

Black Swan

How Do You Know (1st week $7.484 million)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 1

Unstoppable

Burlesque

Due Date

Love & Other Drugs

Hit Hits This Week –

Firework – Katy Perry

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

Grenade – Bruno Mars

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

Only Girl (in the World) – Rihanna

The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas

Just Tthe Way Your Are – Bruno Mars

Bottoms Up – Trey Songz fea. Nicki Minaj

Just a Dream – Nelly

Like a G6 – Far East Movement fea. Cataracs & Dev

Black and Yello – Wiz Khalifa

Dynamite  Taio Cruz

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – Enrique Iglesias fea. Ludacris & DJ Frank E

No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame fea. Roscoe & Wal

That’s All She Wrote – T.J. fea. Eminem

Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Please Don’t Go – Mike Posner

Animal  – Neon Trees

F**k You ( Forget You) – Cee Lo Green

Secrets – One Republic

Coming  Home – Diddy – Dirty Money fea. Skylar Grey

Top Video Games –

Wii Sports

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (PC)

Wii Sports Resort

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Kinect  Adventures (X360)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360, PS3)

Just Dance Wii

Mario Kart DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii

Top TV  -

NFL Football: Philadelphia at Dallas NBC
2. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
3. 60 Minutes CBS
4. Criminal Minds CBS
5. Two and a Half Men CBS
6. The Mentalist CBS
7. Barbara Walters Special ABC
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
9. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People ABC
10. Survivor: Nicaragua CBS
11. Amazing Race 17 CBS
12. The Big Bang Theory CBS
13. Football Night in America NBC
14. NCIS CBS
15. Desperate Housewives ABC
16. Undercover Boss CBS
17. Modern Family ABC
18. Glee FOX
19. Mike & Molly CBS
20. The Defenders CBS

Hip Wednesday Night TV (Dec. 15) (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: ‘Survivor: Nicaragua’
FOX: ‘Human Target’
NBC: ‘The Sing-Off’ — (120 minutes)
PBS: ‘Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’ — Featuring guests Natalie Cole and David McCullough
ABC Family: ‘Disney Prep & Landing’
DIY: ‘Cool Tools’ — Two episodes
G4: ‘American Ninja Warrior’
NatGeo: ‘Lockdown’
TLC: ‘My Skin is Killing Me’
VH1: ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock’s Greatest Groupies’

The rest of the schedule and the late night talk shows after the jump.

9:00 to 10:00
CBS: ‘Criminal Minds’
FOX: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’**
PBS: ‘Paris: The Luminous Years’ — (120 minutes)
A&E: ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ — 9:30 start
BBC America: ‘I’d Do Anything’ — (120 minutes)
CNBC: ‘Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising’
Discovery: ‘MythBusters’
DisneyXD: ‘Naruto: Shippuden’
DIY: ’10 Grand in Your Hand’
G4: ‘American Ninja Warrior’
History: ‘Third Reich: The Fall’ — (120 minutes)
ID: ‘The Will: Family Secrets Revealed’
NatGeo: ‘Border Wars’
Science Channel: ‘Oddities’
TLC: ‘Untold Stories of the E.R.’
Travel: ‘Man v. Food: Carnivore Chronicles’
Showtime: ‘Inside the NFL’
USA: ‘Psych’

10:00 to 11:00
CBS: ‘The Defenders’
A&E: ‘Storage Wars’ — Two episodes
Bio: ‘Biography’ — Former husband to Sandra Bullock, Jesse James
Bravo: ‘Top Chef: All-Stars’
Cooking Channel: ‘Bitchin’ Kitchen’
DIY: ‘Holiday Wrap-Up’ and ‘Disaster House’
E!: ‘E! Investigates’ — The real-life military wives
G4: ‘American Ninja Warrior’
HBO: ’24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic’
ID: ‘Hookers: Saved on the Strip’
MTV: ‘Challenge: Cutthroat’**
NatGeo: ‘Wild Justice’
NatGeo WILD: ‘Python vs. Gator’
Spike: ’1000 Ways to Die’ and ‘MANswers’
TBS: ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns’ — Two episodes
TLC: ‘The Boy With Bloody Tears’
Travel: ‘Pasta Paradise’
truTV: ‘Full Throttle Saloon’
USA: ‘Psych’


11:00
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): TBA, though the cast and director of ‘Blue Valentine’ may appear since they were pushed back last night due to a tribute to the late Richard Holbrooke
‘Watch What Happens: Live’ (Bravo): Phaedra Parks and Atlanta housewife Apollo Nida
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): Shante Broadus; Aldis Hodge; Anjela Johnson; Anoop Desai, LPA
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): Paul Rudd
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): Ciara
‘Conan’ (TBS): Amy Adams; Roger Waters; performance by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

11:30
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Matt Damon; performance by Florence & the Machine
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Jason Segel; ‘Top Gear’ hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): Laird Hamilton

Midnight
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Jeff Bridges; performance by Diddy
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): Kevin Spacey; Amy Adams
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Mila Kunis; Dr. Drew Pinsky; Chrisette Michele

12:30
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Seth Green; magician Jamy Ian Swiss; performance by Ruth Gerson
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Paul Rudd; Jon Lovitz; performance by Aloe Blacc

1:30
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Adam Carolla; actor Casey Pieretti; performance by School of Seven Bells

Hip Saturday Night TV (Dec 18)  (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: ‘I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown!’
FOX: ‘Cops’
Disney Channel: ‘Fish Hooks’ — 8:30 start
Univision: ‘Sabado Gigante’ — (180 minutes)
CNN: ‘A Soldier’s Story’
Discovery: ‘Ten Commandments of the Mafia’
Food Network: ‘A McConaughey and Fieri Feast’
Hallmark Channel: ‘Battle of the Bulbs’ — (120 minutes) Daniel Stern and Matt Fewer star as feuding neighbors who compete in the annual Christmas lighting contest
HGTV: ‘Color Splash’
History: ‘The Naturalized’ — (120 minutes)
Style: ‘How Do I Look?’**

9:00 to 10:00
FOX: ‘America’s Most Wanted’
NBC: ‘WWE Tribute to the Troops’
Bio: ‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’
CNBC: ‘The Suze Orman Show’
Discovery: ‘I (Almost) Got Away With It’
Disney Channel: ‘Fish Hooks’ — Two episodes
DIY: ‘Renovation Realities’
ESPN: ‘New Orleans Bowl’ — Ohio vs. Troy
Food Network: ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’
Style: ‘Lucky’s 10 Biggest Obsessions Ever’
We: ‘Downsized’

10:00 to 11:00
Animal Planet: ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’
BBC America: ‘The Graham Norton Show’ — Barry Manilow; Katherine Jenkins; KT Tunstall
CNBC: ‘Til Debt Do Us Part’
Cooking Channel: ‘Two Fat Ladies’ — Two episodes
Discovery: ‘I Shouldn’t Be Alive’
HBO: ‘Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 – The Stand-Up Special’
MSNBC: ‘Lockup: Raw’
Style: ‘The Dish Salutes 2010′s Craziest Moments’
We: ‘Downsized’**

‘Saturday Night Live’ — Host Jeff Bridges with musical guests Eminem and Lil Wayne

Mr. Pop Culture Remembers – The Week of December 23, 2001. Nine Years Ago. This Week In News and Pop History.

Militant group Hamas announces that it is suspended its campaign of suicide bombings and mortar attacks against Israelis.

A man on an airliner with 197 people on board is wrestled into submission as he tried to light an explosive in his shoe. The FBI says there is no link between Al Qaeda and Richard Reid, a British citizen. His shoe was drilled with holes fitted with a wire and contained a flammable substance.

A helicopter being used by state wildlife authorities to relocate moose clipped a steel cable and crashed into a frozen reservoir near Salt Lake City and three are dead.

Rudolph W. Giuliani bids farewell as mayor of New York. “My strength and energy comes entirely from the people of the city of New York.”

Donald Rumsfeld says the Pentagon is readying the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay to hold captured Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners.

A videotape broadcast by Al Jazeera television showing Osama bin Laden raises questions about whether he had been killed in U.S. bombings. “Our terrorism is benign. It seeks to make the unjust stop making injustice. It seeks to make America stop its support for Israel which kills our people.”

A group of New York City firefighters and police officers all affected by the Sept. 11 attacks, deliver tons of donated food and supplies to Afghan orphans.

A week before filing for bankruptcy protection, energy giant Enron Corp donated $10,000 to the Democratic party committee that helps Senate candidates, campaign finance reports show.

President Bush said in a Christmas message that Americans were thinking of families who lost loved ones, both in the Sept. 11 attacks and on the battlefield in Afghanistan. “America grieves with you,” said Bush in a holiday message heard on radio.

The government says family members of some of the nearly 3,000 World Trade Center victims will get an average payment of $1.6 million and each family will receive $250,000 for pain and suffering.

Airport security agents across the country begin implementing a new federal order to check for weapons in the shoes of travelers.

Boston – A federal judge orders Richard C. Reid – suspected of trying to detonate explosives aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight held without bail.

Army General Tommy Franks gives holiday cheer to those aboard the USS Roosevelt. He’s the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

North American movie/box office revenue grew in 2001 – and it’ll be a record year – at about $8.3 billion!

A Days Inn hotel on Long Island that overcharges stranded travelers for rooms after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has agreed to pay a $9,5000 penalty. The hotel in Hicksville raised rates for some rooms from a posted rate of $139 to $399 a night.

After barely escaping from the 87th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower on Sept. 11 – Adam Mayblum poured out his heart in an e-mail sent to family and friends. That e-mail has gotten around and so far, about 1,000 strangers from around the world have responded to his story.

Rudolph Giuliani is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sports – Tennis star Jennifer Capriati wins the Associated Press female athlete of the year. Barry Bonds gets the male athlete of the year award.

Russian figure skater Kira Ivanova is found dead in her Moscow apartment. She was covered with knife wounds.

Pfizer Inc agrees to settle a lawsuit over the diabetes drug Rezulin after a jury awarded $43 million to a Teas woman who said it destroyed her liver.

In Peru – at least 80 people died and 200 were injured in a fire sparked by an explosion in a fireworks store in a historic district in Lima.

Workers begin a third attempt to destroy residual anthrax spores in the heating and ventilation system of the hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC.

President Bush says it’s just a mater of time before the U.S. captures Osama bin Laden.

The editors of Mad magazine who describe themselves as “America’s foremost experts in stupidity” – give their “The Dumbest People, Evens and Things of 2001” to Jerry Falwell.

Speaking from Texas, President Bush speaks to ease tensions between India and Pakistan. He told President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan to take new steps to eliminate extremism in his country.

Murders in Oregon as authorities have discovered a 5-year-old boy, his sister (3), mom and a two-year-old in Newport. Wanted – the father/husband Christian Longo – a convicted check forger.

Adolfo Rodriquez, the interim president of Argentina, resigns, citing party infighting.

Sports –
NHL – Atlanta’s Ray Ferraro scores his 400th goal.

Technology –
Yahoo has agreed to acquire hotjobs.com – the nation’s second biggest online job search site. Price is $436 million.

XM satellite radio says it will meet analysts’ estimates for 20,000 to 30,000 subscribers. The stock is at $10.58.

Microsoft Corp. says it will buy a stake ($500 million) in Korea Telecom Corp – a top provider of high-speed Internet connections in S. Korea.

Music news –
Looking back this year, Mariah Carey’s “Glitter” – her first album under her new 4-album ($80 million) EMI deal was considered a flop, selling only 2 million c opies worldwide. EMI says it has a $10 million loss! Other disappointments came from R.E.M., Macy Gray and Shelby Lynne.

A judge awards the Sugar Hill Gang $3 million in their suit against Snapple and TBS because a video of “Rapper’s Delight” was used in a 1998 ad for the Goodwill games without permission.

N Sync did $86.8 million in concert business this past year and album sales of $53.3 million – the hottest act in pop for the year!

Country music singer Deana Carter is arrested and charged with drunk driving in Nashville.

Entertainment news –
Passing – Foster Brooks (89) – best known for his drunken act.

Top TV –
CSI – 23.67
Everybody Loves Raymond – 22.20
Survivor: Africa – 19.60
Monday Night Football – 19.58
Yes, Dear – 17.29
King of Queens – 16.50
Law & Order – 15.04
Friends – 14.69
60 Minutes – 14.53
JAG – 14.18
Judging Amy – 14.08
NYPD Blue – 13.76
The Ellen Show – 13.01
Law & Order: SVU – 12.81
ER – 12.60
The West Wing – 12.57
The Guardian – 12.51
Family Law – 11.81

Television news –
It’s back after a 10-year hiatus – WPIX-TV (Channel 11) presents its “Yule Log” on Christmas morning. It’s simply firewood burning in a fireplace with background Christmas music. Some 611,000 tuned in between 8a and 10a Christmas morning. The channel 11 tradition began back in 1966, but on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday night – CBS broadcasts the Kennedy Center honors, recognizing Jack Nicholson, Van Cliburn, Julie Andrews, Luciana Pavarotti and Quincy Jones.

“Emeril” – in which chief Emeril Lagasse was trying his luck at becoming a sitcom star – is canceled by NBC. Oh well!

New Year’s Eve television –
CBS – King of Queens, Yes, Dear, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Ellen Show, 48 Hours, David Letterman, Craig Kilborn.
NBC – Weakest Link, Third Watch, Crossing Jordan, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – ABC 2002, Dick Clark’s Prime Time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2002, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2002
Fox – Boston Public, Ally McBeal, Billboard’s Rock ‘n Roll New Year’s Eve
PBS – Crucible of the Millennium
WB – 7th Heaven, Raising dad
MTV – MTV 2001: 50 to 1, New Year’s Eve 2002

Dick Clark’s Prime Time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2002 – Aerosmith, Elton John, Destiny’s Child, Dave Matthews Band, Kool and the Gang, Barry Manilow

Billboard’s Rock ‘n Roll New Year’s Eve – ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Tim McGraw, Incubus, No Doubt, Shaggy, Alicia Keys, Eve, Destiny’s Child.

Jay Leno – Bill Maher, Blue Man Group, Chris Isaak

Craig Kilborn – Merv Griffin, Green Day

This Week In Pop And News History – Week of December 22, 2006. Five Years Ago.

Christmas Eve – Rome – Pope Benedict XVI ushers in Christmas at midnight mass, saying that the image of the baby Jesus born in a manger should remind everyone of the plight of poor, abused and neglected children.

Iraq – Four U.S. troops die during insurgent attacks…In Samawah – nine are dead after clashes with police…The execution of Saddam Hussein will come within 30 days – so says an appeals court… Saddam Hussein is put to death by hanging. He declined to wear a hood. His last utterance was the word, “Muqtada.”… After the execution – 78 die in area unrest.

Disarmament talks with defiant North Korea take a recess without any progress.

Just back from Iraq – Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others at Camp David. Looks like he’ll recommend more troops in the area.

No isolation – Shiites in Iraq say they want extremists in the national government, that the country should govern itself with the help of anti-U.S. firebrand Muqtada Sadr.

The U.N Security Council votes to impose sanctions on Iran – to curtail their nuclear program.

At least 260 people are killed when a gasoline pipeline ruptured by thieves, exploded into an inferno as neighborhood residents scavenged the spurting fuel.

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi resigns and pleads guilty to a felony for using a state employee as his wife’s chauffeur.

Mogadishu – Somalia’s beleaguered capital – falls to Ethiopian and Somalian government troops.

In Durham, NC – the DA abruptly dropped rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players. They still face kidnapping and sexual offensive charges.

Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra and the U.N. pledged $2 million to help survivors.

Nevada Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons will not be prosecuted on allegations that he assaulted a cocktail waitress in a parking garage three weeks before the election.

Passing – Gerald R. Ford – the 38th president of the United States. He was 93. Memorials will be observed in Palm Desert, continue in Washington and continue to Grand Rapids where he’ll be buried.

Technology –
Microsoft Windows Vista – the newest operating system – and one the company says is the most secure ever – has a flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers. Microsoft says though – that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an attack.

Bad trend – It’s called “Ghost Riding the Whip” where a driver gets out of his car and dances around and on top of the vehicle – while its moving. Ghost rider is of course, the absence of a driver and “the whip” is urban hip-hop speak for “your car.” It was introduced to the mainstream by rapper E-40 with his “Tell Me When To Go” video and lyrics (how to lyrics that is). If you YouTube ghost riding – you get all kinds of videos.

The stock market closed out a great year – its best since 2003 as the Dow gained 16% for the year. The Nasdaq was up 9.5% as were other important indexes.

Sports –
Long game – The NY Knicks outlast the Detroit Pistons in three overtimes. Final – 151-145. The Knicks’ Richard Hamilton had a career-high of 51 points.

Radio news –
Danny Bonaduce is set to join Adam Corolla on his morning West Coast radio show.

Entertainment news –
The American Film Institute (AFI) proclaims Clint Eastwood a national treasure. Also – AFI called the emergence of YouTube as “the awakening of an age when the audience is both producer and distributor.”

Since she debuted on “The View” in September, Rosie O’Donnell has stirred the pot. She accused Kelly Ripa of homophobia and said that Oprah and Gayle King were typical of gay relationships – among others. But the show’s ratings are up – about 3.3 million per show – up 13%.

But wait – this week – Rosie blasts Donald Trump about the near-firing of Miss USA – Tara Connor, because of her underage drinking. O’Donnell said the twice-divorced Trump had no right to be a “moral compass” for Connor. Trump fired back saying such things as: “She (O’Donnell) is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully.”

Head to head – Both Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest will be back for their second New Year’s specials (duels). Both cite Dick Clark as a huge influence – but Daly says he has his own producing ideas.

Relaunching – Britney Spears will usher in the New Year in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She’ll be toasting from a $100,000 bottle of Champagne. Is this her comeback?

New Year’s – Jessica Alba, Hilary and Haylie Duff will co-host the DKNY Jeans party at the Setal Hotel in Miami.

Spotted – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were in Panama City – spotted at a souvenir shop.

An AP-AOL poll places Oprah Winfrey as the best celebrity role model for 2006. The worst was Britney Spears. Second worst – Paris Hilton.

Music news –
James Brown’s lawyer says the late soul singer and his partner were not legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for estate legal reasons. Brown’s partner, backup singer Tomi Rae Hynie – was already married to a Texas man in 2001 when she married Brown, making the marriage null.

Irish rocker Bono will receive an honorary knighthood from the British ambassador to Ireland, David Reddaway – on New Year’s Day.

Michael Jackson sues his former accountants claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank accounts and did not pay his bills.

Police are called to the Paul McCartney estate where his estranged wife, Heather, reported the theft of oil paintings. They were valued at almost $20 million and included a Renoir and a Picasso.

Television news –
Passing – Frank Stanton – pioneering TV executive and a major force behind the success of CBS in its early TV years. He was 98.

TBS presents “Funniest Commercials of the Year” with Kevin Nealon.

Christmas Day – Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa return to host the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. Look for performances by Beyonce, Andrea Bocelli and cast members from “High School Musical.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Jack Black hosts with musical guest Neil Young. The following Saturday – Matthew Fox with musical guest Tenacious D.

“The Knights of Prosperity” debuts this week on ABC – and the plot centers on a group of guys robbing Mick Jagger – to burglarize Jagger’s fictional $52 million Central Park West apartment.

New Year’s Eve television -
ABC – “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rock Eve 2007” – into “Rockin New Year’s Eve 2007.” With Dick and Ryan Seacrest. Performers include Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Meat Loaf, Rihanna, Rascal Flatts and KT Tunstall.

NBC – New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. Featured – Panic! at the Disco and more!

Fox – New Year’s Eve ’06. Featured – Daughtrey and Toni Braxton.

MTV – MTV Goes Gold: New Year’s Eve 2007.

At the movies –
Night at the Museum
The Pursuit of Happyness
Rocky Balboa
The Good Shepherd
Charlotte’s Web
Eragon
Dreamgirls
We Are Marshall
The Holiday
Happy Feet

The New Oprah Winfrey TV Channel – How Long Has It Been In The Making? Pop. Culture. History.

Mr. Pop History – I first saw the announcement three years ago. “OWN” is set to launch in a few weeks, but here’s the original announcement from January 2008:

Oprah Winfrey and Discovery communications say they were forming a company with a flagship cable channel to be called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Look for it in mid-2009.

Top Video Games – Christmas of 1999. This Week In Pop History.

Mr. Pop History – Today it’s wii, PS3 and X360. But – remember when? Game and game technology from not so long ago.  Here they are by request. From December of 1999:

Hot – Sega, Nintendo and Sony are beating forecasts as the video game industry is booming! Here are the top console video games:

Donkey Kong 64 – Nintendo 64
WWF Wrestlemania 2000 – Nintendo 64
Tomorrow Never Dies 007 – PlayStation
Pokemon Snap – Nintendo 64
NBA Live 2000 PlayStation
Tony Hawks Pro Skater – PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – PlayStation
Toy Story 2 – PlayStation
Spyro the Dragon – PlayStation
Spyro the Dragon 2 – PlayStation

Exactly 1 Year Ago – Week Of December 15, 2009. This Week In Pop History.

Mr. Pop History – the archives are alive and well. This is the only place where you can get the world’s complete week-by-week news and pop database. Take a look at one year ago this week – my-my the world changes fast!

Week of December 15 2009 in News and Pop Culture – Compiled by Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com:

The government and the window covering industry on Tuesday recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said five deaths and 16 near-strangulations from Roman shades have been reported since 2006, while three deaths connected to roll-up blinds have been reported since 2001. Roman shades can become dangerous, the CPSC said, if a child’s neck gets stuck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind, or if the cord gets wrapped around a child’s neck.

The Philippines’ most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility of a bleak Christmas in a shelter. State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions. Dark orange lava fragments glowed in the dark as they trickled down the mountain slope overnight. Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the activity could get worse in coming days.
Australia plans to introduce an Internet filtering system to block obscene and crime-linked Web sites despite concerns it will curtail freedoms and won’t completely work. Adopting a mandatory screening system would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies. Authoritarian regimes commonly impose controls. China drew international criticism earlier this year with plans to install filtering software on all PCs sold in the country.
After months of turmoil, President Barack Obama is calling Senate Democrats to the White House to say it’s time to come together and pass legislation embracing a wholesale remodeling of America’s health care system. The meeting set for Tuesday afternoon comes a day after Senate Democratic leaders suggested they were ready to abandon the last vestiges of a government-run insurance program that liberals have long sought, in order to placate moderates and secure the 60 votes they need to overcome united GOP opposition.

Boeing Co.’s new 787 jetliner is finally taking to the skies, more than two years later than the company planned. Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville lifted off from Everett’s Paine Field and headed northbound on a four-hour flight over Washington state to perform a variety of basic tests and systems checks before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The 787 program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other problems. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007 with deliveries the following year, but Boeing has been forced to push that back five times.

Passing – Oral Roberts, a pioneer in televangelism who founded a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, dies. He was 91. Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, because of his monumental influence on the world’s most important economy, has been named TIME magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

The Federal Trade Commission sued Intel Corp., looking to block tactics it says the world’s biggest chip maker has used to snuff out competition. The FTC said Intel, which makes the microprocessors that run personal computers, has shut rivals out of the marketplace. In the process, the FTC says Intel has deprived consumers of choice and stifled innovation in the chip industry.

After more than three centuries, the humble check could become a historic relic if British banks, as expected, vote to phase it out in favor of more modern payment methods. The board of the UK Payments Council, the body for setting payment strategy in Britain, was meeting on Wednesday to discuss whether to set a date of 2018 for winding up the check clearing system. The board is largely made up of Britain’s leading banks. The use of checks has fallen drastically in the past 10 years as more consumers transfer money electronically, by direct debit or with debit and credit cards. Last year, around 3.8 million checks were written every day in Britain, compared to a peak of 10.9 million in 1990.
The Commerce Department says construction of new homes and apartments rose 8.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 574,000 units. The gain represented strength in all areas of the country although the increase was slightly lower than economists had expected.
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque inside a police compound in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 10 people in the latest attack by suspected Taliban militants waging war against the government.
Millions of East Coast commuters returned to work Monday over slick roads and icy sidewalks after a weekend winter storm dropped record snowfall, interrupted holiday shopping and stranded travelers. The storm crept up the coast on Saturday and Sunday, walloping states from the mid-Atlantic to New England, causing hundreds of delayed or canceled flights, widespread power outages and treacherous driving conditions. The weather was blamed for at least seven deaths, including a snowmobile driver who crashed head-on into a horse-drawn buggy in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the unbeaten New Orleans Saints 24-17 leaving the Indianapolis Colts the only undefeated NFL team with 14 wins!

Senate Democrats won a crucial test vote on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, putting them on track for passage before Christmas of the historic legislation to remake the nation’s medical system and cover 30 million uninsured. All 58 Democrats and the Senate’s two independents held together early Monday against unanimous Republican opposition, providing the exact 60-40 margin needed to shut down a threatened GOP filibuster.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry has died, one day after suffering serious injuries upon falling out of the back of a pickup truck in what authorities describe as a domestic dispute with his fiancé. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Henry died at 6:36 a.m. Thursday. Henry was 26.
Entertainment news this week – Fearless” singer Taylor Swift graces the cover of People’s “most intriguing of 2009,” on a list that names mom-of-eight Kate Gosselin the “mother of all reality stars” and British singer Susan Boyle as “the surprise hit,” the magazine said on Wednesday. Oprah Winfrey, who announced she would end her influential TV talk show in 2011, was honored as “the departing diva”, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as “the power pair” and President Barack Obama and wife Michelle as “the first couple.”

In a new category marking the fall of a number of male celebrities in 2009, golfer Tiger Woods, rapper Kanye West, singer Chris Brown, reality star Jon Gosselin, and David Letterman, who admitted affairs with his staffers, were named “Men in the Doghouse.” Rihanna, who was attacked in February by then boyfriend Brown, was named the “resilient star” after a series of frank interviews in November and a new album.
Simon Fuller is at it again – and is launching a Web reality series called If I Can Dream that will chronicle five young people a musician, an actor, two actresses and a model around-the-clock as they try to break into their respective industries. The program will stream their experiences 24/7 on the show’s official web site, and viewers will be allowed to interact with the participants live via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and texting.
Passing – Roy E. Disney (79) – son of Roy Disney and nephew of uncle Walt.
Sean “Puffy” Combs tells Playboy – “I ain’t gonna lie – if God said I could pick one person to be my father, I’d want to be Sean Combs Obama,” Diddy told Playboy for their January/February double issue. “That’s how dope he is. I hope he reads this interview and adopts me. I wouldn’t even have to be in the will. I got my own money!”
Look for Jennifer Lopez and Melissa Rycroft to ring in the New Year on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Susan Boyle has beaten out wedding dancers, vampires, werewolves, children and babies to top the list of Most Watched YouTube videos for 2009. The Scottish singing sensation, who was introduced to most of the world back in April through the Internet video service, scored the top spot on the Web site’s first official list, netting more than 120 million views this year, YouTube announced this week.

Authorities on New York’s Long Island say Lindsay Lohan’s father is accused of violating an order of protection by calling his estranged girlfriend. Suffolk County prosecutors say Michael Lohan was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt. They say the alleged phone call was made on Sunday morning.
The Jonas bachelors are down to two. Eldest brother Kevin Jonas tied the knot with Danielle Deleasa on Saturday, according to People. “We’re so happy that we’re finally married and we were able to share the special moment with family, friends and loved ones,” the couple told the mag. The two reportedly wed in Long Island at a French-style chateau, with 400 guests in attendance, including fellow Disney star Demi Lovato.

Retiring – Charles Gibson conducts his final “ABC World News Tonight” telecast on Friday.
Pepsi says it will not be advertising on this season’s Super Bowl – the first time in 23 years.
Passing – Actress Brittany Murphy. She was 32.

At the movies –
Avatar
The Princess and the Frog
Blind Side
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Invictus
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Up in the Air
Brothers
Old Dogs
Hot Hits This Week In 2009 –
Empire of the State – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Replay – Lyaz
TiK ToK – Ke$ha
Fireflies – Owl City
Sexy Chick – David Guetta fea. Akon
Watcha Say – Jason DeRulo
3 – Britney Spears
Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil’ Wayne
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Sweet Dreams – Beyonce
Forever – Drake fea. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
I Gotta Felling – Black Eyed Peas
Hard –Rihanna fea. Jeezy
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Do You Remember – Jean Sean fea. Sean Paul, and Lil John
I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne and Swiss Beatz
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Fifteen – Taylor Swift
Bedrock – Young Money fea. Lloyd
Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Give It Up To Me – Shakira fea. Lil Wayne
Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood