Pop Culture Movie History. Did Disney Studios Ever Work On Movies Other Than His Own?

Mr. Pop History – Let’s face it. Disney is known for – Disney. But, did you know that the Disney studios did work on at least one (outside) movie production?

That’s correct. It was the 1956 color sci-fi movie “The Forbidden Planet” where the Disney studios contributed some of the special effects. But – this was not a Disney film. Not by any means. So, just so you know – it did happen, once – back in 1956.

Week Of August 15, 2011 In Pop Culture History With Videos. In News, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Tech News & More.

Week In Review – August 15, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing 56 people — most of them in the southern city of Kut — in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan. The violence struck from the northern city of Kirkuk to the capital of Baghdad to the southern Shiite cities of Najaf, Kut and Karbala, and emphasized the persistent ability of insurgents to wreak havoc at a time when Iraqi officials are weighing whether they are able to protect the country without the assistance of American troops.

The leaders of France and Germany meet for high-pressure talks on Tuesday to discuss what further measures they can take to shore up investor confidence in the euro zone following a dramatic market sell-off last week. President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are under pressure to show financial markets they are in agreement on doing more to shore up the embattled currency union — or risk watching the euro zone unravel. The two leaders could discuss obliging all euro zone countries to pass national laws on deficit limits and the idea of a permanent euro zone spokesperson or coordinator, a source close to the talks told Reuters.

Barack Obama hit the road Monday for his three-day Midwestern bus tour toting an array of political baggage: a downgraded national credit rating, a faltering economy, a stretch of wild market vicissitudes, an approval rating that by one measure has slumped to a historical low of 39%.

A parasite known as the “brain-eating amoeba” has claimed its second young American victim this month. Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old from Henrico County in Virginia contracted an infection after visiting a fishing camp in his state. He died of meningitis on August 5. This week, health department officials confirmed that the deadly amoeba–officially known as “Naegleria fowleri”–was to blame. “Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer,” Dr. Keri Hall of the Virginia Department of Health, told the press. “It’s important that people be aware of . . . safe swimming messages.” Earlier this month, Courtney Nash died to the brain-eating amoeba after diving off a dock into the St. John’s River at her grandmother’s house in Florida.

Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday.  Police Chief Jane Castor said Jared Cano (Mr Pop Video), 17, had threatened to plant a device at Freedom High School in north Tampa and discharge it on the first day of school Tuesday. He was arrested Tuesday night after someone tipped off police about the plot.

Gunmen killed seven people in southern Israel on Thursday in attacks along the Egyptian border and Israel responded with an air strike in the Gaza Strip that killed six Palestinians, including the leaders of a group it blamed for the violence. The series of assaults on a desert road north of Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat drew Israeli accusations that Egypt’s new rulers were losing their grip on the porous frontier.

More signs of economic weakness triggered a global sell-off in stocks Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 400 points in a return to the wild swings in the market last week. In the United States, there were reports that more people joined the unemployment line last week than a week earlier, gasoline prices contributed to higher inflation and manufacturing slowed in the mid-Atlantic.

Syrian forces shot dead 20 protesters on Friday despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, activists said as thousands marched across Syria, spurred on by U.S. and European calls for him to step down.

A suicide bomber struck a mosque in a Pakistani tribal region during Friday prayers, officials said, killing at least 40 people and wounding 85 others in the deadliest attack in the country in recent weeks. The attack came during the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, sharing and heightened community spirit for Muslims.

(Mr Pop Video) Burger King Corp. on Friday said it is retiring “The King” mascot, a man with an oversized plastic head and creepy smile who in recent years has been shown in ads peeping into people’s windows and popping up next to them in bed. The move is an effort by the struggling fast food chain to boost slumping sales by focusing its marketing on the freshness of its food rather than the funny-factor of its ads. It’s rolling out a new campaign on Saturday sans The King to tout its fresh ingredients and new products like its California Whopper, which has guacamole.

A chartered Boeing 737 plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Canada’s Arctic region, killing 12 people, police said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the plane went down near the hamlet of Resolute Bay in the Arctic territory of Nunavut. The First Air charter flight was traveling from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to Resolute Bay, and was scheduled to continue on to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island.

People freed in Tripoli – Muammar Gaddafi was a hunted man  as loyal remnants of his forces made a last-ditch stand in the capital and world leaders embraced the fractious Libyan rebels as new masters of the oil-rich North African state.

Nearly 48 hours after a pincer thrust on Tripoli by the irregular rebel armies, launched in tandem with an uprising in the city, Gaddafi’s tanks and sharpshooters appeared to hold only small areas, including his Bab al-Aziziya headquarters. Civilians, who mobbed the streets late on Sunday to cheer the end of dictatorship, stayed indoors as gunfire crackled. Gaddafi’s prime minister showed up in Tunisia. State television went off the air and rebels said they had seized its transmitters. More Libyan embassies abroad hoisted the rebel flag.

A wingwalker at an air show near Detroit fell to his death on Sunday, after he tried to transfer from an aircraft to a helicopter and plunged about 200 feet to the ground, officials said. The death of wingwalker Todd Green comes one day after an aerobatic flyer crashed and died at a Kansas City, Missouri, air show and a British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” pilot crashed and died at an air festival on the coast of England.

Tech news –

Google Inc will buy phone hardware maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion to bolster adoption of its Android mobile software and compete with smartphone rival Apple Inc. In its biggest deal to date, Google said it would pay $40 per share in cash, a 63 percent premium to Motorola Mobility’s Friday closing price on the New York Stock Exchange. “What it says is that Google wants to provide a total experience that’s hardware and software (like Apple),” said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.

Hewlett-Packard is taking a hatchet to its business and doing some radical restructuring. The company said Thursday that it is looking to spin off its industry-leading but struggling personal computer business. HP also killed off the TouchPad tablet it launched last month, as well as its webOS smartphone line.

Prince Harry, 27, will be spending time in the Golden State plus Arizona for a series of Apache helicopter training courses. The exact locations and dates of the “spare heir’s” visit have yet to be disclosed. Called “Exercise Crimson Eagle,” the California and Arizona training features “environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises,” the rep explains.

Despite a promising start last year, Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show has steadily lost viewers — and TBS is investing heavily to stop the slide. TBS’s great red hope is tanking. A new Wall Street Journal report on the network’s late-night talk show, Conan, details just how big an investment its hiring of host Conan O’Brien has been — and just how poorly that investment has paid off this past year. And TBS’s “Conan O’Brien experiment” is about to get even more expensive.

(Mr. Pop Video) Kim Kardashian Marries – Kim Kardashian finally took her walk down the aisle on Saturday and married Kris Humphries with a reported 440 guests in attendance. Escorted by stepfather Bruce Jenner, the bride proceeded down the aisle in a strapless Vera Wang wedding dress, witnessed by her expansive reality show family, including Kris Jenner, bridesmaids Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Kim’s matron and maid of honor, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, with their men.

Lil Wayne said  he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park. The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. KTVI-TV reported that Lil Wayne, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center’s emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Newell said she could not confirm Lil Wayne was at the hospital, citing privacy laws. But Lil Wayne wrote about it on his Twitter account. “The Lou was good but I busted my … head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people,” he wrote.

Hot hits this week in 2011:

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

(Mr Pop Video) Moves Like A Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Lighters – Bad meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The Peole

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Good Life – OneRepublic

How To Love – Lil Wayne

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

Headlines – Drake

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce

Remind Me – Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffett

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Top TV –

1. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
3. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
4. 60 Minutes CBS
5. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
6. Big Brother 13″ (Sunday) CBS
7. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
9. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
10. CMA Music Festival ABC
11. Bachelor Pad ABC
12. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday) FOX
13. Dateline NBC” NBC
14. The Big Bang Theory CBS
15. Hell’s Kitchen” (Tuesday) FOX
16. The Mentalist” (Tuesday) CBS
17. Wipeout” (Tuesday) ABC
18. Flashpoint” CBS CBS
19. So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday) FOX
20. Master Chef” (Tuesday) FOX

At the movies –

The Help

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Spy Kids: All the Time In The World (1st week $12 million)

Conan the Barbarian (1st week $10 million)

Fright Night

The Smurfs

Final Destination 5

30 Minutes or Less

One Day

Crazy, Stupid Love

Pop Culture Internet History. Web Sites and Facebook Pages Still With Us, Although Their Authors Have Passed-On.

Mr. Pop Culture – I admit, it can be a little creepy – but it’s an increasing by-product of the Internet and the times. Websites and Facebook pages, among others – still alive, although their authors/owners have passed on.


Clay Cole was a New York pop culture icon – someone Baby Boomers adored. And, he was a great guy. I had the pleasure of interviewing him October 2010. Clay passed away suddenly the first week of December, 2010.

MrPopCulture Report/Clay Cole Interview – October 2010.

Clay’s wonderful website is stuck on December 2010 – Christmas music and all. He updated it almost daily – until his untimely death.

Do you have stories of someone who passed, whose website or social pages live on??

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

Pop Culture Movie/Actor History. Original Santa Clause “Miracle On 34th Street” The Most Famous Santa Clause In Movie History

Mr. Pop History -
So many ask – when did the original Santa Clause, Edmund Gwenn pass? He died suddenly on September 6, 1959 after answering a question about… ironically, dying. “Yes, it’s tough but not as tough as doing farce.”

Best known for the “Miracle” movie in 1947, he appeared in one of the earliest 1950′s sci-fi classics, “Them.”

Pop Culture Movie History – Marilyn Monroe Did A TV Product Commercial?

Mr. Pop History -
Early in her career – Ms. Monroe did a TV commercial for (Unocal) United Oil of California. In it, she tells a service station attendant – that she wants her new car, to be the best cared for car – ever.

Service station attendant – those guys who filled-it-up, wiped the windows and performed other minor, quick services.

Marilyn Monroe – then, a minor player – would soon become a star. No more commercial endorsements. I believe this was the only one she did. And, it was only seen in places such as Los Angeles.

Pop Culture Movie History. “Psycho” Actor Anthony Perkins – Died With A Secret.

Mr. Pop History – That is correct – as Perkins died of AIDS back in 1992. His wife, Berry Berenson, had no idea how he became infected, but later it was revealed he was gay – even had a pre-marriage liaison with music great Leonard Bernstein.

She would perish in a 9-11 plane.

If we only had the medications we had today. Back in the 1980′s and 1990′s, AIDS was certain death.


Pop Culture Music History – Where Did The Name Come From? Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Mr. Pop History – They were one of the hottest pop/rock bands of 1969, 1970 and into 1971. They sold singles and albums by the millions – and, from the small Fantasy Record label.

Creedence – well, he was a real person. Credence Nuball. Band members also thought – adding an extra “e” gave them – well, creedence. Like creed. Credence Nuball was a friend of a friend of Tom Fogerty.

Clearwater – originally came from ads from beer maker Olympia – made from cool, clear water. THey liked its clean environmental sensibility.

Revival came from their musical values – values they carried from their beginning. Afterall – it took the band some eight years to “make it.”

Pop Culture Movie History – Actor James Dean Started With A Pepsi-Cola Commercial.

Mr. Pop History – That is correct. Unknown James Dean was breaking into the business. It was 1950 when Dean was cast – with an assembly of other teenagers – in a Pepsi-Cola commercial. “Pepsi Cola Hits The Spot” was the tagline – and Dean was paid $10 for his services.

It was Pepsi’s first TV commercial. Dean was 19 at the time.

Pop Culture Disaster History… From 1952 – 12,000 Lives Taken.

Mr. Pop History – From the Mr. Pop Week Of December 1, 1952… London was invaded by a thick polluted fog between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7. So thick, many couldn’t see their shoes. The initial death count was 4000 – but further studies say that eventually passed to 12,000 lost lives.

The fog turned out to be a mix of sulphur dioxide and coal smoke – along with common auto and industrial pollutants. The catalyst was stagnant air caused by a cold front.

Exactly 10 years later – another deadly London Fog – this one claimed 136 lives.

Something to think about next time you put on that London Fog coat.

Mr. Pop Video

Week In Review July 15, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Entertainment With Videos.

Week In Review – July 15, 2011 In News & Pop Culture

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News

Facing the debt clock, Congress is working on dual tracks while President Barack Obama appeals to the public in hopes of influencing a deal that talks have failed to produce so far. “We have to ask everyone to play their part because we are all part of the same country,” Obama said Saturday, pushing a combination of spending cuts and tax increases that has met stiff resistance from Republicans. “We are all in this together.” In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said the wealthiest must “pay their fair share.” He invoked budget deals negotiated by GOP President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill, and Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.

(Mr. Pop Video) A 10-mile stretch of one of the nation’s busiest freeways has turned into a virtual ghost road. Ramps to the normally clogged Interstate 405 began shutting down Friday evening before the entire roadway was closed at midnight, setting the stage for a 53-hour construction project that will test whether this car-dependent city can change its driving habits for a weekend. For weeks, authorities have urged residents to avoid getting in their car, lest they trigger what’s been hyped as “Carmageddon.”

Rupert Murdoch accepted the resignations of The Wall Street Journal’s publisher and the chief of his British operations on Friday as the once-defiant media mogul struggled to control an escalating phone hacking scandal, offering apologies to the public and the family of a murdered schoolgirl. The scandal has knocked billions off the value of Murdoch’s News Corp., scuttled his ambitions to take control of a lucrative satellite TV company, withered his political power in Britain — and is threatening to destabilize his globe-spanning empire. The controversy claimed its first Murdoch executive in the United States as Les Hinton, chief executive of the Murdoch-owned Dow Jones & Co. and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, announced he was resigning with immediate effect.

The military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is back in place for the time being, with one major caveat: the government is not allowed to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone who is openly gay. A San Francisco federal appeals court ordered the military to temporarily continue the controversial policy in an order late Friday, the court’s response to a request from the Obama administration. The order is the latest twist in the legal limbo gay service members have found themselves in as the policy is fought in the courts simultaneous to its slow dismantling by the federal government, which expects to do away with it by later this year.

The 25-year-old woman, whose acquittal shocked and enraged many around the country who had been following the case for months, left an Orlando area jail at 12:14 a.m., swiftly boarded an SUV and rode out of public view. Casey Anthony walked out of jail a free woman under heavy guard early Sunday, facing shouts of “baby killer” from a heckling crowd less than two weeks after she was found not guilty of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

“Richard Cordray has spent his career advocating for middle class families, from his tenure as Ohio’s Attorney General, to his most recent role as heading up the enforcement division at the CFPB and looking out for ordinary people in our financial system,” President Obama said in a statement. An event at the White House is planned for Monday where Obama will discuss his pick. President Barack Obama said on Sunday he planned to nominate formerOhio attorney general Richard Cordray to head the new U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Britain’s top police chief resigned and the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper business was arrested Sunday over a phone-hacking scandal that has rocked pillars of the establishment .Several sources familiar with the situation said Brooks, 43, was being questioned as part of an investigation into allegations of illegal voicemail interception and police bribery at the News of the World tabloid she once edited. Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper business, was arrested on Sunday in the latest twist of a phone-hacking scandal that has tainted British police and politicians and shaken the tycoon’s global media empire.

Paul Stephenson, London’s police commissioner, quit in the face of allegations that police officers had accepted money from Murdoch’s News of the World paper and not done enough to investigate phone-hacking charges.

The event that many feared would be the “Carmageddon” of epic traffic jams cruised calmly toward a finish Sunday, with bridge work on the Los Angeles roadway completed ahead of schedule and officials reopening a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of one of the busiest U.S. freeways. Drivers honked their horns and waved from car windows as traffic started moving on Interstate 405 just after noon, for the first time since being shut down at midnight Friday to allow for the partial demolition of a bridge. There were no major problems since the freeway was closed, despite warnings.

Police say Sean Hoare, the whistleblower reporter who alleged widespread hacking at the News of the World, has been found dead. Police said Hoare’s death at his home in England was not considered to be suspicious, according to Britain’s Press Association news agency. Hoare was quoted by The New York Times as saying that phone-hacking was widely used and even encouraged at the News of the World tabloid under then-editor Andy Coulson. Coulson — who most recently served as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief, was arrested as part of the widening investigation into phone hacking and police corruption.

(Mr. Pop Video) A protester splattered Rupert Murdoch with white foam on Tuesday(July19), interrupting a dramatic hearing in which the media baron told British lawmakers he was not responsible for a phone hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire. Murdoch appeared by turns vague, truculent, sharp and concise as he spoke alongside his son and deputy, James, calling the parliamentary inquisition “the most humble day of my career” but refusing to take personal blame for the crisis that has swept from a tabloid newspaper through the top levels of Britain’s police and even to the prime minister’s office.

Bank of America said on Tuesday that it lost $9.1 billion in the second quarter, due to its record-breaking settlement over subprime mortgage claims stemming from the financial crisis. Its earnings amounted to a swing into a loss of 90 cents a share, in line with analysts’ forecasts after the bank set aside $14 billion last month to compensate angry investors for their losses on dodgymortgage-backed securities. Without the mortgage settlement and other exceptional items, the bank would have posted a profit of $3.7 billion, or 33 cents per share, Bank of America said in its quarterly earnings report.

At least five Amish farmers were killed on Tuesday in upstate New Yorkwhen a car trying to overtake a slow-moving tractor collided head-on with their van in what police described as a horrific crash. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike told Reuters the crash occurred when a car heading southbound in a no-passing zone tried to overtake a tractor that had spray equipment attached to it. The car then collided with the oncoming van. “It was a horrific accident,” Spike said of the crash, which took place in Benton, New York, about 60 miles southeast of Rochester. “The vehicle collided with the van and the crash caused the van to hit the tractor. The van was hit so hard it actually was embedded underneath the tractor trapping all the passengers in the van,” he added.

American Airlines on Wednesday split a giant order for 460 single-aisle jets worth up to $40 billion between Boeing Co and its European rival Airbus , which scrambled to win any of the narrowbody deal. The record-large order placed by the AMR Corp unit gives Airbus a stronger foothold in U.S. markets. The deal also rapidly refreshes American Airlines’ aging fleet with more fuel-efficient planes to better compete with U.S. rivals.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new budget Wednesday, ending the nation’s longest state government shutdown in the past decade. Dayton’s signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning. All sides formalized an agreement that Dayton struck with leading Republicans late last week.

President Barack Obama summoned top Democratic lawmakers back to the White House Wednesday to resume negotiations on averting a potentially crippling government default, as attention focused on a new bipartisan budget plan emerging in the Senate. The White House also indicated Obama would be willing to sign a short-term debt limit increase — something he’s opposed — if it’s merely a stop-gap measure to allow time for a broader plan to get into place, something that likely couldn’t be finished by the Aug. 2 deadline to increase the government’s borrowing limit.

Standard & Poor’s reiterated on Thursday it sees a real risk that future U.S. government deficits may meaningfully miss discussed targets and that there is a 50-50 chancethe U.S. AAA credit rating could be cut within three months, perhaps as soon as August. The deficit reduction debate is coming up against an August 2 deadline when the $14.3 trillion limit on America’s borrowing capacity is exhausted, putting in jeopardy payments on U.S. Treasury debt as well as paychecks for federal employees and soldiers.

The space shuttle Atlantis returned from NASA’s final shuttle mission on Thursday, ending a 30-year era that opened the space frontier, exposed its dangers and established a toehold for future endeavors beyond Earth.

Tech News –

Google’s Facebook competitor Google+ grew to 10 million users in just two weeks, the company announced Thursday. That’s only a bit more than 1% of Facebook’s 750 million global users, but it still represents staggering growth for Google’s infant social network, which isn’t yet open to the public. The site remains in a “limited” trial phase. Google+ represents a part of the new CEO’s grand vision for the 13-year old company. Despite Google’s position as the worldwide leader in search, CEO Larry Page has opted to treat the company as a startup, increasing hiring and starting several new initiatives. “Today, I see more opportunities for Google than ever before; we’re just at the beginning of what we want to do,” Page said. “We’re only at 1% of what’s possible. Google’s just getting started.” Accordingly, Google continued its hiring spree in the second quarter, upping its headcount by nearly 9%, or 2,500 employees — including 450 from the acquisition of flight data company ITA . The company also has spent freely, putting more than $900 million into its infrastructure during the quarter, including expanding its massive data centers. The company says it expects to continue to make “significant” capital expenditures going forward.

Google announced Wednesday it will be slowly shuttering Google Labs, its experimental site for projects that aren’t quite products. That news prompted fear and news reports that popular “experimental” features in Gmail and other products would also be killed.

Microsoft on Thursday reported that sales of Xbox 360 and Kinect soared 30% in the past quarter, as the video game system maintained its position as the top console for the twelfth month in a row.

Sports –

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Reno Mahe (MAY’-hee) surrendered to authorities this week to face a criminal theft charge in Utah. Mahe and four others are charged in Utah’s 3rd District Court with stealing more than $15,000 in gasoline in 2010 from a construction company in a Salt Lake City suburb, according to court documents.

Japan has won the Women’s World Cup, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout Sunday night after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie. Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath all failed to convert for the Americans, who squandered dozens of chances throughout the game and blew a lead just six minutes from winning their third World Cup title. “This is obviously going to hurt for a while,” said Abby Wambach, whose only hole in her glittering career is the World Cup title.

Update: The SUV crash from last Thursday that saw a car service hired by Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom crash into a motorcyclist in downtown New York City… Odom wasn’t driving, but it was his hired truck that crashed into a motorcyclist, which then crashed into a 15-year old boy.It turns out that the boy, a pedestrian, has died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

Football Afterall – The clubs approved an agreement that was negotiated with the players this afternoon,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday at a news conference. “In addition to approving that agreement, we also approved a supplemental revenue sharing system for the next 10 years. With this ratification, and the ratification of the NFLPA board, we will be prepared to open the training facilities beginning this Saturday. We will then be prepared to start the new league year next Wednesday, subject to the full membership of the players ratifying the agreement and re-certifying as a union.” Goodell also said that the 2011 Hall of Fame game, which was to feature the Bears and Rams on Aug. 7, has been canceled due to complications brought about by time constraints. The first actual preseason games would begin Aug. 11.

Entertainment News –

(Mr. Pop Video) New Taylor Swift Perfume - The country-singing star, 21, has partnered with Elizabeth Arden to create her first perfume for women, Wonderstruck.”I wrote the lyric, ‘I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home,’ for the song ‘Enchanted’ about the first time you meet someone,” Swift said in a release. “A fragrance can help shape someone’s first impression and memory of you. It’s exciting to think that Wonderstruck will play a role in creating some of those memories.”

Sorry, Lady Gaga, but Rihanna, has just passed you by. At least on the Facebook charts. The “Rude Boy” singer has overtaken the “Judas” chanteuse to become the most popular female star on the social media site, according to Famecount.com.  Barbados-born singer Rihanna has amassed 40,622,133 “likes” for her Facebook page, edging out Gaga, who lags with 40,580,102 “likes.”

(Mr Pop Video) With three failed marriages between them, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony finally seemed to find true love together when they married seven years ago. They had twin children, went on tour together, did a movie together and even planned a music-based reality show they were working on together. But on Friday, the pair announced they were no longer together. “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision,” the couple said in a statement by Lopez’s publicist. “We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”

Changes his mind about Twitter -  Jerry Seinfeld is now a member of the Twitterati, sending his first two tweets out this Friday. The famous comedian and actor has chosen @SeinTime as his new Twitter handle. His first tweet reads, “Greetings Tweetarians! I have just landed on your Planet. This could be my last Tweet.” He followed that up with, “Second Tweet! Am I done yet?” Seinfeld apparently changed his mind about Twitter in recent weeks. In May, he stated that tweeting didn’t interest him.. Perhaps his wife, @JessSeinfeld, helped change his mind.

Comic Con Coming – More than 130,000 fans are getting ready for this Friday’s  Comic-Con are the Hollywood studios and networks hoping to capture their attention. San Diego’s annual pop-culture festival draws passionate (and often costumed) consumers of movies, TV shows, video games, collectibles and comic books. It’s a crowd that’s quick to tweet or blog about their favorite things, and Hollywood covets that fandom and their Internet reach. Sony will showcase seven upcoming films at the four-day convention. Paramount is bringing Steven Spielberg to his first Comic-Con. Twentieth Century Fox is ballyhooing its film slate, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Universal is holding its world premiere of “Cowboys & Aliens” at Comic-Con. Small-screen offerings include Showtime’s “Dexter” and “Shameless,” Fox’s “Glee,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons,” HBO’s “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones,” and dozens of other popular shows distributed by ABC, NBC, MTV and Warner Bros. Television. Then there are scores of video games, graphic novels and, yep, comic books that will make their debut or reconnect with their audiences at Comic-Con.

Bette Midler Has A Beef With Lady Gaga – The beef is about a wheelchair-bound mermaid character that Gaga unveiled at a concert in Sydney last week. It turns out that Midler had performed in an almost identical getup for millions of fans three decades ago, while playing her alter-ego character named Delores DeLago. This weekend Midler fired off a series of critical tweets to the pop star, saying, “I’ve been doing the mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980. You can keep the meat dress.” In case you’re wondering, Gaga was “born this way” in 1986.

Charlie Sheen aims to launch another hit sitcom – this time, on his own terms. The tempestuous star is planning to return to series television in the aptly titled “Anger Management,” based on the 2003 film of the same name

Rapper Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins) has been sentenced by a New Jersey court to more than two years in federal prison for failing to file tax income returns. He also was ordered to pay $1.1 million in unpaid taxes.”I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal,” the rapper said prior to sentencing. “I was a young man who made a lot of money — I’m getting a little choked up — I didn’t know how to deal with these finances, and I didn’t have people to guide me, so I made mistakes.”

She’ll Be On Exteme Makeover: Home Edition – First Lady Michelle  shoots an episode Thursday in Fayetteville, N.C., where she got her hands dirty by helping with an addition to a community resource center for female veterans. She specifically will work on a new greenhouse and children’s play area for the center. The episode is expected to air in October.

(Mr. Pop Video) Paris Hilton recently sat down with “Good Morning America” correspondent Dan Harris, but the interview quickly turned sour when the newsman pressed Ms. Hilton regarding what some may perceive as a waning public interest in the 30-year-old socialite’s antics. Do you worry at times that the people who have followed in your footsteps – like Kim Kardashian - are overshadowing you?” Harris asked Hilton, in the interview which aired on “GMA” on Wednesday morning. “No, not at all,” Paris answered. “Do you ever worry about your moment having passed?” Harris continued, referencing the low ratings for her new Oxygen reality series, “The World According to Paris.” Paris didn’t utter a word in response to Harris’ question, then looked at her publicist who was positioned off-camera, got up from her chair and walked out of the frame. The heiress eventually returned to complete the interview — after what Harris described as a “long heated conversation with Hilton and her publicist” — and admitted that her voice drastically drops when she’s not on camera.

R. Kelly is resting in a Chicago hospital following emergency throat surgery, the singer’s rep told the Associated Press on Wednesday.The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s publicist said that doctors had to drain an abcess on one of Kelly’s tonsils on Tuesday. The 44-year-old star (full name: Robert Sylvester Kelly) will be “laid up indefinitely” at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.The Grammy winner had recently complained of throat pain; following a throat exam, he was rushed to the hospital.

Lindsay Lohan Thursday added financial woes to four years of legal problems when she was slapped with a $1 million assault lawsuit and a court heard she was having problems paying for private counseling. Lohan, 25, whose Hollywood career has been derailed since 2007 by drug and alcohol problems and repeated trips to jail, was ordered to undergo psychological counseling earlier this year as part of her sentence for stealing a gold necklace in January.

Top movies this week in 2011:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 2 (1st week $168.5 million)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Horrible Bosses


Cars 2

Winnie The Pooh (1st week $8 million)

Bad Teacher

Larry Crowne

Super 8

Midnight In Paris


Hot hits this week in 2011 –

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Party RockAnthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Rolling In the Deep – Adele (Mr. Pop Video)

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga

Good Life – OneRepublic

How To Love – Lil Wayne

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

E.T. – Katy Pery fea. Kanye West

I’m On One – DJ Kahled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jason Derulo

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffett

Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

Top TV –

1. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday NBC
2. Primetime Special Edition ABC
3. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
4. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday NBC
6. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks NBC
7. 60 Minutes CBS
8. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
9. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
10. Big Brother 13″ (Sunday) CBS
11. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
12. Wipeout” (Thursday) ABC
13. Blue Bloods CBS
14. The Big Bang Theory CBS
15. The Mentalist CBS
16. Boston Pops Fireworks CBS
17. So You Think You Can Dance” (Wednesday) FOX
18. Flashpoint CBS
20. Criminal Minds CBS