Week In Review. September 1, 2001 In Pop Culture, News, Tech News, Entertainment. With Videos

Week In Review – September 1, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @www.mr popculture.com

In The News –

Wall Street’s four-day rally ground to a halt on Thursday, with major indexes falling 1 percent on caution ahead of a key labor market report expected to underscore fears the economy is headed for another recession. Financials were the biggest losers, selling off sharply in the afternoon, led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc . Goldman’s shares fell 3.5 percent to $112.16 after agreements with the Federal Reserve and New York state’s banking regulator over wrongful foreclosures raised concerns that Goldman is still not yet off the hook.

Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and said Friday it is cutting military ties with the country over its refusal to apologize for last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people. Turkey’s move came before the anticipated publication Friday of a U.N. report on violence aboard a Gaza-bound protest flotilla, further straining a relationship that had been a cornerstone of regional stability.

Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010. Stocks tumbled on the news. The Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 190 points in early-morning trading.

Bands of heavy rain and strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Lee knocked out power to thousands in south Louisiana and Mississippi and prompted evacuations in bayou towns like Jean Lafitte, where water lapped at several front doors along the main highway Saturday morning. The sluggish storm stalled just before making landfall, and threatened to dump more than a foot of rain across the northern Gulf Coast and into the Southeast in coming days. No injuries were reported and there were only scattered reports of water entering low-lying homes and businesses.

By Sunday, at least 6 to 10 inches of rain had fallen in some spots along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, and the National Weather Service warned there was a threat of extensive flooding and flash floods because of the storm’s slow, meandering jog inland.

A North Carolina man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury on Saturday found him guilty of fatally shooting eight people at a nursing home in March 2009. Jurors found Robert Stewart, 47, guilty of eight counts of second-degree murder connected to the rampage that left seven patients and a nurse dead in Carthage, a small town about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh. A judge then sentenced Stewart to 189 to 236 months in prison on each count, to be run consecutively, defense attorney Frank Wells told Reuters. The state charged Stewart with first-degree murder, arguing he had gone to the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center looking for his wife who had recently left him.

The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security nationwide as a precaution.

While Lee’s winds have lost some of their punch, forecasters warn that its slow-moving rain clouds pose a worse flooding threat to inland areas with hills or mountains in the coming days. Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect across a swath of the Southeast early Monday, stretching from the lower Mississippi Valley, eastward to the Florida Panhandle and the southern Appalachians, according to the Hydrometeorological Predication Center. The massive storm system dumped more than a foot of rain in New Orleans and spawned tornadoes elsewhere before it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday night. Its remnants were expected to continue to march to the northeast.

A two-week-old Houston-area boy has died after being mauled by the family dog. The incident happened Saturday night as the baby sat in an infant carrier on the floor of a room in the family house. Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland says the dog, a Labrador mix, began sniffing the child and attacked him before the parents could pull it away.

Pakistani intelligence officers working with the CIA arrested three members of al-Qaida including a top operative believed to have been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the world, Pakistan’s army said Monday.

Absent but still the star of the show, comedian Jerry Lewis (Mr Pop Video) helped the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon raise more than $61 million over the weekend. An annual event that stretched over 21 hours on Sunday honored his efforts during the past 45 years to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the disorder through medical research, the organization said on Monday. Gigantic photos of Lewis, who retired this year from the fundraiser he has headlined since 1966, served as a backdrop for the stage on which four co-hosts gushed about the funny man with a big heart.

Wildfires sweeping across drought-stricken Texas have destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the last several days as they move into more populated areas, Governor Rick Perry said on Tuesday. Perry surveyed damage in west Austin on Tuesday, where dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds evacuated. Speaking after his visit, The Texas governor, who left the presidential campaign trail to deal with the fires, said he hopes cooler temperatures and slowing winds Tuesday will help firefighters contain more than 50 fires across the state.

(Mr Pop Video) A gunman wielding an AK-47 opened fire on a table of uniformed National Guard members at an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday in an outburst of violence that killed four people, wounded eight others and put Nevada’s capital city on high alert. Five Nevada National Guard troops sitting together at the back of the restaurant were shot — two of them fatally. Another woman was also killed, and the gunman, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, shot himself in the head and died at a hospital. The shooter’s motive was unclear, but family members said he had mental issues. He had never been in the military and had no known affiliation with anyone inside the restaurant.

Wall Street stocks tumbled for a third session on Tuesday on rising concerns about the euro zone’s debt crisis and the outlook for the global economy.Major U.S. banks were among the biggest decliners, with the KBW Bank index off nearly 2 percent on fears that lenders face a growing list of mortgage-related lawsuits.

President Obama’s approval rating hit another new low, and Rick Perry has surged to the lead in the 2012 Republican presidential race, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday. After what could be considered the worst summer of his presidency politically, Obama’s approval rating is at a new low of just 44 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll. Just 37 percent approve of his handling of the economy–a six-point drop since July. The poll’s margin of error is 3 percent.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1. Michigan’s first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can’t work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don’t qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.

A Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing at least 43 people and leaving two critically injured, officials said. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed immediately after leaving an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow. It was carrying 45 people, including 37 passengers and eight crew, and the ministry said all but two people were killed in the crash.

(Mr. Pop Video) Republican Debate – Candidates including Rick Perry and Mitt Romney got together for a huge Republican debate and the Ronald Reagan Library at Simi Valley, CA.

Tech News –

Facebook intends to launch its long-rumored music service next month with Spotify, MOG and Rdio as three of the company’s launch partners. The music and media platform will be announced at Facebook’s f8 developer conference on September 22. It will allow users to listen to music from within Facebook.com. Evidence of Facebook’s music platform first surfaced in the code of Facebook’s video chat service. According to two sources familiar with the matter, Facebook will not directly host or stream any music or media. Instead, it will rely on partners to provide the content. This is in contrast to Apple, Google and Amazon’s strategy of hosting music content on their servers. Facebook’s plan is to become a platform for media content in the same way it is a platform for applications and games.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T on Wednesday seeking to block its $39 million merger with T-Mobile. The merger would create the largest wireless company in the United States, combining AT&T’s 98 million customers with T-Mobile’s 34 million users, for a total of 130 million subscribers. AT&T is currently the second-largest wireless company by number of subscribers, and T-Mobile is fourth. he DOJ said the merger would lead to a situation in which just two companies — the AT&T-T-Mobile combination and Verizon Wireless — would dominate the mobile market. The new AT&T and Verizon would account for more than two-thirds of wireless subscribers and 78% of the wireless industry’s revenues.

Netflix has started to restrict its users from streaming more than one movie at a time as part of its price hike. The change could have a major effect on how families use Netflix. No longer can one person watch a movie from the iPad while the rest of the family watches another film on the Xbox, for example. As website Stop the Cap points out, Netflix has always had a policy that limited streaming, with those on a single DVD or streaming-only plan limited to streaming one film at a time. But it appears as if Netflix just started enforcing this rule on September 1. The changes seem to coincide with Netflix’s price hike, which took effect on Sept. 1 as well. Now, if you attempt to launch two movie streams, Netflix will block it and tell you that your membership plan doesn’t support multiple movie streams.

Entertainment news

A New York court has recommended Prince pay the princely sum of $3.95 million to a perfume company after he flaked on promotional duties for a fragrance named after one of his albums. A second judge would need to confirm this ruling before the “Let’s Go Crazy” singer, 53, forks over the cash. According to the Associated Press, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics licensed  Prince’s name, likeness and 2006 album title “3121″ to market a fragrance called “3121″ in 2007. The Grammy winning star reneged on promises to help promote the scent in summer 2007 — thereby hampering all marketing efforts.

After 28 years together, KISS bassist Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed are getting married.The two left viewers hanging on the season finale of their A&E reality show, “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,” when footage showed Simmons popping the question while vacationing in Belize. The show teased that Tweed’s response will be revealed when the show returns Oct. 4.

Oprah Winfrey is coming to Facebook next week. On September 8, the TV star will be the one answering questions rather than asking them, appearing on a one-hour Facebook Live streaming video interview at 4:30 p.m. ET.Fans are invited to share their questions now, with the promise that “you might hear Oprah answer your question during the live show.”

Trey Pennington, a well-known social media personality, died Sunday in Greenville, S.C., of an apparent suicide.  Pennington ran a consulting practice, blog and online radio show. He maintained presences on all of the top social networks, includingTwitter, Facebook and Google+  The local NBC affiliate in Greenville tells us that police had confirmed a man killed himself in a church parking lot earlier Sunday. As of 6:45 p.m. ET, the coroner had not released the identity of the body, but a member of the news staff there said they had heard from multiple sources that it was Pennington.

For the past 23 years, Regis Philbon has spent weekday mornings entertaining millions of viewers with his morning talk show. But on November 18, 2011, the 80-year-old will be signing off for good. “Friday, November 18 is my last day,” Philbin announced on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly Tuesday. “But don’t worry, the show goes on.” Philibin said the show is already working on finding his replacement.

www.mrpopculture.com/anthony michael hallBratpack actor Anthony Michael Hall – perhaps best known for such ’80s John Hughes fare as “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” — was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace and taken into custody Monday night, after allegedly engaging in a disturbance at his Playa del Rey, Calif., condominium complex, the Los Angeles Times reports. The actor, 43, was arrested at approximately 9:50 p.m. after Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the residence. Hall’s neighbor told police that the actor had torn up plants in the common area of the condominium. When confronted, the neighbor claimed, Hall hurled an obscenity and threatened to beat the neighbor “to a pulp.”

(Mr. Pop Video) Only someone as over-the-top as Lady Gaga could make posing au natural seem shocking. Wearing absolutely no makeup, the 25-year-old “You and I” singer shows off her natural beauty on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s’s October issue (on newsstands September 27). “Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside,” the singer confesses in the accompanying article.

Journalist Andrea Mitchell revealed that she’s battling breast cancer on her MSNBC show Wednesday. I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week, but instead discovered that I am now among the 1 in 8 women in this country — incredibly 1 in 8 — who have had breast cancer,” she said. The 64-year-old said the disease “was discovered during my annual screening just a short time ago.” “Luckily for me, I am one of the fortunate ones; we discovered it in the earliest stage, it hadn’t spread, and I’m already back at work with a terrific prognosis,” Mitchell added.

A Paris court convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galiano on Thursday for making anti-Semitic insults in a bar but gave him only a suspended sentence, taking into account his apology to the victims. Galliano, who didn’t attend the announcement of the verdict, was given no prison time. He was given a suspended (EURO)6,000 ($8,400) fine, which means it goes on his criminal record but he does not have to pay it.

Hot hits this week
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Lighters – Bad Meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

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

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

How To Love – Lil Wayne

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

Stereo Hearts – Gym Glass Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Good Life – OneRepublic

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

You and I – Lady Gaga

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

She Will – Lil Wayne fea. Drake

You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi

Someone Like You – Adele

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

Remind Me – Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwoos

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

Top TV

1. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
2. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
3. NCIS CBS
4. NFL Exhibition Football: San Diego vs. Oakland NBC
5. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
6. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
7. 60 Minutes CBS
8. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
9. Big Brother 13″ (Sunday) CBS
10. NCIS” (Tuesday CBS
11. The Big Bang Theory CBS
12. NFL Exhibition Football: Green Bay vs. Indianapolis CBS
13. NBC NFL Preseason Pre-Kick NBC
14. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday FOX
15. Wipeout” (Tuesday) ABC
16. America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC
17. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
18. Bachelor Pad ABC
19. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday FOX
20. 20/20: Sixth Sense ABC

Pop Culture Radio History – Radio Listening Is Up. Pop Culture History Trend.

The radio industry just loves it – with all the doomsday reporting of “the battle” for media – radio always gets the raw deal. New numbers say that radio listening is in an uptrend. Here’s some of that reporting:

Arbitron released highlights from its RADAR 109 National Radio Listening Report and it says radio’s continued strength with a year over year increase of about 1.9 million weekly listeners ages twelve and older. The number of Persons twelve and older listening to radio each week now reaches an estimated 241.5 million, representing 93.1% of all persons twelve and older.

As compared to the June 2010 report, the number of radio listeners increased across all major demographics, with Adults 18-34 showing the biggest gains, adding nearly 350,000 weekly listeners in the age group in the past year. There are now nearly 66.5 million Adults 18-34 listening to radio each week, or 93.6% of all members of this demographic. The number of Teens 12-17 listening to radio also continues to rise, increasing 158,000 listeners versus June 2010, reaching more than 22.8 million weekly listeners or 92%.

According to RADAR 109, radio continues to reach more than 93% of Black (non-Hispanic) Persons 12 and older and more than 95% of Hispanics aged 12 and older on a weekly basis, or 29.8 million and 36.5 million respectively. Hispanic listeners 12 years rose by 1.1 million listeners compared to the June 2010 report. Hispanics 18-49 increased sharply in the last year, adding close to 600,000 weekly listeners since June, 2010.

In picture – reach-out to Susan Jacks – who is still performing up in Canada and a mr pop friend.

Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com


Week of May 15, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech Trends, Entertainment.

A Complete Look At The Week Of May 15, 2011.

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News -

New York police say the maid who accuses the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexually assaulting her in his luxury hotel room picked the Frenchman out of a lineup. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday and was to be arraigned later Sunday. He has been among the most popular potential candidates to challenge French President Nicolas Sarkozy in elections next year, and his arrest could throw his Socialist party into disarray.Sofitel hotel spokewoman Stacy Royal says the maid has worked there for three years and has been a satisfactory employee. Royal says the company is cooperating with police but will have no further comment on the case.

Evangelist Billy Graham was released on Sunday from a North Carolina hospital where he had been treated for pneumonia, the hospital said. Graham, 92, returned to his home in Montreat, North Carolina, after a five-day stay at Mission Hospital in nearby Asheville, North Carolina. Doctors said his response to treatment was “excellent” but that his recovery would be slow. “We expect continuing recuperation at home with very gradual recovery, returning to normal activities over several weeks. I’m delighted that he has come back this fast,” Dr. Lucian Rice said in a statement released by the hospital.

Deputies warned people Sunday to get out as Mississippi River water gushing from a floodgate for the first time in four decades crept ever closer to communities in Louisiana Cajun country, slowly filling a river basin like a giant bathtub. Most residents heeded the warnings and headed for higher ground, even in places where there hasn’t been so much as a trickle, hopeful that the flooding engineered to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge would be merciful to their way of life.

Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth.

The U.S. and Pakistan agreed Monday(May16) to work together in any future actions against “high value targets” in Pakistan, even as U.S. Sen. John Kerry defended Washington’s decision not to tell Islamabad in advance about the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The pledge, which was made in a joint statement, could help mollify Pakistani officials and citizens, who were enraged that one of the country’s most important allies would conduct a unilateral operation on its soil. But details of the promised cooperation were unclear.

Endeavour blasted off on NASA’s next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander’s wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

“Good stuff, good stuff,” Giffords was quoted as saying by her chief of staff as Endeavour took flight for the final time. Husband Mark Kelly, the shuttle’s skipper, had red tulips presented to her afterward. She wore his wedding ring on a silver chain while he carried hers with him. NASA is winding down its 30-year-old shuttle program before embarking on something new.

Undeterred by real or fake bombs, Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday began the first visit by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland, a four-day trip to highlight strong Anglo-Irish relations and the success of Northern Ireland peacemaking. Resplendent in a cloak of emerald green and a dress of St. Patrick’s blue, the 85-year-old queen stepped out from a bombproof, bulletproof Range Rover outside the official residence of Irish President Mary McAleese. Irish Army artillery units fired a 21-gun salute as a military brass band played “God Save the Queen.”

Mississippi River Flooding – The Coast Guard said it closed the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez, Miss., because barge traffic could increase pressure on the levees. Heavy flooding from Mississippi tributaries has displaced more than 4,000 in the state, about half of them upstream from Natchez in the Vicksburg area.The closure is the latest high-stakes decision made to protect homes and businesses that sit behind levees and floodwalls along the river. To take pressure off levees surrounding heavily populated New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the key Morganza Spillway, choosing to flood more rural areas with fewer homes. Another spillway near New Orleans was opened earlier, but it doesn’t threaten homes. Most residents in the path of the Morganza’s floodwaters have heeded the call to leave their homes. Bernadine Turner, who lives in a mandatory evacuation zone near Krotz Springs, La., spent a third day Monday moving her things out. Water from the Morganza opening was not expected to reach the town about 40 miles west of Baton Rouge for several days, but most residents were taking no chances.

Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Twelve people died in the fighting, government officials said. There was also deadly violence in the east on Wednesday. A suicide bomber crashed a car into a police bus, killing 14 people and wounding 16, said Zemeri Bashary, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Most of the casualties were police officers, he said.

The United States slapped sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and six senior Syrian officials for human rights abuses over their brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, for the first time personally penalizing the Syrian leader for actions of his security forces.

The White House announced the sanctions Wednesday, a day before President Barack Obama delivers a major speech on the uprisings throughout the Arab world. The speech is expected to include prominent mentions of Syria.

May 21 – Some shut themselves inside to pray for mercy as they waited for the world’s end. Others met for tearful last lunches with their children, and prepared to leave behind homes and pets as they were swept up to heaven. And across the globe, followers of a California preacher’s long-publicized message that Judgment Day would arrive Saturday turned to the Bible, the book they believe predicts the beginning of Earth’s destruction on May 21. The doomsday message has been sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction. After spending months traveling the country to put up Judgment Day billboards and hand out Bible tracts, Camping follower Michael Garcia planned to spend Friday evening with his family at home in Alameda, near the Christian media empire’s Oakland headquarters.

Sports –

Passing – Harmon Killebrew, the affable, big-swinging Hall of Famer whose tape-measure home runs made him the cornerstone of the Minnesota Twins, died Tuesday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., after battling esophageal cancer. He was 74.The Twins said Killebrew passed away peacefully with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side. He announced his diagnosis just six months ago and last week Killebrew said doctors had deemed the “awful disease” incurable.

Passing – Macho Man” Randy Savage, a professional wrestler who became a fan favorite thanks to his outlandish outfits and trademark catchphrase, dies in a car wreck. The 58-year-old Savage reportedly suffered a heart attack while driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler in Tampa, Fla., and careened across lanes of oncoming traffic before colliding head-on with a tree. He died later at a local hospital. Savage’s wife Lynn, who was riding in the passenger seat, escaped with only minor injuries.

Tech news –

Google has shut down its Google News Archives digitization program, which aimed to make the world’s newspaper archives accessible and searchable online. The archives of several hundred newspapers will continue to be available at news.google but is “no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing,” a Google spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable. According to the Boton Phoenix, Google emailed its contributing partners Thursday to notify them that the initiative was coming to a close so that the company could redirect resources to “newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from their own sites.” Although Google will no longer process any more papers, publishers can continue to add material to their individual archives via sitemaps. They are also welcome to pursue alternative partnerships to get the content Google has scanned for them online elsewhere.

Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music and is close to completing deals with two other music labels, according to a report by tech news site CNET, citing multiple music industry sources. Such a product would throw Apple into direct competition with Amazon and Google, both of which recently launched cloud-based music streaming services of their own. Such services store songs on Web servers, where they are accessible from any device with an Internet connection, instead of on a user’s hard drive. Apple signed a similar licensing deal with Warner Music last month. Its negotiations with Sony Music Group and Universal Music Group, the remaining of the four major labels, could be wrapped up as early as next week, CNET reports.

As further proof of how digital media dominate today’s entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its Kindle device than all print books — hardcover and paperback — combined.

Nielsen compares usage patterns of nearly 12,000 U.S. owners of tablets, eReaders or smartphones.

The key findings, as Nielson sees it:

  • 70% of tablet owners and 68% of smartphone owners said they use their devices while watching television, compared with 35% of eReader owners.
  • 61% percent of eReader owners use their device in bed, compared with 57% of tablet owners and 51% of smartphone owners

Playboy Enterprises on Thursday announced a subscription service that provides online access to every page of every issue, giving readers everywhere the chance to catch up with those, um, fiction excerpts, interviews and investigative articles. The service, called iPlayboy, contains every last photo image, news story, interview, work of fiction, advertisement and nude centerfold published in monthly magazines over the span of 57 years, according to a statement released by the Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises. More than 130,000 pages of content have been rendered viewable, readable and searchable online and optimized for electronic tablets including the Apple iPad, according to the statement.

Entertainment news –

A former Playboy Playmate whose mummified body was found in her dilapidated Beverly Hills home last month, died of heart failure, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday. Yvette Vickers, a B-movie actress who was named Playboy’s Miss July in 1959, was found dead at her home on April 27 after evidently being undiscovered for up to a year.

It’s official: Miranda Lambert is a married woman! The 27-year-old “House That Built Me” singer wed longtime love Blake Shelton late Saturday evening at Texas’ Don Strange Ranch.

Las Vegas marks the end of an era this week as one of the US gambling mecca’s last original “Rat Pack” casino-hotels, the Sahara, finally closes its doors. Opened in 1952, the Sahara hosted everyone from Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis to Frank Sinatra and the Beatles in the 1950s and 60s, and their photos still decorate the walls above the reception. But in recent decades Vegas saw an explosion of mega-sized casino resorts which left the “small” Sahara struggling to fill its 1,700 rooms at the end of the famous Strip. The death knell was sounded in March, when its owners since 2007, SBE Entertainment, announced that the casino-hotel complex with its more than 1,050 staff was no longer a viable business.

Passing – Actress Mary Murphy has died at 80. She was discovered in a coffee shop and landed a role as the small-town wholesome girl opposite Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.”Daughter Stephanie Specht tells the Los Angeles Times that Murphy died May 4 of heart disease at her Beverly Hills home.

Passing – Los Angeles rapper M-Bone, a member of the group Cali Swag District, was killed in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting, police and celebrity news sites said on Monday(May16.) Police said a man was shot while outside a liquor store in the Inglewood area on Los Angeles on Sunday night and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Website TMZ.com identified him as rapper M-Bone, whose real name is Montae Talbert.M-Bone was a member of hip-hop group Cali Swag District who found success with the 2010 single dance hit “Teach Me How to Dougie”.

After 45 years of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day telethon, Jerry Lewis says goodbye. The 85-year-old comedian said in a statement, that it was time for a “new telethon era. Lewis will make his final appearance during the six-hour event on Sept. 4; he’ll perform his song “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

What A Putz – The marital split of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver took a shocking new twist Tuesday with a Los Angeles Times report that the couple separated after Shriver was informed that her husband and a longtime female member of their household staff had a child together more than a decade ago. According to the Times, the 25-year marriage went south earlier this year, when Shriver moved out of the couple’s Brentwood mansion after Schwarzenegger confirmed the paternity. The employee had retired in January after 20 years with the family, says the paper.  In a statement to the newspaper, Schwarzenegger, 63, said Monday: “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.” (People)

Arnold’s son, Patrick (17)  Patrick is putting his family first. On Tuesday he tweeted: “Some days you feel like sh*t, some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet I love my family till death do us apart. #family” Later in the week, he changed his Twitter last name to Shriver. Yea, right!

After a dramatic semifinals round, “Dancing with the Stars” has named its final three.Sadly, for early Season 12 frontrunners Ralph Macchio and professional partner Karina Sminoff, they will not be part of that group.

Flamboyant pop singer Lady Gaga ousted U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey to top this year’s Forbes celebrity power list released on Wednesday. Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, moved up four positions from last year to claim the top spot in Forbes’ annual “The Celebrity 100″ 2011 list that measures power by entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity. Forbes rated the American singer-songwriter No. 1, estimating her earnings in the past 12 months as $90 million, but also noting her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.

Jeff Conaway, who rose to fame thanks to his roles in Grease and the TV series Taxi, is in critical condition following an apparent overdose. According to family members, Conaway is being treated at Encino Hospital Medical Center with pneumonia; he is currently unconscious. The actor, 60, is no stranger to substance abuse problems. He began using drugs in the mid-1980s, and in 2008, he appeared on VH1′s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, where he sought treatment for addictions to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.

Musician Pete Doherty was jailed for six months on Friday after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine, the Press Association reported. The 32-year-old was arrested in January last year by police investigating the suspected overdose death of heiress Robyn Whitehead. The controversial Babyshambles singer has been jailed twice before and has repeatedly admitted possession of banned substances.

Bieber – He already launched a nail polish line and a unisex fragrance, “My World,” and now teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, 17, is coming out with his first-ever women’s perfume.”Let’s be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy,” Bieber said.. “I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world.” The fragrance, which is called “Someday,” is described as a “fruity gourmand” and is scheduled to hit department and specialty stores in June. And to make hordes of teenage girls swoon even more, the Biebs is donating all proceeds of the $35 scent to charity.

Don’t expect a speedy return to the silver screen for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Days after his shocking split with Maria Shriver and the news of his alleged love-child going public. “At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger we asked Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently underway or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice,” his lawyer said.

At the movies –

Thor

Bridesmaids (1st week $24.4 million)

Fast Five

Priest (1st week $14.5 million)

Rio

Jumping the Broom

Something Borrowed

Water For Elephants

Tyler Pery’s Madea’s Big Happy Family

Soul Surfer

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Top video games –

Portal 2 (X360)

Mortal Kombat (PS3 X360)

Pokemon Black/White Version (DS)

Just Dance 2 (Wii)

Wii Sports

Zumba Fitness (Wii)

Portal 2 (PS2)

Wii Sports Resort

SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALS (PS3)