What Did Miley Cyrus Do Before “Hannah Montana?” Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History -
I have to go back to the week of March 22, 2006. That was the week “Hannah Montana” debuted on the Disney Channel (March 24).

Miley Cyrus was already in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” and a few episodes of Dad’s “Doc” – a Pax-TV comedy (Remember Pax?). Remember Doc? Miley Cyrus was 13 when her show debuted.

This Week In History. News Trends And Pop Culture. A Complete Look At November 22, 2010

The Week Of November 22, 2010

Compiled by Gary West of www.mrpopculture.com   and     www.mrpophistory.com

Ireland’s banks will be pruned down, merged or sold as part of a massive EU-IMF bailout taking shape, the government said as a shellshocked nation came to grips with its failure to protect and revive its banks. Crucially, some experts say the rescue may have come too late to save the next weak link, Portugal, from a similar fate. Ireland’s crisis also appears likely to force the early departure of its deeply unpopular government, calling into doubt the credibility of Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s four-year austerity plans.
GREYMOUTH, New Zealand – Hopes waned Monday for the survival of 29 New Zealand coal miners who have been trapped for three days underground, where the presence of explosive gases has prevented a rescue. Family members expressed frustration with the pace of the response as officials acknowledged for the first time it may be too late to save the miners, who have not been heard from since a massive explosion ripped through the Pike River Mine on the country’s South Island on Friday.
Cambodia’s prime minister says more than 300 people have been killed in a stampede in the capital. Thousands of Cambodians were celebrating a water festival on an island in a river in the capital Monday night when the press of the crowd caused some to panic. In the chaos, some tried to flee over a bridge, and many fell over its sides into the water. The area was littered with hundreds of injured. Prime Minister Hun Sen has made several live broadcasts Monday night. In his latest one, he said that 339 people had been killed and 329 injured.
A man already imprisoned for attacking two women was found guilty Monday of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy back in 2001, bringing legal resolution to a murder mystery that took down a congressman and drew the nation’s rapt attention a decade ago. Ingmar Guandique was convicted of first-degree murder for attacking Levy while she exercised in Washington’s Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Her disappearance made headlines when she was romantically linked to then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. Condit was once a suspect, but police no longer believe he was involved.
North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter. The clash, which put South Korea’s military on high alert, was one of the rivals’ most dramatic confrontations since the Korean War ended, and one of the few to put civilians at risk, though no nonmilitary deaths were immediately reported. Sixteen South Korean soldiers and three civilians were injured and the extent of casualties on the northern side was unknown.

In a seismic shift on one of the most profound — and profoundly contentious — Roman Catholic teachings, the Vatican said Tuesday that condoms are the lesser of two evils when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy. The position was an acknowledgment that the church’s long-held anti-birth control stance against condoms doesn’t justify putting lives at risk.
Barack Obama performed an annual rite of presidents on Wednesday, pardoning a pair of turkeys on Thanksgiving eve and cracking jokes about the competition that brought them to his famous doorstep.”For the record, let me say that it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November,” Obama said in the White House Rose Garden, where he was flanked by daughters Malia and Sasha. A “shellacking” is how Obama described the beating Democrats suffered in elections earlier this month; the party lost control of the House and saw its Senate majority trimmed by six seats. The president wished America’s families, including many buffeted by the economic slump, a safe and happy holiday. He also thanked the men and women of the U.S. military for serving “bravely and selflessly” in places far away from home.
North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week.The fresh artillery blasts were especially defiant because they came as the U.S. commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured the South Korean Island to survey damage from Tuesday’s hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four people.
Bargain shoppers, braving rain or frigid weather, crowded the nation’s stores in the wee hours of the night to get their hands on deals from TVs to toys on Black Friday. Early signs pointed to bigger crowds at many stores including Best Buy, Sears, and Toys R Us for the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. In an encouraging sign for retailers and for the economy, more shoppers appeared to be buying for themselves than last year, when such indulgences were limited. Lengthened hours that pushed some store openings into Thanksgiving also appeared to pay off.

Portugal adopted a raft of debt-reducing austerity measures Friday, which the government claimed would be enough to restore market confidence in its public finances without resorting to a bailout. Portugal adopted a raft of debt-reducing austerity measures Friday, which the government claimed would be enough to restore market confidence in its public finances without resorting to a bailout.
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Portugal’s high debt and low growth have alarmed investors, fueling speculation it may be the next European country to need a bailout after Greece and Ireland. Although it does not have a major debt sale until January, analysts say investors will not be reassured until its public finances are shored up by Europe’s emergency fund.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters Saturday, killing 12 officers in an area along the Pakistan border that still sees heavy Taliban attacks even as NATO pours in more troops and resources. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in eastern Paktika province, which has long been a refuge for Islamist extremists from around the world. It is one of the most violent areas of Afghanistan, where NATO and Afghan forces fight daily against the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based Taliban faction closely tied to al-Qaida

A Somali-born teenager plotted “a spectacular show” of terrorism for months, saying he didn’t mind that children would die if he bombed a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, according to a law-enforcement official and court documents. He never got the chance. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested Friday in downtown Portland after using a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought were explosives in a van, prosecutors said. It turned out to be a dummy bomb put together by FBI agents.
European Union nations agreed to give euro67.5 billion ($89.4 billion) in bailout loans to Ireland on Sunday to help it weather the cost of its massive banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency. The rescue deal, approved by finance ministers at an emergency meeting in Brussels, means two of the eurozone’s 16 nations have now come to depend on foreign help and underscores Europe’s struggle to contain its spreading debut crisis. The fear is that with Greece and now Ireland shored up, speculative traders will target the bloc’s other weak fiscal links, particularly Portugal.
WikiLeaks – Hundreds of thousands of State Department documents leaked Sunday revealed a hidden world of backstage international diplomacy, divulging candid comments from world leaders and detailing occasional U.S. pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. The classified diplomatic cables released by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks and reported on by news organizations in the United States and Europe provided often unflattering assessments of foreign leaders, ranging from U.S. allies such as Germany and Italy to other nations like Libya, Iran and Afghanistan.
Patrols around mosques and other Islamic sites in Portland have been stepped up as Muslim leaders expressed fears of retribution, days after a Somali-American man was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The move followed a fire Sunday at the Islamic center in Corvallis, a college town about 75 miles southwest of Portland, where suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud occasionally worshipped, prompting an FBI arson investigation and concern about the potential for more retaliation. Mohamud, 19, was being held on charges of plotting to carry out a terror attack Friday on a crowd of thousands at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
President Barack Obama announced a pay freeze for 2 million federal employees Monday and warned the American public that the move is the first of many difficult decisions that must be made to slash the nation’s mounting deficits. “The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government,”Obama said.
A Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Officials familiar with the 10-month study’s results have said a clear majority of respondents don’t care if gays serve openly, with 70 percent predicting that lifting the ban would have positive, mixed or no results. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings hadn’t been released.
The State Department severed its computer files from the government’s classified network, officials said Tuesday, as U.S. and world leaders tried to clean up from the embarrassing leak that spilled America’s sensitive documents onto screens around the globe. By temporarily pulling the plug, the U.S. significantly reduced the number of government employees who can read important diplomatic messages. It was an extraordinary hunkering down, prompted by the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of those messages this week by WikiLeaks, the self-styled whistleblower organization.

Technology –
Facebook has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the trademark on the word “face” when used in the context of online chat rooms or bulletin boards. Facebook filed for this trademark in December 2005. The notice of allowance does not mean that Facebook has been granted the trademark just yet, but it’s getting really close. In the next three months, Facebook must pay a fee and file a statement of use, at which time it must prove that it is actively using the mark to provide goods or services, and then get the approval of an attorney

Music news –
Keith Urban is trying to make his fans and his family happy this summer. The multi-platinum country star is hitting the road June 16 on a 44-city arena tour in the U.S. with a schedule that gives him time to be with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose. “The thing is with balance, it’s never achieved. It’s just maintained,” Urban said of his family and career demands. “It’s maintained based on Nic’s and my ability to stay present and make the adjustments as we go.”
Sports – Juan Manuel Marquez didn’t waste any time after defending his lightweight title before setting his sights on Round 3 with Manny Pacquiao. Marquez stopped Michael Katsidis in the ninth round Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, winning an all-action battle and certain candidate for Fight of the Year. Moments later, he turned his attention to settling the score with the man considered the best in the world

Entertainment news –
On Wednesday, Disney will be releasing “Tangled,” the studio’s 50th animated film. You might think that this would be cause for celebration, but from recent stories in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, it appears that Disney Animation is in the midst of a major freak-out/reinvention. The main takeaway from these articles was that Pixar guru (and Disney Animation bigwig) John Lasseter is in the midst of reviving Disney’s slumping non-Pixar animation projects. Oh, and he’s done making movies about fairy tales and princesses. “They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it,” Lasseter’s Disney Animation co-chief Ed Catmull said. “But have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up.” One reason is because the studio is fearful of alienating young boys, who supposedly won’t see something like last year’s “The Princess and the Frog.” The other reason, frighteningly, is that young girls consider themselves too cool to want to be princesses.
Charlie Sheen has countersued Capri Anderson, claiming that the adult-film actress tried to extort him for $1 million after their encounter in a New York hotel room. “This case involves a shakedown and extortion of the internationally known actor and celebrity Charlie Sheen … by an opportunist pornographic film star and publicity-hungry scam artist,” the lawsuit states.

Angelina Jolie is filming her directorial debut, a controversial love story between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man, in two different languages: English and the Eastern European dialect many of her actors speak. “We actually shot a full version in their native language and we shot a full version in English. We shot two complete films,” Jolie tells local outlet Vasarnapi Hirek). “I was only able to do it because the actors were so fluent in English so they were willing to work hard and do the scenes in two languages.”
George Lopez and his wife of 17 years are making their breakup official with her filing for divorce. Ann Serrano Lopez filed her petition, citing irreconcilable difference, on Tuesday in Los Angeles.The pair announced their breakup in September and said they would remain partners in a charitable foundation. They have a 14-year-old daughter, and Ann Lopez is seeking physical custody.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston will have a new guest at their Thanksgiving table. A publicist says the couple welcomed a baby boy Tuesday in Florida. They named their new son Benjamin.

An actor who once had a small part on “Ugly Betty” was charged Tuesday with stabbing his mother to death with a 3-foot sword in her home after a fight, police said. Officers responding to a call of a family dispute found 55-year-old Yannick Brea kneeling in the bathroom of her Brooklyn apartment at about 2:20 a.m. She had cuts to her head and was pronounced dead at the scene. “In a bedroom was her son … with a 3-foot sword,” Kelly said. The son, Michael Brea, 31, was arrested on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Kings County Hospital, and police didn’t know if he had an attorney. No phone number was listed at the address provided by police.
An Arizona judge on Wednesday denied bail for rapper DMX. keeping him jailed on charges that he violated probation by using drugs, court officials said. The 39 year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested Thursday for probation violations that included using cocaine and Oxycontin, failing to submit to drug testing and counseling, and driving with a suspended license.
Actress Jennifer Grey won television’s “Dancing With the Stars” contest on Tuesday, while Bristol Palin, whose survival on the show sparked nationwide controversy, finished in third place. Grey, 50, who co-starred with the late Patrick Swayze in the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing”, was named champion at the end of a two-hour broadcast and a record number of public votes. Kyle Massey, 19, a former child star on the Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven,” was runner-up and Bristol Palin – third.

Passing – Leslie Nielsen, who traded in his dramatic persona for inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in “Airplane!” and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun” comedies, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
Radio news – The radio giant Clear Channel Communications signs Ryan Seacrest to a new three-year contract worth an estimated $60 million, nearly double the value of his expiring deal with that company. Clear Channel will get more hours of his syndicated “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” show and develop a record label and concert series with him. But Robert W. Pittman, the company’s chairman of media and entertainment platforms, said the hefty raise was more reflective of Mr. Seacrest’s standing with consumers as someone who has his finger on what is cool. “He has emerged as somebody who you believe is searching through everything out there and telling you what is the very best about popular culture at that moment,” Mr. Pittman said. “He’s trusted.” In addition to his three top-rated radio shows for Clear Channel, Mr. Seacrest, 35, hosts “American Idol” for Fox, appears on a daily entertainment news program on E! and runs a television production company that is responsible for cable hits like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
More On Doctor Laura’s Move To Satellite Radio – One of the first subjects Laura Schlessinger will tackle in depth on her new Sirius XM Radio talk show in the new year is the one that nearly derailed her. In confirming the exclusive arrangement to bring her talk show to satellite radio beginning Jan, 3, Schlessinger said Monday she intends to introduce roundtable discussions. Within the first three weeks one topic will be race relations and free speech. “Racism, bigotry and hate,” Schlessinger told the Hollywood Reporter, “what they really are, instead of the politically-inspired efforts to eliminate dissenting opinions or state facts.” The “politically correct version is what happened to me,” she said, referencing the controversy that erupted during the summer when she used the “n-word” several times during her show “The Dr, Laura Program” to illustrate her point that the term “racist” is overused. That incident led liberal activists to call for her dismissal and to encourage advertisers to yank their support. Schlessinger responded in August by announcing she’d end her syndicated show on regular terrestrial radio at year’s end.

At the movies this week –
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
Tangled
Megamind
Burlesque
Unstoppable
Love & Other Drugs
Faster
Due Date
The Next Three Days
Morning Glory
127 Hours
Fair Game
Red
For Colored Girls

Top albums this week –
The Gift – Susan Boyle
Loud – Rihanna
O Holy Night – Jackie Evancho
Born Free – Kid Rock
Illuminations – Josh Groban
Nothing Like This – Rascal Flatts
Get Closer – Keith Urban
Glee: The Christmas Album
5.0 – Nelly
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
What Separates Me From You – A Day To Remember
Now 36
Greatest Hits So Far!!! – P!nk
The Incredible Machine – Sugarland
The Promise – Bruce Springsteen
Greatest Hits – Bon Jovi
And If Our God Is For Us… Chris Tomlin
Glory In The Highest – Chris Tomlin
Live It Up – Lee DeWyze
Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Recovery – Eminem
Merry Christmas II You – Mariah Carey
A Merry Little Christmas – Lady Antebellum

Hip Monday Night Television (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: ‘Skating With the Stars’ — (120 minutes)
CW: ’90210′
NBC: ‘Chuck’ — Linda Hamilton and Timothy Dalton return
BET: ‘Food For Thought: Conversations With T.I.’
Cartoon Network: ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Regular Show’ and ‘Robotomy’
DisneyXD: ‘Pair of Kings’ and ‘Zeke and Luther’
ESPN: ‘Monday Night Football’ — 8:30 start for the 49ers at the Arizona Cardinals
MTV: ‘Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood’ — A look at Hollywood during World War II.
NatGeo WILD: ‘Africa’s Great Rift’
Style: ‘Giuliana & Bill’
TLC: ‘Little People, Big World’ — Two ‘Ask the Roloffs’ segments

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

9:00 to 10:00
CW: ‘Gossip Girl’
FOX: ‘Lie to Me’
NBC: ‘The Event’
Current: ‘Vanguard’
Discovery: ‘American Chopper; Senior vs. Junior: A Family Divided’
Discovery Health: ‘Dr. G.: Medical Examiner’
Food Network: ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’
Lifetime Movie Network: ‘Unanswered Prayers’ — (120 minutes) Garth Brooks executive produced this film about a happily married man who encounters a life-altering decision when his high school crush returns to town
HBO: ‘In Treatment’ — Two episodes
ID: ‘Hardcover Mysteries’
NatGeo: ‘Restrepo: Afghan Outpost’ — (120 minutes)
NatGeo WILD: ‘Africa’s Great Rift’
TLC: ‘Cake Boss’**
USA: ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’ — (120 minutes)
VH1: ‘My Big Friggin’ Wedding’

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: ‘CMA Country Christmas’
NBC: ‘Chase’
A&E: ‘Hoarders’
Discovery: ‘Brew Masters’
E!: ‘The Soup Presents’
ID: ‘Disappeared’
Logo: ‘The A-List: New York’**
MTV: ‘The Buried Life’** — Two episodes
NatGeo WILD: ‘Africa’s Great Rift’
TLC: ‘Fabulous Cakes’
truTV: ‘Southern Fried Stings’

11:00
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): TBA
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): Tamara Tunie; Page Kennedy; Eric Benet
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): Judah Friedlander of ’30 Rock’
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): TBA
‘Conan’ (TBS): George Lopez; Chris Colfer; performance by Kid Cudi

11:30
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Steve Martin; Emily Deschanel; performance by Steve Martin and the Punch Brothers (repeat)
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Bill Cosby; actor Atticus Shaffer
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): Columnist Dan Savage

Midnight
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Ben Affleck; author David Sedaris; performance by Nicki Minaj
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): The Isley Brothers’ Ron Isley
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Zachary Levi; performance by 3OH!3

12:30
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Michael Sheen; musician Michael Franti
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Lewis Black; performance by Elvis Costello (repeat)

1:30
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Morgan Spurlock; Buff Monster; performance by Kate Nash

This Week In History. This Week In News and Pop Culture History. Week Of October 15, 2010. Three Months Ago.

Week of October 15, 2010.

Compiled By Gary West of www.mrpopculture.com    www.mrpophistory.com

Bank of America Corp. said Friday it lost more than $2.2 billion in the third quarter as loan losses kept rising, providing further evidence that consumers are still struggling to pay their bills. The nation’s second-largest bank said it wrote down loans on its books by almost $10 billion during the July-September period, up almost $1 billion from the second quarter. The bank also added $2.1 billion to its reserves to cover bad loans, bringing its provision for credit losses to $11.7 billion. The bank’s total allowance for loan and lease losses now totals $35.83 billion.
A white Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. “I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.” Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

The father of a 6-year-old boy who was thought to be in a helium balloon that floated away said Friday accusations that the ordeal was a publicity stunt are “extremely pathetic.” The sheriff said he would be asking more questions.
Richard Heene and his family made the rounds on all three television networks on Friday, and the boy at the center of the saga got sick twice when he and his father were asked during separate interviews what he meant when he said that “we did this for a show.” Falcon Heene vanished around the time his family’s homemade helium balloon floated away from their home on Thursday, setting off a national uproar as authorities scoured the plains of northern Colorado for the youngster. Turns out, he was hiding in the rafters of the family’s garage.

The Maldives’ government held an underwater cabinet meeting on Saturday in a bid to focus global attention on rising sea levels that threaten to submerge the low-lying atoll nation. President Mohamed Nasheed plunged first into the Indian Ocean followed by his ministers, all clad in scuba gear, for the nationally televised meeting in this archipelago known as an idyllic holiday getaway for the rich. Nasheed and his deputy, Mohamed Waheed, and a dozen ministers sat behind tables arranged in a horseshoe at a depth of six metres (20 feet) and approved a resolution urging global action to cut carbon emissions.

President Barack Obama pushed back against critics of his health care plan on Saturday with a stern warning that absent reform, costs will continue to rise and eventually devastate the U.S. economy. The administration is trying to build momentum for the effort following a 14-9 vote this week by the Senate Finance Committee for legislation that would extend health care to millions of people.
Swine flu is causing unprecedented illness for so early in the fall — including a worrisome count of child deaths — and the government warned Friday that vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month. Federal health officials said 11 more children have died in the past week because of the virus.
A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbor on Sunday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson’s plan to make a 23,600-mile journey through some of the world’s most treacherous waters sparked a debate in Australia about whether someone so young should be allowed to try such a potentially dangerous feat.

Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Scientists using European Southern Observatory telescopes didn’t find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400. Six of the newly found planets are several times bigger than Earth, increasing the population of so-called SuperEarths by more than 30 percent. Most planets discovered so far are far bigger, Jupiter-sized or even larger.
The chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard accused the United States, Britain and Pakistan on Monday of having links with Sunni militants responsible for a suicide bombing that killed five senior Guard commanders and 37 others. Iran’s president said those behind Sunday’s bombing are hiding across the border in Pakistan, and in a phone call with his Pakistani counterpart on Monday he demanded their arrest.
Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

Afghanistan’s election commission Tuesday ordered a Nov. 7 runoff in the disputed presidential poll after a fraud investigation dropped incumbent Hamid Karzai’s votes below 50 percent of the total. Karzai accepted the finding and agreed to a second round vote. The announcement came two months to the day after the first round vote and follows weeks of political uncertainty at a time when Taliban strength is growing. President Barack Obama welcomed Karzai’s willingness to run in a new election against his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, saying his decision “established an important precedent for Afghanistan’s new democracy.”

Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement and will appear in Las Vegas. The country superstar and casino owner Steve Wynn announced that Brooks will be taking over the Encore theater at Wynn Las Vegas about 15 weeks a year, perhaps for the next five years.

Lindsey Lohan is ordered to appear in a Beverly Hills, Calif., courtroom Friday morning. The 23-year-old actress was placed on three years of probation in 2007 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine, and no contest to two counts of drunken driving and one count of reckless driving. She spent 84 minutes in jail.
Two weeks after the cancellation of her “Fame Kills” tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga has announced the details of a solo tour. Described by Gaga as “the first-ever ‘pop electro opera,’” “The Monster Ball” tour kicks off November 27 in Montreal, Canada, and will hit 16 North American cities before ending with a two-night stand January 20-21 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The pop singer also revealed that “The Fame Monster,” an enhanced re-release of her debut album, will be released November 23. It will feature a second disc with eight new songs, including “Bad Romance,” which Gaga premiered at the Alexander McQueen show during Paris Fashion Week.
Bon Jovi has a new album and a new gig — artist in residence with U.S. television network NBC, its affiliated cable TV networks, and all its news, information and digital brands. In a deal unveiled by NBC Universal on Thursday, the veteran rock band will perform on NBC’s “Today” show on four Wednesdays in November, and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi will be a guest on cable channel Bravo’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” as well as the subject of a character showcase on the company’s USA network. The band’s music, and its new studio album “The Circle” which launches on Nov 12, will also be featured heavily throughout NBC Universal’s network and cable programming.
Taylor Swift will host “Saturday Night Live” on November 7.
Fox and Burger King have apologized to Jessica Simpson for their “poor attempt at humor” in an NFL animated skit that mocked her weight. The spoof, which aired during Fox NFL Sunday and was sponsored by Burger King, featured cartoon versions of Dallas Cowboys players poking fun at the singer’s physique, which has been under scrutiny for the past year.
Former boxing rivals Mike Tyson and Evander Hollyfield appear on Oprah Winfrey. Tyson once bit part of Hollyfield’s ear off – so lets see if it grew back.
Britney Spears on top again, with the U.S. pop singer cementing her comeback with a new single, “3,” rocketing to No. 1 in its debut week. Proving her popularity has not waned despite a personal and career meltdown in 2007 and 2008, “3″ entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the top, making her the first artist with a debut No. 1 in more than three years, Billboard said on Wednesday. The single, from her new album, “The Singles Collection,” due out on November 10, is the first No. 1 debut since Taylor Hicks’ 2006 hit “Do I Make You Proud” and the first non-”American Idol” song to enter the chart at No. 1 in almost 11 years. Spears has sold more than 63 million albums worldwide since her debut as a teen pop phenomenon with the single “… Baby One More Time” in 1998.
Conan O’Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker turned their frivolous feud about the gritty city into comedy on NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Friday.The chatty 40-somethings worked off one another like a comic duo. But the jokes eventually gave way to a plug for Booker’s efforts to fashion a national blueprint for urban transformation in Newark, long an icon for urban decay, and a $100,000 donation to his Newark Now charity from O’Brien and NBC. Booker’s appearance on O’Brien’s show culminated a facetious feud that began Sept. 23 with O’Brien joking that Booker’s new health care program consisted of a bus ticket out of Newark, which is just west of New York City and is often scarred by violence. The mayor responded with a humorous video on YouTube in which he banned O’Brien from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Passing – Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the catchy themes for the 1960s sit-coms ”The Addams Family” and “Green Acres,” has died. He was 93. He wrote songs that were recorded by Dean Martin, Doris Day, Perry Como and Billie Holiday in the ’40s and ’50s. His hits included “Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes,” “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time,” and “With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho.” But his most famous work was the theme to “The Addams Family,” a tune accented by finger snaps and opening with the cleverly quirky lyrics: “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky: the Addams family.”

Donny Osmond makes his debut atop the “Dancing With the Stars” leaderboard with his professional partner Kym Johnson, after steaming up the ballroom with an Argentine tango. Although he is one of the oldest celebrities left in the competition, Donny, just 51, spiced up the dance floor with Kym to the delight of the three judges.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck returned to her usual seat at “The View” table after taking several months off due to maternity leave. A judge will allow former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to join the cast of The Celebrity Apprentice, but has requested that his attorneys meet with prosecutors to discuss how his participation in the reality show will affect his upcoming trial, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Hip TV (Thanks TVS)… Sunday night
At 7, ABC has a new America’s Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Three Rivers, and Cold Case.
NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Bears vs. the Falcons.
FOX has a new Brothers at 7.
At 8, FOX has a new episode of The Simpsons, then a new Cleveland Show.
TBS has Baseball Playoffs at 8, the Dodgers vs. the Phillies.
Nickelodeon has a new Nick News Special Edition at 8.
At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
Food Network has a new Next Iron Chef at 9, then a new Iron Chef America.
IFC has Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) at 9.
HBO has a new Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9, followed by a new Bored To Death.
Also at 9: Showtime has a new Dexter, then a new Californication.
At 9:30, FOX has a new American Dad.
At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Titan Maximum.
At midnight , Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers

Hot Hits –
3 – Britney Spears (debuts at #1)
Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil Wayne
Watcha Say – Jason DeRulo
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Fireflies – Owl City
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Top albums this week –
Crazy Love – Michael Buble
American Ride – Toby Keith
Sonic Boom – Kiss
The Blueprint-3 – Jay-Z
Love is the Answer – Barbra Streisand
Doin’ My Thing – Luke Bryan
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel – Mariah Carey
The Time Of Our Lives – Miley Cyrus
Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin
This Is It – Backstreet Boys
Brand New Eyes – Paramore
Black Gives Way to Blue – Alice in Chains
Still – BeBe and CeCe Winans
I Look to You – Whitney Houston
Backspace – Pearl Jam

Fearless – Taylor Swift

Your Songs – Harry Connick Jr.

Revolution – Miranda Lambert
Celebration – Madonna

At the movies –
Where The Wild Things Are
Paranormal Activity
Law Abiding Citizen
The Stepfather
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Zombieland
Surrogates
The Invention of Lying
Whip It
Capitalism: A Love Story

This Week In History – Exactly Three Months Ago. Week of October 8, 2010. From The World’s Only Week-By-Week News and Pop Website.

From the www.mrpophistory.com and www.mrpopculture.com archives.

Week of October 8, 2010 in News and Pop Culture:

A mushrooming crisis over potential flaws in foreclosure documents is threatening to throw the real estate industry into chaos, as Bank of America on Friday became the first bank to stop taking back tens of thousands of foreclosed homes in all 50 states. The move, along with another decision on foreclosures by PNC Financial Services Inc., adds to growing concerns that mortgage lenders have been evicting homeowners using flawed court papers, without verifying the information in them.

In another White House shake up, President Barack Obama on Friday announced that his national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, was stepping down after helping to shape the foreign policy for nearly two years Tom Donilon, Jones’ deputy, will take over as the top security adviser.

China has long wanted a Nobel prize. Now that it has one, its leaders are furious. The Nobel committee awarded its peace prize to imprisoned democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo on Friday, lending encouragement to China’s dissident community and sending a rebuke to the authoritarian government, which sharply condemned the award

Abbott Laboratories says it is withdrawing its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, almost a year after studies showed the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart disease. Meridia has been available in both countries for more than a decade. Abbott says it made the decision at the request of the Food and Drug Administration. Earlier in the day, Health Canada, the nation’s health department, announced the drug would come off the market there

Pakistan said Saturday (October 9) it will reopen a key border crossing and allow convoys to resume delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, ending a 10-day blockade during which trucks were stranded on their way to the border and almost 150 were destroyed by attackers. Pakistan closed the northwest crossing at Torkham on Sept. 30 in an apparent protest over a NATO helicopter incursion that killed two of its soldiers on the border.

Chile – Sixty-six days after their gold and copper mine collapsed above them, 33 miners were offered a way out Saturday as a drill broke through to their underground purgatory. They should be out in a matter of days. More later.

The Republican candidate for governor, Carl P. Paladino, told a gathering in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable, and criticized his opponent, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade earlier this year. Addressing Orthodox Jewish leaders, Mr. Paladino described his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Two Americans and a British-Cypriot economist won the 2010 Nobel economics prize Monday for developing a theory that helps explain why many people can remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies. Federal Reserve board nominee Peter Diamond was honored along with Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissarides with the 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.5 million) prize for their analysis of the obstacles that prevent buyers and sellers from efficiently pairing up in markets.

A train locomotive rammed through a stalled passenger bus on a railroad crossing in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing 43 people and injuring eight others as the bus was pushed 300 meters (yards) down the tracks. Investigators said the bus driver ignored the siren of the oncoming train, and the bus stalled on the tracks as the driver tried to shift gears. Witnesses said the driver also ignored a red light.

A federal judge Tuesday (October 12) ordered the government to stop banning openly gay men and women from serving in the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy”. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips found the policy unconstitutional in September. On Tuesday, she rejected an Obama administration request to delay an injunction and ordered enforcement of the 17-year-old policy permanently stopped. The Justice Department has 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say the government is under no legal obligation to do so and they could let Phillips’ ruling stand.

The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the moratorium on deepwater exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico — provided companies follow new safety rules. “Operators who play by the rules and clear the higher bar can be allowed to resume” drilling, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said at a news conference.

Officials in 50 states and the District of Columbia have launched a joint investigation into allegations that mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke laws in foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The states’ attorneys general and bank regulators will examine whether mortgage company employees made false statements or prepared documents improperly.
Chile’s trapped miners were shuttled up a narrow escape shaft to freedom and joyous reunions on Wednesday in a meticulously planned rescue operation that ended the longest underground entrapment in human history. One after another, the miners climbed into a missile-like steel capsule barely wider than a man’s shoulders and took a 15-minute journey through 2,000 feet of rock to the surface. All of the miners were freed Wednesday night in a rescue operation that advanced rapidly without hitches. Scenes of jubilation erupted each time a miner arrived to a hero’s welcome above the San Jose gold and copper mine in Chile’s northern Atacama desert. The last miner out was Luis Alberto Urzua, 54, the shift foreman credited with helping the trapped miners endure 17 days in isolation before Chileans discovered the men had survived the mine collapse.

More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first rise in three weeks and evidence that companies are reluctant to hire in a slow economy. Initial claims for unemployment rose by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 462,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was only the second rise in two months.

For the Senate – Trailing by double-digits in most polls, Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell went on the offensive Wednesday, attacking Democrat Chris Coons as a career politician with Marxist views who would raise taxes and rubber-stamp Democratic policies. Coons, meanwhile, during a nationally televised debate portrayed O’Donnell as an extremist more interested in clever sound bites than offering solutions to the problems confronting the nation.

Sudan – A former militia leader arrived in Southern Sudan’s capital Thursday to hold peace talks with the president and army leadership, part of an effort by the southern government to project unity ahead of a looming vote on self-determination. The oil-rich, mainly Christian south is due to hold a referendum on independence from the mainly Muslim north in January as part of a peace deal that ended a two-decades-long war between the regions. During that time, more than 2 million people were killed, often the result of the north arming southern groups and encouraging them to fight each other.

Obama’s Health Care Plan Will Have Its Day In Court – Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it’s constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said it also needs to be decided whether it’s constitutional to penalize people who do not buy insurance with taxes and to require states to expand their Medicaid programs. Another federal judge in Michigan threw out a similar lawsuit last week. Vinson set a hearing for Dec. 16. The lawsuits will likely wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

After two days of silence, the Obama administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to let the military press on with its “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. Still, President Barack Obama insisted the policy that has divided the nation for two decades “will end on my watch.” The Pentagon said the military “will of course obey the law” and halt enforcement while the case is still in question. But gay rights advocates cautioned gay service members to avoid revealing their sexuality in the meantime.

For more than a year, CVS Pharmacy Inc. was more than a neighborhood drug store in Southern California and at least four other states. Federal authorities say it was the place of choice for would-be criminals known as “smurfers” to buy a key ingredient used to cook batches of the highly addictive drug methamphetamine. On Thursday, the nation’s largest operator of retail pharmacies announced it had agreed to pay $75 million in fines for allowing repeated purchases of pseudoephedrine that led to a spike in Southern California drug trafficking.

Gap is back to blue. The casual wear chain will keep its decades-old white-on-navy blue logo after all. The move comes just one week after the company swapped it online for a new logo without saying a word. The new logo irritated fans, spurring them to complain about it online. Gap North America president Marka Hansen said in a statement late Monday that the San Francisco-based company realized how much people liked the old logo after they put up the new one, a white background with black letters and a little blue box. She also says Gap didn’t handle the change correctly and missed a chance to have shoppers offer input until it was too late.

American Airlines is recalling about 800 furloughed employees, about 1 percent of its work force, as it adds flights on international routes.

Technology –
Microsoft Phones – With the unveiling of nine Windows Phone 7 phones to be rolled out on four continents this holiday season, Microsoft’s re-entry into the smart phone business is nearly underway. Of the nine, five are coming to America — three from HTC, LG and Samsung go to AT&T, while T-Mobile will sell an additional two, from Dell and HTC. Though the big reveal is this week, the first of the phones won’t be available until November 8. T-Mobile’s main Windows Phone 7 model, the HTC HD7, will have a 4.3-inch screen, one of the largest around. As for the two other major U.S. wireless carriers, Microsoft promises that Verizon and Sprint will have phones in 2011, and that “select models” would be sold at Microsoft Stores and on Amazon. AT&T’s phones include the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus, all pictured up top. They all have 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, capacitive touch screens and 5-megapixel cameras. They will each sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

New technology to pick up audio during busy sporting events…
It’s from a company called Squarehead and the device is called Audioscope, and contains over 300 microphones. Picture this – the device is mounted above a stadium and a wide-angle camera looks down on the scene from the center of a disk containing the microphones. All the operator has to do is pinpoint a spot on the court or field using the screen, and the Audioscope works out how far that spot is from each of the mics, corrects for delay and then synchronizes the audio from all 315 of them. The result is a microphone that can pick out the pop of a bubblegum bubble in the middle of a basketball game…”

Microsoft issued its biggest-ever security fix Tuesday, including repairs to its ubiquitous Windows operating system and Internet browser for flaws that could let hackers take control of a PC. The new patches aim to fix a number of vulnerabilities including the notorious Stuxnet virus that attacked an Iranian nuclear power plant and other industrial control systems around the world. Microsoft said four of the new patches — software updates that write over glitches — were of the highest priority and should be deployed immediately to protect users from potential criminal attacks on the Windows operating systems.

Entertainment news –

Ryan Seacrest is in talks with AEG, which is mostly in the live-event business, and talent agency CAA about teaming up to create a new cable network. The discussions are in the early stages, according to The Live Feed, but the partners are discussing programming that would be “music, pop culture and lifestyle oriented.” Seacrest would continue working with E!, where he hosts and executive produces the daily “E! News” show and produces “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and other shows.

A Michigan couple convicted of trying to extort $680,000 out of “Glee” actor John Stamos were each sentenced Friday to four years in prison. Allison Coss and Scott Sippola were hoping to receive sentences of less than two years in prison, but U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered a stiffer punishment.

The Cigar Guy is actually a Cigar Guy’s secret identity has been revealed, and in the end, the truth was right in front of our faces all along. He’s the mysterious grinning stranger in the corner of the now famous Daily Mail Tiger Woods photo from the Ryder Cup last week. Wearing what appeared to be a turban and smoking a cigar the size of a small tree, the absurdly out-of-place Cigar Guy kicked off a worldwide Internet game of Photoshop one-upsmanship. Within moments, Cigar Guy began showing up all throughout history. He’s a mild-mannered, mildly embarrassed young man! (Isn’t that always the way with our heroes?) Cigar Guy is Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst who — no kidding — still lives with his parents in South London.

Television news -
Caitlin Sanchez the voice of Dora the Explorer, has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Nickelodeon that claims that she didn’t receive her promised cut of Dora revenue. “Caitlin traveled around the U.S., promoting the Dora Brand, and making over one hundred interview personal appearances… Defendants have never compensated her for her promotional work,” the 35-page lawsuit states. Sanchez was recently fired as the star of the animated program. “Caitlin’s voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role,” the network said in a statement.

“Two and a Half Men.” Angus T. Jones, 16, who plays Charlie Sheen’s nephew, has inked a $300,000-per-episode contract.

PBS station KCET said Friday it’s dropping out of the public TV system and going independent because of a dispute over fees and programming. Starting in January, the Los Angeles-based station’s schedule will include some current shows along with new fare that reflect Southern California’s “diverse” voices, KCET President Al Jerome said in a statement. “After four decades as the West Coast flagship PBS station, this is not a decision we made lightly,” Jerome said.
Fired CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez said Friday morning that he would “absolutely” return to CNN if offered the opportunity, acknowledged he had “a chip on his shoulder,” apologized for his “offensive comments” and called Jon Stewart “the classiest guy.” In his first TV interview since being fired for his comments last week about Stewart and Jewish people in the media industry, Sanchez appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a chat with George Stephanopoulos to once again apologize. Talking about his comments, he said: “Not only were they wrong, they were offensive.”

Tina Fey will return to “Saturday Night Live” in a primetime special, a representative for the NBC sketch comedy series confirmed. Fey, Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler and will be among the former cast members who appear in “The Women of SNL,” which will air Monday, November 1 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Also participating: Nora Dunn, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and current cast member Kristen Wiig.

Larry Wilcox, best known for his role as Officer Jon Baker on CHiPs, was charged Thursday with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prosecutors said the former TV star was part of an “illicit kickback scheme to manipulate the volume and price of microcap stocks and illegally generate stock sales.” According to the complaint filed by the SEC, the 63-year-old actor created a phony company, the UC HUB Group, through which he received kickbacks from Anthony Mellone, the CEO of Tri-Star Holdings Inc.

TV journalist Laura Ling, who was held in North Korean captivity last year, will host a one-hour news show on E!. Set to premiere Dec. 8 and a departure from the network’s gossip-heavy fare, E! Investigates will explore more serious issues. The first two episodes will focus on teen suicide and the lives of military wives.

After 11 years of marriage, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have separated, the couple announced in a joint statement on Monday afternoon. Courteney and David initially met on the set of “Scream” in 1995. Three years later, in October of 1998, they announced their engagement. They tied the knot on June 12, 1999.
Chelsea Handler is getting another show on E! and signs on to star in a half-hour comedy titled After Lately.. It will be semi-improvised and focus on behind-the-scenes of Handler’s talk show. No premiere date has been set, but eight episodes have been ordered. Handler, 35, most recently hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Fox is turning Napolean Dynamite into a cartoon. The network has ordered six episodes of an animated version of the 2004 indie comedy. The original cast, including Jon Heder, will return to voice the awkward high schoolers.

“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set Thursday during a contentious interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. As the cast debated whether there should be a community center and mosque built in Lower Manhattan, O’Reilly declared that “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ to back up his position that it’s “inappropriate.” “Oh my God!” Goldberg responded, before uttering a few words bleeped out. “Muslims didn’t kill us on 9/11?” O’Reilly responded. “Is that what you’re saying?”Goldberg called O’Reilly an “extremist” as several of the co-hosts responded to O’Reilly’s statement that “Muslims” — and not Muslim radicals, extremists or terrorists — killed “us” on 9/11.

Music news –
Though he has a pending cocaine felony charge, newcomer Bruno Mars is aiming to reach the stars by writing hits for others and doing the same on his debut CD, ‘Doo-Wops and Holligans.’

Taylor Swift’s former manager is suing her for millions of dollars in commissions. Dan Dymtrow says he discovered Swift, signed her in April 2004, and helped build her career. He was axed a year later, right before Swift signed a deal with Big Machine Records and became a superstar. Dymtrow claims that his deal with Swift and her parents allowed him to be paid between 5 and 10 percent commission from Taylor’s music career, and that he was fired so the Swifts could avoid compensating him. “They delayed and delayed [the deal] and got rid of my client and subsequently signed the deal and kept his commissions for themselves,” Fernando Pinguelo, Dymtrow’s attorney, told the Reporter. Dymtrow also said he introduced Swift to the agents that ended up in charge of booking her concert gigs so he’s entitle to profit from forming that relationship.

Passing- Solomon Burke – Blues & Rhythm artist. He was 70.

Has Miley Cyrus finally gone so far with her increasingly sensual image that she’s been condemned by her own father? Well, no, not exactly. But her racy new music video, “Who Owns My Heart?,” has been slammed by the Parents Television Council. Funnily enough, when you check the list of folks sitting on the advisory board for this conservative watchdog group, the biggest-name celebrity listed there is—you guessed it—none other than Billy Ray Cyrus!

Appearing on CBS’ “60 Minutes – Rapper Eminem reveals that… he does not cuss at home. “Profanity around my house? No,” said the rapper when asked if his real life vocabulary mimics that of his records. “I’m not saying there’s not glimpses of me in the music, [that] there’s not truth in…things that I say, but this is music, this is my art.”

George Michael is out of jail. The singer, 47, was released after serving almost four weeks of an eight week jail term for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Thrown in the slammer Sept. 14 after driving his Range Rover through the storefront of a photo shop in London July 4, the Wham! singer admitted he had smoked marijuana and had taken a sedative. He pleaded guilty to the charge soon after the accident.

Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old R&B singer has teamed with Nicole for OPI to start a line of fingernail polishes based on his songs. The “One Less Lonely Girl” collection comes out in December with six shades, including “Give Me The First Dance” (silver), “Prized Possession Purple” (grape), and “Me + Blue” (dark blue). Eight additional shades will hit stores in January. The polishes will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart.

Christina Aguilera and her husband, Jordan Bratman have split. They’ve been separated for a few months actually.

Passing – General Norman Johnson, lead singer of The Chairmen Of The Board at the age of 67. Their big hit was “Gimmie Just A Little More Time” and earlier – with the Showmen – a hit called “It Will Stand.”

Top albums this week –
Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
I Am Not A Human Being – Lil Wayne
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted – Gucci Mane
Clapton – Eric Clapton
Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
Recovery – Eminem
A Thousand Sunds – Linkin Park
Hands All Over – Maroon 5
Invented – Jimmy Eat World
A Year Without Rain – Selena Gomez & The Scene
Le Noise – Neil Young
WAKE UP! – John Legend & The Roots
Incarcerated – Lil’ Boosie
Rehab – LeCrae
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
Now 35
Guitar Heaven – Santana
Enjoy Yourself – Billy Currington
The Social Network Soundtrack – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
I Am The West – Ice Cube
Telephantasm – Soundgarden
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Top movies this week –
The Social Network
Life as We Know It (1st week – $14.635 million)
Secretariat – (1st week – $12.6 million)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga”Hoole
My Soul to Take (1st week – $6.9 million)
The Town
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Easy A
Case 39
You Again

Hip Thursday night TV (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘S–! My Dad Says’
FOX: ‘Bones’
NBC: ‘Community’ and ’30 Rock’ — 30 Rock goes live tonight
PBS: ‘This Old House Hour’
Food Network: ‘Good Eats’ — 8:30 start
HGTV: ‘Property Virgins’ and ‘My First Place’

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
CBS: ‘CSI’
FOX: ‘Fringe’
NBC: ‘The Office’ and ‘Outsourced’
A&E: ‘The First 48′
Bio: ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter: The Magic Begins’
Bravo: ‘The Real Housewives of Washington D.C.’ — The reunion episode
Discovery: ‘Storm Chasers’ — (120 minutes)
DIY: ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’* — Two episodes
Lifetime: ‘Project Runway’ — (90 minutes)
Spike: ‘TNA Wrestling Impact!’ — (120 minutes)
SyFy: ‘Destination Truth’
TLC: ‘Lottery Changed My Life’
truTV: ‘Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest Criminals’

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: ‘Private Practice’
CBS: ‘The Mentalist’
NBC: ‘The Apprentice’
A&E: ‘The First 48′
Bio: ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter: Characters’
Bravo: ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’*
Cooking Channel: ‘Cook Like an Iron Chef’
DIY: ‘Rehab Addict’* — Two episodes
Food Network: ‘Food Feuds’
FX: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and ‘The League’
HGTV: ‘House Hunters’ and ‘House Hunters International’
ID: ‘Wicked Attraction’
Lifetime: ‘On the Road With Austin & Santino’ — 10:30 start
MTV: ‘Jersey Shore’
NatGeo WILD: ‘Morays: The Alien Eels’
Science Channel: ‘Blowdown’

11:00
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): Chinese TV host Yang Lan; Klaus Schaub, Chairman, World Economic Forum
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): Ron Artest; Michael Clark Duncan and Omarosa
‘Watch What Happens: Live’ (Bravo): Cast members from ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): Author David Rakoff
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): Amy Brenneman
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Mark Wahlberg; Bill Bellamy; performance by David Otunga
11:30
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Rapper Diddy; Emma Stone; performance by Diddy-Dirty Money
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Wanda Sykes; Kevin McHale
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): Author Bill Bryson

Midnight
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Josh Duhamel; Julia Stiles; performance by Nas and Damian Marley
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): Tony Danza

12:30
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Drew Carey; Jenny Wade
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Pee-wee Herman; author Nick Hornby; performance by Ben Folds

1:30
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Filmmakers Amir Bar-Lev and Seth Gordon; performance by City and Colour