Timeline Pop Culture – Week In News Tech And Pop – December 1, 2011

Week In Review – News, Pop Culture Tech & More. December 1, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ Mr Pop History & Mr Pop Culture

Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on militant websites, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world. “Just as the Americans detain all whom they suspect of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban, even remotely, we detained this man who is neck-deep in American aid to Pakistan since the 1970s,” al-Zawahri said, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages.

Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a massive, $662 billion defense bill that would require the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida or its affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil, and detain some indefinitely. The vote was 93-7 for the bill authorizing money for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs in the Energy Department, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Reflecting a period of austerity and a winding down of decade-old conflicts, the bill is $27 billion less than what President Barack Obama requested and $43 billion less than what Congress gave the Pentagon this year.

The Senate on Thursday sidetracked rival plans to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut, in dueling votes that pave the way for negotiations on a compromise on a core component of President Barack Obama’s jobs program. First, Republicans defeated Obama’s plan to extend the payroll taxcut through the end of next year while also making it more generous for workers.

Camp Victory Handed Back To Iraq – On Friday, the base that at its height was home to 46,000 people was handed over to the Iraqi government as part of American efforts to move all U.S. troops out of the country by the end of the year. “The base is no longer under U.S. control and is under the full authority of the government of Iraq,” said U.S. military spokesman Col. Barry Johnson.

Several overturned semis on a Utah highway. Hundreds of thousands without power in California. A wind gust reaching 123-mph in Colorado. The powerful winds that tore across Western states Thursday created a path destruction that closed schools, left neighborhoods with a snarl of downed trees and power lines, and prompted some communities to declare emergencies. The system brought high wind warnings and advisories for California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. The blustery weather is expected to eventually hit Oklahoma, Missouri and Indiana.

A roadside bombing killed three NATO service members Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said. The coalition recently shifted its focus from southern Afghanistan to the east, where militants are fighting Afghan and coalition troops along the long, porous border with Pakistan. The exact location of the bombing was not disclosed, nor were the nationalities of the dead. So far this year, 519 NATO service members have been killed in Afghanistan, including at least 389 Americans.

A surveillance drone flying over western Afghanistan had gone out of control late last week and may be the one Iran said it had shot down over its own airspace, theInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. “The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a U.S. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status,” an ISAF statement said.

Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day. The estimated $3 billion in reductions, to be announced in broader detail on Monday, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs, seeing no immediate help from Congress.

(Video) Republican Herman Cain parks his Presidential campaign. He says it’s on hold, be he has big problems.

Americans spent a total of nearly $6 billion in online purchases during ‘Cyber Week’ 2011, according to a report from market research firm comScore. This includes three days — Nov. 28 (a.k.a. ‘Cyber Monday’), Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 — that saw more than $1 billion in sales each. These numbers make this year’s Cyber Week the most spending-heavy period for e-commerce ever. By comScore’s count, Cyber Monday sales reached $1.25 billion. Tuesday saw sales of $1.12 billion, and Wednesday sales reached $1.03 billion. For the 32 days from Nov. 1 through December 2, online spending was up 15 percent from the previous year, to reach a whopping $18.7 billion spent this holiday season. But it remains

A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque Tuesday to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in another city killed four more Shiites. They were the first major sectarian assaults since the fall of the Taliban a decade ago.

Chinese police have busted two huge child trafficking rings that spanned 10 provinces, arresting more than 600 suspects and rescuing 178 children, the government said Wednesday. Child abductions and trafficking are rife in China, despite repeated police crackdowns — a problem that many experts blame on the nation’s strict “one-child” policy and lax regulations on adoption.

Former Penn State assistant football coach (Vide0) Jerry Sandusky was arrested at home today by Pennsylvania state police in the wake of new sexual assault charges filed by a grand jury against him. Sandusky was handcuffed and taken out of his home by state police and brought to an arraignment before a judge in Centre County, Pa., for the new charges, which include assaulting two boys involved in his Second Mile charity. The men came forward in the wake of the earlier allegations against Sandusky, including 40 counts of child molestation, for which he was charged on Nov. 5.

A federal judge today sentenced impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, giving little weight toBlagojevich’s first-ever apology this morning since his arrest three years ago. “The jury didn’t believe you and neither did I,” U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said. Blagojevich was convicted on 18 corruption charges, including the scheme to peddle the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama. Blagojevich started the day telling the court that he was “unbelievably sorry” for his “terrible mistakes,” his last chance to convince the federal judge that he deserved some mercy when he was sentenced on corruption charges.

Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, former Soviet leaderMikhail Gorbachev urged Wednesday as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud. United Russia won less than 50 percent of Sunday’s vote, a steep fall from the 64 percent it won four years ago. But opposition parties and independent observers say even that result was inflated by vote-rigging, including alleged ballot-box stuffing and false voter rolls. Gorbachev told the Interfax news agency that authorities must hold a fresh election or deal with a rising tide of discontent.

Business –
If you used Ticketmaster’s website to buy tickets between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you’re in for a windfall. Well, a $1.50 per ticket order windfall. Because of a proposed class action settlement, Ticketmaster is being forced to credit $1.50 per ticket order (up to 17 orders) to customers due to the fact that they profited off of “processing fees” without declaring as much. And despite the reparations, Ticketmaster can continue to profit off transactions — they just have to say they’re doing so on their website. According to court documents, the original claim, filed October 21, 2003, also implicates UPS’ delivery price for expedited delivery of tickets as deceptive. Those part of the UPS subclass of the suit are entitled to an additional $5.00 credit per ticket. Both credits are in the form of vouchers, which can be redeemed a maximum of two at a time.

Sports –
Former NHL forward Matthew Barnaby was fired by ESPN as the cable network’s hockey analyst on Monday, a day after being charged with drunken driving for being found behind the wheel of an SUV that was missing its front tire.

The Washington Redskins lost more than just their eighth game of the season on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field, an improbably fourth quarterback comeback giving the New York Jets a 34-19 win— they may have lost the biggest part of their offense for the rest of the season. It’s repored that tight end Fred Davis(notes) and left tackles Trent Williams(notes) will be suspended for the rest of the season for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Both players started Sunday’s loss for the 4-8 Redskins.

Packers linebacker Erik Walden(notes) was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor disorderly conduct-domestic abuse following a fight with his girlfriend. Walden did not appear for a Brown County Circuit Court hearing and defense attorney Steve Richards entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Walden remains free on bond and is due back in court Dec. 27.

Technology –
Facebook has acquired location sharing service Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a source close to Gowalla. Launched in 2009, Austin-based Gowalla went head-to-head with direct rival Foursquare — and lost. Badly trailing Foursquare in user adoption, Gowalla recently shifted directions, recasting itself as a travel guide. The site had raised around $10 million over the years from backers including the Founders Fund, Greylock Partners and a collection of angel investors.

New YouTube – We already knew about YouTube’s redesign, which tech-savvy readers have been enabling for the past 10 days. As of now, however, the new YouTube is available to everyone. Unlike parent company Google, which tends to roll out redesigns over a period of days, YouTube pressed the button and switched the homepage for every user worldwide at 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday. So what’s the change all about? One word: channels. The world’s most popular online video service now sees itself as a descendent of cable TV, with millions of channels rather than hundreds — and it’s doing its darndest to encourage you to use it that way.

App On Smartphone Tracking Every Move – On Monday, researcher and developer Trevor Eckhart posted a 17-minute YouTube video apparently showing how the software — designed as a diagnostic tool to find and help fix mobile network problems — runs on his smartphone and logs every keystroke, every text and the full URL of every website he visits. News of the app’s existence on millions of phones had bounced around on tech blogs for a while. But attention skyrocketed this week when Eckhart posted his video.

Entertainment –
Comedy Central is honoring the late Patrice O’Neal by airing his stand-up special, “Elephant in the Room,” twice on Wednesday night. The comedian, who died on Tuesday from complications from a stroke he suffered on October 19, aired his first, and only, hour-long stand-up special on Comedy Central in February, and tackled such topics as race, football and typing classes.

CBS’ “Early Show” is ending early in the new year, and now its successor has a name. CBS News announced on Thursday that the replacement morning broadcast will be called “CBS This Morning.” The program will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. It is being pitched as a serious-news alternative to ratings leader “The Today Show” on NBC, and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the audience runner-up.

Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People This Year – Would you call the Kardashian family the most fascinating people in the world? Barbara Walters would. She’s picked the Kardashians, Pippa Middleton, Simon Crowell and others among the top 10 fascinating people of 2011. Hosted by Walters, she will present the special on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

Justin Bieber was the major draw for the Wednesday night event that brought tens of thousands of fans out to Rockefeller Center to watch Bieber and his celebrity friends kick off the holiday season. Yes, there were plenty of other stars out for the night of music, but the screaming throng of fans only had eyes for the man-boy of their dreams. Joining him for the night of seasonal holiday music were Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Carol King, and Cee Lo Green.

Donald Trump, former presidential hopeful has teamed with Newsmax, a conservative magazine and news web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines, IA on Dec. 27.
week of december 1, 2011 mrpopculture.com chelsea clintonChelsea Clinton makes her NBC News debut Monday, Dec. 12, on Rock Center with Brian Williams. Clinton, 31, will report on a nonprofit organization based in her home state of Arkansas. The piece will be part of NBC’s recurring “Making a Difference” feature. Clinton was hired last month, but the network emphasized that the former first daughter would not report on politics.

Passing – Alan Sues, who brought his flamboyant and over-the-top comic persona to the hit television show “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, a close friend said Sunday night. He was 85. Sues died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at his home in West Hollywood.  (See Video Alan Sues On Laugh-In)

Universal Studios will spend several hundred million dollars to build a Harry Potter attraction inside its existing Hollywood theme park in hopes of mimicking the success of a similar park in Orlando, Florida. Executives announced the project Tuesday with much fanfare, spraying confetti and hoisting mugs of the wizardly brew butterbeer.

Rosie O’Donnell and girlfriend Michelle Rounds just made their public debut as a couple in September, and O’Donnell announced to her Rosie Show audience on Friday, December 2, that they are now officially engaged.

It’s Madonna – NBC and the NFL announced last night that the Material Girl would be the headlining performer for the upcoming Super Bowl in February of next year. The game is being played in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall finalized their divorce on Friday. The Dexter costars, who play siblings on the show, wed on New Year’s eve in 2008.

“Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” was the most-watched special of last week, with more than 12 million viewers, with the advantage of being on CBS’ powerful Tuesday night. The Victoria’s Secret special, also on CBS on Tuesday, was second with 10.4 million viewers. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center had 9.4 million viewers, one of NBC’s strongest shows for the week. Specials highlighting the Grinch and Santa Claus, both on ABC, each had fewer than 8 million viewers.

Alec Baldwin says he was kicked off a plane Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after having words with a flight attendant over an “addicting” word game he was playing on his cellphone. The “30 Rock” actor was asked to get off a New York City-bound flight for playing “Words with Friends” while the plane idled at a gate Tuesday, said Baldwin’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik. “He loves ‘Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it,” said Hiltzik, who added that Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York.

Music News – Metallica Is Back! The first of Metallica’s four 30th anniversary concerts took place last night at their hometown San Francisco’s Fillmore, and on top of a 20-song set that spanned the heavy metal gods’ entire catalog — except, thankfully, Lulu — the biggest surprise of the evening came when the band welcomed former bassist Jason Newsted onstage. Newsted, who abruptly left Metallica in 2001 to pursue other musical projects, previously rejoined his former bandmates when they were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, but last night was the first time in a decade that the bassist performed with the group at an actual Metallica gig.

Passing – Singer and songwriter Dobie Gray, who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song “Drift Away,” has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. Many remember his first hit, 1965’s, “The In Crowd.”

Passing – Harry Morgan, (Video) the actor who played strait-laced U.S. Army Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the television series “M*A*S*H” through eight of its 11 celebrated seasons, has died. He was 96. He died today at his home in Los Angeles, the New York Times reported, citing his son, Charles Morgan. No cause was given.

At the movies –
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 1
The Muppets
Hugo
Arthur Christmas
Happy Feet Two
Jack and Jill
The Descendants
The Immortals
Tower Heist
Puss in Boots
J. Edgar

Hot Hits -
We Found Love – Rihanna fea. Calvin Harris
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine
The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
5 O’Clock – T-Pain fea. Wiz Khalifa & Lily ALlen
You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Headlines – Drake
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
Ni**as in Paris – Jay Z Kanye West
Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson

Top TV –
1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Kansas City NBC
2. Dancing With the Stars ABC
3. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
4. NCIS CBS
5. 60 Minutes CBS
6. Two and a Half Men CBS
7. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
8. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
9. Mike & Molly CBS
10. Modern Family ABC
11. 2 Broke Girls CBS
12. Castle ABC
13. Football Night in America NBC
14. Once Upon a Time ABC
15. Hawaii Five-0 CBS
16. Unforgettable CBS
17. The Big Bang Theory CBS
18. Amazing Race 19 CBS
19. How I Met Your Mother CBS
20. The X-Factor” (Tuesday) FOX

Week In Pop Culture – November 8, 2011 Including News, Entertainment & Tech

From www.mrpopculture.com

Week Of November 8, 2011 In Pop Culture, News, Tech & Entertainment 

 

(VIDEO) In The News  - A fired government worker with a protest sign dangled for hours from New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge on Monday, backing up traffic for miles before dropping into the Hudson River and being hauled aboard a police boat. Michael Davitt, 54, of Garnerville, N.Y., had been angry about being dismissed in 2008 from his counseling job with the Rockland County mental health department and was well known to law enforcement, county Sheriff James Kralik said.

One year before voters decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama to a second term, a majority have little faith in his handling of the economy but he still leads his Republican rivals, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday.

The first national test of a US national alert system left many Americans confused and some said the system failed in its goal to reach all broadcasters in the country.Many people watching television at 1900 GMT heard the familiar scratchy noises followed by the test announcement – designed to alert Americans of national emergencies — but others apparently did not. In the western state of Oregon, KVAL television said it was among several stations in the area which missed the test. “KVAL TV did show a frame warning that there would be a test, but the test itself was never received,” the station said.

An earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Wednesday night, killing at least three people and leaving dozens trapped in the rubble of toppled buildings damaged in a previous temblor, which had killed 600 people.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s enormous memory lapse at Wednesday’s debate put his campaign in immediate damage-control mode. But not even the candidate–who was unable to recall the third federal agency he would eliminate if he were elected president–is shying away from poking fun at himself for the mistake. At the CNBC Republican presidential debate, Perry stole the show when he tried to name the three agencies he would close, but could only come up with two. It was a 53-second made-for-YouTube mistake that some say could sink his campaign.

Italy’s parliament began rushing through austerity measures demanded by the European Union to avert a euro zone meltdown, after U.S. President Barack Obama ratcheted up pressure for more dramatic action from the currency bloc. Italy’s Senate approved a new budget law, clearing the way for approval of the package in the lower house on Saturday and the formation of an emergency government to replace that of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

A massive storm that battered Alaska’s western coast with hurricane-strength winds and towering sea surges has passed out of the region in a much weaker state, but it left behind widespread damage and worries that a man may have been swept out to a churning sea. So far, 37 communities have reported some form of damage, saidJeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state’s emergency management agency. Most of those communities have opened emergency community shelters, Zidek said.

A chorus of Handel’s “Alleluia” rang out Saturday asSilvio Berlusconi resigned as Italian premier, ending a tumultuous 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis. Berlusconi stepped down amid jeers, cheers and heckles of “Buffoon” from thousands of people who packed downtown Rome to witness his government’s downfall after a stunning week of market turmoil that upended his defiant hold on power and threatened to tear apart the eurozone.

The Nebraska and Penn State players gathered at midfield before the game, kneeling together for a long moment in a quiet stadium. Sometimes, the most powerful statements are the simplest. Saturday’s game was a combination of pep rally, cleansing and tribute for a Penn State community rocked by the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky that cost Joe Paterno his job.

Professional skier Jamie Pierre was killed Sunday afternoon by an avalanche he triggered while he and a friend were snowboarding at Utah’s Snowbird Ski Resort. The resort had not yet opened for the season and conditions throughout the area were hazardous in the aftermath of a major storm.

Riot-clad law enforcement officerscleared out Oakland’s weeks-old anti-Wall Street encampment just before dawn Monday, arresting Occupy demonstrators and removing tents from a downtown plaza after issuing several warnings over the weekend. Protesters appeared to put up little resistance and officers could be seen calmly leading some demonstrators away in plastic handcuffs. Warnings from authorities had been similar to those issued before officers used tear gas and bean bag projectiles to clear the encampment on Oct. 25.

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term. This decision to hear arguments in the spring sets up an election-year showdown over the White House’s main domestic policy achievement. And it allows plenty of time for a decision in late June, just over four months before Election Day. The justices announced they will hear an extraordinary five-and-a-half hours of arguments from lawyers on the constitutionality of a provision at the heart of the law and three other related questions about the act. The central provision in question is the requirement that individuals buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty.

Technology News – Week Of November 8, 2011

Apple has released iOS 5.0.1, an update to its mobile OS that fixes a series of issues that drained the iPhone’s battery. iOS 5.0.1 is the first update to Apple’s iOS 5, which brought the notifications tray, increased performance and iCloud to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

In addition to fixing the iOS battery issue, 5.0.1. adds multitouch gestures to the original iPad, fixes iCloud bugs and improves voice recognition for Australian iPhone users. This is the first OS update available both via iTunes and over-the-air.

Sports –

week pop culture nov 8 2011 joe frazier days mr pop historyPassing – Boxing great Joe Frazier dies. Muhammad Ali drew the crowds, charmed the media and stole the show. But while Ali is deservedly remembered as “The Greatest,” it was Joe Frazier who defined what being a fighter was truly about. Frazier, who died Monday in his Philadelphia home after a fight with liver cancer, is inextricably linked in boxing history with Ali. They competed in two of the most sensational bouts of all-time and defined an era with their fearsome rivalry.

 

Entertainment news –

Eddie Murphy quit Wednesday as host of this year’s Oscars, a day after the producer resigned over anti-gay comments, leaving organizers scrambling three months before the awards season climax. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced Murphy’s departure a day after producer Brett Ratner – director of current box office hit “Tower Heist,” in which Murphy stars — quit as producer of the February show. Billy Crystal will host.

week in pop culture  nov 8 2011 justin bieber mr pop historyMaury Povich Sleeze – A spokesperson for “Maury” tells Huffington Post that the show has invited “Baby” belter Bieber onto the show, to take a paternity test. (For those who’ve been hiding under a pop culture-repellant rock for the last week, Bieber, 17, has been plagued by accusations leveled by 20-year-old fan Mariah Yeater, who claims that he fathered a child with her when he was 16.) Bieber, who has steadfastly denied Yeater’s claim, has indicated that he’s willing to take a paternity test to clear his, um, name. Whether he wishes to do so under the glare of nationally syndicated television is another matter, but former “Maury” executive producer Amy Rosenblum — who hatched the concept of airing DNA test results on the series — thinks that it could only boost the credibility of Bieber’s denials.

Top albums –

Under the Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Ambition – Wale

For the Record – Miranda Lambert

21 – Adele

Someone To Watch Over – Susan Boyle

Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay

Christmas – Michael Buble

Open Invitation – Tyrese

Stronger –Kelly Clarkson

Th1rt3en – Megadeth

Clancy’s Tavern – Toby Keith

Clear As Day – Scotty McCreery

Own The Night – Lady Antebellum

Tha Carter IV  – Lil Wayne

Duets II –Tony Bennett

Heavenly Christmas – Jackie Evancho

The Goat Redeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile

Bad As Me – Tom Waits

 

At the movies –

Immortals (1st week $32 million)

Jack and Jill (1st week $26 million)

Puss in Boots

Tower Heist

J. Edgar – (1st week $11.5 million)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

In Time

Paranormal Activity 3

Footloose

Real Steel

 

Top TV –

1.

Sunday Night Football: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh NBC

2.

College Football: LSU vs. Alabama CBS

3.

NCIS CBS

4.

Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC

5.

Dancing With the Stars ABC

6.

The Big Bang Theory CBS

7.

The OT FOX

8.

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

9.

Dancing With the Stars Results ABC

10.

Two and a Half Men CBS

11.

The Mentalist CBS

12.

60 Minutes CBS

13.

Modern Family ABC

14.

Football Night in America NBC

15.

Criminal Minds CBS

16.

Blue Bloods CBS

17.

Castle ABC

18.

Survivor: South Pacific CBS

19.

Rules of Engagement CBS

20.

The X Factor” (Wednesday) FOX

 

 

 

Week In Pop Culture & News With Videos – October 8, 2011… Mr. Pop Culture

Week In Review – News, Pop Tech & More

October 8, 2011 as compiled by Gary West & www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Flames lit up downtown Cairo (Mr. Pop Video) where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

Baltimore County Police responded to a call at about 10:48 a.m. Saturday and found two women fighting inside the store. The bleach and disinfectant created toxic fumes, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire Arbutus store, officials told ABC News affiliate ABC 2. It closed for several hours.Fire, EMS and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene, as well as 10 medics. A Saturday morning of shopping turned into an emergency hazmat situation at a Baltimore Walmart where two patrons threw bleach and disinfectant at one another, officials said.

Stocks rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe Monday after French and German leaders promised to strengthen European banks. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 275 points, led by Bank of America. The euro rose against the dollar. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they would finalize a “comprehensive response” to the debt crisis by the end of the month, including a plan to make sure that banks have adequate capital.

A sea exploration company said Monday it has discovered a ship filled with silver 8,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean. Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. said it found the remains of the SS Mantola, which sank on Feb. 9, 1917. It was torpedoed by German submarine U-81. The ship was insured to carry silver worth 110,000 British pounds when it sailed in 1917. That value would mean that the ship could hold as much as 600,000 ounces of silver based on silver prices in 1917. Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the value of the silver that’s recovered. At current market prices, that much silver would be worth more than $19 million.

President Barack Obama is spending time with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama traveled to the facility in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington on Monday afternoon. Obama has occasionally visited service members wounded in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He visited the National Naval Medical Center in February and made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in June, before the center was renamed and moved to its current location.

A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. He battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — and resigned in August, handing the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

A steam-powered car considered the oldest vehicle in the world still running has sold at auction in the United States for more than $4.6 million. The De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, nicknamed “La Marquise,” which was built in France in 1884, sold for more than twice its estimate at auction Friday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. RM Auctions listed its top speed as 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour) and said it had only had four previous owners over the past 127 years.

Another Republican Debate – All eyes were on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain in Tuesday’s Republican debate, and both failed to ­­seize the moment. Cain arrived as a candidate rising on the strength of a buoyant personality and a catchy tax plan that has captured the imagination of many conservative Republicans. But after a series of debates in which his rivals treated him kindly, Cain found himself on the defensive for the first time, with his tax plan under attack. Perry arrived in a slump after three mediocre debate performances in September and poll numbers that were sinking. But he found himself struggling to reassert himself, at times sidelined as others took over the debate and at times caught in exchanges that turned unexpectedly against him.It was Mitt Romney who prospered most.

Obama’s Job Bill – No Pass – as the Senate blocked his signature American Jobs Act. The cleverly named bill was sold as a paid-for, bipartisan package of cures for the country’s anemic job market. But the Senate soundly defeated the measure, leaving it eight votes shy of the 60 that Obama needed just to get the Senate to consider it. Worst of all for Obama were the defections of two of his fellow Democrats, which limited the bill to getting more than a bare majority, as well as the declarations from several more that they would vote against the package if the Senate ever did consider it for an up-or down vote.

Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. In rapid succession, the House and Senate voted on the three trade pacts, which the administration says could boost exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs. None of the votes were close, despite opposition from labor groups and other critics of free trade agreements who say they result in job losses and ignore labor rights problems in the partner countries.

A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate Southern California beach community. The gunman got into a truck and drove away from Salon Meritage after Wednesday’s shootings. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, was stopped by officers about a half-mile away and surrendered without incident while saying he had multiple weapons with him, police Sgt. Steve Bowles said. Dekraai was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, Bowles said. In all, one man and five women died at the salon, one man and one woman died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and one woman remained in critical condition late Wednesday. Their names have not been released.

Occupy Wall Street – City officials said early this morning they will postpone a cleanup of  Zuccotti Park after earlier threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been encamped here. As the announcement was made via the “people’s mic” just before 7 a.m., the crowd waved their brooms in triumph.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tweeted that Brookfield Properties, owner of the park,  (and not the city) decided to postpone cleaning. The city was informed “late last night.” Occupy Wall Street had vowed yesterday to stay in the park and try to prevent the cleaning crews from entering.

A van driven by a sheriff’s deputy who ran a group home for adopted and foster children collided with an empty cattle trailer on Thursday in a highway construction zone, killing him and five children and injuring seven other children. Howard Mitchell, 57, was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m., troopers said. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community of about 600 people.

Time Poll – Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation’s fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings, President Obama leads potential. Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical general-election match-ups, according to a new poll. Obama leads Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sits atop the GOP presidential field, 46% to 43% among likely voters.The President has opened a double-digit lead over Perry, 50% to 38%, highlighting concerns percolating through the GOP that the Texas governor would face a steep uphill climb should he capture the nomination. Obama also boasts a 49% to 37% edge over businessman Herman Cain, whose strong Tea Party support has propelled him toward the top of Republican ranks in recent weeks.

Gap Inc. plans to close stores in the U.S., while expanding in China. The struggling retailer, which runs the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains, detailed plans on Thursday to close 189 locations, or 21 percent of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S., by the end of 2013. At the same time, the largest U.S. clothing chain said it plans to triple the number of Gap stores in China from about 15 by the end of the year to roughly 45 by the end of next year

Sports News –

Passing -  (Mr. Pop Video) Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to “Just win, baby!,” died Saturday. He was 82. The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction. The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface. e 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him.-

Tech News –

Netflix Inc Chief Executive Reed Hastings reversed an unpopular decision to separate his company’s DVD rental business and online video streaming service, sending the stock up 7 percent in early trading. U.S. customers will continue to go to Netflix.com for streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals, as the company has dropped plans to move its DVD rentals to a separate business called Qwikster, Hastings announced in a short statement on the company blog on Monday.

One year, six months, and seven days after the iPad first went on sale, Facebook has at last released its app for Apple’s tablet.

Blackberry Outage –BlackBerry service has had reported outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia already this week, has acknowledge problems with North American services today as well. This morning there were widespread complaints of outages in the United States. The company, headquartered in Canada, confirmed that the problems here are similar to what it had seen in other parts of the world.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Marry – Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are now married.

Passing - Roger Williams, a pianist who was one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century and who hit No. 1 on the pop charts in 1955 with his arpeggio-strewn “Autumn Leaves,” has died. He was 87. Williams died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of complications from pancreatic cancer, his former publicist, Rob Wilcox, told the Associated Press.

At the movies –

Real Steel – (1st week $27.3 million)

The Ides of March (1st week $10.4 million)

Dolphin Tale

Moneyball

50/50

Courageous

The Lion King

Dream House

What’s Your Number?

Contagion

Top TV -

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta NBC
2. NCIS CBS
3. Two and a Half Men CBS
4. Dancing With the Stars ABC
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
6. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
7. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
8. The Big Bang Theory CBS
9. Criminal Minds CBS
10. 60 Minutes CBS
11. Modern Family ABC
12. Mike & Molly CBS
13. The Mentalist CBS
14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
15. Football Night in America NBC
16. The X-Factor” (Wednesday) FOX
17. The X-Factor” (Thursday) FOX
18. Unforgettable CBS
19. Person of Interest CBS
20. 2 Broke Girls CBS

Pop Culture Music Top-40 History. 1960′s. Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone?

Mr. Pop History -

Authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March of done it again. Authors of “Echoes of the Sixties” – they’ve got a new book out, “Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone” vol. 1.

Find out where members of such top-pop groups as the Association, The Spiral Starecase, the Zombies, Chris Montez and others, have been up to. Yes, some of passed on, but others, well – life sometimes throws surprising things out. Sometimes – not. The book will hold you captive.

We find out, they’re just like us! Lots of nice surprises and, lest we forget, the book generously lists of all those songs we remember. Remember all the hits of the Association?

Gary West

Week In Review With Videos – July 1, 2011. News, Pop Culture, Tech, TV, Entertainment. Lady Gaga Slams Critics… Casey Anthony Aquitted…

Week In Review – Week Of July 1, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News -

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail on Friday(July1) after a dramatic court hearing where the sexual assault case against him appeared to shift in his favor. Strauss-Kahn, who smiled as he walked out of court, still faces felony charges of attempted rape and sexual assault over the alleged attack on a hotel maid in New York. His lawyers said they will seek to have the charges dismissed but the judge said prosecutors were continuing to investigate.

A day after stepping down as CIA director, Leon Panetta was sworn in Friday as secretary of defense. (Mr. Pop Video) He began settling into the job by telling members of the military and their families they are “at the top of my agenda.” He was meeting later with his civilian staff and then with the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He planned to have lunch with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs. A spokesman, Doug Wilson, said Panetta intends to work at maintaining close relations with the military at all levels.

Minnesota Government Shutdown – Minnesota lawmakers headed home for a long holiday weekend, bracing for likely public anger as some of them meet constituents for the first time since a failure to reach a budget agreement forced a government shutdown.The reception they get starting Saturday, and during 4th of July parades around the state, could go a long way toward determining how long the shutdown lasts. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders had no plans for new talks before Tuesday, five full days after the shutdown started. Minnesota’s second shutdown in six years was striking much deeper than a partial 2005 shutdown. It took state parks and rest stops off line, closed horse tracks and made it impossible to get a fishing license. But it also was hitting the state’s most vulnerable, ending reading services for the blind, silencing a help line for the elderly and stopping child care subsidies for the poor.

The outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan marked his last Fourth of July in uniform by speaking to American troops during a re-enlistment ceremony in the south of the country. Gen. David Petraeus, who was recently confirmed as the next director of the CIA, told the 235 troops re-enlisting in Kandahar province that they have achieved progress on the battlefield but that “much work remains” to be done in Afghanistan. “You raised your right hand and said ‘Send me,’ and today you raised your right hand again and said ‘Send me again, if needed,’” he told the soldiers on America’s 235th birthday.

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked his first Fourth of July by making calls to troops serving abroad, the Defense Department said Monday.

Six forward-deployed U.S. service members began their Independence Day with telephone calls from Panetta, who reached out to convey his thanks and support for their service, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson said. Panetta, who was sworn in as the nation’s 23rd defense secretary on Friday, spoke by phone with service members deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Bahrain. The six individuals, representative of America’s men and women in uniform who are away from their families, come from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army National Guard. Panetta told them how proud he was of their service and emphasized his commitment to fight for them and their families as they are fighting for their country, Wilson said. He told them he looks forward to meeting them during his travels as secretary.

(Mr. Pop Video) A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Anthony began crying when the jury’s verdict was read Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward, and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She could have received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder. She was found guilty of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year in jail for each count.

President Barack Obama kicked off his first Twitter town hall with — what else? — a tweet. Using a laptop set up on a podium in the East Room of the White House, Obama typed this message: “In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep?” The tweet set the tone for the town hall focused on jobs and the economy, and hosted by Twitter, the social media service. The White House sees social media as an opportunity for the president to interact with Americans directly, particularly the younger and more tech-savvy part of the electorate, as his re-election campaign ramps up.

The Obama administration must stop enforcing the ban that prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. President Barack Obama last year signed a landmark law repealing the policy that forced gays to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to be in the military. The Pentagon has been in the process of writing rules for the new policy.

A female grizzly bear attacked and killed a man who encountered the bruin and her cubs while he was hiking with his wife on Wednesday in Yellowstone National Park, park officials said. The fatal mauling occurred about a mile and a half from the start of the Wapiti Lake trail, and another group of hikers nearby heard the victim’s wife crying out for help and used a cell phone to call park rangers for assistance. A National Park Service statement said the couple had inadvertently surprised the mother grizzly and her cubs, and in “an attempt to defend a perceived threat to her cubs, the bear attacked and fatally wounded the man.”

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls in 2012, with a photo required before casting a ballot in 2014, his office announced on Wednesday. “Having reflected a great deal on the issue, I believe that requiring identification at the polling place is a reasonable request to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections,” Chafee, an Independent, said in a statement.

A judge sentenced Casey Anthony on Thursday(July7) to four years for lying to investigators but says she could go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior.  While acquitted of killing and abusing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to detectives trying to find her daughter in July 2008. She lied to them about working at the Universal Studios theme park, about leaving her daughter with a non-existent nanny named Zanny, about leaving the girl with friends and about receiving a phone call from her. She’ll be released from jail July 13.

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, government data showed on Thursday, but distortions associated with the holiday weekend and a government shutdown in one state made it difficult to get a clear view of the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said.

A gunman opened fire in two separate Michigan homes Thursday(July7), killing seven people, including a child, before leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids, authorities said. Within hours, dozens of officers with guns drawn had cordoned off a neighborhood near a small lake in the northern part of the city and shut down nearby Interstate 96. State police believed they had the man surrounded but warned residents to stay in their homes. The manhunt began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Mayor George Heartwell said police were seeking 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler.

Flash Mobs – BAD TREND – The headlines from Chicago these days are about “flash mobs” — dozens of young thugs attacking people and cleaning out stores in broad daylight…

  • 15 people storm a couple of city buses, making off with the passengers’ mobile phones and iPods
  • More than 20 young men attack a guy parking his scooter near the downtown campus of Northwestern University. “It was boom, like a swarm of insects,” the victim recalled. They took his phone

Up to 50 people storm a drugstore in the Magnificent Mile shopping district, cleaning out the shelves of merchandise, overwhelming any security that tried to respond

Similar stories of “flash mobs” — often coordinating their attacks via cell phone — come from Washington, D.C.; Venice Beach, California; Philadelphia; and St. Paul, Minn. The trend is building pace at a time when many cities are cutting back their police departments.

Tech News –

Twitter posts way up – As we reach the halfway point of 2011, users of the microblogging service now post 200 million tweets a day, Twitter announced. That’s up from 65 million tweets a day a year ago. Even in little 140-character bites, that’s a lot of verbiage. Twitter offers some context on this: Assuming the average tweet is 25 words, that means that “every day, the world writes the equivalent of a 10 million-page book” — or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace.”

A federal judge has denied Google’s request to dismiss several lawsuits accusing the company of illegally collecting private information from open Wi-Fi networks. The ruling, filed in California court Wednesday, is a setback for Google as it tries to put its “Street View” debacle behind it. In May 2010, Google admitted that the cars it uses to capture images for the “Street View” map feature accidentally collected about 600 gigabytes of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., apologized in a blog post and called the data collection “a mistake” Google also said that it never used the data and would work to dispose of it as quickly as possible.But several lawsuits hit a few months later, accusing Google violations of state and federal wiretap laws. The complaints have been consolidated into one case seeking class-action status. In Google’s motion to dismiss, the company maintained that the data collection wasn’t illegal because open Wi-Fi networks are “readily accessible to the general public.”

(Mr. Pop Video) Hackers apparently broke into the FoxNews.com’s Twitter feed for political news early Monday and used it to announce — falsely — that President Barack Obama had been assassinated. Obama was “shot twice at a Ross’ restaurant in Iowa while campaigning. RIP Obama, best regards to the Obama family,” read one of several Twitter messages posted on @FoxNewsPolitics early Monday. “We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there’s light at the end of tunnel,” the last in the series of tweets said later. An article on FoxNews.com confirmed the hack.

This week, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, caps the amount of data downloads allowed under its $30-a-month wireless broadband plan; it will also unveil more costly options for users with big appetites for digital data. The changes will affect only new customers. Customers who now have unlimited data plans, or who sign with Verizon today, will be able to continue paying a flat fee for all the data they wish to download. Verizon follows the country’s number one carrier, AT&T Inc., which did away with unlimited data plans last year. The smallest of the nation’s top four cellular companies, T-Mobile USA, still offers an unlimited service, but the company dramatically slows down data transfers for heavy users – in effect, imposing a speed limit instead of a usage quota. Of the top wireless companies, only Sprint Nextel  still offers unlimited data plans.

Facebook will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world’s No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google The agreement, announced by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters on Wednesday, deepens the company’s cooperation with Microsoft Corp, which is in the process of buying Skype to build up its web presence. Zuckerberg said Facebook has hit a record 750 million users. The new service, rolling out from Wednesday, could be a huge boost for Skype, which currently has about 145 million regular users.

Sports –

(Mr. Pop Video) A man attending a Texas Rangers game with his young son died after falling out of the stands and about 20 feet to the ground while trying to catch a baseball tossed his way Thursday night, the Rangers and Arlington fire officials said. Arlington Fire Department officials in a statement that another fan nearby tried unsuccessfully to grab the man to keep him from falling. They said the victim’s son did not fall. “We had a very tragic accident tonight and one of our fans lost their life reaching over the rail trying to get a ball,” team president Nolan Ryan said. “As an organization, and as our team members and our staff, we’re very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.” The accident in Texas occurred in the second inning after Oakland’s Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that ricocheted into left field. Josh Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands. Replays on Oakland’s television broadcast show the man reaching for the ball and apparently catching it before tumbling.

Entertainment news –

Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane are officially single. The couple’s divorce was finalized in Los Angeles. The two, who wed in 2006, will share joint custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Harlow.

Passing – Anna Massey, the member of an acting dynasty whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died. She was 73. Massey died Saturday after a battle with cancer, with her husband and son at her side, her agent Pippa Markham said Monday.

Mr. Pop Culture/Lady GagaLady Gaga slams critics who accuse her of “[using] the gay community to sell records.” That’s “one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me,” the 25-year-old pop star says. “I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.” Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) put her money where her mouth was in a recent controversy with Target. The retailer was planning to sell a special edition of her Born This Way album, but members of the LGBT community were outraged at the deal when Target contributed thousands in cash and in-kind goods to a PAC that supported antigay candidate Tom Emmer in his failed 2010 run for governor of Minnesota. After the incident, Gaga met with the company’s “entire executive staff” and shortly thereafter canceled the deal.

Comedy Central set to roast Charlie Sheen – “You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this Roast for a while,” 45-year-old Sheen says of the special, airing Sept. 19. “It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”

(Mr. Pop Video) A man arrested outside Paris Hilton’s coastal home was charged Tuesday with disobeying a court order to stay away from the socialite. Sheriff’s deputies arrested James Rainford on Monday, the third-time in less than a year that the 36-year-old has been jailed for trying to meet Hilton. Rainford is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on the misdemeanor charge. He is being held on $20,000 bail and jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney. Authorities said Rainford was arrested Monday after paparazzi who were outside Hilton’s home recognized him.

Hot hits this week In 2011 –

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

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

PartyRockAnthem – LMFAO fea. lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

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

E.T. – Katy Perry (Mr. Pop Video)

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

How To Love – Lil Wayne

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez

Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jaseon Derulo

Till The World Ends – Britney Spears

Good Life – OneRepublic

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

Who Says – Selena Gomez & The Scene

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffet

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa

At the movies this week in 2011 –

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (1st week $97.4 million)

Cars 2

Bad Teacher

Larry Crowne – (1st week $13 million)

Monte Carlo (1st week $7.6 million)

Super 8

Green Lantern

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Bridesmaids

Midnight In Paris

X-Men: First Class

Week In Review with videos – June 15, 2011 in News, Pop Culture, Tech News, Entertainment, TV Guide

This Week In History – Week Of June 15, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

The White House  delivers a report to Congress  explaining its involvement in Libya, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers filed suit charging US military action in the war-torn nation is unconstitutional. The report will include legal analysis arguing that President Barack Obama did not overstep his powers in the conflict in the north African nation. “The president has acted in a manner that is consistent with the War Powers Resolution,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, arguing the 30-page report would show the “success” of the mission to protect Libyan civilians.

A sharply divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday (June14)  ruled that a controversial measure that curbs the collective bargaining rights of public workers in the state can go into effect. In what was essentially a 4-3 decision, the high court overturned a lower court, which had ruled Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law when they passed the measure in March.

Thousands of Syrians fled the historic town of Maarat al-Numaan on Wednesday to escape troops and tanks pushing into the north in a widening military campaign to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad. In the tribal east, where Syria’s 380,000 barrels per day of oil is produced, tanks and armored vehicles deployed in the city of Deir al-Zor and around Albu Kamal on the border with Iraq, a week after tens of thousands of people took to the streets there demanding an end to Assad’s autocratic rule.

Stocks fell sharply Wednesday as investors became increasingly concerned about the worsening debt crisis in Greece. The dollar rose against the euro and U.S. government bond prices climbed as investors sought out safer assets. In morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 84 points, or 0.7 percent, to 11,991, giving up much of its 123-point gain the day before.

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are “playing with fire” unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits. The IMF, in its regular assessment of global economic prospects, said bigger threats to growth had emerged since its previous report in April, citing the euro zone debt crisis and signs of overheating in emerging market economies.

Coast Guard helicopters intercepted a small aircraft that entered restricted air space near the US capital on Saturday, military officials said.The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said it ordered the action after the “small general aviation aircraft” approached the capital region without authorization at about 11:50 am (1550 GMT). “Upon being intercepted, the civilian aircraft was diverted to Annapolis (in Maryland) where the pilot was to meet with local law enforcement,” NORAD said in a statement.

President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Saturday that the U.S. and Afghan governments have held talks with Taliban emissaries in a bid to end the nation’s nearly 10-year war, even as suicide attackers launched a bold assault in the heart of the county’s capital, killing nine people. The attack, which occurred just blocks from Karzai’s office, shows the parties have a long way to go to reach a political settlement as the Obama administration weighs a major withdrawal of its forces. The White House neither directly confirmed or denied Karzai’s statement.

Prime Minister George Papandreou besieged by public protests and dissent in his own party, appealed to Greeks on Sunday to support deeply unpopular austerity reforms and avoid a catastrophic bankruptcy.He addressed parliament at the start of a confidence debate on his new crisis cabinet, ahead of a euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg which is expected to release a new aid tranche to keep Greece solvent.

Euro zone finance ministers applied intense pressure on Greece on Monday, saying it had to approve stricter austerity measures before a final decision is made on a further 12 billion euros in loans.

Before launching a second day of meetings on Greece, ministers indicated that the next tranche of EU/IMF aid would be paid by mid-July, allowing Athens to avoid default, but said the country had to show progress first on plans to cut spending, raise taxes and generate other revenue streams.

(Mr. Pop Culture Video) New Cigarette Label Warning – Dead bodies, diseased lungs and a man on a ventilator were among the graphic images for revamped U.S. tobacco labels, unveiled on Tuesday by health officials who hope the warnings will help smokers quit. Proposed in November under a law that put the multibillion-dollar tobacco industry under the control of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the new labels must be on cigarette packages and in advertisements no later than September 2012. They represent the first change in cigarette warnings in 25 years. They show images that may disturb some, including one titled “WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive,” illustrated with a photograph of a man smoking a cigarette through a hole in his throat.

An aging Russian airliner went down in heavy fog and burst into flames just short of a runway in northwestern Russia, killing 44 people in a crash that officials blamed on pilot. Eight people survived, dragged from the burning wreckage by locals. The RusAir Tu-134 plane had taken off from Moscow and was moments from landing at the Petrozavodsk airport when it slammed into a nearby highway just before midnight Monday.

British police working with the FBI arrested a 19-year-old man over attacks by a hacker group on businesses and government agencies including the CIA, US Senate and Sony, Scotland Yard said Tuesday. The man, named in reports as Ryan Cleary, was detained on Monday at a house in the suburban town of Wickford in Essex, southeast England, in connection with a month-long global rampage by the Lulz Security group.

Sports –

(Mr. Pop Culture Video) Boston Bruins Win The Stanley Cup And Not Is Well In Vancouver. Cars were set on fire and shops were looted following the ice hockey team’s 4-0 defeat to the Boston Bruins. Mobs of angry fans roamed central Vancouver after the game, as thick acrid smoke rose over the city centre. Similar riots broke out in the Canadian city after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup in 1994. Record crowds of supporters gathered in the heart of the city on Wednesday in the hope of seeing their team – the favourites – secure the Stanley Cup and be crowned winners of the National Hockey League (NHL).

But hope quickly turned to gloom after the Boston Bruins scored first and then went on to secure an emphatic victory.

Jamie and Frank McCourt agreed Friday to have a one-day trial to determine if title to the Los Angeles Dodgers is in Frank McCourt’s name or if the team should be considered community property in their divorce and then sold, the former couple and their attorneys announced. The agreement anticipates Major League Baseball’s approval of a 17-year TV contract between the Dodgers and Fox, Frank McCourt said outside court. That deal has been reported to be worth $3 billion and Frank McCourt would receive $385 million upfront.

Technology

Nook rated better than Kindle – says Consumer Reports, marking the first time the esteemed product-review group has given Barnes & Noble’s e-reader higher marks than its competitor from Amazon. Apparently, more is less for Consumer Reports. The Nook Simple Touch Reader, released last month, scored one point higher than the latest Kindle and a few points higher than other models. That’s more than the Nook Color, released about a half-year ago, could muster. (Amazon does not offer a color Kindle — at least not yet). The new Nook, which we’ve called the anti-iPad strips away bells and whistles from the first model, including a second navigation screen, an MP3 player and web browser.

Facebook’s facial-recognition feature for automatically tagging uploaded photos with the names of those pictured sparked a backlash from privacy advocates. Now it’s coming under scrutiny from Connecticut’s attorney general, who sent a letter to company officials this week requesting a meeting. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he has “deep concerns” about Facebook’s choice to make the tagging feature opt-out, not opt-in.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion believes its white knight is coming. But while it waits, the company is drastically lowering its financial outlook and handing out pink slips. Very disappointing sales of BlackBerry smartphones and tablets during the last quarter led RIM to cut its full-year profit expectations by 30% Thursday. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company also announced that it will begin a program to “streamline operations,” which will include layoffs.

Google announced a revamp of its mobile search interface, allowing easy access to restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the vicinity of your phone — in effect, cutting further into Yelp’s local search business. At an event called “Inside Search” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the search giant launched a slew of new features for its mobile and desktop search products. The mobile version of Google search gets those icons, instantly accessible at the bottom of the search screen. It also gets a new translate feature for Google Goggles, allowing you to point your phone at text in Russian and getting an instant text translation. Both features are launching today.

The Internet body that oversees domain names voted on Monday to end restricting them to suffixes like .com or .gov and will receive applications for new names from January 12 next year with the first approvals likely by the end of 2012. For instance, while the new steep charges of $185,000 to apply for a domain name could deter cyber-squatters, companies with well known trademarks worry that they may have to contend with series of copycat names like coke.paris or google.zambia. The move is seen as a big opportunity for brands to gain more control over their online presence and send visitors more directly to parts of their sites — and a danger for those who fail to take advantage.

Japanese electronics giant Canon, for instance, has already said it plans to apply for rights to use domain names ending with .canon.

Entertainment news –

Rebecca Black’s official “Friday”music video has been taken off You Tube.The page where the video starring the 13-year-old singer once played now says it “is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black.”Black’s spokesman says her team sent a takedown notice to YouTube because of a dispute over the video with Ark Music Factory, the company Black’s parents paid $4,000 to produce the song and video. The video had amassed more than 160 million views and more than 3 million “dislikes.”

(Mr. Pop Culture Video) J.K. Rowling has a new website –  Pottermore.com, a new project for the “Harry Potter” author, spokeswoman Rebecca Salt said Thursday. The site is “not a new book” and “not directly related” to the final Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which comes out next month, she said. “We aren’t saying any more than that!” Salt said.”Pottermore” was trademarked in 2009 by Warner Bros., which distributes the Potter movies. The trademark description of Pottermore suggests an interactive site “providing on-line chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards” and “on-line facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest.”

A 21-year-old “history geek” representing California was named Miss USA at the annual beauty pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday. Alyssa Campanella, who was born and raised in New Jersey which she represented at the Miss Teen USA contest in 2007, was considered among the favorites by pageant experts. She will represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12. Campanella was crowned by incumbent Miss USA, Rima Fakih, a Lebanese-born Muslim who was the first Arab-American to hold the title.

(Mr. Pop Culture Video)  Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of MTV’s “Jackass,” has died in a car crash. He was 34. NBC Philadelphia said that Dunn and another passenger in a 3 a.m crash at Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania.  Dunn posted to Twitter a photo of himself drinking with friends just hours before the crash. A police report indicated that Dunn was most likely speeding in his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, which was destroyed in the wreck. “Upon arrival, police located one vehicle in the road and in the woods that was fully engulfed in flames,” the report said.

Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville on Tuesday, where he apologized personally to audience members from his June 3 show, where he unleashed a slew of homophobic remarks. “The first thing I want to say is that I apologize to Kevin [Rodgers], the people who were at the show for bumming them out, I want to apologize to my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community, who is offended with this,” Morgan said at a press conference organized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) at the Nashville Convention Center.

George Clooney has split from his girlfriend, Elizabetta Canalis, after nearly two years of dating. “We are not together anymore,” the former couple said. “It’s very difficult and very personal, and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.”

Music News –

Passing – The Coasters lead singer and founding member Carl Gardner has died aged 83, the band’s website announced. He passed away at a hospice in Florida on Sunday after suffering from congestive heart failure and vascular dementia “for some time.” The Coasters were a U.S. R&B vocal group with a string of hits in the 1950s that included “Young Blood,” “Searchin,’” “Poison Ivy” and chart topper “Yakety Yak.” Gardner was lead vocalist for Los Angeles-based The Robins before he and bandmate Bobby Nunn teamed up with Billy Guy, Leon Hughes and guitarist Adolph Jacobs to form the Coasters in 1955.

Stevie Wonder gets honored during Apollo Theater’s spring gala with induction into the Legends Hall of Fame, which includes Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown. Though Wonder was the main attraction, the audience was also wowed as he collaborated with a cast of friends and admirers including Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Paul Shaffer and Doug E. Fresh.

Kicks-Off – Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” concert tour opens in Sacramento. She Tweeted, “It’s opening night, bitch!” And according to multiple reviews, the pop star didn’t disappoint. Performing a mix of her greatest hits (“Toxic” and “I’m a Slave 4 U”) and new songs (“Big Fat Bass” and “I Wanna Go”), Spears, 29, dazzled in a series of skimpy stage costumes during the sold-out show.Describing it as “her flashiest, fastest moving, and most entertaining production yet,” Rolling Stone said that while tour-opener Nicki Minaj, 26, brought her A-game, “the night belonged to Britney: She managed to prove that she’s still progressing as a showgirl. Not only that, she’s doing it better than even die-hard defenders would’ve predicted.”

British singer Amy Winehouse, whose career has been blighted by alcohol and drug abuse, has canceled all her scheduled concerts after she was jeered by fans in Serbia recently for a shambolic performance. Winehouse, 27, sporting her trademark bouffant hairdo and figure-hugging dress, struggled to perform her songs and keep her balance at the gig in the Serbian capital Belgrade, and on some tunes the audience did most of the singing.

Rock guitarist Leslie West, who rose to fame in the ’70s power trio Mountain, has had his lower right leg amputated in a life-saving operation related to his diabetes, his wife said on Monday. West, 65, underwent the emergency surgery after being admitted to a hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Saturday when his leg started to swell and his foot went septic. “The doctors tried for two days to save it to no avail. The decision to amputate was one that was necessary to save his life as the infection was spreading throughout his body,” his wife, Jenni West, said in an email.

“The nursing staff and doctors have taken excellent care of him and should be called angels for their efforts and tenderness they showed us in this time of crisis.” West is expected to recover but faces extensive rehabilitation, a spokesman said

(Mr. Pop Culture Video)Passing – Renowned saxophonist and Bruce Springsteen side man for over 40 years, Clarence Clemons, affectionately known as The Big Man, passed away Saturday night, June 18, at his Florida home. Clemons died of complications from a massive stroke he suffered on June 12, after years of failing health. Even with his health concerns, he remained active until the end, including performing with Lady Gaga last month on the season finale of “American Idol.”

Hot hits this week in 2011

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoodRock

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

E.T. – Katy Perry fea. Kanye West

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull

The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

Till The World Ends – Britney Spears

The Show Goes On- Lupe Fiasco

How to Love – Lil Wayne

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall… – Coldplay

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa

Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jason Derulo

Blow – Ke$ha

Good Life – OneRepublic

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

Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

Motivation -  Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Down On Me – Jeremih fea. 50 Cent

At the movies –

Green Lantern (1st week $53 million)

Super 8

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1st week $18.4 million)

X-Men: First Class

The Hangover Part II

Kung Fu Panda 2

Bridesmaids

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger tides

Midnight In Paris

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

The Tree of Life

Thor

Top TV Last Week –

1. NBA Finals: Dallas vs. Miami ABC
2. NBA Trophy Presentation ABC
3. NBA Finals: Miami vs. Dallas ABC
4. NBA Finals: Miami vs. Dallas ABC
5. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
6. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
7. The Voice NBC
8. 60 Minutes CBS
9. NCIS CBS
10. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
11. The Bachelorette ABC
12. The Mentalist CBS
13. The Big Bang Theory CBS
14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
15. So You Think You Can Dance” (Wednesday) FOX
16. So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday) FOX
17. Tony Awards CBS
18. Blue Bloods CBS
19. Hawaii Five-0 CBS
20. CSI: NY CBS

Late Rapper 2pac Shakur on TV? Pop Culture Rap History.

Mr. Pop History – Though he wasn’t known for his TV guest appearances – the late 2pac did a few. I found one, from May of 1996 when 2pac and another TV rarity (at the time) Ice-T – appeared on “Saturday Night Special” – a Fox-TV music-comedy show on Fox.

He wouldn’t be around much longer.

Others on that show – night of May 4, 1996 were, Rosie Perez, the Fugees, the Verve Pipe – along with regulars Laura Kightlinger, Heath Hyce and Kathy Griffin.

That show was produced by comedian Roseanne Barr (remember her?)

When Did Troy Aikman Leave Pro Football? Pop Culture Sports History.

Mr. Pop History – The week of April 8, 2001:
Troy Aikman says goodbye to the NFL at a news conference. The three-time Super Bowlchamp has suffered four concussions in his last20 starts, giving him 10 in his career and has adegenerative back problem. Aikman is 34.

From the www.mrpopculture archives.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – When Did Bars Become Smoke-Free? No Cigarettes? Pop Culture History

Mr. Pop History – Great question. The first time we saw smoke-free bars was March of 2003 and the place was New York City. No ashtrays.

Smoking had been banned from NY restaurants in 1995, but this was when the City began to include bars. “Now we’re being shut out of our smokey little joints,” exclaimed one smoking patron.