Monday, May 30, 2011

Pop Culture Week in Review: May 23 - May 29

Monday, May 23

Model, actress, escape artist Estella Warren will NOT be charged for slipping out of her handcuffs and attempting to flee when she was arrested for DUI Monday night thanks to a MAJOR technicality.

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama engaged in some high priority business while in Ireland on Monday ... downing pints of Guinness at a pub.

Actress Barbara Stuart, who appeared in dozens of television series and movies, including "Bachelor Party," ''Airplane!" and the legal drama "L.A. Law," has died. She was 81.

Goodbye, Tara, Alice, Buck, T and Shoshanna! After three seasons, Showtime is shutting down The United States of Tara, the premium cable network's half-hour dramedy about a Kansas mom (Toni Collette) with dissociative identity disorder. The series finale will air June 20. So that's the bad news. The good news is the network has renewed Nurse Jackie for a fourth season!

Jordan Ward, one of the titular stars of MTV's 16 and Pregnant and mom to 17-month-old Noah, hit Facebook today to announce that she's once again got a bun in her very young oven. And she doesn't care what you think about it. Ward just wants everyone to know she's perfectly capable of taking care of her expanding family.

Michael Lohan is sticking by his story that he DIDN'T beat the crap out of his ex, Kate Major -- by pleading not guilty today to a misdemeanor charge of inflicting injury on a cohabitant.

The family from the TLC reality show "19 Kids & Counting" sprang into action just hours after that deadly tornado ripped through Missouri -- packing up supplies and driving through the night to join the rescue effort .

 The Ultimate Warrior just released an emotional video tribute to his fallen friend, Randy "Macho Man" Savage -- and finally revealed the source of their crazy energy ... GALLONS OF COFFEE! Warrior -- who famously forced Savage into "retirement" by defeating him at a "Career Ending Match" at Wrestlemania VII -- said he and Randy used to get so jacked up on java before getting into the ring, they would often compete to see who could down more Joe. In fact, Warrior says, one time they sucked down 5 GALLONS of the black stuff before an event. During the emotional video, Warrior said Savage "inspired a generation" ... adding, "I was so fortunate to be in so many great events with him."

The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $50,000 for targeting a fan with a homophobic slur during last night's playoff game against the Miami Heat.

Tuesday, May 24

Oscar-winner Kevin Costner ("The Untouchables," "Dances with Wolves") is set to star in History's new scripted miniseries "The Hatfields and the McCoys" as the patriarch of the former family

Trust us, this is no invisible woman. Actress and mom Jessica Alba brought her baby bump before members of Congress in hopes of garnering support for the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.

Shocking. Simply shocking. No, not that the ever-outraged Parents Television Council has once again saddled up its highest horse and decided to protest the Billboard Music Awards after deeming Rihanna and Britney Spears' opening number particularly scandalous, but that the organization waited nearly two whole days before attempting to get their names back in the headlines.

One of the moms on MTV's "16 and Pregnant" ... is now 17 and legally banned from going anywhere near her baby daddy.  19-year-old Josh Smith got a huge victory in a Florida courtroom Tuesday ... when a judge granted his request for a restraining order against his baby mama Jennifer Del Rio.

Emmy-winning actor Edward James Olmos will join the cast of Showtime's "Dexter" for its upcoming sixth season.

Could MTV finally be trying to keep a Situation quiet? In response to a report that roommates Ronnie Ortiz-Magro kicked Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's butt in a not-so-friendly brawl between Jersey Shore roommates, the network will only acknowledge that the Sitch needed medical attention last night in Italy.

Almost a month after the Royal wedding, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama finally basked in the glow of newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

For the 2nd time in less than a week ... Lindsay Lohan's right breast escaped its holster and hung out in Miami. Once Lohan got a hold of the situation, she flashed another piece of her anatomy to photographers ... her middle finger.

"Teen Mom" star Gary Shirley was arrested and dragged to an Indiana jail early this morning ... and it was all for driving on a suspended license.

The family of the SF Giants fan who was brutally attacked at Dodger Stadium is gearing up to file a lawsuit  against the Dodgers ... claiming the fam needs roughly $45 to $50 million in order to give Bryan Stow a good quality of life.

It was a meeting of the A-list celebuspawn as Michael Jackson's three kids (Paris, Prince and Blanket) hung out with Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith's children, Willow and Jaden Smith, on an L.A. film set the other day.

Actress/model Estella Warren is in jail right now, after allegedly slamming into three cars, kicking a cop and escaping from the police station

"Macho Man" Randy Savage's ashes were spread at the base of a tree at his Florida home ... and in compliance with his final request, the family REFUSED to play his wrestling theme music during the ceremony.

Former President George W. Bush almost took one to the kisser last night at a Texas Rangers game -- when a foul ball cleared the protective net in front of him ... and nearly smacked him and Laura.

Veteran CNBC anchor and "Squawk Box" commentator Mark Haines died unexpectedly at his home Tuesday night -- CNBC has confirmed.

Kyle Busch just issued a sort-of apology for his 128 mph speeding ticket -- chalking up his ridiculous speed to a test drive gone wrong, and the blatantly obvious ... "I got carried away." 

The man accused of beating a San Francisco Giants fan to a pulp at Dodger Stadium says he was doing domestic stuff at the time of the incident -- babysitting his young daughter and another child.
Wednesday, May 25

Oprah's last show aried.  It was an end of an era for bookclub members and housewives everywhere.  There were no guests on the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." There was, for that matter, no chair, nor a couch or any other piece of comfy furniture. There was only Oprah herself, standing and addressing her audience.

When Law & Order: Svu returns for its 13th season in the fall, it looks like one cop will have turned in his badge. Christopher Meloni, who has played Detective Stabler since the series began in 1999, is leaving the show after contract talks broke down

The Finder is on the prowl for a new female lead.Sources close to the Bones spinoff confirm to TVLine that Saffron Burrows is leaving the show and her role is being recast.

A winner has been crowned! The mirror-ball trophy has been placed in the hands of a new Dancing With the Stars champion! Dreams have been realized and hopes dashed. Basically, it's been another week in reality-tv land. Right after the DWTS champ was announced, we got to chat with the winning pair and the runners-up. What did the champ have to say about taking home the title? Two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward and second-time DWTS champion Kym Johnson won it all tonight

Huguette Clark, a reclusive multi-millionaire heiress, died in New York City on Tuesday. She was 104. The copper heiress died at Beth Israel Medical Center where she lived in seclusion for 22 years after cutting herself off from friends and family, reports She left behind a $500 million fortune, including a $100 million estate in Santa Barbara, a $23 million country home in Connecticut and a $100 million Fifth Avenue apartment.

First Prison Break alum Rockmond Dunbar signed on to Sons of Anarchy for a multi-episode turn as the new, hard-nosed Charming sheriff, Eli Roosevelt. Now, meet his deputy: Lamonica Garrett.

John Edwards soon may be charged with breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter during his 2008 presidential run.

Jared Lee Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial on charges he killed six people and wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Kim Kardashian is so familiar with her own naked body ... she recently noticed a photo of her own bare breasts on an unauthorized album cover ... and immediately sent her lawyers into attack mode!! Turns out, two music producers -- Terrace Martin and Devi Dev -- used a photo of a woman's bare chest on the cover of their album "Terrace Martin & Devi Dev Present: The Sex EP" ... and it just so happens the image was a close up from Kim's nude photo spread in W magazine.

It's official, tennis hottie Anna Kournikova has signed a deal to join "The Biggest Loser" next season -- while THREE current stars of the show will be on their way out. Producers confirm the 29-year-old will join the show as a celebrity trainer ... but trainers Jillian MichaelsBrett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not return for Season 12.

  "X-Factor" Cheryl Cole will no longer be a judge ... and will be replaced by ex-"Pussycat Dolls" member Nicole Scherzinger.

Jonathan Lipnicki -- aka the kid from "Jerry Maguire" -- claims he's living in fear of a 100-pound actress he used to date ... after she broke into his bedroom and threatened to "annihilate" him. Lipnicki filed a request for a restraining order against some 20-year-old actress named Amber Watson -- whom, we're told, Jonathan briefly dated after meeting in an L.A. acting class.

Dallas Mavericks star Shawn Marion is gonna be busy next month -- because we're told, he's shooting a pilot for a reality TV show ... right around the same time the Mavs crush Miami in the NBA finals (if there is a God).

Former 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons has become such a HUGE hit in the man stripping community -- Chippendales has extended his topless tenure for another couple of weeks.  

Scotty McCreery became the season 10 winner of American Idol. 

Thursday, May 26

Accused child murderer Casey Anthony is in more hot water with the feds -- the I.R.S. believes she failed to pay $68k in taxes back in 2008 ... the same year she allegedly killed her 2-year-old daughter.

Lindsay Lohan is officially confined to her townhouse ... the actress surrendered to authorities this morning and has begun to serve her house arrest sentence.

It's been seven years since WWE superstar Chyna released her horrifying sex tape -- and she's making a triumphant return to the adult industry ... in an EXTREMELY graphic porno.  Chyna's rep would later say this was false, but Vivid is sticking by its story that she has already filmed the movie.

Cheryl Cole was dropped from the judging panel on "X-Factor" largely because producers were  concerned her English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand
"Starship Troopers" actor Jake Busey plans to check himself in to a rehab facility for substance abuse issues next week after being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

Adele continues her reign atop both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 singles as “Rolling in the Deep” stays at No. 1 for the third week.

Bryce Dallas Howard apparently can't get enough diaper duty. The Terminator: Salvation star and her actor-hubby, Seth Gabel, have just confirmed they're expecting their second child!
Maria Shriver met with her divorce lawyer today in Beverly Hills and all systems are go to end her marriage to Arnold Schwarzenegger

When Mad Men star January Jones announced she was pregnant April 28, everybody started asking: Who's the dad? Nobody—January, in particular—is talking. On the record, that is. Off the record, several sources from January's new film, X-Men: First Class, directed by Claudia Schiffer's British husband, Matthew Vaughn, say odd happenings occurred on the set, including a "very close" relationship with Jones. Did they have an affair, and is Matthew January's baby daddy? Reps for January and Matthew aren't saying.

Showtime has announced a slew of guest stars for the upcoming seventh season of "Weeds."

Legendary funkmaster George Clinton -- leader of the Parliament-Funkadelic -- is being hospitalized for a staph infection in his leg .

John Cho (Star Trek) has joined Total Recall, Sony’s remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film that begins shooting Monday in Toronto. Cho will play McClane, the smooth-talking rep for the mind-messing company that tempts Colin Farrell’s Douglas Quaid to implant fantastic memories into his brain.
Snoop Dogg caught a big break in court today ... nearly 5 years after he was arrested in L.A. for allegedly possessing drugs and a gun the judge ended his probation early.

Lisa Lampanelli just donated $50,000 to the good people at Gay Men's Health Crisis -- sticking it to the hate-mongering homophobes of Westboro Baptist Church

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services has just wrapped up its interview with Mariah Carey and has concluded there is no merit to the investigation.

Friday, May 27

Gil Scott-Heron, who wrote the poem and song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died in New York City. He was 62.

"Grease" star Jeff Conaway has died today ... several weeks after he was found unconscious in his L.A. area home .

Proving that heavily mixed reviews are often no bar to box office success, The Hangover 2 romped home to a big win this weekend, boosted by kicking off on Thursday and the long Memorial Day holiday across the pond. While the weekend gross across the three days was $105.7 million, midnight screenings and those extra couple of days in release means that the Wolfpack’s latest outing now has the highest-grossing opening weekend for a live-action comedy and $137.3 million in the Us domestic bank so far

Water is wet, the sky is blue ... and Amy Winehouse has checked into rehab once again.

Blockbuster, which was recently acquired by satellite operator Dish Network, is at last doing what many analysts had been urging it to do for years — compete with rivals like Netflix and Redbox on price. It announced on Thursday that beginning today (Friday) it is lowering the prices of thousands of videos to 99 cents per day — the same price that most kiosks charge, including those owned by Ncr that license the Blockbuster name and logo. Newer movies — many of which cannot be rented via the kiosks or Netflix until 28 days after Blockbuster offers them for rent — will be priced at $2.99 for the first day and other new releases will be priced at $1.99 for the first day — 99 cents after that.

A coalition of musicians is demanding the Recording Academy restore more than 30 categories cut from the Grammy Awards, alleging the reductions unfairly target ethnic music and were done without the input of its thousands of members. A protest was held Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., at an academy board meeting. A modest turnout of musicians hoisted signs above their heads with such slogans as "Grammys Honor All Music" and "It's Not Just About Rap, Rock or Country."

When we reported a few months ago that most of the cast members of the original "American Pie" were reuniting for a long-awaited fourth film, "American Reunion," a few key players were missing. Now, one of the holdouts has finally decided to join the party. Shannon Elizabeth will appear in the upcoming "American Reunion," reprising her role as sexy foreign exchange student (well, she probably can't be considered a student anymore) Nadia, according to

Saturday, May 28

J.R. Smith is not going to gain any street cred from this arrest -- he was popped in Miami this weekend for operating a scooter without a valid driver's license.

Director Joss Whedon got a head-start on "The Avengers" by helming the final scene in "Thor,"
At her first wedding more than 16 years ago, actress and former Clean House host Niecy Nash tied the knot a in a quinceaƧera gown and had "a Styrofoam heart in the middle of the table," she told People in January. "It was just a mess." Not today. After months of planning with family, friends, and experts, Nash and electrical engineer Jay Tucker were married Saturday in an outdoor afternoon ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu

After much speculation, Peter Jackson has confirmed that Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom will return for The Hobbit.

Jessica Szohr is leaving Gossip Girl, but she's not too sad about saying goodbye to the CW series. In fact, the actress tells me that after years of playing Vanessa Abrams on the small screen, she was ready to move on.
Avril Lavigne was all smiles when she threw out the first pitch before a Tampa Bay Rays game, but she lobbed a few four-letter words at the crowd when a technical glitch messed with her post-game concert.

An NFL lockout couldn't stop Tony Romo from scoring the ultimate touchdown this weekend - the Dallas Cowboys quarterback married Candice Crawford on Saturday evening at Arlington Hall in Dallas
Sunday, May 29

Hip-hop star Sean Kingston is in critical condition in a Miami Beach hospital after being injured in a bad jet skiing accident.

Justin Timberlake wins Indy 500 Well ... Dan Wheldon was actually driving the winning car at this year's Indy 500, but Justin Timberlake's clothing line -- William Rast -- sponsored it.

Anyone hoping for more Ashley Seaver on Criminal Minds next season is out of luck. According to, CBS has dropped Rachel Nichols from the show.

Adrianne Curry may no longer be calling Christopher Knight are no long a Brady bunch. The former costars of My Fair Brady announced their decision to separate Sunday, on what would have been their fifth wedding anniversary.

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