Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pop Culture Week in Review: June 6 - June 12

Monday, June 6

Lenny Dykstra was handcuffed in court and locked up with bail set at a whopping half a MILLION bucks -- after the D.A. slapped him with 25 criminal charges.

Comedy Central's Roast of Kid Rock is looking like it will NOT happen as scheduled -- and it's all a matter of location, location, location.

EW has confirmed reports in Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World earlier today that actress Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later) is being considered to star as a Bond girl in Bond 23, the stand-in title for the long-delayed, soon-to-shoot 007 movie. A spokesperson for Eon Productions, Bond’s home, tells EW that Harris has indeed met with the filmmakers, although no deals have yet been struck. Beyond that, all we know about the film is that Sam Mendes will direct, Daniel Craig will return as Bond for the third time

It's long been known that the winners of the world get to write history. Sarah Palin supporters? They apparently have to settle for vandalizing Paul Revere's Wikipedia entry. Computerworld reports that Revere's entry has been besieged by people attempting to alter the section on Revere's famous "midnight ride" in order to bring it into line with Palin's recent assertion that silversmith/patriot Revere made the ride in order to warn the British.

Plaxico Burress is a free man, 22 months after he began serving a prison sentence for weapons violations.

Jennifer Lopez' famous booty is temporarily protected from public consumption ... thanks to an L.A. County Superior Court judge.  J.Lo just scored a restraining order against Claudia Vasquez -- the current girlfriend of her ex-husband Ojani Noa ... the same ex-husband who filmed the honeymoon footage back in 1997 and has been dogging her ever since.

We told you about it last month, and ABC announced it today.  Katie Couric will get a daytime, syndicated talk show on ABC.

The USC Trojans are no longer your 2004 college football national champions. The Bowl Championship Series just announced the organization has stripped the University of Southern California of the title after an investigation proved Reggie Bush and his family received improper benefits while he was playing for the Trojans.

NY Congressman Anthony Weiner just confessed ... he IS the owner of the penis in the infamous  underwear pic and accidentally posted it on Twitter while trying to send it to another woman -- and he WON'T be resigning.

Tuesday, June 7

Ladies and gentlemen of Los Angeles, Sober Valley Lodge can be yours! Charlie Sheen has put his Beverly Hills mansion -- the scene of so many awesome crimes of good taste -- on the market for $7.2M, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Bad Boys 2" actress Gabrielle Union claims she can understand why Rihanna portrayed the killing of a rapist in her new music video ... because Gabrielle says she tried to shoot the man who raped her when she was 19-years-old.

For the first time since he was hospitalized for heart complications, former wrestling superstar Scott Hall -- aka Razor Ramon -- is facing the public ... in the hopes of selling one of his most treasured belongings.

Ex-WWE star Batista is teaming up with MMA royalty to groom a whole new generation of face-bashers ... with a brand new GYM -- just months after his own pro-fighting career was abruptly cut short.

In case he didn't learn his lesson, Plaxico Burress was just informed by his probation officer ... if he dares to mess with a gun for the next two years, he'll go back to the slammer, and stat.

Khloe Kardashian appeared on "Fox & Friends" for just over 6 minutes this morning ... with her right nipple in FULL VIEW the entire time!!!

Tiger Woods will NOT be playing in the US Open this month -- thanks to a couple nasty injuries he suffered at the Masters back in April.

Former WWE wrestler X-Pac says he suffered years of sexual abuse as a child -- and he's opening up about his emotional struggle in the hopes of helping other victims cope with their pain.

Willie Nelson can breath easy again in Texas -- TMZ has learned the singer struck a plea deal in his marijuana case ... and will NOT have to do any hard time.

The Emmy Award-winning writer-producer-director Leonard Stern, who wrote for such legendary shows as “The Honeymooners” and “Get Smart,” as well as the 1952 “The Jazz Singer,” died Tuesday. He was 87.

MC Hammer has a better chance of surviving the apocalypse than the Insane Clown Posse's annual Gathering of the Juggalos. So pay attention Hammer ... if you want to LIVE!
Wednesday, June 8

We’ve been waiting, waiting and waiting for the first No Doubt album in nearly a decade and every now and then a band member drops a little hint that it will eventually arrive. Gwen Stefani tells Entertainment Weekly in a story coming out Friday, June 10, that her professional focus is solely on making No Doubt music---that is when she’s now being a L’Oreal pitchwoman or working on her L.A.M.B. fashion line. Her solo career, which spawned two albums since the last No Doubt 2001 album, “Rock Steady,”   is over

The Ultimate Warrior has released a hate-filled attack against his former rival Hulk Hogan -- claiming the wrestling icon is a cocaine-abusing "dope head" who once tried to get Warrior to have sex with his wife.

Shania Twain is headed to Las Vegas. The country superstar announced a headlining residency on Wednesday. It will be at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting Dec. 1, 2012. Her new show is called "Shania: Still The One" and will feature all of her biggest hits, including "You're Still The One" and "Forever And For Always"

Nic Cage's son, Weston Cage, has been taken to the hospital by ambulance for a mental evaluation and possible 5150 psychiatric hold,. Weston was at The Farmer's Kitchen in Hollywood at around 4:00 today, when his trainer told him he couldn't eat something on the menu.  For some reason, we're told Weston went off and started pushing the trainer in a violent way, at one point trying to roundhouse the trainer.

The trainer took Weston down, and someone else tried calming Nic's son down, to no avail.  Weston got up and continued freaking out.

Gloria Allred knows how to get results.  The California Department of Corrections has just folded like a cheap suit and will now allow a gay corrections officer to march in uniform in Sunday's West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade.

Meredith Vieira said so long to NBC’s Today show Wednesday morning in true sobby, soggy fashion

Lindsay Lohan just scored a huge victory against the man she claims is a dangerous stalker -- a judge has ordered him to stay the hell away from the actress for the next two years.

Playboy Playmate Suzanne Stokes -- Miss February 2000 -- was tossed behind bars in L.A. this morning after cops say the actress was carrying meth in her car .

You ain't got Trouble no more, because Trouble -- one of the Richest dogs in the world -- is dead at 12.

Leona Helmsley's famous dog inherited $12 million when the Queen of Mean died in 2007.  Although a judge slashed that amount to $2 million, which was placed in a trust, that was enough to provide the pooch with $8,000 a year for grooming, $1,200 for food and a full-time security guard -- something that became necessary after Trouble received dozens of death threats.

Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant with the couple's first child ... this according to the New York Times.

Rapper Ja Rule is currently inside a NY courthouse and is turning himself over to authorities to begin his two-year prison sentence in New York .

Hulk Hogan is not taking the bashing from The Ultimate Warrior lying down,he plans on filing a lawsuit against the Warrior for "spewing sewage."

Mel Gibson has touched down in Guatemala -- where he's  doing work for a kids charity -- the same kids charity he did work for to complete his court-ordered community service.

Christina Applegate's ex-husband Johnathon Schaech is now officially the ex-husband of ANOTHER actress -- because his divorce from "One Tree Hill" star Jana Rae Kramer was just finalized.

Britney Spears is firing back at the perfume company that is suing her -- in the form of her very own lawsuit against the company. Britney has filed a cross-complaint, claiming Brand Sense was all about radio silence when it came to accounting for how much money she was supposed to get for the sale of a perfume -- Radiance -- she was hocking.  And there was a lot of money on the line, Brit claims -- millions of bucks worth of the fragrance were sold.

Former Chicago Cubs superstar Mark Grace was arrested for drunk driving in Scottsdale, Arizona on Memorial Day ... and according to the police report, Mark has good taste in scotch.

Khloe Kardashian says she's "not embarrassed at all" about her nip slip on "Fox & Friends" yesterday ... and last night, , "At least it's not my vagina, who wants to see that?"

Thursday, June 9

Tracy Morgan just issued an apology  for the homophobic "jokes" he told during a performance in Nashville last Friday -- saying he "went too far" and his act was "not funny in any context."

Nothing could save MTV's "Skins": The network announced its cancellation Thursday after it lost ratings and shed advertisers worried about its portrayals of teen sexuality.

Surfing champion Andy Irons, who passed away unexpectedly in November at age 32, died from a heart attack caused by the hardening of his coronary arteries, his family said in a press release on Thursday.

Look who’s becoming an islander! Heroes alum Masi Oka told EW that he’ll become a series regular on Hawaii Five-o when the drama returns for a second season on CBS this fall.
Producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have yet another problem on their hands: The union representing the original director filed a claim Thursday morning saying producers owe Julie Taymor about $300,000.

Kim Kardashian is ballistic over Bret Lockett -- aka Tom Brady's teammate -- and if he doesn't admit he lied when he said he had an affair with her, she's hauling his big ass into court.

After the fall, Shania Twain posted a video on her website ... saying, "I'm here to tell you that I now realize I don't need a stunt double ... to wipe out on my way to the CMT Awards stage."

Right before Flo Rida was busted for DUI this morning ... the rapper was at a birthday party at a Miami nightclub, participating in a toast with a full glass. 

 Warner Bros. claims Ed Helms' face tattoo will be digitally altered when "The Hangover 2" goes to DVD -- after the artist who designed the infamous Mike Tyson tat sued the studio for ripping him off.

Without the NBA championship to worry about ... L.A. Lakers star Pau Gasol kept his eye on the real prize ... his smokin' hot girlfriend Silvia Lopez.

Weston Cage wants to press charges against the man who beat him to a bloody pulp in the middle of a Hollywood street

Lindsay Lohan's stalker made an unexpected visit to Judge Stephanie Sautner during Lindsay's criminal case last month ... and it alarmed everyone so much, courthouse security ordered protection for the judge.

As if all their "American Idol" squabbles never happened, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul gave each other a big wet kiss on the lips as they arrived to "The X-Factor" auditions in New Jersey on Thursday.

Estella Warren can't escape this the "Planet of the Apes" star was just charged with DUI, hit-and-run driving, battery on a cop, and resisting arrest ... after an alleged alcohol-fueled joyride last month.

Friday, June 10

Faizon Love -- who voices Bruce the Bear in the upcoming travesty "Zookeeper" -- was arrested early Friday morning for domestic violence .

There's one credit that LeAnn Rimes says is not on her resume. "I hear there are rumors of a 'sex tape,' " the singer Tweeted after reports surfaced of the tape featuring her with ex-husband, Dean Sheremet. "I have never filmed myself having sex on tape, period. Haven't joined that club Lol!"

Looks like a little more "T" will be on the set of Law & Order: Svu. E!'s Ice Loves Coco star Ice-t has announced that he will be reprising his big, scripted-tv role as Detective Fin Tutuola on the long-running NBC procedural.

Sly Stone -- leader of the group Sly and the Family Stone -- is slated to appear in an L.A. courtroom today after the singer was arrested for cocaine possession back in April

Selena Gomez was rushed to the hospital last night, just after she appeared on "The Tonight Show"

Rocker Jack White and his model wife Karen Elson are doing something special to honor their 6-year wedding anniversary -- they're getting DIVORCED ... and throwing a huge party to celebrate!

Jennifer Hudson was rushed to a NY hospital this morning after suffering from a bad case of food poisoning

Diminutive NBA baller Nate Robinson got himself in a jam early Friday morning ... when he was busted for pissing in public. 

More than seven decades after Superman made his debut in "Action Comics," DC said Friday the long-running title will restart at No. 1 in September with the Man of Steel sporting a full-blue suit sans his long-standing red trunks.

Looks like Law & Order: Svu just wasn’t feeling the Love. Last month, word spread that the NBC procedural was looking to add Jennifer Love Hewitt as a semi-replacement for Mariska Hargitay when the series vet scales back her duties in the latter half of the season. But on Friday our sister site Deadline revealed that Hewitt is no longer in the show’s crosshairs.

There is some bad blood on VH1's "Basketball Wives" -- and TMZ has learned, two of the cast members decided to settle their differences with a nightclub SLUGFEST in Rome, Italy. Sources close to the show tell us Meeka Claxton (left) and Tami Roman (right) have been on frigid terms for months now -- all because Tami has repeatedly accused Meeka of creating animosity between the girls on the show.

Former porn star Ginger Lee, who received steamy online communications from Congressman Anthony Weiner, says someone is threatening her, and she's lawyered up.

Saturday, June 11

Former TNA Wrestling champion Jeff Hardy grabbed a REAL, WORKING STUN GUN -- and used it to zap the hell out of his brother's girlfriend during a webcast this week ... and the video is shocking.

Lily Allen has something to smile about. The singer, 26, married Sam Cooper at St. James the Great Church in Gloucestershire, England, on Saturday.

Chris Columbus has acquired the rights to remake Norwegian found-footage thriller Troll Hunter.

Selena Gomez made a trip back to the hospital on Saturday -- two days after she was rushed there complaining of nausea and a severe headache.

With Dwayne Johnson already in talks to bring it as Roadblock in G.I. Joe 2, director Jon Chu is looking to up the slinky sex appeal of the film while also maintaining the action quotient. So, according to the Heat Vision Blog, he now has French actress Elodie Yung in talks to sign up.

Shifty Shellshock's estranged wife has filed for divorce, TMZ has learned -- and she's demanding full custody of their 7-year-old son ... claiming the "Celebrity Rehab" alum is a crappy caretaker.

Kim Kardashian finally spoke aloud on the alleged Bret Lockett affair story as she exited her lunchspot Carousel ... saying she was embarrassed for him and that she has never spoken him "a day in her life."

Sister, Sister star and now mom-to-be Tia Mowry celebrated her upcoming arrival at a baby shower on Saturday in West Hollywood.

Although he maintains to have carried on a "physical relationship" with Kim Kardashian, NFL guy Bret Lockett finally admitted last night on HLN's
"Showbiz Tonight" ... he has never even met her in person.

Sunday, June 12

The Dallas Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals to win their first NBA title.

Helping to soften the impact of a disappointing domestic performance, Kung Fu Panda 2 expanded in to more major markets and took first place at the foreign box office this weekend. Reigning champion Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides eased in to second place, but it already ranks as one of the highest-grossing movies ever overseas.

Rep. Anthony Weiner took numerous photos of himself -- clothed and partially nude -- at the House Members Gym and sent them to at least one woman ... raising questions about whether he used Congressional resources in his online exploits.

Laura Ziskin -- who produced a TON of hit movies including the new "Spider-Man" flicks, "As Good As It Gets" and "Pretty Woman" -- died last night in her Santa Monica home following a 7-year battle with breast cancer.

Dane Cook took to Twitter last night when his beloved dog Beast went missing -- and wouldn't you know it ... the pooch was found just two hours later. Score one for social media!

Candy queen Dylan Lauren, the owner of celebrity favorite Dylan's Candy Bar stores, married her king, hedge fund manager Paul Arrouet, on Saturday evening at her parents' estate in Bedford, N.Y. The bride, 37, said her vows with Arrouet, 40, in a dress designed by her father, Ralph Lauren.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords posted two new photos to her Facebook page this morning -- the first photos released since she was shot in the head back on January 8.

Congressman Anthony Weiner just announced he's taking a leave of absence from Congress and has departed this morning "to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person."

It might be a stretch to call its opening “super,” but the sci-fi flick Super 8 enjoyed a solid start with $37 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.

He's been a TV star ... a porn star ... and a convict ... but now Sam Jones is trying his hand in the music industry -- teaming up with his Playboy Playmate GF for the next summer anthem -- "Juice and Vodka."

WWE Superstar Michael Tarver was released.

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