Monday, June 6, 2011

Pop Culture Week in Review: May 30 - June 5


Monday, May 30

Ohio State Coach Resigns
Clarice Taylor -- known for her role as Bill Cosby's mom on "The Cosby Show" -- died of heart failure on Monday.

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who has been under intense scrutiny the past few months for several issues involving his program, resigned today.

With 16 produced and aired episodes, the eighth season of the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men is more than eligible for a best comedy series Emmy Award. But the veteran sitcom, which has been the subject of controversy surrounding now-former star Charlie Sheen, won’t be in the running.
Sean Kingston has been transferred from the trauma unit to the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital -- where he is in critical condition, but has been stabilized ... this according to his rep.
Snooki was taken into custody in Florence, Italy on Monday after crashing into a police car .
Snooki Hits a Cop
Courtney Love has been ordered to fork over more than $35k to her two former maids -- after allegedly stiffing them out of their hard earned paychecks for years.

One of the stars of VH1's "Saddle Ranch" is officially on the run from the law ... after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest stemming from a DUI incident last year.

Cheryl Cole was a judge on two different versions of "The X-Factor." What a difference a week makes!

It's the break-up everyone saw coming ..."Brady Bunch" star Christopher Knight and former "Top Model" winner Adrianne Curry announced Sunday they're officially separating to rethink their marriage.
New L.A. Lakers coach Mike Brown ain't exactly getting a warm welcome from fans -- but point guard Derek Fisher tells TMZ, he likes LeBron's old mentor ... and has a LOT of faith in his coaching abilities.

Tuesday, May 31

"In Plain Sight" star Nichole Hiltz was arrested early Tuesday morning in L.A. on suspicion of child neglect

Rep. Weiner
Sam Waterston has left the New York legal system and ventured into more treacherous waters -- the world of cable news. Waterston, who's played prosecutor Jack McCoy for the past 17 years on the recently canceled "Law & Order," has signed on for Aaron Sorkin's upcoming HBO pilot, "More as This Story Develops," the cable outlet has confirmed to TheWrap.

A New York congressman says a lewd photo sent to a college student from his Twitter account was posted by a hacker - and he's hired a lawyer to investigate, his office said Tuesday.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is officially back on the market ... now that a judge has finalized his divorce from Lisa Ann Russell.

California's state assembly has passed a bill that would extend tax breaks to film and television productions for at least five more years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The bill passed with a 72-1 vote.
More legal trouble for Andy Dick ... this time, the comic has been sued for allegedly whipping out his man parts at a comedy club in Dallas and rubbing them against a male patron's face.

Ghost Hunters gets renewed
Molly Sims is getting married. The actress and jewelry designer is engaged to Love and Other Drugs producer Scott Stuber, her rep tells People.

Syfy has renewed Ghost Hunters for an eighth season!” The paranormal hit is Syfy’s longest-running reality show (and one of the most veteran on cable) and has spawned both spin-offs (Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Hunters Academy) and knock-offs (A&E’s Paranormal State) as it continues to reign as TV’s top paranormal docu-series.
The waitresses who claim an Atlantic City casino fired them for being too old went public today -- blasting the place during a news conference ... in which Gloria Allred literally served up her lawsuit on a silver platter.

Wednesday, June 1

Jason Beghe -- one of the stars of "X-Men: First Class" and a veteran actor -- is under criminal investigation for allegedly attacking a man who was wacking weeds on his property
Shaq calls it a career

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager rejected Lance Armstrong's demand for an apology over a story that raised doping allegations, saying it stands by its report as "truthful, accurate and fair." Armstrong's attorneys demanded an on-air apology from "60 Minutes" on Tuesday over allegations on the show's May 22 episode that Armstrong tested positive for a banned substance at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is pulling out a big gun for his inevitable divorce battle with Maria Shriver ... officially hiring attorney Bob Kaufman -- who's already tackling some touchy issues of the split. 
After 19 years in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal is officially retiring ... and he made the announcement on a video he posted through his Twitter page.

Mere minutes after NBC canceled freshman thriller The Event on the unlucky Friday, May 13, show creator Nick Wauters and executive producer Steve Stark told fans that there was a chance the drama could continue elsewhere. That possibility is now taking shape. Sources confirm that Syfy is in talks to pick up The Event as a miniseries.

Hayden and new boyfriend?
 New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez and newly single Hayden Panettiere sparked dating rumors after  leaving an In-N-Out Burger in Laguna Hills together this weekend.

Matthew "Mdot" Finley -- star of Disney's "Camp Rock 2" -- is recovering from a bone-crushing Ducati accident last week ... in which he lost control of his bike and plummeted off of a 100-foot cliff in Malibu.
The photos circulating around the Internet purporting to be Blake Lively are fake, phony, Photoshopped, fabricated, fictional, false ... or so says Blake and her people.
DJ Mister Cee -- best known for his work with Notorious B.I.G. and Big Daddy Kane -- just pled guilty after cops busted him in a compromising position with a prostitute ... and it's his SECOND guilty plea in a year.
Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have hashed out a joint custody agreement ... lawyers for the former couple told an L.A. judge

The doctor who implanted TWELVE embryos inside Octomom -- before she conceived octuplets -- will have his license to practice medicine revoked next month

Blake says she did not take nude photos
Jennifer Hudson is joining the Farrelly Brothers' forthcoming update of "The Three Stooges" as a nun, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll co-star alongside comedian Chris Diamontopoulos as Moe, Sean Hayes ("Will and Grace") as Larry, and Will Sasso ("MADtv") as Curly. Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Whatever Works"), Stephen Collins ("7th Heaven") also star. Jane Lynch ("Glee") will play the Mother Superior of the convent in which Hudson's character will reside, and the Stooges spend part of the film. The 20th Century Fox film, co-produced, written and directed by The Farrelly Brothers ("Dumb and Dumber," "There's Something About Mary")

Thursday, June 2

Holy déjà vu, Batman! Starting Aug. 31, DC Comics will begin a sweeping re-launch all 52 of its titles, the company said on its official blog Tuesday. The first title to get a reboot is "Justice League," whose issue No. 1 will present a contemporary take on the origin of superhero team-up of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and other beloved caped and uncaped crusaders.
The All New JLA

Kelsey Grammer has just filed legal docs that make it clear ... he's given up hope that he can settle his custody battle with Camille Grammer and he wants a judge to settle it once and for all.

The Internet has been buzzing with reports that newly single Justin Timberlake has been cozying up to another recently uncoupled star, Ashley Olsen.
Lindsay Lohan's electronic monitoring bracelet went off Monday, indicating she left the house and therefore violated the terms of her house arrest ... but sources say it could be the result of a malfunction.

Billy Bob Thornton's long-estranged daughter was found guilty of manslaughter in a Florida courtroom Friday in the death of a one-year-old girl who died in her care.

In a finding that might seem to run contrary to conventional wisdom, smaller daily newspapers are leading the way in charging for content online by a nearly 2-to1 margin compared to their bigger-circulation counterparts. The University of Missouri recently interviewed more than 300 newspaper publishers and discovered that, while 46 percent of daily newspapers with circulations under 25,000 charged for at least some of their online content, only 24 percent of the dailies with circulations higher than 25,000 currently do so.
P!nk ready to give birth

Fox News has confirmed Glenn Beck’s last show will air on Thursday, June 30.
Someone posted a full-frontal naked photo of MMA fighter Tito Ortiz through his Twitter page moments ago ... but Tito insists it was the work of a hacker.

 NBC's hit singing competition series "The Voice" will hold that note just a little bit longer this season. The network announced Thursday that it has added an extra results show to the series, and also revealed that the program's first-season finale will air on Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. Et.

BET is sticking to their guns after airing Rihanna's new "Man Down" music video -- which contains a brutal murder scene despite one really angry group of parents.

There's an all out war among some big porn studios to snag Jennifer Lopez' honeymoon tape shot back in 1997... a tape featuring some spankin' and some booty. Red Light District, YouPorn.com, and PornHub.com are all trying to top each other, with bids hovering in the $40,000 range.  Yeah, it seems kinda low, but there's no real sex in the tape ... which is usually a buzz kill. J.Lo tried to block her ex Ojani Noa from releasing the tape  -- but last week, an L.A. judge ruled she had no case ... opening the door for a sale.
According to Blake this is not her in the nude

Camille Grammer is fighting back against estranged husband Kelsey. Camille, 42, is filing for primary custody of the their two kids, Mason, 9, and Jude, 6. This is less than a month after Kelsey, 56, also sought primary custody
The hacker who claims to have naked pictures of Blake Lively has just upped the ante, scoffing at claims the pics are photoshopped ... and he's posted more pictures to prove his case.

Pop Singer Pink gave birth to her daughter.

The Dish Network received a very nice 30th birthday present courtesy of the legal system on Thursday. New York district judge George Daniels has handed the satellite provider a partial legal victory in its battle with Disney, denying Disney's preliminary motion to block Dish from offering Starz free to its customers for a year in celebration of its 30 years in business.
Friday, June 3
X-Men: First Class opens in theaters

"X-Men: First Class" banked a strong $3.4 million in midnight showings, according to studio estimates.

Giovanni Ramirez -- the guy who is suspected of beating a San Francisco Giants' fan to a pulp outside Dodger Stadium -- just lost a big round in his fight to get out of prison.

Katie Couric could announce as early as Monday a move to ABC that would include a syndicated daytime talk show and contributions to ABC News, a person familiar with the negotiations tells TheWrap.
Sorry, Wisconsin; U.S Rep. Anthony Weiner won't be poking around in your area this weekend. The recently embattled Congressman, who has been struggling to regain control of his image after a photo of an erect penis was sent out via his Twitter account, has canceled his scheduled Friday speech at Milwaukee's state Democratic Convention, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Former Wrestler Chyna does Porn
X-Men: First Class rebooted the mutant-superhero franchise by opening to $56 million, according to studio estimates.

"Rolling in the Deep" songbird Adele has been forced to put the brakes on her U.S. tour due to a case of laryngitis, the singer announced on her official Web site on Friday.
Wrestling superstar Chyna has been told point blank that if her new XXX porn tape is actually released, she will never be allowed to work for TNA Wrestling ever again.
Britney Spears' lawyers are trying to block her deposition in a perfume lawsuit, because they say she's not legally competent to give sworn testimony.

Merger committees of the two principal actors unions, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, plan to meet together for the first time in Washington over the weekend of June 17-19, according to trade reports on Thursday.
James Arness -- famous for his role as Marshall Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" -- died Friday at his LA area home of natural causes ... a family spokesperson confirms.
Charlie's leaving the show for good
Charlie Harper -- Charlie Sheen's character on "Two and a Half Men" -- will probably get a "French kiss off" from creator Chuck Lorre.  Worry not ... we'll explain. During the last original episode that aired February 14, Harper and his stalker/neighbor Rose were headed for the airport to catch a flight to Paris. it's likely Lorre will use the flight to rid the show of Charlie Harper once and for all.   And get this -- the flight was never intended to be a cliffhanger -- it just happened that was the last episode shot before Charlie Sheen melted down.


Dr. Death dies

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who became known as Dr. Death for his work performing assisted suicides for terminally ill patients, died early Friday morning. He was 83.

With his daughter Cate standing behind him, John Edwards spoke out Friday after pleading not guilty to using campaign money to cover up his mistress and love child.
Joe Montana's son Nathaniel Joseph Montana -- currently a quarterback at the University of Montana -- was arrested on suspicion of DUI early this morning ... in Missoula, Montana.

Saturday, June 4

The Tennessee home of country music star Trace Adkins was destroyed by a fire this afternoon, but everyone in the home got out safe.

Ice-T renews wedding vows
Kim Kardashian and her fiancé Kris Humphries are hedging their bets -- they're hammering out a prenup before they tie the knot

Ice-T and Coco celebrated 10 years of marriage by renewing their vows at the W Hotel in Hollywood

NBC is reviving "Fear Factor," the reality show that boasted challenges ranging from daring to gross. "Fear Factor" aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006 with host Joe Rogan. The network said Thursday it's ordered new episodes but didn't announce an air date or whether Rogan would return.
Sunday, June 5
MTV Movie Awards Brings out the Stars

The 2011 MTV Movie Awards were filled with several shocking moments.
At the MTV Movie Awards, Reese Witherspoon HATES everything Kim Kardashian stands for -- from the sex tape to the reality show.
The mother of Whitney Purvis -- who was featured on the first season of "16 and Pregnant" -- was arrested early this morning for possession of marijuana and meth.

A bit more than a year after beginning, Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez's relationship seems to have struck out. "They broke up a few days ago. He ended it," a source tells People amid reports of a split.
Shakira on stage performing

Ironic ... Burglar Bunch suspect Nick Prugo doesn't like people borrowing from him -- in fact, he plans to sue over the new "Bling Ring" movie ... claiming Lifetime STOLE his likeness for profit.

Sources close to the "Jersey Shore" cast state the cast does NOT know they are scheduled to shoot the next season of the show ASAP -- and it could mean HUGE problems for the future of the show.

Justin Timberlake Grabs for Something
Chyna's new XXX video will not be her last .... the former wrestler tells she wants to keep the ball rolling and make porn into her full time career.

This Sunday marks the premiere of MTV’s buzzy reboot of the 1985 Michael J. Fox starrer about a puberty-riddled werewolf trying to make it in the cutthroat world of high school. But be forewarned: This is not your parents’ (or older cousins’) Teen Wolf.

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