Dateline: Week Of April 8, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Amnesty - Hundreds of thousands of mostly illegal immigrants and mostly Spanish-speaking - and their supporters take to the streets in Washington and in dozens of cities around the country in a effort to persuade lawmakers to grant foreign-born workers more rights.
Three suicide bombers blow themselves up in a coordinated attack against worshipers at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad. 78 are dead.
Music news – April 8, 2006
Michael Jackson begins dismantling his empire by agreeing to sell a portion of his music publishing catalog, Jackson signed a $325-million refinancing agreement that would require him to sell half of his 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing to partner Sony Corp within the next few years.
Passing – June Pointer, - youngest member of the Pointer Sisters and lead singer on such hits such as “Jump (For My Love)” and “He’s So Shy.” She was 52. With her – sisters Ruth and Anita and brothers Aaron and Fritz.
Social butterfly Paris Hilton has a CD – her first CD – coming out this summer. Yes – she sings!
Technology News – April 8, 2006
Fox says it will soon make its popular prime-time programs available on the Internet and vide-on-demand services as part of a deal that would share revenue with its affiliate stations.
Wait a minute – ABC says it will offer some show free on the Internet in a two-month trial. Look for just-aired episodes of such shows such as “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.”
TiVo announces it has extended a partnership with DirecTV for an additional three years.
MySpace hires Hemanshu Nigam – a former U.S. prosecutor to keep predators away from its young members.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 8, 2006
Dolores Hart, who at age 24 startled the movie world in 1962 by leaving a thriving screen career including two roles opposite Elvis Presley – to become a nun, returns to Hollywood. She has been renewing friendships for her studio years. Why? To spread awareness about a largely mysterious neurological disorder that afflicts countless Americans, including herself, called peripheral idiopathic neuropathy.
In a lawsuit – Jennifer Lopez seeks a restraining order preventing ex-hubby Ojani Noa from writing a tell-all book about her and their relationship.
CKX Inc says it has paid $50 million in cash for commercial rights to the name and likeness of Muhammad Ali. They did the same with Elvis Presley last year – but paid $100 million.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 8, 2006
American Idol on Tuesday – 28.83
American Idol on Wednesday – 26.23
CSI – 23,33
House – 22.71
Deal or No deal on Monday – 17.75
Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 8, 2006
CBS – The Amazing Race 9, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson
NBC – Deal Or No Deal, Heist, Law & Order, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC - George Lopez, Freddie, Lost Rose, the Evidence, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel
UPN – America’s Next Top Model. Veronica Mars
Fox – The Loop, Unanimous
WB – One Tree Hill, The Bedford Diaries
E! – Lindsay Logan: The E! True Hollywood story
VH-1 – Hogan Knows, The Surreal Life, Celebrity Eye Candy
On Jay Leno – Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jamie Foxx
On David Letterman – Many Moore, Jason Randal, Ben Harper.
On Dr. Phil – A woman learns what men think of her.
Top Movies – April 8, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Take the Lead
Lucky Number Slevin
Failure to Launch
V for Vendetta
Thank You For Smoking.