Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week Of January 1, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fire a Katyusha rocket some 10 miles into Israel – killing 9.
The Iowa Cacuses – Barack Obama wins – as did Mike Huckabee on the Republican side.
Campaign ’08 - Presidential hopefuls - All in the play on the Republican side – John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani.
Mikheil Saakashvilli - Georgia’s leader, narrowly wins reelection to the presidency in a tight race.
After more than three decades in prison for the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford – Sara Jane Moore is released on parole.
Oil prices hit the $100 a barrel mark. The national gasoline price is now $3.053 per gallon.
Technology News – January 8, 2008
Las Vegas - Bill Gates conducts his final keynote address at the International Consumer electronics Show, predicting more Microsoft programs would come pre-installed in cars and more entertainment would be delivered via computer and personal computers would get easier to use. It’s Gate’s 11th keynote address in as many years.
Netflix will begin delivering movies and other programming directly to TV later this year via set-top box. You’ll have to be on the Internet.
Warner picks the Blu-Ray DVD format over rival HD DVD and it looks like – that will be the standard High Definition format for DVD’s. Many are expecting HD DVD to die a quick death. Warner was the last major holdout. Fox, Disney, Sony and MGM have already backed the Blu-Ray format.
Researchers at the University of Utah have found that motorists on cell phones drive more hesitantly than undistracted drivers, increasing everyone’s time on the road by as much as 10%.
Entertainment News – January 8, 2008
There was a 4% increase in movie box office sales in 2007 – to $9.7 billion. Moviegoers bough 1.4 billion tickets last year, same as in 2006.
Music News – January 1, 2008
New Year’s Eve Fun - Mariah Carey makes an appearance at the Las Vegas hotspot Tao and fans got a treat of her new single – “Migrate.” After toasting the crowd, she was showered with sparklers and a cake.
Britney Spears is hospitalized – just as a court commissioner barred her from visiting her two young sons. She allegedly refused to hand over one of her children at the end of a custody visit, and broke down.
CD Music and DVD sales are down last year – U.S. consumers shied away from compact discs and DVD’s last year and sales of Internet downloads did not make up the difference. Album sales fell 15% to 500.5 million. In 2006, total sales fell 4.9%. Digital albums sales rose 53% to 50 million – only 10% of the total. DVD sales fell 4.4% last year to 1.09 billion from 1.14 billion, marking the first big year-over-year decline for the category since it debuted in 1997.
Media – Did you William Shatner has been appearing on those PriceLine commercials for 10 years? He was selected over Bill Cosby. The first spots began to air late 1998.
Top TV Shows/listings/TV Guide – January 1, 2008
Sunday Night Football: Tennessee/Indianapolis (NBC) – 15.80 million viewers
Saturday Night Football Special: New England/New York Giants (CBS) – 15.68
Saturday Night Football Special: New England/NY Giants (NBC simulcast) – 13.23
60 Minutes – 12.39
CSI – 10.69
Without a Trace – 10.54
NFL Pregame (sun.) NBC – 10.38
Deal or No deal (Tue.) – 9.78
Amazing Race 12 – 9.68
CSI: NY – 9.49
Criminal Minds – 8.97
The OT (Football postgame show) – 8.79
Law & Order: SVU (Wed.) – 8.69
Television News – January 1, 2008
Elizabeth Hasselbeck returns to “The View” and brings her infant son. She’s been on maternity leave. She’s married to Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.
Beginning this week - Court TV is now Tru-TV.
Jay Leno returns to the “Tonight” show dispute a writer’s strike. Apparently – he wrote his own material.
Top Movies – January 1 2008
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks
I Am Legend
Charlie Wilson’s War
P.S. I Love You
One Missed Call
The Water Horse
The Great Debaters.