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Dateline: Week Of January 8, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News -

President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday the recession could "linger for years" unless Congress pumps unprecedented sums from Washington into the economy. "I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we don't take dramatic action as soon as possible," Obama said in a speech set to be delivered at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., outside Washington. Excerpts from his prepared text were released in advance by his transition team.

 madoff ready to send out checks arrest     january 2009   timeline   mrpopcultureProsecutors say Bernard Madoff had $173 million in signed checks in his office desk that he was ready to send out at the time of his arrest last month. The detail was provided in a court filing Thursday as prosecutors argued that Madoff should have his bail revoked and be sent to jail. They said the 100 checks were further evidence that he wants to keep his assets away from burned investors. Investigators previously have said that Madoff had planned on distributing more than $200 million to his closest friends and family after he realized his scheme had unraveled. He was also accused of sending more than $1 million worth of jewelry to friends and family over the holidays.

The Illinois House of Representatives vote to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich on a 114-1 vote, setting the stage for a trial in the state Senate that will decide if he should be removed from office. House members who spoke before the unprecedented vote charged that he betrayed his oath of office and is not fit to lead the state. Blagojevich is the first Illinois governor to be impeached.

The unemployment rate jumped to 7.2% in December, the highest in nearly 16 years, as employers slashed the most jobs in 2008 since 1945, the government said Friday in a report that painted a grim picture of the U.S. job market.

The jobless rate was up from 6.8% in November. The increase brought the rate to the highest since January 1993, the Labor Department said. More than 11.1 million Americans were unemployed in December, up 3.6 million from when the recession began in December 2007 and the highest since June 1983.

A blast of Arctic air is responsible for the unusual freeze that moved into the United States from Canada, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. The cold front will spread to the East Coast and descend into the South, says meteorologist Brian Korty of the National Weather Service.

A judge allowed disgraced money manager Bernard Madoff to remain free on bail Monday, rejecting an attempt by prosecutors to send him to jail for mailing more than $1 million in jewelry to family and friends over the holidays. The decision is sure to outrage investors who have been clamoring for Madoff to be sent to jail for allegedly carrying out the largest financial fraud in history - a scheme authorities say he has described as a Ponzi scheme.

President George W. Bush vigorously defended his record Monday but also offered an extraordinary listing of his mistakes — including his optimistic Iraq speech before a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner in 2003.

 President George Bush Final Press Conference - After starting what he called "the ultimate exit interview" with a lengthy and personalized thank-you to the reporters in the room who have covered him over the eight years of his presidency, Bush showed anger at times when presented with some of the main criticisms of his time in office. "I think it's a good, strong record," he said. "You know, presidents can try to avoid hard decisions and therefore avoid controversy. That's just not my nature." When asked about America's bruised image overseas. "I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a dim light," he said. "It may be damaged amongst some of the elite. But people still understand America stands for freedom."

Bush said he realizes that some issues such as the prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have created controversy at home and around the world. But he defended his actions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including approving tough interrogation methods for suspected terrorists and information-gathering efforts at home in the name of protecting the country.

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton vows to renew U.S. leadership through a "smart power" mix of diplomacy and defense. Addressing her Senate confirmation hearing, Clinton also promised to push for stronger U.S. alliances around the globe.  "We must build a world with more partners and fewer adversaries," said the woman that President-elect Barack Obama took for his administration's leading diplomatic job. 

Retail sales plunged far more than expected in December, a record sixth straight monthly decline as consumers were battered by a recession, a severe credit crisis and soaring job losses, none of which are likely to ease anytime soon. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that retail sales dropped 2.7% last month, more than double the 1.2% decline that Wall Street expected. For the entire year, retail sales were down 0.1%, a sharp turnaround after a 4.1% gain in 2007. It was the first time the annual retail sales figure has fallen on government records going back to 1992.

 

Sports News – January 8, 2009

charles Barkeley drunk driving     january 2009    timeline   mrpopcultureCharles Barkley, the popular Hall of Fame basketball star and Emmy Award-winning NBA television pundit with aspirations for political office, might find his career plans in jeopardy after TNT Network said he would take a leave of absence after a charge for drunken driving. Police in Arizona said Friday that Barkley, 45, had a blood-alcohol level of .149 after his arrest in Scottsdale on New Year's Eve. A level of .150 is a case of "extreme" inebriation, said police Lt. Eric Shuhandler. The state's legal limit is .08.

NFL Playoff games –

Pittsburgh – 35 San Diego 24

Philadelphia 23 NY Giants 11

Baltimore 13 Tennessee 0

Arizona 33 Carolina 13

 

 Technology News – January 8, 2009

Japan's Sony Corp  plans to launch the world's lightest 8-inch notebook PC, taking aim squarely at a rapidly growing market for ultra-portable personal computers. The new Sony Vaio PC will come with Microsoft Corp's Windows Vista operating system, supporting all the software programs found in full-sized notebooks, and sell for about $900, setting itself apart from Netbooks. Netbooks, pioneered by Taiwan's Asustek in 2007 and one of the rare bright spots in the electronics industry in recent months, are generally described as low cost, mini-laptops optimized for Internet use, and sell typically for $300 to $400.

 Trend – Teen Texting Out Of Hand?

 13-year-old Reina Hardesty of Orange County California racked up an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month. The online AT&T statement ran 440 pages. "First, I laughed. I thought, 'That's insane, that's impossible,' " the 45-year-old dad said. "And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible." He found it was - barely.

It works out to 484 text messages a day, or one every two minutes of every waking hour. "Then I thought maybe AT&T made some mistake on the bill," said Hardesty, of Silverado Canyon. He found out they didn’t .

 

Entertainment News – January 8, 2009

The Dark Knight" took home top honors at the People's Choice Awards,  walking away with five awards. The movie, which won high praise and acclaim from critics and fans, won the award for favorite movie, favorite action movie, favorite cast, favorite on screen match-up (Christian Bale and Heath Ledger) and favorite superhero (Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman). "Here's to Heath," Bale said after accepting the award, referring to his co-star, who died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008. Host Queen Latifah introduced the movie at the end of the ceremony and all five awards were presented at the same time.

 "American Idol" lost to "Dancing With the Stars" for favorite reality TV show, but two of their alums -- Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood -- picked up their own awards. Underwood, who performed earlier during the show, nabbed two wins early on -- one for "Last Name" (favorite country song) and also for favorite female singer.

Arizona - American Idol kicks off Season 8 with new contestants and new executive producers. But the real star of the Phoenix auditions was the new judge, songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

 

Golden Globe Awards –

Slumdog Millionaire dominated the night for movies, winning best motion-picture drama, original score, screenplay, and director for Danny Boyle, who said, "Your mad, pulsating affection for our film is much appreciated, really deeply appreciated."

 Mickey Rourke comeback – as he gets best actor in a drama for “The Wrestler.” Kate Winslet said she had a habit of "not winning things" lately, but she picked up two biggies at the Golden Globe Awards: best actress for Revolutionary Road and best supporting actress for The Reader. Steven Spielberg picked up a lifetime achievement award and Bruce Springsteen won for best movie song for the title track to The Wrestler, beating out a group of composers including Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Peter Gabriel and even Clint Eastwood, for his theme to Gran Torino.

jonas golden globe presenters   january 2009  trivia  timeline  mrpopculture  Presenters included the Jonas Brothers, Hayden Panettiere, Martin Scorsese, Drew Barrymore, Sacha Baron Cohen, Salma Hayek, Jessica Lange, Amy Poehler and Seth Rogen, as well as Ricky Gervais, Johnny Depp, David Duchovny, Megan Fox, Eva Longoria, Sting, Sean Combs and Mark Wahlberg.

More Golden Globes - After receiving multiple complaints about NBC's Sunday telecast of the Golden Globes, the FCC said Wednesday that it is reviewing the program for possible violations of indecency rules. Toward the end of the program, director Darren Aronofsky was caught on camera jokingly making an obscene gesture -- "flipping the bird," as it's commonly called -- at actor Mickey Rourke, who was onstage accepting an acting award for Aronofsky's film "The Wrestler." Rourke and other attendees also salted their speeches with occasional off-color language, some of which was bleeped by NBC censors.  Now the FCC, which regulates decency issues on the broadcast networks, has stepped into the fray.  The FCC said they received over a dozen complaints so far.

 Passing – One of Mr. Pop Culture’s favorites - Emmy-winning actor Patrick McGoohan, best known for starring in cult 1960s TV shows “The Prisoner” and “Secret Agent” has died at the age of 80. McGoohan played the character “Six” in the surreal 1960s show, “The Prisoner,” filmed in the north Wales village of Portmeirion. He won two Emmy awards for his work on TV detective series Columbo, playing different characters.

 Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," dies. He was 88.

 

 Music News – January 8, 2009

taylor swift fearless billboard chart   january 2009  trivia timeline  mrpopcultureCountry star Taylor Swift and her second album, "Fearless," notched a fifth week atop the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, moving 90,000 copies in the latest sales period. That's the first time a No. 1 album has sold fewer than 100,000 units since the week ended February 3, 2008, when Alicia Keys' "As I Am" shifted 61,000.

Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" held at No. 2 last week with 77,000. Kanye West's "808s and Heartbreak" rose two places to No. 3 with  71,000. The "Twilight" soundtrack was also up two places, to No. 4, with 66,000.

Nickelback's "Dark Horse" fell one to No. 5 with 64,000, while Britney Spears' "Circus" slid three to No. 6 with a couple hundred copies fewer than that, also at 64,000. Keyshia Cole's "A Different Me" kept the No. 7 spot warm with 54,000.

Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" rose one to No. 8 with 45,000, flip-flopping with the multi-artist "NOW 29" hits compilation, which sold 44,000.

An anomaly amongst overall post-holiday declines, the Target exclusive "All Wrapped Up," featuring Christmas songs from the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, among others, jumped 78 places to No. 10. The disc, which was deeply discounted after the holiday season, sold 40,000 copies.

The only debut among the top 50 was "The 99 Most Essential Beethoven Masterpieces" at No. 29 with 21,000 copies. The collection sold for just $1.99 at Amazon.com's MP3 store.

 

Top Hot Hits – January 8, 2009

BRITNEY SPEARS WOMANIZER
JIVE/ZOMBA

8829

+20

54.749

2

 

2 week(s) at number 1

 

 

1

12

T.I. FEAT. RIHANNA LIVE YOUR LIFE
DEF JAM/GRAND HUSTLE/IDJMG/ATLANTIC

8813

-165

56.449

1

 

 

3

10

LADY GAGA FEAT. COLBY O'DONIS JUST DANCE
STREAMLINE/KONLIVE/CHERRYTREE/INTERSCOPE

8510

+132

52.603

3

 

 

4

17

JASON MRAZ I'M YOURS
ATLANTIC/RRP

7361

-153

41.387

5

 

 

5

19

KATY PERRY HOT N COLD
CAPITOL

6686

+41

38.893

6

 

 

 

7

7

BEYONCE SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
MUSIC WORLD/COLUMBIA

6598

+476

43.639

4

 

 

6

9

TAYLOR SWIFT LOVE STORY
BIG MACHINE/UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC

6528

+278

37.401

7

 

 

8

20

KEVIN RUDOLF FEAT. LIL WAYNE LET IT ROCK
CASH MONEY/UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC

5893

-24

36.338

8

 

 

9

17

T.I. WHATEVER YOU LIKE
GRAND HUSTLE/ATLANTIC

5473

-206

35.555

9

 

 

10

20

PINK SO WHAT
LAFACE/ZOMBA

5332

-189

30.58

12

 

 

11

12

KANYE WEST LOVE LOCKDOWN
ROC-A-FELLA/DEF JAM/IDJMG

5258

+44

31.839

10

 

 

12

14

AKON RIGHT NOW (NA NA NA)
KONVICT/UPFRONT/SRC/UNIVERSAL MOTOWN

5222

+32

28.69

13

 

 

14

14

NICKELBACK GOTTA BE SOMEBODY
ROADRUNNER/RRP

4614

-12

21.138

17

 

 

13

12

BEYONCE IF I WERE A BOY
MUSIC WORLD/COLUMBIA

4605

-399

27.137

14

 

 

15

15

NE-YO MISS INDEPENDENT
DEF JAM/IDJMG

4515

+105

30.987

11

 

 

16

21

SAVING ABEL ADDICTED
SKIDDCO/VIRGIN/CAPITOL

4125

-52

19.076

19

 

 

19

5

KANYE WEST HEARTLESS
ROC-A-FELLA/DEF JAM/IDJMG

3745

+393

23.612

15

 

 

17

10

RIHANNA REHAB
SRP/DEF JAM/IDJMG

3723

+171

18.086

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18

4

BRITNEY SPEARS CIRCUS
JIVE/ZOMBA

3693

+309

23.29

16

 

 

20

5

PINK SOBER
LAFACE/ZOMBA

3500

+220

19.248

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7

VERONICAS UNTOUCHED
ENGINEROOM/SIRE/WARNER BROS.

2945

+175

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9

DAVID COOK LIGHT ON
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2760

+229

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6

FRAY YOU FOUND ME
EPIC

2664

+266

13.17

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7

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INTERSCOPE

2609

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HINDER WITHOUT YOU
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2368

+2

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Top TV Shows/Listings/TV Guide - January 8, 2009

1.

(X) NFL Playoff: Indianapolis vs. San Diego

NBC

2.

(X) "NBC NFL Playoff Pre-Kick 2"

NBC

3.

(X) "FOX NFC Wildcard Post Game"

FOX

4.

(7) "Desperate Housewives

ABC

5.

(3) "NCIS

CBS

6.

(X) Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Utah

FOX

7.

(16) "Cold Case

CBS

8.

(8) "60 Minutes

CBS

9.

(10) "Two and a Half Men

CBS

10.

(14) "CSI: Miami

CBS

11.

(21) "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

ABC

12.

(X) "Superstars of Dance

NBC

13.

(X) "Kennedy Center Honors

CBS

14.

(27) "Million Dollar Password

CBS

15.

(X) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS

16.

(31) "The Unit

CBS

17.

(X) "Law & Order: SVU

NBC

18.

(X) "Deal or No Deal

NBC

19.

(X) Orange Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

FOX

20.

(24) "Brothers and Sisters

ABC

 

 

 

 

Top Movies – January 8, 2009

Gran Torino

Bride Wars

The Unborn

Marley and Me (Picture below)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Bedtime Stories

Valkyrie

Yes Man

Not Easily Broken

Seven Pounds

Slimdog Millionaire

Tale of Desperaux

Twilight

Doubt

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Revolutionary Road

Bolt

The Reader

Milk

Frost/Nixon

The Wrestler

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