Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Hundreds of U.S. paratroopers touched down in shattered Port-au-Prince overnight as U.N. and other aid organizations struggled Friday to get food and water to stricken millions. Fears spread of unrest among the Haitian people in their fourth day of desperation. Hard-pressed government workers, meanwhile, were burying thousands of bodies in mass graves. The Red Cross estimates 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday's cataclysmic earthquake.
Iran's police chief on Friday warned opposition supporters not to use cell phones and e-mail messages to organize protest rallies against the government, saying those who do so will be prosecuted and punished. Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said spreading the word of the opposition through Internet or cell phone SMS is a crime that deserves severe punishment and that the authorities would continue monitoring those systems.
New Brunswick, NJ-based Johnson & Johnson expanded their recall of some of their over-the-counter drugs Friday for the second time, in a response to a moldy smell that made users sick.The list of drugs now includes batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children's Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children's Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph's aspirin. Caplet and geltab products sold in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates, and Fiji were also recalled.
MTV will present "Hope for Haiti," a telethon that will be simulcast on numerous networks Jan. 22 at 8/7c. The two-hour, commercial-free special — on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT — will be headlined by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York and Anderson Cooper in Haiti. The broadcast will feature musical performances and celebrity appearances, which will be announced before the event as well as news reports from CNN.
European Union nations pledged over euro400 million ($575 million) Monday to help quake survivors and rebuilding efforts in Haiti after last week's massive earthquake. The European Union Commission said it would contribute euro330 million ($474 million) in emergency and long-term aid to Haiti. EU member states also poured euro92 million ($132 million) in emergency aid alone.
Iran vows to take revenge on Israel and the United States for the slaying last week of a physics professor in a mysterious bomb attack, the official news agency reported. Iranian officials have blamed an exiled opposition group known as the People's Mujahedeen, accusing it of acting on behalf of Israel and the U.S. The armed opposition group and Washington have denied involvement, while Israel has not commented.
Republicans are rejoicing and Democrats reeling in the wake of Scott Brown's stunning victory over Martha Coakley in a special Massachusetts Senate election that Brown insists was not simply a referendum on President Barack Obama. Still, Obama grimly faced a need to both regroup and recoup losses on Wednesday, the anniversary of his inauguration, in a White House shaken by the realization of what a difference a year made. The most likely starting place was finding a way to save the much-criticized health care overhaul he's been trying to push through Congress.
About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children's fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products. The recall by Graco Children's Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. The Exton, Pa., company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller's canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court on Thursday overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to pay for their own campaign ads. The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she lacks the votes to push the Senate's sweeping health overhaul bill through the House, a potentially devastating blow to President Barack Obama's signature issue. The California Democrat made the comment to reporters after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting at which participants vented frustration with the massive version of the legislation.
White House party crashers Tareq and Michaela Salahi appeared before Congress, invoking their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refusing to testify. The Salahis would not answer questions in front of the House Homeland Security Committee about how they made it past the Secret Service and into a Nov. 24 White House state dinner uninvited.
For the first time, John Edwards is publicly admitting that he is indeed the father of a 2-year-old daughter conceived with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had an affair. In a written statement , the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate says he’s taking responsibility for the child, Frances.
Entertainment News January 15, 2010 -
67th Annual Golden Globes – Some Winners:
Best picture (drama) – Avatar
Best picture – musical/comedy – The Hangover
Best actor – drama – Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart
Best actress – drama – Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side”
Best actor musical/comedy – Robert Downey Jr. – “Sherlock Holmes”
Best actress musical/comedy – Meryl Streep for “Julie & Julia”
Tongue-in-cheek late night wars came to cable on Monday night as Jennifer Lopez took over the monologue for George Lopez's TBS show, "Lopez Tonight." The actress and singer opened her comedy routine by saying, "Welcome to 'Lopez Tonight,' where nobody gets fired, they just get replaced by a bigger star with the same last name."
Jennifer Lopez appears on George Lopez’ talk show. She joked about the Conan O'Brien/Jay Leno late-night shake-up, saying, "Last week was the one-year anniversary of [Chesley] 'Sully' Sullenberger landing his plane safely in the Hudson. Remember that? And a bar in New York has named a cocktail after him. The drink is a Manhattan with a splash. ... It's such a big hit, now the same bartender's making a drink for Conan. It's called the 'Go Back to Manhattan.' It's a Manhattan with sour grapes and a knife in it."
Amy Whinehouse pleaded guilty to drunkenly assaulting a theater manager at a family Christmas show and was ordered to pay her victim 185 pounds ($300) in compensation. The judge also gave the soul diva a conditional discharge, meaning she will avoid further punishment if she stays out of trouble for two years.
It’s announced that David Hasselhoff would star in a docu-drama on A&E later this year. The 10-episode series will feature him helping his daughters, Taylor-Ann, 19, and Hayley, 17, break into the entertainment industry. "It's the dream of every parent to be able to help their child succeed," Hasselhoff, 57, says in a statement. "I told the girls that I would help them open the door when they are ready, but they would have to walk through it on their own." It followis the wild ride of four best friends who go from hockey-loving teenaged boys in Minnesota to potential pop stars in Los Angeles.
Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush scored 6.8 million viewers and was Nick's most-watched live-action premiere with kids and tweens. Beginning Jan. 22, the series will move to Fridays at 8:30/7:30c. Meanwhile, the channel’s iCarly is the top series on television for kids ages 2 to 11, had its highest rated episode of all time. The episode titled "iSaved Your Life" garnered 11.2 million viewers. iCarly is currently in its third season and stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, who produces her own web series.
Air America – the liberal radio network - shuts down abruptly due to financial woes. The network once boasted hosts such as Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, but struggled from the outset, including multiple management shake-ups, a bankruptcy in 2006 and sale for $4.25 million the following year.
Hot Music Albums January 15, 2010 -
I Dreamed a Dream – Susan Boyle
Animal – Ke$ha
The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys
The Fame – Lady Gaga
Stronger With Each Tear – Mary J. Blige
Fearless – Taylor Swift
Alvin & The Chipmunks soundtrack
My World – Justin Bieber
The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas
Rated R – Rihanna
Crazy Love – Michael Buble
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
We Are Young Money – Young Money
Relapse – Eminem
Glee: Season One Music
Ocean Eyes – Owl City
Battle Studies – John Mayer
Lady Antebellum – Lady Antebellum
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
The Blueprint-3 – Jay-Z
The Foundation – Zac Brown Band
Sex Therapy: The Session – Robin Thicke
Unbroken – Katharine McPhee
Avatar – Soundtrack
Wide Open - Jason Aldean
Top Country Hits - January 15, 2010 -
Consider Me Gone – Reba
I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes – Dierks Bentley
White Liar – Miranda Lambert
Southern Voice – Tim McGraw
Do I – Luke Bryan
The Truth – Jason Aldean
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
History in the Making – Darius Rucker
Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
American Saturday Night – Brad Paisley
Top Movies January 15, 2010 -
The Book of Eli
Book of Bones
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Speakquel
The Spy Next Door
The Blind Side
Up in the Air
More Entertainment News - January 15, 2010 -
One week after delivering a tipsy champagne-enhanced-speech at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala, the singer, 40, announced she's launching her own line of bubbly. "Didn't realize they put the champagne on the tables, So we WOULDN'T drink it! LoL," said Carey Friday. "No, seriously ANGEL CHAMPAGNE (ROSE) by MC coming soon!"
Thanks to “American Idol” - potential General Larry Plant – the 62-year-old – is quite a sensation with his “Pants on the Ground.”
Singer Lady Gaga has apologized to fans for canceling a concert in Indiana Thursday after she collapsed due to exhaustion and dehydration. And, now you can dress Barbi in the bold styles of songstress Lady Gaga!
“American Idol” winner Fantasia gets her own VH1 reality show! Look For “Fantasia For Real” this week.
Lady Gaga appeared live on Oprah Winfrey's talk show on Friday, and opened up about the symbolic meaning behind many of her most outrageous fashions.Perhaps most interesting was her description of her most outlandish performance of recent note - when she covered herself in blood and mock-hung herself during "Paparazzi" at MTV's 2009 Video Music Awards.
He’s not just a TV actor - Matthew Morrison - The Glee star has landed a record deal with Mercury Records. The Golden Globe and Tony nominee is set to begin work on his debut album, which is scheduled for a fall release to coincide with Glee's second season.
From Ken Levine’s Blog – Conan is leaving NBC. “It looks like NBC will settle with Conan for somewhere around $40million and he is free to go elsewhere. Conan, showing even more class, wants his staff to be taken care of too. They moved to LA from New York just seven months ago and now they’re out of jobs. Meanwhile, other NBC executives are bad mouthing Conan (more like trashing) to the New York Times. Dick Ebersole called his an "astounding failure". Yeah, like Jay was a huge success. It's getting a little silly.”
Several Days later - NBC said Thursday it has reached a $45 million deal with Conan O’Brien for his exit from the “Tonight Show,” allowing Jay Leno to return to the late-night program he hosted for 17 years. Under the deal, which came seven months after O’Brien took the reins from Leno, O’Brien will get more than $33 million, NBC said. The rest will go to his staff in severance, the network said in an announcement on the TODAY show..