Mr. Pop Culture Report … October 23… Yea Texas… Shales Going… They Get Married… Mobile Is Taking Over…

Sports – The Texas Rangers best the Yankees – and for the first time – will be in the World Series.  Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs before Nelson Cruz hit a towering, two-run homer and the Rangers beat New York 6-1 Friday night in Game 6 of the AL championship series, the biggest victory in the franchise’s 50 seasons.

Tom Shales, the Washington Post‘s Pulitzer-prize winning television writer, says he’s probably going to leave the paper when his contract expires at the end of December. “It’s been a long process,” he says. Shales took the paper’s buyout offer in 2006. “I hate that expression, ‘took the buyout,’” he says. It reminds him of an old Gregory Peck movie that ends with a boy killing his pet deer.  Shales went on contract immediately after, remaining the paper’s TV critic until last summer, when Hank Stuever was named lead critic; Shales, the Post announced, would become an at-large culture critic with a mission to Illuminate, pontificate and eviscerate, on TV and other subjects.”

They Get Married – British comedian Russell Brand and U.S. pop singer Katy Perry married on Saturday in a closely guarded traditional Hindu ceremony at an exclusive hotel resort in India’s Rajasthan. Pop star Rihanna played the maid of honor as a priest chanted Hindu hymns around a sacred fire.

Technology – A September study conducted by Forrester Research found that 37 percent of 18- to 30-year-old Americans access the internet with their mobile phones and 15 percent use their phones to watch videos or TV. “Mobile data traffic is up 5,000 percent over a 3-year period,” said Dawn Benton, the director of corporate communications at AT&T. That growth is a perfect example of the fact that more people are choosing to use smartphones and “emerging devices,” like tablets and notebooks, she added.

Mr. Pop Culture Report For October 19… Keith Richards Doesn’t Like Mick Jagger… Goodbye Mr. C… A “10″ On The Andy Richter Scale… There’s No Stopping That Thing You’re On…

Yes, the worst Saturday Night Live TV season was 1980-1981. Looks like Joe Piscopo was the only one retained. See Ask Mr. Pop History.

New Keith Richards Book Out Later This Month…In it, Richards describes Mick Jagger as ‘unbearable’ in his autobiography titled, “Life,” in entries which lay bare their fraught relationship. The 66-year-old reveals his nicknames for Jagger are ‘Brenda’ and ‘Your Majesty’. Richards writes of the distance between the pair, saying: ‘I used to love Mick, but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years. ‘Sometimes I think, “I miss my friend’. I wonder, ‘Where did he go?”‘ ‘It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable.’

Goodbye Mr. Cunningham – Passing – Tom Bosley, best known as Howard Cunningham on ‘Happy Days,’ has died at the age of 83. Bosley died in his home in Palm Springs after battling a staph infection.

Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band will be the house band for Conan O’Brien’s upcoming TBS show, the network announced Tuesday. Andy Richter re-teams with Conan O’Brien Vivino, the former associate music director, arranger, guitarist and vocalist for Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, replaces Max Weinberg as bandleader for Conan. Weinberg, who served as bandleader on both of O’Brien’s previous shows for a total of 17 years, opted not to join Conan. Vivino’s brother is Floyd Vivino – New Jersey comedian.

According to a report out Tuesday, there will be 2 billion Web dwellers by the end of this year. The number of internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years according to the report from the International Telecommunication Union. Much of the big number can be attributed to internet growth in developing countries. The report said 162 million of the 226 million new Internet users in 2010 will live in those countries, where Web access is still growing.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – October 12… New Technology Can Pick Out A Voice In The Crowd… Dynamite News… No PBS In Los Angeles… Top Albums.

It’s from a company called Squarehead and the device is called Audioscope, and contains over 300 microphones. Picture this – the device is mounted above a stadium and a wide-angle camera looks down on the scene from the center of a disk containing the microphones. All the operator has to do is pinpoint a spot on the court or field using the screen, and the Audioscope works out how far that spot is from each of the mics, corrects for delay and then synchronizes the audio from all 315 of them. The result is a microphone that can pick out the pop of a bubblegum bubble in the middle of a basketball game…

Fox is turning Napolean Dynamite into a cartoon. The network has ordered six episodes of an animated version of the 2004 indie comedy. The original cast, including Jon Heder, will return to voice the awkward high schoolers.

PBS station KCET said it’s dropping out of the public TV system and going independent because of a dispute over fees and programming. Starting in January, the Los Angeles-based station’s schedule will include some current shows along with new fare that reflect Southern California’s “diverse” voices, KCET President Al Jerome said in a statement. “After four decades as the West Coast flagship PBS station, this is not a decision we made lightly,” Jerome said.

Top albums this week –

Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney

I Am Not A Human Being – Lil Wayne

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted – Gucci Mane

Clapton – Eric Clapton

Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz

Recovery – Eminem

A Thousand Sunds – Linkin Park

Hands All Over – Maroon 5

Mr. Pop Culture Report – October 6… Paris Heading Back To… New John Lennon Guitar… It’s TV The Google Way… And…

Paris Hilton is headed back to television — this time in what is billed as a behind the scenes look at the life and friends of the jet-setting socialite and model. The Oxygen television network, which is aimed at young women, has given the go-ahead to a reality series that brings “an all-encompassing look at her life, friends, family, and relationships, all that’s not represented every day,” original programing chief Amy Introcaso-Davis said in a statement on Thursday. The show will also feature Hilton’s friends Brooke Mueller — the estranged wife of “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen — and former Playboy model turned photographer Jennifer Rovero, along with her mother Kathy Hilton.

The Gibson Guitar factory in Montana is finishing a project to honor what would have been the 70th birthday of Beatles singer and guitarist John Lennon. Gibson Acoustic’s director of sales and marketing, Robi Johns, tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that Yoko Ono asked the company to release a limited number of J-160Es — the model of guitar her husband played. Johns says the company is releasing three models with suggested retail prices of between $4,700 and $15,000.

In Living Color on Google-TV – HBO, Netflix, Pandora and the NBA are just a few of the big-name brands teaming up with Google for the rollout of Google TV. The web giant’s “multimillion-channel TV” system is expected to launch some time this fall. Run by Google’s Android operating system, it will let users view all kinds of Web content on their televisions.

“Die Hard” director John McTiernan was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday for perjury and lying to officials in a wiretapping case involving a former private investigator who represented many Hollywood stars.McTiernan, 59, was also fined $100,000 at the conclusion of the long-running case which stemmed from him hiring convicted sleuth Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a film producer after they both worked on the 2002 movie “Rollerball.”

Mr. Pop Culture Report… An Interview With NY Rock Pop Icon Clay Cole… Follow-up To His Book, “Sh-Boom.”

Mr. Pop – Clay – The past year, you’ve had an incredible ride, touring on the strength of your book:  “Sh-Boom.”  Tell us about it.

Clay Cole – It has been amazing. I must say, I first went out there with trepidation thinking, would anyone remember me? Remember, I was out of the spotlight for 40-something years, but people did remember and they came at me with stories and praise.  What a pleasure it was meeting fans; those who remembered. One of the greatest days of my life was being interviewed by DJ Norm N. Nite – in what was supposed to be a two-minute interview for his Sirius radio show. Norm turned it into a whole three hours, lining-up old friends such as Connie Francis, Dion and Lou Christie. I haven’t spoken to them for years – and there they were. It was a marvelous time.

Mr. Pop – Clay, meeting your fans now, what became obvious to you?

Clay Cole – With the release of the book, that they were starving for information about those early years of rock ‘n roll.

Mr. Pop – And the book has plenty of great stories. It doesn’t surprise me that people remembered you well. You had one of the top pop music shows during the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s, in the nation’s largest market – New York City. Do you plan on staying in the spotlight?

Clay Cole – No, not really. I’m sort of winding down the book tour now – about one appearance a month.

Mr. Pop – Clay, as you know – I grew up in the New York area, and the last we saw of you, before the book and subsequent tours, was January /1968. As your book says, you walked away from it all. But really, the times were a changing – the music was changing – wasn’t it?

Clay Cole – Yes, groups began to appear on my WPIX-TV show that I couldn’t relate too. I was a black-tie guy and they were stoners, or so it seemed. It was time to walk away.

Mr. Pop – Yes – and it had nothing to do with ratings – which were still tops. Interestingly – other hosts tried, but it all disappeared about a year later. When you left, so did the ratings.

Clay Cole – That’s correct and they included Peter Martin from Canada and Frankie Crocker – a very popular New York City DJ.

Mr. Pop – They offered the show to a DJ named Gary Stevens out of WMCA – but he had his own plans and was leaving New York to market TV in Switzerland.

Clay, you were a DJ for a short time in New York. You don’t talk about it in your book, but I’m fascinated by it. Can you tell us more?

Clay Cole – Oh my – only you! I knew the WINS (radio) general manager at the time – Ted Steele. He also had a music show on channel 13 – the same time I was there.

Mr. Pop – This would have been during your (WNTA) channel 13 days – when you first came to New York. I always thought you should have titled that chapter “Concrete and Clay” – with your move to New York City.

Clay Cole – That’s funny! Ted Steele was a good friend of mine. When I was out of work and between the two TV stations, he called and offered me the overnight show on Saturdays and Sundays on 1010WINS – then – a very popular music station.

Mr. Pop – Yes, that was early summer 1963, according to my website.

Clay Cole – Yes. I must tell you – I’ve always been a TV host and actor – but never a DJ. I must tell you, I learned that disc jockeys must have a great deal of talent. You have to have a sense of timing, read live copy and have a sense going into and out of records.

Mr. Pop – Did it take you a while to get into it?

Clay Cole – Oh yes. In television – at least you have a crew. On radio – it’s you, even though WINS had an engineer – but you had to create the atmosphere.

Mr. Pop – Clay, you knew another fascinating, legendary NY DJ – Murray the K of 1010WINS. Any memories?

Clay Cole – I remember going to his apartment and so much was covered in plastic. Mostly the furniture.

Mr. Pop – That was an interesting trend. Plastic was used to keep the dust and dirt away, although I’m not sure when that trend went away.

Mr. Pop Continues – Clay – you’ve said that the great Bobby Darin and Jackie Wilson were your two all-time favorite artists. Any others?

Clay Cole – Frankie Valli was terrific; his records were wonderfully produced. Another favorite was Dionne Warwick. And, she was always good to me. And, there are more.

Mr. Pop – Clay – it’s been a pleasure and thanks for the update.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 29… A Pop Culture President… Why Is “Dancin With The Stars” On My Newscast Nite And Day?… Is It Possible To Get 300% More Gas Milage? … Obama Loves His Music…

Ashton Kutcher  is President of of Pop Culture (which means he was hired by popchips and this is their new ad campaign). He needs a V/P. Any votes for Mr. Pop Culture and his 3,000 week-by-week library?

From Asheene K – Our local “Eyewitness News” in Los Angeles features “Dancing With The Stars” updates on its morning and evening newscasts. As a story. All the time. Everyday. Why?

Mr. Pop History – Who knows? It’s not news, but a concise plug for the show. Why this show? I have no idea, but someone, somewhere wants it on the news. Makes you wonder and it must tick-off the producers of other ABC-TV shows. This one is getting quite a ride – and in the news, no less.

200% to 300% more gas mileage from a car? It’s possible. It’s being done. The story is amazing. Developing…

Cover of the Rolling Stone – Is President Obama and his music. We get a glimpse inside his iPod. Should be interesting.

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Mr. Pop Culture Report… September 28… Virtual Is Hot… Singer Arrested For Cocaine… Goodbye Gloria… And…

The “virtual goods” market is growing at a healthy clip, according to an industry report issued Tuesday. The research group Inside Network says the U.S. virtual goods market will hit $2.1 billion in 2011, up from $1.6 billion this year. The group, which also owns a blog about Facebook, attributes much of the growth in that market to social online games like “FarmVille.”

British singer Pete Doherty was charged on Tuesday with possessing cocaine in connection with an inquiry into the suspected overdose death of heiress Robyn Whitehead. The 31-year-old Babyshambles frontman and former partner of supermodel Kate Moss was one of four people questioned after the January death of the filmmaker, who had been working on a documentary of Doherty at the time. Two of Doherty’s friends were also charged — Peter Wolfe, 42, for supplying and possessing cocaine, and Alan Wass, 29, for possessing cocaine.

Passing – Gloria Stuart, the 1930s Hollywood leading lady who years later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee for her role as the spunky survivor in “Titanic,” has died. She was 100.

Sarah smiles at daughter Bristol – live from the audience on “Dancin’ With The Stars.” Naturally, the press thought they heard boo’s.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 25… My Generation Stinks In the Ratings… So, That’s Why Zucker Is Leaving NBC? … No more Heart in this marriage… Hot albums this week.

TV Ratings – Big Bang, in its Thursday debut, drew 14 million viewers and improved over its Monday season premiere a year ago among the adults-18-to-49 demographic. The strong start also lifted freshman comedy S#*! My Dad Says (12.5 million viewers) to a solid debut and provided a healthy lead-in to CSI (14.6 million viewers) and The Mentalist (15.3 million viewers). However, the two procedurals were down in the demo 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively, versus a year ago. NBC’s rival Thursday comedies suffered, as Community (5 million viewers) fell 42 percent from its freshman debut. (It did, however, premiere after The Office a year ago.) 30 Rock ( 5.8 million viewers), which also premiered post-Office last year, was down 13 percent in the demo. The Office (8.4 million viewers) was up slightly, providing a nice platform to new comedy Outsourced (7.4 million viewers).

NBC placed third overall behind (goodbye Jeff Zucker), ABC, which debuted documentary-style scripted drama “My Generation” to a disappointing 5.2 million viewers. The show tied with the CW in the demo during the 8/7c timeslot and was down 60 percent compared to FlashForward‘s debut last year.

Universal Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Zucker will step down once Comcast Corp. completes its takeover of the company as the new owners move to reshape management. Zucker’s ratings simply stink and he’s made some horrific decisions over the past few years. Some say, it’s amazing he’s kept his job this long.

Divorcing after 24 years of marriage – Heart’s Nancy Wilson and movie director Cameron Crowe.

Top albums this week –

Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz

A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park

The Guitar Song- Jamey Johnson

Recovery – Eminem

Band of Joy – Robert Plant

Now 35

Hurley – Weezer

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 21… This teacher was famous… Clutch Jackson… Douglas on the carpet… Paris Japan…

Passing – Leonard Skinner (Our photo), a high-school gym teacher who became a rock ‘n’ roll footnote by inspiring a  group of pupils to name their band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the Florida Times-Union reported. He was 77. Skinner earned the disdain of long-haired students at Robert E. Lee High School during the 1960s by sending them to the principal’s office, where they were handed suspension notices. One of them — he later believed it was guitarist Gary Rossington — returned with his father who protested that his son needed to have long hair so that he could support the family with his earnings from a band that he played with.

With less than 24 hours to go before “American Idol” announces who will be on the judges panel for the show’s ninth season, judge Randy Jackson has made a formal agreement to return to the show.

Michael Douglas walks the red carpet at the New York City premiere of his latest film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” The Academy Award-winning actor recently announced he’s being treated for throat cancer. He posed for photos Monday night with co-stars including Shia LaBeouf (SHY’-uh luh-BUF’), Carey Mulligan and director Oliver Stone. He didn’t give interviews.

Japanese officials delayed Paris Hilton at Narita Airport while they decide whether she will be admitted to the country after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas. Hilton was scheduled to appear at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote her fashion line, but that appearance was apparently canceled.



Mr. Pop Culture Report… September 18… Getting Into Trouble Are Russell Brand And Adam Lambert… He’s A Killer Queen And Hot Hits This Week.

Russell Brand has been released from police custody for a misdemeanor charge of simple battery, after having been arrested at LAX on Friday afternoon. The British comic, 35, and his fiancee, Katy Perry, were going through airport security when Brand reportedly began pushing and striking photographers snapping pictures of the famous pair. One of those  paparazzos then placed Brand under citizen’s arrest.

Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play flamboyant rocker Freddie Mercury in a dramatic feature focusing on his glory days as the frontman of Queen, its producers said on Thursday. The untitled film is being written by Peter Morgan, the British scribe behind “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland.” No director is attached yet.

Adam Lambert Accused of Battery – According to a police report, Victor Eras, who was taking pictures of the 28-year-old singer Thursday, alleges that Lambert ran toward him “in an aggressive manner,” grabbed his backpack and wrestled him to the ground.

Hot hits this week in 2010 –

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull

I Like It – Enrique Iglesias fea. Pitbull

Take It Off – Ke$ha

Just A Dream – Nelly