Mr. Pop Culture Report – August 16… Gordon Gekko Diagnosed With Cancer… Dylan’s Art… China Passes…

A tumor in Michael Douglas’ throat has reportedly been discovered by doctors. The “Wall Street” actor, 65, will endure eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Douglas’ doctors expect him to have a full recovery, a spokesperson for the actor told the website. Douglas said in a statement, “I am very optimistic.” Gordon Gekko returns to the screen in late September and hopefully, we’ll have better health news.

Music news – American music legend Bob Dylan, who has turned to painting in his later years, will unveil a new set of works in Copenhagen next month, the National Gallery of Denmark announced Monday. Some 40 acrylic paintings and eight drawings from Dylan’s “Brazil Series” created especially for Denmark’s largest museum, also known as the Statens Museum for Kunst, will go on display from September 4 to January 30. “It was an honor to be asked and a thrilling challenge,” said the 68-year-old folk music icon better known for his songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday. The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – August 7…

Google announces that it has agreed to purchase social networking app maker Slide for an undisclosed amount. The deal marks the latest try for the search giant to make some headway into the world of social networking. So far, Google has mostly failed in its attempts, including the poorly received Orkut and Google Buzz. Though the terms weren’t disclosed, various new reports have put the value at between $180 million and $230 million.

Singer/songwriter Sting has opened up a farm shop. Sting will sell organic food from a 900 acre estate and will be selling specialty salami, olive oil, wine, acacia honey, and various fruits and vegetables. The name of his shop is called the “Tenuta il Palagio.” The farm is in the region of Tuscany. The locals nicknamed Sting, ‘Chiantishire’

Saudi Arabia and the makers of the BlackBerry have reached a preliminary deal on granting access to users’ data that will avert a ban on the phone’s messenger service in the kingdom, Saudi officials said Saturday. The agreement would likely involve placing a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia to allow the government to monitor messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal purposes, the telecom regulatory officials said.

Wyclef Jean announced his candidacy for president of Haiti on Larry King Thursday. His priorities include improving education and rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged country’s infrastructure, as well as focusing on security, jobs and health care, he told Wolf Blitzer, who was filling in for the vacationing King on CNN.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – August 2… The Keys To Marriage… He Hated Rock N Roll… Get Out Of Jail And Collect $200… His Anger Needs Management…

Alicia Keys marries wed Swizz Beatz. The singer, 29, who is pregnant, and the producer, 31, exchanged vows in front of close family and friends in a private home on the Mediterranean Sea. Dr. Deepak Chopra presided over the intimate ceremony, and Queen Latifah and Bono were reportedly among the guests in attendance.

Music Passing – Mitch Miller the goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to “Sing Along With Mitch” on television and records and produced hits for Tony Bennett, Patti Page and other performers, has died at age 99. His daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther, said Monday that Miller died Saturday in Lenox Hill Hospital after a short illness. Miller was a key record executive at Columbia Records in the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era, making hits with singers Bennett, Page, Rosemary Clooney and Johnny Mathis. As a producer and arranger, Miller had misses, too, famously striking out on projects with Frank Sinatra and a young Aretha Franklin and in general scorning the rise of rock.

Lindsay Lohan gets released from jail after serving 14 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. The Mean Girls star must now start a three-month rehabilitation programme, as stipulated by her sentence.Lohan, 24, was sentenced last month after she missed a string of alcohol education classes she was ordered to attend under the terms of her probation on a 2007 drink-driving charge.

Charlie Sheen pleaded guilty Monday to assault in a Christmas Day argument with his wife in exchange for the withdrawal of more serious charges. Sheen, star of “Two and a Half Men” on CBS, was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management. He has 30 days to report to the Promises Treatment Center in California.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 29… … Ellen Says Goodbye… Disney Buys Gamer… Paris Hilton Has A New… Phil Spector Still Producing…

Ellen DeGeneres  is leaving as a judge of the hit talent competition after one season. “A couple months ago, I let Fox and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” DeGeneres said. “I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. She said it was a difficult decision, and blamed the heavy work scheduled, but also admitted: “While I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”

Walt Disney Co. said it is buying social game developer Playdom Inc. in a deal worth up to $763 million. Mountain View, Calif.-based Playdom is among the leading makers of online social games, including Social City and Sorority Life, and engages an estimated 42 million active players each month, Disney said in a statement released late Tuesday.

Paris Hilton is preparing to release her as-yet-untitled album, a follow up to her 2006 debut, “Paris.” And the star insists she has taken inspiration from “Spinning Around” hitmaker Minogue in the hope her second release will be a bigger hit with fans. She tells Britain’s Heat magazine, “My record is in production now. I recently finished recording it. It’s very like dance, club music.

Imprisoned Phil Spector’s wife, an aspiring singer who just turned 30, is dividing her time between prison visits and promoting her new album, for which he is listed as the producer. For Rachelle, there has been a whirl of clubs, red-carpet openings, travel, interviews and recording sessions, all happily reported on her Facebook page. For Phil, there is life in a tiny cell at a prison in Corcoran, Calif., where he lives on hope that his appeal will be granted and he will get a new trial. He was sentenced to 19-years-to-life behind bars. Spector is 70.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 22… Katy Perry Album… Comic Con Is On… More Pop Culture History

The View” gets re-invented on CBS – CBS announces  that the hosts of the as-yet untitled daytime show include Sharon Osbourne; Sara Gilbert of “Roseanne; Holly Robinson Peete from “Celebrity Apprentice”; Broadway actress Marissa Jaret Winokur; Leah Remini of “The King of Queens;” and  CBS’ Julie Chen. Gilbert developed the program, which will be the network’s only daytime talk show, and is its executive producer. It’s set for a fall debut, but a specific date was not announced.

Katy Perry – hot on the summer charts with “California Gurls” – has a new and nude album coming out August 24. Look for a lot of Katy on the cover of “Teenage Dream” on August 24.

Google’s second quarter didn’t do much to help get the company’s stock out of its current rut. The world’s online search leader reported a quarterly profit on Thursday that rose from its year-ago results but missed Wall Street’s forecasts. Though quarterly earnings rose 24% from a year earlier — healthy by any standards — it’s far from the nearly 40% average growth rate that Google posted over the past five years.

Police say rapper Foxy Brown has been arrested in New York City for allegedly violating an order of protection. A police spokesman said he had no details on the arrest Wednesday in Brooklyn. A report said Brown got into an altercation with her neighbor Arlene Raymond, during which curses and name-calling allegedly ensued. Brown was later booked at New York’s 77th precinct and released on bail.

About 125,000 are expected to attend the San Diego International Comic-Con, running from Thursday (July 22) through Sunday (July 25). This historic four-day comic book convention may be infamous for long lines and crowded spaces, but for those lacking a four-day pass and a geeky costume, TVGuide.com will be giving you full-access to all the TV-related happening at the panels and with your favorite stars. Check out our full list of coverage below and remember to visit TVGuide.com for all of your 2010 Comic-Con updates.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 22… … Comic Con Is On… Katy Perry’s New Album

The View” gets re-invented on CBS – CBS announces  that the hosts of the as-yet untitled daytime show include Sharon Osbourne; Sara Gilbert of “Roseanne; Holly Robinson Peete from “Celebrity Apprentice”; Broadway actress Marissa Jaret Winokur; Leah Remini of “The King of Queens;” and  CBS’ Julie Chen. Gilbert developed the program, which will be the network’s only daytime talk show, and is its executive producer. It’s set for a fall debut, but a specific date was not announced.

Katy Perry – hot on the summer charts with “California Gurls” – has a new and nude album coming out August 24. Look for a lot of Katy on the cover of “Teenage Dream” on August 24.

Google’s second quarter didn’t do much to help get the company’s stock out of its current rut. The world’s online search leader reported a quarterly profit on Thursday that rose from its year-ago results but missed Wall Street’s forecasts. Though quarterly earnings rose 24% from a year earlier — healthy by any standards — it’s far from the nearly 40% average growth rate that Google posted over the past five years.

Police say rapper Foxy Brown has been arrested in New York City for allegedly violating an order of protection. A police spokesman said he had no details on the arrest Wednesday in Brooklyn. A report said Brown got into an altercation with her neighbor Arlene Raymond, during which curses and name-calling allegedly ensued. Brown was later booked at New York’s 77th precinct and released on bail.

About 125,000 are expected to attend the San Diego International Comic-Con, running from Thursday (July 22) through Sunday (July 25). This historic four-day comic book convention may be infamous for long lines and crowded spaces, but for those lacking a four-day pass and a geeky costume, TVGuide.com will be giving you full-access to all the TV-related happening at the panels and with your favorite stars. Check out our full list of coverage below and remember to visit TVGuide.com for all of your 2010 Comic-Con updates.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 13… … Steinbrenner Gone… LeBron Banner Gone… Apple’s Got A Bad Antenna… Seacrest-In

Workers have removed a gigantic Nike banner featuring LeBron James, a sign that hung on the side of a downtown building for years and served as a background for the Cleveland Cavaliers’’ success during the seven years he played for them. The mural was taken down after James announced he planned to leave Cleveland as a free agent to play for the Miami Heat.

Passing – Longtime Yankee owner George Steinbrenner  – of a massive heart attack. He was 80. Steinbrenner, who celebrated his birthday July 4, had been in fragile health for several years.

iPhone 4 – Consumer Reports contradicts Apple’s claim that its iPhone 4 problem is a bad formula that measures signal intensity. That isn’t the case. The real problem is the antenna, as critics have charged.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ryan Seacrest is piloting a new dance show project for E! Networks. Exact details of the untitled project have yet to be revealed, but the show will co-star Lady Gaga choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson and will revolve around choreographers and dancers in Los Angeles.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 10… … Tylenol In Trouble… Cell Phone Trend… No James Bond For Now… They Want To Be Called What?

Tylenol Brand Is In Trouble as Johnson & Johnson reports sales and market share are down 65% from a year ago. This is a crisis on par with the 80% market share drop Tylenol suffered after its tablets were laced with cyanide in 1982. But unlike in the 1982 crime, JNJ has only itself to blame for the Tylenol headaches this time around. The company has serious manufacturing problems, and its McNeil Consumer Healthcare division, which makes Tylenol, announced seven recalls between September and March.

Trend – Pew Internet and American Life Project 38 percent of U.S. cell phone users accessed the internet from their phones. That’s a huge jump from last year, when 25 percent of U.S. cell phone users reported mobile internet use. That’s 89 million people.

National Public Radio says it wants to be known only by its initials – NPR. So – don’t say the name – say the initials – please!

James Bond movie canceled: The next James Bond movie, that was set to star Daniel Craig once again in the iconic role, has been cancelled. The reason for the movie being axed? The studio is out of business due to crushing debt – hard to believe considering the amount of money they’ve made over the years! In April, Reuters reported that the next James Bond movie had been cancelled “indefinitely” because the studio was put up for auction. Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a joint statement, “Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely.”

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 8… … Ryan Seacrest Is Up To Something… Lower Ticket Demand Pulls Back “Idol” Tour… Hot Hits This Week.

Lower demand – Seven shows on the American Idol Live! Tour have been canceled while others have been changed, according to a revised schedule released by tour organizer Live Nation. The tour featuring the ninth season’s top 10 singers was originally planned to end Sept. 16 in Portland, Maine, but is now scheduled to stop on Sept. 14 in Pittsburgh.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ryan Seacrest is piloting a new dance show project for E! Networks. Exact details of the untitled project have yet to be revealed, but the show will co-star Lady Gaga choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson and will revolve around choreographers and dancers in Los Angeles

Music passing – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Moonglows member and Motown legend Harvey Fuqua died at age 80 on Tuesday in a Detroit hospital. The cause of death was “coronary problems” from an unspecified illness, according to the Motown Alumni Association.

Hot Hits This Week In 2010 –

California Gurls – Katy Perry fea. Snoop Dogg

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Billionaire – Travie McCoy fea. Bruno Mars

Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams

Find Your Love – Drake

Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner