Top Pop Culture History This Week – May 22, 2011

Total bummer about Jeff Conway. Anyway, here’s some Mr. Pop Culture facts for this week – week of May 22-May 29.

From mrpopculture.com

The animated series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superhero is officially on hold. The companies behind “The Governator” said Friday they have stopped working on the budding franchise that Schwarzenegger helped announce to much fanfare in Cannes, France, last month. “In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production” on the project, the companies said in a written statement. There is no word when or if production on the planned TV series, comic book, movie and video game will resume. “The Governator” is to star Schwarzenegger as a superhero living a double life: A family man and former governor who secretly fights global villainy and modern-day disasters alongside a team of hip teenagers.

Amercian Idol Season #10 Winner – Beam Him Up – Scotty McCreery! Runner up is Lauren Alainia. 122 million votes were cast.

Rival TV concerts – Lady Gaga and Rihanna – (Friday May 27) kIcked off summer music on Friday with two morning concerts in New York City. Mama Monster and her Little Monsters stormed Central Park for a concert on ABC’s  “Good Morning America.” Meanwhile, Rihanna did her thing for the rival NBC “Today” show over at Rockefeller Plaza. GMA is a copycat and picked up the concert idea after Today several years go.

Passing – Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom “Taxi,” played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical “Grease” and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on “Celebrity Rehab,” died Friday. He was 60. The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole.

Pollstar TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS

1. (1) Bon Jovi; $2,465,286; $103.09.

2. (2) Lady Gaga; $1,722,078; $96.77.

3. (3) Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks; $1,455,243; $107.14.

4. (5) Elton John; $1,140,460; $95.44.

5. (4) Kenny Chesney; $1,127,293; $68.41.

Top albums this week –

21 – Adele

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Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray – Seether

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Beastie Boys

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Tech news –

Yahoo is rolling out an upgraded version of its e-mail service to its 284 million users. The revamped service, which will become available to users in the coming weeks, will be twice as fast as previous versions and integrate more seamlessly with social networks. “This latest version of Yahoo! Mail is faster, safer, easier to use, and offers a seamless experience across PC, mobile and tablet devices,” said David McDowell, a director of product management for the company.  Users of the new service will be able to respond instantly to messages from Facebook from their inbox while sharing notifications from Twitter, Facebook and Zynga via a new Updates tab.

A computer security researcher has found a flaw in Microsoft Corp’s widely used Internet Explorer browser that he said could let hackers steal credentials to access FaceBook, Twitter and other websites. He calls the technique “cookiejacking.” “Any website. Any cookie. Limit is just your imagination,” said Rosario Valotta, an independent Internet security researcher based in Italy. Hackers can exploit the flaw to access a data file stored inside the browser known as a “cookie,” which holds the login name and password to a web account, Valotta said via email. Once a hacker has that cookie, he or she can use it to access the same site, said Valotta, who calls the technique “cookiejacking.”

Calling the case a “brazen and outrageous fraud,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a New York man claiming he owns a huge stake in the social networking website. In a filing Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook Inc and Zuckerberg said the lawsuit by Paul Ceglia is based on a “doctored contract and fabricated evidence.” They also called the plaintiff “an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders.” Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, has contended that he contracted in 2003 for 50 percent of Zuckerberg’s interest in what became Facebook. Facebook is privately held, but analysts have said it could be worth $70 billion should it go public, perhaps in 2012. Forbes magazine in March estimated Zuckerberg’s net worth at $13.5 billion.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 23

Polaroid Instant Pictures Are Back - A group of engineers and enthusiasts say they have managed to make new  Polaroid instant film and will start selling it this week. The company, called The Impossible Project, leased an old Polaroid film factory in the Netherlands to try to recreate the film, two years after Polaroid stopped making it.. The Impossible Project will sell film for SX-70 cameras as well as more recent cameras that take 600-series film.

3D is the word -  Nintendo announces it will introduce a handheld console that plays games in 3-D without the use of special glasses. The handheld device will be called the 3DS, succeeding Nintendo’s DS series of portable gaming consoles. A brief press release issued by Nintendo did not specifically state how the 3-D effect would work on the device.

Springing Back Into Action - Jerry Springer sings to conduct a new gameshow – this one on GSN called “Baggage.” It’s described as “an non-dating dating show for non-single singles.”

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1990…

Music news –

Gloria Estefan is flown to a New York Estefan where doctors implant two metal rods near her spinal cord to repair 8 dislocated bones in her back.

Sam Goody Stores and another chain – MusicLand – ban 2 Live Crew’s “Nasty” album.

Television news –

The producers of the “Cosby” show ask NBC for a $100 million signing bonus to renew the hit sitcom.

After ABC’s coverage of the Academy Awards – a Barbara Walters special and interviews with Warren Beatty, Chevy Chase, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Debra Winger hosts with musical guest Eric Clapton.