Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 29…

Lady Gaga makes the Time top 100 most influential people (past year) – a list that just came out.  Besides Gaga, a number of musicians made the list, including Taylor Swift, Prince and Elton John.

And…

Lady Gaga’s former boyfriend, producer and business partner, is suing the pop star for $30.5 million, claiming he was pushed away after their failed romance. Songwriter-producer Rob Fusari’s lawsuit contends he transformed Stefani Germanotta into “Lady Gaga” and switched her rock riffs with dance beats to make her songs commercial hits. ” Lady Gaga, one of the world’s hottest recording acts, won two Grammys this year for her debut album.

Renewing one’s wedding vows is typically a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey prefer to do it a little more frequently than that — like every year! “I encourage everybody to do it. If you are happy and in love, celebrate it!” Cannon, 29, said Friday on his New York radio show, confirming that he and his pop-star wife, 40, will renew their vows — for a second time — to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.

Blasts Leno – In his first interview since quitting NBC in January, Conan O’Brien says that if the situation had been reversed, he would have gone “someplace else” rather than do what Leno had done. “He (Leno) went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know — I know me, I wouldn’t have done that,” O’Brien told “60 Minutes” in an interview to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday.

And – last year at this time – Can you believe It?…

Hugh Jackman has left his mark in Hollywood. The Australian actor had his hand and footprints cast in cement on Tuesday, in front of Hollywood’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Elton John bids farewell to the Las Vegas Strip after five years and 241 shows at Caesars Palace — but said it won’t necessarily be a long, long time before he returns.

Top movies this week in 2009 –

Obsessed

17 Again

Fighting

The Soloist

Earth

Monsters vs. Aliens

State of Play

Hannah Montana The Movie

Fast & Furious

High Voltage

I Love You, Man

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 26

American Idol” raised more than $15 million as part of their “Idol Gives Back” special, and one more contestant was sent home. Despite his good looks and contagious smile, Tim Urban was the contestant who was eliminated. Celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige showed their support at the “Idol Gives Back” charity event.

Music news – Teen sensation Justin Bieber was forced to cancel his only Australian gig on Monday after chaos broke out among fans. Scores of supporters camped overnight at Sydney Harbor to see their idol perform and by Monday morning, thousands of youngsters were packed into the Circular Quay area. The frenzied crowd began to surge, prompting police to cancel the event after “more than 100 teens” became “distressed,” according to officials.

Randy and Evi Quaid showed up in a criminal courtroom two weeks late Monday and were arrested on outstanding warrants, authorities said.The actor and his wife were ordered held on $100,000 bail and told to return for a court hearing Wednesday, Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said in an e-mail. The couple have repeatedly failed to show up in a Santa Barbara court for hearings in a felony case alleging that they defrauded an inn out of more than $10,000.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1987 –

Sports – NBA playoffs – as Larry Bird helps the Celtics beat the Bulls in a 108-104 victory. Will the Bulls come back?

NBA Expansion – Both Miami and Orlando are awarded franchises and you can add those to Minneapolis and Charlotte. The Miami Heat, The Minneapolis Timberwovles and the Charlotte Sprit will begin play during the 1988-1989 season. The Orlando Magic begin in 1989-1990.

Technology – Apple Computer says it is creating an independent software company to develop, publish and market applications software for its Macintosh and Apple II personal computers. The company also will publish software products developed by other companies.

Entertainment news –

Actress Mia Farrow is pregnant, and the father is her long-time beau Woody Allen. , The baby will be her ninth child, five of whom were adopted. Farrow (42) and Allen (51) began their professional association in 1982 when Farrow made “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy” and have made six movies together.

Elizabeth Taylor teams up with Japanese businessman Ryoochi Sasakawa in an alliance to bring her anti-AIDS crusade to that country. She’s also meeting with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 12

A Georgia man who posted a video of himself on the Internet holding a sign that said  “Elton John” must die” has been arrested for making terroristic threats. Neal Horsley, 65, was arrested in Carrollton, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, said Atlanta Police Sgt. In the video posted Feb. 28 on YouTube, Horsley held the sign in front of a building where he said John has a condo. John’s publicist, Fran Curtis, confirmed that John has an Atlanta apartment but declined further comment.

Thursday – You don’t see much of Jerry Seinfeld on his own new NBC show, “The Marriage Ref,” which he lets someone else host. But the 55-year-old comedian co-hosted “Live” with Kelly Rippa. Guest was Donald Trump.

CBS announces that it will provide 3-D coverage of the NCAA Final Four to 100 movie theaters nationwide in a move to bring this new form of sports broadcast to the masses.

Leno Ratings – The Nielsen Co. says Jay Leno averaged 5.6 million viewers last week, his first back at NBC’s “The Tonight Show” following hisill-fated prime time show. Letterman had 3.7 million at CBS. Leno took advantage of curiosity over his return and a strong lineup of guests, including Olympic stars and Sarah Palin. It was a half-million more than he averaged his last season at “Tonight.” But the second week finds the  late-night contenders at a close race – with Leno averaging 4.3 million viewers and Letterman at 4 million.

Government Reaches Further Into Your Pocket – Vertex, a company that calculates sales tax for Internet sellers, reports that the average general sales tax rate nationwide reached 8.629% at the end of 2009, the highest since the  company started tracking data in 1982. That was up a nickel on a taxable $100 purchase from a year earlier and up nearly 40 cents for the decade.

Television news this week in 1986 –

HBO will show “Comic Relief,” a March 29 benefit for America’s poor and homeless. The show will originate from the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood and will be hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal. Among the comedians and actors scheduled to participate – Peewee Herman, Michael J. Fox. Buddy Hackett, Joe Piscopo, Carl and Rob Reinder, Martin Mull, David Steinberg. Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard, Howie Mandel, Gilda Radner and Weird Al Yankovic.

The Movie Channel announces its new “VCR Theater” – aimed at those who can videotape movies while they’re asleep. But, do the studios like the taping of their movies? The home entertainment software business is a $12-billion-a-year business.  An 800 number will be on display for the three-hour event.

More cable – Dabney Coleman is back – The Arts & Entertainment Network just picked up all 27 episodes of  “Buffalo Bill” – the NBC series that ran in 1984.

Don’t miss the Easter Seal Telethon (Sat – March 8) – hosted by Pat Boone and Donna Mills.

Top Pop Culture For February 27… Mr. Pop Culture Report

A devastating 8.8 earthquake in Chilli – and death toll is climbing. Hawaii is at the heart of Tsunami warnings as of this posting…

Top Music Money Makers – U2 leads Billboard’s 2010 Money Makers list, earning more than $108 million in 2009. Bruce Springsteen is second with $57 million and Madonna follows with $47 million. AC/DC and Britney Spears round out the top 5 with $43 and $38 million, respectively. Billboard compiles the list from monies earned through tours, CD and digital sales, publishing royalties and more. Madonna topped the list last year; Springsteen came in third. Both U2 and Madonna have touring deals with Live Nation.

Making Pop Culture History – Apple Inc. said  that it has sold 10 billion songs from the iTunes Store since it opened in 2003, cementing its position as the world’s largest music retailer. The 10 billionth song was “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash, bought by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga. He will receive a $10,000 gift card. The music store sold around 25 million tracks in 2003. Three years later, it surpassed the 1 billion mark. (see video)

Michael Jordan’s New Team – With minutes to go until his exclusive negotiating window was to expire,  Michael Jordan struck a deal late Friday night to buy controlling interest of the Charlotte Bobcats,  putting the six-time NBA champion in charge of the money-losing team in his home state.

Google Gaga Over Solar – Google has developed a prototype for a new mirror technology that could cut by half the cost of building a solar thermal plant, the company’s green energy czar said. Bill Weihl said that if development and testing go well, he could see the product being ready in one to three years. “Things have progressed,” Weihl said in an interview. “We have an internal prototype.” (CNET)

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 2002 -

The death of Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is confirmed – he has been killed by his terrorist captors. A video tape showed him being shot by pistol to the head.

The Olympic Games at Salt Lake City close. The event was rather peaceful – but police did have to arrest 20 people after a beer garden closed early and patrons did not disperse.

The Dow tops 10,000, influenced by hot home sales.

Technology –

Apple unveils the new iMac. The most expensive model sells for $1,799 has 256 megs of Ram, 60-gig hard drive and a SuperDrive which burns CD’s and DVD’s!

Elton John says the music industry is the pits – and is churning out “average and mediocre” bands. He also doesn’t like videos and says if he were in charge – they’d all go away so we could all listen to music again.

Wednesday night – Don’t miss The Grammy Awards on CBS-TV. Host Jon Stewart with performances by U2, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews band, ‘N Sync, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss.