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(PCM) Lynn Anderson, the first female country musician to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015 of a heart attack.

Anderson’s publicist, Mark Logsdon, told CNN that the singer had been admitted to …

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(PCM) Lynn Anderson, the first female country musician to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015 of a heart attack.

Anderson’s publicist, Mark Logsdon, told CNN that the singer had been admitted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville and was receiving treatment for pneumonia when she suffered her fatal heart attack.

Lynn Anderson was one of the most popular country music stars of the 1970s, gaining worldwide fame after the major success of her crossover hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” in 1970.

Born on September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to country music songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, Lynn first found success in horse shows in California, winning numerous titles and ribbons, including 16 national champions, 8 world championships, and several celebrity championships.

Lynn Anderson released her debut single “For Better or for Worse” in 1966 to little airplay before releasing “Ride, Ride, Ride” in 1967, landing on the Country Top 40 in 1967. That same year, Anderson released “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)”, which reached the Top 5 on the Country charts.

Lynn Anderson continued to release a string of hits into the late ’60s and early 70’s and appeared regularly on The Lawrence Welk Show. The singer’s biggest hit, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”, a song by singer-songwriter Joe South, reached No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart.

Anderson almost didn’t get a chance to record the classic; her producer-husband believed that a man ought to sing the song, but fortunately, Columbia executive Clive Davis made the executive decision to have Anderson record and release the single.

Due to the song’s global success and crossover appeal, Anderson continued to have a fulfilling career, releasing hits into the late ’70s and appearing on numerous television shows.

Lynn Anderson released her last album, Bridges, on June 9, 2015. She is survived by her father, Casey Anderson, her partner, Mentor Williams, her three children, and four grandchildren.

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Move Over Grumpy Cat! Grumpy Earl The Puggle Is On The Scene! http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/move-over-grumpy-cat-grumpy-earl-the-puggle-is-on-the-scene/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/move-over-grumpy-cat-grumpy-earl-the-puggle-is-on-the-scene/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:48:23 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9170 Grumpy-Earl1

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(PCM) It was truly amazing to watch the evolution of Grumpy Cat explode onto the internet and flood social media after a single meme was created using her adorable frowning face. Ever since her first appearance Grumpy Cat has held her reign as a viral sensation, but there is a new animal in town that is already conquering our news feeds with his adorably sour face.  Meet Grumpy Earl, the puggle with the face of a grumpy-looking 80 year old man!

Grumpy Earl is only five months old, but has already become quite the internet sensation, as there are already hundreds of memes featuring his gloomy little face being posted all over the place. Grumpy Earl’s owners are amazed by how quickly he has become a viral hit after only posting a single photo of him on Reddit. Despite Grumpy Earl’s sour expression, his owners say he is just as energetic and lovable as any normal puppy. He loves his snacks and enjoys chasing a ball around the house.

The vet claims that Grumpy Earl’s expression is due to his underbite, wrinkles and dark complexion and he is just as healthy as any normal puppy calling him both relaxed and actually content!

 

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Cartoon Bugs Bunny Turns 75 Years Old! http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/cartoon-bugs-bunny-turns-75-years-old/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/cartoon-bugs-bunny-turns-75-years-old/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:34:09 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9167 Bugs-Bunny1

(PCM) Looking quite good for his age, lovable cartoon rabbit Bug Bunny turned 75 years old this week. Bugs Bunny made his first on-screen appearance in the 1940 Merry Melodies cartoon aptly titled “A Wild Hare” opposite, who else, but …

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(PCM) Looking quite good for his age, lovable cartoon rabbit Bug Bunny turned 75 years old this week. Bugs Bunny made his first on-screen appearance in the 1940 Merry Melodies cartoon aptly titled “A Wild Hare” opposite, who else, but Elmer Fudd of course!

The short 8-minute cartoon also marks the first time that Bugs Bunny locked lips with an adversary, faked his own death, and uttered the classic catch phrase ‘What’s up, doc?’.  “A Wild Hare” received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Short, but ended up losing out to “The Milky Way”.

You can watch a full version of the classic cartoon below:


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RIP Bobbi Kristina Brown: Young Actress/Singer Dies at 22 http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/rip-bobbi-kristina-brown-young-actresssinger-dies-at-22/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/rip-bobbi-kristina-brown-young-actresssinger-dies-at-22/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:32:10 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9165 (PCM) Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22 year-old daughter of late singer/actress Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, passed away on Sunday, July 26th, after being in a medically induced coma for the past six months.

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(PCM) Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22 year-old daughter of late singer/actress Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, passed away on Sunday, July 26th, after being in a medically induced coma for the past six months.

The tragic news broke earlier today when the Houston family announced Brown’s passing on the official Whitney Houston Facebook page, posting a picture of Bobbi as a child with her mother and the message: “It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: “The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.””

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Bobbi Kristina Brown was placed into a medically induced coma after being found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Atlanta home back in January of 2015, just a few days shy of the third anniversary of her mother’s death.

Rumors quickly swirled around the young singer/actress’s condition and the circumstances of the situation, throwing suspicion on her quasi-adopted older brother/boyfriend Nick Gordon. Despite a pending lawsuit from Bobbi Kristina Brown’s conservator and an investigation into the allegations in the suit, charges have yet to be filed against Gordon.

While in a coma, various conflicting stories of Bobbi Kristina’s health made their way to the media, creating confusion around the already unknown fate of the young Brown. On June 24, five months after being put in a medically induced coma, Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved into hospice care and taken off medication, with family members gathering to spend as much time as possible with Bobbi Kristina.

The Houston family released a statement to EW on Sunday, stating: “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

RIP Bobbi Kristina Brown.

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Brooke Hogan Pens A Poem Defending Dad Amidst Racism Controversy http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/brooke-hogan-pens-a-poem-defending-dad-amidst-racism-controversy/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/brooke-hogan-pens-a-poem-defending-dad-amidst-racism-controversy/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 19:11:10 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9162 Brooke-Hogan1

(PCM) Brooke Hogan, the 27-year old daughter of legendary WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan, has stepped up to defend her father who was recently accused of using several racial slurs in an interview that occurred several years ago while he was …

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(PCM) Brooke Hogan, the 27-year old daughter of legendary WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan, has stepped up to defend her father who was recently accused of using several racial slurs in an interview that occurred several years ago while he was discussing her boyfriend at the time.

All references to Hulk Hogan have been removed from the WWE website amid the controversy, almost as if they have begun to erase his entire existence within the organization. All ties between him and the company have been severed. Brooke took to Facebook and posted a poem she had written under her real name Brooke Bollea titled “If You Knew My Father”.

You can read the full poem below:

~If You Knew My Father~
By Brooke Bollea
If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know his tender heart.
He’d never want to hurt his fans,
or family from the start.
If you knew my father,
you would know how hard he fought…
and the way it brought a smile to people light, medium and dark.
We always fight a battle
that people never see,
and sometimes when you’re hurting, you don’t think logically.
Human isn’t perfect,
and perfect is not he,
but I can tell you one thing, it’s just not what it seems.
Cause If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know he raised me well.
He taught me folks are so much more
than shades could ever tell.
And If you knew my father,
you would know he’s down to earth.
He may have slammed the giant,
but remembers life’s true worth.
If you knew my father,
if you just walked in his shoes…
then you would know that microscope that comes with yellow boots.
If you knew my father,
you would see your own in mine.
And if he was your father, you could never find divide.
Cause me- I bet your father
or someone that you love
Maybe regrets something
they wish they’d never done.
So if you know my father,
remember he’s a man,
and you would crave relief if people judged everything you did.
The lord says to forgive them,
don’t be the one to stone…
so please remember his strong arms when you were all alone.
The lives he’s changed, the friends he’s made,
the people he’s inspired…
It makes me sad to see my dad
defeated and so tired.
If you knew my father,
you would know just how he’s hurting…
For he loves every one of you, regardless of your story.
And if you met my father,
I know he’d give you love!
He’d lift you up, apologize and give you all a hug.
For those who think you know my father,
remember who you are.
We all can make mistakes and carry ugly scars.
Because I know my father,
I can promise this-
Just like you and I, things we don’t mean can sometimes slip.
We all continue learning.
This life can be so rough…
So if you know my father, please try not to be tough.
My father has a daughter,
and I have feelings too.
And if I knew your father, I would do the same for you.

The audio of Hulk Hogan’s alleged racist rant was part of an ongoing lawsuit between the wrestler and Gawker that was part of a leaked out sex tape. Hulk Hogan did issue a brief statement of his own in regards to the allegations saying “This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”

 

 

 

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Historical Fiction Author E.L. Doctorow Dies at the Age of 84 http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/historical-fiction-author-e-l-doctorow-dies-at-the-age-of-84/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/historical-fiction-author-e-l-doctorow-dies-at-the-age-of-84/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:05:51 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9160 ELDoctorow_Feat(PCM) The literature world lost another great writer in the form of American historical fiction author E.L. Doctorow on Tuesday in Manhattan.

The author’s son, Richard, told the New York Times that the 84 year-old passed due to complications from …

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ELDoctorow_Feat(PCM) The literature world lost another great writer in the form of American historical fiction author E.L. Doctorow on Tuesday in Manhattan.

The author’s son, Richard, told the New York Times that the 84 year-old passed due to complications from his lung cancer.

Born in the Bronx, Edgar Lawrence “E.L.” Doctorow began his career in the literature field with the publication of his first novel in 1960, a western fiction titled Welcome to Hard Times, that was inspired by his nine years spent reading countless scripts for westerns for a motion picture company.

After his time as a script reader, Doctorow entered the publishing world as a book editor, then as an editor-in-chief at The Dial Press. E.L. Doctorow left publishing to focus on his writing, becoming a Visiting Writer at the University of California, Irvine, where his writing career took off.

While at UCI, Doctorow published his semi-historical novel about the Cold War, The Book of Daniel (1971), which The Guardian praised as a masterpiece.

Other works of Doctorow’s include Ragtime (1975), which was adapted into a feature film (rated 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and named as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century by the Modern Library editorial board, World’s Fair (1985), which won the 1986 National Book Award, the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Billy Bathgate (1989), and the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, The March (2005).

For his accomplished career, E.L. Doctorow was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame and was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2012, earned the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction in 2013, and was awarded with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2014.

RIP Edgar Lawrence “E.L.” Doctorow.

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Is Riley Curry the Cutest Ever? http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/is-riley-curry-the-cutest-ever/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/is-riley-curry-the-cutest-ever/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:56:20 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9157 RileyCurry_1(PCM) The answer is yes, and this Instagram post proves it.

If you don’t already know who Riley Curry is, please get out from under the rock you call home and introduce yourself to Youtube, where you can watch the …

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RileyCurry_1(PCM) The answer is yes, and this Instagram post proves it.

If you don’t already know who Riley Curry is, please get out from under the rock you call home and introduce yourself to Youtube, where you can watch the viral videos of Riley stealing the show from her dad, NBA MVP Stephen Curry, during multiple post-game conferences aired on live TV.

After winning over the hearts of Americans everywhere with her hilarious couldn’t-care-less-about-being-on-live-tv attitude and toddler-antics, Riley Curry is back at it again, this time showcasing her cuteness on Instagram.

Riley was celebrating her third birthday this past weekend when her mother, Ayesha Curry, shared a video of the toddler getting down to Silentó’s viral summer hit, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” with the caption:
“This is 3!!! Happy birthday baby girl! Never a dull moment. You light up our lives and keep us on our toes. Mommy and daddy love you so much. Let’s celebrate! 👨👩<img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />‍<img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />.”

Riley can be seen doing her best nae nae and whipping in a cute green-striped romper while her parents proudly cheer her on from behind the camera.

It looks like the Curry’s could have a little future star on their hands. Watch the adorable video below!

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Professional Surfer Mick Fanning Escapes From Two Sharks in South Africa http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/professional-surfer-mick-fanning-escapes-from-two-sharks-in-south-africa/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/professional-surfer-mick-fanning-escapes-from-two-sharks-in-south-africa/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:30:35 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9153 MickFanning_2(PCM) A surfer competing in the J-Bay Open Finals had a close call on Sunday, July 19, in the waters of Jeffrey’s Bay on the eastern Cape of South Africa.

Triple world champion Mick Fanning was two-minutes into the J-Bay Open …

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MickFanning_2(PCM) A surfer competing in the J-Bay Open Finals had a close call on Sunday, July 19, in the waters of Jeffrey’s Bay on the eastern Cape of South Africa.

Triple world champion Mick Fanning was two-minutes into the J-Bay Open Finals when he felt something tugging on his leg rope, alerting him to dangers lurking right beside him.

The surfing competition was being aired live on television, capturing the harrowing moment the fins of two great white sharks emerge from the water right next to the surfer.

Escalating cries of alarm can be heard from the crowd of spectators standing in horror on the beach as Fanning’s dire situation becomes clear. The announcer yells “Get him out out of there!” as violent splashing is seen enveloping the panicked surfer.MickFanning

Footage from the World Surf League shows the moment Fanning’s fight-or-flight response kicks in; the professional australian surfer manages to kick his legs out and punch one of the sharks in the abdomen before swimming to a jet ski, with fellow competitor Julian Wilson, also in the water at the time of the attack, also being rescued by jet ski.

Cheers erupt from the crowd as the jet skis pull the surfers to the safety of the shore, putting an end to the dangerous run-in as well as the competition.

Mick Fanning recounted the incident to Fox Sports and spoke about his fear upon realizing the severity of the situation: “I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth.”

Fortunately, Mick Fanning escaped from the sharks unharmed. The J-Bay Open Finals were cancelled soon after the attack.MickFanning_4

The World Surf League the following statement after the incident:

“We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick’s composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable — they are truly world class at what they do.

“The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team.”

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The Real Names Of These Fictional Characters Might Just Surprise You! http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/the-real-names-of-these-fictional-characters-might-just-surprise-you/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/the-real-names-of-these-fictional-characters-might-just-surprise-you/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:08:07 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9139 (PCM) We all grew up watching cartoons and identifying with various company mascots over the years and usually identified them by their nicknames for example Cap’n Crunch or Scooby-Doo. But didn’t you ever wonder about the actual real names of …

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(PCM) We all grew up watching cartoons and identifying with various company mascots over the years and usually identified them by their nicknames for example Cap’n Crunch or Scooby-Doo. But didn’t you ever wonder about the actual real names of some of these characters?

Wonder no more!  We have complied a list of some of the most well-known fictional characters and revealed their mysterious real names!

1. Cap’n Crunch

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Real Name: Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch

2. Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons

Real Name: Jeff Albertson

3. Scooby-Doo

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Real Name: Scoobert Doo

4. The Wizard Of Oz

Real Name: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmanuel Ambroise Diggs

5. Woody from Toy Story

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Real Name: Woody Pride

6. MacGyver

Real Name: Angus MacGyver

7. Mr. Clean

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Real Name: Veritably Clean

8. Cookie Monster

Real Name: Sid

9. Hello Kitty

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Real Name: Kitty White

10. The patient from the Operation Board Game

Real Name: Cavity Sam

11. Barbie

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Real Name: Barbara Millicent Roberts

12. Winnie The Pooh

Real Name: Edward Bear

13. Peppermint Patty

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Real Name: Patricia Reichardt

14. The Monopoly Guy

Real Name: Milburn Pennybags

15. Tweety Bird

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Real Name: Tweety Pie

16. Casper The Friendly Ghost

Real Name: Casper McFadden

17. Entourage’s Turtle

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Real Name: Salvatore Assante

18. The Muppet’s Guy Smiley

Real Name: Bernie Leiderkrantz

19. The Skipper

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Real Name: Jonas Grumby

20. Alf

Real Name: Gordon Shumway

21. The Pillsbury Dougboy

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Real Name: Poppin’ Fresh

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Heroism IRL Draws A Massive Audience At SDCC http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/heroism-irl-draws-a-massive-audience-at-sdcc/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/heroism-irl-draws-a-massive-audience-at-sdcc/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 04:56:13 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9137 JohnBarrowmanandNOH8FounderJeffParshley

(PCM) John Barrowman, star of Arrow and Torchwood, shared his powerful, painful and actually hilarious story of overcoming bullying, as part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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(PCM) John Barrowman, star of Arrow and Torchwood, shared his powerful, painful and actually hilarious story of overcoming bullying, as part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

CBS Network News joined a packed room of fans and entertainment industry luminaries as Barrowman and NOH8 Campaign Founders Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley joined the United Nations Association President Bettina Hausmann, Impractical Joker’s Joe Gatto, and Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Anthony Breznican.

Created by actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash) with heroism experts Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied) and Matt Langdon (Founder, The Hero Construction Company), the unprecedented coalition is the first organization to make a stand against bullying, racism, LGBT- bullying, cyber-bullying, misogyny and other forms of hate at comic-cons. The panel, END BULLYING! RESPONDING TO CRUELTY IN OUR CULTURE was the Coalition’s eighth convention appearance since it was founded in 2013.

“When pop culture icons make a stand based on their own hard experiences, it sends a powerful message to people who have been bullied or oppressed,” Masterson stated. “We’ve been where you are, or somewhere close. You can get through this. You can heal. And you can be there for other people. That victory spreads like wildfire. And that’s heroism, IRL.”

With a mix of profound vulnerability and hilarious story-telling (see CBS News video), Barrowman recounted his growing up experiences: “I was called fag, queer, and everything else.” He recalled being severely bullied, beat up and stuffed in his locker by a kid at school. Barrowman recalls, “I got all my friends around me, and I confronted this kid. And I said, ‘You can hit me, you can push me, you can bully me, you can do everything you want. You can punch me in my face. But you know what? I will get back up. I will always stand back up.’”

Getting back up indeed, Olivier Award-Nominated Barrowman was highly instrumental in the laws of Britain being passed for Marriage Equality. His work with British government led to him being named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an honor bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II.

“The NOH8 Campaign’s involvement in the Coalition’s work at cons around the nation is extremely important to us,” said Bouska and Parshley, whose work was instrumental in the law for Marriage Equality. “We feel the topic of bullying is something that all con goers can relate to. If we can show them that there are many people out there just like them, we can start to empower each person to stand up for who they are and in turn, stand up for others.”

“The best part of the Coalition is that it provides a forum for us to reach the most vulnerable people attending Comic-Con and remind them that they are not alone, that they have greatness in them, just like the characters they so admire. Watching the research from my book, Bullied, turn into a living breathing entity that helps people is a profound experience,” said Goldman, whose award-winning book and work as a speaker is internationally acclaimed.

“The feedback we received after the panel was overwhelmingly positive,” said Langdon. “It was great hearing how important the message was to people.” Langdon is an world-renowned heroism expert and speaker who heads the Hero Roundtable, an international conference on everyday and extraordinary heroism.

Breznican, who is author of the highly acclaimed novel Brutal Youth, states, “There’s no other panel at Comic-Con I’d rather be a part of! (Well, except Star Wars. I would love to be IN Star Wars.) But other than that, I’m beyond proud to be a part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition and the good work and positivity they create in a world that’s not so far, far away.”

“The blend of imagined and real superheroes is at the heart of Comic-Con, and it will take heroes in all forms from all parts of the world to address bullying, intolerance, and hate,” said UN Association President Hausmann. “Being a hero doesn’t require a fantastic costume or hidden lair; rather it takes passion, courage, and a single minded belief that we all share an inherent right for dignity, equality, and freedom. The Pop Culture Hero Coalition takes exactly that stance and is committed to everyone being able to pursue healthier, happier lives, which enrich us individually and collectively.”

“I’m very happy with the turn out to the Pop Culture Hero Coalition panel,” enthused Gatto. “There were meaningful words of encouragement and understanding spoken from a diverse and caring panel of professionals, all with unique takes on the issue of bullying. And these faces in the crowd stared back as if to say ‘thank you for understanding.’ It felt great to do some good.”

Coalition Partners also include the Anti-Defamation League, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, CW Seed’s Husbands, GLSEN, Girl Scouts of America, Brave Girls Alliance and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

“Heroism IRL is something we can all do, every day,” stated Masterson.  We love superheroes. Why not be one?”

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At Young Age Of 55 http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/nintendo-president-satoru-iwata-dies-at-young-age-of-55/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/nintendo-president-satoru-iwata-dies-at-young-age-of-55/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:18:02 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9132 SatoruIwata(PCM) Much of the gaming world is mourning the loss of pioneer and innovator Satoru Iwata, the CEO and President of Nintendo, after news of his death was made public over the weekend.

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SatoruIwata(PCM) Much of the gaming world is mourning the loss of pioneer and innovator Satoru Iwata, the CEO and President of Nintendo, after news of his death was made public over the weekend.

Satoru Iwata died on Saturday, July 11, at the young age of 55 due to a bile duct growth.

Nintendo issued a Notification of Death and Personnel Change of a Representative Director (President) on Monday morning, announcing Iwata’s passing, writing: “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.”

Satoru Iwata began his career as a game programmer at HAL Laboratory, working on a SatoruIwata_2variety of video games, including the Kirby series, before becoming president of HAL in 1993 and bringing the company out of financial ruin. Iwata also helped with the development of Pokémon Gold and Silver for their 1999 release on Game Boy Color, despite not yet working for Nintendo.

Iwata began working at Nintendo in 2000 as the head of Nintendo’s corporate planning division and became president in 2002 after Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo’s President from 1949 to 2002, retired and gave Iwata his blessing, making Iwata the first president of Nintendo to have no relation to the Yamauchi family.

An innovative businessman, Satoru Iwata is credited with turning Nintendo around in the 2000s by introducing the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii, the revolutionary motion-based gaming system, revitalizing the company’s standing as a top force in the gaming world after the disappointing performance of the GameCube console.

Iwata also created Iwata Asks, a section on Nintendo’s website where Iwata would comment on games and deliver news directly to gamers.

In June 2013, Satoru Iwata became Nintendo of America’s CEO.

In October of 2014, Iwata underwent surgery to remove a tumor growing in his bile duct.

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Star Wars Wins The Day, But We Got Intimate With Kevin Smith At SDCC http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/star-wars-wins-the-day-but-we-got-intimate-with-kevin-smith-at-sdcc/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/star-wars-wins-the-day-but-we-got-intimate-with-kevin-smith-at-sdcc/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:26:28 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9127 AndrewWoodsTwitter(PCM) What could cause 6,000 people to suddenly vaporize from the coveted Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic? How about Storm Troopers leading the Hall H masses to a surprise free Star Wars Orchesta concert on an island …

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AndrewWoodsTwitter(PCM) What could cause 6,000 people to suddenly vaporize from the coveted Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic? How about Storm Troopers leading the Hall H masses to a surprise free Star Wars Orchesta concert on an island behind the convention center. Watching that many die-hard Star Wars fans pouring out of Hall H on their march was definitely one of the most surreal Con moments we have ever witnessed …. but if anyone can make it happen it would be Star Wars and it was amazing. They certainly made their first SDCC appearance memorable.

However, they most likely made it even more memorable for director Kevin Smith, who took to the Hall H stage right after Star Wars to plug his upcoming film “Yoga Hosers”.  It was probably the emptiest Hall H has ever been, with only approximately 22 people staying behind from the Star Wars hoopla to partake in quite an intimate panel with Smith.

We are fairly certain that Smith was warned that Star Wars was planning something epic. When we caught up with him on Thursday to talk about the Scooby Doo and KISS Rock n’ Roll Mystery which he voices a character, he jokingly told us “I’m going to have to light myself on f**king fire to get people to my panel! But it’s Star Wars!!”

We think he was understanding, but it was definitely one crazy experience. A few dozen stragglers joined as the panel progressed.

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RIP Omar Sharif: Lawrence of Arabia Actor Has Died at the Age of 83 http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/rip-omar-sharif-lawrence-of-arabia-actor-has-died-at-the-age-of-83/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/rip-omar-sharif-lawrence-of-arabia-actor-has-died-at-the-age-of-83/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 03:58:59 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9122 Omar_Sharif(PCM) Sad news broke today when it was learned that Academy Award-nominated actor Omar Sharif passed away at the age of 83 after suffering a heart attack.

The Egyptian actor died in a hospital in Cairo, according to the his …

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Omar_Sharif(PCM) Sad news broke today when it was learned that Academy Award-nominated actor Omar Sharif passed away at the age of 83 after suffering a heart attack.

The Egyptian actor died in a hospital in Cairo, according to the his agent. Tarek El-Sharif, Sharif’s son, revealed in May that the actor had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was beginning to struggle with memory loss and confusion.

Sharif is best known for his supporting role in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, which earned him an Academy Award nomination and two Golden Globes, and his lead role in 1965’s Doctor Zhivago, for which he was awarded the Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama Golden Globe.

The actor also won a César Award, the french equivalent of an Oscar, in 2003 for his role in François Dupeyron’s Monsieur Ibrahim.

Other notable roles of Sharif’s include his comedic turn in 1984’s Top Secret!, 2004’s Hidalgo, and 2008’s 10,000 B.C. Overall, the actor has an impressive 117 titles listed in his IMDb acting credits.

Born on April 10, 1932, Omar Sharif began his long career in front of the screen in 1954, when he rose to fame in his home country of Egypt after starring in several films. Sharif’s racial ambiguity and multilinguistic capabilities (he claimed to speak English, French, Arabic, Greek Italian, and Spanish fluently) afforded him many opportunities to play a wide range of roles and characters.

This is the versatility that convinced Lawrence of Arabia director David Lean to cast Sharif in the demanding supporting role in the historical epic, Sharif’s first English-language film.

In his later years, Omar Sharif became almost as well-known for his career as a successful contract bridge player as for his acting career. At one point, Sharif was listed as one of the top 50 contract bridge players in the world.

Several celebrities took to social media to express their sadness at Omar Sharif’s passing. Josh Gad used Twitter to pay his respects to Sharif, tweeting: “Sad to hear about #OmarSharif. I grew up on Lawrence and Zhivago. A legacy with not one but multiple timeless classics.”

Antonio Banderas, who starred in The 13th Warrior with Sharif, also shared his grief on Twitter, posting a picture of himself and Sharif with the caption: “He was a great storyteller, a loyal friend and a wise spirit. D.E.P. Omar Sharif.”

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Ariana Grande Apologizes For Saying She Hates America, Not For Licking Donuts http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/ariana-grande-apologizes-for-saying-she-hates-america-not-for-licking-donuts/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/ariana-grande-apologizes-for-saying-she-hates-america-not-for-licking-donuts/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 01:21:15 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9120 ArianaGrande_DonutGate(PCM) When footage of Ariana Grande licking donuts and saying she “hates America” leaked on Tuesday, the backlash was immediate, and #DonutGate was born.

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ArianaGrande_DonutGate(PCM) When footage of Ariana Grande licking donuts and saying she “hates America” leaked on Tuesday, the backlash was immediate, and #DonutGate was born.

People were quick to react to the footage, calling the pop diva’s actions disgusting and condemning her behavior.

A video of the footage, obtained by TMZ, spread online and aired on almost every morning news broadcast, sparking national outrage.

In the video, Ariana is seen with three friends at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California, standing at the counter over trays of donuts on display. The “One Last Time” singer then licks one of the display donuts before one of her friends joins in on the unhygienic hijinks.

Grande then moves to a different tray of donuts on display and licks another donut. At the end of the video, Ariana is presented with a tray of fresh donuts by a store attendant, to which she replies, “What the F*** is that? I hate America. I hate Americans.”

Almost immediately, Ariana Grande was inundated with tweets and comments from disappointed fans and long-time haters alike, calling out the singer-actresses’ deplorable behavior. Her treatment of the store attendant is appalling, and licking the donuts on display is downright disgusting, not to forget trashing her fellow citizens and American fans.

After the deluge of hate thrown her way, Grande released what is, at best, a non-apology for the incident to Buzzfeed, claiming to be “EXTREMELY proud to be an American” before blaming her hateful comments on America’s child obesity rates and unhealthy relationship with food.

The donut-licking is never addressed in the statement, which you can read in full below:

I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.

 

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Trailer And Casting Details Revealed For “Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series’ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/trailer-and-casting-details-revealed-for-minecraft-story-mode-a-telltale-game-series/ http://worldofpopculture.com/2015/07/trailer-and-casting-details-revealed-for-minecraft-story-mode-a-telltale-game-series/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:42:49 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9117 Minecraft

(PCM) Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, recently revealed at ‘Minecon’ in London the world-premiere trailer and first cast details for Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

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(PCM) Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, recently revealed at ‘Minecon’ in London the world-premiere trailer and first cast details for Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

Minecraft: Story Mode is an all-new narrative-driven, five-part episodic game series, developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the game series introduces new characters and familiar themes, but is an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game that continues to inspire a generation.

Players will control protagonist Jesse throughout the season, as portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt. Jesse and his group of friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone; four adventurers who slayed an Ender Dragon. The Order are the very best at what they do: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect. While at EnderCon, Jesse and his friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and they must set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion.

The season will feature Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens. Additional casting details for the season are yet to be announced.

“We’ve worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. “As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale’s choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farlands, the End, and beyond, we can’t wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft.”

“The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe,” said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang. “They’ve crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It’s actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We’re super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year.”
Minecraft: Story Mode will be a standalone product, separate from the core Minecraft game, and will be available to download later this year on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and compatible iOS and Android-based devices.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series is currently in development, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. The series will be published digitally in 2015 by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official website , Facebook, and follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter .

For more information on Mojang, visit the official website , follow @Mojang and @Minecraft on Twitter, and like Minecraft on Facebook.

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