Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is in full swing and holiday shoppers have hit the stores (and the web). The week's hottest online entertainment and lifestyle news revolved around seasonal gift items, as well as the celebs consumers love this holiday.
The Kardashian sisters always make top entertainment headlines, and this week, news trends cast them as the Konniving Kardashians. The reality stars dominated online chatter on Tuesday when the debit card they sponsor was released, as shown by Google Realtime results for the "Kardashian Kard."
Shoppers have been advised against using the newly minted "Kardashian Kard." Entertainment press, along with financial advisors, lambasted the card for its high interest rates and targeted demographic: teenagers. The sisters are currently working to revoke their endorsement.
Entertainment news hounds were waiting with bated breath on Monday to see what Cyber Monday sales would reveal about the items on everyone's gift lists. The New York Times reported that the average consumer spent $365 over the four-day weekend (both online and in-stores). Amazon's Kindle was among the online retail giant's top-selling items (no surprise there), though the site also sold out of 47-inch Visio televisions, which were available for $600, roughly 60 percent of the product's list price.
However, those hunting for more meaningful gifts don't have to think twice, it's alright. A more personal (and extravagant) gift option that generated a lot of online buzz is a set of Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to his famous 1960's folk ballad entitled The Times They Are A-Changing. News that Dylan's notes will be sold at Sotheby's on December 10 widely circulated the web this week. They're expected to fetch between $200,000 to $300,000, according to ABC News.
Of course, if that's a little out of most music fans' price ranges, The Beatles' albums, (now available on iTunes) might make for popular stocking stuffers, if trending topics correlate to gift lists.
"James Franco" was another hot search in entertainment this week, as seen in Google Realtime results. The actor will be cohosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway. At press time, there were 685,000 web results dedicated to the dazzling hosts. Plus, Franco might be up for a nomination. It seems that the actor didn't cut off his nose (arm) to spite his face (career), as his gritty portrayal of a self-amputee in 127 Hours has generated plenty of Oscar buzz over the week.
Though movie buffs and industry insiders are searching for news about about Franco and other young performers, Hollywood is mourning Leslie Nielson who passed away on Sunday at the age of 84 from complications relating to pneumonia.
Google Realtime results for "Leslie Nielsen" reveal that fans continue to talk about the late star. The thrice-married Canadian actor and father of two was best known for his role as Dr. Rumack in 1980's comedy classic Airplane! Surely you must be sad.
On a lighter note, entertainment enthusiasts showed interest in Christmas tunes this week. Susan Boyle made headlines because she seemed to have a lump of coal in her throat as she struggled to perform while promoting her Christmas album, The Gift, on ABC's The View. However fans might be glad to hear there are rumors of a Boyle-Rihanna collaboration, with more than 1 million web results indicating a possible duet has generated plenty of interest.
Another hot topic this week was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," which is still topping the box office charts (and search engine results), but online chatter indicates "Tangled," released on November 24, will give Harry and company a run for their money this weekend.
What will pop culture fanatics be talking and tweeting about next week? A Very Glee Christmas should be a popular topic around the water cooler and the blogosphere next week. K.D. Lang is slated to appear on the episode's soundtrack and fans seem sure that the always-merry cast won't disappoint.