Nicki Minaj Idol tease turns into a bottle of Pink Friday perfume

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Today’s roundup of the pop-culture world finds a smelly announcement, a breathless announcement, other things, and the mystery music video.

A BIG TEASE: Of when an announcement isn’t really an announcement, per E!, “Good news, Barbz: Soon you can smell like Nicki Minaj! Yesterday, the stylish singer promised her Twitter followers she'd reveal a big "surprise" this morning. Despite tons of speculation, however, Minaj didn't announce that she'd be joining the judge's panel on American Idol, but she did reveal the bottle design and title of her new Pink Friday fragrance.”

THE NEW REGIS: Or something like that, per Entertainment Tonight, “After months of speculation, Kelly Ripa will finally announce her new co-host on LIVE! with Kelly on September 4. . . In July, rumors intensified that Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers was the frontrunner as Philbin's replacement, though he shot down the talk in an interview with The Orlando Sun-Sentinal.”

HOLDING PATTERN: Some unfinished business, per the Los Angeles Times, “As one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood, Tony Scott's death leaves a quartet of high-priority projects in limbo. Among them was the anticipated sequel to the 1986 blockbuster "Top Gun" that became a cultural touchstone and launched Scott's Hollywood career.”

MEANWHILE: Conflicting reports, per People, “As the investigation continues into Sunday's apparent suicide of Top Gun director Tony Scott, an unnamed source has told ABC News that the British-born filmmaker, 68, had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. But Scott's family is disputing that report, says LA Coroner Chief Craig Harvey.”

AND THIS: The man had his critics, per the New York Times, “If Mr. Scott didn’t inspire a lot of respect from critics, he does have some dissident champions among serious cinephiles. More than one colleague dinged me for liking his films, as if happily admitting to their pleasures was an unpardonable breach of good taste (or correct politics).”

AGAIN?: per TMZ, “Amanda Bynes was involved in yet another car accident Monday night ... TMZ has learned. Bynes was driving in the San Fernando Valley at around 8 PM when a car rear-ended her rental. The driver of the other car claims Amanda made a reckless maneuver that triggered the collision. Cops showed up but no one was ticketed. . . In the last 6 months, Amanda has been arrested for DUI, and accused of 3 hit-and-runs.”

LOSING HIS TOUCH: Execs take an odd pass on a movie, per The Hollywood Reporter, “An adaptation of Stephen King’s opus The Dark Tower won't be hitting screens, big or small, anytime soon. Warner Bros. has passed on the project, making it the second studio to do so.”

SOME BOUNCE: A one-time king finds itself back on the defensive, per Radar, “Here TODAY, gone tomorrow. Good Morning America is now the nation’s most popular morning show. Nielsen ratings released Monday indicate ABC's morning franchise beat NBC's last week, despite huge momentum for the TODAY show, which was coming off two dominant ratings weeks with their exclusive coverage from the London Olympics.”

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Spinning a yarn, per Entertainment Weekly, “VH1 Storytellers is hitting up Grammy-winning ladies for its coming season: Pink, Alicia Keys, and Taylor Swift are the next batch of artists to be featured on VH1?s long-running music-interview franchise, EW has learned exclusively.”

BIG NAMES: Bound for a festival, per The Wrap, “David Geffen will discuss his life and career, Johnny Depp will appear to support a documentary about the West Memphis 3 and Michael Haneke's "Amour" (below) has joined the extensive lineup of films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.”

TAKE THAT!: Computer geeks unite, per the AP, “Russian hackers have attacked the website of a Moscow court where three members of the Pussy Riot punk band were tried and sentenced to two years in jail.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)