Pop-culture Daily: Scarlett Johannson won't be at the Marine Corps Ball

Daybreak pop-culture version looks at electric craziness in L.A. that’s in stark contrast to doings in Venice, as well as research that’s a bit too exhaustive.

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL EXPERIENCE: A film premier yesterday in Hollywood, before something went terribly wrong, per the L.A. Times: “A DJ set by Kaskade at the premiere of the Electric Daisy Carnival documentary, "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience," was shut down by police in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre when masses of fans spilled into Hollywood after Kaskade announced a live performance via Twitter. As the police attempted to disperse what turned into a huge gathering, crowds reportedly turned on the police and started throwing objects at them.”

MEANWHILE, IN VENICE: USA!, USA! Per the AP, “American filmmakers dominate the lineup of this year's Venice Film Festival, where George Clooney and four others will be competing for the Golden Lion, while Madonna, Al Pacino and Steven Soderbergh will premiere their latest directorial efforts.

The strong lineup also includes Roman Polanski's "Carnage," an adaptation of the Broadway show "God of Carnage" featuring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz; David Cronenberg's take on psychoanalysis "A Dangerous Method," featuring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender; and "Shame," a drama by British director Steve McQueen featuring Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.”

HER DESTINY? Kelly Rowland’s Q&A in today’s Rolling Stone: "Motivation" – off her third album, Here I Am – has ruled the R&B/Hip-Hop charts all summer, and is now making its way up the Billboard Hot 100. There's also a tour with Chris Brown in the works. Before celebrating her album release with fellow Destiny’s Child cohorts Beyoncé and Michelle Williams in New York on Tuesday, she discussed working with DJ extraordinaire David Guetta, her new stint judging The X Factor and getting name-checked in a Kanye song.”

AHHHH, NO: After all, it’s getting old. Per, Zap2it, “Sgt. Dustin L. Williams will have to find another date to the Nov. 10 Marine Corps Ball. His first choice, A-lister Scarlett Johansson, won't be able to make it. . .Said she: ‘Unfortunately due to prior commitments I will not be able to attend the Ball with you this year but I am sending you a case of Moet and Chandon with gratitude.’ ‘’

FRISKY FRIENDS: Odd research reveals, per, Splitsider, “Friends. . .was cited in a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Pediatrics for “glamorizing sex while hardly mentioning its downsides, such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.” But, how much sex have the “friends” actually had? After thoroughly researching all 236 episodes the answer is 85 sexual partners. Between the six characters of Friends — Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe — have had sex with 85 different people.”

NO DOUGH! And NBC is quite indignant, per TMZ: “NBC News tells TMZ it did not offer Casey Anthony any money for an interview with her. An NBC rep tells us, "NBC News has not and will not be in a bidding war for a Casey Anthony interview. No money has or will be offered, no licensing or other arrangements. If we were to conduct an interview it would be under our standards."

BUT WILL ANYONE UNDER 45 READ IT? Per the AP: “Linda Ronstadt broke barriers for women as one of the top-selling artists of her generation, and she's going to detail how she did it in a new memoir for Simon & Schuster. The book publisher announced Thursday that it had acquired her autobiography, titled "Heart Like a Wheel," after her Grammy-winning, multiplatinum album.”

BUYER BEWARE: Per this week’s cover story in Us Weekly: “Denise Richards hasn't always been happy with her body. In the new issue of Us Weekly (out now), the 40-year-old actress opens up about her series of botched (breast enhancements) -- and why she decided to show them off in Playboy.”

POLITICO BLINK: “The “Lord of the Rings” metaphors crept into the debt-limit fight on Thursday, as tea-party heroes fired back at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who mocked members of the conservative grassroots movement as “tea-party hobbits.” ‘I’d rather be a hobbit than a troll,” freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on a conference call when asked by POLITICO about McCain’s remarks. ‘I think in reading the books, the hobbits were the heroes. They overcame great obstacles, and I think I’d rather be a hobbit than a troll.’’

SHE TRIED, BUT. . . Amy Winehouse’s family has a theory about her sudden death, per People: “Amy Winehouse's struggles to quit drugs were well documented. But her family fears that sudden abstinence from alcohol might have been what led to her death last Saturday at age 27, according to a report. Winehouse ignored doctors' advice to step back gradually from her heavy drinking and went cold turkey in the past month, an unnamed family friend tells Britain's Sun. Her family believes that was too much of a shock to her system.”

--Skip Wood