Mr Pop Culture Report – December 15… It’s Time for Zuckerberg… Neil Diamond To Be Hall of Famer… Resume no-no’s… A long-ago rock ‘n roll concert…

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2010, joining the ranks of winners that include heads of state and rock stars as the person the magazine believes most influenced events of the past year. At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest “Person of the Year” since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time said Wednesday. Zuckerberg beat out Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by just two weeks: She was 26 when she was named in 1952.

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, he announced on his website. “Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of,” the 69-year-old “Sweet Caroline” singer said in a statement. “I think it’s great. I’m happy that they recognized me and my work.” Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album, although Diamond began recording in the 1960s.

Don’t use these words on your resume – according to Linkedin – they’re way overused and don’t make you stand out:

1. Extensive experience

2. Innovative

3. Motivated

4. Results-oriented

5. Dynamic

6. Proven track record

7. Team player

8. Fast-paced

9. Problem solver

10. Entrepreneurial

Fifty years past (1960-2010): Clay Cole’s Christmas Show
December 23 – January 1, 1960
The Clay Cole all-star ten-day Christmas show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre
Producer Sid Bernstein approached New York television host, Clay Cole  in fall of 1960 with an offer he couldn’t refuse; return to The Brooklyn Paramount Theatre to continue the Alan Freed holiday tradition, a 10-day all-star rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza, Clay Cole’s Christmas Show.
Bernstein put together an all-star lineup of  hit-makers, and knowing that he could lure audience members back for two or more shows, he signed Bobby Rydell to headline for three days, Brenda Lee for three, and Ray Charles for four. Murray the K, New York’s top deejay (1010-WINS) was hired to replaced Clay as he raced back to Channel 13, Newark NJ each day to fulfill his live television duties.
The five daily shows broke the all-time box office attendance record at the former 4500+ seat showplace, a record that still stands to this day.

Supporting acts included a million-dollar line-up:
Dion (“Lonely Teenager”)
Neil Sedaka (“Calendar Girl”)
The Drifters (“Save The Last Dance For Me”)
The Coasters (“Searchin” / Yakety Yak”)
The Shirelles (“Will You Still Love Me”)
The Skyliners            (“Since I Don’t Have You”)
Johnny Burnette      (“You’re Sixteen”)
Chubby Checker       (“The Twist”)
Kathy Young (“A Thousand Stars”)
Bobby Vee (“Rubber Ball”)
Jimmy Charles         (“A Million To One”)
Bo Diddley (“Say Man”)
Dante
& The Evergreens   (“Alley-Oop”)
Little Anthony
& The Imperials      (“Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop”)
plus, orchestra conductor, an unknown trumpet virtuoso, Bobby Vinton,
with the Delicates, as back-up singers.
Notes: During the run of the show, Billboard magazine arrived announcing the #1 recording on the
Hot 100 – The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” their first at #1.
Clay Cole celebrated his 23rd birthday (January 1, 1961) on stage on New Year’s Eve.
Bo Diddley literally “broke a leg.”
Complete story and details:

Mr. Pop Culture Report – November 24… Face Getting A Trademark… Don’t Mess With Sheen… Cowell Loves Tyler… American Pickers Returns… This Week In History…

Facebook has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the trademark on the word “face” when used in the context of online chat rooms or bulletin boards. Facebook filed for this trademark in December 2005. The notice of allowance does not mean that Facebook has been granted the trademark just yet, but it’s getting really close. In the next three months, Facebook must pay a fee and file a statement of use, at which time it must prove that it is actively using the mark to provide goods or services, and then get the approval of an attorney.

Charlie Sheen has countersued Capri Anderson, claiming that the adult-film actress tried to extort him for $1 million after their encounter in a New York hotel room. “This case involves a shakedown and extortion of the internationally known actor and celebrity Charlie Sheen … by an opportunist pornographic film star and publicity-hungry scam artist,” the lawsuit states.

Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell says he’s happy that Steven Tyler will take his place. Cowell says, “I always said it had to be someone who wasn’t better looking than me and they achieved it.” He poked fun at Tyler before collecting the Founders Awards at the International Emmy Awards in New York on Monday night. Cowell said the Aerosmith frontman seems like a nice guy, and Randy Jackson told him they were having a lot of fun.

Coming In December On History:

History presents all new episodes of “American Pickers.” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are once again searching the back roads, junkyards, and filled-to-the-brim barns in America for “rusty gold.” AMERICAN PICKERS, the #1 new cable series of 2010, returns for new episodes of its second season beginning Monday, December 6 at 9pm ET on HISTORY.

Traveling along with the duo, viewers will meet an assortment of American originals and watch as a patchwork of history unfolds – one treasure at a time. “We’re caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them,” says Mike.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – November 18… Puff The Magic Diddy (drinks by the sea), Keith Urban Goes Urban… Paul McCartney Is Sirius About This Concert… Bill Nye The Unconscious Guy… A Note From HBO.

He’s Puff The Magic Diddy – Advertising Age names Ciroc vodkas one of America’s hottest brands — and Brand Manager/CMO Sean “Diddy” Combs loves it. “This is a huge honor for us to be included in this illustrious list,” “It shows that Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka is a brand America loves and hard work pays off!” “Made in France, Croc vodka … is one of the first vodkas made from fine French grapes, mauzac blanc and ugni blanc, and it is distilled five times,” says the magazine. “But what really sets this brand apart are its street credentials.”

Keith Urban Is Back – Country music star Keith Urban is used to seeing screaming fans — just not necessarily meeting them up close at the train station. Urban promoted his new album, “Get Closer,” in stops at New York’s Penn Station and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The CD is now getting into fans’ hands and looks to land #1 on the country album charts in a week or two.

Beatles Now On iTunes – Users can buy the Fab Four’s remastered studio albums, collections and a digital box set. Looks like “Abbey Road” is the top seller – at least for now.  While Beatles fans celebrate the addition of the band’s catalog to iTunes, Paul McCartney will help Sirius XM Radio ring in a milestone of its own next month. McCartney will play New York’s Apollo Theater for the first time on December 13, in an invitation-only event for listeners of the satellite radio service as it approaches 20 million subscribers. The concert will be broadcast live on six different Sirius XM channels. The company also announced the launch of “Paul McCartney’s ‘s Band on the Run Radio,” a commerical-free music channel showcasing McCartney’s catalog that will run 24/7 from November 29 to December 26. The channel coincides with the reissue earlier this month of “Band on the Run,” McCartney’s 1973 album with Wings.

The host of the Emmy-winning 1990s TV show Bill Nye the Science Guy, 54, collapsed mid-sentence in front of hundreds of audience members during a speaking engagement at the University of Southern California. About 10 seconds after his fall, “he popped back up with much gusto and asked everybody how long he was out for and went on with a story about how a similar thing happened to him that morning,” an audience member said.

Check out HBO’s upcoming documentary called PUBLIC SPEAKING, directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and produced by Emmy - and Peabody-winning documentary producer Graydon Carter, about legendary New York writer Fran Lebowitz. PUBLIC SPEAKING premieres Monday, November 22nd on HBO. Directed in the style of Scorsese’s early documentaries “Italian American” and “American Boy,” PUBLIC SPEAKING showcases Lebowitz’s worldview and experiences.  Spotlighting her trademark humor, the film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage. We have key art, stills, trailer and clips from the film for you. It’s Mr. Pop Culture recommended!

Mr. Pop Culture Report – October 26… Madonna’s Fitness… 2 1/2 Pieces of Furniture… Jon Stewart Most Inflentual Man? – You’re Joking!… Kevin Costner Is Doing What??

Pop singer Madonna is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world to be known as Hard Candy Fitness global gyms. A partnership between Madonna, her manager and New Evolution Ventures plans to open the first gym in a posh neighborhood in Mexico City on Nov. 29. Madonna will attend the Mexico City opening. A statement by Hard Candy Fitness says gyms “will open in major cities around the world,” including 10 more locations in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe and Asia. No gyms are immediately planned for the United States, but the statement noted that more locations are possible in the future.

Charlie Sheen was briefly hospitalized Tuesday after security at the Plaza Hotel called police to report he was disorderly and had broken furniture in his room, police said. His publicist blamed an allergic reaction to medication, and said the actor was discharged Tuesday evening and on his way back to Los Angeles. Another report says it straight – he was in a suite with a hooker doing cocaine. Like furniture polish -Sheene left a shine.

We now live in a world where Jon Stewart gets voted most influential man. Don’t take it from me – ask “AskMen” dot com.  OK, say it three times – Jon Stewart is the most influential man of the year…

Kevin Costner – who’s acting days are pretty much behind him – somehow – lands the hosting gig for this year’s “CMT Artist’s of the Year.” CMT as in country. Costner’s claim to country fame – well, he has a band that plays country music – Modern West. Really though – Kevin will keep good company with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. It happens Dec. 3.

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Mr. Pop Culture Report … October 23… Yea Texas… Shales Going… They Get Married… Mobile Is Taking Over…

Sports – The Texas Rangers best the Yankees – and for the first time – will be in the World Series.  Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs before Nelson Cruz hit a towering, two-run homer and the Rangers beat New York 6-1 Friday night in Game 6 of the AL championship series, the biggest victory in the franchise’s 50 seasons.

Tom Shales, the Washington Post‘s Pulitzer-prize winning television writer, says he’s probably going to leave the paper when his contract expires at the end of December. “It’s been a long process,” he says. Shales took the paper’s buyout offer in 2006. “I hate that expression, ‘took the buyout,’” he says. It reminds him of an old Gregory Peck movie that ends with a boy killing his pet deer.  Shales went on contract immediately after, remaining the paper’s TV critic until last summer, when Hank Stuever was named lead critic; Shales, the Post announced, would become an at-large culture critic with a mission to Illuminate, pontificate and eviscerate, on TV and other subjects.”

They Get Married – British comedian Russell Brand and U.S. pop singer Katy Perry married on Saturday in a closely guarded traditional Hindu ceremony at an exclusive hotel resort in India’s Rajasthan. Pop star Rihanna played the maid of honor as a priest chanted Hindu hymns around a sacred fire.

Technology – A September study conducted by Forrester Research found that 37 percent of 18- to 30-year-old Americans access the internet with their mobile phones and 15 percent use their phones to watch videos or TV. “Mobile data traffic is up 5,000 percent over a 3-year period,” said Dawn Benton, the director of corporate communications at AT&T. That growth is a perfect example of the fact that more people are choosing to use smartphones and “emerging devices,” like tablets and notebooks, she added.

Mr. Pop Culture Report For October 19… Keith Richards Doesn’t Like Mick Jagger… Goodbye Mr. C… A “10″ On The Andy Richter Scale… There’s No Stopping That Thing You’re On…

Yes, the worst Saturday Night Live TV season was 1980-1981. Looks like Joe Piscopo was the only one retained. See Ask Mr. Pop History.

New Keith Richards Book Out Later This Month…In it, Richards describes Mick Jagger as ‘unbearable’ in his autobiography titled, “Life,” in entries which lay bare their fraught relationship. The 66-year-old reveals his nicknames for Jagger are ‘Brenda’ and ‘Your Majesty’. Richards writes of the distance between the pair, saying: ‘I used to love Mick, but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years. ‘Sometimes I think, “I miss my friend’. I wonder, ‘Where did he go?”‘ ‘It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable.’

Goodbye Mr. Cunningham – Passing – Tom Bosley, best known as Howard Cunningham on ‘Happy Days,’ has died at the age of 83. Bosley died in his home in Palm Springs after battling a staph infection.

Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band will be the house band for Conan O’Brien’s upcoming TBS show, the network announced Tuesday. Andy Richter re-teams with Conan O’Brien Vivino, the former associate music director, arranger, guitarist and vocalist for Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, replaces Max Weinberg as bandleader for Conan. Weinberg, who served as bandleader on both of O’Brien’s previous shows for a total of 17 years, opted not to join Conan. Vivino’s brother is Floyd Vivino – New Jersey comedian.

According to a report out Tuesday, there will be 2 billion Web dwellers by the end of this year. The number of internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years according to the report from the International Telecommunication Union. Much of the big number can be attributed to internet growth in developing countries. The report said 162 million of the 226 million new Internet users in 2010 will live in those countries, where Web access is still growing.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 29… A Pop Culture President… Why Is “Dancin With The Stars” On My Newscast Nite And Day?… Is It Possible To Get 300% More Gas Milage? … Obama Loves His Music…

Ashton Kutcher  is President of of Pop Culture (which means he was hired by popchips and this is their new ad campaign). He needs a V/P. Any votes for Mr. Pop Culture and his 3,000 week-by-week library?

From Asheene K – Our local “Eyewitness News” in Los Angeles features “Dancing With The Stars” updates on its morning and evening newscasts. As a story. All the time. Everyday. Why?

Mr. Pop History – Who knows? It’s not news, but a concise plug for the show. Why this show? I have no idea, but someone, somewhere wants it on the news. Makes you wonder and it must tick-off the producers of other ABC-TV shows. This one is getting quite a ride – and in the news, no less.

200% to 300% more gas mileage from a car? It’s possible. It’s being done. The story is amazing. Developing…

Cover of the Rolling Stone – Is President Obama and his music. We get a glimpse inside his iPod. Should be interesting.

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Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 25… My Generation Stinks In the Ratings… So, That’s Why Zucker Is Leaving NBC? … No more Heart in this marriage… Hot albums this week.

TV Ratings – Big Bang, in its Thursday debut, drew 14 million viewers and improved over its Monday season premiere a year ago among the adults-18-to-49 demographic. The strong start also lifted freshman comedy S#*! My Dad Says (12.5 million viewers) to a solid debut and provided a healthy lead-in to CSI (14.6 million viewers) and The Mentalist (15.3 million viewers). However, the two procedurals were down in the demo 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively, versus a year ago. NBC’s rival Thursday comedies suffered, as Community (5 million viewers) fell 42 percent from its freshman debut. (It did, however, premiere after The Office a year ago.) 30 Rock ( 5.8 million viewers), which also premiered post-Office last year, was down 13 percent in the demo. The Office (8.4 million viewers) was up slightly, providing a nice platform to new comedy Outsourced (7.4 million viewers).

NBC placed third overall behind (goodbye Jeff Zucker), ABC, which debuted documentary-style scripted drama “My Generation” to a disappointing 5.2 million viewers. The show tied with the CW in the demo during the 8/7c timeslot and was down 60 percent compared to FlashForward‘s debut last year.

Universal Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Zucker will step down once Comcast Corp. completes its takeover of the company as the new owners move to reshape management. Zucker’s ratings simply stink and he’s made some horrific decisions over the past few years. Some say, it’s amazing he’s kept his job this long.

Divorcing after 24 years of marriage – Heart’s Nancy Wilson and movie director Cameron Crowe.

Top albums this week –

Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz

A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park

The Guitar Song- Jamey Johnson

Recovery – Eminem

Band of Joy – Robert Plant

Now 35

Hurley – Weezer

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Mr. Pop Culture Report… September 18… Getting Into Trouble Are Russell Brand And Adam Lambert… He’s A Killer Queen And Hot Hits This Week.

Russell Brand has been released from police custody for a misdemeanor charge of simple battery, after having been arrested at LAX on Friday afternoon. The British comic, 35, and his fiancee, Katy Perry, were going through airport security when Brand reportedly began pushing and striking photographers snapping pictures of the famous pair. One of those  paparazzos then placed Brand under citizen’s arrest.

Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play flamboyant rocker Freddie Mercury in a dramatic feature focusing on his glory days as the frontman of Queen, its producers said on Thursday. The untitled film is being written by Peter Morgan, the British scribe behind “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland.” No director is attached yet.

Adam Lambert Accused of Battery – According to a police report, Victor Eras, who was taking pictures of the 28-year-old singer Thursday, alleges that Lambert ran toward him “in an aggressive manner,” grabbed his backpack and wrestled him to the ground.

Hot hits this week in 2010 –

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull

I Like It – Enrique Iglesias fea. Pitbull

Take It Off – Ke$ha

Just A Dream – Nelly

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 7… Ipad Competitors Coming… Virtual Cigarette… Creator of TVs “Bonanza” Passes

iPad competitors coming – Beginning this fall (with several new devices launching at IFA Berlin last week) and stretching through next year (with the Consumer Electronics Show in early January), there are going to be far more consumer touch-screen tablets to choose from. And not just from small niche manufacturers. They include The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the The Toshiba Folio.

Interesting – Galen Kipe hasn’t smoked a cigarette in more than three months. He couldn’t kick his habit of 17 years with nicotine patches or gum. He finally put away his Marlboro menthols for good by swapping them for electronic cigarettes, which look like the real thing and give him his nicotine fix but do not contain tobacco. “It’s the closest thing to what I was doing before,” the 34-year-old steelworker from Asheboro, N.C., said. “I’m still getting the nicotine, but I don’t feel like I’m getting any kind of bad side effects. It can’t be any worse than actual cigarettes.”

Passing – David Dortort (93) creator of the long-running hit Western Bonanza, has died. He was 93. The long running series debuted in 1959 against ratings monster Perry Mason over at CBS. Then, NBC moved the show to Sunday nights were it became a top-rated show for most of the 1960′s. It was the first of its kind – the very first regular TV series to go color.