This Week In History. News, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Technology. A Complete Look At The Week Of February 1, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ mrpopculture.com

Week of February 1, 2011

In The News –

Jordan’s King Abdullah II fired his government Tuesday (Feb.1) in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms.The dismissal follows several large protests across Jordan_ inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt — calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.

Red light cameras are helping drivers remember that red means stop and are saving lives, according to a new study out Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study concludes that the cameras have reduced the rate of fatal crashes by 24 percent in 14 large cities that introduced red light cameras between 1996 and 2004. “Red light cameras are working,” said institute President Adrian Lund. “There are hundreds of people who are alive because some communities had the courage to use this method of enforcement.”

Syrians are organizing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter that call for a “day of rage” in Damascus this week, taking inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political reforms. Like Egypt and Tunisia, Syria suffers from corruption, poverty and unemployment. All three nations have seen subsidy cuts on staples like bread and oil. Syria’s authoritarian president has resisted calls for political freedoms and jailed critics of his regime.

More than a quarter-million people flooded Cairo’s main square Tuesday (Feb.1) in a stunning and jubilant array of young and old, urban poor and middle class professionals, mounting by far the largest protest yet in a week of unrelenting demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. The crowds — determined but peaceful — filled Tahrir, or Liberation, Square and spilled into nearby streets, among them people defying a government transportation shutdown to make their way from rural provinces.

The Dow Jones industrial average has closed above 12,000 for the first time in 2 1/2 years — yet another sign that the economy is extending its recovery from the recession.

President Barack Obama appeared on Tuesday to have persuaded his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, to take a middle course of promising to step aside later this year. It was unclear if that would satisfy the hundreds of thousands of protesters who gathered across Egypt to call on Mubarak to immediately relinquish power.

A massive storm billed as the worst in decades barreled toward the northeast Wednesday (Feb.2), leaving vast swaths from Chicago to New York paralyzed by snow and ice, stranding hundreds of motorists all night and shuttering airports and schools. Chicago had 19.5 inches of snow, ranking the storm the third-largest on record to hit the city with still more possible. As much as 1 1/2 feet fell in Missouri, more than a foot dropped on northern Indiana and southeast Kansas, and Oklahoma saw up to a foot.

The United States criticized the government of President Hosni Mubarak and condemned violence in Egypt’s capital as clashes between protesters and pro-government supporters demonstrated there would be no easy resolution to the unrest destabilizing America’s closest ally in the Arab world. A day after President Barack Obama pressed Mubarak to loosen his grip on power immediately, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the U.S. “deplores and condemns the violence that is taking place in Egypt.”

The Republicans effort to sink the Democrats’ health care overhaul fails. The repeal effort sank along party lines, 51-47 as expected. But in the process, Republicans forced Democrats on the record in favor of President Barack Obama’s signature overhaul and launched what they described as a two-year effort to discredit it in the lead-up to a bid for a second term.

Republicans now controlling the House promised Thursday to slash domestic agencies’ budgets by almost 20 percent for the coming year, the first salvo in what’s sure to be a bruising battle over their drive to cut spending to where it was before President Barack Obama took office.

Tens of thousands packed central Cairo Friday(Feb.4), waving flags and singing the national anthem, emboldened in their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak after they repelled pro-regime attackers in two days of bloody street fights. The U.S. was pressing Egypt for an immediate start to democratic transition, including a proposal for Mubarak to step down immediately.

Mark Kelly, astronaut husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will keep his seat on the space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight in April – a mission he will also command. Kelly had been debating whether to go through with the mission or stay by his wife’s side as she recovers. Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8 at a constituent meeting at a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store. Since Jan. 21, she has been undergoing rehab at a hospital in Houston.

The top leadership body of Egypt’s ruling party resigned Saturday, including the president’s son, but the regime appeared to be digging in its heels, calculating that it can ride out street demonstrations and keep President Hosni Mubarak in office. The ruling party leaders who resigned included the country’s most powerful political figures — and its most unpopular among many Egyptians. The move may have been aimed at convincing protesters in the streets that the regime is sincere in implementing democratic reforms they demand.

Seamstresses, set designers and musicians watched in tears as firefighters struggled to control a blaze that raged through warehouses holding many of the elaborate costumes and floats they had assembled for this year’s samba parade. With just a month left before the March 6 start of the competition, there is no way to fully replace them.

Egypt’s vice president met a broad representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and offered new concessions including freedom of the press, release of those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks ago and the eventual lifting of the country’s hated emergency laws.  Two of the groups that attended the meeting said this was only a first step in a dialogue which has yet to meet their central demand — the immediate ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Authorities in northeast Ohio say a shooting at a fraternity house just north of the Youngstown State University campus killed one student and injured 11 people, including six students. Youngstown police Lt. Franklin Palmer says the shooting happened during a party early Sunday and no arrests have been made, but police have at least one suspect.

An Iranian court held closed-door proceedings Sunday to begin the espionage trial of three Americans – two in custody and one freed on bail – whose 18-month detention has been the subject of impassioned family appeals and backdoor outreach by Washington through an Arab ally in the Gulf. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported that not guilty pleas were submitted to the court by their attorney, but gave no other details. Details of the nearly five-hour hearing were not made public and it was unclear whether the two Americans in Iranian custody – Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal – were present in the Revolutionary Court, which deals with state security cases like those of people arrested in the violent aftermath of Iran’s disputed election in 2009.

President Barack Obama is telling business leaders that despite some strong disagreements, “we can and must work together.” Obama spoke Monday (Feb.7) morning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is so close to the White House that Obama was able to walk across the street to make his comments. His appearance comes as Obama aims to smooth his relations with corporate leaders and persuade major businesses to spend their cash, expand hiring and promote economic growth.

Rio de Janeiro’s world-famed Carnival went up in flames Monday for thousands of people who spent nearly a year preparing for the spectacular event.

Technology -

First iPad newspaper launched – News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and a gaggle of tech and media chroniclers gathered Wednesday (Feb.2) at the Guggenheim Museum in New York for a first look at the debut edition of The Daily, News Corp.’s experimental iPad “newspaper.” Apple has sold 14.8 million iPads since its tablet hit the market in April. Murdoch said he expects the tablet audience to grow to more than 50 million within the next year. “The Daily” will cost about $40 a year.

According to a new Cisco forecast, in just four years two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video. How will wireless carriers keep up with this demand? The major providers are pinning their hopes on 4G wireless networks, which they say will be able to handle greater data loads.

AOL has announced that it plans to buy the Huffington Post for $315 million. Arianna Huffington will become editor in chief of all of AOL’s content sites, including TechCrunch  and Engadget. According to Arianna’s memo to site contributors, nothing will be different except “more people reading what you wrote.

Sports –

The NBA fined the New York Knicks $200,000 and team scout Rodney Heard $20,000 on Thursday for conducting illegal draft workouts. The league ruled that Heard, the Knicks’ director of East scouting, violated rules restricting contact between teams and players eligible for the draft in May 2007 and May 2010. Under the rules at that time, players were not eligible to be worked out for teams before the NBA’s predraft camp in May.

Super Bowl XLV scored with viewers, tying for the highest-rated NFL championship game according to overnight television ratings released Monday by Fox. The Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 47.9 market rating in 56 metered U.S. markets, an increase of 3 percent over last year’s game on CBS and tying it with Super Bowl XXI in 1987, according to News Corp’s Fox.

Music news –

Justin Bieber hits the court to headline the 2011 BBVA NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, as part of the NBA’s upcoming All-Star Weekend, on February 18 in Los Angeles.

Elton John on his friend Billy Joel and Joel’s rehap… “He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light,” the legendary singer — who went to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse in 1990 — tells the new issue of Rolling Stone, “When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs.”But the Grammy-winner, 63, stresses that his words come from a caring place.

The Recording Academy is finally getting some satisfaction, with Mick Jagger’s first appearance on the Grammy stage. The Rolling Stones frontman will perform at the Feb. 13 ceremony as part of a tribute to soul great Solomon Burke, who died last year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer opened for the Rolling Stones several times during his career comeback late in life.

Entertainment news –

Halle Berry has pulled out of a film job to prepare for a custody fight over her young daughter.A spokeswoman for the Oscar-winning actress says Berry backed out of a role in “New Year’s Eve” that was scheduled to shoot in New York this week “due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter.”

Television news –

ReelzChannel will air The Kennedys. The pickup comes nearly a month after A&E Television Networks abruptly dropped the project from its History channel — starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, respectively — because it is “not a fit for the History brand.”

The original Ewings — Larry Hagman (J.R.), Patrick Duffy (Bobby) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) – have signed on to appear in the pilot reboot of “Dallas.” TNT announced the pilot of the new “Dallas” would feature the trio, who helped thrill America between 1978 and 1991, playing the high-living family from Southforth, Texas.

The red swimsuit that helped make “Charlie’s Angels” actress Farrah Fawcett a 1970s icon became part of the Smithsonian’s collection Wednesday on what would have been her 64th birthday. Fawcett’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal presented the swimsuit and other items to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington. O’Neal said Fawcett, who died in 2009 after battling anal cancer for several years, always intended to give the suit to the museum.

Beavis and Butthead – MTV announces its once-popular cartoon about channel-surfing, heavy-metal-loving high school losers would return to the network this summer.

Actor Charlie Sheen hopes to be finished with rehab and back on the set of his top-rated TV comedy “Two and A Half Men” by the end of February. Production on the TV show, broadcast on CBS, was suspended after Sheen, 45, went into rehab at the weekend after being hospitalized following a reported 36-hour party at his home last week.

Dana Carvey returned to Saturday Night Live. Music guest was Justin Bieber.

The 16-year-old pop singer brought his million-dollar smile and “angel’s voice” to two sketches, turning both Carvey and Andy  Sambert into fans.

Hot Hits This Week In 2011 –

Grenade- Bruno Mars

Firework – Katy Perry

F**kin’ Perfect – P!nk

Black and Yello – Wiz Khalifa

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – Enrique Iglesias fea. Ludacrus & DJ Frank E

Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears

Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) – Pitbull fea. T-Pain

Rocketeer – Far East Movement

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

What’s My Name? – Rihanna

Coming Home – Diddy – Dirty Money fea. Skylar Grey

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame fea. Roscoe Das and Wal

6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne fea. Cory Gunz

Yeah 3X – Chris Brown

Back to December – Taylor Swift

F**k You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green

Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

More – Usher

Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

What the Hell – Avril Lavigne

Higher – Taio Cruz fea. Travie McCoy

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

At the movies this week –

The Roomate (1st week – $15 million)

Sanctum (1st week – $9.4 million)

No Strings Attached

The King’s Spech

The Green Hornet

The Rite

The Mechanic

True Grit

Black Swan

The Dilemma

The Fighter

Yogi Bear

Hip Tuesday night TV (TV Squad)

7PM

Cartoon Network: ‘Sym-Bionic Titan’

8:00

CBS: ‘Live to Dance’
NBC: ‘Minute to Win It’
FOX: ‘American Idol’
PBS: ‘Nova scienceNOW’
Travel Channel: ‘Deep Fried’
OWN: ‘Mystery Diagnosis’

8:30

Food Network: ‘Throwdown With Bobby Flay’

9:00

NBC: ‘Minute to Win It’
FOX: ‘Human Target’
DirecTV 101: ‘Friday Night Lights’
Syfy: ‘Ghost Hunters International’
Travel Channel: ‘Man vs. Food: Carnivore Chronicles’
TLC: ‘My Strange Addiction’
TruTV: ‘Operation Repo’
Showtime: ‘Inside the NFL’

9:30

ABC: ‘Cougar Town’

10:00

ABC: ‘Off the Map’
CBS: ‘Blue Bloods’
NBC: ‘Law and Order: SVU’
Bravo: ‘Top Chef’
TV Land: ‘Hot in Cleveland’
Syfy: ‘Face Off’
Spike: ‘MANswers’
ID: ‘James Ellroy’s L.A.: City of Demons’

10:30

TV Land: ‘Retired at 35′
Spike: ‘MANswers’

11:00

SoapNet: ‘Being Erica’

Late-Night Talk Shows

11:00

PBS: ‘Charlie Rose’: Annette Bening
TBS: ‘Conan’: Kobe Bryant
Comedy Central: ‘The Daily Show’: Matthew Perry
E!: ‘Chelsea Lately’: Rachel Bilson
BET: ‘The Mo’Nique Show’: Antoine Dodson, Will Moss, Dante Lee, the Gregory Brothers and Mindless Behavior

11:30

Comedy Central: ‘The Colbert Report’: Sean Kelly

11:35

ABC: ‘Nightline’: TBA
CBS: ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’: Kate Walsh, Jim Gaffigan and Boxer Rebellion
NBC: ‘The Tonight Show’: Jesse Eisenberg, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ryan Bingham

Midnight

PBS: ‘Tavis Smiley’: Atul Gawande and Blythe Danner
TBS: ‘Lopez Tonight’: Mindy Kaling, Derek Fisher, Jasper Redd, and Arturo Sandoval

12:05AM

ABC: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Josh Brolin and Tinie Tempah

12:35

CBS: ‘The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson’: Jim Parsons and Kurt Metzger
NBC: ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’: Samuel L. Jackson, Larry the Cable Guy and Phantogram

1:35

NBC: ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’: Rich Eisen, The Meltdown and Screaming Females

Top TV Shows –

1. American Idol” (Wednesday) FOX
2. American Idol” (Thursday) FOX
3. Hallmark Hall of Fame: “The Lost Valentine CBS
4. Pro Bowl: AFC vs. NFC FOX
5. NCIS CBS
6. Criminal Minds CBS
7. Blue Bloods CBS

This Week In History… One Year Ago – Week of January 8, 2010. Pop Culture.

Week of January 8, 2010

Police have identified the body of a woman found in a burning trash bin in North Miami earlier this week. Playboy model Paula Sladewski, 26, went missing after traveling from California to go to the Lady Gaga concert at the Fontainbleau on New Year’s Eve with her boyfriend. Some time over the weekend, the couple got into an argument, according to the Miami New Times, and Sladewski, a native of Michigan, stormed off never to be seen alive again. The body was found on NE 130th just off Archer Road on Sunday in an empty bin.

College football- Alabama rules! That defense knocked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy out of the BCS title game early Thursday night, then made a big play to save the win late and restore glory to Bear Bryant’s football factory with a 37-21 victory for the Crimson Tide’s first national title since 1992. “We back,” said Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, the offensive MVP.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the investigation of a bomb plot against New York City. FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko says Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were arrested early Friday in New York. The FBI says the arrests were part of “an ongoing investigation.” The charges were not immediately detailed.

President Barack Obama on Saturday renewed his pitch for final congressional passage of a U.S. healthcare overhaul and promised Americans they will begin reaping the benefits soon after he signs a bill into law. As Obama’s fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate struggle to merge their healthcare bills into one, the president used his weekly radio address to try to ease lingering public doubts over his top legislative priority. The president stepped back into the center of the healthcare debate after being preoccupied for much of his first week back from vacation in Hawaii with fallout over the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner.
A man believed to have breached security to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy Newark Airport terminal that led to snarled flights worldwide, was arrested in New Jersey and faces a trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500, punishment a senator says should be much harsher. Haisong Jiang, 28, of Piscataway was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Friday at his home, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. He was questioned at the airport by Port Authority police, who arrested him, and released shortly after midnight.

A powerful offshore earthquake rattled communities in far northern California, cutting power to thousands of customers, causing minor damage to homes and businesses and forcing many people to seek treatment for cuts and bruises from falling debris. The 6.5 magnitude temblor hit at about 4:27 p.m. PST Saturday and was centered in the Pacific about 22 miles west of Ferndale, but was felt as far south as Capitola in central California and as far north as central Oregon, the U.S. Geological Survey said. In Eureka, about 240 miles north of San Francisco, residents of an apartment building were evacuated, and an office building and two other commercial structures were declared unsafe for occupancy, according to Humboldt County spokesman Phil Smith-Hanes.

Prominent Democrats defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after a new book revealed racial remarks he made about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. In a private conversation reported in the book, Reid described Obama as a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

A nuclear physics professor who publicly backed Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June presidential election was killed Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb rigged to a motorcycle blew up outside his home. State media identified the victim as Masoud Ali Mohammadi, 50, a professor at Tehran University, which has been at the center of recent protests by student opposition supporters. Before the election, pro-reform Web sites published Ali Mohammadi’s name among a list of 240 Tehran University teachers who supported Mousavi.
An earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti. A hospital and other buildings collapsed and people were screaming for help.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 7 and was centered about 10 miles west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed a short time later by two powerful aftershocks of magnitude 5.9 and 5.5. The death toll could be tens of thousands and beyond.

U.S. officials are laying out a massive military response to the Haiti earthquake, saying that ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit are either on the way or likely to begin moving soon. Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, said Wednesday that one of the U.S. Navy’s large amphibious ships will likely head to Haiti with a Marine expeditionary unit aboard. Fraser said other U.S. military forces are on alert, including a brigade, which includes about 3,500 troops.

Sarah Palin is joining Fox News where she’ll be a commentator.

Simon Cowell is leaving “American Idol” after this next season. He’s producing X-Factor” – a hit in Britain which is coming to Fox-TV – in which, he’ll also appear.

Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke Baseball’s Home run record in 1998. McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. “I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in a statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”

Miley Cyrus is leaving “Hannah Montana” as enough episodes will be shot until her contract expires in 2011.

Jay Leno is back at 11:35p – but will Conan follow? Leno’s prime time show ends in early February. But wait, O’Brien says he’s rejecting NBC’s attempt to move “The Tonight Show” ” to a post-midnight slot to accommodate Jay Leno’s return to late-night. In a statement Tuesday, O’Brien says that NBC has given him a scant seven months to try to establish himself as host of “Tonight.”

Backstreet Boy AJ Mclean is making it official. McLean, 32, proposed to his girlfriend Rochelle Deanna Karidis while performing solo in Las Vegas.

The economic slump has prices for Super Bowl commercial time falling for only the second time in its history, but it is still the most expensive on television. TNS Media Intelligence saidthat 30-second commercials during next month’s Super Bowl on CBS are selling for between $2.5 million and $2.8 million. That’s a drop from last year, when ads averaged $3 million on NBC.

“American Idol” season 9 begins – with auditions in Boston. Victoria Beckham was this season’s first guest judge (Ellen Degeneres won’t appear until the Hollywood rounds). As always – Simon Cowell had the most quips.

R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon cancer. He was 59. Pendergrass died in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months. The singer’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had “a difficult recovery.”

George Clooney is the latest celebrity to plead for help in raising funds for the Haitian earthquake relief effort — the actor will host a U.S. telethon later this month. The Up in the Air star has reportedly partnered with MTV to host the show next Friday. Clooney is urging his famous pals to appear on the telethon to aid in fundraising. The actor’s pal Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie have already donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders and Haitian singer Wyclef Jean has also urged support for earthquake survivors through his Yele Haiti charity. Stars including Ben Stiller, Jessica Alba, Shakira, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Martin have also called for people to lend their support to those left homeless after Tuesday’s disaster.

Hot hits this week –
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
Replay – Iyaz
Empire of the State – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Sexy Chick – David Guetta and Akon
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil’ Wayne
Fireflies – Owl City
Watcha Say – Jason Derulo
Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
BedRock – Young Money fea. Lloyd
Do You Remember – Jean Sean fea. Sean Paul, Lil John
Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Hard – Rihanna fea. Jeezy
3 – Britney Spears
Drop The World – Lil’ Wayne fea. Eminem
Forever – Drake fea. Lil’ Wayne Kanye West, Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Two Is Better Than One – Boys Like Girls fea. Taylor Swift
How Low – Ludacris
Sweet Dreams – Beyonce
Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
One Time – Justin Bieber
Hey, Soul Sister – Train

At the movies this week:
Avatar
Sherlock Holmes
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Speakquel
Daybreakers
It’s Complicated
Leapyear
The Blind Side
Up In The Air
Youth In Revolt
The Princess And the Frog

When Was Miley Cyrus On “American Idol?” – Pop Culture. This Week In History.

Mr. Pop History – It was a big, big deal when Hannah Montana appeared on “American Idol.” Her first AI appearance was back in April 2008. She’d be back a year later – almost to the date. Here’s that announcement – from the first week of April, 2009:

More Miley… She’s coming to “American Idol.” The 16-year-old superstar, who is gearing up for the release of “Hannah Montana The Movie,” pre-taped a performance of her hit song, “The Climb,” for the hit FOX reality competition on Wednesday night. The performance will air on April 15.

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.

American Idol Didn’t Like This Website… Pop. Culture. History.

From Arlene O – Mr. Pop – Back in the early days of “American Idol” – there was a website – an independent site, that predicted contest outcome – and it was quite accurate. Do you remember?

Mr. Pop History – Yes, something called dialidol dot com predicted (quite well) which singers would get voted off in a given week. It did this with an auto-dialing program it provided to phone-in voters and then analyzed which of the contestants’ numbers yielded the most busy signals. That gave a high-calling volume algorithm. Interesting – isn’t it?

The folks at “American Idol” got wind and had content removed. But – this was an interesting chapter in the life of “American Idol” and a great trivia question.

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Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 29… … Ellen Says Goodbye… Disney Buys Gamer… Paris Hilton Has A New… Phil Spector Still Producing…

Ellen DeGeneres  is leaving as a judge of the hit talent competition after one season. “A couple months ago, I let Fox and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” DeGeneres said. “I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. She said it was a difficult decision, and blamed the heavy work scheduled, but also admitted: “While I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”

Walt Disney Co. said it is buying social game developer Playdom Inc. in a deal worth up to $763 million. Mountain View, Calif.-based Playdom is among the leading makers of online social games, including Social City and Sorority Life, and engages an estimated 42 million active players each month, Disney said in a statement released late Tuesday.

Paris Hilton is preparing to release her as-yet-untitled album, a follow up to her 2006 debut, “Paris.” And the star insists she has taken inspiration from “Spinning Around” hitmaker Minogue in the hope her second release will be a bigger hit with fans. She tells Britain’s Heat magazine, “My record is in production now. I recently finished recording it. It’s very like dance, club music.

Imprisoned Phil Spector’s wife, an aspiring singer who just turned 30, is dividing her time between prison visits and promoting her new album, for which he is listed as the producer. For Rachelle, there has been a whirl of clubs, red-carpet openings, travel, interviews and recording sessions, all happily reported on her Facebook page. For Phil, there is life in a tiny cell at a prison in Corcoran, Calif., where he lives on hope that his appeal will be granted and he will get a new trial. He was sentenced to 19-years-to-life behind bars. Spector is 70.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 19

Miley Cyrus may sing about how she “Can’t Be Tamed” in her new single, but it looks like the producers of “Dancing With the Stars” ” think that actually can. Miley, who is set to perform the song on Tuesday’s “Dancing,” has been warned by producers to keep things G-rated.  The report comes a week after Miley was filmed giving one of her “Last Song” producers a lap dance. The recent release of the “Can’t Be Tamed,” in which a highly sexualized Miley dances in a birdcage (see video below), also caused controversy.

FOX is changing the “American Idol” ” format after it sagged in the ratings (dropping 9% in young viewership) giving a push to “Glee” and focusing on comedy heading into the next television season. In response to viewer requests for more performances, Fox will increase the Tuesday night competition show from an hour to 90 minutes. The Wednesday results show will be chopped in half to 30 minutes, Fox executives said. Despite the ratings slide, “American Idol” continues as the nation’s most popular TV show.

William Shatner will star in his first sitcom. CBS has given the green light to a show, “Bleep My Dad Says,” on which the son of Shatner’s character has more than a million followers to a Twitter account where he writes down his father’s musings.

Hot Hits This Week -

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Not Afraid – Eminem

Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Eminem & Haley Williams

Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Rude Boy – Rihanna

Your Live Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 7

Only on Comedy Central –  (coming)  – a  Jesus Christ comedy – Titled JC, the half-hour animated comedy will revolve around Christ, who moves to New York City to “escape his father’s enormous shadow” in an attempt to live life as a regular guy, according to a news release.

With Aaron Kelly getting the axe this week – American Idol is down to the final four – Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James and Michael Lynche.

Craig Kilborn is heading back to television. Kilborn, who previously hosted CBS’ “Late Late Show,” before leaving the program in 2004 (he was replaced by Craig Ferguson, will host a new show in an earlier time. The show would be syndicated via 20th Television, a division of FOX.

Top Video Games This Week in 2010 –

Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) (X360)

Wii Sports

Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver Version (DS)

New Uper Mario Bros. Wii

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Wii Fit Plus

Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

God of War III (PS3)

Record of Agarest War (X360)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (X360)

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 5

Summer Burger King/McDonalds wars – Many Mickey D’s locations are planning a summer drink promotion where customers can get any sized soft drinks or a 32-ounce sweet tea for just $1. Now the King has counter-punched, with a plan to sell medium-sized Icees in Coke flavor or Fanta Cherry flavor for just $1. The promotion starts May 24 and runs until June 20.

A recording of Britney Spears (pictured) singing Lady Gaga’s hit track Telephone has been proved to be authentic after it was leaked on the internet. Music producer Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jenkins has now confirmed that the track is real.

Harry Connick Jr. mentored “Frank Sinatra” night on “American Idol.”

Debra Winger has signed on as a regular cast member on HBO’s “In Treatment”’ She’ll play one of Dr. Paul Weston’s (Gabriel Byrne) patients when the show returns for its highly anticipated third season later this year.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 1

Passing: (The Buck) – Leslie Buck (87) who designed the iconic Anthora coffee cup – popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s has passed away.

Hitmaker Usher says “American Idol” and shows of its ilk are taking a toll on the music business. Usher says, “The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight. Television is a lie. It can’t happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes. The reason why great singers cannot exist in this time is maybe because they’re not properly managed, and maybe they don’t understand the full gamut of what being an entertainer is.” Usher recently made an appearance on “Idol” as a music mentor.

The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney. Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him “that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,” according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein. On April 19, Gizmodo, which is owned by Gawker Media, published a bombshell story about the iPhone prototype, which had apparently been left at the Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. It was left behind by an Apple engineer named Gray Powell.

Peter Lopez (60), a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress Catherine Bach was found dead in an apparent suicide.Bach played Daisy Duke in the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”Lopez was Michael Jackson’s’s music attorney for several years. He also represented The Eagles, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and.