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.

Top Pop Culture Stories – February 25… Mr. Pop Culture Report

Tyler Puts The Aero Back In Smith – After turmoil that included public squabbling, threats of a lineup change and a rehab stint, Aerosmith is back and ready to rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have announced a European summer tour — with Steven Tyler. The announcement was made via a video post on the band’s Web site Wednesday. Tyler was sitting with the rest of the band and joked: “I just auditioned and I got the gig.”

Mr Chekov Checks-Out – Andrew Koenig’s parents mysteriously walked out of an interview with talk show host “Larry King” just minutes before they were due to go on the air.The former “Growing Pains” star hasn’t been seen since Feb. 14. He disappeared during a trip to Vancouver, Canada and was reported missing by a friend after failing to show up for his flight home to Los Angeles on Feb. 16. Said Larry King, “For some reason unbeknownst to anyone, Walter Koenig, the father of the missing Andrew Koenig, and Judy Levin-Koenig left the studio in Vancouver. We checked them out, they were prepared to go on, I said ‘Hello,’ they said ‘Hello.’ We said we’d be on in two minutes, they said ‘Fine.’ And they got up and left, for reasons unknown.”

Hummer To Stop Idling – General Motors said today it will wind down its Hummer SUV line after failing to complete a deal to sell the brand to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. “We are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed,” John Smith, GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances, said in a statement.

Not Loving Her – Whitney Houston has suffered another setback in her ongoing tour of Australia — fans walked out of her show in Sydney on Wednesday night after the singer’s voice began to fail. The “I Will Always Love You” hitmaker was previously accused of putting on a lackluster performance in Brisbane on Monday, reportedly coughing through her set and taking breaks to catch her breath. Promoters behind the concert defended Houston’s performance, and brushed off fears the star is in poor health.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1966…

Teenage trends – Girls are going for animal pins, made out of gold-look metal,
with sapphire or emerald eyes… French seems to be hot. Some teens are watching foreign French films and listening to French music, including rock n roll.Do you belong to a French club in school?
More teen trends – Saddle shoes are popping up everywhere … Ben Franklin glasses (the kind The  Byrds wear) … pastimes among teens – starting a singing group, chitchatting in teen coffeehouses, writing to pen pals… Teen girls seem fascinated with these careers – modeling, fashion, airline hosting …Most teens seem to be in favor of the Vietnam War …53% say they are headed to college. Media -everyone’s going for the Beatles, Beach Boys, Herman’s Hermits and – David McCallum (Man from UNCLE). Teens are signing birthday cards “from UNCLE. (Video Here)
Sean Connery – Bond, James Bond, says he will make his directing debut on Broadway next fall. “When I got to be 35 last June, I promised myself that for the next 35 years, I would do only things that excite me.” The drama is to be called “The Secret of the World” and will star Shelly Winters and a male colleague to be announced. “Negotiations are going on in England right now. Either I’ll do two more Bond pictures or none. (So far, Connery has done four James Bond
adventures).