The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Christopher Nolan is looking to cast two major female roles in The Dark Knight Rises — a villain and a love interest. Among the actresses who are scheduled to test: Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, and Kate Mara. [via Heat Vision]

2. MySpace has officially begun the process of laying off around 500 people, but according to an anonymous tipster, the company worked them like dogs in recent weeks on a secret spin-off project called “Burn.” [via Gawker]

3. Sorry, AT&T. It’s not just the iPhone; Verizon will also get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network. Do you think Jon Stewart will be excited about that, too? [via BusinessWeek]

4. If you count the large number of people who DVR his show, Conan O’Brien is ruling late night TV among the under 50 set. Also interesting: The average age of Conan’s audience is 33, while Jon Stewart’s is 42, and Dave and Jay are 56.[via Vulture]

5. Just what the world needs: It’s the Kate Middleton and Prince William love story in comic book form, and it’s due out just in time for their wedding in April. [via Jezebel]

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