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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Hangover Part II star Bradley Cooper has been declared People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” an honor that has previously gone to actors like Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Ryan Reynolds. His initial response to the news? “My mother is going to be so happy.” [via EW]

2. Mariah Yeater has decided to drop her paternity suit against Justin Bieber. This comes following the news that her lawyers quit the case after the singer’s management threatened her with legal action for making a false claim. [via NME]

3. After a successful debut in New Jersey, Disney has decided to mount a low-budget, three-month run of Newsies the Musical on Broadway this spring. Why are they being so cautious? Two recent big time flops: Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. [via NYT]

4. Today a public art commission in San Francisco votes on whether or not to withdrawal the city’s multiple contracts with artist Tom Otterness, the famed sculptor who shot and killed a shelter dog “for art” back in 1977. Allegedly, they didn’t know about his controversial past when they originally commissioned the works. [via Gawker]

5. Julien’s Auctions has removed Michael Jackson’s death bed from its upcoming auction of items from his final home at the request of the singer’s family, claiming, “we would never do anything that is not in the best interests of Michael’s children, his mother or the Estate.” [via EW]

Bonus Buzz: Donaghy Vs. Swanson Fight Poster

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