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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Over a year later, a new inquest is being held into Amy Winehouse’s death because the assistant deputy coroner who oversaw the original examination lacked proper qualifications. [via ArtsBeat]

2. Odd Future has been accused of brutally attacking a 17-year-old fan who hopped on stage during a show in San Antonio. According to TMZ, the teen “suffered lacerations on his head, scratches, and burns to his body,” as well as two seizures, and now plans to sue the group. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Was Alec Baldwin trying to break out heart when he tweeted this photo of Jack Donaghy’s last day at the office? Probably. [via BuzzFeed]

2. “He’s giving everyone shit the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass.” You’ll never guess who Jon Stewart says was the worst Daily Show guest of all-time, and is apparently banned for life. Hint: It’s an actor, not a dictator. [via Gawker] … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Watching Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe, and Mandy Patinkin sing “Good King Wenceslas” just made our morning. Absolutely delightful. [via Pitchfork]

2. If you skipped Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” special last night, then you might be interested to know that David Petraeus nabbed the top spot. There was also an interesting interview with Hillary Clinton (who insists she’s not running in 2016) and this funny photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a skinny kid.

3. Of course Drunk Uncle showed up along with Seth Meyers at last night’s 12/12/12 concert. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s Google Zeitgeist time again! Here’s an exhaustive look at some of most popular searches and search trends throughout the year, a list topped by Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, and Hurricane Sandy.

2. Mick Jagger stopped by Letterman last night to deliver the Top Ten things he’s learned after 50 years in rock and roll. Watch the hilarious clip here. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. James Franco explains that his band Daddy’s new song “Can’t Say Goodbye” was inspired by his father’s recent death. Watch the music video for the track — which features childhood home movies of the actor — here.

2. The National debuted four new songs during their performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in England over the weekend. Listen to one of the tracks here. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Beyoncé just inked a $50 million deal with Pepsi that includes “a multimillion-dollar fund to support the singer’s chosen creative projects.”

2. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs debuted a new track over the weekend at a Hurricane Sandy benefit that Spin describes as “a spare thumper that recalled Florence and the Machine’s ‘Dog Days Are Over.'” So far the performance has yet to surface on YouTube, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that someone defied Karen O’s no cellphone footage request. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “You and Hillary are going to have a hell of a battle in 2016.” — Jon Stewart grilled Chris Christie about everything from his love of Bruce to his sudden 180 on President Obama’s leadership skills on last night’s Daily Show. Watch the full interview here. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Famed architect Oscar Niemeyer, the man behind many of the buildings in Brazil’s futuristic capital, has died at the age of 104. [via Guardian]

2. It turns out Taylor Swift as just as good at beatboxing as you might imagine. [via Gawker] … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Last night Stephen Colbert gleefully kicked off his week-long celebration of The Hobbit by interviewing Gandalf himself. Watch Sir Ian McKellen get trounced in a vicious game Tolkien trivia, and later admit that “Gandalf is more powerful than Magneto,” in

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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