The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Comedian Chelsea Handler has been officially announced as the host of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12. [via ArtsBeat] 2. Yesterday Facebook announced a new, optional service called Places that’s just like Foursquare without the badges and only for people who have an iPhone. [via WSJ] 3. So, why does NME‘s annual 50 Best New Bands list include so many bands that aren’t new? [via Stereogum] 4. Prosecutors will add the charge of “annoying people on a beach” to the two others that Snooki faces in her upcoming trial. [via Yahoo!] 5. Inspired by Kieran Culkin‘s role in Scott Pilgrim vs the World, some thoughts on the historical role of the gay best friend in movies. [via New Statesman]

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