The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Public service announcement: Despite what you may have heard, Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy are both still alive. [via NY Daily News]

2. Defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray, who stands accused of Michael Jackson‘s murder, will argue that the King of Pop committed suicide, according to prosecutors on the case. [via AP]

3. Grant McCune, the special effects artist who created the shark in Jaws and won an Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 67. The model maker also contributed to other geek classics, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Spaceballs, and Caddyshack. [via Digital Spy]

4. Chris Brown and Raz B are having a Twitter war over — sigh — Rihanna. Following a string of tweets praising Rihanna, Raz B wrote, “I’m just sittin here thinking how can n—as like [Eric Benet] and [Chris Brown] disrespect women as intelligent as Halle Berry, Rihanna.” Classy as ever, Brown responded with some homophobia and then freaked out over the suggestion that he’s homophobic. [via MTV]

5. When Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network debuts on Saturday, it will be available in 85 million homes. That’s five million more than its predecessor, Discovery Health, but 15 million less than the original Discovery Channel. [via WSJ ]

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