The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Eminem’s Recovery has been confirmed by Nielsen SoundScan as the best-selling album of 2010, with 3.42 million copies sold since its release in June; Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” was of most popular song of the year, with 4.4 million downloads. [via Vulture]

2. In what may be a move to harness some of Mad Men’s TV magic, NBC has ordered a historical series about Playboy bunnies as its first drama pilot for the 2011–2012 season. We think it should star Lane Pryce’s hot girl friend, Toni Charles. [via Deadline]

3. Some of you know that last night Queen Latifah hosted the 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards. But can you explain to us what was up with the evening’s first presenter, Jennifer Aniston? We had visions of poor Anna Nicole at the American Music Awards… [via]

4. Robert Pattinson will star in David Cronenberg’s new film, Cosmopolis, which is an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel of the same name. Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti are rumored to co-star. [via THR]

5. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is developing Pulp, “an hour-long crime drama set in a slightly heightened reality,” and will start shopping it around to networks as early as next week. [via TVLine]

Bonus link: A history of writers in New York City