The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. After taking home more than 50 percent of the vote, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been named Chicago’s new mayor, and no one is more excited about it than Twitter’s @MayorEmanuel: “FIFTY FOUR MOTHERFUCKING PERCENT, BITCHES.” [via Gawker]

2. Mark your calendars: Lady Gaga announced earlier this morning that the music video for “Born This Way” will debut online on February 28 at 11 am EST. If it just so happens to look a lot like Metropolis and stars a cat, then we’re going to have to boycott out of respect for Madonna and David Fincher (who we just discovered directed the “Express Yourself” video!). [via HitFix]

3. Because co-hosting the Academy Awards apparently wasn’t enough action for one week, James Franco has a new show opening at LA’s Gagosian Gallery on Saturday night. The exhibit, titled Unfinished, includes a 12-hour long reworking of Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, renamed Endless Idaho, that features behind the scenes and deleted footage. Eight works on paper done by Van Sant will also be on display.[via Movieline]

4. In spite of rumored delays, multiple sources are now reporting that Apple will unveil the iPad 2 at an event in San Francisco next Wednesday. The updated version will be thinner with an improved display, a front-facing camera, and FaceTime video-chat support. [via The Daily Beast]

5. Ozzy Osbourne has been named this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador, a position held in 2009 by the Eagles of Death Metal front man Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes and in 2010 by Them Crooked Vultures’ Joshua Homme. The annual event will take place on April 16. [via Billboard]

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