The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. MTV has given the go-ahead on two Jersey Shore spin-offs: one show will follow Snooki and JWOWW “when the vacation is over,” while the other will track Pauly D’s “music career.” [via NYT]

2. Ben Affleck is in talks to play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s 3-D film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a part that was originally rumored to be going to Bradley Cooper. This sounds like a better fit to us. [via Deadline]

3. Finally we have news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first post-political office live-action role! He’s currently in negotiations to play a border town sheriff in Jee-Woon Kim’s thriller The Last Stand — which is so much more exciting than that crime-fighter cartoon, The Governator. [via Vulture]

4. Kristen Bell is returning to TV! She will star opposite of Don Cheadle in House of Lies, a new Showtime workplace comedy based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time. [via Zap2It]

5. This summer’s exhibition on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art sounds a bit tamer than years past. Starting April 26th, steel abstract sculptures by the British artist Anthony Caro will be on display. Museum officials are also teasing next summer’s exhibition by the Argentine artist Tomas Saraceno, which will be “inspired by eco-utopian visions for future sustainable communities.” [via ArtsBeat]

Bonus link: “America In My Book” — Haley Nahman’s map of US stereotypes by region