The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. There’s a rumor circulating (confirmed, and then deleted by the show’s official Twitter feed) that Justin Timberlake will host Saturday Night Live’s season finale on May 21, with Lady Gaga as the musical guest. We’d watch that. [via HuffPo]

2. Superhero confidence: While neither film has hit theaters yet, Marvel has already confirmed that there will be sequels for both the Thor and Captain America movies. [via Movieline]

3. Kanye West has decided to shut down the Kanye West Foundation, a charity that he founded four years ago to battle high-school dropout rates. Here’s where it gets interesting: There are some questions about where hundreds of thousands of dollars has been going for the past few years. [via Vulture]

4. When the Jersey Shore cast films in Italy later this year, there will be some strict rules in effect courtesy of the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi. Among them: “The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol” and “the cast will not be filmed drinking in public.” So that should make for some interesting TV. [via PopEater]

5. “I get it. We live in a culture of insults. I mean, we’re constantly bombarded with these images of people who are richer than us, and happier than us, and are having more interesting sex than us, and it makes us feel terrible. You know, we tear them down to feel better about ourselves, but we don’t just stop with the people who are on TV and magazines, we do it to everyone, and we think because it’s done anonymously there are no ramifications. But there are ramifications, guys, because it makes you comfortable with insensitivity.” – A meta speech delivered by Holly Holiday (aka Gwyneth Paltrow) on last night’s Glee

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