The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Apple has set a new company record by selling one million units of its new iPhone 4S in just 24 hours. Evidently, it really doesn’t matter that it’s not called the iPhone 5. [via Gizmodo]

2. Real Steel — the robot boxing movie that stars Hugh Jackman — dominated the weekend box office despite earning less than kind reviews, taking in $27.3 million in ticket sales. Meanwhile, George Clooney’s political film The Ides of March came in second place with $10.4 million. [via ArtsBeat]

3. Do you care if David Foster Wallace made up part of his his famous cruise piece for Harper’s? Perhaps more importantly, what do you make of Jonathan Franzen spilling the beans on his friend? [via Vulture]

4. “Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that. There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years—and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.” – Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings now says that there will be no Qwikster

5. Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is accusing Beyoncé and her baby bump of plagiarizing some dance sequences in the new video for “Countdown.” As Jezebel points out, this isn’t the first time that the pop star is facing these kind of accusations.

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