The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. HBO has released some behind-the-scenes footage from Season 2 of Game of Thrones! Watch it here, and then try to deal with the fact that you won’t get to see the full thing until April.

2. Despite some seriously hilarious reviews about how bad it is, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 took in an estimated $139 million over the weekend, making it the fifth largest opening of all time. [via Vulture]

3. RIP: Mark Hall, the UK animator who created the cartoon series Danger Mouse, died over the weekend at the age of 75 following a short illness. [via Guardian]

4. This weekend’s Jason Segel-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live (which we reviewed here) scored the show’s best ratings so far this season. Do you think it had anything to do with that cameo by The Muppets? [via Deadline]

5. The American Music Awards were held last night, and the biggest news of the evening (other than the fact that Jennifer Lopez performed what was essentially a car commercial in what was essentially her birthday suit) was Taylor Swift’s second win as Artist of the Year. [via AP]

Bonus Buzz: Super Mario/X-Men Mash-Up