The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Remember that really bizarre Steve Jobs action figure? Well, in the wake of “immense pressure” from Apple’s lawyers and the Jobs family, Chinese manufacturers have decided not to sell the lifelike figurine. The company, which had planned to start shipping the dolls in February, has promised to fully refund all pre-orders. [LAT]

2. Despite a lack of scathing material from Ricky Gervais, the ratings for this year’s Golden Globes are almost as good as they were last year, and easily beat the numbers for both the American Music Awards and the Emmys. Does this mean we’re going to be seeing him host for a fourth time? [via MTV News]

3. You’ve already seen the underwhelming trailer for Lilyhammer, Netflix’s first foray into original programming; today brings us the trailer for Battleground, Hulu’s new mockumentary about a group of campaign workers in Wisconsin. [via Slashfilm]

4. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the official nominees for this year’s BAFTA Awards, aka the UK’s version of the Oscars; are you as pleasantly surprised as we are to see that Drive is up for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress? [via Vulture]

5. Bay Area punk label Lookout! Records — which has been home to bands like Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Rancid — has officially shut down following years of financial troubles. [via Rolling Stone]

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