The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The 2010 Grammy nominations were announced last night. We’re still scratching our heads over MGMT, Silversun Pickups, and The Ting Tings receiving nods for Best New Artist. 2. A dozen U.S. Marshals and police officers seized paintings by Fernand Leger, Joan Miro, Edgar Degas, and Yves Klein following an insurance dispute between two dealers at Art Basel Miami Beach. [via Bloomberg] 3. Paul Thomas Anderson has written an untitled period drama that will star Philip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of a religious organization with “fervent” followers. [via Variety] 4. Arcade Fire‘s new album is set for a May release; expect a single early next year. [via NME] 5. The New York Times is planning on axing a few of its blogs. There are currently 70, including one that covers “the competition, gossip, politics and technology of Formula One racing.” [via Gawker]