The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Time Magazine has selected Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke as its Person of the Year. [via Reuters] 2. There’s a new trailer up for Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, and it looks like Helena Bonham Carter is going to steal the show. [via Pop Candy] 3. Kill Rock Stars will reissue two Elliott Smith albums new year: his debut Roman Candle and posthumous full-length, From a Basement on the Hill. You can listen to a previously unreleased single now. [via Pitchfork] 4. Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures have secured the rights to Stieg Larsson‘s crime trilogy, which includes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. [via THR] 5. Will you read Rick Springfield‘s “extremely candid” memoir? After watching him play a version of himself last season on Californication, we’ll admit we’re kind of intrigued. [via AP]

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