The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. It’s official: Conan O’Brien is gone after Friday’s show. But we don’t feel sorry for him: The deal with NBC is said to be worth around $45 million. [via USA Today] 2. Does anyone else find it strange that the same week Vampire Weekend hits No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, Susan Boyle is sitting pretty at No. 2? [via MTV] 3. Quentin Tarantino has placed Avatar at the top of his updated best films of 2009 list. He also added Julie & Julia. [via FirstShowing] 4. Adult Swim has ordered 40 more episodes of Robot Chicken, ensuring that the Seth Green and Matthew Senreich-created show will be on TV for a fifth and sixth season. [via Variety] 5. YouTube announced yesterday that it will make movies from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance film festivals available for online rental; meanwhile over at Hulu they’re planning to charge users to watch episodes of 30 Rock, Modern Family and House.