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Today’s brief peek at the pop-culture world finds a split (stop rolling those eyes!), President Lincoln, Tom Cruise and Scientology, other things, and the mystery music video.

RAISE YOUR HAND: If this shocks you. Didn’t think so, per Us Weekly, “No wonder Justin Bieber has been acting out: Days before the pop star, 18, was caught smoking pot in shocking TMZ photos, he and girlfriend Selena Gomez have parted ways yet again -- this time for good, multiple sources tell Us Weekly." http://usm.ag/UJFsbD

OF SCIENTOLOGY: And Tom Cruise, per The Hollywood Reporter, “THR's exclusive excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright 's new book reveals how the church came between Cruise and Kidman, leader David Miscavige's intense courtship of the star, Bill Clinton's advice to the actor on how to lobby Tony Blair, and how Cruise once told Miscavige, "If f--ing Arnold can be governor, I could be President." http://bit.ly/WzbULQ

GOOD EVENING, MR. JEFFERSON: May I help you with that?, per People, “TV has lost one of its most familiar character actors: Ned Wertimer, best known as the tip-hungry Ralph the doorman on The Jeffersons, died Jan. 2 at a nursing facility outside Los Angeles, the result of a fall in his Burbank home last November, his manager announced late Tuesday. He was 89.” http://bit.ly/VSVJd9

LUKE AND LAURA: For those of a certain age, per Entertainment Weekly, “It’s the comeback that General Hospital fans have been waiting for: the Emmy-winning Genie Francis, who spent a little over a year on The Young and the Restless, will return to the ABC soap that made her a household name, EW has learned exclusively. Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year.” http://bit.ly/UHFOzz

ABE’S GETTING’ IT DONE: Across the pond, no less, per the Los Angeles Times, “Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" dominated the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards early Wednesday. The historical American epic earned 10 nominations including best film, best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, best supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and best supporting actress for Sally Field.” http://lat.ms/UJEXyu

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/nah1BQ

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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