The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. After 34 years of eating her feelings about hating her thighs, “Cathy,” of single lady comic strip fame, is going into retirement. [via The Awl] 2. A John Belushi biopic is in the works, and Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover, is involved. Does that guarantee Zach Galifianakis will play him? [via The Playlist] 3. Norm from Cheers will take on the role of Santa Claus when Elf hits Broadway this November. [via] 4. An author is suing Ricky Gervais for stealing his ideas when he wrote his “Flanimals” children’s book. [via AP] 5. An online research firm has found that the support for JetBlue Airways flight attendant Steven Slater has been even more positive than that for the New Orleans Saints after they won Super Bowl XLIV. [via NYT]

Bonus link: Helen Mirren’s Proust Questionnaire