The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Yesterday afternoon Little, Brown & Co. revealed the jacket art for David Foster Wallace’s unfinished novel about an IRS tax-return-processing center, The Pale King, and set a fitting release date: April 15, 2011. [via NYT] 2. A New Pornographers gig at Michigan’s Calvin College had to be canceled because “the irony of the band’s name was impossible to explain to many.” [via Spinner] 3. Kanye’s video for “Runaway” will be a 40-minute-long noir film. As he explains it, “It’s the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world.” [via ONTD] 4. Is Roybn going to make a guest appearance on Gossip Girl? It sounds too good to be true, but TwitPics don’t lie. [via Vulture] 5. Ryan Reynolds is producing a new comedy for NBC called Mayors of Casterbridge that has absolutely nothing to do with the work of Thomas Hardy and is described as “Old School meets Gran Torino.” [via Deadline]

Bonus quote: “To me, there’s no real difference between a fortune teller or a fortune cookie and any of the organized religions. They’re all equally valid or invalid, really. And equally helpful.” – Woody Allen in the New York Times