The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell wasn’t the only exciting piece of legislation passed by the House and Senate this weekend; they also passed the Local Community Radio Act, which allows for the creation of thousands of new non-commercial stations on American airwaves. [via P4K]

2. Sofia Coppola says that her new movie Somewhere, which opens on Wednesday, is not about her relationship with her father, Francis Ford Coppola: “It has personal memories, but my childhood and my parents aren’t like that.” [via LAT]

3. Today in delicious irony: Julian Assange’s lawyers are demanding an investigation into how embarrassing police reports about his sex crime cases were leaked to The Guardian, calling it a “smear campaign.” [via Gawker]

4. Thanks to his work raising funds for Haitian earthquake relief, Simon Cowell has reportedly made the list of this year’s knights-to-be that is to be issued on December 31st. [via NYP]

5. People are actually fighting to direct Ouija, Universal’s planned film adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game which is being produced by Michael Bay. Among the directors interested in the gig: Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and McG (Terminator: Salvation). [via Vulture]

Bonus link: The Onion’s The People Who Mattered in 2010