The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1.The Council of Conservative Citizens want you to boycott the new Thor movie because it considers it an “insulting multi-cultural make-over” that a black actor (Idris Elba from The Wire) has been cast as a Norse god. [via Gawker]

2. Last night Shaquille O’Neal filled in as guest conductor of the Boston Pops for a few songs (“Sleigh Ride,” “Can You Feel It” and “We Are The Champions”). His take on the experience: “Actually you know I have a whole new respect for conductors. Went through a little rehearsal today and my arms are shot right now.” [via The Early Lead]

3. There was yet another aerial accident during last night’s performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. According to tweets from one audience member: “Spider-Man on Broadway. Stopped short near end. Someone took nasty fall. Screaming. 911 called. No idea what happened, kicked audience out… No joke. No explanation. MJ and Spidey took what seemed to be a planned fall into the stage pit. Then we heard MJ screaming.” [via Vulture]

4. Meet 22-year-old fashion-obsessed community college student Ross Ulrich, a blogger who illegally downloaded more than 1100 files (mostly hi-res images) from the Condé Nast system, and is now facing charges from the FBI. [via Jezebel]

5. Now streaming: “Shell Games,” a track off of The People’s Key, the long-waited new album from Bright Eyes, which is due out on February 15th. [via P4K]

Bonus link: Watch the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 say Christmas 200 times