The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The Flaming Lips are set to start recording new material later this month, and according to Wayne Coyne, they plan to release a new song every month this year. [via NME]

2. John Goodman is joining Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks in the cast of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel. [via THR]

3. “We’re sort of emailing each other, we don’t know where that’s gonna go. But I am such a big fan of Cee Lo, he is so gorgeous and talented and amazing.” – Gwyneth Paltrow says that she might be performing her cover of “Fuck You” with Cee Lo on Saturday Night Live this weekend — even though the musical guest is The Black Keys. Update: Gwyneth Paltrow will host SNL January 15 with musical guest Cee Lo, which makes a lot more sense.

4. Jason Schwartzman and his wife, fashion designer Brady Cunningham, are the proud parents of a baby girl: Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman. [via People]

5. The lead producer of Fela! is in discussions with producers in Lagos, Nigeria (home of the title character, Fela Anikulapo Kuti), to take the Broadway musical there in the late winter or early spring. The show closed in New York on Sunday after more than 14 months of performances. [via ArtsBeat]

Bonus link: Andrea Zuckerman is turning 50!