The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Salma Hayek is teaming with ABC to develop an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which already inspired an incredibly successful Broadway musical. Any casting suggestions? [via TVLine]

2. Last night Julian Casablancas inexplicably tweeted fake cover art for The Strokes’ upcoming album, which is due out in March. At least we think it’s fake… [via Vulture]

3. Baz Luhrmann is thinking about shooting his upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby in 3D, which leads us to believe it’s going to be more of an Australia for the director than a Moulin Rouge. [via Forbes]

4. Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Gwyneth Paltrow will reprise her role as Holly Holliday for two episodes of Glee in the spring; the plotline will involve her subbing for the sex ed teacher and (briefly?) dating Mr. Schuester. [via EW]

5. A Weekly World News story claiming that Facebook is shutting down on March 15th — because “managing the site has become too stressful” for Mark Zuckerberg — sent the Internet into a tailspin. Obviously it’s about as true their latest Bat Boy sighting. [via Gawker]

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