The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Will Ferrell is headed to The Office for four upcoming episodes this season; he’ll play a branch manager from the home office who is just as inappropriate as Michael Scott. [via Deadline]

2. “At this point, Stephen [Malkmus] does not write songs for Pavement anymore, or songs in the Pavement mindset. I think he considers that part of his juvenilia, which is his own prerogative. He’s left that era behind him and then decided in 2010 that he would put himself back in that mindset for seven or eight months. As far as I could tell, he seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. Maybe he’d be willing to do it again.” – Bob Nastanovich talks about Pavement’s future

3. Two producers of 1989’s The Joy Luck Club are interested in Amy Chua’s controversial new memoir on parenting, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, into a movie. [via THR]

4. Christopher Hitchens is annoyed about historical inaccuracies in The King’s Speech, particularly the way it “downplays the foolishness” of Winston Churchill’s support for Edward VIII. [via National Review Online]

5. Yesterday Wilco announced the formation of their new self-released imprint, dBpm, to release their future albums, with distribution provided by ANTI-. [via Muzzle of Bees]

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