The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Jimmy Fallon’s popular Thank You Notes segment, a recurring Friday night homage to everything from his dad to hangovers, just landed him a two-book deal. The first Thank You Notes book will hit shelves May 23. [via TV Guide]

2. To be filed under things that we find hard to believe: James Franco is launching a college class on James Franco at Columbia College Hollywood . The class will ask student editors to “create a cinematic image of James Franco” using behind-the-scenes videos from the short films that he has directed. [via The AV Club]

3. Ricky Gervais has told the UK’s Heat magazine that he has been asked back to host the Golden Globes for a third year in a row: “The ratings were up again and the organizers asked me to consider a third year. I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure. You know me. Two seasons is enough.” [via Vulture]

4. Barbara Bush (also known as the less-drunk of President George W. Bush’s twin daughters or the one who went to Yale) has released a video endorsing gay marriage in New York. [via Gawker]

5. The Google Art Project, an interactive street-view-style interface, launched in London this morning, bringing seminal works from Germany, Russia, New York, and 14 other locations online. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art are among the participating institutions. [via Fast Company]

Bonus link: PETA’s Super Bowl video features models fellating vegetables