The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Nate Dogg, the California rapper known for his collaborations with Dr. Dre, Warren G, and Eminem, among others, died yesterday at the age of 41. He had previously survived a pair of strokes in 2007 and 2008. [via Billboard]

2. Exciting news of the day that makes us feel old: TV Land has announced that the cast of The Facts of Life will reunite next month for the first time in 20 years to accept the Pop Culture Award at the 2011 TV Land Awards. [via EW]

3. Playgirl has offered $10,000 to anyone who can get them a naked picture of CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “He’s got this charisma that a lot of our readers are attracted to, plus now he’s all muscled, [so] he’s not only smart but also hot,” explains the magazine’s editor in chief, Daniel Nardicio. “Both our male and female readers love Anderson.” [via PopEater]

4. “This memoir is her story, in her own words. Mary and Keith Hudson have been Christian Evangelists long before the world every heard of Katy Perry.” – the opening line of Katy Perry’s mother’s book proposal which the New York Post reports she is currently shopping around to New York’s literary agents hoping to land a publishing deal.

5. Drew Barrymore will direct the romantic comedy How To Be Single, a film adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s bestselling novel which “explores the loves lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the course of ten years��; if Tuccillo’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she’s also the co-author of a little piece of self-help poison known as He’s Just Not That Into You. [via THR]