The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Genius marketing idea: The History Channel is placing very real looking fake alligators in manholes around New York City to promote Season 2 of its reality TV series Swamp People. [via EW]

2. Beyoncé and her father Matthew Knowles, who has been her manager since the Destiny’s Child days, are taking a professional break. Says B: “I am grateful for everything he has taught me. I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.” How much do you want to bet that she ends up signing with Roc Nation? [via Vulture]

3. After rejecting a 6-year-old’s Make-A-Wish Foundation request to cook a meal with his favorite chef (twice!), Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, has finally agreed to meet with greed to meet Enzo Pereda, most likely so people will stop thinking that she’s the worst person on the planet. [via The Wrap]

4. Greg Mottola (The Daytrippers, Superbad, Adventureland, Paul) has signed on to direct the pilot episode of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at life at cable news show. Maybe this means it’s going to be more of a dramedy? [via Deadline]

5. In response to Radiohead’s decision to published a “newspaper” called the Universal Sigh to promote the physical release of their new album, some cheeky writers at the Guardian covered “Creep” to promote the release of yesterday’s paper.

Bonus link: The Big Lebowski 2 with Tara Reid