The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. A full but unofficial version of Beyoncé’s new single, “Girls (Who Run the World),” has leaked. Listen to the track, which was produced by Diplo and Switch and is reportedly the lead single off her forthcoming album, here.

2. After weeks of speculation, Lionsgate has hired Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) to direct its adaptation of Seth Graham-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is being produced by Natalie Portman. [via ComingSoon]

3. James Franco will star with Winona Ryder in The Stare, a Black Swan-sounding drama in which “a playwright (Ryder) finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production.” Franco plays one of her actors. [via Deadline]

4. 1991: The Year Punk Broke — the classic documentary about Sonic Youth touring Europe with Nirvana way back when — is coming to DVD in an extended 20th anniversary edition of the movie later this year. [via Pitchfork]

5. Paul McCartney has picked some of his favorite photographs taken by his late wife Linda for a new book called Life In Photographs. Preview some of the images here.

Bonus link: The Leslie Knope Guide to Emoticons