The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The Daily reports that Dave Chappelle — who walked away from a $50 million Comedy Central deal back in 2005 — is working on a new TV show that will be for a paid subscription service.

2. After performing a crowd-pleasing duet of “Sweet Jane” at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event back in 2009, Metallica and Lou Reed are currently collaborating on a new full-length album that’s already 90 percent done. Says Reed, who is writing all 10 of the tracks: “They’re bringing Metallica, with all that power. And because they’re pretty sophisticated, wherever I go, they’re still with me.” [via TwentyFourBit]

3. Attention Muggles: J.K. Rowling is launching a new website called According to a report from one Harry Potter fansite that was granted a preview, “it is one of the most amazing, engaging, and breathtaking additions to this fandom imaginable.” [via WSJ]

4. No doubt hoping to create some Sex and the City-style magic for a slightly older demo, Darren Starr and Goldie Hawn are teaming up for a new HBO series based on The Viagra Diaries, a novel about “a woman, who, after her husband has a ‘mid-life crisis’ at 65 and leaves her, struggles with being single for the first time in 35 years.” [via THR]

5. Thanks to the fact that Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda after a video game character, they’re both starring in a new commercial for Nintendo. Watch it here.

Bonus link: MAD Magazine: A Semi-Secret History