The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive have discovered the first 30 minutes of what is believed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut, a 1923 British film called The White Shadow. If you live in LA, mark your calendars for September 22, when it will “re-premiere” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. [via LAT]

2. Which TV casting news do you find more bizarro: The fact that awkward comedian Charlyne Yi will be playing a young doctor on House next season or that Dan Castellaneta, the guy who voices Homer Simpson, is making a rare live-action appearance as “an NPR-ish talk-show host” on Parks and Recreation?

3. Fans of George R.R. Martin will be excited to hear that Game of Thrones producers have cast the role of Theon Greyjoy’s sister Asha for season two of the series, but they might not be so happy to learn that her name has been changed to Yara in order to avoid confusion with the character of Osha. [via Inside TV]

4. Thanks to shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, ABC Family has topped GLAAD‘s fifth annual Network Responsibility Index, which ranks channels based on their representation of “gay, lesbian and bisexual characters in its programming and for the racial diversity of those characters.” Also worth noting: CBS was at the bottom of their rankings for gay representation, and ABC, for racial diversity. [via NYT]

5. Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and makeup artist Dick Smith will all receive honorary Oscars this year. [via EW]

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