The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Here is your first look at the artwork for Lulu, that joint album by Lou Reed and Metallica. The collaboration, which is based on a 1913 play by Frank Wedekind about the life of an abused dancer, is due out in the US on November 1.

2. As the new pricing structure for Netflix goes into effect today, here’s something to mull over: Starz, which provides a large portion of its streaming catalogue, plans to remove its content from the site when its existing contract expires next February. [via Slashfilm]

3. Well, that was quick: T.I. is already back in federal custody, and it seems to have something to do with the luxury bus that he used to travel from Arkansas to his halfway house in Atlanta. We’re wondering how this will affect that planned VH1 reality series… [via NYDN]

4. James Gandolfini is returning to HBO with a new show called Big Dead Place, which is based on Nicholas Johnson’s memoir about his experiences working for the US Antarctic Program. Breaking Bad‘s Peter Gould will write the series, and word is that Gandolfini, who will executive produce, might step in front of the camera as well. [via Vulture]

5. Justin Long has signed on to play Zooey Deschanel’s love interest in a three-episode story arc on her new Fox comedy The New Girl. No offense to Ben Gibbard, but we could actually picture these two together — being all kinds of adorable and twee — in real life. [via EW]

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