The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. A surprising new twist in the ever-continuing Netflix saga: Dreamworks has decided to ditch its current deal with HBO and offer the streaming service the exclusive rights to its output, at about $30 million per movie — a $10 million increase in revenue. [via NYT]

2. Goodnight, sweet prince: Arch West, the Frito-Lay executive who invented Doritos back in the early ’60s, died last week in Dallas at the ripe old age of 97; according to his daughter, the family plans on “tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn.” [via The Daily Beast]

3. Here is your first look at Luck, the Michael Mann horse-racing drama that stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte and is set to air on HBO some time in January. Thoughts?

4. Lou Reed and Metallica have debuted the first full track off of their forthcoming collaboration album, Lulu, which is due out on November 1. Listen to “The View” here.

5. The world we live in: Can you believe that Dolphin Tale nearly beat Moneyball at the weekend box office — and that neither film could match the $22.1 million haul by The Lion King 3D? [via Vulture]

Bonus Buzz: A Visual History of Literary References on ‘The Simpsons’