The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Instead of that Zombieland sequel that everyone has been talking about, word is that Fox and Sony Pictures Television are developing a “potential half-hour comedy” that’s based on the film. We wonder how much this decision has to do with the runaway success of the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead. [via /film]

2. Richard Branson unveiled his $209 million spaceport yesterday, which will serve as the new headquarters of his space-tourism company, Virgin Galactic. The first flight, which could happen as early as next year, will include Branson and his children as passengers. [via The Daily Beast]

3. Eminem is blaming a four year long stretch of writer’s block and a huge chunk of memory loss on his use of Ambien. “It fucking creeps me out. Letters all down the page – it was like my hand weighed 400 pounds. I have all that shit in a box in my closet. As a reminder that I don’t ever want to go back.” [via NME]

4. Screenwriter Michael Alan Rubin is suing the people behind The Hangover Part II, claiming that they ripped off a script that he wrote about his own “wild personal experiences in Asia.” Even if that’s true, we’re not sure that we’d admit to being the inspiration behind Ed Helms’ character. [via Vulture]

5. The casting calls for Season 5 of True Blood have begun, with Alan Ball and co. currently on the lookout for their Nora (a double agent within the Vampire Authority and one of Godric’s progeny) and Salome (as in the character from the Bible — but also “a powerful ancient vampire”). [via EW]

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