The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Last night, while co-hosting the 2011 Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture at Lincoln Center, the always adorable Alec Baldwin introduced himself as the city’s mayor, much to Bloomberg’s feigned dismay. All joking aside, a run for office definitely seems to be in the 30 Rock star’s future plans, wouldn’t you say? [via NYDN]

2. James Franco has signed on to play a drug dealer (again!) in a new Harmony Korine film called Spring Break; the story “follows four college-aged girls who rob a fast food restaurant to afford spring break in Florida, only to get arrested upon their arrival.” Franco’s character bails them out, and convinces them to kill his arch-rival… a murderer named Arch. [via Slashfilm]

3. After bombing in Abduction (which is currently at 4% on Rotten Tomatoes), Twilight star Taylor Lautner is teaming up with director Gus Van Sant on an indie film that’s based on an unspecified nonfiction article from The New Yorker. Lautner will also produce the project. [via THR]

4. Rick Ross says that those recent seizures that led to his hospitalization in mid-October were caused by lack of sleep, and that he’s totally healthy now. [via NME]

5. Following an alleged 30-second tryst backstage at one of his concerts last year, a 20-year-old woman in California is claiming that Justin Bieber is the father of her 3-month-old baby, and is now suing him for child support. [via NYP]

Bonus Buzz: Neil Patrick Harris’ Halloween Family Portrait