The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus, the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band GWAR, was found dead on their tour bus yesterday following a concert in Minneapolis. The cause of death is currently unknown, and according to a statement from GWAR, “at this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother.” [via AP]

2. Here’s your first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Expectations and Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson.

3. David Simon has announced that Treme will end after its fourth season; considering that shooting is currently underway on Season 3, at least this gives fans plenty of time to prepare themselves, right? [via Variety]

4. Jennifer Lopez plans to produce — not star in — a live action film version of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? According to Slashfilm, “The hope is that the film… turns into a family adventure along the lines of National Treasure.” All we’ve got to say is Rockapella better be doing the soundtrack.

5. ABC has announced that it will air A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, a TV special that was conceived and directed by Lady Gaga, on Thanksgiving day. The show will feature eight performances by the singer, as well as a sit-down interview with Katie Couric. [via THR]

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