The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Madonna has finally confirmed rumors that she’ll play the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. Her set will be created by a team from Cirque du Soleil, and it’s expected that she’ll be performing some new material from her forthcoming album. [via Rolling Stone]

2. Peter Jackson‘s production company WingNut Films has finally completed work on West of Memphis, a documentary about the West Memphis Three. The film, which was written and directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), has been a passion project of Jackson’s since he became involved in the case back in 2005. [via Deadline]

3. Breaking Dawn – Part 1 topped the box office for a third consecutive week — which is surprisingly a first for a Twilight film — bringing its total gross so far to a whopping $247.3 million. [via MTV]

4. New Yorker film critic David Denby is in big trouble with Sony Pictures for breaking the studio’s embargo on any reviews for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo running before December 13. The funny part? He had only nice things to say about the film. [via Vulture]

5. When life imitates art: Meet Irina Kristy, the real-life version of Walter White from Breaking Bad. A 75-year-old college professor in Boston, she’s been accused of running a meth lab out of her home with some help from her 29-year-old son. [via THR]

Bonus Buzz: Jeff Bridges Playing Peek-A-Boo