The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Remember the nude sketch that Tony Bennett did of Lady Gaga for Vanity Fair per Annie Leibovitz’s suggestion? Well, it’s now up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Bennett’s Exploring The Arts. [via NME]

2. “I have heard that Lady Gaga is keen to play Amy in a film. I don’t know what her English accent is like but it’s not just an English accent she would have to perfect – it’s an English-Cockney-Jewish accent so she better start practicing now. But she would be great.” — Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch, as quoted by The Mirror . Meanwhile The Daily Mail is reporting that he says that there will never be a film. Which UK tabloid do we trust?!

3. Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp were on Rock Center last night discussing their talented son, Marcel the Shell, with host Brian Williams. Watch the adorable interview (which takes place in their adorable Brooklyn apartment) here.

4. Evidently, James Franco is now writing movie reviews for The Paris Review. He also narrates the new documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter, which comes out on DVD today.

5. You know that you need to watch SNL cast member Taran Killam re-create Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” video. Why doesn’t he get to do stuff like this on the show? [via Vulture]

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