The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an as*hole like Will Smith. He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.” — Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv, explains why she skipped a recent Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion

2. A People cover that surfaced on the Internet yesterday proclaiming that Twilight star Taylor Lautner is “Out & Proud” was actually a fake. Among the duped: Russell Simmons, who tweeted that he was “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage.” [via THR]

3. Van Halen — who have a new album due out on Interscope sometime in 2012 — have also announced plans to tour through the year with original frontman David Lee Roth. At 57, we’re wondering if his patented high-kicks will still pack the same punch. [via Rolling Stone]

4. Director Abel Ferrara and screenwriter Christ Zois are collaborating on a script that is inspired, in part, by the recent Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. French film stars Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani are rumored to be circling the lead roles. [via Vulture]

5. “Jail is really cold, I had no socks on. I’m fine though, bail was a lot even though I didn’t hurt anyone, I damaged some shit and I don’t know why rappers talk about jail like it’s cool. Oh my God I would go crazy.” — Tyler, the Creator blogs about the night that he spent in jail

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