The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Hooray! Stephen Colbert will resume taping his show tonight after taking some time off last week to reportedly care for his 91-year-old mother. “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” he tweeted to fans. “We are grateful and touched by your concern.” [via ArtsBeat]

2. Even though she doesn’t have any current projects to promote, Lindsay Lohan will be hosting Saturday Night Live on March 3rd; apparently she reached out to Lorne Michaels directly to book the gig, which we’re assuming is an attempt at some much-need image rehab. [via PopWatch]

3. Denzel Washington and Ryan ReynoldsTrainingDay­-meets-Bourne action flick Safe House duked it out with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s sappy memory-loss romance The Vow for the top spot of the Presidents’ Day weekend box office; in fact, at this point it’s still too close to call. Meanwhile, sitting pretty in third place: Nicolas Cage’s sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which made $22 million. [via Moviefone]

4. Fans of Community and Doctor Who will be thrilled to hear that there’s really going to be an Inspector Spacetime web series; the only question is when the first webisode of the parody show within the show will air. [via io9]

5. Alexander Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants), and Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) scored the major wins at last night’s Writers Guild of America Awards; view the full list of winners here.

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