The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Radiohead debuted two new songs at the kick-off show for their 2012 world tour in Miami last night. Watch the live footage of the band performing “Identikit” and “Cut A Hole” here.

2. This can’t be good: series creator Alan Ball has confirmed that he’s stepping down from his duties as True Blood’s showrunner if the show returns for another season. “Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years,” he said in a statement, “I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.” [via Inside TV]

3. Lucy Liu has been cast as a female Watson in CBS’s Elementary, a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes that will star Jonny Lee Miller. As much as we love Liu, what are the chances that this version can hold a candle to the BBC one? Also, what does this mean for her role on Southland? [via Vulture]

4. “Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song. But ‘Girl Gone Wild’ is still infringement as far as the law is concerned, and we have been in touch with Madonna’s people in an effort to resolve the issue.” — Apparently Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis is not happy about the title of Madonna’s new single, which we reviewed here yesterday. Meanwhile, Madge says that she doesn’t even know who he is.

5. If you’ve got 15 minutes to spare this morning, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film, is currently streaming here.

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