The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. It’s official: Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend, Constantine) will direct Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games franchise, with production on the film slated to begin in August. [via Deadline]

2. Should we be worried that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has cast his Angels in the Outfield costar Tony Danza in his directorial debut? Or do Julianne Moore and Scarlett Johansson cancel that out? [via Vulture]

3. Tyra Banks is cleaning house on America’s Next Top Model, firing her co-stars/judges J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, and Nigel Barker — she may be replacing them with bloggers. All three men have been with the reality competition, currently in its 18th “cycle,” since it launched on UPN way back in 2003. [via HuffPost TV]

4. Are you surprised to learn that Lexington, Kentucky is the most e-literate city in America? It’s followed by Ann Arbor, Michigan and Anchorage, Alaska. [via The Atlantic]

5. Apparently Dr. Dre would like to see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye perform as holograms, too. [via TMZ]

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