The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. R. Kelly’s epic hip-hop opera, Trapped in the Closet, is apparently going to be adapted as a Broadway musical. Also: There are 85 additional chapters in the series that Kelly hasn’t even debuted yet. [via Gawker]

2. If you happen to be visiting London over the next few weeks, James Franco will be manning a holiday pop-up store in Mayfair that will raise money for the Studio Voltaire art gallery. [via Guardian]

3. We’re really enjoying all of the Jennifer Hudson footage in this teaser for the second season of Smash. [via Pop Culture Brain]

4. Even though Benjamin Kabak’s @NYTOnIt account has been active for months, The New York Times just decided to get angry about it now, resulting in its suspension. “The use of our trademarked logo is of most concern,” says paper spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. “We would also like the account labeled unofficial per Twitter’s rules.” [via AllThingsD]

5. Here’s the historical debut track from KeKe the Adopted Tabby Cat, which features her owner, Lil B. [via Pitchfork]

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