The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Flea will be part of the band that performs Thom Yorke’s solo material. [via Pitchfork] 2. A new book reveals that Bush administration officials refused to give JK Rowling a presidential medal of freedom because the Harry Potter books “encouraged witchcraft.” [via The Guardian] 3. Sarah Palin’s memoir Going Rogue — which took her four months to write — will be out November 17, just in time for holiday gag gifting. [via NPR] 4. When a preview performance of A Steady Rain was interrupted by a cell phone, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig taunted its owner. (video) [via The Guardian] 5. Charlie Cox, Donald Sutherland, Gillian Anderson, William Hurt, and Ethan Hawke will star in a $25.5 million made-for-TV movie version of Moby Dick. [via Variety]

Bonus link: Maoists protest the undignified Miss Nepal pageant.