The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass (whose hits included “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Wake Up Everybody”) has died of colon cancer at 59 years old. His music career was thrown off track by a 1982 car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down and affected his voice. [via AP] 2. As you might have guessed, this late night turmoil has been a good thing for Tonight Show ratings. Also: one Jimmy is staying out of it. [via WSJ] 3. The word of the day is déjà vu: A look at the set from Paul Reubens‘ new Pee-wee Herman Show, which premiered in LA on Tuesday night. [via Deadline Hollywood] 4. Sarah Jessica Parker will be designing for Halston’s secondary line of archival looks, Halston Heritage, but Harvey Weinstein (one of the owners) had nothing to do with it. [via The Cut] 5. Hiring a host (Ricky Gervais) for the first time in 15 years isn’t the only thing NBC, Dick Clark Productions, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are doing to boost ratings for Sunday’s Golden Globes. They’re also making Twilight eye candy Taylor Lautner sit with the not-so-glamorous cast of The Hurt Locker. [via Vulture]