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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work covering the Middle East, has died in northern Syria following a severe asthma attack. His photographer, Tyler Hicks, carried his body back over the border into Turkey; the two had snuck into the country under a fence to document the unrest there. [via The Wrap]

2. Here are four sets of Downton Abbey paper dolls created by Kyle Hilton for Vulture. You’ll be pleased to see that the Dowager Countess comes with a variety of emotions — from judgmental to pleased.

3. If anything would make us want to watch a “futuristic reboot” of Zoro, it’s casting a dreamboat like Gael Garcia Bernal in the lead role. [via Variety]

4. “The Don/Joan dynamic is something that we do explore, and don’t take this the wrong way, but we do explore as the show goes on. They have worked together for a long time, they know one another very well and I’ll leave it at that.” – Jon Hamm’s recent comments about the upcoming season of Mad Men just made our morning.

5. There are certain signs that Chris Brown might be the featured performer on Rihanna’s upcoming remix to “Birthday Cake.” Or maybe it will be Christina Aguilera. It’s not entirely clear. [via Vulture]

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