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Ten Pop Culture Questions Answered by Vulture This Week

Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment, and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we revisited Friday Night Lights, considered the present role of Jay-Z, and thought about Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, and love. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.

1. Is Lena Dunham “brave”?
No, says TV producer Brian McGreevy. But she is baller.

2. What Else Can The Da Vinci Code Ruin?
How about TV? Matt Zoller-Seitz says Zero Hour is “a rush of busy activity whose point may or may not seem self-evident, depending on whether you dig the collected works of Dan Brown.”

3. Is Daniel Day-Lewis poised to make Oscar history?
It sure looks like it, says Kyle Buchanan. Unless Hugh Jackman stages an upset.

3. Which Nicholas Sparks leads have the best sparks?
Sorry, Nights in Rodanthe. It’s The Notebook.

4. Speaking of sparks, what’s better: Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail?
In honor of Valentine’s day, Margaret Lyons and Josh Wolk wrestled with the age-old romcom dilemma.

5. Is Corey Stoll about to be House of Cards’s break-out actor?
Yes. (Warning: Contains spoilers.)

6. Is that Mummy reboot happening?
Indeed it is! Claude Brodesser-Akner reports that Universal is really gung-ho about it, too.

7. What’s Jay-Z doing these days?
Helping, sharing, collaborating — and leading the Beyoncé cheering section.

8. What shall we call the next Die Hard sequel?
Take your pick, with our Die Hardsequel-title generator.

9. How are the cast members from Friday Night Lights doing?
Pretty well. And Kyle Chandler’s doing the best, says Jesse David Fox.

10. What’s so great about Aeroplane Over the Sea?
Oh, everything! Parks and Recreation’s resident sulk master April Ludgate walks us through the Neutral Milk Hotel masterpiece.

Ten Questions Answered by Vulture This Week