1. Queen of all media (and essentially all things) Oprah is teaming up with HBO to develop a new series penned by playwright Thomas Bradshaw about the life of the first black president of a liberal arts college. In mathematical terms: Oprah + HBO + famed playwright = Emmys. [THR via Vulture]

2. There's a very cool proposal to "update" the thousands of ugly electric towers that cover the globe. "The Land of Ghosts" is the work of Massachusetts-based architects Choi + Shine and -- though it has never come to fruition -- the idea has won several awards. (H/T to Instant Joy)

3. Word is Mick Jagger has signed on to produce a biopic about the life of James Brown. The Rolling Stones idol will work alongside Brian Grazer who reportedly was in talks with Spike Lee about the project and (yuck, cringe!) considering Chris Brown for the lead role. Mick: turn this ship around! [via Spin]

4. Our favorite questions from Neil Young's Twitter version of Ask Me Anything.

5. Here's a confession: we're suckers for a good period drama and thus are quite intrigued by this new Mary Queen of Scots show headed to CW that's described as "Game of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette." [via Deadline]

6. Go inside an insane-looking 75,000-square-foot museum/restaurant/karaoke bar in Moscow that was formerly a nuclear bomb bunker over at Eater.

7. Read about the creepy new Big Brother-type surveillance project in Williamsburg posing as a "hipster fashion blog." [via Gawker]