The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Leslie Nielsen died on Sunday at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia; the Canadian-born actor was 84. Read his New York Times obit here. 2. Everything did not go as planned at last night’s opening preview of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. While the New York Times calls it “a little rocky,” Michael Riedel in the New York Post says it was “an epic flop” as the show’s “high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script.” 3. Strange career move, but we’ll DVR it: After getting ditched by MTV, British It Girl Alexa Chung is getting her own PBS show. On Thrift America, she will “comb the country’s consignment shops, garage sales, and flea markets for old clothing and other potential treasures to use in creative endeavors.” [via Vulture] 4. According to the BBC, “A retired electrician in southern France who worked for Pablo Picasso says he has hundreds of previously unknown works by the artist.” He claims that Picasso gave him the art as a gift, but Picasso’s family is not buying it. 5. After releasing a new album less than six months ago, Wolf Parade has announced that the band is going on an “indefinite hiatus.” [via Consequence of Sound]

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