The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Sir Elton John and David Furnish have become parents to their first child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” the told US Magazine. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.”

2. In yet another major blow to the production, Natalie Mendoza, one of the lead actresses in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, who suffered a concussion during the musical’s first preview performance last month, is reportedly leaving the show. [via ArtsBeat]

3. Remember that shocking outtake reel from ALF that we showed you last week that was peppered with N-bombs? According to associate producer Steve Lamar, “You’re talking about 20 years ago when the world was not so ridiculously PC. Anyone that’s offended needs to lighten up already.” [via TMZ]

4. “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance.’ He was … passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.” – Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had a conversation with President Obama about Michael Vick’s comeback

5. According to the Library of Congress, Airplane!, All the President’s Men, and The Empire Strikes Back were among the 25 films chosen for the National Film Registry, which now contains 550 movies. To be eligible, a film must be over 10 years old and have had some sort of theatrical release. [via LAT]

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