The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Bon Jovi — who raked in over $200 million on their global Circle Tour — has beaten AC/DC and U2 to score the highest grossing tour of 2010. Lady Gaga came in fourth, taking in a whopping $133.6 million from her Little Monsters. [via NME]

2. Reese Witherspoon is engaged to her boyfriend, CAA agent Jim Toth, whom she has been dating since her split with Jake Gyllenhaal early last year. [via The Wrap]

3. “Viewed from a certain, admittedly uncharitable, angle, Blue Valentine looks like a grim, dirty-realist, festival-circuit version of (and sequel to) Knocked Up… The grainy, washed-out colors of the breakup phase, which contrast with the somewhat brighter palette of the courtship sections, create an illusion of immediacy and rawness that is underlined by the scruffy Keystone State locations.” – A.O. Scott reviews the film in The New York Times

4. A group funded by George Clooney has teamed up with Google and the United Nations on a project “that will collect real-time satellite imagery and combine it with field analysis” on the borders of the Sudan. [via AP]

5. The United States Postal Service has announced plans to release five Pixar character stamps as part of its 2011 commemorative stamp program. The stamps — which pay homage to Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story, Up, and WALL-E — will be available for purchase starting August 19. [via The Sly Oyster]

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