The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Kenneth Mars, a character actor best known for his roles in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and The Producers (but who will always be remembered by us as the regal voice of Grandpa Longneck from The Land Before Time), died Saturday at the age of 75. [via THR]

2. Glenn Beck believes that Muse was trying to start a revolution with their performance at The Grammys because of where they’re from: “You have to remember these are Europeans…they have had very few glimpses of real freedom. Even when England won the Second World War, they didn’t go into freedom. That’s where the Road to Serfdom came from.” [via Gawker]

3. If the idea of getting married at a McDonald’s sounds appealing to you, then you might need to plan a destination wedding to Hong Kong, where a “McWedding” service launched at select locations back in January. The typical package — which costs $1282 — includes gifts, invitation cards, decor featuring Ronald McDonald and The Hamburglar, and lots and lots of fast food. [via Gothamist]

4. After the city of Detroit refused to provide funding for a 7-foot tall iron statue of Robocop to go up near Michigan Central Station, a Kickstarter project is already over a third of the way toward its $50,000 goal. [via Boing Boing]

5. “I’m 41. I think it gets embarrassing… There’s a lot of things I wanna do. I like making coffee.” – LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy explained why he’s quitting the band on last night’s Colbert Report

Bonus link: Watching an extremely awkward model wipe out on the runway shouldn’t be this funny.