The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Is it a coincidence that with only two weeks to go until the Oscars, two new pieces by Academy Award-nominated street artist Banksy have shown up in LA? We have no idea, but we think that the one of Charlie Brown lighting up with a can of gasoline is absolutely wonderful, and hope that there’s more to come. [via Vulture]

2. Rumor has it that Universal is looking to resurrect the Terminator franchise with director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) at the helm. After the mess that was 2009’s Terminator Salvation, we’re inclined to think that this is a bad idea. [via Total Film]

3. A smaller version of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation Sunflower Seeds (which is currently on view at the Tate Modern), has sold for $559,394 despite reports that it gives off “hazardous porcelain dust” and that are “traces of lead in the paint.” That’s about $5.60 per toxic seed. [via NYT]

4. Listen to a remix of “E.T.,” the fourth official single from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album, which features a new verse from Kanye West. (Word is that he’ll also be making an appearance for the song’s music video.) [via Complex]

5. That 70’s Show star Laura Prepon will play a younger version of Chelsea Handler in Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, a new comedy for NBC inspired by Handler’s memoir of the same name. [via Deadline]

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