The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The new Liam Neeson action thriller Unknown took the top spot at the weekend box office, making $21.7 million. I Am Number Four came in number two with $19.5 million, and was closely followed by Gnomeo and Juliet 3D, which made $19.4 million. [via Deadline]

2. Remember when New York Times classical music critic Anthony Tommasini set out to identify the ten greatest composers of all time? Now Dean Rader of the San Francisco Gate is hoping to do the same thing with poets. Weigh in with your opinion here.

3. It’s official: Baz Luhrman is shooting The Great Gatsby in 3D, with filming to begin in Sydney (apologies New York!) this August. Leonardo DiCaprio has already signed on to star as Jay Gatsby while Carey Mulligan has been offered the role of Daisy Buchanan. [via THR]

4. Over the weekend a rumor surfaced that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark producers were looking to find Julie Taymor a co-director for the beleaguered project, but as the show’s spokesperson told Vulture, “There is no truth to the rumor of a co-director. The production has not brought anyone on and the original creative team remains firmly in place, with Julie Taymor at the helm.”

5. Adele has become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two albums and two singles in the top fives of both album and singles charts in the same week in the UK. (If you have no idea who she is, we recommend you check out this clip of her covering Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman” for an upcoming episode of VH1’s Unplugged.) [via Billboard]

Bonus link: Watch a “psychotropically influenced pseudo-documentary” directed by Matt Groening’s dad Homer