The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Warner Bros. is in the final stages of acquiring the rights to produce a prequel or sequel of Ridley Scott’s cult classic Blade Runner — but the deal would not allow them to do a remake of the orignal. [via Guardian]

2. “Here is the lyric: ‘Come on now, this beat is sick. I wanna take a ride on your disco stick.’ Here is the problem: 1. There is no ideal translation for the word ‘disco’ in this circumstance. 2. The word Ison might normally sign for ‘stick’ generally refers to what would snap off of a tree branch. Thus, if the sentence is translated word-for-word from English to its corresponding signs, the resulting phrase could come across as something like, ‘I want to ride on the twig of John Travolta’s dance moves.'” – from What sign-language interpreters make of the likes of Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi

3. Courtney Love has settled the Twitter-related defamation lawsuit brought against her by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir to the tune of $430,000. [via THR]

4. After waiting six years since the release of the last novel in the saga, the next book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance With Dragons, has a publication date: July 12, 2011. You might want to start working out now, because at over 900 pages long, it’s going to be a total brick to lug around. [via EW]

5. Michael Stipe has asked filmmakers like James Franco, Sophie Calle, Albert Maysles, and Sam Taylor-Wood to create video clips to accompany each track on R.E.M.’s forthcoming album Collapse Into Now. [via Paste]

Bonus link: Blockbuster Training Video, c. 1990