The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. According to the New York Times , Bono, who was “away for much of the show’s preview period,” has now “taken a direct role” in talks about whether Julie Taymor should stay or go as director of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The super-delayed musical was set to open on March 15th, but it looks like there’s no way that’s still happening.

2. Warner Bros. has become the first movie studio to offer movie rentals through Facebook. Currently the only film available is The Dark Knight (at the cost of 30 Facebook credits or $3), but they’re planning to offer other titles in the not-so-distant future. [via The Wrap]

3. Now that he’s been officially fired from Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen met with executives at Live Nation Entertainment about the possibility of doing “a series of live theatrical shows.” Says Sheen: “I need to gobble up all these fuckin’ posers and bootleggers and make them go away. Then we’re gonna deliver the real fuckin’ t-shirts and mugs and hats.” [via Deadline]

4. As if yesterday’s spoilers weren’t exciting enough, you can now see the first clip from Season 4 of True Blood, and Alexander Skarsgård is half-naked in it. [via Vulture]

5. “I love these sophisticated cities. It’s fantastic to have the possibility to work there, like when I shot Manhattan in New York, Match Point in London and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Barcelona … Each time, it’s like a declaration of love for certain places. I project onto the big screen my feelings for places which count a lot in my life. I hope to do the same thing with Rome.” – Woody Allen is shooting his next project in Rome.

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