The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Hollywood legend and two time Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor has died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. [via ABC News]

2. Remember Watch The Throne, that Kanye and Jay-Z album that was supposed to drop back in January? Well according to Young Guru, a producer who’s working on it, it’s nearly done: “It just needs little tweaks and things like that. But the core of the album is finished.” [via NME]

3. T.V. Carpio, who stepped in to replace an actress injured in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark back in December, has now been sidelined herself after an accident during an onstage battle scene. She will be out of the show for two weeks. [via AP]

4. Paramount is surrendering the rights to Dune, but that doesn’t mean Richard P.Rubinstein, who owns the rights to Frank Herbert’s novel, is giving up on the project. “I’m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I’m not sure yet.” [via io9]

5. Yesterday Lady Gaga visited Google HQ, where she sat down for an hour-long interview with with Google’s VP of consumer products Marissa Mayer about how the search engine helped her achieve fame. Watch the clip here.