The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Exciting news for those of us who didn’t score tickets: Pitchfork has announced that it will stream LCD Soundsystem’s final show ever at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd. It will be a one-time only broadcast and will not be replayed.

2. Word is that Oscar winning-director Tom Hooper is close to signing a deal with Universal to helm a full-blown musical adaptation of Les Miserables as his follow-up to The King’s Speech; if this thing goes through, what are the odds that Hugh Jackman gets cast as Jean Valjean? [via Deadline]

3. So this happened: Lady Gaga has posted a new stripped down, “Country Road” version of “Born This Way.” Because if there was one thing that song needed, it was more mouth organ. [via NME]

4. According to new research, more than half of all Americans over the age of 12 are now on Facebook. The shocking part: That’s up from just 8% of Americans three years ago. [via Gawker]

5. Former Face-Off costars John Travolta and Nic Cage are reportedly eying two indie film projects that would allow them to share the screen again. First, there’s Shrapnel, which “follows a former Bosnian soldier who seeks vengeance against the American who badly wounded him by disguising a deadly war game as a friendly backwoods hunting trip.” There’s also a thriller called Sea Trial, which is based on a novel of the same name.

Bonus link: RIP Harry Houdini’s Last Surviving Stage Assistant Dorothy Young