The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Norio Ohga, a the former president and chairman of Sony and the man credited with developing the compact disc, has died at the age of 81. [via NME]

2. Take a look at the first new art from Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson in 16 years, a painting that he created for a fundraising project for Parkinson’s research.

3. The new album from Seattle folk rockers Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues, is streaming in full over at NPR. It’s officially due out on May 3.

4. Former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell, who was most recently the chief film critic over at, has been terminated following an investigation into his review of Source Code, which appeared to be based upon an early draft of the script rather than the movie itself. [via Deadline]

5. Check out a well-bearded Paul Rudd in the new trailer for My Idiot Brother, a comedy which also stars Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones. [via Perez]

Bonus link: Watch a Matrix-inspired body-popping breakdancing routine