The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Brace yourselves, muggles: The first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has landed online. Watch it here, and if you like what you see, mark your calenders for July 15th, when the final installment of the Potter franchise lands in theaters.

2. Last night at a benefit for the Academy of American Poets in honor of National Poetry Month, Alec Baldwin did a recital of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee,” that brought Patti Smith to tears. [OMG via Jezebel]

3. Cirque du Soleil is planning to recreate Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. They’ll also be launching the most expensive show in the company’s history, “Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour,” in October. [via AP]

4. Fans of The Office can watch three short preview clips of tonight’s farewell to Michael Scott (Steve Carell) here. Our favorite is his final meeting with the Party Planning Committee.

5. The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding — who previously did a hilarious parody of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” on the BBC’s Let’s Dance for Comic Relief — stars in her new self-directed music video for “Deeper Understanding” alongside of Robbie Coltrane. [via NME]

Bonus link: Read a 14-year-old Stephen King’s endearingly creepy short story pitch