The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver — who were introduced by Tom Brokaw at a charity tennis tournament in 1977 — have announced that they are separating. From their prepared statement: “This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.” [via The Daily What]

2. Google is set to launch an unlicensed test version of its digital music service in San Francisco this afternoon; Music Beta will allow users to upload their personal music libraries to their own account on Google’s servers. [via NME]

3. In order to avoid the kind of gallery rage caused by blockbuster exhibits packed with patrons, The National Gallery has announced that its forthcoming Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan show will reduce the number of admissions from the 230 per half-hour slot it is allowed under health and safety rules to 180. Hopefully museums stateside will take note. [via The Guardian]

4. “What was great about ‘Turn Off the Dark’ 1.0 was unusual and rare: magic, a pop-up Pop-Art opera with a bit of rock ’n’ roll circus thrown in. What was not right about it was a catalog of commonplace problems — story knots, bad sound and finally a failure to cohere, meaning that the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts, as wonderful as some of those parts were.” – Bono — who was notably mum during its previews — explains why the original version of the Spider-Man musical failed

5. Spinal Tap star Tony Hendra has created a New York Times parody site called The Final Edition with writers like Terry Jones, Peter Sagal, and Mike Meyers, along with staffers from Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Onion, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Check it out here.

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