The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Now that Hugh Grant has passed on the part, it’s almost 100% confirmed that Ashton Kutcher will be taking over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. And according to a source, the way his character will be introduced won’t feel forced: “It’s really funny. People are going to love it.” [via THR]

2. Mark Wahlberg will reunite with director David O. Russell (The Fighter) for his forthcoming adaptation of Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel The Silver Lining Playbook, which tells the story of a former high school history teacher who is released into the custody of his mom after a four-year stint in a mental institution. Sounds promising! [via Vulture]

3. Check out the second promo for Season 4 of True Blood here. While it reveal absolutely nothing (other than Joe Manganiello’s werewolf abs), it’s a good reminder that June 26 can’t come soon enough.

4. Stevie Nicks has revealed that Fleetwood Mac will tour again in 2012. “When [my new] album and Lindsey’s album come to a stop then Fleetwood Mac will gather again and we’ll either make another record or we won’t and we’ll just go on tour.” Maybe seeing them live will help us purge that recent episode of Glee from our collective memory. [via NME]

5. “As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There’s no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.” – Bob Dylan responds in a rare post on his website to reports of censorship in China

Bonus link: Watch Nick Offerman eat a Ron Swanson Turkey Burger