The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. In case you’re curious as to what happens in Oprah’s second and third final shows, The Hollywood Reporter was part of the 20,000-person, celebrity-filled crowd at yesterday’s four-hour taping, and has a detailed record of the entire thing (which includes Aretha Franklin performing “Amazing Grace”!). The episodes will air on May 23rd and 24th.

2. Danish director Lars von Trier loves saying crazy things to journalists, especially when he’s at Cannes. Lucky for us, Vulture has rounded up the 10 most controversial things he said at the Melancholia press conference, which includes some rambling about being a Nazi and his sympathies for Hitler.

3. The Austin City Limits music festival has announced its 2011 lineup, and it includes headliners Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, and Kanye West. [via Pop Candy]

4. The Who’s Pete Townshend will release his long-awaited memoir Who He? — which he has been working on for 15 years now — in the fall of 2012. Regarding a 2003 child pornography incident, which was part of his “background research,” he now says: “I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time. Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book.” [via NME]

5. So this bodes well: Michelle Williams will play Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful. She joins a cast that already includes James Franco (The Wizard), Rachel Weisz (the Wicked Witch of the East), and Mila Kunis (The Wicked Witch of the West). [via Moveline]

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