The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Terrence Malick’s much-debated drama The Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, but the director, who is notoriously shy, did not take to the stage to accept his award. [via indieWIRE]

2. In the wake of Saturday’s total lack of Rapture, it was a “really tough weekend” for Family Radio co-founder Harold Camping, who is reportedly “flabbergasted” and still “looking for answers.” [via The Daily What]

3. That crazy Philip Treacy hat that Princess Beatrice wore to the Royal Wedding — which later became its own meme — sold for over $131,000 on eBay over the weekend. The money will got to benefit Unicef and Children in Crisis. [via Gawker]

4. Joseph Brooks, a songwriter who won an Oscar for his version of “You Light Up My Life” back in 1978, was found dead in his New York apartment yesterday after an apparent suicide. He was 73. [via NME]

5. “That’s really funny because, if I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. It was crazy. I was at a party — I’d never met her — and she was like, ‘Come sit down.’ So I sit at her table and talk for 10 minutes, and she goes, ‘I think it’s time for you to leave now.’ So I say, ‘January, you are an actress in a show and everybody’s going to forget about you in a few years, so f*cking be nice,’ and I got up and left. And she thinks that’s funny?” – Zach Galifianakis talks to ShortList about January Jones

Bonus link: A quick recap of last night’s underwhelming Billboard Music Awards