The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Frequent collaborators James Franco and performance artist Kalup Linzy are planning to release a three-song, limited-edition EP entitled Turn It Up on July 12th. The pair will be shooting video clips for each of the songs, and promise some “surprise guest cameos.” [via PopEater]

2. Both BBC programming chief Sam Hodges and showrunner Steven Moffat confirmed via Twitter yesterday that Matt Smith will be returning for another season of Doctor Who next year in 14 new episodes. [via Blastr]

3. Should we blame Bridesmaids or The Hangover 2?: Reese Witherspoon is planning to produce and star in a new wedding-related comedy called Who Invited Her? that’s about a “about a woman who insists on tagging along on a guy’s bachelor party weekend.” Because that doesn’t sound like an annoying premise. [via EW]

4. Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo is reportedly considering a role in an upcoming Broadway revival of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic. The show — which focuses on “young love and growing older in small-town Kansas” — is set to begin production this fall. [via ArtsBeat]

5. Preview the tracklist for Stephen Malkmus’ new Beck-produced LP, Mirror Traffic, here. The album is due out August 23rd from Matador, but you can already download one of the tracks, “Senator,” here.

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