The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. We were happy to see that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s hilarious musical The Book of Mormon killed it at the Tonys last night, taking home nine awards, but our favorite part of the night had to be host Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number. Watch it here.

2. JJ Abrams’ mysterious monster movie Super 8 dominated the box office in its opening weekend, making $37 million — which, while not exactly chump change, has to be a lot less than what they were hoping for. X-Men: First Class came in second, earning $25 million, while The Hangover Part II rounded out the top three with $18.5 million (bringing its cumulative earnings to a whopping $216.5 million). [via Vulture]

3. Famed E Street Band saxophonist Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons — who most recently performed on two songs on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album — suffered a stroke on Sunday. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on how severe it was. [via Rolling Stone]

4. This could be interesting: The Coen Brothers told a crowd at the opening of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, that they’re working on a project that will have quite a bit of live music in it, comparing it to Noah Baumbach’s 2007 film Margot At The Wedding. [via indieWIRE]

5. If you didn’t watch Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated MTV Unplugged performance then you missed many magical moments, most notably seeing him cover Tupac’s “Hail Mary” and the premiere of Tha Carter IV track “Nightmares of the Bottom.” Check out the full episode here.

Bonus interactive infographic: A History of Modern Music