The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. According to TMZ, Charlie Sheen’s people are in “deep negotiations” with a major network (we’re guessing it’s probably Fox) for a new sitcom that’s being written specifically for him and could air as early as next January. There aren’t many other details, but we’ll go ahead and guess that Chuck Lorre is not involved.

2. Vulture reports that Darren Aronofsky is trying to secure Christian Bale as the star of his film adaptation of Noah’s Ark, a move which should also help him secure financial backing for the project.

3. Among the notable winners at The 15th Annual Webby Awards, which was held last night at at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, were Watson (the computer that won on Jeopardy!) for Webby Person of the Year; LCD Soundsystem which was named Webby Artist of the Year; and Dan Savage, who was honored for his work on the “It Gets Better Project.” [via The Wrap]

4. “It’s strange how that character has been co-opted into the culture in a way that he absolutely wasn’t in 1991. Patrick Bateman seems to embody something about masculinity that was blooming at a certain point in the late ’80s to early ’90s. This kind of damnification of the male. This obsession with male narcissism and beauty. Men being looked at in a way that women had been looked at for decades. American Psycho was probably the first novel about a metrosexual. And of course that’s now everywhere.” – Bret Easton Ellis talks about American Psycho 20 years later

5. If you were as impressed by Neil Patrick Harris’ rap recap at the end of Sunday night’s Tony Awards as we were, then you might find this behind-the-scenes video of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail scrambling to get the closing number written in time interesting.

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