The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Some bad news for your Oscar pool odds: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially changed the rules so that at least five but no more than ten films can be nominated in the Best Picture category. [via Collider]

2. Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, has confirmed that even though Matt Smith is on board, Doctor Who will not be coming back for a full 14 episodes next season; instead, there will be a “special run for the anniversary in 2013.” [via io9]

3. The Weinstein Company has named Christmas Day 2012 as the release date for Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, Django Unchained, which just so happens to be the fifteen year anniversary of Jackie Brown. Now he just needs to figure out who’s going to star in the Western-influenced film. [via Slashfilm]

4. This is surprising: Debunked director Julie Taymor not only walked the red carpet last night at the official opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, she also got a standing ovation from the audience and smooched Bono multiple times. [via Vulture]

5. Natalie Portman had her baby yesterday, and while we don’t know the kid’s name yet, we do know that it’s a boy and that he’ll definitely be a good dancer! [via People]

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