The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. According to Nielsen SoundScan’s midyear sales report, music sales are actually up for the first time since 2004. [via ArtsBeat]

2. It’s a cruel, cruel world: The producers of Modern Family are reportedly looking to recast the role of Lily. “Lily will definitely be more prominent in season three,” explains series star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “It’s interesting with children because we can’t force this 2 and a half-year-old child to start speaking, and we don’t know if the twins who play Lily are inclined toward acting, so maybe we’ll cast another older child who can talk and who wants to be an actress to play Lily.” [via Aol TV]

3. If you need a distraction from counting down the days until July 15th and you don’t mind spoilers, you can watch eight new clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 here.

4. ABC has sold the online rights to its canceled soaps All My Children and One Life to Live, and the shows are now expected to live on with the same casts and crews on a currently unnamed, Hulu-like site. We’re wondering if this could be the start of a new trend. [via Vulture]

5. This first teaser for The Iron Lady makes us wonder if Meryl Streep made the right choice in taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher — but maybe it’s just the prosthetic teeth that are throwing us off. What do you think? [via The Playlist]

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