The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. “Mission complete, Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history. It’s come to a final stop.” – Mission commander Christopher Ferguson welcomes home the Space Shuttle Atlantis, bringing an end to the NASA space shuttle program at 5:57am this morning. Watch a video of the landing here.

2. Jay-Z and Kanye West have finally released another single from their highly-anticipated collaboration album Watch the Throne, which is due out on August 2. Give “Otis” a listen here.

3. While the word is that you won’t be seeing any footage from The Avengers coming out of Comic-Con, Marvel Studios has launched the film’s official website and released a downloadable teaser poster. So there’s that. [via Slashfilm]

4. In other Joss Whedon– and Chris Hemsworth-related news, The Cabin in the Woods, a horror comedy that the former co-wrote and the latter stars in, has an April 13, 2012 release date after years of delays. That’s just three weeks before The Avengers comes out! [via Vulture]

5. If you’re curious about such things, the nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, with Katy Perry, Adele, and Kanye West scoring the most nods. We’re more interested in seeing if Lady Gaga is able to top last year’s dramatic entrance via a giant egg. [via NME]

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