The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Beloved late-night indie-rock show 120 Minutes returns Saturday on MTV2, with music nerd extraordinaire Matt Pinfield set to resume hosting duties. The first episode will include PJ Harvey, Dave Grohl, Cults, and Das Racist, among others. “I stopped hosting the show in 1999,” said Pinfield, “so that’s 11 years since I hosted, 16 years since I started hosting regularly. So it’s amazing to see things come full circle. Who says hell doesn’t freeze over?” [via MTV]

2. Today’s new film releases include Cowboys & Aliens; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Attack the Block; The Interrupters; and Miranda July‘s second feature, The Future. Also hitting theaters is The Smurfs, which has been earning terrible reviews. Entertainment Weekly‘s Keith Staskiewicz sums it up: “The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation.”

3. Still disappointed by the way the first season of The Killing ended? Yeah, us too. Well, for what it’s worth, AMC programming head Joel Stillerman promised reporters at a Television Critics Association event yesterday that “You will find out who killed Rosie Larsen in season two.” Hey, whatever, man. We’ve heard that one before. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

4. More big news from TCA: That Entourage movie is definitely happening, according to creator Doug Ellin, who said, “We’re going to do it. It’s a question of when and how quick. We’ll sit down and come up with an idea.” [via EW]

5. Independent record stores are frustrated with the release schedule for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, which debuts digitally August 8th, and won’t show up in record stores until the 12th, with a deluxe edition available exclusively at Best Buy for the first ten days. [via NME]

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