The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Spike Jonze has reportedly teamed up with Kanye West and Jay-Z to direct the music video for “Otis,” the first official track to be released off of their forthcoming joint LP Watch the Throne. While there aren’t many details to be had, you can check out a photo from the shoot in Los Angeles here.

2. Word is that former Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose (and not Glee’s Lea Michele as was previously rumored), is the actress that the producers of the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl want for their leading lady. [via E!]

3. Kings of Leon have canceled the remaining 26 dates on their current US tour in light of that incident last week in Dallas where lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage after telling the crowd that he was going to go vomit, drink a beer, and then come back out and play some more. (He never did.) According to the band’s publicist, he was “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion.” They will return to the road in late September for a show in Vancouver. [via ArtsBeat]

4. In case you’re curious, here are a few teasers from an upcoming Vanity Fair feature in which J. Lo explains why she split from Marc Anthony.

5. When Breaking Bad comes back for its final season next year, it might not be on AMC thanks to some drama between the network and Sony Television over the episode count. As long as this ends up with us getting to see more of Walter White, we’ll be happy to watch it anywhere. [via Vulture]

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