This Morning’s Top 5 Cultural Stories


1. Leonard Dicaprio — rumored to be at the top of Martin Scorsese’s list for that Frank Sinatra biopic — is taking singing lessons to improve his odds. [via The Sun]

2. By scooping up Zac Efron’s sloppy seconds, Chace Crawford has made it 100 percent easier for tweens to enjoy six degrees of Kevin Bacon. [via NYDN]

3. The critics’ tweets about the debut of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds at Cannes are decidedly mixed. [via /film]

4. Christie’s will auction off “Little Buddy,” a handwritten poem about a dying dog by a 16-year-old Bob Dylan. He wrote it at summer camp. [via Guardian]

5. Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall forgives Maureen Dowd for her “accidental plagiarism” of his work. [via NYT]