The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Deadline is reporting that Dianne Wiest and Chris Cooper are negotiating to play the leads in HBO’s forthcoming Noah Baumbach-helmed adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s award-winning novel, The Corrections. We approve heartily!

2. Dark Blood, the movie that River Phoenix was filming at the time of his death, might be getting released almost 20 years later, thanks reedits from the director and some possible voice-over work from River’s brother Joaquin Phoenix. [via Vulture]

3. The Jeff Mangum-curated winter installment of All Tomorrow’s Parties has been pushed back to March due to “a set of extremely unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances.” Refunds will be available for ticket holders who can’t make the new dates. [via NME]

4. Multiple Tony award-winning writer Robert Lopez, who collaborated with Trey Parker and Matt Stone on The Book of Mormon, will also be teaming up with them for upcoming episode of South Park that will air on October 26. We expect big things! [via ArtsBeat]

5. Criterion will finally release a digitally-restored version Godzilla Blu-ray/DVD this January; along with a load of special features, you’ll be getting both the 1954 Japanese original as well as the 1956 American remake of the film, which starred Raymond Burr. [via Slashfilm]

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