The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Should you care to spend your morning listening to the full version of the Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration album Lulu before its official release on November 1, it’s now streaming at their official website. [via NME]

2. Justin Timberlake has a new music video you guys! Before you get too excited, you should know this: It’s actually for a new song from a rock/hip-hop band called FreeSol, whose album Timberlake produced. But still, here he is rapping! [via Vulture]

3. Warner Bros. has officially given the green light to a live action remake of Akira which will be helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown, House of Wax). According to reports Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) is the front runner for the starring role of Kaneda, the head of the biker gang. [via Slashfilm]

4. Ricky Gervais is in trouble again, this time for frequent use of the word “mong” (a shortening of “mongoloid”) on his Twitter. “I have explained, even during stand-up shows, that the meaning of words changes over time,” he explains. “Gay, for example, would never be used to mean happy any more. The modern use of the word mong means ‘dopey’ or ‘ignorant.'” [via Gawker]

5. Sad news for fans of the Impressionists: A strike by security workers protesting staff cuts at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay has postponed the long-awaited reopening of the museum’s newly revamped galleries, which have been closed for the past 18 months. [via ArtsBeat]

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