The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Paranormal Activity 3 — which only cost Paramount $5 million to make — set a record for the largest horror movie debut ever this weekend, bringing in a whopping $54 million at the box office. [via Vulture]

2. Alan Ball is working on a new hour-long drama for HBO called Wichita that will focus on “a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war.” The character is based on Dr. George Tiller, a real-life physician who was murdered by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in 2009. [via THR]

3. This is strange: Joss Whedon just wrapped principal photography on an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing starring Firefly actor Nathan Fillion that no one seemed to realize he was working on. You can check out a website for the alleged movie here. [via Vulture]

4. Thanks to the success of films like The Town and Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck has been chosen to write and direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic, The Stand, a project that was formerly going to be helmed by David Yates (the final four Harry Potter movies). [via Deadline]

5. 76-year-old country music legend Loretta Lynn was hospitalized for pneumonia over the weekend, forcing her to cancel a handful of upcoming tour dates. [via NYDN]

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