The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Two films that focus on father and son relationships — Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Mike MillsBeginners — shared the award for Best Feature at last night’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. View the full list of winners here.

2. Tom Hanks is set to produce (and possibly play the lead in) a new film based on Erik Larson’s nonfiction bestseller In the Garden of Beasts. The book tells the story of US ambassador William Dodd’s experiences in Berlin at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power. [via Vulture]

3. Alan Cumming will star in a one-man version of Macbeth that makes its US debut at the 2012 Lincoln Center Festival this summer; the project began with the idea “to swap the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, because there are so many things about gender, I thought it would be a really exciting idea to flip that.” [via ArtsBeat]

4. “It kind of remains to be seen at this point what happens to the future. I think they are certainly the last shows for a while and I guess I’d just leave it at that.” — Lee Ranaldo talks to Rolling Stone about what’s next for Sonic Youth

5. Sad but true: According to TMZ, hordes of Twihards have been faking engagements in order to try on the $799 replica of Bella’s wedding dress from Breaking Dawn that is being sold in Alfred Angelo bridal boutiques. [via Videogum]

Bonus Buzz: Just A Cat Sitting On The Stairs