The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The editor-in-chief of Jackie, the Dutch fashion magazine that referred to Rihanna as “the ultimate ni**abitch,” has resigned in the wake of complaints over the piece. The pop star tweeted her response to the controversy: “You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense … ‘N***a Bitch’?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you … F*** YOU!!!” [via NME]

2. The Oscar that Orson Welles won back in 1941 for his Citizen Kane screenplay has been sold at auction for a whopping $861,542. Apparently famed magician David Copperfield was trying to get his hands on it, but was outbid. [via Deadline]

3. The Weinstein Company is moving ahead with its first stage musical, an adaptation of the 2004 film Finding Neverland; the current plan is to launch the show in Britain by next fall, and then transfer it to London by the end of the year. [via ArtsBeat]

4. “Like the screen Tintin, the movie proves less than inviting because it’s been so wildly overworked: there is hardly a moment of downtime, a chance to catch your breath or contemplate the tension between the animated Expressionism and the photo-realist flourishes. Relax, you think, as Tintin and the story rush off again, as if Mr. Spielberg were afraid of losing us with European-style longueurs. Bore us? He’s Steven Spielberg!” — New York Times film critic Manhola Dargis reviews The Adventures of Tintin

5. A rare performance by David Bowie on the UK show Top of the Pops will air on the BBC tonight for the first time since its original 1973 broadcast. The four-minute clip features him doing an extended version of “Jean Genie” with his band at the time, The Spiders From Mars. [via BBC]

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