The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Conservative web publisher and talking head Andrew Breitbart passed away last night at UCLA Medical Center from natural causes. He was 43 years old. “We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,” reads a post on his website. “Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.” [via Gawker]

2. West of Memphis, Peter Jackson’s well-received documentary on the West Memphis Three which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. [via ArtsBeat]

3. Santigold’s new video for “Disparate Youth” reminds our friends at Vulture of “the soul tree from Avatar, minus some fancy lights and the spirit of Sigourney Weaver.” Watch it and let us know what you think.

4. Stan Lee will be a playable video game character in a new release from Activision called Amazing Spider-Man, a tie-in to Marc Webb’s highly-anticipated film reboot. [via THR]

5. Peter Hook says that “Aerial,” a supposedly unreleased Joy Division track that surfaced earlier this week, is a “bloody awful hoax,” adding that, “if Ian Curtis ever sang lyrics like that, I’d have kicked him up the arse.” [via NME]

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