The Morning’s Top 5 Cultural Headlines


1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens to mediocre reviews and huge box office expectations. [via THR]

2. A second Banksy mural has been defaced in his hometown of Bristol. [via BBC]

3. Phil Spector has been assigned to a “sensitive needs” cell in prison, and would like an iPod. [via NYDN]

4. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster to publish his memoir. [via AP]

5. The Beastie Boys have confirmed that their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, will drop on September 15. [via Reuters]