The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Known for his confrontational interview style, Mike Wallace, one of the original correspondents and hosts of 60 Minutes, died over the weekend at age of 93. “Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” explained former colleague Morley Safer. “He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’ So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview.” [via Media Decoder]

2. Titanic in 3D and American Reunion be damned, The Hunger Games took the number one spot and broke through the $300 million mark at the domestic box office over the weekend. [via ArtsBeat]

3. Speaking of The Hunger Games, here’s your first look at Mattel’s new Katniss Everdeen-inspired Barbie, which comes complete with a tiny replica of the costume that Jennifer Lawrence wore in the movie — right down to a miniature mockingjay pin.

4. If you missed out on seeing Fiona Apple during her recent mini-tour, you’ll be glad to hear that she’s heading back out on the road in support of her new album beginning in June. Find the full list of dates and cities here.

5. Bad news for fans of instant gratification: the final season of Breaking Bad will be aired in two parts. “We’re going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break,” explains Bryan Cranston, “then the rest will air next year.” [via Vulture]

Bonus Buzz: If Mad Men Was Mad Dogs