The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories
1. The official slate of films competing for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, and it includes features from David Cronenberg, Lee Daniels, Walter Salles, Ken Loach, and Michael Haneke. [via ArtsBeat]
2. “[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica [Lange]… It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there’s not a mention of Season 1. The second season is set in a completely different time period.” — Ryan Murphy reveals some exciting new details about the next season of American Horror Story.
3. Christian Bale is reteaming with director David O. Russell (The Fighter) for American Bullshit, a drama that tells the story of a ’70s FBI sting known as “Abscam” that took down several shady members of Congress, and could possibly also be starring Bradley Cooper. [via Collider]
4. Lionsgate has apparently narrowed down the contenders to direct Catching Fire to Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, Constantine, I Am Legend). Is it too late for us to suggest Kathryn Bigelow? Now that’s a movie we’d like to see! [via Vulture]
5. Exciting news for Blur fans: the band is a releasing an epic career-retrospective box set that includes all seven of their studio albums, four discs of rarities, three DVDs that feature unreleased footage, a collectible 7″ of “Superman,” and a book with rare photos and a new interview with the Britpop icons. [via NME]