The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Today’s colorful Google Doodle marks what would have been Keith Haring’s 54th birthday. We approve. [via Pop Culture Brain]

2. If you were as bummed as we were about missing out on that celebrity-filled March reading of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 play 8, then you’ll be happy to hear that it’s being released as a digital audio download beginning June 1. [via Vulture]

3. Michael Bay is executive producing a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Starz that’s set twenty years earlier than the book. The eight-episode series, tentatively titled Black Sails, is one of three other pirate shows currently in development, but we’re willing to bet that his will have the biggest explosions. [via The Playlist]

4. Mark your calendars: Margaret Cho will be returning to 30 Rock to play recently deceased dictator Kim Jong Il (and another unknown character) in the show’s May 17 episode, as well as the season finale. We can’t wait to see how they decide to spin this! [via Laugh Spin]

5. As part of a marketing push for the re-release of Bad, Michael Jackson’s estate has signed a posthumous deal with Pepsi that will include a TV commercial, special edition cans featuring the pop star’s image, and downloadable remixes of his songs. [via TMZ]

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