The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. As if we needed another reason to love Joss Whedon, check out this silly but heartfelt thank-you letter that the Avengers director just posted to all of his longtime fans — or as he refers to them, his “peeps.” [via Pop Culture Brain]

2. Producers have announced that after a 473-show run, the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Frank Loesser’s 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will have its final performance this Sunday. We blame Nick Jonas. [via ArtsBeat]

3. It’s official: André 3000 will play Jimi Hendrix in a biopic that begins shooting in Ireland later this month. What remains to be seen is whether the musician’s notoriously protective estate will allow director John Ridley to license any of his songs. [via Guardian]

4. After dealing privately with gender dysphoria for years, Tom Gabel, lead singer of Against Me!, has announced plans to undergo hormone replacement therapy and begin living life as a woman named Laura Jane Grace. [via Rolling Stone]

5. Joining a diverse group of artists that includes Bjork, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Elton John, Paul Simon has been named the pop winner of Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, with Yo-Yo Ma snagging the honor for classical musician. [via NME]

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