The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. A group of more than 700 people — including cultural icons like Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem, and Art Spiegelman — have sent a letter to New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx protesting the $300 million renovation of the 42nd Street flagship building. [via ArtsBeat]

2. While it’s not the Wet Hot American Summer sequel that we’ve all been waiting for, we’re thrilled to hear that Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are reteaming with director David Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter on a romantic comedy parody called They Came Together. [via Vulture]

3. Comedian Russell Brand will be hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards which air on June 3rd; he previously hosted the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2008 (and again in 2009), a gig that ultimately led to his short-lived marriage to Katy Perry. Who do you think he’ll end up with this time around? [via Deadline]

4. Unfortunately for America, Willie Nelson has politely turned down Roseanne Barr’s offer to be her Green Party presidential running mate. [via NME]

5. Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned from Florida’s Brevard County Libraries system because they “bought some copies before [they] realized what it was” and “don’t collect porn.” [via Gawker]

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