The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Are you as surprised as we are to hear that Jennifer Lopez — who is apparently contemplating leaving American Idol — topped Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful celebrities? There’s no way that she’s more powerful than Oprah. [via Gawker]

2. Larry David may be joining forces with Superbad director Greg Mottola on a new Fox Searchlight comedy that will be written by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel — a team that works with David on Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-wrote The Dictator. [via Collider]

3. Morgan Freeman will join Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in a new comedy that’s being touted as “Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover.” Last Vegas, which tells the story of “four baby boomer buddies who gather in Sin City for the bachelor party of… a lifelong playboy who’s finally settling down with a woman half his age,” will be directed by Jon Turteltaub (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love). [via Slashfilm]

4. For some reason we find the news that three of The Wiggles — Purple, Red, and Yellow — are planning to leave the children’s band at the end of their current tour incredibly amusing. That just leaves one remaining original member of the group, Blue Wiggle. [via ArtsBeat]

5. My Bloody Valentine — who recently announced plans to release a new full-length and an EP of fresh material this year — also have a Japanese tour in the works for February 2013. [via Pitchfork]

Bonus Buzz: Pinsanity