The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. American music legend Arthel “Doc” Watson — the blind guitarist who helped pioneer the folk revival of the early 1960s, and won eight Grammys over the course of his career — has died at the age of 89. Read his New York Times obituary here.

2. The first teaser trailer for Tom Hooper’s big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables has arrived online, and reader, it’s giving our inner musical theater geek goosebumps. Watch Anne Hathaway belting out “I Dreamed a Dream” here.

3. How excited will you be if Taylor Kitsch is cast as Finnick Odair in Catching Fire? Tim Riggins is a much better fit for the role than Robert Pattinson. [via Vulture]

4. David Bowie is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars with a remastered version of the classic album. Check out a full stream of the reissue here.

5. Stephen King has a new thriller coming out next June called Joyland. The story, which is set in a North Carolina theme park in the early ’70s, is being described as “a whodunit, it’s a carny novel, it’s a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time.” [via ArtsBeat]

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