The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. It’s official: After 15 years with the Today show, co-host Ann Curry is being kicked off with a reported $10 million severance package. Her replacement is expected to be announced later this week. [via NYP]

2. Rufus Wainwright says that he’s planning to write a musical film that is “very, very” loosely based on his own life. “It stems from some of my past glories and tragic endings, but it’s by no means a biography of me or anything,” he told Rolling Stone. [via NME]

3. The Black Keys are suing the Home Depot and Pizza Hut for copyright infringement, saying that both companies used songs from the band’s recent album, El Camino, without permission. [via Billboard]

4. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a mild heart attack; according to his rep, the 71-year-old is “in good spirits and is currently under observation and undergoing further testing.” [via Inside TV]

5. “Today we want to share with you, that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved.” – Swedish House Mafia has announced that their current tour will be the dance trio’s last, but they’ve got a live album in the works.

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