The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. G-Force might have trumped Harry Potter at the weekend box office here in the US, but its global boxoffice total is already $627.2 million, making it the 39th biggest-grossing title in history after just 12 days. [via THR] 2. Robert Downey Jr. will star with Zach Galifianakis in Due Date, another Todd Phillips-directed baby/road trip comedy that begins shooting this fall. [via Variety] 3. Can the Apple tablet really take down the Kindle? (This probably isn’t helping.) We’ll know by Christmas. [via Bookseller] 4. Smashing Pumpkins debut a new drummer and a new song penned by Billy Corgan (working title: “Freak”). [via Stereogum] 5. Many art galleries in LA are expanding, in spite of the recession (we’re looking at you Gagosian, Blum & Poe). [via LAT]