The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Sally Ride, who in 1983 became the first American woman in space on the Challenger shuttle, died yesterday at the age of 61 following a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. [via NPR]

2. Exciting news for science fiction fans: J.J. Abrams and Edgar Wright are teaming up on a new film called Collider; because it’s Abrams who we’re dealing with, that’s all we really know at this point, other than the fact that the mysterious project is based on an original idea by Wright. [via io9]

3. Jeremy Renner is apparently looking to shake things up a bit by playing Julian Assange in a movie about WikiLeaks that may be directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn). Not exactly what we’d expect from a guy who’s coming off two Oscar-nominated performances, but maybe he can make it work. [via Deadline]

4. HBO has picked up a new comedy pilot from frequent Ricky Gervais collaborator Stephen Merchant; Hello Ladies, which Merchant will write, direct, and star in, tells the story of a kind of awful sounding Englishman desperately looking for love in LA. [via Vulture]

5. If you’ve ever wondered what Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes looks like naked, then you’ll probably be interested in the NSFW cover art for her third album, The Haunted Man, which was shot by photographer Ryan McGinley. [via NME]

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