The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced, and among the 17 films in competition are new works from Terrence Malick (To The Wonder), Brian De Palma (Passion), and Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). [via ArtsBeat]

2. If you didn’t grab a copy on Record Store Day, you can stream the new Flaming Lips album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends — a collaborative compilation that features Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Lightning Bolt, Ke$ha, and Erykah Badu — over at the Guardian. [via Largehearted Boy]

3. Fox has announced plans for a new weekly hour-long series called The Short-Com Comedy Hour, which would feature “one-act scenes” starring “well-known actors and comedians as well as up-and-comers.” The multi-cam comedy would be shot in front of a studio audience, and allow the network to test out potential pilot ideas. [via TVLine]

4. Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti, and Ruth Wilson will join Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in the cast of Saving Mr. Banks, the upcoming biopic about of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. [via Vulture]

5. Ron Howard is continuing to toy with Arrested Development fans, this time by tweeting a photo of a page of the script on his iPad. [via Pop Culture Brain]

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