The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. David Rakoff, a frequent This American Life contributor and the author of the Thurber Prize for American Humor-winning essay collection Half Empty, has died at only 47 years old. Read a brief but touching obituary at The Awl.

2. Your daily Olympics Closing Ceremony gossip update: In addition to yesterday’s monster lineup reveal, NME reports that Kate Bush (and some other people, whatever) has been spotted in rehearsals.

3. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch‘s will was filed earlier this week and prohibits the use of his music and “artistic property” in advertisements. [via Rolling Stone]

4. Steve Carell has signed on to co-star with Will Ferrell in Justin Theroux‘s Swear to God, about a hedge fund manager who has a vision of God. The actors will be re-teaming just after they finish shooting the Anchorman sequel. [via Splitsider]

5. And that’s not today’s only notable reunion news. A gnarly little bird has told Vulture that a third Bill & Ted movie is in the works, with both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter on board to reprise the title roles. We shudder to imagine what middle age has in store for Bill and Ted.

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