The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The first trailer for Gore Verbinski’s big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger, which stars Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp as Tonto, has arrived online, but doesn’t give away much in terms of plot or tone. We are clear, however, on the fact that there will be lots and lots of trains in the film. [via Slashfilm]

2. The charming promos for this week’s Daniel Craig-hosted installment of SNL actually left us excited to tune in for a change. Maybe they should always involve Taran Killam, cheesy montages, and a “kiss initiation”? [via PopWatch]

3. Jason Bateman and Up All Night executive producer DJ Nash have sold a new comedy to NBC that’s set in the ’80s. According to Deadline, Then Came Elvis is about “a family that finally comes together when the parents divorce,” and will be “told through voice-over from the adult son’s perspective.”

4. Here’s your first look at Bruce Willis and Spartacus star Jai Courtney in A Good Day to Die Hard, which for those of you who are keeping count, is the fifth film in the franchise. [via Pop Culture Brain]

5. And finally, you may find it hard to believe, but Tommy Lee turns 50 today. [via The Awl]

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