The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. If you haven’t seen it yet, this video of The SimpsonsMontgomery Burns endorsing Mitt Romney — because his dog Shamus prefers “Meat” Romney over “Broccoli” Obama — is pretty hilarious. [via LAT]

2. Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender playing Thomas Wolfe and his legendary editor Max Perkins in a film adaption of A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award–winning account of their relationship? Yes, please. [via Vulture]

3. JJ Abrams has bought the film and animated series rights to Beastlies, the strange hand-sculpted monsters of artist Leslie Levings, and is hoping to turn them into a children’s franchise along the lines of The Smurfs. [via Collider]

4. Alt-J have won this year’s Mercury Prize for their album An Awesome Wave. [via Pitchfork]

5. In case you missed it, Oprah released her list of Favorite Things yesterday, and five of the 48 items involve truffles. [via Gawker]

Bonus Buzz: Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter’s Family Portrait