The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. A $30 million musical version of King Kong that’s currently in the works in Australia might be heading to Broadway, perhaps as soon as 2014. In case any part of you thinks that this sounds like a good idea, producers are reportedly eying the space currently occupied by Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. [via ArtsBeat]

2. Sorry to disappoint the Rider Strong among us, but as the actor writes on his website: “At this point, I have no official involvement in Girl Meets World. There might be a chance to see some of the BMW cast in a guest spot, and I think it would be nice to find out where our characters have been all these years. But Girl Meets World will be, and I think it should be, its own show. It will be about Cory and Topanga, their daughter, and a new set of characters.” [via Vulture]

3. Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to play Wolverine role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. With Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen already on board, is there anyone else from the original X-Men movies who you think is essential? [via THR]

4. Lindsay Lohan was charged earlier this morning for third-degree assault after slapping a woman in the face during a confrontation at Club Avenue in Chelsea. Sigh. [via AP]

5. The pro-wrestler from Indiana who got a face tattoo of the Romney-Ryan logo has decided that he does, in fact, want it removed — but the reason why might surprise you. [via Gawker]

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