The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The Walt Disney Co. will buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock. Welcome to the Magic Kingdom, Spidey. [via AP] 2. Blood and guts dominated the weekend box office, with The Final Destination, Inglourious Basterds, and Halloween II rounding out the top three. [via Box Office Mojo] 3. Did you read New York Times Magazine’s 13,000 word epic on Hurricane Katrina/Memorial Medical Center yet? [via Gawker] 4. Pop magazine’s new editor in chief Dasha Zhukova has asked Damien Hirst to design two covers for its relaunch; both feature 13-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. [via WWD] 5. In the future, kids will only have to read the books that they like in school. [via NYT]