The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Our first real sign of the impending apocalypse: Alec Baldwin is threatening to quit acting in 2012. [via HuffPo] 2. Cormac McCarthy is putting the Olivetti typewriter which he used to write more than a dozen novels (including The Road and No Country for Old Men) up for auction at Christie’s and donating the proceeds to charity. [via NYT] 3. Conspiracy theory: Why can’t we hear Daniel Day-Lewis sing in any of the trailers for Nine? [via Vulture] 4. The Independent Spirit Award nominees will be announced this morning; they air live on IFC on Friday, March 5 at 8 p.m. PT. [via THR] 5. New evidence suggests that Jane Austen may have died prematurely of “tuberculosis caught from cattle.” Now you know. [via The Guardian]

Bonus link: Grandpa Gene Lives! (Sort Of.)