The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. For the first time ever, Americans would rather be surfing the web than watching TV in their free time. Is that because they’re watching TV on the Internet? [via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 2. This is strange: Pixar director Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) is in negotiations to direct Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible IV. [via Vulture] 3. What do you think of Twitter‘s forthcoming redesign? Do you want more stats? [via The Awl] 4. Barack and Michelle Obama will make a taped appearance on next week’s Idol Gives Back, a special two-hour charity performance/fundraiser. [via FOX News] 5. Robert Pattinson is in discussions to play Kurt Cobain in David Fincher‘s upcoming biopic. [via PopCrunch]

Bonus link: A narrative mashup of 500 Quentin Tarantino/Coen Brothers scenes