The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Organizers have finally confirmed that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will helm the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, and he’s promising to provide a “thrilling welcome” for athletes and the world. [via WaPo] 2. A new finished print of director Nicholas Ray‘s final project — an experimental film called We Can’t Go Home Again — will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival next year. [via NYT] 3. Chace Crawford will play “a war-protesting butcher” in Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, an indie drama that also stars Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener. [via THR] 4. Party of Five star Jeremy London was abducted, robbed, and “forced to smoke dope” by armed bandits in Palm Springs, California. Do you think that they had any idea who he was? [via Radar Online] 5. Someone called the cops over the weekend claiming they had spotted Justin Bieber boozing at the Mug and Mallet bar in Ocean City, Maryland. It was really a 27-year-old woman named Katie who says that she gets mistake for him all of the time. [via TMZ]

Quote of the day: “Those are definitely not Trolli Gummi bears in the [“California Gurls”] video because Trolli Gummi Bears would never be that rude.” – John Leonardo, senior brand manager