The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. While The Avengers doesn’t make its stateside debut until May 4, it has already taken in nearly $200 million in select international markets, setting box office records in 12 territories. Translation: Joss Whedon (and Disney and Marvel) should be feeling pretty good right about now. [via Collider]

2. Henry Selick will direct a stop-motion version of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning children’s novel The Graveyard Book; considering how well the duo worked together on Coraline, we can’t wait to see how this collaboration turns out. [via HitFix]

3. E! has announced its first slate of scripted dramas, including Dorothy, “a contemporary tale inspired by The Wizard Of Oz”; Anne Of Hollywood, “the story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII reset in present-day Hollywood”; and The 400, a show “about the rise of the Vanderbilt dynasty.” [via Deadline]

4. Also coming to E!, Opening Act, a new music competition from American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, Mary J. Blige, and Rock Mafia producer Antonina Armato, as well as Whitney Cummings’ weekly half-hour talk show. [via Deadline]

5. Here is a two-minute preview of MIA’s dance-happy new video for her unreleased track “Come Walk With Me.”

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