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Who Should Play Morrissey in the New Biopic?

Since the news broke that the team behind the Ian Curtis/Joy Division film Control may be working on another music biopic of the formidable Steven Patrick Morrissey, our absolute favorite sex idiot of music, the man behind The Smiths and immortal lyricist responsible for sulks like, “I am human and I need to be loved/ Just like anyone else does,” we haven’t been able to stop arguing about which actors out there would be fit to stuff some flowers into their back pocket while dancing. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Nas is working on an autobiography called It Ain’t Hard to Tell that is scheduled to come out next fall. Says music journalist Touré, who is collaborating with him on the project: “I’ve been talking to Nas about writing his autobiography for 15 years. This is hip hop history. We’ll tell his life &… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Jane Campion’s Bright Star

This morning the internet brings us the trailer for Bright Star, the period drama about the life, love, and lyrics of poet John Keats. (The title comes from one of Keats’s sonnets.) Though he only lived to 25, that was plenty of time for Keats to write scads of poetry and engage in a doomed love affair with girl next door Fanny Brawne (played by Abbie Cornish, whose turn in Elizabeth: The Golden Age must have given her a yen for period drama). Keats himself is played by Ben Whishaw, who’s been in plenty of indie movies but hasn’t broken through just yet. Will this be his shot? The trailer looks a little too much like every single period drama ever, but writer-director Jane Campion won an Oscar for her screenplay for 1993’s The Piano, so we won’t underestimate her. Check it out for yourself after the… Read More

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