Welcome to the Morning Brief. These are some of the top celebrity and pop culture news stories making news this a.m.
Ariana Grande has been added to the list of superstar singers set to perform at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral Friday. Grande will be among entertainers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more. — Associated Press
Matt Smith has reportedly been cast in a “key” role in the next Star Wars film. The role is shrouded in mystery. — Variety
Anna Kendrick spills the details on what it is like to kiss Blake Lively. Apparently, the smooch was minty fresh! — Pride Source
Quentin Tarantino has found his Charles Manson for his upcoming movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Sadly, it is not Joaquin Phoenix. — Cinema Blend
Something seems different. Say hello to your new Prince Phillip on The Crown. — Entertainment Weekly
The first teaser for Vox Lux has arrived online. The movie stars Natalie Portman as the 31-year-old Celeste, who is a mother to a teenage daughter and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when an act of terrifying violence demands her attention. Watch the trailer below.