The Cricket's Daily 3: Showing support for a 'Riot'
Published: August 16, 2012 07:30AM
Updated: August 16, 2012 07:30AM
An unidentified supporter of Pussy Riot speaks to the assembled press outside the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a two dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Here's what's happening today in pop culture:

• Sir Paul McCartney throws his name in support of the Russian punk/art band Pussy Riot, facing a seven-year prison term for “hooliganism” after a prank in a Moscow cathedral that criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, other supporters of the band are mounting rallies around the world. [The Hollywood Reporter; NBC News]

• Jodie Foster writes a moving essay defending Kristen Stewart and blasting the media culture that hounds movie stars in their personal lives. Foster speaks from expertise, sharing with Stewart (her co-star in “Panic Room”) a life as a child actress transitioning to adult roles. [The Daily Beast]

• Phyllis Thaxter – best known for playing Martha Kent, Clark Kent's mom, in the 1978 version of “Superman” – has died at the age of 92. [Los Angeles Times]