The Cricket's Daily 3: Guilty verdict for Pussy Riot
Published: August 17, 2012 08:04AM
Updated: August 17, 2012 08:57AM
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Pussy Riot punk group supporters place masks on a monument to WWII heroes to resemble Pussy Riot members, at an underground station in Moscow on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Three group members who were jailed in March following a guerrilla performance denouncing President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral have unwillingly emerged as vivid -- and very different -- characters. (AP Photo/Yevgeny Feldman, Novaya Gazeta)

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

• The Russian punk/art band Pussy Riot has been found guilty of “hooliganism” in a Moscow court for a prank criticizing President Vladimir Putin. The three members of the band were sentenced to two years in prison. Outside the courthouse, police arrested a dozen protesters, including former world chess champ Garry Kasparov. [BBC, The Huffington Post]

• Journalist Fareed Zakaria has been reinstated by both Time magazine (where he's a columnist) and CNN (where he hosts a Sunday news show) after accusations of plagiarism in a recent column. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Mark your calendars for May 1, 2015 – when “The Avengers 2” will open in theaters nationwide. [Entertainment Weekly]