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In Five: Frank Ocean (Sort Of) Joins “Gossip Girl,” Revival of “Golden Boy” Opens on Broadway, and More Culture News

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1. Frank Ocean will play a very special part in next week’s episode of “Gossip Girl.” No, he won’t be appearing on the show, which is in its final season (the series finale will air December 17), but he will be heard: The episode, entitled “Monstrous Ball,” will feature five Ocean songs, the first time one artist has provided the soundtrack for an entire episode of the show. This is also the first time Ocean has allowed his music to be featured in a television program. [Pitchfork]

2. The Broadway revival of Clifford Odets’ boxing drama “Golden Boy” begins performances at the Belasco Theatre on November 9. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the play stars Seth Numrich as Joe Bonaparte, a young violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter. Tony Shalhoub also stars. “Golden Boy” officially opens on Broadway December 6. [Broadway.com]

3. The producers behind “The Concert for New York City” following the 9/11 terrorist attacks are planning a similar performance to benefit Hurricane Sandy. The show, simply called “12-12-12,” will take place at Madison Square Garden on December 12th and, although the lineup has not been announced, promises “some of the biggest stars in rock and pop music.” It’s also worth noting that James Dolan, one of the producers of the show and executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, reportedly tried to force employees to take vacation days in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy. [Artsbeat]

4. “The Killing,” AMC’s initially lauded, then derided, show, which was cancelled after its second season, may continue to live on. Yesterday it was reported the AMC is currently meeting with Netflix about taking over the show for its third season. This is a similar scenario to what happened with “Friday Night Lights” and NBC a few years ago. [Hollywood Reporter]

5. Scott Walker, the reclusive, wobbly-voiced crooner, who has shifted his music drastically toward avant-garde sounds and compositions late in his career, has unveiled the first full track, “Epizootics!,” from his highly anticipated new album, “Bish Bosch,” which will be released December 4 via 4AD Records. The new track is accompanied by a video featuring slow-motion dance sequences. The new album is his first since 2006’s “The Drift.” [Pitchfork]

Previously: David Cronenberg, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Lady Gaga, Kristen Wiig, “The Americans”

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