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In Five: John Hawkes to Play Jazz Pianist Joe Albany, Justin Peck Creates New Work for City Opera, and More Culture News

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1. John Hawkes has stepped in to replace Mark Ruffalo in “Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood,” a biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany, who played with the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Based on the memoir of his daughter, Amy Albany, the film will be told from the perspective of a young girl as she observes her junkie father’s downward spiral during the 60s and 70s. Hawkes is riding high on the rave reviews of his performance in “The Sessions,” where he plays a polio survivor, and will certainly be nominated for major awards this season. He can currently be seen in Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln,” where he plays Colonel Robert Latham. [Variety]

2. 25-year-old choreographer Justin Peck is creating a new work for the New York City Ballet. The piece, set to “Sinfonietta LaJolla” by the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, replaces a previously announced work by Peter Martins, the City Ballet’s master in chief (it has been postponed till 2014). Peck, who also dances for the company, will premiere his new piece as part of the “New Combinations Evening,” which honors George Balanchine‘s legacy. [Artsbeat]

3. ABC has picked up a full season of its critically acclaimed minor-hit “Nashville.” The show, a soapy drama set amid the wheeling and dealings in Music City U.S.A, stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as rival country singers on different sides of the generational divide. [Vulture]

4. Ridley Scott is producing a crowd-sourced documentary film with Bruce Springsteen as the subject. Reminiscent of last year’s “Life in a Day,” “Springsteen & I” is asking for fan footage to trace how the Boss’ music and live performances have transformed people’s lives. Chris Christie is getting his submission video ready as we speak. [Deadline]

5. Watch the trailer for “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a four-part miniseries starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radclife. The series, based on a selection of short stories by Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, will premiere on Sky Arts 1 in the U.K. on December 6th. Hamm and Radcliffe play older and younger versions of the same character, and the episodes have described as “bleakly comic.” Sky Arts 1 has been on a roll recently — in addition to “Notebook,” they have picked up new shows from Chris O’Dowd, Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan. [Playlist]


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