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In Five: Lenny Kravitz’s Got Soul, Broadway Musicals Thankful for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and More Culture News

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1. Singer Lenny Kravitz will take on the role of legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye in a new film. The life story of Gaye, whose life ended tragically in 1984 after being shot in an altercation with his father, has come close to reaching the silver screen in the past – F. Gary Grey was set to direct a biopic in 2008, while Jesse L. Martin was set to play the singer in a film produced by James Gandolfini – but music rights issues always got in the way. The rights have been cleared for the new film, which will be directed by Julien Temple and will reportedly “focus on the time Gaye spent in Europe in the early 1980s, when the soul singer attempted to get his addictions under control and career back on track with the help of British music promoter Freddy Cousaert.” [Deadline]

2. Hollywood wasn’t the only one thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday. Musicals on Broadway did steller business over the long weekend, beating their dramatic theater rivals in attendance. Numerous musicals set box office records last week, including “The Book of Mormon,” which brought in just under $2 million, with “Annie” and “Newsies” bringing in just over $1 million. “Wicked,” the long-running popular musical, led the weekend with $2.2 million. Not everything brought in crowds, though: public-drinking morning show host Kathy Lee Gifford’s “Scandalous” grossed just under $200,000. Even with the success of musicals, Broadway still grossed less this Thanksgiving holiday than in 2011. [Artsbeat]

3. Last night at the Gotham Awards, “Moonrise Kingdom” took home the Best Feature award, beating out “The Master,” “Bernie,” “The Loneliest Planet,” and “Middle of Nowhere.” The last two winners of this award – “The Tree of Life” and “Winter’s Bone” – went on to be nominated for Academy Awards, so Wes Anderson and his team have reason to celebrate. [Playlist]

4. The unlikely trio of Griffin Dunne, Denis O’Hare and Bradford Cox (singer from the indie band Deerhunter) have joined the cast of Matthew McConaughey’s AIDS drama “The Dallas Buyers Club.” The film, which stars McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, “a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who took it upon himself to find alternative medicine in order to treat himself,” also stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dunne will play “the alternative medicine doctor who helps Woodroof out,” O’Hare will play another doctor, and Cox will play the lover of Leto’s character. [Hollywood Reporter]

5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have announced that they will release their 15th studio album, “Push the Sky Away,” in February (specific dates to be announced). According to a press release, the album will be the most “subtly beautiful” of all their releases, and was recorded at La Fabrique, “a studio ensconced within a 19th century mansion in south France.” Watch the trailer for the new album below, which shows the band in the studio. [Pitchfork]

Previously: Naomi Watts, Larry Hagman, Michel van der Aa, London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Wayne Coyne

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