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In Five: Cate Blanchett to Play Cinderella, “The Miss Firecracker Contest” Returns to the Stage, and More Culture News

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1. Cate Blanchett is currently in negotiations to star as the evil stepmother in Disney’s latest spin on “Cinderella.” Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”) is set to direct from a script by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy”). Blanchett will next be seen reprising her Middle Earth role in Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit.” [The Wrap]

2. Beth Henley’s play “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” will premiere on Broadway this spring (it played Off Broadway in 1984), starring Amber Tamblyn. The actress, who is making her Broadway debut, “will play Carnelle Scott, a lonely young woman in Mississippi who hopes that persevering in the patriotic pageant of the title will turn her life around.” Holly Hunter originated the role in the Off Broadway version and later played the same character in the film version in 1989. Judith Ivey, a Tony Award-winning actress currently appearing with Jessica Chastin in “The Heiress,” will make her directing debut. Dates, the theater, and more casting news will be announced shortly. [Artsbeat]

3. AMC is looking toward the future. With “Breaking Bad” ending next summer, and “Mad Men” gearing up for its final two seasons, the network has ordered two scripted pilots in an attempt to find another critical hit. “Halt & Catch Fire,” the first, is “a drama set in Texas’s Silicon Prairie during the eighties personal-computer boom.” The second, “Turn,” based on the book “Washington’s Spies,” will tell “the story of a rag-tag group of friends in the summer of 1778, who band together to help America win its independence.” [Vulture]

4. This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone: “Silence! The Musical!,” an Off Broadway parody of “The Silence of the Lambs,” will close on December 30th. The show played for over eighteen months but failed “to earn back its $750,000 capitalization budget,” according to the New York Times. The producers are blaming the closing on the poor ticket sales following Hurricane Sandy. [Artsbeat]

5. Watch The Weeknd, who just released “The Trilogy,” a collection of his three self-released albums, croon his way through the steller “Wicked Games” on the BBC’s “Later … With Jools Holland.” [Stereogum]

Previously: Lenny Kravitz, Broadway, Gotham Awards, “The Dallas Buyers Club,” Nick Cave

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