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In Five: Clooney Enters the World of Crime, Gus Van Sant Writing a Superhero Film, and More Culture News

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1. George Clooney is teaming up with “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio on an untitled film set in the world of New York crime syndicates. Clooney who will star in the film, will produce with partner Grant HeslovPaul Greengrass (“United 93”) is set to direct. The actor, who most recently produced “Argo,” has a full slate at the moment: he will next been seen in Alfonso Cuaron’s long-gestating sci-fi film “Gravity,” is set to star in Brad Bird’s top-secret “1952,” and is preparing his next directorial effort, “The Monuments Men,” which he will also star in. [Variety]

2. The always-unpredictable director Gus Van Sant is currently writing an original super hero film set in Hollywood. At a press luncheon for his new film, “Promised Land,” starring Matt Damon, Van Sant told reporters that the script he is currently writing will have “martial arts” elements and will take place in “a small area of Hollywood that is besieged by crime” where a group of locals “get together to clean it up.” [Movieline]

3. The producers behind the upcoming “King Kong” musical are trying to bully their big-budget rival “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” out of their home, the Foxwoods Theater on Broadway. “Kong,” which opens in Australia in June 2013, is hoping that a successful opening run will bring them to the home of musical theater, and the only space equipped to handle the reported $30 million production is currently off the market. The producers of “Spider-Man,” which opened to negative reviews (and controversy) but has remained a stellar hit on Broadway, said in an interview with the New York Times that they have no plans to leave, and the staff at the Foxwoods Theater seem to believe that “Spider-Man” can run for a few more years. [Artsbeat]

4. Dr. Dre has topped the Forbes list of highest-paid musicians for 2012 with a combined total of $110 million. The rap producer is still taking in money from old albums, occasional production jobs, and scattered concerts, but the bulk of his income these days comes from his massively popular headphone line, Beats by Dre, which he sold a 51% stake in for $300 million before buying back half of what the company sold earlier this year. Dre is followed on the list by, in order, Roger Waters, Elton John, U2, and British boy-band Take That. [Forbes]

5. Watch Holly Herndon’s new video for “Movement,” the title track off her new album, which is out now. The twitchy clip features Pei Ling Kao, “a decorated Taiwanese contemporary dancer and choreographer,” and Nathan Ng, “a model and MMA fighter.” According to a statement by Herndon, the video was inspired by “the elegance and futurity of Joyetech e- cigarettes.” Whatever you say, Holly. [Pitchfork]

Previously: Cate Blanchett, “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” AMC, “Silence! The Musical!,” The Weeknd

Image: George Clooney/Christopher Polk/Getty Images

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