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In Five: Joel Edgerton Joins Natalie Portman Western, “Arrested Development” Season Extended, and More Culture News

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1. The Australian actor Joel Edgerton is in talks to join “Jane Got a Gun,” a western written and directed by Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”). Natalie Portman has signed on for the title role, described as “a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town.” Edgerton will play her husband, who ends up nearly dead after turning against his own gang, forcing Jane to grab a gun and take matters into her own hands. Michael Fassbender has also been cast as an old lover of Jane’s who helps her get revenge. Production is set to begin in early 2013. Edgerton can next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” [Deadline]

2. It was not long ago that people were begging for more “Arrested Development,” feeling they were left with not enough of the popular cult television show. Now, there’s too much. Netflix, which is set to produce the original ten-episode order, has extended the season because the cast and crew shot more than they were supposed to. So we guess Netflix is going to have to deal with more episodes on of the most hyped comebacks in the last ten years. We’re sure they’ll be fine. [Vulture]

3. The Academy Awards have announced their shortlist for Best Original Song, which, at seventy-five songs, is not short at all. Adele’s theme for “Skyfall” made the list, as well “Abraham’s Daughter,” Arcade Fire’s contribution to the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games.” The biggest surprise, though, and the song we’re rooting for, is “Ladies of Tampa,” Matthew McConaughey’s shirtless contribution to the “Magic Mike” soundtrack. [Hollywood Reporter]

4. The finalists have been named for the Kennedy Center Theater Prize, established to honor Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The winner will be awarded $100,000 and will be chosen “by a jury of writers and academics.” Two recent Off Broadway plays and two works produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are on the list, as well as “The Body of an American,” about the responsibilities and challenges of reporting on war. The winner will be announced on February 22. [Artsbeat]

5.  Watch the video for Prince Rama’s “So Destroyed,” off the group’s new album, “Top Ten Hits of the End of the World.” The clip, edited by Prince Rama member Nimai Larson, features fan submissions of their freestyle dance moves, and features one girl dancing with a cat, and older man freaking out on a rooftop, and another guy twisting down a bar. [SPIN]

Previously: Kristen Stewart, Broadway, Glenn Beck, Trent Reznor, “After Earth”

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