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In Five: Paul Thomas Anderson Readies His Next Project, Broadway Dims Its Lights, and More Culture News

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1. Paul Thomas Anderson is not planning on taking a break after the release of the critically acclaimed “The Master” earlier this year. The director plans to shoot his adaption of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice,” the author’s “stoner private-eye saga,” in 2013. Anderson is reportedly working with the famously reclusive Pynchon, and early reports mentioned Robert Downey Jr. as a possible star of the film. [New York Times]

2. Broadway will dim its lights for fallen actors Charles Durning and Jack Klugman, who both passed away on Christmas Eve. Durning won a Tony Award for best actor for his role as Big Daddy Pollitt in the 1990 revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” while Klugman performed in productions of “Gypsy,” Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy,” and the 1997 revival of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.” Broadway will dim the theater lights at 8pm on Thursday for Durning and Friday for Klugman. [Hollywood Reporter]

3. NBC has officially canceled “Mockingbird Lane,” the network’s reboot of the “Munsters,” after months of speculation. Creator/producer Bryan Fuller made the announcement on Twitter yesterday, thanking fans for their “enthusiasm and support.” The project was originally developed in 2010, but was held over while NBC went through changes in their front office. It was then redeveloped and a pilot was ordered, but the show was ultimately not picked up. The pilot, which cost the network roughly $10 million, aired as a Halloween special, and its decent ratings gave fans hope that the network would reconsider its option to pick up the series. [Deadline]

4. Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts,” starring Katie Holmes, will end its run on Broadway January 6th, producers announced yesterday. “Dead Accounts,” a “comedy about a prodigal son who returns home to Cincinnati from New York City,” opened to mixed reviews and has struggled at box office despite the star casting of Holmes. When it closes, the show will have played 27 previews and 44 regular performances. [Artsbeat]

5. Singer Fontella Bass, of “Rescue Me” fame, passed away in St. Louis of complications from a recent heart attack. She was 72 years old. Bass was married to jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie before he passed away in 1999, and made her name as a session musician, playing piano on recordings for Muddy Waters and Albert King. Her singing career took off when she signed with Chess Records in the early 1960s, producing the hit “Resuce Me,” and she later would collaborate with her husband and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. [Pitchfork]

Previously: J.J. Abrams, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, Danny Boyle, Greg Daniels, Pulp

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