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In Five: Maggie Gyllenhaal Set to Rock, John Darnielle for Poet Laureate, and More Culture News

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1. Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to join the cast of “Frank,” the rock ‘n’ roll comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson, and Scoot McNairy. The film, written by Peter Straughan and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”), is based on the life of Chris Sievey, “an English musician and comedian who formed the band The Freshies and later performed as the character Frank Sidebottom. Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) will direct, with Fassbender in the title role. [Indiewire]

2. Rabid fans of John Darnielle, singer of The Mountain Goats, are petitioning the government to name him Poet Laureate. The musician, who has often been heralded in the press for his writing, is referred to in the petition as an “inspiration to poets, artists and sundry other human beings both in America and worldwide.” The petition seeks to gather 25,000 signatures but, at this time, it only has 3, 092. [Artsbeat]

3. Ring in the New Year with “Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch,” a special concert saluting the late composer’s career, at Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. The concert will be broadcast on PBS, and will feature Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, and Josh Groban, among others. The artists will perform songs from Hamlisch’s career, including selections from “A Chorus Line” and “Sweet Smell of Success.” Paul Gemignani will conduct, and Lonny Price will direct the performance. [Playbill]

4. Legendary troublemaker and singer of The Fall, Mark E. Smith, suggested, in his own strange way, that Brad Pitt should play him in a biopic. “It’s those film people, like that bloke who played Johnny Cash. It was fucking ridiculous, wasn’t it? They may as well have got the bloke who plays Batman,” Smith said. “Get in the guy out of Fight Club. He’d make a great me.” Somebody make this happen, please. [NME]

5. Watch the trailer for “Dead Man Down,” a moody and action-packed thriller from director Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”). Colin Farrell plays Victor, who is hired by a young woman, played by Noomi Rapace, to kill an underground crime boss, played by Terrence Howard. Isabelle Huppert has a supporting role, although she is absent from the trailer. [Hollywood Reporter]

Previously: Paul Thomas Anderson, Broadway, “Mockingbird Lane,” “Dead Accounts,” Fontella Bass

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