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In Five: James Franco, Hairstylist to the Stars, “Lucky Guy” Broadway Run Extended, and More Culture News

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1. James Franco, currently at Sundance with two films (“Interior. Leather. Bar” and “Kink”), is set to direct and star in “Beautiful People,” a biopic of Hollywood hair stylist Jay Sebring. “The film charts the rise of Sebring as a self-created men’s grooming pioneer, as he climbed the social ladder in Hollywood during the ’60s.” Sebring, along with Sharon Tate and others, was murdered at the hands of Charles Manson’s cult-like followers in 1969. [Deadline]

2. Dominic Cooper will portray James Bond author Ian Fleming in a four-episode miniseries titled “Fleming.” The series “is set during World War II when the maverick and hedonistic Fleming was hired by British Naval intelligence as part of its undercover campaign against the Nazis, after his careers as a banker and stockbroker failed.” It’s long been said that these experiences formed the bedrock of the original James Bond novels. [Variety]

3. Paul Dano has signed on to play “Beach Boys” frontman Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy,” a biopic directed by Bill Pohlad. The film will chart Wilson’s rise through the ranks of pop music stardom as his mental health began to deteriorate in the 1960s. Oren Moverman wrote the script, and Atticus Ross, who won an Oscar for his work on the soundtrack for “The Social Network,” is in talks to “compose the film’s soundscape.” [Hollywood Reporter]

4. Nora Ephron’s posthumous “Lucky Guy,” set to open on Broadway on April 1, has already extended its run a month. The play, directed by George C. Wolfe, will tell the story of “charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary,” played by Tom Hanks, and his “meteoric rise, fall and rise again, ending with his coverage of the Abner Louima case for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998.” Maura TierneyCourtney B. Vance, and Peter Scolari will also star. Ephron died in June 2012. [Playbill]

5. Listen to “East Side Glory,” a track from Marnie Stern’s excellently titled new album, “The Chronicles of Marnia.” The record, which comes out March 19, features Oneida’s Kid Millions on drums instead of her usual collaborator Zach Hill, who is busy with his new group, Death Grips. [Stereogum]

Previously: Al Pacino, “Murder in the First,” “Nobody Loves You,” “Venus in Furs,” Dinosaur Jr.

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