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In Five: D’Angelo’s New Album 99% Done, Multiple John McAfee Projects In The Works, and More Culture News

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1. R&B singer D’Angelo’s long awaited follow-up to 2000’s “Voodoo” will reportedly come out in 2013, according to Questlove of the Roots, who claims the album is 99 percent done. “It’s potent. It’s funky. It’s an extremely hard pill to swallow,” the drummer said of the album. “It’s going to take you about 10 years to digest this record. Totally brilliant.” Hopefully, it doesn’t take 10 more years for it to be released. [SPIN]

2. Hollywood machers are clamoring to get their hands on a piece of the John McAfee story. It was announced that Impact Future Media will produce “Running in the Background,” a biopic of the anti-virus software founder, while simultaneously producing “The Hinterland,” an animated documentary about McAfee. These projects will go head-to-head with the recent McAfee project Warner Brothers rushed into production, which will be written, produced, and directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”). [Deadline]

3. More than three hundred engravings designed by the poet William Blake were discovered by researchers while going through the collection at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library. The discovery was part of a two-year search though the more than one million books, records, and pieces of art that are stored in the library. Many of the engravings found will be exhibited next month at the library. [Artsbeat]

4. Betty BuckleyChristopher Durang, and Paula Vogel are among the 2013 inductees to the Theater Hall of Fame. “To be eligible for induction, the theater professional must have given 25 years distinguished service to the American Theater and, at least, five major production credits on Broadway,” said a press release. The Theater Hall of Fame, on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, was founded in 1971 to honor lifetime achievement in the American theater. [Broadway World]

5. Watch the trailer for “The East,” an eco-terrorist thriller that just premiered at Sundance. The film, directed by Zal Batmanglij (“Sound of My Voice”) and written by actress Brit Marling, stars Ellen Page “as an investigator who infiltrates an anarchist group, only to consider joining them.” Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, and Patricia Clarkson also star. [Vulture]

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