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In Five: Amy Poehler to Write a Book, Paul Giamatti in Talks to Appear in “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and More Culture News

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1. Amy Poehler is set to write her first book. It Books has signed the “Parks and Recreation” star to put together “an illustrated, nonlinear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons.” The last few years have seen a slew of successful books from female comedy writers including Poehler’s friend and former Gold Globe co-hostTina Fey, whose 2010 memoir, “Bossypants,” has sold over two million copies. Poehler’s book is due out next year. [Live Feed/THR]

2. With Disney fully focused on the J.J. Abrams helmed “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the studio has decided to delay the planned fall release of 3D versions of two of the franchise’s prequels, “Episode II — Attack of The Clones” and “Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.” We have a distinct feeling that fans of George Lucas’s beloved space opera won’t be too put out by the news. [LAT]

3. Paul Giamatti is in talks to appear in the sequel to Marc Webb’s  “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The Academy Award-nominated actor would play Rhino, one of the movie’s two villains. He’d join Jamie Foxx (who’ll play the movie’s other bad guy, Electro), Shailene Woodhead, and Dean DeHaan as new additions to the rebooted superhero franchise. [Heat Vision/THR]

4. Children of the ’90s rejoice: the “Boy Meets World” spin-off looks like it’s actually going to happen. Rowan Blanchard has been cast as the daughter of the original series’ main characters – Cory and Topanga – roles that will be reprised by Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel. The pilot of the show, appropriately titled “Girl Meets World,” is set to go into production this spring and if picked up, will most likely air on the Disney Channel next fall or winter. [EW]

5. Listen to a minute of “Sun Blows Up Today,” the latest song from Oklahoma City’s most famous cultural export, The Flaming Lips. The snippet of the song is featured in a commercial for car company Hyundai, which will air during Sunday’s Superbowl broadcast. The song is not part of the band’s forthcoming studio album, “The Terror,” but will be available as an iTunes bonus track. [Billboard]

Previously: Bradley Cooper, “Mean Girls,” the Man Booker International prize, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and The Knife

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