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In Five: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Loses Broadway Investor, Another James Franco Film, and More Culture News

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1. The Broadway production of “Truman Capote’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’” looks like it’s in trouble. Producers are reportedly scrambling to raise $1 million after an investor pulled out at the last minute. The show, which began rehearsals on Monday and is set to open on March 4, stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) as Holly Golightly. The cast and crew have been told that the production would be in jeopardy if the money is not replaced quickly. [Artsbeat]

2. Another day, another project from James Franco. Reportedly, the multi-hyphenate will tackle “Bukowski,” a biopic of the controversial novelist. In the past, Franco has expressed interest in adapting Bukowski’s “Ham on Rye” for the big screen, and it’s not clear if this is that project or something else. What we do know is that Tim Blake Nelson, who is becoming something of a Franco regular with appearances in the upcoming “Child of God” and “As I Lay Dying,” has been cast in the role of Bukowski’s father. No other details about the film have been announced. [The Playlist]

3. The Starz network is reportedly developing a drama set in the world of ballet. Currently untitled, the show, described as “gritty” and “unflinching,” will follow “a ballerina with a dark past who joins a fancy company in New York.” Sounds like “Black Swan” without the psychotic episodes. The show comes from Moira Walley-Beckett, co-executive producer of “Breaking Bad,” and Oscar-nominated producer Lawrence Bender, both former ballet dancers. So expect this to be grounded in the reality of what it’s like to be a professional dancer. [Vulture]

4. Icelandic singer Bjork has launched a Kickstarter to help fund the development of her “Biophilia” app. Part of a larger multimedia project by the singer, the app – which already exists for iPads and would expand to Android and Windows devices – is being implemented in schools to help kids learn about music and science. Now, some might say that Bjork can probably fund this entire project herself, or at least has no problem finding outside investors, and she should leave Kickstarted to the people who really need it. But this worthy project looks cool and the prizes for donating seem great. [Pitchfork]

5. Watch the trailer for “Reality,” the new film from “Gomorrah” director Matteo Garone. A satire based around a man who will go to great lengths to star on the next season of “Big Brother,” the film premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews, even though it won the Grand Prix (essentially, second place) award. The film will be released in the United States on March 15 via Oscilloscope. [Indiewire]

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