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1. Forever leather-jacketed fashionistas The Strokes will release a new album, “Comedown Machine,” on March 26 via RCA Records. It will be their first record since 2011’s “Angels” and the first single, “All the Time,” will be released on February 19. The other new song that is floating around, “One Way Trigger,” will also be included on the album. [Pitchfork]

2. Aaron Sorkin is running out of steam. The writer, who is currently working on the second season of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” as well as a screenplay about deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs, has had to drop out of the Broadway production of “Houdini.” Sorkin was set to write the book for the production with Stephen Schwartz, the composer of “Wicked,” and Hugh Jackman was set to star. “I was really looking forward to returning to Broadway and working with such an incredible team,” Sorkin said in a statement. “I am very disappointed my schedule won’t allow that at this time.” [Artsbeat]

3. Jessica Chastain, coming off her Oscar-nominated role in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” will play the title character in a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” Liv Ulmann, a famous actress in her own right who worked numerous times with Ingmar Bergman, will direct, and Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton will co-star. “The original story, set in 1874 at a count’s estate in Sweden, follows a woman trying to escape an existence cramped by social mores who is suddenly drawn to a senior servant,” Variety reported. Chastain is currently finishing her Broadway run of “The Heiress.” [Variety]

4. More than 70 years after his death, James Joyce has reached the best-seller list… in China. A new translation of “Finnegans Wake,” the author’s 1939 novel, has sold out its initial run in China due to a bizarre marketing campaign that saw the book advertised on billboards in major Chinese cities. Joyce has actually been popular for quite some time in China: “Ulysses,” when first published in Chinese translation in 1994, sold an astounding 85,000 copies. [Artsbeat]

5. Encore is in talks to bring the five-part BBC jazz-age drama “Dancing on the Edge” to American television screens. “Edge,” which stars Chiwetel EjioforMatthew GoodeJohn Goodman, and Jacqueline Bisset, traces “the rise of the Louis Lester Band as they find fame amongst the parties and performances of London’s upper class society.” The show debuts next Monday in the UK, and you can watch the trailer below. [Deadline]

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