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In Five: Dr. Who to Catch Monsters with Ryan Golsing, “Smash” Bombs in Ratings, and More Culture News

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1. One day after it was reported that Eva Mendes was joining “How to Catch a Monster,” the writing and directorial debut of Ryan Gosling, the film has now found its star: Matt Smith of “Doctor Who” fame. No other information has been revealed about his role, but we do know he will act alongside Mendes, Christina Hendricks, and Gosling’s “The Place Behind the Pines” co-star Ben Mendelsohn. The film is set to take place in “the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city.” [Variety]

2.  Now that “The Office” is about to end, cast members are scrambling to find new jobs. Ellie Kemper, who plays Erin on the hit NBC show, has been cast in “Brenda Forever,” a new pilot from Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me”) “entered on stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, which are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.” [Hollywood Reporter]

3. “Smash,” NBC’s musical theater show that the network was hoping would help them out of their fall season slump, tanked in the ratings during its second season premiere. Four-and-a-half million people tuned in, but the more troubling statistic is the 1.1 rating among adults under 50, “less than a third of what ‘Smash’ averaged in its 2012 premiere.” To put it in context, the Betty White birthday special, which aired as the lead-in to “Smash,” gained a higher rating in the under 50 demographic. [Vulture]

4. Director Volker Schlöndorff (“The Tin Drum”) is collaborating with Irish author Colm Toibin on “Montauk,” about a “European writer coming for a few days to New York to assist the opening of his play,” where he “finds himself in a triangle of three women.” “Montauk” is set to begin filming next winter. [Indiewire]

5. Watch the video for “WIXIW,” the new single from Liars and the title track off their 2012 record. The black-and-white clip, directed by Alex/2Tone, features a longhaired man repeatedly attempting to dunk a basketball but failing miserably. According to the director, it’s their take on the myth of Sisyphus. [Pitchfork]

Previously: Eva Mendes, George R.R. Martin, Martin Scorsese, Chris Pratt, Gun Outfit

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