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In Five: Saoirse Ronan Joins Gosling’s “Monster,” “Up All Night” Is Falling Apart, and More Culture News

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1. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”) has joined the cast of Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, “How to Catch a Monster.” She will appear alongside Matt SmithEva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, and Christina Hendricks, who stars as “a single mother of two” who “gets swept into a macabre fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” Ronan is currently starring in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Production on “Monster” is set to begin in May in Detroit. [Deadline]

2. Even after a brutal review from critic Rex Reed that has caused controversy, the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman madcap comedy “Identity Thief” led the box office this weekend, bringing in a total $36 million. That was roughly a third of the entire box-office on a weekend that saw most of the Northeast snowed in and, as Deadline points out, is a better opening weekend than the successful “Bridesmaids.” [Vulture]

3. Amid a host of changes that caused NBC’s “Up All Night” to go on hiatus as it was reformatted to a multi-camera sitcom, star Christina Applegate has left the cast. Creator Emily Spivey left the show after the network imposed the changes, and NBC plans to recast Applegate’s role. Lisa Kudrow was rumored to be in consideration, which was quickly denied by her producing partner. The show will also reportedly not just be changing formats – the new iteration will be the behind-the-scenes making of a television show like “Up All Night,” with the cast portraying actors. [Media Decoder]

4. The Broadway revival of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” which was scheduled to open on April 8, has been postponed indefinitely. The show isn’t gone for good, though. Producers announced in a statement that the postponement had to do with the “crowded landscape on Broadway” and that they are in the process of finding a new date to open. John Doyle was set to direct the show, with “American Idol” finalist Bo Bice in the lead role in the country-music themed musical. [Artsbeat]

5. Watch’s Beck’s fascinating cover of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision,” a collaboration with director Chris Milk. The singer performed the song live at Fox Studios, “backed by over 160 musicians, including the Dap-Kings, a string orchestra, a gamelan ensemble, members of the USC marching band, a Peruvian charango group, choirs, guitarists, a musical saw player, a harpist, and a Theramin player.” The performance was recorded for car company Lincoln’s “Hello, Again” campaign, part of automobile manufacturer’s “relaunched brand.” [Pitchfork]

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