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In Five: Marion Cotillard Becomes a “Chambermaid,” Lil’ Wayne Comes Under Attack, and More Culture News

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1. Marion Cotillard is in talks to star in French director Benoit Jacquot’s adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s “Diary of a Chambermaid.” Cotillard would play Celestine, “a young and ambitious woman who works as a chambermaid for wealthy families from 1890 to 1900,” who details “the condition of house servants and perversions within France’s upper-class society at the turn of the 20th century.” The book has been adapted twice before: in 1946, by Jean Renoir, starring Paulette Goddard, and in 1964, by Luis Bunuel, starring Jeanne Moreau. [Variety]

2. Epic Records has said it is going to “great efforts” to remove an unauthorized remix of “Karate Chop,” a track by the rapper Future featuring Lil’ Wayne, because of an “obscene analogy” Wayne makes in the song involving Emmett Till, whose murder was a crucial moment in the civil rights movement. “He wouldn’t even be out there rapping these stupid lyrics without the sacrifice Emmett made,” Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation founding director Airickca Gordon-Taylor, a cousin of Emmett Till, said. “Personally, I think Lil’ Wayne should just go ahead and apologize to my family. It’s hurtful.” [Artsbeat]

3. ABC has moved “Happy Endings” for the third time this season. The show, which was originally on Tuesday nights, was hastily moved to Sundays earlier this year before being moved back. Now, the show will start airing back-to-back episodes on Friday nights beginning on March 29. A new season of “Celebrity Wife Swap” will take its place on Tuesday nights. Although “Happy Endings” isn’t cancelled, the new timeslot – on a night when nobody watches television – is not a good sign for its future. [Vulture]

4. Pablo Larrain’s “No,” a foreign-language film nominee at the Academy Awards concerning the advertising campaign behind the 1988 Chilean plebiscite that ended the American-backed dictatorship of Augusto Pinchot, has come under fire in its native country for its simplification of events and the elements it leaves out of the story. The controversy is oddly similar to the arguments surrounding “Zero Dark Thirty” here in the United States. [New York Times]

5. Questlove of The Roots is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing a playlist filled with 24-hours of slow jams titled “Pro Creation Nation.” Questlove will be updating the playlist throughout the day, saying, “I won’t stop until I find 24 hours of awesome slow jams.” [AV Club]

Previously: Peter Sarsgaard, Shakespeare in the Park, James Franco, “The Bridge,” Kurt Vile

Image: Marion Cotillard/Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

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