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In Five: Kristen Wiig Joins “Arrested Development” Reunion, Ken Burns Wins Fight with NYC, and More Culture News

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1. It’s being reported that Kristen Wiig has filmed a cameo for the upcoming season of “Arrested Development,” premiering on Netflix in May. The comedienne will play a young Lucille Bluth, the matriarch of the loveably messed up family, in the series. It’s also being reported that Seth Rogan has filmed a cameo, although his role is still being kept under wraps. Will Rogan possibly be playing a young George Bluth? [Vulture]

2. After signing on late last week to co-star in the formally titled “American Bullshit,” Jennifer Lawrence is once again collaborating with her “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell on “The Ends of the Earth.” The film, “a fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair,” has no male lead as of yet, and was written by in-demand screenwriter Chris Terrio (“Argo”). [Hollywood Reporter]

3. A judge yesterday ruled in favor of filmmaker Ken Burns in his fight with New York City officials to hand over footage and notes that didn’t make it into the final cut of the “The Central Park Five.” The judge found that the filmmakers (Burns, along with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and her husband, David McMahon) acted as independent journalists. Lawyers for the city are not pleased: “This film is a one-sided advocacy piece that depicts the plaintiffs’ version of events as undisputed fact. It is our view that we should be able to view the complete interviews, not just those portions that the filmmakers chose to include.” [Daily Intel]

4. HBO is not getting back in the James Gandolfini business. The actor, who lifted the cable channel’s status with his starring role in “The Sopranos,” stared in the pilot for “Criminal Justice,” written by novelist Richard Price and directed by screenwriter Steven Zaillian (“Moneyball”), which HBO decided to pass on earlier this week. HBO has changed quite a bit since the days of Tony Soprano – instead of brooding character studies, the network now in the business of vampires, fantasy worlds, and 20-something voices-of-a-generation. [Deadline]

5. Watch Australian psych-rock throwback Tame Impala play “Elephant,” the latest single off their new album, “Lonerism,” live on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” If you’re into dudes with long hair, chuggy guitar riffs, and extended keyboard solos, this band is for you. [Stereogum]

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