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In Five: Shia LaBeouf Drops Out Of “Orphans,” Will Arnett Leaves “Up All Night,” and More Culture News

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1. Shia LaBeouf has dropped out of a co-staring role in “Orphans,” where he was set to make his Broadway debut alongside Alec Baldwin. The play, “about two orphaned brothers, now adults, who kidnap a rich businessman and turn him into their father figure,” will continue as scheduled after recasting LaBeouf’s role. Creative differences are being cited as the reason for the split, and, for who knows what reason, LaBeouf has been posting emails between himself, the shows producer, and Baldwin to his Twitter account. The emails seem to suggest something else was going on behind the scenes. “Orphans” begins previews on March 19 and opens on April 7. [Artsbeat]

2. More shakeups for NBC’s “Up All Night.” Will Arnett, following in the footsteps of co-star Christina Applegate, is departing the show and has already officially signed on to join Greg Garcia’s untitled comedy pilot at CBS. It’s being reported, though, that this has no impact on the future of NBC’s disaster of a show: If the network decides to bring it back next season, Arnett will be contractually obligated to drop the CBS pilot. We imagine his joining another show on another network is a pretty good sign that “Up All Night” is gone for good. [Vulture]

3. Emad Burnat, the first Palestinian to be nominated for an Oscar for his documentary “5 Broken Cameras,” was detained with his family at LAX on Tuesday and questioned about his visit to the United States. After being asked to prove that he was nominated for an Academy Award, the filmmaker and his family were told they didn’t have the proper invitation to Sunday’s ceremony and would be sent back home. Couldn’t they have done a simple Google search? It was only after Burnat called filmmaker Michael Moore, who in turn called the Academy, that Immigration decided it was plausible that a Palestinian could be nominated, and let Burnat and his family into the country. [Hollywood Reporter]

4. Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien will be the master of ceremonies at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner, which is scheduled for April 27. Jimmy Kimmel, Seth MyersStephen Colbert, and Jay Leno have hosted the event in the past. [Variety]

5. Frank OceanAdele, and Emeli Sandé were the big winners at last nights Brit Awards in London. Sandé snatched two awards: British Female Solo Artist and, surprisingly, the biggest award of the night, the MasterCard British Album of the Year for her debut, “Our Version of Events.” Watch Sandé’s performance of “Clowns” below. [SPIN]

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