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In Five: Christina Hendricks Goes to Central America, Steppenwolf Theater’s New Season, and More Culture News

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1. Christina Hendricks, best known as Joan on “Mad Men,” has signed on for the lead role in Campbell Scott’s adaptation of Joan Didion’s “A Book of Common Prayer.” Hendricks will star opposite Scott, playing Charlotte Douglas, “an American woman who arrives in a fictional Central American country that is on the verge of revolution and inexplicably imagines it is the place where she will be reunited with her fugitive 19-year-old daughter.” [Variety]

2.  New work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris is set to topline the 2013-2104 season at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater. “The Qualms,” Norris’s play “about a group of people whose friendship is tested during a night of food and partner-swapping at a beachside apartment complex,” will premiere next July and be directed by Tony Award-nominee Pam MacKinnon. Mona Mansour’s “Way West,” Zinnie Harris’s “The Wheel,” starring Joan Allen, Erika Sheffer’s “Russian Transport” and Nina Raine’s “Tribesn” will round out the season. [Artsbeat]

3.  Amid the rumors that Jay Leno is, once again, being pushed out of his spot as host of the “Tonight Show,” this time in favor of the younger Jimmy Fallon, more rumors are circulating that the network is “grooming” radio-host Howard Stern to take Fallon’s place. Even though Stern has become more palatable to a mainstream audience via his stint on family-friendly “America’s Got Talent,” why would NBC take the chance on Stern, a guy who is only three years younger than Leno? He’s a great conversationalist, sure, but if you’ve ever heard his radio show you know he hates staying up late, which, you know, kind of makes him a bad candidate to host a late night talk show. [NY Post]

4.  Yesterday, we mentioned the utterly bizarre ensemble cast that had singed on for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (“21 Grams”) dark comedy “Birdman,” and now it’s being reported that Edward Norton has joined the cast, playing the egotistical lead actor of a theatrical production. He’ll join Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis in the film. [Deadline]

5. Listen to “Left to Wonder,” a dreamy new track from WALL, a.k.a producer/singer Lyla Foy. A muffled drum break, weary organs, and simple bass line add to the track’s overall melancholy atmosphere. The song will be released on Foy’s “Shoestring” EP, which comes out April 2nd. [Fader]


Previously: Jon Stewart, Amanda Peet, “Birdman,” Chloe Sevigny, “Frances Ha”

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