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In Five: Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys,” Sondheim Receives Edward MacDowell Medal, and More Culture News

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1. It’s being reported that Clint Eastwood is eyeing an adaptation of Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” as his next project. The director was all set to make another music project, a remake of “A Star is Born” that was once set to star Beyonce, but that has recently been delayed due to casting issues. “Jersey Boys” “chronicles the rise of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons and the group’s eventual breakup. Jon Favreau was on board to direct the film version, but has since dropped out. Eastwood was last seen talking to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. [Hollywood Reporter]

2. Stephen Sondheim is set to receive the 54th annual Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement in the arts, presented by the the MacDowell Colony, the famous and revered artists’ retreat in New Hampshire. The medal is to be presented at a public ceremony on August 11 in Peterborough, N.H. [Artsbeat]

3. Muscle-bound action film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” took the top spot at the box office on Easter weekend, bringing in $41.2 million, with animated film “The Droods” behind it with $26.6 million. Holiday weekends are typically big financial successes for Hollywood (the only thing better than going home to visit your family is going to the movies to escape them), and this was no exception: the total box office gross was $145 million. [Deadline]

4. Legendary record producer Phil Ramone, who worked with Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and Barbra Streisand, among many others, has died at the age of 79. “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band,” Joel said in a statement. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw onstage.” Ramone started as an engineer, working on records by John Coltrane and Quincy Jones, and “ran the sound when Marilyn Monroe cooed ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.” [New York Times]

5. Watch a trailer for “The United States of Amnesia,” a documentary about writer Gore Vidal, “a thorn in the American establishment.” The film traces Vidal’s life as an author and outspoken critic of conservative values, including his debates with William F. Buckley, Jr. The film makes its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. [Deadline]

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Trailer from Theodore James on Vimeo.

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