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In Five: Fox Pulls Controversial “Family Guy” Episode, Another Robert Capa Film, and More Culture News

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1. Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”) is set to star as the title character in “Capa,” a biopic focusing on famed war photographer Robert CapaGemma Arterton is attached as well, with Paul Andrew Williams set to direct from an original script by Menno Meyjes. This film is not to be confused with Michael Mann‘s “Waiting for Robert Capa,” a similar project currently in development. [Indiewire]

2. Fox has pulled an episode of “Family Guy” called “Turban Cowboy” after “a series of clips from the show were edited and put online that appeared to depict parallels with the fatal attacks at Monday’s Boston Marathon.” Fox is currently working with YouTube to have the clip taken down, it’s being reported. “The edited ‘Family Guy’ clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, tweeted. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.” [Guardian]

3. The American Library Association on Monday released its annual study of “works subject to complaints from parents, educators, and other members of the public.” Or, to put it more clearly, books people want banned from public libraries. Not surprisingly, E.L. James‘ “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy made the cut, landing at number four on the list, while Dav Pilkey‘s “Captain Underpants” landed at the top spot due to “offensive language, unsuited for age group.” Sherman Alexie‘s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Jay Asher‘s “Thirteen Reasons Why,” and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison‘s “Beloved” all made the list as well. [CBS]

4. This is how bad “Smash” is doing in its new Saturday night slot: this past weekend, it had lower ratings than “Iyanla, Fix My Life,” a self-help show on the OWN network (which, it should be said, featured an amazing appearance by rapper DMX), as well as MTV’s new game show “Bet on Your Baby,” which is a thing that actually exists. If this isn’t a clear indication that NBC will drop this show as quickly as possible, we don’t know what is. [Vulture]

5. Listen to “Heartbreaks + Setbacks,” a new song from Flying Lotus-collaborator Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner). The musician has a new album, “Apocalypse,” set to be released on July 9 on Brainfeeder Records. The track has a vintage R&B vibe, accompanied by a dense sonic tapestry provided by Lotus. [Stereogum]

Thundercat – Heartbreaks + Setbacks by BRAINFEEDER

Previously: Patton Oswalt, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Voice,” Tom Cruise, Lightning Dust

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