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In Five: Carey Mulligan Frontrunner to Play Hillary Clinton, Kristen Stewart Joins “Sils Maria,” and More Culture News

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1. Well, the big news this week seems to be who will take the lead role in “Rodham,” the upcoming biopic of Hillary Clinton. Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, and others were all named for the role, though no actress had singed on. Now, according to reports, Carey Mulligan, last seen as Daisey Buchanon in “The Great Gatsby,” has “emerged as the front-runner” to play the current Secretary of State and former first lady. This all might be premature, though, as it’s being reported that Mulligan has not even had a chance to sit down with the director, James Ponsoldt, yet. Sounds like wishful thinking more than anything. “The indie drama portrays Rodham as a young lawyer on the committee involved in President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, and her juggling a diverging career path with her unresolved feelings for future president Bill Clinton,” according to reports. Mulligan will next be seen in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” directed by the Coen Brothers. [Hollywood Reporter]

2. Kristen Stewart has replaced the departing Mia Wasikowska in “Sils Maria,” the new film from French director Olivier Assays (“Summer Hours”). The actress will join Juliette Binoche and Chloe Moretz, “in the story of an older actress (Binoche) who gets obsessed-over by a younger thesp (Moretz) taking on a role the older actress made famous.” It’s being reported that Stewart will be playing Binoche’s assistant. [Deadline]

3. On the heels of the news that his wife, Penelope Cruz, is in the running to be the next Bond girl, Javier Bardem has lined up two new interesting projects. The first, “A Most Violent Year,” will be the next film from director J.C. Chandor, who just left Cannes with rave reviews for his lost at sea adventure film, “All Is Lost,” starring Robert Redford. Bardem is also taking a role in “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn and based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, where, it’s being reported, he will play the villain. [Cinemablend]

4. In London last night, A. M. Homes won the “Women’s Prize for Fiction,” beating out Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, Maria Semple and Kate Atkinson. Holmes won the prize for her sixth novel, “May We Be Forgiven,” which “centers on two brothers — one a historian and Richard Nixon scholar, the other a TV executive — and the violent act that upends their lives.” [Artsbeat]

5. Trent Reznor, who escaped ninties alternative fame for Oscar glory with the Oscar-winning soundtrack to David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” has brought back Nine Inch Nails for a new album and tour. “Hesitation Marks” will be out September 3rd, and thr group is touring the world, with Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor! opening select dates. Last night, Reznor released a brand new song, “Come Back Haunted.” Listen below. [Pitchfork]

Came Back Haunted (2013) by nineinchnails

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