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In Five: The Replacements Reunite, “Portlandia” Returns to IFC, and More Culture News

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1. Nearly 22 years after their last show, The Replacements are reuniting for a series of headlining gigs at the three Riot Fests in Chicago, Denver, and Toronto later this summer. Last year, founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson kind of got back together to record the covers EP, “Songs for Slim,” a release meant to raise money for former bassist Slim Dunlap, who’d suffered a stroke. Westerberg and Stinson will be part of the reunion, and the rest of the lineup will be announced later. [Pitchfork]

2. IFC is bringing Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy series “Portlandia” back for another two seasons. After 27 episodes and an hour long special, we might be worried that the series was overextending itself, except that Portland and the entirety of hipster culture are constant fountains of inspiration. [Vulture]

3. “Behind the Candelabra” is proof that filmmakers are less precious about their films being released in theaters, but that doesn’t make it any less surprising that Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and grossed over $275 million, almost went directly to HBO. Speaking at an event commemorating the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, Spielberg and George Lucas talked about troubling times for the film industry, and how even they were finding it difficult to get projects funded. “This close — ask HBO — this close,” Spielberg said, after Lucas commented that the future for films like “Lincoln” would be on television, not in theaters.  [THR]

4. Tony Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, who most recently played Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of “Les Miserables,” is set to portray physicist Stephen Hawkings in “Theory of Everything.” The movie, helmed by “Man on the Wire” director James Marsh, will “focus on the relationship between Hawking and his wife.” Producers are hoping to get started on the film this fall. [Deadline]

5. Steven Coogan will return to the character that made him famous: the blundering, self-important radio host Alan Partridge in this summer’s “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.” In the movie, Partidge becomes “involved in a siege at his radio place after a colleague (Colm Meaney) is laid off, and goes postal.” It sounds a little dark, but as the trailer makes clear, Coogan will find a way to bring humor to the situation. [Playlist/IndieWire]

Previously: Scarlet Johansson, “Kinky Boots,” Kraftwerk, Carey Mulligan, “Diana”

Image: The Replacements/Courtesy of Twin/Tone Records

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