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In Five: Natalie Portman Being Courted for “Dare Me,” Polaris Prize Nominees Announced, and More Culture News

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1. Natalie Portman, the one actor who hasn’t fled the troubled “Jane Got a Gun,” is being sought by the producers of “Dare Me.” The film, an adaptation of Megan Abbott‘s novel of the same name, will be directed by Mike Sucsy (2009’s “Grey Gardens), and “is described as ‘Heathers’ meets ‘Fight Club,’ with teenage cheerleaders.” Though she’s only 32, we’re guessing Portman won’t be cast as a teen, but who knows! [Deadline]

2. The longlist for the Polaris Prize is out, and among the 40 initial nominees are Tegan and SaraPurity RingMetricGod Speed You! Black Emperor, and A.C. Newman. The Polaris Prize is given out yearly to the best album from a Canadian artist, and comes with $30,000. Not a bad deal at all. [Rolling Stone]

3. In news that shouldn’t really excite anyone (but sadly will): Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise the role of the Terminator in the once beloved franchise’s fifth entry. The info comes courtesy of, which we assume is one of the leading Schwarzenegger fansites on the Internet. “In fact, I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January,” the actor told the site, before also confirming his participation in a new Conan movie and a sequel to “Twins.” [Coming Soon]

4. The Replacements may have partially reunited, but that doesn’t mean that all’s well in the land of revered ’80s indie rock bands. Kim Deal has announced her departure from The Pixies yet again. “We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. …Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her,” a statement from the band said. It should be noted, that while technically still a band, the Pixies haven’t played a show since 2011. [Pitchfork]

5. Watch a wonderful, detailed discussion about filmmaking between director David Lynch and critic Mark Cousins from his mid ’90s television series “Scene by Scene.” The interview was conducted around the release of the filmmaker’s 1999 film, “The Straight Story.” [Playlist/IndieWire]

Previously: The Replacements, “Portlandia,” “Lincoln,” Eddie Redmayne, and “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa”

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