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In Five: “Django” Duo Back Together, Zach Braff Joins “Bullets Over Broadway,” and More Culture News

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1. What hath Quentin Tarantino wrought? “Django Unchained” stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio have both signed on to an adaptation of the upcoming crime novel “Mean Business On North Ganson Street,” written by S. Craig Zahler. The film tells the story of a disgraced cop (DiCaprio) who, after his wife mysteriously dissapears, teams up with an equally disgraced and “bad-assed detective” (Foxx), who find themselves in the middle of a war against cops. I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say there will definitely be lots of slow-motion shots of dudes with no shirts shooting guns in this one. Foxx will next be seen in the awesome-looking “White House Down,” while DiCaprio will be soon be seen as a gross and decadent prince of the Financial District in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” [Deadline]

2. Kickstarter-exploiter Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut in 2014’s musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway.” The actor “will take on the role of a young playwright in 1920s New York who, to get his work produced, is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend,” a character portrayed in the original film by John Cusack. Heléne Yorke will play the mobster’s girlfriend. Susan Stroman will choreograph and direct the show, with Allen adapting his original screenplay. The show is to begin previews at the St. James Theater on March 11, with opening night set for April 10. [Artsbeat]

3. Musical “Murder Ballad,” which opened May 22, will end its Off-Broadway run July 21 at the Union Square Theatre. “The current Off-Broadway run follows an acclaimed, sold-out engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Studio at Stage II last fall.” The musical “centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive new musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.” [Playbill]

4. Alec Baldwin went on a Twitter rant before canceling his account following the funeral of friend James Gandolfini yesterday. Baldwin was furious after a writer for The Daily Mail, a British tabloid, claimed that Baldwin’s wife tweeted from inside the funeral, and he took his frustrations out on the social media platform, letting his insults turn slightly homophobic. Tweets can be scheduled, or composed by another person, of course, so the report is pretty shoddy “journalism,” but Baldwin needs to learn that threatening to beat up the writer will only leave people remembering when Baldwin went crazy on Twitter, yet again. I think if Kanye West puts out the rumored sequel to “Yeezus,” he should feature Baldwin on a track. Imagine the conversation between these two! Let’s turn a negative into a positive, people. [Daily Intel]

5. Just a few days after Kim Deal suddenly left the reunited group, The Pixes have released a new song, their first in nine years. “Bagboy,” which comes with its own video, is a slow dirge, and lacks some of the urgency of their older material, but it’s still great to hear Frank Black singing over a track, even it’s just alright. The video, directed by LAMAR+NIK, features a kid shooting bottle rockets out his window, breaking dishes, and smashing up the rest of his house. Watch, and listen, below. [Stereogum]

-Craig Hubert

Previously: ABT, “A Night With Janis Joplin,” Cameron Diaz, Kanye West, Mark Lanegan

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