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In Five: Andrew Garfield Builds “99 Homes,” Venice Film Festival Announces Lineup, and More Culture News

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1. Andrew Garfield, who you may know as the latest incarnation of Spider-Man, will be taking a step down from making blockbusters to star in “99 Homes,” the new film from Ramin Bahrani. “Set in sunny Orlando, Florida, it is about Dennis Nash, a man evicted from his home with his mom and son by Mike Carver, a power-hungry, gun-toting real estate broker, who works for the banks, Fannie and Freddie,” the director said in an interview. “In a desperate attempt to get his home back, Dennis agrees to work for Mike—a deal with the devil that leads him deeper into the heart of the corrupt housing industry.” [Indiewire]

2. Hot on the heels of the Toronto Film Festival unavailing its lineup, the Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 28 through September 7, has announced its initial run of films. The two festivals share some titles: Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves,” and David Gordon Green’s “Joe.” Reportedly, Terry Gilliam ’s “The Zero Theorem” will be premiered at the festival, as will “Child of God,” another film from James Franco (who will have a different film premiere at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, all in one year). Also set to premiere is Errol Morris’s Donald Rumsfeld documentary, “The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld,” one hell of a tongue-twisting title and a sure to be controversial film. [Hollywood Reporter]

3. “Mortdecai,” the Johnny Depp-starring art heist movie, has reportedly added Gwynth Paltrow and Ewen McGregor to its cast. The film, “based on the three-part series of books by Kyril Bonfiglioli, follows Charles Mortdecai, an antihero art dealer and rogue who is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.” David Koepp is directing. [Variety]

4. Even though Jay Z’s “Magna Carta” received a middling response from critics, the album remains at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for a second week in a row. The rapper has sold 657,000 albums in two weeks, not including the million copies distributed through the troubling Samsung app. [Artsbeat]

5. Hockeysmith are apparently twins, Georgie and Annie, who live in a “caravan park.” Why that matters when talking about their new song, “Let’s Bang,” I don’t know, but it’s part of their bio, so I included it. Basically just to highlight how unimportant it is. The song is an upbeat dream-pop tune, with ethereal, fading vocals over four-on-the-floor bass and shuffling electro percussion. Listen below. [Fader]

—Craig Hubert

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