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In Five: Prince Hilariously Joins Twitter, David Milch Takes on the Rich, and More Culture News

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1. Prince joined Twitter last night and the results were, well, pretty much what you’d expect from the enigmatic pop star. He started things off slowly, just like a jam off “Purple Rain”: “PRINCE’S 1ST TWEET… TESTING 1, 2…” Then, he revved the engines of his little red Twitter corvette: “PRINCE’S 2ND TWEET.” Yeah, that was it. Nothing. This was the guy who dropped his name and replaced it with a symbol,remember? But all that was just a tease: “PRINCE’S 3RD TWEET: DID EYE ADD 2 MUCH PEPPER?,” accompanied by a picture of his dinner. He continued tweeting, shouting out singer Janelle Monae, posting a selfie that’s not really a selfie at all, and being weird, as usual. If you don’t love Prince after reading this, I don’t know what to say. [Twitter]

2. David Milch, whose “Deadwood” is still one of HBO’s best shows, hasn’t been having great luck in recent years. And yes, that was a reference to “Luck,” his HBO show that was pulled off the air last year after controversy surrounding the mistreatment of horses on set. And let’s not forget about “John From Cincinnati,” the show that lasted one season and is most notable for getting Mark-Paul Gosselaar from “Saved by the Bell” and Luke Perry from “90210” in a scene together. If you lived through the 1990s, that was major. But HBO keeps giving Milch chances, and the latest is “The Money,” which has received a “formal pilot order” from the network. Written by Milch, the show “is about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman, who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family.” Brendan Gleeson is attached to play the lead role. [Deadline]

3. Back in March, right here in this column, we mentioned that Cate Blanchett was set to star in an adaptation of “Cancer Vixen,” Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s graphic novel memoir, produced by HBO. Now the network has hired actress Julie Delpy to write the script. Delpy, for those who don’t know, gave one of the best performances of the year in “Before Midnight,” which she co-wrote. She also makes her own films, including “2 Days in Paris” and “2 Days in New York,” which are worth checking out. And she gives hilarious interviews. So yes, this is a good idea. [Vulture]

4. If singer Chris Brown, who we mentioned yesterday was blaming the public for his recent seizure, thought people were going to stop going after him, he thought wrong. Today, it’s being reported that he’s being sued over a fight he started with singer Frank Ocean and friends in a California parking lot. Yes, Chris Brown is starting fights in parking lots. Ocean’s cousin, Sha’keir Duarte, “is suing for assault and battery, claiming he was punched and kicked by a member of Brown’s entourage.” It gets worse. “The lawsuit claims that Brown taunted Duarte and threatened that the fight could escalate into a shooting.” Did I mention this fight started over a parking spot? “This is what gives lawyers and lawsuits a bad name is garbage like this,” Brown’s lawyer said in a statement, not realizing that what really gives lawyers a bad name is representing and helping a man who viciously beat his girlfriend not get in trouble. [Pitchfork]

5. We now have the trailer for “Mob City,” the new show from ousted “Walking Dead” showrunner and “Shawshank Redemption” director Frank Darabont. Based on the book “L.A. Noir,” the series “will tell the true story of the war against organized crime in post-WWII L.A.” It sounds like James Ellroy, which begs the question: Why didn’t they just adapt those already great books? Why do they keep making shows and movies that seem like Ellroy novels, instead of just mining his work? Anyway, the show looks dark and intriguing, and premieres in December on TNT. Watch the trailer below. [Indiewire]

—Craig Hubert

Previously: Kirsten Dunst, Jon Favreau, Carole King, Juliette Lewis, Yoko Ono

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