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Basil Twist’s “Dogugaeshi” Stops in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Since its premiere in 2004 at New York’s Japan Society, “Dogugaeshi,” Basil Twist’s singular take on a rare school of 18th Century Japanese puppetry, has fueled his push toward non-narrative puppet theater.

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In Five: Nicole Kidman Won’t Win an Oscar, M.I.A Responds to the NFL, and More Culture News

1. “Grace of Monaco,” the movie that was supposed to earn Nicole Kidman her latest Academy Award nomination, has been pushed back until the spring, making in ineligible for the awards this year. Usually, when a movie is being touted as an awards contender before suddenly being pushed to a season where studios typically dump movies, means it stinks. Based on the recently released trailer, we’d say that’s the case here. [Hollywood Reporter] (more…)

In Five: Bill Murray Goes to Afghanistan, Michelle Williams Makes Broadway Debut, and More Culture News

1. Bill Murray will go to Afghanistan in “Rock the Casbah,” a new film from director Barry Levinson. According to reports, the film “is the story of a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client.” Nobody does burned-out quite like Murray. “When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show ‘The Afghan Star,’ Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.” The script was written by Mitch Glazer (“Scrooged”), a friend of Murray who the comedian enjoys playing practical jokes on. [Hollywood Reporter]

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In Five: Branagh’s “Macbeth” Coming to Park Avenue Armory, Rio de Janeiro Really Wants Woody Allen, and More Culture News

1. Kenneth Branagh will make his New York stage debut in his celebrated new production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” set to run next summer at the Park Avenue Armory. Directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, the show opened at the Manchester International Festival, where it was staged “in a deconsecrated church with the audience seated in long pews.” Alex Kingston, who played Lady Macbeth in the original production, will reprise her role in New York. Branagh, who has recently taken to directing superhero movies like “Thor,” made his name on the British stage and has famously brought five of the bard’s works — “Henry V,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Hamlet,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” and “As You Like It” — to film. The new production of “Macbeth” is set to open in June 2014. [Artsbeat] (more…)

In Five: The Race to Make a Lance Armstrong Biopic, Samuel Beckett in Yiddish, and More Culture News

1. There is a currently a race in Hollywood for who gets into production first on a biopic of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Director Stephen Frears and actor Ben Foster have already teamed up on a film about Armstrong, written by screenwriter John Hodge (“Trainspotting”), and now Bradley Cooper, who had been rumored to be gearing up for the role of the Tour de France winner, has attached himself to a project, but not the one originally reported. J.J. Abrams has been working on a film about Armstrong, based on “Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong,” written by New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur, and it was reported that Cooper was approached to take the lead role in the project. Now, it seems he has changed his mind. Cooper is reportedly joining an Armstrong project at Warner Bros., with Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”) attached to direct, with a script by Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”). The funny thing about all this is that nobody cares about Lance Armstrong anymore, and all these movies are going to be bad. [Deadline] (more…)

In Five: Alec Baldwin In Talks For Cameron Crowe’s Latest, William Hurt Joins “Romeo and Juliet,” and More Culture News

1. Alec Baldwin is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Cameron Crowe’s latest, currently untitled, feature film. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but rumors suggest the film may be a revised version of “Deep Tiki,” a romantic comedy Crowe has been trying to get made for some time, about “a washed up defense contractor who is in Hawaii to oversee a satellite launch” and “falls in love with a young Air Force pilot who wishes to sabotage the launch.” Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride have already signed on. Production is expected to start soon. [Deadline]

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In Five: Philip Seymour Hoffman Heads to Television, Lance Armstrong Film in the Works, and More Culture News

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has basically been great in everything he has ever acted in, is set to star in “Trending Down,” a comedy pilot for Showtime. That’s enough to make us interested. In the series, which Hoffman is also executive producing, he’ll play “Thom Payne, a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over.” The pilot has been described as “a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture, and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.” This will be Hoffman’s first regular series gig, and we don’t see any reason why this shouldn’t get the greenlight. [EW] (more…)

In Five: Rosamund Pike is David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Frank Ocean Cancels Tour, and More Culture News

1. It’s official. After a search that, according to reports, looked at almost every actress in Hollywood, David Fincher has offered the main role in his upcoming film, “Gone Girl,” to actress Rosamund Pike. She’ll star in the film, based on the popular novel by Gillian Flynn, opposite Ben Affleck. “Pike will play a wife who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, as her husband (Affleck) becomes the prime suspect.” According to reports, Fincher has reached out to Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry for supporting roles. Take a moment to imagine a film with all these people in it. [Hollywood Reporter]

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In Five: Jake Gyllenhaal Climbs “Everest,” Fincher Looks for His “Gone Girl,” and More Culture News

1. Jake Gyllenhaal has dropped out of “Into the Woods,” the Rob Marshall-directed film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, and is now in talks to join “Everest,” based on “a 1996 storm that ravaged three different Everest expeditions.” The film will be directed by Baltasar Kormákur (“The Deep”), and Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jason Clarke are all being considered for roles in the film as well. Gyllenhaal also has “Nightcrawler,” a thriller from writer Dan Gilroy, lined up, and it’s being reported that the film just got a green light. Just imagine how epic his beard will be over the next year. [Vulture]

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In Five: MTV VMA Nominees, James Franco Back on TV, and More Culture News

1. MTV has announced the nominees for the 2013 Video Music Awards, set to take place on August 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Justin TimberlakeDrakeBeyonceKendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the nominees. The full list can be found here. MTV has been handing out moon men since 1984, and last’s year show, which moved to Thursday night instead of the normal Sunday night broadcast, resulted in the lowest ratings in almost a decade. To be honest, we didn’t realize anybody watched this anymore. [Pitchfork] (more…)