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In Five: Jennifer Lawrence Goes “East of Eden,” De Niro Heads to HBO, and More Culture News

1.  It’s being reported that Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in an adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s “East of Eden,” which, of course, was already made into a film in 1955 co-starring James Dean. Gary Ross, who directed the first “Hunger Games” film, will be behind the camera for the new adaptation, and is reportedly planning to tell the epic story over two films. Considering this and the reported adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck is currently in vogue among Hollywood studios. [Deadline] (more…)

In Five: Alec Baldwin Gets a Talkshow, Met Opera Singer Drops Out, and More Culture News

1. Alec Baldwin‘s career has been nothing short of odd post-“30 Rock.” He went on a homophobic rant on social media, subsequently quit Twitter, and was rumored to be taking over Carson Daly‘s talk slot deep into the night at NBC. Now, the surly actor is rumored to be getting his own talk show on MSNBC. According to reports, the show will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays and will feature a “large dose” of Baldwin’s political views. Of course it will. You expect he won’t shout if you give him a soapbox? Baldwin currently hosts a radio chat show on WNYC, so maybe his new television program will be a riff on that format? Reports claim sources from MSNBC are already saying it’s a done deal. Let’s start an office pool to see how long it takes Baldwin to say something wildly offensive and get kicked off the network. I give him a month. [Daily Intel]


In Five: Lady Gaga to Make a Documentary About Herself, Spike Lee Speaks Out About “Django Unchained,” and More Culture News

1. Lady Gaga is going the full Beyonce and is developing a documentary about her own life. The singer announced on Twitter that the project would be a collaboration with the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. It was announced earlier this year that Gaga and Richardson would be working together on the creation of “Pop Water,” a “beverage that will be marketed as a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks.” Gaga is currently at work on her new album, currently titled “ARTPOP.” [Hollywood Reporter]


Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” Heads to the Small Screen

By Bryan Hood | You know what we were thinking the other day? “Golly, there hasn’t been a Stephen King adaptation in at least a year.” Well, fortunately for us, 2013 will put an emphatic end to this nonexistent trend.  Not only is Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake (yeah, no one was clamoring for it, but we are Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore fans) hitting theaters in March, but Vulture reports that a television series based on King’s 2009 novel, “Under the Dome” will air on CBS next summer. The story revolves around a small New England town which is cut off from the rest of American society after it’s trapped under a giant glass dome! Few King fans would consider “Under the Dome” one his better works, but the crew assembled is promising: the project is being produced by Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Television, written by “Lost” (and comic series “Y: the Last Man”) writer Brian K. Vaughn, and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish adaptation of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The show was originally planned for Showtime, but after being deemed not Showtime-y enough it was handed off to the premium cable network’s older and more bland sibling. Also, in case you were wondering, this is at least the 18th billion big/small screen adaptation of King’s writing.


Did Charlie Sheen Place a Curse on “Two and a Half Men?”

By Craig Hubert | According to Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men,” the hit show from which he was publically ousted, is “cursed.” Normally, we wouldn’t believe anything Sheen says, but after the events of the last week we’re inclined to believe him. First, there was the bewildering video that popped up on YouTube featuring 19-year old co-star Angus T. Jones, the half-man of the show, calling the show “filth” and asking people to stop watching it because he doesn’t want to be on it anymore. Oh yeah, the video was an interview with Christopher Hudson, who, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is “a Seventh-day Adventist who is anti-gay, anti-masturbation, anti-President Obama and anti-Jay-Z, among other things.” Sheen, who surprisingly took two whole days to make a public statement about the incident, blames series creator Chuck Lorre’s “hive of oppression” for the young star’s “emotional tsunami.”


Fall TV Breakdown: Re-Ups, Holds, and Cuts

By Craig Hubert | In the world of television, things tend to happen very quickly. If it seems like only yesterday the networks were rolling out their new slate of shows, fretting about matching up a program with the perfect timeslot (or claiming timeslots don’t matter anymore), that’s because it was – most new shows have only aired two or three episodes. But already, the networks are nervously shifting things around, doubling down, holding off, or dropping shows that have yet to spread their wings.