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In Five: James McAvoy Brings “Macbeth” to London’s West End, Trisha Brown Retires From Dancing, and More Culture News

1. James McAvoy has joined a stunning list of actors and directors who will take part in productions on London’s West End next season. McAvoy will take the lead role in “Macbeth,” directed by Jamie Lloyd. McAvoy played Macbeth once before, in a modernized BBC version in which the character is transformed into a chef. Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Whishaw, and Jude Law will also be involved with productions during the upcoming season, as well as Sam Mendes, who is staging a musical production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” [Deadline]


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.