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In Five: Chloe Sevigny Joins “Little Accidents,” Spielberg Going to China, and More Culture News

1. Chloë Sevigny will join Elizabeth Banks in “Little Accidents,” the first feature from writer-director Sara Colangelo. The film, based on a short by Colangelo, “follows the disappearance of JT, a 14 year-old boy in an American coal town that has already seen its share of tragedy after a mining accident.” The film was developed in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs. [Indiewire] (more…)

In Five: Kate Winslet in “The Dressmaker,” Spielberg Never Stops Working, and More Culture News

1.  Kate Winslet will play a woman who intends to “unravel the secrets of her past” in “The Dressmaker,” the new film from Australian filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse. The actress will play Tilly Dunnage, “who returns after many years in Europe to her small Australian outback hometown with revenge on her mind.” Judy Davis will play her “eccentric” mother, Molly. The director describes the film as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine,” which is amazing. The film will be based on the novel by Rosalie Ham. [Hollywood Reporter] (more…)

In Five: Spielberg Escapes “American Sniper,” a Sam Kinison Biopic, and More Culture News

1. Steven Spielberg has dropped out of “American Sniper,” the Bradley Cooper-led Navy SEAL film based on the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” written by Chris KyleScott McEwan, and Jim DeFelice. Spielberg recently dropped out of “Robopocalypse,” a film that was set to star Anne Hathaway, and it’s being reported that he is focusing his time on the upcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s “The Grapes of Wrath,” which he is producing. [Variety]


In Five: James Franco Shuffles Projects, Lou Reed Loves Kanye West, and More Culture News

1. Will this man ever take a break? James Franco, on the heels of unceremoniously bailing just a few weeks before production was set to begin on “Garden Of Last Days,” which he was supposed to star in and direct, is considering tackling the work of William Faulkner once again. Franco hopes to make “The Sound and the Fury” (previously made into a film in 1959, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Yul Brynner and Joanne Woodward), and he wants Jon Hamm to play the lead role. Franco’s adaptation of Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to decent reviews, and it’s clear he has a strong connection to the work. Franco is currently wrapping up post-production on two film, “Bukowski” and Cormac McCarthy-adaptation “Child of God,” and is set to star in “Everything Will Be Fine,” the new film from director Wim Wenders, along with his crowdsourced project. [Indiewire] (more…)

Steven Spielberg Predicts the “Implosion” of Hollywood

By Craig Hubert | We’ve heard this one before. According to the Hollywood Reporter, tinseltown golden boy Steven Spielberg, speaking on a panel at the University of Southern California with his best-friend-forever George Lucas, predicted the “implosion” of the film industry. “That’s the big danger, and there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown,” Spielberg told the crowd of students. “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.” The very-rich Lucas chimed in, complaining: “You’re talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can’t get their movie into a theater.” Spielberg topped him by claiming that the only reason “Lincoln” got into theaters was because he owns the studio.


In Five: The Replacements Reunite, “Portlandia” Returns to IFC, and More Culture News

1. Nearly 22 years after their last show, The Replacements are reuniting for a series of headlining gigs at the three Riot Fests in Chicago, Denver, and Toronto later this summer. Last year, founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson kind of got back together to record the covers EP, “Songs for Slim,” a release meant to raise money for former bassist Slim Dunlap, who’d suffered a stroke. Westerberg and Stinson will be part of the reunion, and the rest of the lineup will be announced later. [Pitchfork] (more…)

In Five: Zach Efron’s a “Narc,” Dennis Lehane Tapped to Write WWII Drama, and More Culture News

1. Zac Efron is attached to star in “Narc,” “based on the actual story of an All-American college kid-turned-police informant.” The actor stars “as a student, frat president, and lacrosse team captain who’s busted for drugs intended for a party, then secretly turns narc and helps the cops bust criminals while carrying on his BMOC campus life.” [Deadline]


In Five: Jessica Chastain Joins “Intersteller,” HBO Signs Up “Olive Kitteridge,” and More Culture News

1. Jessica Chastain is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar.” The film will reportedly “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Nolan is writing the script with his brother, Jonah Nolan, after they took over the project from Steven Spielberg. [Deadline]


In Five: Kenneth Branagh Returns to Shakespeare, Spielberg Reviving Kubrick, and More Culture News

1. Actor Kenneth Branagh will take on the title role of “Macbeth” at this year’s Manchester International Festival. The performance, in a deconsecrated church, will be the first time the actor will be doing Shakespeare in more than a decade. Branagh, who is co-directing with Rob Ashford, became famous early in his career for his film and stage performances of Shakespeare’s work, most notably 1989’s “Henry V,” in which he was nominated for two Academy Awards. [Artsbeat] (more…)

In Five: Spielberg to Head Cannes Jury, Pianist Van Cliburn Dies, and More Culture News

1. Festival organizers announced this morning that Steven Spielberg has been selected to head the main competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival. The director, who has appeared at the festival numerous times, including his Best Screenplay win for 1974’s “The Sugarland Express,” said in a statement that it’s “an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.” The festival runs from May 15 through May 26. [Deadline] (more…)