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Aaron Paul is taking on the role of Luke Skywalker in a one-night-only live-read of “The Empire Strikes Back.” The three-time Emmy winner from “Breaking Bad” will perform the role for director Jason Reitman this Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is part of a very popular ongoing series of live shows produced by Reitman, including previous ones for “The Princess Bride,” “Ghostbusters,” “American Beauty,” and “The Apartment.” All casting decisions have not yet been unveiled, but here are the ones now known: Oscar contender J.K. Simmons (Darth Vader), Stephen Merchant (C-3PO), Dennis Haysbert (Lando Calrissian), and Kevin Pollak (Yoda). Entertainment Weekly

The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be Green Day, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, “5” Royales, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Bill Withers. Eligible artists on the ballot but not selected: Chic, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Spinners, and Sting. The Wrap

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Starz orders a second cycle of its hit limited series “The Missing.” They produce the eight-episode program along with BBC One. The storyline is about a long manhunt for a 5-year-old boy, but the next season will have an entirely different plot and cast. Starz earned Golden Globe nominations last week for Best Limited Series and for its lead Frances O’Connor. The first season airs its finale on January 10 in America. Deadline

The final film of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy should expect at least $75 million over its first week. Opening Wednesday in the U.S., “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” has already debuted overseas to an impressive $122.2 million over the first weekend. The final sequel stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Orlando Bloom. Variety

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The Grammy Hall of Fame will induct 27 new recordings for 2015. The Recording Academy established it back in 1973 to honor “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance” at least 25 years old. Some of this year’s honorees are from The 4 Seasons, Bob Dylan, ABBA, Sex Pistols, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper, Sly and the Family Stone, Willie Nelson, Otis Redding, and Lou Reed. Spin

Richard Horgan asks if Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should actually joke about the recent Sony hack. He says, “If anyone can pull off this high-wire riff rope act,” it would be that comedy duo. He suggests a sly dig at George Clooney or maybe Adam Sandler, Angelina Jolie, or producer Scott Rudin would pave the way. Media Bistro

CBS announces that Darlene Love will perform her classic song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the final time this Friday on “Late Show with David Letterman.” The member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began the tradition in 1986 and has done it almost every December for the past 28 years. Letterman will retire next May, so this is his last Christmas season hosting the program. Watch a special four-minute mash-up video of all of those performances. Huffington Post

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