Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 10/4/13

By October 4, 2013
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Film

Hugh Jackman will be appearing in District 9 and Elysium helmer Neill Blomkamp’s next film, the sci-fi comedy Chappie.

Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes have both joined the upcoming feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver.’

Whedonverse vet Fran Kranz is aligning himself with another writer/director in the form of William Monahan, who has cast the Much Ado About Nothing and Cabin in the Woods star in his upcoming Mojave.

Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin have been cast to voice parts in Dreamworks Animation’s late 2014 release, Home.

The incredibly talented Lizzy Caplan is in talks to star in The Interview, and upcoming film set to star both James Franco and Seth Rogen, which was co-written by the latter with Adam Goldberg.

Well, Rob Riggle has secured a spot in the cast of Dumb and Dumber To, which will see the former Daily Show correspondant playing a pair of twins. Also appearing in the film (SPOILER ALERT) will be Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, in a small ‘cameo’ role.

Former Bond Pierce Brosnan is set to play a book publisher against a titular I.T. consultant in the upcoming Stefano Sollima-directed I.T.

Nip/Tuck’s Joely Richardson has been hired to play Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, and Abigail Breslin’s mother, in the zombie thriller Maggie.

Hot on the heels of Warner Brothers picking up the Harry Potter-related ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, they have also made none-too-subtle moves to expand the cinematic universe even further by trademarking ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’ as well as ‘Tales Of Beedle the Bard’.

Parkland’s Peter Landesman has taken over rewrite duties for Down By the River, (which will sadly not be about Matt Foley), which he will also direct.

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Our Days of Future Past co-scribe, Simon Kinberg, has been brought on board Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot as writer/producer.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner, fresh off of writing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, have all signed on to reprise their behind-the-scenes roles for the third installment of the Andrew Garfield-starring franchise.

Mark Millar’s ‘Kindergarten Heroes’ has been picked up by Fox for a film adaptation, which buzz writer Carter Blanchard will soon set some time aside for to write.

The Silver Chair’, the fourth book in C.S. Lewis’ famed and fabled ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series, will soon be in active development for a feature adaptation.

Little Miss Sunshine’s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have been tapped to direct the upcoming Mister Rogers biopic.

Kealan O’Rourke will be doing a rewrite of the Chloe Grace Moretz-starring adaptation of ‘Emily the Strange’ for Univesal.

Time travel, tragic love stories, and a Walkman are all at the center of Record/Play, which had its debut at Sundance this year, and thanks to Focus Features, will now become a feature.

A Gladiator-toned film, Resurrection, about the subsequent 40 days after the death of one Jesus Christ, has been given the green light at LD Entertainment.

Disney, apparently happy with her work on its upcoming Cinderella, has hired Aline Brosh McKenna to write its new live action Cruella de Vil picture, titled Cruella.

High in the Clouds’, a children’s book by Paul McCartney, will be heading to the big screen in 3D come 2015.

Television and Streaming

Former Doctor David Tennant is set to reprise his role from Britain’s Broadchurch for Fox, which will see the action moved from the UK to the US, with Tennant playing an [American this time] investigator looking into the death of a young boy.

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Nathan Fillion, and all his inherent Man/Myth/Legend-ness, are all set to guest star in this season of Community, as a custodian.

Over at NBC, The Pro has been given a series order, which will see its lead in Rob Lowe, with Frasier and Larry Sanders Show alum Alex Gregory and Pete Huych as showrunners.

Colin Hanks has been cast in FX’s Fargo miniseries, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.

HBO has added three more cast members to its Brendan Gleeson-starring pilot, The Money, including Boardwalk Empire’s Patrick Kennedy.

H2, an offshoot of the History Channel, has hired Bryan Cranston to “be the voice of 13.7 billion years of history” for its 10 hour long miniseries Big History.

Steven Soderbergh has cast newcomer Collin Meath in his 1900’s New York-set Cinemax drama, The Knick.

Jim Piddock has joined in on E!’s Elizabeth Hurley-starring pilot The Royals as a long serving butler for the fictional royal family.

Peter Landesman and the producers of Homeland are adapting Israel’s False Flag for an American adaptation.

Fox has picked up Lorne Michaels’ and John Mulaney’s tentatively titled Mulaney to series, which will be based on the latter’s life as a stand-up and will co-star Martin Short.

The long-absent Chris Carter, of X-Files fame, has just tapped Aldis Hodge, Jamie Kennedy and Adrian Pasdar as his first three cast members for Amazon’s new pilot, The After, which sounds an awful lot like HBO’s upcoming Leftovers.

The CW is still in the teen game, and further still in the super-powered one as well, as it has picked up development on the borderline-cautionary-tale-sounding Exp, which will see high schoolers falling victim to a drug that allows them more strength, smarts and speed to compete in this world, and Life.

These Things Happen is currently being developed as a half hour comedy series at HBO, produced by Oprah Winfrey, it will be based on the book by the same name by Richard Kramer.

FXX has picked up Wilfred for a fourth season, which has also been marked as the show’s final one.

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Jacob's stomach often hurts and his mind often races. He prefers a good drink and chat to most other things in life, his OkCupid is far more active than his Twitter, and Brazil, Gremlins 2, Magnolia, Pather Panchali, and Roman Holiday are his favorite films. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, and constantly considers taking up welding.