Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 11/15/13

By November 15, 2013
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In Man of Steel 2 casting rumor news, it now appears Barry Allen will be making an appearance and The Following’s James Purefoy was approached for Lex Luthor, while Adam Driver, Penn Badgley and Ezra Miller, all wildly different actors, may be up for Nightwing, with three more up-and-comers may be up for Wonder Woman.

Elizabeth Olsen finally confirmed that she will be playing Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Chris Pratt may soon be taking the lead in Jurassic World, which was not too long ago being offered to Josh Brolin.

Judd Apatow believes that America desperately needs a Key & Peele movie, so all three will soon be at work on writing something that will star the latter two.

Hugely successful mobile game Temple Run will soon be making it’s way to the big screen courtesy of Gravity and Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

Universal’s Bourne films are apparently looking to go to 11 as they have just hired their Fast series director Justin Lin to helm the fifth, Jeremy Renner-starring installment.

Statham is eyeing J.J. Connolly’s ‘Viva La Madness’ adaptation as a starring vehicle which would see the main character, formerly portrayed by Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, continuing his criminal activities.

Will Smith and his as-yet-uncast daughter will be set adrift on a stray Manhattan in the Shawn Levy-directed City That Sailed.

Hanna director Joe Wright is in talks to direct Pan, which would have us bear witness to the origins of Peter Pan and his fight to free Neverland.

Kate Upton may soon be taking the female lead in the Entourage movie.

Luther/Thor/Wire star Idris Elba will soon be taking the lead in the thriller Bastille Day which will see the actor as a US operative tasked with making a young boy “disappear”.

Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will soon be taking his considerable skills and setting them to Warner Brothers’ Scarface-style” Napoleon Bonaparte film, Napoleon.

Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana have joined Kill the Trumpet Player, which will be about Miles Davis and star Don Cheadle, who will also direct.

Warren Adler, who wrote the novel that became 1989’s War of the Roses, wrote a sequel to his original book called ‘War Of The Roses, The Children’, which will itself now become a film.

Terminator director Alan Taylor is supposedly eyeing three actresses for the role of Sarah Connor in his new Schwarzenegger-starring film, while also holding out hope his #1 choice for John, Tom Hardy, will be interested.

Lee Pace has joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ upcoming Ben Foster-starring Lance Armstrong project.

Dwayne Johnson has signed onto yet another film, this one being Relativity’s Not Without Hope, which tells the true story of four athletic friends stranded at sea.

Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens will be playing Lancelot in Night at the Museum 3, while Psych’s Skyler Gisondo will be playing Ben Stiller’s son.

Apparently Ridley Scott isn’t the only one to be tackling football concussions, as The Last Fall’s Matthew A. Cherry has just cast Isaiah Washington in his own drama, Game Time Decision, on the timely topic.

Former assistants to Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, Matt Bass and Theodore Bressman have found themselves in a bidding war over their spec script The Politician, which would be a hard-R, Bad Santa-like riff with the titular politician at its center.

Spitfire, a pitch by Grant Thompson has been picked up by Lionsgate and Odd Lot and will tell the story of Louise Smith a female stock car racer in the 50s.

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Television and Streaming

Melissa Rosenberg, once attached to an earlier version, is back with Marvel writing their new Jessica Jones series, while Lost veteran Drew Goddard will himself be scripting their new Daredevil series, which will both be considered as possible films should they do well enough on Netflix.

Keeping to politics with a new John Oliver-hosted weekly show, HBO has also cast frequent collaborators and old friends Jack Black and Tim Robbins in the Jay Roach-produced The Brink, which will see the two actors gearing up to prevent WWIII.

FX, Indian director Shekhar Kapur and “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring are bringing us a limited series based on the life of that most infamous Russian rapscallion, Rasputin, titled Rasputin.

Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci will be producing a Joe Hill-penned reboot of Tales From the Darkside for the CW.

A Beautiful Mind producer Akiva Goldsman will soon be teaming with writer/showrunner Jeff Pinkner and Paramount for a television adaptation of the 90s classic, Ghost.

Maya Rudolph may soon have her own variety show on NBC if the post-Winter Olympics pilot premiere does well…

Spain’s patient-centric hospital series Red Band Society will soon be heading to Fox, via Amblin TV and Side Order of Life creator Margaret Nagle.

After a 4 week trial run, Comedy Central has given an additional 40 weeks to the Chris Hardiwck late-night entry @midnight.

Funny Or Die has already shot eight hour-long episodes of its new sports documentary series, and they will soon be debuting on Discovery Channel.

Picking up where your high school English teacher and Robert Zemeckis left off, SyFy will now be gauging your interest in ‘Beowulf’, as it has just put into development a series based on the ancient poem.

Apparently not content with his acclaimed play or film versions of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, Christopher Hampton will now be taking his knowledge and skills to BBC where they are planning a drama series.

Fox has given a pilot order to the Johnny Galecki-produced Here’s Your Damn Family, about a thirtysomething man living with his parents.

Fox has landed the 10-part event series Everest, an action-packed drama that will see a group of hikers with “secrets” and “motives” that will slowly be revealed.

YouTube’s Shane Dawson will be heading to NBC for a workplace comedy with help from The Big C’s Darlene Hunt and Michael J. Fox Show’s Will Gluck.

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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.