Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 1/17/14

By January 17, 2014
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Film

Michael Douglas, fresh off his Golden Globe win, has landed the role of Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which is also looking to recruit Michael Pena for an undisclosed role.

Here’s hoping that Fox’s new stab at a Magic: The Gathering film will not be set in our universe and instead stay put in Dominaria, or any number of other fertile planes…

Johnny Depp is being considered for the lead in Marvel’s Phase 3 tentpole, the long talked about Doctor Strange.

Dracula’s Thomas Kretchmann will be playing one of the heavies in Age of Ultron, with reports claiming he’ll be stepping into the shoes of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.

Sony and Max Landis are bringing a Lovecraftian spin to their new Houdini script, which was originally being scripted by Scott Frank.

This week in awesome Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Aubrey Plaza have all three joined the cast of Mortdecai, which already had on board Paul Bettany, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Jessie Plemons, he of Norman Rockwell’s American ideals as well as Breaking Bad and The Master, has auditioned for Episode VII’s lead role, which is also reportedly eyeing Adam Driver, Michael Fassbender, and Hugo Weaving.

Terminator: Genesis has reportedly screen tested five up-and-comers for the role of Kyle Reese in the upcoming film, them being Wilson Bethel, Tom Cocquerel, Jai Courtney, Boyd Holbrook, and Sam Reid.

The Best of Me, adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name, as well as actioner Agent 47, both formerly set to star the late Paul Walker, have replacements in mind as deals have been made to James Marsden and Rupert Friend, respectively.

Legendary’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe project, now Chu-less, is reportedly seeking out five genre vets for directing duties, them being Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, Andy Muschietti, Kirk DeMicco/Chris Sanders, and the amazing Phil Lord/Chris Miller combo.

Lee Daniels is in talks with the Weinsteins  to helm their Richard Prior biopic which is currently eyeing Michael B. Jordan, Eddie Murphy, and Marlon Wayans for the lead.

Out of the Furnace’s Scott Cooper will be taking over directing duties for Black Mass, one of two in-development Whitey Bulger biopics, which was formerly set to star Johnny Depp.

Claiming that gun lobbyists and manufacturers will “crash and burn” upon its release, Harvey Weinstein has announced the existence of the Meryl Streep-starring The Senator’s Wife.

Action extraordinaire Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct an adaptation of the as-yet-unpublished thriller ‘The Director’, which will be centered in the tech world.

Leaving Jon Favreau and Disney to run solo for a few days on their competing adaptation, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has dropped directing duties for Warner Brothers’ ‘Jungle Book’ adaptation.

Quentin Tarantino is reportedly seeking out Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz for his new Western.

Darren Aronofsky has added Nick Nolte to the cast of his upcoming epic, Noah, which will see the actor playing Samyaza, the Watcher.

Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in the sci-fi romance Equals, which is being directed by Like Crazy’s Drake Doremus.

Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve will next be directing the sci-fi The Story of Your Life, based on a Nebula-winning novella by Ted Chiang.

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Television and Streaming

Gotham, which DC has set up at Fox, and Constantine which it has set up at NBC have won a series order and a pilot, respectively, while CW’s Wonder Woman series has been given the axe.

FX is getting all sorts of sexy awesome with the additions of Michael Cera and John Hawkes in a Charlie Kaufman-created show, as well as one by Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis.

Showtime is expected to order to series both The Affair and Happyish, which will explore an extramarital affair and the pursuit of happiness, respectively, and will star the two-fer teamings of Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn… respectively.

More ‘ish’! ABC has greenlit the pilot for the Anthony Anderson-starring, Laurence Fishburne-produced comedy Black-ish.

Bill Paxton will be appearing on four episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the near future as an ex-cohort of Agent Coulson’s.

Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler will be starring in a family-centric psychological thriller pilot for Netflix from the creators of Damages.

Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are heading to Netflix, where they’ll be going full sail with a new Marco Polo miniseries.

FX’s beloved Justified will be ending after its sixth season.

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Jacob Hayman
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.
  • Daniela Berry

    I hope Kirsten Stewart is gonna be amazing in Equals

  • Ana Clergy

    I hope Johnny Depp gets the lead role as Doctor Strange

  • Victoria McArthur

    Paul Walker would have been amazing in The best of me and Agent 47