Life and Death. American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy welcomed a son on Christmas eve, while Broadway will be dimming its lights tonight in memory of the beloved character actor Charles Durning and Odd Couple star Jack Klugman who passed away on that same day. Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson also died.
Of Walkouts and Stepping Down. Following in predecessor Frank Darabont’s steps, Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has exited the show, allowing kurt sutter to once again slam AMC. JJ Abrams claimed he turned down the Star Wars Episode VII directing gig very early on, and despite much initial passion, Robert Zemeckis has mostly given up on remaking The Yellow Submarine, an idea the internet wasn’t too keen on to begin with.
High Hopes. In a strange interview with the folks at Good Day LA, Twitter master Kevin Smith says he wants to have Clerks 3 out by 2014 to bookend his remarkable 20 year career as Kevin Smith. Fellow Sundance success story Quentin Tarantino had already expressed interest in retiring one day soon, but this week he spoke about the possibility of capping off his historical epics with one last film. Tarantino’s buddy Paul Thomas Anderson, however, is showing no signs of slowing down.
Muppets. Despite having missed out on the chance to co-star in the Muppets sequel, Christoph Waltz may still have a cameo in it. Eager to stick with the musical genre, Muppets director James Bobin has signed on to direct one for Will Ferrell’s company.
Casting. While Hugh Jackman teases X-Men cameos, Marvel is figuring out which of its two finalists (with the possibility of a third) should play Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Jessica Chastain is, not surprisingly, being asked to star in another film, this time with James Franco. Johnny Depp, who was originally supposed to play Disney’s wizard of Oz, is still not going to be in Wes Anderson’s latest, but the director has confirmed that he will be reteaming with Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton.
Rise and Fall. Vin Diesel went to Facebook to announce he had found a backer for his long-gestating passion project, a film (possible trilogy) about Hannibal of Carthage. Lady Gaga excitedly hit up Twitter to announce a new documentary about her life and while Bryan Fuller used the same, his news was more along the lines of disappointment when he announced that no, Mockingbird Lane is finally, definitely not happening.
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