Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 12/6/13

By December 6, 2013
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Film

The Fast franchise’s Gal Gadot, Israeli by birth, has been tapped as the first woman to ever play the Amazonian Wonder Woman in a theatrical feature, for the Man of Steel sequel.

Apocalypse is coming to the big screen in an upcoming X-Men film slotted for a 2016 release, which may or may not be the jumping off point for Fox’s shared cinematic universe.

The mercurial and crazed Ben Foster, the ever-smooth Dominic Cooper, underused Toby Kebbell, and the adorable Paula Patton have been added to the cast of Duncan Jones’ Warcraft.

Short Term 12’s recent Gotham Award winner Brie Larson and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke are the two frontrunners to play Sarah Conner in the new Terminator films.

Late to the game, but making up quickly, Warner Brothers have announced that they will be taking smaller titles from the DC library and committing to two lower-budget projects a year.

Babel’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is joining the fray as the third director to currently (separately) be working on an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’.

The ever-impressive J.C. Chador has replaced Javier Bardem with Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac for his next effort, A Most Violent Year, and also secured writing duties for a planned Vince Lombardi biopic which he may also direct.

Life of Pi’s writer, David Magee, has come on board to write the next Chronicles of Narnia film, The Silver Chair.

Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to co-star with Owen Wilson in the comedy heist film, formerly titled Loomis Fargo.

Amanda Seyfried will be starring in the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced He’s F-ing Perfect.

Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of 50 Shades of Grey.

Judd Apatow will be taking directing duties on the Amy Schumer vehicle Train Wreck, which the latter will both star in as well as write.

Pacific Rim and Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have been hired by CBS Films to adapt Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’.

Due to the tragic loss of lead Paul Walker, Universal’s Fast 7 has been postponed and the studio is currently considering all options, except cancelling the production.

Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchison has been brought on board to write The Red Queen, the first in a planned fantasy trilogy.

Jeremy Irons has signed on to co-star alongside Dev Patel in The Man Who Knew Infinity, a biopic about mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Kevin Hart will be playing LeBron James’ brother in the comedy Ballers.

As You Like It’s David Oyelowo will soon be playing Seretse, an African heir who in 1948 up and married an English office worker.

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Television and Streaming

The CW is looking into the idea of adapting the Young Justice cartoon into a live-action series that would be premiering in 2015.

Harvey and Bob Weinstein are pushing further into television with over half a dozen planned projects, 10 Commandments, Book of the Dead, Marco Polo, and War and Peace among them, as well as genre projects The Mist and Sin City.

As expected, IFC will again be airing new chapters next year for R. Kelly’s most epic Trapped in the Closet series.

In probably this week’s oddest bit of news, History is looking at a show developed by Eli Roth that would portray Jesus Christ’s demon-exorcising years.

John Singleton and Russell Simmons are teaming up with HBO to develop a show about a reformed criminal called Club Life: Miami.

The Wire‘s Lance Reddick will be appearing on the last bit of this season of American Horror Story for four episodes.

Malcolm McDowell has joined the Roman Coppola-penned, Gael Garcia Bernal-starring Amazon pilot, Mozart in the Jungle.

Elliot Gould and Saturday Night Live’s Nasim Pedrad have joined the cast of Fox’s Mulaney, which already has Martin Short and John Mulaney cast.

NBC is developing Nemesis, an 8 hour miniseries about Eliot Ness which would be based on William Bernhardt’s ‘Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness’.

Dracula executive producer Daniel Knauf and NBC are planning on adapting The Wolfman into a series.

SyFy’s Legion-based series, Dominion, has been given a series order.

Louis C.K. has signed an overall deal with FX that will allow him greater access and influence within the network.

Halle Berry is developing a Hannibal miniseries for History.

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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.
  • Bambi Morelli

    50 Shades of Grey is the movie I am waiting for, I have read the whole trilogy twice!