Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 1/31/14

By January 31, 2014
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Film

Anthony and Joe Russo, helmers of Captain America: Winter Soldier will be returning for directing duties for Captain America 3, and fellow Marvel veteran Craig Kyle will be teaming up with Christopher Yost to pen Thor 3.

Snow White and the Huntsman’s impressive Rupert Sanders has been hired to direct the upcoming live-action Ghost In The Shell feature.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in the actioner Blood Mountain from Mongol director Sergei Bodrov.

Oren Moverman’s next project will be the Richard Gere-starring Time Out of Mind, which will see the actor as a down on his luck New Yorker.

David O. Russell is considering the real-life story of Joy Mangano and her mop as an inspirational starring vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence.

Dodgeball helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber will be directing Reno 911! and Night at the Museum scribes Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ film.

Seth Rogen’s animated epic raunchfest Sausage Party has added Michael Cera, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Kristen Wiig to its voice cast.

Albert Brooks has joined in on J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which already has Brooks’ Drive co-star Oscar Isaac set to star.

M. Night Shyamalan’s 20-year old script Labor of Love has cast old chum Bruce Willis in the lead, which will see its protagonist walking across the country for Love.

All-around Awesome Dude Vin Diesel posted a video on his Facebook page claiming Universal is currently seeking to make another Riddick film, and that his script for a third XXX movie is expected next month.

Chris Pine is set to star in David Gordon Green’s upcoming thriller The Line, which would see the actor as an agent of the law whose life appears to be falling apart at the seams.

Forest Whitaker is in talks to star in Taken 3, as well as The Shack, which would bring his bereaved character face-to-face with God.

Daniel Craig has attached himself to a courtroom drama from the director of Frozen River, The Whole Truth.

Meg Ryan will be directing the 1942-set, Tom Hanks-produced Ithaca.

Welshing on his vow of keeping a “private” life, Shia Labeouf has signed on to star in the Barry Levinson-directed, Bill Murray-starring Rock the Kasbah.

Jason Reitman is looking to follow up his ‘Men, Women & Children’ adaptation with yet another, Kaui Hart Hemmings’ ‘The Possibilities’.

42’s Chadwick Boseman has been cast in Alex Proya’s Gerard Butler-starring epic, Gods of Egypt.

Community and Hell On Wheels stars Gillian Jacobs and Anson Mount (respectively) have joined the Isla Fisher-starring supernatural drama Visions.

Elizabeth Banks has been signed to reprise her role in Pitch Perfect 2, which will also serve as her directorial debut.

Fast and Furious’ Justin Lin has secured the rights and will be producing both a baseball-centric underdog film based on the real-life exploits of Kurt Russell’s father Bing, as well as an original IP, Toymageddon.

Guy Ritchie is circling a six-film King Arthur franchise for Warner Brothers.

Hugh Jackman has been confirmed to play Blackbeard in Pan, news which until now was almost certainly guaranteed.

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Television and Streaming

Jonathan Banks is heading back to AMC to reprise his role of Mike Ehrmantraut on the network’s Breaking Bad prequel series, Better Call Saul.

The incredibly talented Neil Marshall has been hired by NBC to direct their Constantine pilot.

Robert Evans is shopping around a 1970’s-set drama series that would be based on his insane life producing pictures in said era.

Amazon is looking into a comedy series created by Damsels In Distress writer/director Whit Stillman as well as the Ron Perlman-starring drama Hand Of God.

Rob Schneider is looking to get meta with an eight episode sitcom he’ll both produce and star in, Real Rob.

FX has picked up both the Judy Greer-starring Married, as well as You’re the Worst from pilots, to series.

The incomparable Stephen Root has been cast in a recurring role for AMC’s Jamie Bell-starring Turn.

CBS’ Halle Berry-starring Extant has cast ER’s Goran Visnjic as Berry’s husband.

TV Land is going single camera with the Jaime Pressly-starring Jennifer Falls.

Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and a whole bunch of Winklers are shooting a Henry Winkler-starring pilot for ABC, The Winklers.

Tea Leoni has been cast in the Morgan Freeman-produced CBS drama pilot, Madam Secretary.

HBO is looking to adapt Wilton Barnhardt’s ‘Lookaway, Lookaway’ into a “scathing” 30-minute comedy series set in the contemporary South.

Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot, Sea of Fire.

CBS has ordered an LAPD-set stalker drama from the creator of The Following.

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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.