Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 1/4/13

By January 4, 2013
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Marvel: Lots of rumors and news about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie this week. First would be Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s rumored involvement as Peter Quill, which puts him in line with last week’s rumored entries Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess. Smallville’s Lex Luthor Michael Rosenbaum has also auditioned. Promised Land writer and Office star John Krasinski has had his name tossed into the mix as well, although it was part of a larger piece announcing some actors in consideration for the Guardians role of Drax the Destroyer. In news slightly not Guardians-related, but equally Marvel, Hayley Atwell will not be returning as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

DC: In the much quieter realm of DC rumors, we had one spot of good luck with a leaked Justice League line-up, amongst a few other things. Any fans of Nightwing might find these stills from a new fan-made film very interesting as well.

Awards Season: The Producers Guild as well as the much less sought out Art Directors Guild have announced their nominations. Meanwhile, the Academy has gone on to extend their online voting period by 24 hours.

For the Love of Science Fiction: JJ Abrams has now officially solidified a position for himself in heaven, as he recently screened a full cut of Star Trek Into Darkness for a terminally ill fan. In the world of Star Wars, a print of the long-lost Empire Strikes Back lead-in Black Angel has been recovered and is looking for a distribution arrangement. Any Dr. Who fans should be getting excited as well. Britain’s Royal Mail has released official stamps to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary, featuring all eleven Doctors and the TARDIS itself.

Television Talk: Coming straight out of left field and on the heels of Boss’ cancelation a while back, it has been announced that Kelsey Grammer will be teaming up with Martin Lawrence, of all people, for their triumphant returns to the world of the sitcom. Jerry O’Connell is also moving on since Mockingbird Lane isn’t happening. He will be taking the last lead in a comedy pilot  that will also feature Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Mr. Conan O’Brien will be keeping his talk show going at TBS while producing another new sitcom with the clever name of Bob’s New Heart Show, for Fox. Nancy Pelosi and Jon Favreau will be stopping by NBC for a guest appearance on 30 Rock and to direct an episode of The Office, respectively. While HBO is facing a lawsuit, its pay cable competitor Starz is turning to Oscar-winning Departed scribe William Monahan to tackle Britain in the 60s in very awesome sounding Crime. Fans of the show can now rejoice that the names of all 14 episodes of Arrested Development’s fourth season have been posted, as well as an air date. Not airing anytime soon, unfortunately, is television’s other great cult show, Twin Peaks. Breaking Bad is gearing up to finish its run on AMC, and it’s creator stopped by Vulture to say some awesomely interesting stuff, even talking a bit about Casablanca’s perfect ending. Lastly, a Scott-free Scott Free is once again teaming up with National Geographic to produce a follow-up to next month’s Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy.

Movies: Speaking of delayed releases, the Carrie remake has been pushed back to Halloween to capitalize on its horror-friendly release date. Ubisoft is taking its Ghost Recon video game franchise to Tinseltown for a proper shot at a film franchise. The sequel to The Raid: Redemption will begin shooting in January and it will pick up on the action two hours after the conclusion of the first film. Bullet-Tooth Tony himself, footballer Vinnie Jones, and Stephen Lang are joining a WWI actioner focusing on Australian soldiers. Fellow badass Michael Fassbender will now be joined by Maggie Gyllenhaal in a new comedy, and in a combination of two things God-awful, Scary Movie 5’s Ashley Tisdale will be joining the ever-worse Nicolas Cage in Left Behind.

Composers Corner: Further distancing himself from his old collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh, Wes Anderson is once again turning to Alexandre Desplat to score his latest. Call it what you will, but Jay-Z will be joining in on the score kick as well, collaborating on the music for The Great Gatsby’s delayed release.

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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.