Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 2/21/14

By February 21, 2014
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Film

Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot has finally announced its four primaries: Jaime Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller.

Terminator: Genesis has turned to Jai Courtney to travel back in time in the last major casting on the project, that of Kyle Reese.

A shortlist for Doctor Strange directors has been released…

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is moving his act to film, where he’ll be producing Air, a low-budget sci-fi set to star Dead’s Norman Reedus, as well as Djimon Hounsou.

Surely eager to both work with as well as boost the reputation of newcomer Julius Onah, Will Smith is in early talks to join the director’s Brilliance.

Tina Fey is heading to the Middle East for The Taliban Shuffle, which will be penned by her longtime collaborator Robert Carlock, and see Fey as a fish out of water journalist travelling between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in the suburbia-set tale of competitive mothers, Mean Moms.

Brie Larson is looking to join the Judd Apatow-directed, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader-starring Trainwreck.

Edward Norton, with the help of Brett Ratner, will soon be underway on his 1950s-set adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, which the actor has already written and will also star in and direct.

Breakout Sundance director Matt Ross has snagged the Viggo Mortensen to star in his domestic (non-superhero) drama Captain Fantastic.

Harlan Ellison’s classic sci-fi tale ‘Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktock Man’ has finally been been allowed an option, to Babylon 5, Thor and World War Z’s J. Michael Straczynski.

Expendables 3 and Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is in negotiations to direct the remake of The Raid.

Ron Howard may soon be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s replacement as the director for Warner Bros.’ The Jungle Book.

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and the other primaries from Ride Along will likely all be returning for the pending sequel.

Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment and Kid Cudi have joined the cast of the Entourage movie, with the former two playing a father and son and the latter playing Ari’s new assistant.

Future Fantastics Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are also looking to reunite with their That Awkward Moment director for a heist film at Warner Brothers.

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Television and Streaming

Jada Pinkett Smith will be playing a heavy named Fish Mooney in Fox’s upcoming, pre-Batman series, Gotham.

Kevin Spacey and Spike are developing a series based on ‘The War at the Shore’, which would center on the 90s-set New Jersey-centric fued between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn.

The writers of Megamind are heading to Fox with the animated show Dark Lord of Delaware that will center on a banished evil wizard trying to live life as a stay at home dad in our non-magical world.

The Simpsons will soon be upon their 550th episode and to commemorate the occasion, Fox will be animating it with Legos.

CBS will soon (again) bring us more from the world of CSI as they are currently developing a new spin-off that will focus on cyber crimes.

Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan will be starring as an image-obsessed subject of scorn in ABC’s comedy pilot Selfie.

Animal Kingdom director David Michod will be directing the first episode of Starz’ ballet drama Flesh and Bone.

Harold and Kumar star and former White House staffer Kal Penn has been tapped to star in Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan’s new cop drama, Battle Creek.

SyFy has announced that alongside the returning Tara Reid and Ian Zierling, Sharknado 2: The Second One will also feature Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch and Mark McGrath.

Terrence Howard has signed on to star in Fox’s hip-hop saga, Empire.

Fox’s Here’s Your Damn Family pilot has cast Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder for one of it’s leads.

Bravo has given a 13 episode order for their first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

TNT’s The Librarian may very well be returning as a 10 episode mini with original star Noah Wyle set to reprise his role.

Heroes vet Milo Ventimiglia and the Revenge-starring Barry Sloane will be toplining ABC and Amblin’s drama pilot The Visitors.

Kevin Hart will be joining Keep It Together in a recurring capacity, should the pilot get picked up.

Whitney’s Tone Bell has joined NBC’s Bad Judge pilot.

HBO’s Getting On is now officially moving on, with a 6-episode, second season order.

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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.