Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 2/28/14

By February 28, 2014
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For the last 35 years, American comedy has been indebted to many men and women, although it may be argued that above almost all the others, Harold Ramis was our man. Starting out at Chicago’s Second City, Ramis went on to star in the troupe’s self-titled SCTV before then penning the a string of seminal hits that included Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters I and II, Back to School, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This, the latter three he also directed, along with the Michael Keaton-starring Multiplicity and National Lampoon’s Vacation. His mark will long be felt, appreciated, imitated, and quoted. President Obama himself, as well as frequent collaborator Ivan Reitman, our own Ben Pearson, the whole of Twitter, and many others, have paid their respects.

Film

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The very long-rumored Adam Driver is in final talks to play the villain in Disney’s Episode VII.

Jack Thorne, of British television and A Long Way Down fame, has been brought on board the Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Neil Gaiman-produced ‘Sandman’ film as the writer.

Former Watchman Patrick Wilson is in talks for the last major role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

In what is probably the best comedic cast in a long while, Kate Beckinsale has joined Eddie Izzard, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, and the entirety of the living Monty Python crew in Absolutely Anything.

Apparently having given up on cryogenics, Errol Morris will soon be making his first non-documentary feature with Holland, Michigan, which will star Bryan Cranston, Edgar Ramirez and Naomi Watts.

Two of the three planned projects have had greater light shed on them from producer extraordinaire Scott Rudin and the constantly surprising writing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

After bouncing around for years (and potentially forever stalling a Christopher Nolan-penned tale) Warren Beatty has secured financing for his Howard Hughes film.

David Fincher is in early talks to direct Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic.

Jason Statham has finally agreed to co-star in Susan Cooper, which will see him alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Paul Feig-directed comedy.

WB has bought American Blood which is being tailored as a producing and starring vehicle for Bradley Cooper.

Amanda Seyfried has been cast as the female lead in the Ted sequel.

The Point Break remake has cast its Johnny Utah in Luke Bracey, who will co-star alongside Gerard Butler’s Bodhi.

Minecraft’s film rights have been signed away to Warner Brothers, who has tasked The Lego Movie’s Roy Lee to produce.

Fox is looking to Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb to turn his hand at an espionage comedy with Cold Comfort.

Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer is in talks for Disney’s “Home Alone in a toy store,” Overnight.

The Office’s Rainn Wilson and the ever-under appreciated David Morse have been tapped to star in the first leg of a serial killer trilogy, The Boy.

Following in the wake of David Yates, Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper, The Fault In Our Stars’ Josh Boone is now set to both adapt and direct the forthcoming adaptation of ‘The Stand’.

Adam Sandler has signed onto Chris Columbus’ Pixels which is currently perusing both Josh Gad and Kevin James as leads.

Both We’re the Millers as well as the as-yet-unreleased The Equalizer have drafted screenwriters for their impending sequels.

 

Television and Streaming

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NBC is bringing back Heroes for 13 episodes in 2015 with Heroes: Reborn.

Criminal Minds’ Matt Ryan is in final talks to headline NBC’s Constantine.

Comedy duo Key and Peele have been added to FX’s upcoming Fargo miniseries as FBI agents.

The Rashida Jones-starring pilot Tribeca has added her real-life mom and pop (Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones) as her sitcom parents, as well as the awesomely talented Alfred Molina.

The ever-majestic Ellen Burstyn and the ever-dependable Fred Willard have joined NBC’s Amy Poehler-produced, Natashe Lyonne-starring comedy pilot, Old Souls.

Jamie Lee Curtis may finally be starring on a show again with CBS’ untitled drama that would see her as the mother of several children raised as the subjects of a reality show.

One half of Scott Pilgrim’s Vegan Police, Clifton Collins Jr, is set to appear in CBS’ drama pilot Secrets & Lies.

CBS has given the go-ahead to the Matthew Perry-starring pilot for The Odd Couple, which would see the former Friends star as one half of the titular duo.

Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones veteran John Rhys-Davies has been cast as a regular in Fox’s Egypt-set Hieroglyph.

Taraji P. Henson has joined Lee Daniels’ Empire pilot at Fox.

Joe Pantoliano has joined CBS’ Tom Papa-starring, Ben Affleck/Matt Damon-produced comedy pilot, More Time With Family.

The NBC “Anchorman but with astronauts” pilot Mission Control, produced by the Mr. Ferrell himself, has cast two more of its leads in The Mindy Project’s Tommy Dewey and Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum.

Justin Long has been cast as the titular eccentric in Fox’s single-camera pilot, Sober Companion.

Buffy alum Michelle Trachtenberg has signed on to co-star in the ridiculous-sounding CBS pilot Save the Date.

First Lady Michelle Obama will be appearing on the season finale of Parks and Recreation, weirdly tying the First Family even closer to NBC.

David O. Russell has backed out of his ABC drama The Club, which still retains its 13-episode order and has cast Callie Hernandez in its lead.

The immensely talented Geoffrey Arend has joined CBS’ drama pilot Madam Secretary which will see him playing a speech writer.

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