Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 2/7/14

By February 7, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the greats, and not just of his generation. His willingness to bare it all, to shake, quiver, and tremble was a gift, and he was generous enough to share it with the rest of us. His were performances stripped of any semblance of vanity, where he held a mirror and painted portraits of and to the wounded and proud. Both the worlds of film and theatre will mourn his loss, as shall we all, and before things inevitably do move on and before the Oscars pay their own tribute, have a look at what his contemporaries had to say, from Cameron Crowe, to Aaron Sorkin, his acting teacher Tony Greco, and many others. He is survived by his mother, his girlfriend and three children.



Jeremy Irons has been cast in Batman vs. Superman as the trusty Alfred, with Jesse Eisenberg beating out Adam Driver, Tom Hanks and Joaquin Phoenix for the role of Lex Luthor.

In Marvel news, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be hitting theaters in 2016, and Paul Bettany will be transitioning from the role of J.A.R.V.I.S. to that of The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Seth Gordon will soon be a busy man as he’s been chosen to direct Sony’s Uncharted film that once had David O. Russell attached, as well as Black Listed script The Queen of Hearts which will see the love affair that inspired ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

Kill List’s Ben Wheatley has cast Tom Hiddleston as the lead in his upcoming adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s ‘High-Rise’.

Evangeline Lilly is being looked at by Marvel to potentially play a lead role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

Matthew McConaughey has been cast alongside Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, whose script recently landed on the Black List. Liam Neeson has also been cast alongside Ken Watanabe in an upcoming film, Martin Scorsese’s long-planned Silence.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill will soon be re-teaming to star in the true story about the 1996 Olympic bombing, based on Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article, ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell‘.

In furthering the Aussie takeover of Hollywood, director John Hillcoat has cast Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer, Aaron Paul, Michael Pena and Kate Winslet in his new film, Triple Nine.

Coming off as no surprise, Warner Brothers is already working on a sequel to The Lego Movie, which is currently being scripted by The Internship’s Jared Stern and Girl Most Likely’s Michelle Morgan, with guidance from some of the better writers in Hollywood alongside.

Veteran of rom-coms as well as last year’s Paranoia, Robert Luketic has been chosen as the director for the female Expendables movie, The Expendabelles.

Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen has been cast in First Law which will see him and another actor as brothers in the jungles of Argentina.

The Patrick Lee-penned sci-fi thriller ‘The Breach’ is currently being adapted by Justin Rhodes for David Goyer to direct.

Elton John has purchased the film rights to ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’, and has every intention of turning it into an animated feature.

Emma Watson has signed on to join Ethan Hawke in Regression, directed by The Others helmer Alejandro Amenabar.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be returning for the Elizabeth Banks-helmed Pitch Perfect sequel.

Red Rising’, the new book from Pierce Brown, will be Marc Forster’s next actioner, coming off the heels of his World War Z.

Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller will soon be hitting the ring as an injured boxer and his trainer, respectively, in Boiler Room director Ben Younger’s Bleed For This.

Drumline is finally getting the sequel treatment, courtesy of VH1 and returning star Nick Cannon.

Writers of The Fighter, Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, have secured the film rights to Jake Tapper’s ‘The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor’ and are potentially set to adapt it as their next project.

The David Koepp-scripted adaptation of the novel ‘Brilliance’ has found its director in relative newcomer Julius Onah.


Television and Streaming

SyFy is adapting Vertigo’s ‘DMZ’ for an upcoming show, aided by Gravity’s David Heyman as well as former Mad Men writer/producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton.

Fremantle has picked up the rights to Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ and is currently looking to shop the book around for a series adaptation.

AMC has closed the deal with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen for their ‘Preacher’ adaptation, which will have Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin on board as showrunner.

Stephen King’s ‘Ayana‘ is being eyed by Universal for a new series at NBC.

David Strathairn has been cast as the father to the criminally-minded (and still uncast) titular character in ABC’s Clementine pilot.

ER vet Linda Cardellini has been brought on board Netflix’s Ben Mendesohn-starring thriller from the creators of Damages.

ABC has given a ten-episode direct to series order for their adaptation of Lily Koppel’s best-selling ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’.

An old friend of GeekNation, Mather Zickel, has joined the cast for the incomparable Chad Kultgen’s Bad Judge pilot, leaving Adult Swim’s Newsreaders to be hosted by Alan Tudyk.

FX has cast Jay Baruchel as the lead in their pilot for the comedy series Man Seeking Woman.

Lost’s Dominic Monaghan, as well as Ghost Protocol’s Michael Nyqvist have been cast in the Sweden-set 100 Code.

Ken Marino is joining Casey Wilson as the other lead in NBC’s comedy pilot, Marry Me.

Twilight’s Peter Facinelli has been cast in NBC’s thriller pilot, Odyssey.

Director Mark Romanek has been hired by ABC to direct their pilot for the Ray Bradbury-inspired The Visitors.

Amazon has given the order to go forth with its hour-long dramady pilot, Cocked, which will see a single family as owners of rival gun manufacturers.

Comedy Central has ordered a pilot for Legends, which is set to center around three high school chums who are legends, in their own minds, both on and off the basketball court.

McG has been tapped to helm NBC’s pilot for The Mysteries of Laura, about a female detective with two evil sons.

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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.
  • John A Casey

    RIP PSH.

  • Jermaine M Dupuis

    I literally could not believe the [bad] attitude that people had towards his death. It made the entire situation more sad. He was such a fantastic talent. I will miss his odd, uncomfortable characters. As “normal” as you think the characters played by people like him and Giamatti, the talent that it takes is actually quite rare. It’s not easy to be as awkward as those guys, in certain ways, yet comfortable enough to put themselves out there the way they did/do.