Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 3/14/14

By March 14, 2014
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Film

The search to fill the reported role of a Jedi apprentice for Episode VII has reportedly been narrowed down to five actors.

Warner Brothers has tapped Robot Chicken vet Chris McKay to helm the sequel to the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed Lego Movie.

Seth Grahame-Smith, the man responsible for so much genre fare these days, will be making his directorial debut with a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’.

Set as a “grittier” reboot, and more faithful to its source material, Jason Sudeikis is looking to star in Fletch Won.

Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lily in the Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman-starring, Neverland-set Pan.

Joseph Fiennes has replaced Guy Pearce in the Australia-set, Nicole Kidman-starring Strangerland.

Jamie Foxx is in talks to join Ride Along star Kevin Hart, as well as the it’s director Tim Story, for the hitman-centered Black Phantom.

Swingers co-stars Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn will be reuniting in the crime thriller Term Life.

Sugar Mountain, billed as a comedic thriller, has cast both Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa.

Ed Helms will star in Epic Fail, which is set against the backdrop of a dysfunctional Special Forces unit.

Carla Gugino is set to play the ex-wife to Dwayne Johnson’s hero in the disaster flick San Andreas.

The Rupert Friend-starring Hitman reboot, Agent 47, has cast comedy veteran Dan Bakkedahl.

The Last Station director Michael Hoffman has outed himself as a House Of Cards fan by casting that series’ Sebastian Arcelus and Gerald McRaney in his upcoming drama The Best Of Me.

Mad Men vet Patrick Fischler has been cast in Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes film as a film director.

Shrek 2 helmer Kelly Asbury has been tapped to reboot the Smurfs franchise into an all animated (and presumably NPH-less) feature for 2015.

‘World War Z’ author Max Brooks’ upcoming WWII-set graphic novel ‘The Harlem Hellfighters’ has been optioned by Sony.

Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen have signed on to reprise their respective roles in the third and final Taken film.

Helena Bonham Carter has been confirmed to reprise her role in the Burton-less, still Johnny Depp-starring Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass.

Insidious 3 is still very much a thing, but Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson will not be returning as stars.

Television and Streaming

mars

Lionsgate will soon be shopping a reality series that’s set to chronicle the behind-the-scenes business of colonizing Mars.

SyFy has given the go-ahead on the alternate present-set Ascension mini, which will see a space ship of people dealing with an onboard murder in the vastness of space.

Frederick Pohl’s 1977 science fiction classic ‘Gateway’ is being developed as a drama series.

The CW’s ‘iZombie’ adaptation has finally found its lead in Once Upon A Time’s Rose McIver.

That Mick Jagger/Martin Scorsese/Terrence Winter-produced, Bobby Cannavale-starring Rock ‘n’ Roll-centered HBO pilot has added both Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple to its list of amazing talents.

Adult Swim has given a series order to the Compton-set, Christ-starring live action comedy, Black Jesus.

Josh Duhamel has been cast alongside Dean Winters in the Vince Gilligan-produced Battle Creek.

Paul F. Thompkins has reportedly been cast alongside SNL alum Molly Shannon in ABC’s untitled, New Hampshire-set comedy pilot.

Although sure to face stiff (and established) competition, CBS has cast the much under-appreciated David Morse in a Wall Street-set pilot, as well as Matthew Perry’s 17 Again co-star Thomas Lennon in the Perry-starring Odd Couple reboot, and lastly, Terminator vet Robert Patrick in the genius-populated Scorpion.

Fox’s Dead Boss has cast Strangers With Candy’s Amy Sedaris and will have its pilot directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Scott Pilgrim’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot, Exposed.

The Andrew Ross Sorkin-penned, Wall Street-set Billions has been given a pilot order from Showtime.

PreciousGabourey Sidibe, as well as AlphasMalik Yoba have signed to appear on the Terrence Howard-starring Empire.

Harold and Kumar and Star Trek star John Cho has been cast in ABC’s Karen Gillan-starring comedy pilot, Selfie.

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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.
  • Susan P Graham

    And that ladies and gentlemen is your week in Hollywood. You cannot get this much information in a week of digging. That’s why I love this site. GN you Rock!

    • Jacob Hayman

      thank you! we try…