Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 3/21/14

By March 21, 2014


The one and only J.K. Simmons will be joining the Emilia Clarke/Jason Clarke/Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring, Alan Taylor-directed Terminator: Genesis.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has been talking to J.J. Abrams and is now rumored as being considered for a part in Episode VII.

Warner Brothers has found a replacement director for their Jungle Book adaptation in Andy Serkis.

Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm will be teaming with Adventureland’s Greg Mottola for Keeping Up With the Joneses.

David Fincher’s ultimatum for the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic? “Christian Bale to star, or I walk”… basically.

With possibly an eye to star, Ryan Gosling will be producing an adaptation of ‘Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley’, which recollects the life of the famed director.

Woody Harrelson has joined the heist thriller Triple Nine, set to be directed by The Road’s John Hillcoat.

Justified’s Walton Goggins has joined the cast of the Max Landis-scripted, Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewart-starring American Ultra.

Ethan Hawke and John Travolta are boarding writer/director Ti West’s Western, In a Valley of Violence.

G.I. Joe Retalliation’s Jon M. Chu is teaming up with Hasbro to bring Jem and the Holograms to life for the big screen.

Community’s Alison Brie has joined the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart-starring, Etan Cohen-directed comedy, Get Hard.

BD Wong will be reprising his role from the original Jurassic Park in the Colin Trevorrow-directed Jurassic World, which has also added The Intouchable’s Omar Sy.

True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga has been tapped to direct the Scott Silver-penned adaptation of ‘Noble Assassin’, which chronicles the life of a true badass, Robert de la Rochefoucauld.

Sophia Coppola and Universal will soon be adding to the revisionist fairly tale craze with a Caroline Thompson-penned, live-action Little Mermaid adaptation.

Pixar will soon be bringing us a sequel to The Incredibles as well as a second for Cars.

Ivan Reitman, while set to remain as a producer, has dropped directing duties for the now seemingly guaranteed Ghostbusters 3 which may be looking to add the awesome talents of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Doug Liman will be directing the upcoming Tom Hardy-starring Splinter Cell adaptation.

Tooken, a “Naked Gun-style” spoof on the Taken franchise will be hitting theaters in 2015.

Marc Webb will not be returning for Sony’s planned fourth installment of its Spider-Man franchise.

Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish will next be tackling the origins of MI6 in Section 6, while Channing Tatum is readying another thriller based on ‘The Son’ to be his directorial debut.

Television and Streaming

"Synecdoche, New York" UK Premiere

The incomparable Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot, How And Why, has added the incomparable talents of Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener to be paired alongside Michael Cera and John Hawkes.

Amazon’s The Hand of God pilot has added Deadwood and Raising Hope’s Garrett Dillahunt to star opposite Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman.

Sam Shepard will play husband to Sissy Spacek, and father to Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn in Netflix’s thriller series by the creators of Damages, while Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will play rivals in the network’s Grace & Frankie comedy series.

Patton Oswalt will soon be appearing on on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Eric Koenig, who unfortunately is not, and never was M.O.D.O.K.

Comedy veterans David Cross and Rachel Dratch have been added to Fox’s Dead Boss pilot, the former as a guest and the latter as a regular.

FX’s Billy Crystal and Josh Gad-starring The Comedians has been picked up for a 13-episode order.

The fourth season of American Horror Story will take place over two time periods and be centered around a carnival.

The Mystery Science Theater crew will be bringing their RiffTrax to cable for a three episode run.

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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.