Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 3/28/14

By March 28, 2014
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Film

The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly has secured a lead role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, with House of CardsCorey Stoll in talks to join the project as well.

Steve Pink will be directing real-life couple Anna Faris and Chris Pratt in the brothers Mullen-scripted Vacation Friends.

Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar has teamed up with Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin to bring us an all-new Cheech and Chong film.

Robin Wright and Sam Worthington have been added to the already impressive cast of the Baltasar Kormakur-directed Everest.

MGM is looking to revisit the Barbershop films and is currently in talks with Ice Cube to reprise his role.

John Green’s ‘Paper Towns’ is being adapted by 500 Days of Summer’s Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, with Admission’s Nat Wolff set to star.

Anchorman’s Adam McKay will direct the financial crisis-centered (and dramatic) adaptation of Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short’.

David James Kelly, a bright, in demand, and relatively new face to Hollywood, has been hired to write the sequel to The Wolverine.

Warner Brothers has picked up the film rights to Mitch Albom’s best-selling ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’.

Brett Ratner is developing a film that will chronicle the origins of A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’.

Madonna will once again be directing, this time with an adaptation of Rebecca Walker’s ‘Ade: A Love Story’.

Veep’s Dan Bakkedahl, hip-hop’s T.I., and Treme’s Edwina Findley have all joined the Etan Cohen-directed, Will Ferrell-starring Get Hard.

Maniac’s Frank Khalfoun will be directing Jennifer Jason Leigh in the new Amityville film from Dimension and Blumhouse.

Shia LaBeouf has dropped out of the Barry Levinson-directed Rock the Kasbah.

Television and Streaming

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AMC will soon be venturing into comedy, as evidenced by several greenlit pilots.

Dexter’s Michael C. Hall is apparently being sought for Marvel and Netflix’ Daredevil series.

Shaun of the Dead’s Nick Frost has signed to co-star alongside Justin Long in Fox’s Sober Companion pilot.

The brilliant Alfred Molina has joined the cast of the Diego Luna-starring James Bond-inspired, and soccer-centric Matador action series.

John Cusack will be a recurring character in the Wall Street-set drama pilot he’s also executive producing for CBS.

Archer creator Adam Reed will be “debooting” the show next season to put the focus back on spy work.

Showtime will be airing the Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary seven-parter, Seven Deadly Sins.

CBS’ upcoming How I Met Your Dad has lost Krysta Rodriguez as one of its leads, and replaced her with The Internship’s Tiya Sircar.

The Thomas Lennon and Matthew Perry-starring Odd Couple reboot has gained actress Lindsay Sloane, who will be playing a character personally crafted for her.

The Luc Besson-produced, New York-set, English language Taxi Brooklyn will be making its debut stateside on NBC.

Community’s Dan Harmon seems dead set on making that Community movie.

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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.