Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 3/8/13

By March 8, 2013
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Comics: El Mayimbe, of Latino Review, is claiming that Nolan, Snyder, Bale and Cavill are all in bed with one another for DC’s troubled Justice League project. Meanwhile, Joss Whedon himself is claiming that Mayimbe’s former claims about future Hulk films are “nonsense”, which may or may not have prompted Mark Ruffalo to take to Twitter to state that the Hulk has no immediate plans for a standalone film planned… yet. Kevin Feige, being the man in charge, did feel able to shed some light on Marvel’s Phase 2. Also, apparently Guardians will feature the Nova Corps. Iron Man 3 director Shane Black took a minute to explain why the Mandarin is not Chinese, and while Jennifer Lawrence is pressed for time currently, she need not worry about it on set for Days of Future Past, as she will be wearing a body suit this time around… also? French star of The Intouchables, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry have been confirmed as Lawrence’s co-stars in the project, no details on Sy’s role, although Berry will obviously be reprising her role as Storm.

Film: First off, let’s just get the big guy out there… Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are all but confirmed for Episode VII, as far as George Lucas is concerned. Also, Mr. Ford has joined the Anchorman 2 cast to once again play a prominent newscaster. Ford’s Cowboys and Aliens co-star, and current Bond, Daniel Craig, is still not confirmed for George Clooney’s Monuments Men, although Matt Damon is. Regarding another Clooney project, the mystery-shrouded Tomorrowland… Drew McWeeny, in a very long article, might have stumbled upon our first bits of insight regarding its plot. Disney is also (sigh) moving on with plans for a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful. While the star of Oz, James Franco, still hasn’t been approached for a reprisal of his role in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, casting is moving ahead with the recent addition of Keri Russell, who will join Oscar nominee and everybody’s favorite Jim Gordon, Gary Oldman. Sam Raimi recently had an extensive interview with Vulture, and Bleeding Cool is reporting that him and his brother Ivan are planning on writing a fourth Evil Dead film this summer. As far as franchises go, Dreamworks is hoping they have a good one with Merry Men, which will once again tackle the Robin Hood story, Lara Croft is coming back to a cinema near you, although this time she’ll be 21, Chastain is apparently (not surprisingly) being sought after for the new Tarzan film(s), and Sam Mendes will not be returning to direct the next Bond film. We might have come across plot details for Wreck-It Ralph’s sequel. Daily Show fans, take note! Jon Stewart is abandoning his post for a little while to pursue a directing gig, under the supervision of Scott Rudin, called Rosewater. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is breaking into comedy with a cast that was initially announced as containing Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, but then also went on to include Mr. Edward Norton. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is joining Colin Ferrell and Anthony Hopkins in a psychic thriller, Rebecca Hall has joined Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, and Liam Neeson and Giovanni Ribisi are joining Charleze Theron in Seth Macfarlane’s A Million Ways to Die In the West. Derek Cianfrance’s A Place Beyond the Pines co-writer is adapting the mystery So Cold the River, and finally… neo-noir writer Craig Clevenger might just have caught the break he is deserved, as his novel Dermaphoria has found backers and a director.

Television: Steven Spielberg is probably upsetting cinephiles all over with his plans to adapt Stanley Kubrick’s failed Napoleon film into a miniseries. Ron Moore is doing Helix with his long-time associates at SyFy. Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the next season of Boardwalk Empire, adding to an already rather great ensemble. Community is shooting with puppets now. Judge Reinhold is going to cameo alongside Eddie Murphy in the Beverly Hills Cop pilot, Hope Davis will get political in another, and IFC has picked up two shows, from the creative teams of Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk, as well as Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

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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.