Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/11/14

By April 11, 2014
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Film

Joining old chum R2-D2 in Episode VII will be Peter Mayhew, who is set to reprise his role of Chewbacca, meanwhile a complete unknown is now being rumored for the cast too

Universal has brought on board Transcendence and Prometheus 2’s Jack Paglen to write a reimagined Battlestar Galactica film.

Due to Marvel-related projects, Drew Goddard has dropped directing duties on the Matt Damon-starring The Martian.

Avatar and Escape Plan’s Matt Gerald has landed the role of one of Ant-Man’s heavies in the upcoming Edgar Wright film.

Amy Poehler has been cast as Tina Fey’s sister in Paula Pell-scripted, Jason Moore-directed The Nest.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly being eyed for the villain role in the upcoming Sam Mendes-directed Bond 24.

Huzzah! Judy Greer has been cast in yet another film (always an excellent idea), this time it’s Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.

Eli Roth’s next film, Knock Knock has signed Keanu Reeves to star.

Ray Winstone will be stepping into the senior FBI agent role occupied by Gary Busey in the remake of Point Break.

Ken Marino will be lending his comedy talents to the Jack Black-starring ‘Goosebumps’ feature adaptation.

Salma Hayek will be voicing a taco in Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s raunchy Sausage Party.

Kick-Ass 2’s Jeff Wadlow will now be rewriting Masters of the Universe, taking over after the exit of G.I. Joe’s Jon Chu.

Vertigo’s ‘Federal Bureau of Physics’, set to be produced by David Goyer, will be adapted by Justin Marks, who recently wrote Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ adaptation.

Journey 2’s Brian and Mark Gunn will be writing the upcoming Timecop reboot, which is set to be produced by We Steal Secrets’ Marc Shmuger.

The Crazies’ Breck Eisner will be directing Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in their Karate Kid sequel.

Daniel Craig has left Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth.

Exudus scribes Bill Collage and Adam Cooper have been hired to re-write the Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin’s Creed adaptation.

The Vince Vaughn-starring Rockford Files film reboot has taken to ‘Prince of Thieves’ writer Chuck Hogan for re-writes.

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have set Stephen Hunter’s 1995 thriller ‘Dirty White Boys’ as their film debut.

Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, of the show that holds their very namesakes, have signed on to produce the Police Academy reboot.

With a new Goonies movie set to be hitting theaters soon enough, it appears that long-talked about new Gremlins flick may be coming in right on its heels.

Fox really wants to get into that whole X-Men spin-off game, and REALLY wants Jennifer Lawrence back for Mystique’s.

The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller will (alas) not be helming the Ivan Reitman-produced Ghostbusters 3.

Television and Streaming

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Come 2015 Stephen Colbert will be shedding his “Stephen Colbert” persona when he takes over The Late Show from David Letterman.

Paramount is moving ahead with plans for television series based on ‘The Alienist’, ‘Lindbergh’, Narc, The Truman Show, and [BBC’s] The Village, as well as the new Terminator show.

Fox has teamed with the folks at The Black List to find new and emerging talent for recruitment into their television ranks.

Netflix has cast Italy’s Lorenzo Richelmy as the lead in their Marco Polo series, as well as adding a couple of television veterans to the still untitled thriller they’ve put together with the “Damages” creators.

Cheers’ George Wendt and High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale have joined TBS’ workplace comedy pilot from the creators of Will & Grace.

In a big no-brainer move, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for two more seasons.

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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.