Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/19/13

By April 19, 2013

Star Wars, Comics, Toys and Video Games

Star Wars for everybody, every year! Disney announced that after 2015 we will get one Star Wars film every summer. Remember when some people had to wait entire decades for new Star Wars films?

The internet being the internet, we won’t know for sure if Disney plans to release an animated Star Wars film in the next couple of years, but it was mentioned, and therefore must be considered a possibility.

Michael Rooker, with a recent exit from The Walking Dead, is the latest addition to Guardians of the Galaxy. He will be playing Yondu Udonta.

Danny Woodburn, probably most famous as the little person from Seinfeld and Watchmen, has been cast in the new Ninja Turtles film, as Splinter.

David Goyer is more than likely working on the script for Justice League, although any further participation regarding direction is very much still a rumor.

Justin Theroux may be on Marvel’s shortlist to star in the announced Doctor Strange film.

Newly pregnant Halle Berry will still be showing up in Days of Future Past, but her role and the way she was to be utilized must now be altered.

As with everything he attaches himself to, Stanley Tucci being cast in Transformers 4 is very exciting.

Hayley Atwell is not so subtly placing herself on the radar to play Lara Croft, as anybody tweeting or posting about her and the coveted role has been retweeted, on her own account.


Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr. and Cory Hardrict are the latest to be added to the cast of Transcendence, after Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and last week’s Morgan Freeman.

The other screenwriter from Prometheus that isn’t Damon Lindelof has written a very cool sounding science fiction piece, and he has a star, Keanu Reeves.

Since ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ may never happen… at least not with him, Tom Cruise has signed on for another adaptation that will take him to Antarctica and do battle with alien forces.

Sylvester Stallone tweeted that Wesley Snipes, back from prison, will be joining the cast of Expendables 3.

The newest cast member for Hercules is Reece Ritchie, who now joins with the formerly announced, Rebecca Ferguson, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie , John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, and Rufus Sewell.

In the age of reboots nothing is sacred, and to prove it John Hughes’ Weird Science is being retooled and reworked, into a raunchier R-rated version of the original.

Deadline reports that The Croods is expecting to get a sequel announcement.

James Ponsoldt is in league with the Weinsteins to write both an adaptation of Pippin, and ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’, the latter of the two was penned by Matthew Quick, who wrote ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

Martin Scorsese, one of the busier guys in filmmaking always, has let The Snowman’ slide to the back burner, and Universal is trying to find a replacement.

Hinting at his retirement of Tony Stark and following in his own father’s footsteps, Robert Downey Jr. wants to direct a low-key horror film in the near future.

 Television and Streaming

This upcoming season of Dexter is definitely the last one.

AMC is moving ahead with two new projects. The first, to be executive produced by Tron helmer Joseph Kosinski is titled Ballistic City and is said to be a cross between Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica. The second project will focus on the family of a blacklisted screenwriter and their move to the mining town of Ashland.

Starz has renewed David Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons.

American Gods seems to still be moving forward, and hopefully if HBO is pleased with the script it could happen this year.

Neil LaBute is committing ten episodes of an original show for DirecTV’s second series effort, which is set to be filmed in its entirety for under one million dollars.

Amazon, attempting that which never has been attempted,  is going to let their respective pilots’ viewers determine which shows get series orders, including Zombieland.

Phill Lewis will play best friend to Matthew Broderick’s recently widowed Jack in an untitled comedy on CBS.

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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.