Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/25/14

By April 25, 2014
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Film

With a revised script, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight may actually go before cameras after all, and sooner than he’d speculated before.

While Steven Spielberg debates whether he should next direct a Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’, he is also looking into another filmic reunion, this one with Tom Hanks.

Killing Them Softly’s Andrew Dominik has just about signed Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in his nightmare-like biopic, Blonde.

LA Confidential’s Brian Helgeland has written Legend (which he’ll also direct), which will see Tom Hardy playing the real-life twin gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray.

The upcoming dark comedy The Driftless Area has signed Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Ciaran Hinds, and Anton Yelchin to star.

Neighbors’ Nicholas Stoller is next eyeing a 40’s-set buddy cop film which would star Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen.

With David Fincher out, Sony is seeking the assistance of Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio to (respectively) direct and star in their Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic.

Image’s ‘Chew’ book is getting an animated film adaptation that will be directed by Torchwood: Web of Lies’ Jeff Krelitz and will see The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and Dr. Horrible’s’ Felicia Day star.

Doug Liman is in talks to direct an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s space-set, steampunk-style children’s book, Railhead.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, while remaining partnered for television projects, will be pursuing separate projects feature-wise, with the former writing the Venom movie, and the latter campaigning to direct Star Trek 3.

The son of Arnold, Patrick Schwarzenegger, has joined the cast of the Tye Sheridan-starring Scouts Vs. Zombies.

Fox will be the studio bringing us that new Patrick McKay/ J.D. Payne-scripted Flash Gordon reboot.

Joel Dicker’s murder mystery ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’ will be directed by Ron Howard.

Sony and Mattel are looking to bring a comedic Barbie film to life, written by Sex In the City’s Jenny Bicks, and loosely inspired by Mary Poppins.

Disney’s It’s a Small World ride will be getting feature treatment courtesy of writer Jared Stern and director Jon Turteltaub.

Underworld’s Len Wiseman has boarded supernatural thriller Black Chapter as his next directing gig.

Sinister 2 has signed Citadel’s Ciaran Foy to direct.

Detroit Rock City’s Adam Rifkin has purchased the rights for Peeps, and is planning on bringing the marshmellow treats to the big screen.

Amidst a whole lotta production problems, William Hurt has left the Randall Miller-directed Midnight Rider film.

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Television and Streaming

Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz has signed a development deal with Netflix that will have him at the helm of the provider’s seemingly developing comedy output.

CBS’ How I Met Your Dad has enlisted the assistance of Meg Ryan, who will voice the older Greta Gerwig, and serve as narrator.

John Turturro has replaced Robert De Niro as the star of HBO’s Criminal Justice adaptation.

Lost’s Jeremy Davies and Prison Break’s Robert Knepper have joined the cast of History’s Texas Rising.

David Schulner’s ‘aliens in ancient Egypt’ series, Pharaoh, is being developed at HBO, with Ridley Scott planning to direct.

J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ will be adapted by Sarah Phelps for a three-part HBO mini, set to be directed by Jonny Campbell.

Bravo is gearing up a new Jennifer Garner-produced mystery titled All the Pretty Faces.

HBO has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon Prime that will allow the service to stream its older content.

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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.