Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/26/13

By April 26, 2013
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Comics In Film

Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely set in the “future of a different dimension” and from this leaked casting sheet, feel free to speculate just what we might be in for. It also has a two new cast members in Ophelia Lovibond, who will have an as yet unnamed supporting role, and the ever so enjoyable Lee Pace, who is also not identified but the part is said to be that of a villain.

Shane Black feels confident that Downey will be returning for Iron Man 4, although Downey Jr. himself still has yet to confirm or deny his plans and Gwyneth Paltrow seems certain there won’t even be a fourth installment. But regardless, it seems that one thing is certain, and that is no future film, Downey or no, will focus too heavily on Stark’s alcoholism. Regardless, Black seems as though he will not be returning for the next installment if it does happen, as he’s prepping Doc Savage.

The Ninja Turtles reboot apparently has an official title and it is… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Loki may be switching sides, as Tom Hiddleson is in early talks to star in the reboot of The Crow.

Zack Synder’s real good director-buddy-friend, Ruben Fleischer has it that Snyder may be directing Justice League, along with half the internet, so don’t get too mad or excited.

It is official. Fox is no longer the rights holder on Daredevil, and his cinematic likeness has reverted back to Marvel’s ownership.

Bryan Singer hit up Vine to announce that Days of Future Past will definitely feature Bishop and Warpath.

Collider (via Comic Book Movie) caught up with producer Neal Moritz about two Garth Ennis adaptations, ‘Preacher’ and ‘The Boys’.

Film Proper

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum look poised to once again team up, this time as the leads in Guys and Dolls, which once starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. Speaking of Mr. Tatum, it seems as though he may be returning to the fabled Jump Street in a sequel to be helmed by the original rebooters, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Although it’s not certain they will be participating when the film goes to shoot, Jack Black and Will Ferrell are tentatively scheduled to star in Tag Brothers, about a group of former classmates that go to extremes every year to tag one another and ultimately avoid being “it” for as short a time as possible. It is based on a true story.

Like father, like son, or so the saying goes… Robert De Niro and Shia Labeouf are being sought by D.J. Caruso for the terribly named Spy’s Kid, about an old spy who gets his son to run missions for him from prison. Like the Black/Ferrell project, this one too is based on real life. Labeouf is also being sought to star in the million dollar David Ayers scrip Fury, which already has Brad Pitt starring.

St. Vincent De Van Nuys, a blacklisted script which already has Chris O’Dowd and Bill Murray starring, has just added Naomi Watts, who will play a Russian prostitute.

After a recent and much publicized dispute and lawsuit over Silence, it appears Martin Scorsese is still on board, despite rumors last week he may not be, and the film is set to shoot next year.

Will Smith has a bunch of potential projects lined up.

Clay Tarver has been tapped by Ben Stiller to write the script for Dodgeball 2, which will “focus on Vaughn and Stiller [who are] forced to team up to fight an even bigger threat.”

John Woo’s latest, Flying Tigers, is set to be a two-parter six hour film in his native China, and a six hour miniseries elsewhere.

Hollywood’s ever classic ‘creative differences’ routine is wreaking havoc on the new Vacation film, with some wanting a hard R rating for the comedy, and others wanting a more broad PG-13y vibe.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is officially happening, as relayed last week, in glorious (?) live action.

Armie Hammer will co-star with Tom Cruise in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adaptation.

Tarsem is continuing his strange Hollywood career with a new thriller about mind transplants and murder mysteries, and it’ll star Ryan Reynolds.

Television

Steven Thompson, writer for Moffat mainstays Dr. Who and Sherlock, will be writing Monster with Guillermo del Toro for HBO. The project will be adapted from Naoki Urasawa’s 18 part manga series.

Fresh off stealing every scene from Kevin Spacey on House of Cards and Owen Wilson in Midnight In Paris, Corey Stoll has been tapped by Mr. Del Toro to star in his FX series, The Strain. FX also has the capable Nat Faxon on board for a new comedy series set around a married couple trying to shake up and reenergize their relationship.

Seth MacFarlane has been asked to host the Oscars once again. He has not given an answer yet, but will apparently need to within the next couple of weeks.

Two bodies I personally would usually care nothing for, A&E and David Koechner, are teaming up together to bring us a show that actually sounds like it has a lot of potential.

Turns out MTV, not content with ‘all-reality-no-music-and-terrible-teen’ shows, has greenlit a pilot based off of the Scream franchise.

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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.