Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/5/13

By April 5, 2013
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An entire generation of moviegoers was influenced by the words, work and personality put forth by Roger Ebert. Easily the most recognizable name and personality in the history of film criticism, in 1975 he became the first film critic to be honored with a Pulitzer Prize, in 2005 he once again set a precedent when he was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame and finally in 2009, when he was made an honorary member of the DGA. First seen nationwide in 1977, his sincere, uncompromising and ever endearing wit graced our television screens until he was no longer capable to appear to his public due to the health problems that would eventually claim his life on Thursday April 4, 2013. He wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death.

We’ll see you at the movies, Roger.

 Comics and Star Wars and Film, Oh My!

Two sources have reveal that Lex Luthor is in Man of Steel, although differ on how big of a role it is. Also, the rumored actor confirms he is in the film, despite not being listed on IMDb.

Guillermo Del Tor has completed the bible for Justice League Dark and is hoping he can announce the writer soon. John Constantine will be the primary focus of the project.

Disney has halted production on Star Wars-related games and shuttered LucasArts, prompting io9 to set forth their concerns for the entirety of the Expanded Universe.

Lucas’ first Star Wars draft will be released by Dark Horse late this year, as a comic called The Star Wars.

Zoe Saldana is the third actor to be cast in Guardians of the Galaxy, if you hadn’t already guessed, she will be playing Gamora. Meanwhile, The Controller looks like a good candidate for the primary villain.

Robert Redford will play the “head of SHIELD’ in Winter Soldier.

The Avengers sequel will begin filming in early 2014, in the United Kingdom.

Will Arnett will not be playing Casey, but he will be in the new Ninja Turtles film.

 

General Film

Clint Eastwood may be eyeing the Jersey Boys adaptation as his next project.

Richard Linklater could be directing Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in the recently revived A Walk in the Woods’ adaptation.

Vin Diesel feels that the seventh Fast film will be shooting sooner than everybody anticipated, including director Justin Lin, who has opted out and can now pursue other badass action films outside of the Fast universe.

Tim Burton, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz will finally bring to the big screen the story of Margaret and Walter Keane, which has been in development for years.

QED International is looking to follow through with their initial one million dollar investment on Fury by courting Brad Pitt for the lead.

Kenneth Branagh is eyeing three potential female leads for Cinderella, and one Game of Thrones actor for a male lead.

William H. Macy already had his wife Felicity Huffman as a star in his directorial debut, Rudderless, but now he also has Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez and Anton Yelchin.

Their collaboration on The Hobbit must have been a good one, as Guillermo del Toro has cast Benedict Cumberbatch in Crimson Peak.

Finding Dory has been announced as the sequel to Finding Nemo, and it will hit theaters in 2015.

Danny Boyle wants to clarify that the Trainspotting sequel will be an original film, less than an adaptation of the source’s follow-up novel, ‘Porno’.

In two weeks Joseph Koninski will be receiving the draft to the Tron sequel, and he is very excited.

And last, but certainly not least? Jurassic Park 4 will feature a new dinosaur.

Television

After a ratings high, HBO has once again renewed Game of Thrones. It also marked a new high for television’s most pirated episode ever.

Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio are partnering up to bring the life of Mikhail Gorbachev to HBO.

Martin Scorsese, Miramax and GK Films plan to use the television format to exploit its inherent allowing of more ‘time and creative freedom’ to bring us a television series based on Gangs of New York.

Ryan Murphy has another show he’s shopping around, called Open.

Adult Swim is now tackling 80s detective shows, with Hole to Hole.

Leno will finally leave late-night, beginning in early 2014. Jimmy Fallon, naturally, will be his replacement. But will The Roots follow?

Clark Gregg spoke a little about Coulson’s appearing in the SHIELD show, and his resurrection of sorts.

Pee Wee is heading to ABC to voice the White Rabbit in their new Once Upon A Time spinoff.

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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.