Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/17/13

By May 17, 2013
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Film

Martin Short is making a return to the big screen for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ adaptation. Also newly cast are Jena Malone and How Do You Know castmates Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

Candy Store just got a lot more interesting. Already set to star the legend on rebound that is Robert De Niro and fast up and comer Jason Clarke, the film has now also enlisted the help of everyone’s favorite German, Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks for the Toxic Avenger reboot, although it is in no way for the lead. The original’s director, Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, will be on board to co-produce and Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Daniel C. Mitchell wrote the script.

It looks like Will Smith is on board to star in the Wild Bunch remake. The proposed story for the film will bump it out of 1913 and take it to the present day and sounds more like a generic actioner, instead of a Western, but who knows?

Bradley Cooper is heading back to the kitchen for Chef, which will be directed by John Wells. The project has been bouncing around for some time now and it’s studio, Sony, is looking to get Jon Favreau’s newly announced indie by the same name (by Fairview Entertainment) a different one by issuing a cease and desist order.

Chris Pine is teaming up once again with the incredibly talented Joe Carnahan for Stretch, which will see Patrick Wilson as a limo driver escorting a mysterious billionaire. It was not revealed who Pine would be playing.

Samuel L. Jackson looks like he might be taking the role of Hailee Steinfeld’s mentor in the assassin film Barely Lethal.

Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner will be joining Bobby Cannavale and Al Pacino in Imagine.

Shameless star Jeremy Allen White will be foraying into found footage territory for his first feature starring role in Dreamworks’ Glimmer.

Gerard Butler may be starring in The Raven, which will see him in possession of powers and wanted by both the government and the military.

Garrett Hedlund has replaced Jason Clarke in William Monahan’s Mojave.

Zac Efron and Amber Heard will be top billing Eran Creevy’s Autobahn.

Christine Baranski is in talks to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods.

Zach Braff’s Kickstarter experiment panned out really well, unlike Melissa Joan Hart’s, and his film has now cast Anna Kendrick, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad.

Benderspink and Broken Road are planning to do something with their recent acquisition of the film rights to restaurant chain Medieval Times. Whatever it is I’m sure you and I will probably be better off avoiding it if it gets released.

Fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping will be taking over the directing duties for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2.

Mad Men’s John Slattery has added Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Richard Jenkins and Christina Hendricks to his feature directing debut, God’s Pocket, which he also co-wrote.

Scarlett Johansson will soon be making her directing debut by adapting Truman Capote’s own first go-around as author, the novel ‘Summer Crossing’.

Drew Goddard may be writing and directing an adaptation of the e-book ‘Martian’ as his next project.

Drew Pearce, who co-wrote Iron Man 3 with Shane Black has been tapped to handle writing duties for Mission Impossible 5, although there is still no director in place.

With Robert Downey  Jr. claiming his desire to “renegotiate” with Marvel causing a whole lot of wild speculation and ruckus, his Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo is fairly confident that the whole team is safe, except maybe Jeremy Renner.

Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are really hoping that things do line up for their previously teased Independence Day sequel which, if allowed to happen, would seek to jumpstart a mythology and build to even more sequels.

Brad Bird has lots of ideas for The Incredibles 2, should it ever come to be, and he also offered up a good reason for turning down Star Wars.

Hasbro has officially pursued legal action against Warner Brothers for their planned Dungeons and Dragons film.

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter let slip while talking with Pitchfork that the electronic duo has met with Brian De Palma. What was discussed was not revealed, if in fact it was anything. Speculation may run wild as De Palma’s Phantom of Paradise is an acknowledged influence on the group.

Television

Hopefully he’ll be popping up many times in the near future after he completes The Skeleton Twins, because Bill Hader is leaving SNL.

The news is now official, and that news is that Jimmy Fallon’s late night slot will be taken over by fellow SNL cast member Seth Meyers.

Matthew Perry and Bill Cobbs are out of a job yet again, as NBC pulled the plug on Go On at the close of the first season.

Despite not being picked up this go-around, the CW is still very much planning on having their Wonder Woman show, Amazon, go to series as soon as it is re-worked.

Matt Dillon has been cast in M. Night Shyamalan’s new show, a “mind-bending thriller” that is based on the book ‘Wayward Pines’. The show is set to premier in 2014 on Fox.

CBS has given the green light to some heavy hitters, including David E. Kelly, Chuck Lorre and Jerry Bruckheimer. This, despite their not picking up the pilot for Beverly Hills Cop, which will continue to be shopped around town to other networks.

Looking to provide TV viewers a home for “kick-ass entertainment” Robert Rodriguez looks to be keeping with that promise by adapting his own From Dusk Till Dawn into his new network’s slate as its first foray into programming.  In addition, he has another project in the works that will be developed by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

It’s official! Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley has been picked up for series by HBO.

HBO has picked up the rights to air a new documentary by Alec Baldwin and James Toback’s Seduced and Abandoned, which will center on the two, who a year ago tried to secure financing for a project, and expose the hurdles filmmakers must go through to get funding.

James Gandolfini is set to star in Criminal Justice for HBO, which will be adapted from the BBC show of the same name, by writers of both The Wire and All the President’s Men. It is being called a New York City crime drama.”

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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.