Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/2/14

By May 2, 2014
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Film

Disney has revealed (finally) the full primary cast for J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII.

Steven Spielberg will be reuniting with his E.T. writer Melissa Mathison on an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, ‘The BFG’.

Paul Feig’s Melissa McCarthy/Jason Statham vehicle Spy has added Homeland’s Morena Baccarin, as well as the lovely (amazing) Allison Janney to its cast.

Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is in talks to reteam with the actor on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed adaptation.

O Brother Where Art Thou’s Tim Blake Nelson is in final talks to play Harvey Elder (Mole Man) in the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot.

True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of Tim Reiss’ Pulitzer Prize winner ‘The Black Count’ which tells the story of Alexandre Dumas’ own father.

Screenwriter Danny Strong will be making his directorial debut with a J.D. Salinger biopic based on Kenneth Slawenski’s ‘J.D. Salinger: A Life’.

The Will Ferrell-starring heist comedy The Yank has been picked up by TriStar.

Johnny Knoxville has been cast in the Jeremy Garelick-directed Sick Day for Universal, which has been described as an adult spin on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast of the Anna Kendrick/Rebel Wilson-starring, Elizabeth Banks-directed Pitch Perfect 2.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 has added SNL’s Maya Rudolph to its voice cast.

Still relatively fresh out of prison, Die Hard’s John Mctiernan has penned a sequel to his own 1999, Pierce Brosnan-starring Thomas Crown Affair, which he claims is “a lot of fun”.

The Great Gatsby’s Baz Luhrmann and writer Kelly Marcel have secured the rights to “all musical components” relating to the late Elvis Presley, and are planning a biopic.

Warner Brothers’ has acquired the rights to the Robert Downey Jr.-produced supernatural horror comedy Cloaked.

Ender’s Game’s Gavin Hood will next direct the Colin Firth-produced drone-centric thriller, Eye In the Sky.

David Goyer has signed on to write the treatment for James Cameron’s Fantastic Voyage remake.

The existence of the Justice League film has finally been confirmed, as well as nine other DC-related projects.

Television and Streaming

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Although not terribly shocking (but still very upsetting), TV’s Craig Ferguson, a.k.a. Late Night’s best kept secret, will be retiring by the end of the calendar year.

Bored to Death’s Jonatham Ames and Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane will be teaming up with Starz for the Patrick Stewart-starring comedy series Blunt Talk.

HBO has chosen to revive both the Lisa Kudrow-starring The Comeback, as well as the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon-produced Project Greenlight.

SyFy has given the GO order on a third Sharknado film, prior to the second’s premier.

Fox has cancelled the Karl Urban-starring Almost Human.

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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.