Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/23/14

By May 23, 2014
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Film

Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards is set to direct the 2016’s Star Wars standalone release, which if a recent leak proves true, puts him helming the Boba Fett film.

With the Coen brothers having lined up their next directorial effort with Hail Caesar, the duo has also agreed to write the screenplay for the upcoming (and still untitled) Tom Hanks-starring, Steven Spielberg-directed Cold War thriller announced last week.

Alfonso Cuaron has been offered to direct the prequel to The Shining, while he is also in ‘deep in talks’ to return the the Harry Potter universe, where he may take on directing duties for the upcoming first leg of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Terry Gilliam’s Man Who Killed Don Quixote is officially set to begin filming (again) in early 2015.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are teaming up with Richard Linklater to star in the bonkers-as-all-hell sounding Larry’s Kidney.

Adam Scott has joined the cast of the Scott Cooper-directed, Johnny Depp-starring Black Mass, which has also just replaced Guy Pearce with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald have joined the cast of the Jon M. Chu-directed  Jem and the Holograms film.

Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are teaming up to produce the true tale as reported in Rolling Stone’s ‘The Stoner Arms Dealers’ story, which may also involve Jonah Hill.

Emilia Clarke and Nicholas Hoult are teaming up to play a version of Bonnie and Clyde, based on the book ‘Go Down Together’.

Director Renny Harlin will be teaming up with fellow 90’s action mainstay Jackie Chan for the new actioner Skiptrace, with Fan Bingbing and Seann William Scott.

Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ is coming to theaters, with Oculus director Mike Flanagan on board to direct.

Steven Soderbergh has been confirmed as DP, camera operator and editor on the Greg Jacobs-directed Magic Mike XXL.

Dave Franco has set his first starring role with The Intern’s Handbook, which will see the younger Franco as part of a fraternity of interns who are also assassins.

Skylar Astin and Ben Platt have been cast in Pitch Perfect 2, which will see them reprising their roles of Jesse and Benji, respectively.

Godzilla will be getting a sequel.

Edgar Ramirez has officially signed on to play Bodhi in the new Point Break.

Alluding to DC’s future cinematic universe, the Man of Steel sequel will officially be titles Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Television and Streaming

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In news that should have everyone jumping for joy, Bill Hader has booked a development deal with HBO which will see him creating a show as a starring vehicle for himself.

Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara will be developing Damien, a follow-up series to The Omen for Lifetime that will see the grown Damien as an adult grappling with the reality that he is the Antichrist.

Eli Roth will be producing the 8-part Georgia-set, exorcism-centric series South of Hell for WE tv.

Dave Grohl will be directing another music related project. This one for HBO, and it will be centered on the recording of the Foo Fighter’s eighth album.

Yet another Lifetime tidbit: The network has secured Angela Bassett to direct a Whitney Houston biopic.

Fresh off the recently cancelled Community, Gillian Jacobs has booked a recurring role on the next season of Girls.

Officially, no – Jessica Chastain has no involvement with True Detective’s second season.

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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.