Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/30/14

By May 30, 2014
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Film

Marvel and Edgar Wright have unfortunately parted ways, as the acclaimed director will no longer be presiding over the studio’s Ant-Man film, news which made us all cry. Luckily that may free the filmmaker up for his long-gestating, Johnny Depp-starring Kolchak feature, if the actor isn’t too busy with Pirates or his potential Houdini film.

Quentin Tarantino is planning on bringing his live read cast to camera for a November shoot of a revised Hateful Eight.

MGM and Warner Brothers are teaming up on a three-feature reboot of Stargate.

With John Boyega having joined the cast of Episode VII, Stephan James has replaced him in the Jesse Owens biopic Race.

Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party has added Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, and Workaholics’ Anders Holm to its voice cast.

The Anthony Mackie-as-Jimi Hendrix film, Jimi has found a new director in Ol Parker, and is seeking out Noomi Rapace to play and old flame of Hendrix.

Once set to be directed by the late Tony Scott, Antoine Fuqua is now attached to direct Fox’s David Guggenheim-penned Narco Sub.

Eastern Promises and Locke writer Steven Knight has been hired to write the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed World War Z sequel.

Robert De Niro has been cast opposite Robert Pattinson in the heist thriller Idol’s Eye.

Morgan Spurlock will soon attempt to ‘demystify’ the economy with a planned slate of 20 short films by some Hollywood elite.

Cliffhanger is getting rebooted, courtesy of the Fast series’ producer Neal Moritz.

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are returning as the leads for a sequel to 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Alfonso Cuaron will not be directing the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hot property writer Carter Blanchard has been hired by Fox to revise the current draft of Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel.

Television and Streaming

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In a story filled with all sorts of awesome, LeVar Burton has more than surpassed his Kickstarter goal of one million dollars (in a mere day!) to revive Reading Rainbow and bring it to the internet for every child, everywhere.

Boardwalk Empire and Stardust star Charlie Cox has landed the lead role of Matt Murdock on Netflix’s Daredevil series, which also found a new showrunner in Spartacus’ Steven S. DeKnight.

HBO is getting back in bed with the creative team from Eastbound and Down, and has given the green light to 18 episodes of the Danny McBride-starring Vice Principles.

Wet Hot American Summer may be a TV series on Netflix with the original cast playing younger, high school-aged versions of their characters from the film.

Paramount TV’s first look deal with Anonymous Content has already yielded the serial killer-centric 1800s-set mystery The Alienist.

Hulu is in early talks to potentially bring us that sixth season of Community we all promised ourselves.

Adult Swim is moving ahead with its animation/live action hybrid pilot for Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!, which has several Emmy winners onboard, as well as Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk.

Justified’s Graham Yost has teamed with WGN America to bring us the story of a family living in Paris on the eve of WWII, based on Alex Kershaw’s ‘Avenue of Spies’.

Kathy Najimy has landed the role of the Evil Queen in Disney’s upcoming television movie Descendants.

After some lobbying, Marilyn Manson has been cast as an incarcerated white supremacist in Sons of Anarchy next 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.