Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/31/13

By May 31, 2013
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Marvel and Transformers

Glenn Close will be heading Guardians‘ Nova Corps, with John C. Reilly also being approached, although not confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy. If hired, he would by playing Rhomann Dey.

Saoirse Ronan is in contention to play Scarlet Witch in The Avengers 2, as tensions continue to rise over the mere appearance of the character in what looks like both a Fox film as well as a Disney one.

Coen brothers’ regular composer Carter Burwell has exited Thor: The Dark World, which would have marked his first foray into superhero films.

T.J. Miller will play best bud to Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4. He’ll be joining the previously-cast Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Stanley Tucci.

Film


Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston are the latest additions to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” adaptation.

Due to scheduling problems with Mission Impossible 5, Tom Cruise has had to drop out of Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and although not a done deal, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill might be replacing him in U.N.C.L.E.’s lead role of Napoleon Solo.

Tom Hardy has an offer to star in Rocketman, which if he chooses to accept, would have him starring as Elton John in the “biographical musical fantasy.”

Forest Whitaker is in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in Paul Greengrass’ biopic Memphis.

Melissa Leo is in negotiations to team up with Denzel Washington in the Antoine Fuqua-directed Equalizer adaptation.

Eric Roberts will be joining the 500-person strong centipede in Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), although it’s unclear as to whether he’ll be wearing the stitches or applying them.

Michael C. Hall will be chased down by a vengeful father in a “Cold In July” adaptation set to be directed by Jim Mickle.

Oscar nominated Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have secured the job of directing the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, and will start shooting by early next year at the latest. Meanwhile, Pirates’ own star Johnny Depp has dropped from Barry Levinson’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass due to salary issues.

With Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Shane Black and even Morten Tyldum joining the list of potential Bond 24 directors, in addition to the already approached Christopher Nolan, we are also now getting news that Sam Mendes is reconsidering his coming back too…

James Bobin is setting his sights on tackling Alice In Wonderland 2 after he finishes work on the Muppets sequel, The Muppets… Again!

WB and the WWE are stepping into the ring together to bring us an animated Flintstones movie that’ll have the titular family in some way interacting with stone-age wrestlers. The WWE have also tapped reality show contestant Zach Lipovsky to direct their own Hornswoggle in the Leprechaun reboot, whose original series starred Warwick Davis.

Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison banner has the rights to adapt 2010’s short film Pixels into a feature, and within a week Chris Columbus should have an offer to direct.

Entourage’s Doug Ellin is rewriting Bad Santa 2 and may direct it as well…

Grumpy Cat will be headlining a decidedly family-oriented franchise, in a vein similar to that of Garfield.

Brett Ratner is producing Seven Wonders, which will traverse the globe and visit all said wonders in an action/adventure extravaganza, presumably.

Television


The magnificent Noah Taylor, fresh off those appearances on Game of Thrones, will be starring in Cinemax pilot Quarry.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/actor Tracey Letts will have a big role in this upcoming Homeland season… I seriously had no idea he acted…

Alec Baldwin will be hosting Friday night’s programming blocks on National Geographic.

FX has greenlit a Tracy Morgan pilot that’ll see him as a war hero-cum-disciplinarian.

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol.

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys.

Dan Harmon will indeed be making that triumphant return to Community everyone thought was just a rumor.

Hannibal has been renewed for a 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.