Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/9/14

By May 9, 2014
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Film

Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell have signed on to star in the hitman comedy Mr. Right, penned by Chronicle’s Max Landis.

Awesome. Liam Neeson has been cast as the title Monster in the fantasy adaptation of ‘A Monster Calls’, which is set to be directed by The Orphanage’s Juan Antonio Bayona.

Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone have joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next film.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are looking to reunite onscreen for an upcoming film that was penned by Jolie.

Doctor Who’s eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, has joined the cast of the Emilia Clarke/Jason Clarke-starring Terminator: Genesis.

John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have joined the cast of Transformers: Age of Extinction as the voices of two Autobots.

Wild Bunch has unveiled plans to make a sequel to Spring Breakers, written by Trainspotting’s Irvine Welsh, as well as a new feature from both Enter the Void’s Gaspar Noe and Total Recall’s Paul Verhoeven.

Christopher Walken has signed to play Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman’s father in the Bateman-directed The Family Fang.

Richard Jenkins and Anna Kendrick will be joining Away We Go’s John Krasinski in his second directorial effort, The Hollars.

Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson will now be starring in a remake of Private Benjamin.

Chris Hemsworth has reportedly been offered a role in the reported new Lethal Weapon film, which will be directed by Justin Lin, and reportedly has some involvement from Shane Black.

After sharing in one televised canon with Michael B. Jordan, and another with Kate Mara, The Wire/House of CardsReg E. Cathey will now be playing the father of both young actors in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four.

Laura Linney will play caretaker Mrs. Munro to Ian McKellan’s elder Sherlock Holmes in the Bill Condon-directed A Slight Trick of the Mind.

The Power Rangers will soon be making a third theatrical film, although which incarnation was not revealed.

Gary Sanchez Productions’ Chris Henchy is working on a script for a new, animated, feature-length Flintstones film.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have brought Jay Roach on board the baseball/sex-centered The Trade, which the two stars are producing.

Television’s Green Acres will soon be hitting the big screen and Broadway, courtesy of a new deal.

Leigh Whannell, writer of the first two Insidious films, will be directing the third ‘chapter’.

Star of the original SLC Punk, Matthew Lillard will not be returning for the upcoming sequel.

The Fault In Our Stars’ Nat Wolff will be re-teaming with its director, Josh Boone, on Stephen King’s The Stand.

Gerard Butler has dropped out of the Point Break remake, where he was set to play the Bodhi role.

Mama’s Andy Muschetti has dropped out of directing duties for Universal’s Mummy reboot.

Television and Streaming

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Showtime has teamed with Spike Lee to adapt his 1985 film She’s Gotta Have It into a half hour series.

TNT has greenlit the Ed Burns/Steven Spielberg police drama Public Morals for a 10-episode order.

Up In the Air‘s writer Sheldon Turner is partnering with Sony for a limited series adapted from Walter Kirn’s ‘Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystey, and a Masquerade‘.

Pushing Daisies star and Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth will be playing the role of Maleficent in the Disney Channel’s production of Descendants.

TBS has picked up the Rashida Jones-starring, Steve Carrell-produced Angie Tribeca (formerly Tribeca) to series.

The Wire’s Seth Gilliam will soon be joining fellow Wire vets Chad Coleman and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. on The Walking Dead as a regular cast member.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s (and all-around Ambassador of Awesome) Terry Crews has signed on to be the new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Homeland’s Damian Lewis has agreed to play Henry VIII in Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall’ miniseries adaptation.

The CW has given series orders to both The Flash and iZombie, as well as a couple others.

Girls’ Jon Glaser has received a green light on the pilot for Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter at Adult Swim.

Billy Eichner has received an Amy Poehler-produced pilot order at USA for him and his collaborator Julie Klausner to star in.

Mark Wahlberg is throwing his considerable bulk in with A&E, where he’ll produce the craft beer-centered reality pilot The Big Brew Theory.

Community has been cancelled, but it’s likely not the last we’ll see if it.

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