Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 6/6/14

By June 6, 2014
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Film

With once potential Ant-Man director Ruben Fleischer looking to direct Ghostbusters 3, Marvel has now cast its gaze toward Neighbors’ Nicholas Stoller.

With yet another standalone film gaining a director in Fantastic Four‘s Josh Trank, Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie and 12 Years A Slave’s Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o have been cast in J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII.

Josh Brolin has been cast as Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the entire rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Day the Earth Stood Still’s Scott Derrickson has been tapped by Marvel to direct their Doctor Strange film.

Tom Hardy is in “serious talks” to reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

With Antoine Fuqua set to handle directing duties on the Magnificent Seven remake, an offer has now made its way to frequent collaborator Denzel Washington for a lead role.

Warrior’s Gavin O’Connor has been tapped to direct the revenge film Massacre In the Himalayas, which will be based on real events.

Bill Condon has been hired by Disney to bring to life their new live-action Beauty and the Beast film.

Naomi Watts has signed on to appear in the upcoming three Divergent films, based on the books’ ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Allegiant’ titles.

The Adjustment Bureau’s George Nolfi has been hired to direct the forthcoming 1964-set Bruce Lee project, Birth of the Dragon.

Edward Snowden, already the subject of one upcoming film, will again be the source of a movie with the upcoming, Oliver Stone-directed thriller adapted from ‘The Snowden Files’.

The Kings of Summer’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in talks to take directing duties on the Metal Gear Solid feature.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman have both joined the cast of the Roland Emmerich-directed Stonewall.

Television and Streaming

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Darren Aronofsky will be producing an HBO miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s ‘MaddAddam’ trilogy, with an eye towards directing as well.

AMC is adapting the oil-centered, multi-generational family saga chronicled in Philipp Meyer’s ‘The Son’.

Robert Downey Jr. and Justified writer Gary Lennon are heading to Showtime for a 1983, Venice Beach-set rehab drama.

History has purchased a four-episode script from Hotel Rwanda’s Keir Pearson that will tell the origins of the Knights Templar.

Watchmen’s Malin Ackerman and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz will be reprising their roles on The Comeback when it returns to HBO.

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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.