Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 7/26/13

By July 26, 2013
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Comics

In a very odd move for so many reasons, DC has decided that a Batman/Superman team up is what was needed for both the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel and the DC Universe as a whole, and it will be hitting screens in 2015. They have also more wisely greenlit a Flash film which has a tentative release in 2016.

Peter Serafinowicz, arguably most famous for his work with Edgar Wright, will be in Guardians as a Nova Corps. officer, alongside John C. Reilly.

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Film

Adrien Brody will be starring alongside the incredible Brian Blessed in Banking on Mr. Toad, which is a biopic on the titular storybook amphibian’s creator.

Sacha Baron Cohen has, due to creative differences, dropped out of the Freddy Mercury biopic he’s been set to star in for years.

Disney and Rob Marshall have cast their Rapunzel and replaced recent dropout Jake Gyllenhaal with the very much up-and-coming Billy Magnussen for their musical Into the Woods.

The excellent Rosemarie DeWitt has secured the lead in the long-in-the-works Poltergeist remake.

Andrew Garfield will be playing a single father in Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes. (Bahrani was once coined “the new great American director” by the late Roger Ebert.)

Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join Johnny Depp in David Koepp’s Mortdecai.

Rosamund Pike has been cast as Ben Affleck’s wife in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

Danny McBride, slowly shedding his raunchier side, has been cast in Cameron Crowe’s new film which already has Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone appearing.

Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson and Oliver Platt have all been added to the cast of the Jeremy Renner-starring Kill the Messenger.

Dave Franco will see European chaos in Business Trip, which will pair him with Vince Vaughn.

Topher Grace is in talks for a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Stallone is adding more youngsters to his Expendables franchise, with the latest in the form of Twilight’s Kellan Lutz.

Lost’s Titus Welliver has joined the cast of Transformers 4.

Tatum O’Neal has been added to the cast of Peter Boganovich’s latest, although only for a cameo.

Michael B. Jordan is looking to take the lead in the Rocky spin-off Creed, which will see a relative of the titular character (originally seen in Rocky) following his own journey in the sport of boxing.

Paul Greengrass is in final talks to direct Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was once to be helmed by Spielberg. It is set to be produced by Scott Rudin.

James Merendino is making headway with his SLC Punk sequel, Punk’s Dead, which if it happens hopes to retain most of the original cast.

A double-helping of Jean-Claude Van Damme remakes are in the works with Relativity bringing on V for Vendetta’s James McTeigue for Bloodsport and Radar Pictures bringing on Stephen Fung to helm Kickboxer.

Because they wanna keep it even amongst the sexes, the producers of Fifty Shades of Grey are now also producing a Gran Turismo film adaptation.

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Television

Timur Bekmambetov will be bringing the apocalypse to the beloved land of Oz, courtesy of SyFy, who are also planning a 12 Monkeys series with some of the original film’s producers.

The original James Rhodes, Terrence Howard, has joined the Fox limited series Wayward Pines.

 IFC’s Maron has been renewed for a second season.

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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.