Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 7/5/13

By July 5, 2013

Comics On Film

Did Stan Lee just casually confirm a Black Panther project was in the works? Yes, yes he did…

Christian Bale has voiced his opinions on whether he’ll be returning as Batman should Justice League actually happen and it is a resounding ‘no’, as we all expected.

“The Following” star Adan Canto confirmed, via Twitter, that he should be appearing as Sunspot in Days of Future Past.

James O’Barr, creator of “The Crow,” has joined the production of the new reboot and will serve as a consultant.


Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in Bad Santa helmer Terry Zwigoff’s Lost Melody, a darkly comic film about a man who falls in love with a prostitute.

Boardwalk Empire’s Peter McRobbie and Veep’s Timothy Simons have joined the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice adaptation, which was already pretty ridiculously good to start…

Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden have joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next, as yet untitled, film alongside Colin Firth and Emma Stone.

Tim Burton has upped the awesome for his upcoming Big Eyes by casting Terrence Stamp, who will join already cast Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston and Jason Schwartzman.

Brendan Gleeson has joined the Ron Howard-directed and Chris Hemsworth-starring adaptation of “In the Heart of the Sea,” which will see a ship attacked by a whale only to leave the crew stranded for 90 days.

Jeff Bridges’ long-in-development adaptation of “The Giver” has found its Jonas in Brenton Thwaites, who will co-star opposite Bridges in the Philip Noyce-directed adaptation of the classic novel.

Helen Mirren will star in The Hundred-Foot Journey, apparently a France-set tale of family and food.

Scott Pilgrim’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead is sticking to indies, as she’s just been cast in both her husband’s Faults as well as Chris Messina’s untitled directorial debut.

Walter, another new indie film, has just added William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen to its cast who’ll be dealing with Andrew J. West’s title character who believes he is the son of God.

Boardwalk Empire’s adorable Charlie Cox and his Endgame co-star Ramola Garai are set to star in the Cold War-set Legacy.

Rosemarie DeWitt is in final talks to star alongside Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger about the late, disgraced journalist Gary Webb.

Michael Pena will play a priest in The Vatican Tapes, a thriller that will see co-star Olivia Dudley as a young woman who causes death and destruction wherever she goes.

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are set to reunite on the William Monahan-penned “American Desperado” adaptation as director and star, respectively.

Steven Spielberg has beat out Robert Redford for the rights to ‘The Grapes of Wrath‘ and is now planning a new adaptation of the classic novel.

Midnight Meat Train’s Jeff Buhler has been hired to write a Jacob’s Ladder remake for LD Entertainment. No director has been announced.

The Fire Sermon,” a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel (and the first of a planned three), has been optioned by Dreamworks to get the big screen treatment.


Ladies beware! Chile’s Pedro Pascal has been confirmed for the role of the Red Viper on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Among uncertainty as to just how exactly it should be formatted, Vince Gilligan assured us all that the Saul Goodman-centric Breaking Bad spinoff is moving “full speed ahaead.”

Mark Burnett is bringing The Bible to NBC. Well, a sequel to History’s ridiculously successful miniseries, that is… titled A.D: Beyond the Bible.

Roseanne is once again trying to get something off the ground at NBC. This time she’ll be using that new-fangled 10/90 model, which is related to development with an eye towards definite syndication.

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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.