Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 8/16/13

By August 16, 2013
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Comics and Star Wars

Vin Diesel is at it again with the teasers, this time offering an image of Groot… which might imply he’s being considered for the alien in Guardians?

Three years in the making, it looks like Razor, the story of a female assassin some of us grew up with in the 90s, is finally making it to the big screen.

Absent any news whatsoever from D23 all we have is that Ian McDiarmid, better known as Emperor Palpatine, is now the latest to be rumored returning in Episode VII.

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Film

Jeff Nichols has penciled in Kirsten Dunst to appear in his upcoming science fiction Midnight Special alongside Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon.

The talented Kate Winslet will star alongside the exceptional Judy Davis in The Dressmaker as a daughter and mother reunited in their native Australia after the former was accused of murder years prior.

Mel Gibson is now officially confirmed for Expendables 3, as is Antonio Banderas. A welcome surprise.

Joel Edgerton, currently climbing that Hollywood ladder to the A-list, has been offered to play Ramses, opposite Christian Bale’s Moses, in Ridley Scott’s Exodus.

Pete Docter’s new Pixar film, Inside Out, has announced its primary cast which will include Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith, while another Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, also released its cast list. The latter will include the talents of Judy Greer, Bill Hader (again!), Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand and Lucas Neff.

Josh Boone’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars‘ adaptation has snagged “True Blood” actor Sam Trammell to play Shailene Woodley’s character’s father in the upcoming film.

On top of learning this week that Tom Hiddleson can sing, we also had the announcement that he will be voicing a young chap called James who eventually becomes the dreaded Captain Hook, in Disney’s The Pirate Fairy.

Into the Woods has added another cast member to join Mr. Depp and Mrs. Streep, and it is Ellen’s favorite young artist Sophia Grace Brownlee. She will be playing Little Red Riding Hood in the Disney musical.

Kristen Wiig may soon be starring alongside TV On the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe in the New York-based drama Nasty Baby.

Vin Diesel is in the midst of creating a whole new ensemble-centered franchise. The new one in question, Soldiers of the Sun, would have him as part of a team of post-apocalyptic soldiers searching for a long-lost city of gold…also, there are aliens.

Well, it’s a step up? Ed Westwick, fresh off of Gossip Girl, has signed on to play the lead in Kitchen Sink, which will center around “a group of teens who form an unlikely alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on an alien army.”

Darren Aronofsky is eyeing a spy thriller based on the recently published novel ‘Red Sparrow.’

Disney is developing a documentary that will focus on their famed Imagineers.

Now You See Me, the ensemble released earlier this year about bank robbing magicians, is being looked at for sequel treatment.

Lionsgate and the people that brought you Twilight will soon be bringing to us all a feature-length adaptation of the best-selling ‘Life After Life‘.

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Television

Rhys Ifans has joined Showtime’s Trending Down pilot, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn.

Josh Gad is not content to just be working with Larry Charles on that Sam Kinison biopic, has been cast opposite Billy Crystal in FX’s The Comedians pilot.

Up-and-comers John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom), Zoe Kazan (Exploding Girl), and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) have joined the established Richard Jenkins and Frances McDormand in HBO’s Olive Kitteridge miniseries.

Lindsay Lohan will be appearing on Eastbound & Down.

David Milch is trying his hand at another series on HBO. This time it’s called The Money, and he’s cast In Bruges’ Brendan Gleeson in the pilot.

Lifetime has cast Gina Gershon and a few others in their upcoming film, House of Versace.

Known as both a writer and actor, Julie Delpy will keep the title of the former and not the latter for the HBO-produced, Cate Blanchett-starring Cancer Vixen.

Seth Grahame-Smith is dipping his toes into television now with a pilot order at NBC for the new futurist prison series Paradise.

Tiny Fey and Co. are back in business with NBC, where they are currently looking to produce another female-centered workplace comedy.

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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.