Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 8/2/13

By August 2, 2013
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Time Lords, Star Wars and DC

Doctor Who fans can argue all they want about who the next Doctor will be, but come Sunday, we will probably have an answer.

On July 27 at 2:20am, word came down from Europe that John Williams is officially doing Episode VII’s score.

Barry Allen will be introduced as a side character in this next season of Arrow, with hopes to spin-off into a Flash television series.

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Film

The powder keg of emotion that is Ben Foster is in final talks for the role of Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ biopic, scripted by Trainspotting’s John Hodge.

James McAvoy has beat out Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell for the role of Victor Von Frankenstein in the Paul McGuigan-directed, Max Landis-penned and Daniel Radcliffe  co-starring Frankenstein.

Christian Bale has been offered the lead role in Act of God which, if he chooses to accept, will reunite him with his Velvet Goldmine and I’m Not There director Todd Haynes.

Wes Bentley will take the last supporting role, a “meaty” one, in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Abigail Breslin will be playing the titular Maggie alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Henry Hobson-directed film Maggie (I know right?) based on John Scott 3’s Black Listed script.

David Yates, the man who gave you the last four Harry Potter films, may be directing the new Scarface.

Harvey Weinstein and the people that still talk to him at Disney are teaming up to bring the massively popular ‘Artemis Fowl’ books to screen with Order of the Phoenix’s Michael Goldenberg on writing duties.

It’s a reunion of sorts at the Butterfly Effect camp. The original 2004 film’s producers and writer are teaming up again to remake their original. No lead or director has yet been announced.

Zhang Yimou, who directed Hero and House of Flying Daggers, will be directing Josh Brolin in Quasimodo.

I Love You Phillip Morris directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have found their writers for their John McAfee film, and they are Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote The Man On the Moon and Ed Wood.

The writers of Ghost Protocol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on board, alongside Eddie Murphy, to write the next Beverly Hills Cop film, which is totally a thing.

Chris Evans will be making his directorial debut with 1:30 Train, which will also see him star.

The Current War, which will chronicle a very stressful time in Thomas Edison’s life, is being fast tracked by producers Timur Bekmambetov and the Weinsteins, and one of the potential directors is Ben Stiller.

Len Wiseman has cited “scheduling conflicts” and has dropped out of directing The Mummy.

James Cameron has hired three screenwriters well versed in science fiction lore to craft the now planned three Avatar sequels.

Alec Baldwin is looking to get in on Cameron Crowe’s new film.

Evil Dead’s Fede Alvarez has a sci-fi movie called ‘Machina‘ being developed.

Elusion‘, which has yet to be published, has been picked up for filming. The novel, the first of a planned two-parter, will see two teenagers discovering that their friend’s video game is far more sinister than they originally thought.

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 Television

NBC has announced another four limited series, with the first being based on the life of Hilary Clinton, with others being a remake of Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King’s “Tommyknockers,” and the last (for now) from Mark Burnett, tentatively titled “Plymouth.”

ABC has landed a drama that will center on a family trapped inside a constant time travelling adventure, called Travelers.

Paul Giamatti and FX are getting into the Civil War business with their untitled John Brown project, which is based off of the historical recounting in “Midnight Rising.”

The Longest Date” has received a pilot order that will be overseen by alum from both Sex and the City and New Girl.

Martin Henderson will star in Sundance’s second original scripted series, The Red Road.

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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.