Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 9/6/13

By September 6, 2013
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Comics

Yep, it was him all along… Bradley Cooper will be voicing Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Film

Easily my favorite overall news of the week, Jason Reitman is prepping an adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s ‘Men, Women & Children’ and is looking at Rosemarie DeWitt, Cameron Diaz and Adam Sandler for starring roles.

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have officially been cast in the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ adaptation.

Star Wars rumor aside, Benedict Cumberbatch is definitely in negotiations to star in James Gray’s adaptation of ‘The Lost City of Z’.

In what could possibly be the coolest casting news of the week, Kurt Russell is in negotiations for a role in Fast and Furious 7.

Whoa, guys! Joel Edgerton is in talks to replace Johnny Depp as the star of that long-in-development ‘Shantaram’ adaptation.

Barry Levinson and Bill Murray are teaming up for the “lunacy, heartbreak and hope”-filled Rock the Kasbah, which will see Murray as a down-on-his-luck music manager in the Middle East.

David Fincher is eyeing both Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris for roles in Gone Girl, amongst others.

Dane Dehaan has been cast as James Dean in the amazingly talented Anton Corbijn’s film, Life.

Kathleen Turner has been added to the cast of the upcoming Dumb and Dumber To, although her role is being kept under wraps for the moment.

Jared Harris is joining joining both former collaborator Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as well as the new Poltergiest remake.

Another Mad Men veteran, Christina Hendricks, will star in an adaptation of ‘Dark Places,’ which will see her playing the mother of Charlize Theron.

Bill Condon and Ian McKellen are teaming up for A Slight Trick of the Mind, which will see the latter playing a retired Sherlock Holmes.

McG and Dwayne Johnson are both in negotiations to bring TV’s The Fall Guy to the big screen, as director and star, respectively (obviously).

Thor: The Dark World and regular Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor is in talks to helm the next installment of the Terminator franchise.

Looking to reignite the heat after his debut, Blue Valentine, director Derek Cianfrance will next be directing a feature adaptation of the best-selling ‘The Light Between Oceans.’

Kevin Pollak will be directing his first feature this year, a documentary titled Misery Loves Comedy, which will look at the world of stand-up comedy.

In need of a “different perspective”, Oscar-winner Bob Peterson has been removed as the director of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. The search for a new director is underway.

Robin Hardy, who gave us the original Wicker Man (and apparently its sequel The Wicker Tree) is looking to complete the cycle with a third installment that would focus on the Gods, where the previous two bits only focused on the offerings.

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Television

WGN America has greenlit a 13 episode drama titled Manhattan, which will look into the personal and professional lives of the scientists who took part in the Manhattan Project.

Christopher Egan will star in SyFy’s new show Dominion, which is based on the 2010 Paul Bettany-starrer Legion.

Elizabeth Hurley will be starring in the pilot for The Royals on E!.

LeBron James is being included in the development of a half hour comedy series for Starz.

After getting the renewal that will make it the longest running HBO show yet, True Blood will also be making its next season the last.

Jodie Foster will be reuniting with former collaborators Netflix and David Fincher to direct an episode for the upcoming season of House of Cards.

Alec Baldwin has officially joined MSNBC’s lineup for Up Late w/Alec Baldwin, which will premier in October.

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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.