Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/4/14

By April 4, 2014


The rather awesome Toby Kebbell has beat out the other shortlisters for the role of Doctor Doom in the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot, which will reportedly also offer up some Doombots.

Holly Hunter has been added to the roster of supporting players in the Man of Steel sequel.

Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage has rounded out the lead cast for the upcoming Adam Sandler-starrer, Pixels.

The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus has been added to the cast of the John Hillcoat-directed ensemble Triple Nine.

Call it a saving grace or further damnation: Monk’s Tony Shaloub and Jackass star Johnny Knoxville will be lending their respective voices to Splinter and Leonardo in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Steve Brule himself (John C. Reilly) has been added to the Colin Ferrel-starring English-language debut of Dogtooth’s insanely talented Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster.

Ben Stiller, busy guy he is, is circling both a starring role in Alan Ball’s stripper-centric drama I Am Chippendales, as well as directing duties for Edison/Westinghouse throwdown that is The Current War.

Meryl Streep will star as a rock-obsessed, neglectful mother in the Diablo Cody-scripted, Jonathan Demme-directed Ricki and the Flash.

Mel Gibson is in talks to star in Blood Father, and actioner set to be directed by Mesrine’s Jean-Fracois Richet.

Brad Pitt is eyeing a romantic thriller scripted by Eastern Promises’ Steven Knight.

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt have both boarded separate projects from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, the sci-fi Story of Your Life and thriller Sicario, respectively.

Will Ferrell is now set to star in Match Maker, a tennis-set, based-on-a-true-story type to be directed by Steve Conrad.

Zac Efron will be producing a new adaptation of John Grisham’s ‘The Associate’, which he’s also set to star in.

Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons has joined Johnny Depp in the Scott Cooper-directed Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass.

House of Cards’ Sandrine Holt, Mad Men’s Michael Gladis, and G.I. Joe’s Byung-hun Lee have all joined the cast of Terminator: Genesis alongside The Hunger GamesDayo Okeniyi.

John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins, and Jim Belushi have been added to the cast of the Patrick Wilson/Ian McShane-starring The Man On Carrion Road.

Scott Caan is in talks to replace the recently-vacated Shia LeBeouf in the Barry Levinson-directed Rock the Kasbah.

Monster Trucks has added Danny Glover and Frank Whaley to its cast.

MGM is developing a new Pink Panther feature that will be part animated/part live action, and all Pather-centric.

Everest’s Sheldon Turner has taken over writing duties from American Hustle’s Eric Warren Singer on Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell adaptation.

Fox has hired newcomer Jack Stanley to script the sequel to Chronicle, which was written by Max Landis, whose American Ultra has added Topher Grace to its cast.

Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich will someday soon be taking us to the Arctic deep with his purchase of a new spec script.

Television and Streaming


Despite not picking up the (surely, unquestionably amazing) pilot for The Money, Deadwood creator David Milch has extended his overall deal with HBO, which has also inked a deal with Jay Roach and Al Gore’s daughter, Kristin, for the comedy Women In Space, which Gore will write.

Steve Buscemi will soon be taking himself to the streets of New York with Park Bench to hold unscripted conversations with both strangers and celebrities in a new deal with AOL.

Wil Wheaton will be getting 12 episodes this summer on SyFy to talk about anything even half related to nerd culture on The Wil Wheaton Project.

Amazon has picked up six series from their respective pilots, including Chris Carter’s The After and Roman Coppola’s Mozart In the Jungle.

NBC has given the green light to the David Duchovny-starring, Manson Family-centric 13-episode drama, Aquarius.

The Walking Dead has upped three of its featured players to series regulars for the next season.

Fox’s Gotham has added Cory Michael Smith to its sprawling cast as Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler.

The Science Channel and Discovery will be chronicling several hopefuls in their race to land an unmanned (bummer) craft on the moon, as well as the landing itself.

Richard Dreyfuss has been cast in TBS’ Your Family Or Mine comedy pilot.

Martin Sheen will be recollecting the tale that inspired ‘Moby Dick’ as the real-life and aged Old Thomas Nickerson in Animal Planet’s Revenge of the Whale.

Comedy Central has given the green light to the pilot for Duty, which will see an ex-footballer taking up a position at a local police station.

Mandy Moore will be starring in CBS’ single-camera pilot, Good Session.

After his current contract expires in 2015, David Letterman will retire from Late Night as the host with the most years under his belt on the talk show circut.

Continuing his very visible and steady overthrow of Music and Culture, Pharrell Williams will be replacing CeeLo Green on NBC’s The Voice.

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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.