Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 6/28/13

By June 28, 2013

Comics On Film

In a week where we get a ridiculously spoilerific and insanely detailed look at what may very well be the beginning of the Doctor Strange film, we have also learned that Marvel plans for the hero to be its new ‘hub’ character that will anchor the Universe from Phase 3 onward.

Confirming years of speculation that he is in fact the most badass actor around, William Fichtner has let us, his lessers, know that he will in fact be playing Shredder in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.

Having polished off his resume with comic heavies in Kick-Ass and the Green Lantern, Zack Snyder is apparently seeking out Mark Strong for the role of Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel which may still be shooting next year.

Further damning Days of Future Past in my eyes, Bryan Singer has added another cast member, Australian Josh Helman, in an undisclosed role.

Marvel wants to meet with Vin Diesel… about what, we don’t know – despite his claims that we “probably know better” than him.

Not news so much as it is sad…no, Armie Hammer has not been approached for ANT-MAN. Whatever. I’m just a little upset that he supposedly has no idea who Edgar Wright even is… That’s it, I’m done.

Film Proper

Although far from a sure thing, Terminator 5 may have a co-star in Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson himself, who apparently is having a version of the script tailored to him specifically.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has another project for us: This time it’s been announced he will star in Maggie, which would have teamed him with Chloe Mortez if she hadn’t dropped out recently. She has yet to be replaced, which raises the question…can she ever really be?

Recently in a dimly lit editing room somewhere, putting the final touches on Her, Spike Jonze decided that Samantha Morton was just not what “the character/movie needed” and has since replaced her with Scarlett Johansson.

That other Affleck… Casey, some call him…casually dropped that he will be appearing in Chris Nolan’s already star-studded Interstellar.

Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined Child 44, which had already cast Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace .

I can see a possible scenario that would lead to Liam Neeson starring in Taken 3, and it’s called 20 million dollars – the amount he’s been offered to reprise his role from the first two.

The insanely underappreciated and amazing Toby Kebbell, as well as Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston, have both auditioned to play Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein. Neither is a supposed front-runner, but I felt it was worthy of note.

Moving on and bouncing right back after Sandra Bullock passed on Annie, Columbia Pictures has instead signed Cameron Diaz to take her place as Miss Hannigan.

Julianne Moore may be joining her fellow Boogie Nights and Magnolia co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman in jumping on the Hunger Games train, as the studio is eyeing her for the role of Alma Coin in future sequels.

Roland Emmerich is downsizing for once, although apparently against his will. His planned two Independence Day sequels will now just be one…for now, if it can even get off the ground. However, if it does, both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum can be expected to return.

‘Mean Business On North Ganson Street,’ an upcoming crime novel, already has had its rights purchased and is being tailored to bring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx back together.

Warner Brothers is going loopy for LEGOs, as they have just hired the brothers Hageman to take their Ninjago Lego series and refit it for a feature film.

The reformed Anne Rice has sold the film rights to her book ‘Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt’, which, perhaps surprisingly, has nothing to do with Tom Cruise or vampires.

The Weinsteins have brought Wild Hogs’ Brad Copeland onboard their Knight Rider reboot as a writer.

Alrighty folks! Sony is in final negotiations to secure the rights for a Captain Planet film.

Proving he can’t do everything, James Franco has split from his ‘Garden of Last Days’ adaptation two weeks before the film was set to go to camera, and after one sixth of the budget had already been spent.


Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore has been tapped by Starz to adapt the ‘Outlander’ series of novels for the small screen.

I realize that I am very much in the minority when I say Elementary is better than Sherlock, but Rhys Ifans may lend my argument even more credence, as he will be appearing next season as Mycroft. Watch out Gatiss…

Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers, which recently cast Justin Theroux, has another cast member in Amy Brenneman, who will play Theroux’s wife.

Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot Open has just cast Scott Speedman as one of its leads.

After not being able “to put the scripts down”, Maggie Gyllenhaal has been cast in Sundance’s The Honourable Woman, which will be co-produced by BBC Worldwide.

Paul Giamatti will be visiting the set of Downton Abbey and staying for a few days while he films his role as Cora’s playboy brother.

FX is really trying hard to become cable’s prestige network, so news that they are looking to make a Last of the Mohicans limited series really shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise.

Any soap opera fans on here? Just in case there are, OWN has revived All My Children and One Life To Live and will be airing them both for ten weeks later this year.

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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.