Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 6/7/13

By June 7, 2013

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Benicio Del Toro is looking to go places with Marvel, as he’s just signed on to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy with a contract option to also appear in future films. As far as who he is playing, we have no idea, although it’s currently rumored to be The Collector. Joining Del Toro will be Dr. Who’s Karen Gillan as the main female villain, and Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, who will be shooting a minor cameo, having previously appeared in Gunn’s last film, Super.

With two popular television series (and counting), and a smattering of films featuring classic fairy tales as either backdrop or basis, and with its very own long-gestating development, it should come as no surprise that Vertigo’s ‘Fables’ may just finally be making it to the big screen. Nikolaj Arcel , who worked on both the original, Swedish, version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and last year’s A Royal Affair, is set to direct with a script being penned by Jeremy Slater.

Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore are bringing ‘Archie Comics‘ to the world of live-action and feature films with a new deal set up at Warner Brothers.

This is a rumor, and really nothing else at this point, but The Sun is reporting that Florence Welch is in negotiations to star in Star Wars Episode VII.

Matt Smith is leaving Dr. Who after 4 years, and although the incredible John Hurt made an appearance in the finale, he doesn’t seem to know who’ll be taking over the role either.

Universal is remaking the 2007 sci-fi anime Vexille with writer Evan Spiliotopoulos handling the script.

 General Film

Well, it’s happening. Sam Mendes is directing Bond 24 and probably 25 as well. Screenwriter John Logan and star Daniel Craig are, and always have been, on board for both. Joining the likely threesome already mentioned, former villain Javier Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz is also in negotiations to play as 24’s female lead.

Amidst speculation from at least one ex-Scientologist that After Earth is in fact a Scientology movie, but not due to it, Will Smith is feeling like “three is enough of anything” and may not be returning for Men In Black 4.

Writer/director Tate Taylor, who gave served up 2011’s The Help, will be taking us to Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’. Based on King’s latest novel, which is due later this month, it will tell the tale of “a college student who moonlights as a carnival worker. There, he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will forever change his life.”

Javier Bardem has likely locked onto two films, A Most Violent Year, which will see him as the good guy, and The Gunman, which will pit him against Sean Penn’s ex-hitman good guy.

Takashi Miike is making his English language debut with The Outsider, which is about a WWII soldier who becomes a member of the Japanese yakuza after the war. That soldier is looking like it’ll be Tom Hardy.

In an interview with USA Today, Henry Cavill confirmed that he is definitely taking Tom Cruise’s place in the Man From U.N.C.L.E. adaptation, which will keep Armie Hammer as a co-star.

K Stew has signed up for two projects.

Richard Linklater is one year away from completing shooting on his project formerly called Growing Up. Now named Boyhood, with 11 out of the planned 12 shooting years in the can, the film tells the story of a boy and his coming of age. Although some have known that the project existed, I’m not terribly sure anyone had an end date in mind. Ethan Hawke, who plays the father, says it should be done in two years time for release.

Chevy Chase is reprising his role as the repairman in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which will star newcomers Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs, with the returning Rob Corddry, Criag Robinson and Clark Duke.

To get back in with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar, it turns out a few months ago Warner Brothers sold off part of their rights to both the Friday the 13th franchise, as well as South Park, to Paramount. Additionally, Clown College graduate and most esteemed character actor Bill Irwin has joined the cast of Interstellar.

Indie project Comet has added both Justin Long and Emmy Rossum to the cast.

Mia Wasikowska is in talks to replace Emma Stone in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

Paul Giamatti is set to play Dr. Eugene Landy in Love & Mercy. Landy was Beach Boys frontrunner Brian Wilson’s therapist for many years. Wilson will be played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack in the film which was scripted by the insanely talented Oren Moverman.

Our man behind Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk, has written and will star in a movie called Girlfriend’s Day, which will see him as a greeting card writer who gets entangled in “a web of murder and deceit as he and rival writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday dubbed Girlfriend’s Day.”

South African-based Triggerfish Animation is working on Sea Monster, which will ideally have the spirit of How To Train Your Dragon and the heart of E.T.

Fans of decency all around will likely find the news of a remake of A Prophet, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, in rather poor taste, but it must be done, apparently…


Damon Lindelof is heading to HBO and he’s taking Justin Theroux along for the ride. The latter will star in the drama pilot, The Leftovers, which will see a community of people stranded on Earth, post-Rapture. Linelof is co-writing with Peter Berg and will serve as executive producer.

Bobby Cannavale, fresh off that performance he handed us on Boardwalk Empire last season, is back in at HBO and once again teaming up with Terrence Winter and Martin Scorsese. This time he will star in a pilot about a record executive in 1977 New York.

After being convinced to write yet another season, Danny McBride and company are once again closing up shop for Eastbound and Down after the series’ fourth season airs later this year.

FX has given the greenlight to put Chozen, produced by Danny McBride, to series on its new FXX channel. In related news, FX has also dropped Russel Brand’s Brand X, but is actively seeking a writer to pen a scripted series based on Brand’s real-life exploits.

Is the world ready for a Latino James Bond? Robert Rodriguez and Roberto Orci think so. The project will air for 13 episodes on the upcoming El Rey channel and will be an actioner with a bit of levity that will center on a soccer player and secret agent of [obviously] Latin heritage.

BBC One will soon enough be airing the Jim Henson Co. produced That Puppet Game Show, which will pit human guests against each other for charity as well as featuring backstage hijinks, similar to those found in the original Muppet Show.

The Stops Along The Way, an unproduced Rod Sterling project, will be brought to television as a limited event series by J.J. Abrams.

Showtime has put an end to The Borgias, which will end its run after the third season.

Conan O’Brien will host Carson On TCM, which will air weekly and provide five interviews a week culled from Johnny Carson’s tenure as host of The Tonight Show.

Steve Agee will play sidekick to Diablo Cody on her new TBS pilot Me Time With Diablo Cody, which will Hollywood culture, celebrity culture, and of course pop culture.

James Gandolfini may finally be getting his Taxi-22 adaptation to screen, courtesy of CBS. Although not slated to star, Gandolfini is producing. The series would follow the exploits of a non-PC New York cab driver.

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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.