Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 8/23/13

By August 23, 2013

Comics and Video Games in Film

Well… We have our next Batman, and he is Ben Affleck.

Another James Gunn regular has joined the cast of Guardians, and this time it’s Gregg Henry. No word on his role yet.

Kicking off the flurry of Bradley Cooper-related news this past week is that the Oscar nominated actor has been offered the role of voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly being sought after for the role of The Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Watch Dogs, Ubisoft’s upcoming hacker game, is being fast tracked ahead of other potential film properties for adaptation by Sony.

Natalie Dormer

Film Proper

The Hunger Games franchise has found its Cressida for Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2, and it is none other than Game of Thrones’ own Natalie Dormer.

Benedict Cumberbatch has left Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, making him the second cast member to do so (after Emma Stone). No replacement has yet been named.

Marion Cotillard has replaced Natalie Portman in the role of Lady Macbeth in the upcoming Michael Fassbender-starring, Justin Kurzel-directed adaptation of Shakespeare’s (you guessed it!) “Macbeth.”

The insanely amazing Bobby Cannavale, fresh off his turns in Boardwalk Empire and Blue Jasmine, has joined up with Jamie Foxx for his Annie reimagining.

Maria Bello is joining Kevin Costner in McFarland, Disney’s upcoming high school sports drama, which promises to be inspiring.

Nick Frost and James Marsden are in talks to join Dave Franco and Vince Vaughn in Business Trip.

That “50 Shades of Grey” adaptation all you ladies are looking forward to has set sights on Dakota Johnson for its lead.

The Newsroom’s Olivia Munn is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in his mustachioed adventures for Mortdecai.

Bradley Cooper has joined Jay Roach’s Lance Armstrong film, Red Blooded American, as a producer and is looking at one of the two leading roles for himself, including that of Armstrong.

Another Cooper project, American Sniper, which recently lost director Steven Spielberg, may have found its replacement in the most American man we have, Clint Eastwood.

West Wing’s Richard Schiff has joined the cast of the Jeremy Renner starrer Kill the Messenger.

Batman’s brother Casey Affleck and his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery are looking to team up on an adaptation of the science fiction short “To Be Two or Not To Be,” which will be titled To Be Two.

Tron’s Joseph Kosinski is in talks to helm the latest cinematic adaptation of Rod Serling’s beloved Twilight Zone.

Warner Brothers has picked up the rights to “Empire Rising,” which chronicles a love triangle centered around the construction of the Empire State Building, and they are eyeing Guy Ritchie to direct.

MGM is once again adapting “Ben Hur,” and while nothing to our knowledge has been signed, it looks like Wanted’s Timur Bekmambetov might be in line to direct.

Adrian Brody 

Television Whatnots

Badass. Long planned but until recently still in development, History Channel’s Houdini will look at the famed magician in a four hour miniseries starring Adrien Brody.

With 11 appearance in the upcoming season of CommunityBreaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks may just have more screen time than Donald Glover.

Comedy Central is going uncensored once a week with the help of their old collaborator Dave Attell, who also inked a deal to air his new special on the network. They also have cast two major roles in their Ben Stiller-produced pilot “Big Time In Hollywood, FL.”

James Franco wants to teach you about art on his new Ovation show James Franco Presents, which will air this fall.

Seth Rogen is looking to get with FX for an animated show Bigfoot, which would see the titular creature at odds with living in the modern age. Joining Rogen in the crazy world that is FX projects is also D.L. Hughley, who is developing a series based on his own life for the network.

Following the recent deal to adapt Creed for the small screen, Sylvester Stallone’s other signature franchise, that of Rambomay be getting a television series soon as well.

TV Land has hired Sex and the City’s Darren Star to shape their new show Younger, which will see a middle aged gal passing herself off as a younger one to find success.

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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.