Entertainment news round-up for April 4

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Sources say that 12 Years a Slave star Chiwitel Ejiofor is MGM and Sony’s top choice to play the villain in the next James Bond film.  The studios had no comment.  Daniel Craig is set to return as Bond with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris slated to return as well.  Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes will again direct. […]

Entertainment news round-up for April 3

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Holly Hunter has joined the cast of Zack Snyder’s as-yet-untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck.  She will play a character newly created for the movie.  The feature also stars Jessie Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, and Diane Lane.  For more information on the project, click here. David Letterman has announced his plans […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 30

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Twilight actor Patrick Brennan will join the cast of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for two upcoming episodes.  The actor, who played Liam in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, will play Blackout, a villain with the power to suck the energy from everything around him.  “It’s just rare to have a character that’s [this] interesting,” he told […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 12

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90′s rom-com hit Pretty Woman is making its way to Broadway.  The film’s screenwriters, Marshall and J.F. Lawton, are set to pen the book of the musical, with Paula Wagner on board to produce.  The production does not yet have a composer, lyricist, or director.  For more information on the show, click here. Japan’s Tezuka Productions has […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 11

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CBS will air an unprecedented number of original programming hours this summer.  The lineup will include seven total hours of original programming, three of which will air on Sunday.  The schedule consists of four dramas and thrice-weekly series Big Brother.  For more on CBS’ summer lineup, click here. Broadway actress Laura Benanti is slated to host […]

Entertainment news round up for March 8

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The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson is on board for an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch, which was published last fall and still ranks second on the New York Times bestseller list.  The story follows a boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and absconds with Fabritius’ painting “The […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 6

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Idris Elba is in final talks to join the cast of Disney’s animated The Jungle Book reboot, directed by Jon Favreau.  Elba would voice Shere Khan the tiger.  Elba has recently been seen in Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom and Thor: The Dark World.  For more on The Jungle Book and on Elba’s other projects, click here. FX […]

Entertainment news round-up for Feb. 28

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Platinum Dunes, Mandalay Pictures and Universal have selected Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen to direct a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.  Plot details for the remake have not yet been released.  Van Rooijen is best known for his film Taped.  For more information on the project, click here. The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes has signed on to direct […]

Entertainment news round-up for Feb. 18

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Napoleon Dynamite actor John Heder is set to star in Fox’s new half-hour comedy pilot, entitled Here’s Your Damn Family.  Heder will star as a thirty-something living with his mother whose life is upended when she gets married to a man with three teenage children.  For more information on the series, click here. The Departed screenwriter William Monahan […]

Entertainment news round-up for Feb. 13

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Netflix will air the final season of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, thanks to a new deal with Disney/ABC TV Group and Lucasfilm.  The 13-episode season will premiere on the site on March 7th, along with all previous episodes of the show.  “Star Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time […]

Entertainment news round-up for Feb. 8

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A new study conducted by the Journal of Management Inquiry suggests that while actresses in their 20s earn more than their male counterparts, the ratio reverses once they hit their mid-30s.  “While the difference is fairly small, it’s indicative of the other side of the double standard,” said one of the study’s authors, Notre Dame […]

Entertainment news round-up for Jan. 30

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Jerry Seinfeld has confirmed that he is planning a Seinfeld reunion.  In a radio interview, the actor and comedian described the project as a “short-ish form,” “one-on-one thing” with Larry David.  He mentioned that other actors from the show will also be involved.  For more information, click here. Former Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader is in talks to […]

Entertainment news round-up for Dec. 6

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Disney has taken over the distribution and marketing rights for the Indiana Jones franchise from Paramount.  This means that Paramount will still control the rights for the original four films, while Disney will be responsible for any future projects in the franchise.  Disney has not yet announced that a fifth Indiana Jones feature is in the works. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Dec. 5

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Universal has selected Breaking Bad scribe Gennifer Hutchinson to write a film adaptation of  Victoria Aveyard’s novel The Red Queen, about a world in which society is divided by the color of blood.  Hutchinson was recently nominated for a Writers Guild of America award.  For more on the film and on Hutchinson’s career, click here. Martin Scorsese […]

Entertainment news round-up for December 2

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Singer Rita Ora is set to play Christian Grey’s adopted sister in Universal and Focus’ upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.  The movie marks the Yugoslavian-born British singer-songwriter’s biggest movie role to date.  Her most recent album, Ora, went platinum and was the No. 1 album in the U.K. upon its release.  For more information on Fifty […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 25

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WWE and Blumhouse Entertainment are teaming up for new thriller “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart.  The film will star Eckhart as an exorcist who taps into the mind of a nine-year-old who has been possessed by a demon.  Brad Peyton is set to helm the project, with Ronnie Christensen penning the screenplay.  For more information on […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 26

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Marvel has confirmed that Elizabeth Olson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Quicksilver will also appear in 2014′s X-Men: Days of Future Past, though he will be played by Evan Peters.  Olson and Taylor-Johnson are also set to star together in Frank Darabont’s 2014 Godzilla reboot.  For more […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 19

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The five surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show.  Those performing will include John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones.  “We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real,” Jones said. “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 18

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NBC has ordered a pilot for Bad Judge, a comedy set to star Kate Walsh as a criminal court judge.  The series will be penned by Chat Kultgen, who will also coproduce the series with Walsh, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Anne Heche.  To read more on the show, click here. Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 14

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Jack Black and Tim Robbins have signed on to star in HBO’s upcoming series The Brink.  The dark comedy will follow three men as they deal with a geopolitical crisis.  Black will play a Foreign Service officer, while Robbins has been cast as the U.S. Secretary of State.  The two will also serve as producers on […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 12

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A&E is planning a documentary series about the Wahlberg brothers.  The show, entitled Wahlburgers, will give a behind-the-scenes look into a hamburger restaurant that Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg opened in their hometown of Dorcester, Massachusetts.  The series will premiere on A&E on January 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm.  For more information, click here. Anna Karenina director […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 6

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James Badge Dale has joined Cate Blanchett in the cast of writer-director David Mamet’s upcoming Blackbird.  Dale will play a military major trying to discover the truth about his grandfather who worked for the US special ops in the 1960s.  For more on the project and on Dale’s career, click here. The Bold and the […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 30

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Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Gold, which tells the story of athlete Sebastian Cole’s rivalry with Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Olympic Games.  The film will be directed by The Woman In Black helmer James Watkins, with a script by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy and How to Train Your Dragon screenwriter Will Davies. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 29

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Paramount has moved the release date of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street from November 15 to December 25.  The move was reportedly based on Scorsese’s ability to finish the film in time.  The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name and will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Matthew McConaughey. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 24

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Time Warner Cable has made a deal to carry Al Jazeera America, significantly expanding the audience of the cable news network backed by the Qatar government.  TW Cable will add the channel for basic digital cable subscribers in New York, L.A. and Dallas within the next six months, with further expansion to follow.  “We said […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 17

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Meryl Streep will receive the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s annual Monte Cristo award, given each year to an individual singled out for their contributions to the theater.  The award will be presented at an April 21 ceremony in New York City.  Past recipients include Michael Douglas, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Spacey and Brian Dennehy.  For more information […]

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