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Film & TV news from the past week

Film & TV news from the past week

Here’s a quick rundown of all the breaking developments you may have missed:

  • The US Critics’ Choice TV Awards nominations have been announced. The main nominees include Breaking Bad, True Detective, and The Good Wife – whose lead, Julianna Margulies, must surely rival Bryan Cranston on the nominations front – as well as The Big Bang Theory, Louie, and Veep. Brit Martin Freeman picked up miniseries nominations for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in Fargo and Sherlock respectively. Walton Goggins has also been nominated twice, both for Best Actor on Justified and for guest starring as a transgender escort in Sons of Anarchy
  • Josh Brolin has been announced as the voice of super-villain Thanos in Marvel’s next film, The Guardians of the Galaxy. Having previously appeared in the post-credit sequence of The Avengers, the character may also be set for a major role in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Star Wars IV: The Empire Strikes Back was voted Empire’s Greatest Film of All Time in the lead-up to the film magazine’s 301st issue.
  • Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin will return to the Stargate franchise for a whole new trilogy of films. It remains to be seen whether the new films will follow the plot of the 1994 film, the cult TV series it generated, or something else altogether.
  • Having announced his intention to abandon The Hateful Eight after a leak of the script, Quentin Tarantino seems to have mellowed somewhat. Last month’s live reading featured such Tarantino luminaries as Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Amber Tamblyn and Michael Madsen, among many more. Fresh rumors suggest the Western is set to begin filming in Wyoming this November; time will tell.
  • Johnny Depp is under negotiations to star as escapist Harry Houdini in Dean Parisot’s The Secret Life of Houdini.
  • Carter Blanchard will become the latest writer to make a pass on the script for Independence Day 2, taking over from director/producer duo Emmerich and Devlin and writer James Vanderbilt.
  • Prodigious Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has been offered submarine thriller Narco Sub, MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven –being scripted by Nic Pizzolatto – and the sequel to his own The Equalizer, as-yet unreleased.

  • In related news, Rhys Ifans will be playing Zanik Hightopp, father to the Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp’s character, in Through the Looking Glass, James Bobin’s sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Mia Wasikowska, Helen Bonham Carter, and Depp are all set to make their return.
  • Anthony Mackie is pursuing his own unnamed biopic of Olympic legend Jesse Owens. Competing projects include one by Disney, written by The King Speech’s David Seidler, and another called Race at Focus Films.
  • Katie Holmes has joined the cast of World War 2 drama Woman in Gold. She will play the wife of Ryan Reynolds lawyer who is fighting for the return of paintings stolen by the Nazis. Helen Mirren will play the ‘80s version of the painting’s owner, Jewish refugee Maria Altmann, with Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany appearing as her younger self. Filming began on May 23rd and is due to continue for the next two months.
  • Brendan Gleeson is the latest addition to Adam Smith’s gangster drama Trespass Against Us. He will play the outlaw father of Michael Fassbender’s protagonist who may be looking to go straight. The film will also feature Rory Kinnear and recent BAFTA winner Sean Harris.
  • Joe Gazzam will be scripting the upcoming Cliffhanger remake. Instead of Sylvester Stallone’s lone climber on a single peak, the film will follow a team of mountaineers and their travails across numerous cliff faces.
  • Locke writer-director Steven Knight will pen the script to the upcoming World War Z sequel. The film will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona with Bradd Pitt presumably returning as the series’ world-trekking hero. You can check out our review of Locke here.
  • Paul Rudd and Danny McBride have both signed onto Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s cartoon comedy Sausage Party, lending their voices alongside James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Edward Norton.
  • 30 Rock’s Keith Powell has been cast as Wyatt Geary, a new VP at Atlantis Cable News, in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom, which is due to return for a third and final series this autumn.
  • Theater hero Mark Rylance has been cast as the voice of Fop in CBeebies animation Bing! The two-time Olivier and two-time Tony award winner described the series as giving him “a second chance to be a good parent.” Rylance is also set to play the lead, Tudor minister Thomas Cromwell, in the BBC2 adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker-winning duology, Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies.

  • Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat promised huge changes are in store for fans of the show. Speaking at the Hay Festival, Moffat said, “I just felt it needs to be a bit more different now. It’s needs to be surprising again!” Doctor Who will return to BBC1 in August starring Peter Capaldi.
  • Having been cancelled by NBC, Dan Harmon’s beloved Community might just be picked up by Hulu, though Harmon himself is understandably cautious: “I’m not gonna be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community”. Nothing concrete on this yet, but fingers crossed in any case.

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Rob Wallis is a graduate of the London Film School and a recent member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also keeps a rarely updated, bare-bones blog, Of All the Film Blogs, (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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