– Yesterday the sad news broke that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had died at his home in New York. Hoffman was best known for his Oscar winning role in Capote and more recently The Hunger Games. Upon hearing the news, fellow actors have been paying tribute to him. British actor John Hurt told the BBC – “He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He’ll be greatly missed.”
– In the latest casting news, Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luther for Batman Vs Superman. The announcement made by Warner Bros. on Friday has come as a shock to many who believed Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad was a shoo-in for the role. Jeremy Irons is also likely to play Batman’s ever faithful butler Alfred, a role last held by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of films of the caped crusader. The film had recently been pushed back till May 2016, but joining the new additions will be returning stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishbourne and Diane Lane, as well as the previously confirmed addition of Ben Affleck as Batman.
– Zac Efron has confirmed he has been in talks for Star Wars Episode VII. During his press tour of duty for new film That Awkward Moment, the 26-year-old confirmed he had met with Disney for a role. Carrie Fisher confirmed last week that she would be returning alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, despite the studio having yet to officially announce this. Other names linked to the new series of sequels include Ryan Gosling and Benedict Cumberbatch.
– Shia LaBeouf has signed on for Rock The Kasbah. Only days earlier the actor had suggested he would be retiring, before putting pen to paper for the new Barry Levinson film all about a down-and-out music manager (Bill Murray), who desperately tries to make his fortunes with his one remaining client. The cast also includes Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride.
– The writing team for Thor 3 have been set in place. Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost will return having made re-writes on the script of Thor: The Dark World. The news comes after reports that Anthony and Joe Russo will return to direct Captain America 3.
– Composer Bruce Broughton has been disqualified from the Oscars. Broughton’s song from Alone Yet Not Alone was an obscure nomination in the Best Original Song category, but was removed from the list after reports that Broughton had promoted his song by emailing members who were voting. No replacement has been put in the nominations.
– Finally, Benedict Cumberbatch has signed up for Blood Mountain according to Variety. The Sherlock star will feature in the Sergei Bodrov film all about a private military contractor who has to escort a prominent terrorist over hostile terrain to bring him to justice.