News Briefs – February 28, 2014


Comedy Central’s Michael Key and Jordan Peele are set for a four-episode guest stint on FX’s “Fargo”. Speaking of, a first look at the upcoming series – showing Billy Bob Thornton in action – was released earlier this week.

Janet McTeer and Haley Bennett (“The Equalizer”) have joined the cast of the new Russell Crowe/Amanda Seyfried movie “Fathers and Daughters”. Title tells us nothing of what the movie is about.

HBO has released the artwork for season 4 of “Game of Thrones”.

Benny Affleck looks just about big enough to be Batman now, don’tcha think?

HBO have skeeded Ryan Murphy’s “The Normal Heart” for May 25.

Jim Lange, the first host of ’60s/70s game show “The Dating Game”, has passed away age 81.

It mightn’t have Rob Lowe anymore, but “Parks & Recreation” now has Michelle Obama.

Video from Marvel’s “Defenders” press-conference is online.

Zach Braff’s YOU-funded movie “Wish You Were Here” will be released July 18, 2014 in New York and Los Angeles, and then expand on July 25, then again on August 1. Seems the film’s many, many, many producers weren’t included in choosing a release date.

Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) will play the Johnny Depp-role in a stage version of “Finding Neverland”. No word yet on whether Lea Michele is in with a shot to play the Kate Winslet part.

Kate Beckinsale is joining Simon Pegg and the surviving members of Monty Python for “Absolutely Anything”, which begins filming a month from now.

Sullivan Stapleton’s been injured, so “Strikeback” is going on pause for six-months. Enjoy the TV time, Sully.

Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson and Bill Sage have signed for “The Boy”, the first film in a proposed trilogy chronicling the upbringing of a serial killer. Jared Breeze plays the title role.

Kevin Nealon (“Weeds”) is doing the indy comedy “Ghost Dog”, about “three socially inept best friends who spend the night in a creepy country mansion.”

Four new posters for  “From Dusk Till Dawn : The Series”  are online.

Jonathan Levine (“50/50”) will direct “Brooklyn Castle”, about chess club championships.

45 new images from “300 : Rise of an Empire” are online.

Ashley Greene will play Priscilla to Ron Livingston’s Elvis in Eddie OKeefe-directed drama “Shangra-La Suite”, about teenagers who set out to kill the King.

Image Entertainment has acquired the U.S distribution rights to the first of the “Cabin Fever” prequels.

Sony Pictures have picked up the rights to spec “The Bringing”, about the supposedly haunted Cecil Hotel in L.A.