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News Briefs – March 7, 2014

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Skewed and Reviewed have published a couple of tidbits from “Terminator Genesis” and “Fantastic Four”, courtesy their stars Jai Courtney and Miles Teller, respectively.

“Frasier” alum Bebe Neuwirth is set to join Tea Leoni and Tim Daly on the CBS comedy “Madam Secretary”.

Former “Greek” star Spencer Grammer has been cast in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot “Saint Francis”.

Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to the young adult novel “Grasshopper Jungle”, by Andrew Smith, which tells of ”a teenager in Iowa trying to come to grips with his own sexual feelings as he and his cohorts cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating.”

Uma Thurman has joined the cast of “American Ultra”, which reunites “AdventureLand” duo Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.

Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes movie.

Renee Zellweger is set to join Daniel Craig in the Courtney Hunt-directed “The Whole Truth”

FX has renewed cult fave “Archer” for a seventh and eighth season, respectively.

Idris Elba (“Pacific Rim”) is voicing the villainous tiger in Disney/Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book”.

Karen Corner will write Uni’s “Everything Nice”, based on the novel by Ellen Sherman, which is being written as a potential starring vehicle for Charlize Theron. ”The hope is for her to play Michaela, an advertising exec who gets fired and takes on the only job she can get, teaching life skills to teenage girls at a public school. Lacking in the basic social skills herself, she tries her best to school her pupils in what they’ll need to know in order to survive.”

Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) will adapt the young adult novel “The Fire Sermon” for Dreamworks.

“Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn will play a Mormon polygamist in the Lifetime telemovie “Outlaw Prophet”.

Gary Oldman is producing a horror drama series for Entertainment One Television called “The Diabolical”. The show, the pilot of which is being written by Daniel Kay, “centers on a broken but brilliant exorcist who falls in love with a single mother with a young son possessed by an ancient entity with diabolic intentions that not only threaten the boy, but the very fate of mankind.”

Chris Boal has been hired to write the “Zorro” reboot for Sony.

Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba, Tracey Fairaway, David Menkin and Tom Skerritt have joined the cast of Tom Twker’s “A Hologram for the King”, set to star Tom Hanks. “Hanks plays a struggling businessman who heads for a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, in a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great.”

Tom McCarthy is writing the film adaptation of the graphic novel “Tommysaurus Rex”.

Antoine Fuqua will direct “Southpaw”, the Kurt Sutter-penned boxing drama set to star Jake Gyllenhaal as a welterweight champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart.

Paul Reiser will recur on the new FX Comedy “Married” starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer.

Mark Bomback (“”Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) will write the film adaptation of Ira Levin’s “Veronica’s Room” for The Weinstein Company/Dimension.

ITV has renewed the Jeremy Piven starring “Mr Selfridge” for a third season

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