News Briefs – July 31, 2014

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“Expendables 2″ director Simon West on whether he’d be interested in doing a sequel to his 1997 hit “Con-Air” : “I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys.”

“Glee” star Harry Shum Jr has joined the cast of the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel.

Elle Fanning will star as Mary Shelley in the romantic period drama “A Storm in the Stars”.

Elisabeth Moss will reunite with director Alex Ross Perry for “Queen of Earth”, a psychological thriller about two women who escape for a vacation at a beach house only to have their paranoia get the best of them.

Allison Williams (“Girls”) will play Peter Pan in NBC’s live production of “Peter Pan”.

Olivia Williams, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne will star in Reed Morano’s psychological thriller “Meadowland”.

Lucy Fry will star in private school drug trafficking pic “The Preppie Connection”.

Catherine Kenner and Oscar Isaac will star in HBO’s David Simon miniseries “Show Me A Hero”.

The new Gus Van Sant/Matthew McConaughey movie “Sea of Trees” has begun lensing in Japan.

Zooey Deschanel has tweeted the first photo from her new film “Rock the Kasbah”, which stars Bill Murray.

Dakota Johnson has joined Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in the remake of ”La Piscine (The Swimming Pool)”.

Katie Holmes has optioned Annie Weatherwax’s first novel, ‘‘All We Had”, intending to craft it as a vehicle for herself.

John Goodman is eyeing a co-starring role opposite Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren in “Trumbo” about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Will Arnett says he hasn’t heard yet whether or not he’ll be reprising Batman for the “Lego Movie” sequel.

“Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev says she wants to play a superhero like Catwoman or Mystique one day.