MGM is working on a remake of The Magnificent Seven, and they want Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington to step in and Training Day the hell out of it. “The talks are early stage, but if you get those two committed, it won’t be hard to get six other guys to round out the cast in the story of a town that assembles a squad of seven elite gunmen to protect it,” Deadline reports. The script, which is set just after the Civil War, “right at the end of the Wild West,” got a draft by True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto at one point. Since Training Day, Fuqua’s films have included King Arthur (period piece experience!), Shooter (dudes-with-guns experience!), Brooklyn’s Finest (more dudes-with-guns experience!), and Olympus Has Fallen (EVEN MORE dudes-with-guns experience!).
Game of Thrones pulls 18 million total viewers each week … but The Walking Dead gets 28 million. Also: GoT has surpassed The Sopranos as HBO’s most popular show of all time.
The rumors were true: Lupita Nyong’o is starring in and producing an adaptation of Nigerian novelist/Beyoncspiration Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.
This is the trailer for Matt Weiner’s feature debut, Are You Here, starring Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Owen Wilson. [via]
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The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone on his adaptation of The Stand: “We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board. Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to … It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life.”
Speaking of The Fault in Our Stars: Here’s how to not cry during the movie.
The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholz has joined Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s The Nest.
“I hate rapping. It puts you in this box … I’m talented enough to do other things. I don’t know, I’m pretty bored with it. It’s not interesting. In the future, I want to do films. I want people to mention my name next to Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino. I don’t want my name to be mentioned next to other rappers at all.” —Tyler, the Creator
Here’s … the new Reading Rainbow theme?
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Have you enjoyed the apes-on-horses aspect of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailers? Well, here’s a fantastic poster.
Lorde’s new stuff is “totally different,” she tells the BBC. “I wrote the last album about that world which was the suburb where I grew up and populated by my friends and people who were really familiar to me. Now I’m in a different place every day and I’m with new people every day and it’s a different vibe.”
Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma joins Homeland.
There’s an animated Medusa movie on the way.
And Disney’s live-action quest continues: Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2) is doing Beauty and the Beast.