Castingpalooza: Everyone Gets a Pilot, Show, or Movie!

First, in the pilot season/new shows department: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are doing Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, a 13-episode half-hour comedy about “longtime rivals who are stunned when their respective husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to marry.” It’s from Friends’ Marta Kauffman. Charlie Kaufman’s FX comedy — the one with Michael Cera and John Hawkes — has added Catherine Keener and Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins. Macy Gray has taken a recurring role in Lee Daniels’s hip-hop show, Empire. David Cross is the titular character for Fox’s Dead Boss. And Billy Crystal and Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, 1600 Penn) will star in FX’s The Comedians, set at a late-night sketch show. It’s adapted from a Swedish series and FX ordered 13 episodes. Takeaway: The good-TV-industrial complex marches on.

Now, over to the films: Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer are in talks with a ton of people  for Trainwreck — Tilda Swinton, Captain Phillips’s Barkhad Abdi, SNL’s Vanessa Bayer, wrestler John Cena, and comedians Mike Birbiglia and Jon Glaser. Woody Harrelson, meanwhile, is joining the starry heist thriller Triple-Nine alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, and Casey Affleck. And good old Ron Livingston is doing The End of the Tour, better known as the Jason Segel/Jesse Eisenberg David Foster Wallace movie.

Speaking of that last one: Here’s the first image of Segel as DFW.

Another vague, slo-mo, airport-set Mad Men promo — this one with Pete and Peg and Rog and Meg!
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George R.R. Martin seems to want HBO to do prequel seasons of Game of Thrones so the show doesn’t end before his books do. He’s talking about movies, too: “It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”

Also in the R.R. Department: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien once did a translation of Beowulf. That’ll be published in May.

Broad City started from the bottom and is so goddamned here. (Also: Here’s the praise Ilana’s style has deserved since the pilot.)

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To wash down Amos’s 10-part Wu-Tang mega-piece, enjoy … some new Wu-Tang! [via]
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20 popular bands get Legofied by an artist called Adly Syairi Ramly.

Beautiful Headline Alert: “There’s Now a Playstation You Can Wear on Your Face.”

Go chew on this rumor about three or four Marvel movies per year.

And Late Night presents New Yorker cartoons in real life.

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