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Welcome to our all new version of The Pit, where we are hoping to share news on a more daily basis. We’ll mix it up day by day and shed the spotlight on different areas of Entertainment, including movies, television, comics, books, music, etc. Today we’ll take a look at some recent Movie News.

Who ya gonna call? Apparently not Bill Murray. The beloved comic actor has turned down the deal to reprise the role of Peter Venkman in the second sequel to the Ghostbusters. Esquire was kind enough to get us an update on the project from Dan Aykroyd, who is still working hard to get the project off the ground regardless that it has been 20 years since they fought Vigo with the assistance of the Statue of Liberty.

Aykroyd told the publication; “…we have a story and a draft that everybody seems to agree would make the third movie. At this point, I think we’re closer than we ever have been.” One of the reasons they are closer to production is that Murray has “abrogated his rights” by turned down the project three times. He doesn’t have veto power over the movie anymore. As much as I’d love to see Murray join Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson in the jumpsuits hunting down ghosts I’d love it just as much for them to finally move on without him. Make Ghostbusters 3, pass the torch to the next generation of Ghostbusters and keep this series alive far into the future. There is so much wasted potential here.

Modern Family funny man Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel to last years disappointing musical comedy The Muppets. James Bobin is returning to direct the movie and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who co-penned the original and has written movies such as Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Get Him to the Greek, and The Five-Year Engagement.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Burrell will be portraying an Interpol inspector as the Muppets leave Hollywood for Europe (and I’m assuming hijinks ensues). There is no word on who will be co-starring in the other not puppet roles, but Jason Segel, the star of the last flick, will not be returning. There is no word if Walter, the newest Muppet who has uncanny whistling abilities, will be back or if he packed his bags along with Segel. No matter what, I think this follow up with be more enjoyable than 2011 film. Casting Burrell is a big step in the right direction.

It wasn’t bad enough that fox got to screw up the Fantastic Four movie franchise over two sub-par films by Tim Story, but they are getting their chance to do it again. The studio has announced a March 6, 2015 release date for a reboot of the Marvel Comic series.

Handling the directing duties is Josh Trank, the man behind the found footage superhero movie Chronicle. the movie was a great effort, but for me it doesn’t show that he is ready for a property like Fantastic Four. The 27 years old director has just one feature under his belt along with a couple episodes of The Kill Point, a short lived action drama that starred Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo. They will need to knock the casting out of the park to get my attention, otherwise I’m counting the years until the property rights revert back to Marvel Studios.

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We have some good news and bad news for you in regards to the upcoming Robocop reboot from director José Padilha of the Elite Squad series. The very talented Hugh Laurie has sadly left the project. He was set to portray the villainous CEO of OCP.

On the up side though is that the underused and just as talented Michael Keaton is stepping into the role. The former Batman just isn’t in nearly as many movies as he should be these days. He was last seen on the big screen in The Other Guys and a guest spot on the NBC comedy 30 Rock, both of which he stole the scenes he was in. Other recent cast additions to RoboCop include Jackie Earle Haley and Jay Baruchel.

It is official! The movie and television rights to Daredevil, “man without fear”, are heading back to Marvel Studios and their parent company Disney. This is especially good news with the announcement of a Joss Whedon led SHIELD television series [SEE: Marvel’s SHIELD to Save TV!].

What better way to distance Daredevil from the forgettable Mark Steven Johnson directed 2003 flick than to reintroduce him as his alter ego, the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, in a multiple episode arc that establishes him as part of the overall universe. Maybe he is defending a villain against SHIELD in court before he teams up with the agency to take out a bigger threat? Or agents recruit him for an assignment that only he can handle because of his unique senses?

Finally, someone somewhere has come to their senses and after its sixth season (that is six too many), MTV’s Jersey Shore is coming to an end. I’m sure the network will continue to find ways to make New Jersey and fake Italians look bad. They already have too many spinoffs, including Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project (for the record, any amount of spinoffs from this trash is too many).

The sixth season begins on October 4th with a special marathon and retrospective/preview for the final season on September 6th before the MTV Video Music Awards. I would have preferred it if the series had been cancelled before the sixth season, but beggars can’t be choosers.

There is so much going on across all entertainment. I might have to make The Pit bi-weekly again to keep up with everything! Today lets talk about a few recent news bits and pieces…

This is pretty amazing, according to Vulture, Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with Will Gluck and a Michael J Fox to make a new series that will loosely be based on Fox’s life and star the Back to the Future actor. Gluck was the director behind the really enjoyable Easy A. Apparently they are aiming for a 2013 launch and all of the majors are fighting over getting the show.

Most recently, Fox has been guest starring on The Good Wife, with other TV appearances in recent years on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rescue Me. His last regular TV role was on Spin City, which he left in 2000 due to Parkinson’s disease. I would love to see Fox return to TV on a regular basis and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with Gluck.

The Marvel Comics and Fox prequel/sequel The Wolverine has an official plot synopsis and has cast one of its leads, the mysterious Viper. Released on the movie’s Facebook page; “Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, best known from last year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp, will be fitting into the boots of Viper, also known as Madame Hydra and leader of the terrorist organization HYDRA.

While on the subject of Marvel, Disney has revealed that it intends to release Joss Whedons sequel to The Avengers on May 1st, 2015. The first weekend in May is historically a slot for Marvel movie adaptations and has been the home of Spider-Man and Ironman.

With the Falcon being cast to fight along side Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the new Avengers Assemble animated series, I think it is a safe bet that he will be joining the Avengers in the sequel. What are you hoping for in the sequel? Doctor Strange? Luke Cage? Spider-Woman? How about Daredevil now that it looks like Marvel is getting the rights back to the blind lawyer/vigilante?

With all of the recent Marvel movie news, you might need GPS trackers to find your way through all of it! Next week we’ll take a look at what companies besides Marvel still hold rights to Marvel’s popular characters and we’ll also have the second part of our Justice League movie suggestions column.

The 4th, previously unknown, Mortal Kombat DLC character has been revealed and it is a pretty interesting choice, non other than horror icon Freddy Krueger. Yeah, I’m not kidding here, the master of nightmares is now a playable character in Mortal Kombat. He joins previously released DLC characters Rain, Kenshi, and Skarlet, all of which have appeared in past Mortal Kombat games in some form or another. Krueger has gotten ready for a kombat by adding a second glove with finger knives. I just hope he has the power to summon a giant snake demon to devour your opponents or a phone to lick them through. Freddy will set you back $4.99 when he is released on August 9th.

It looks like the long awaited Dumb & Dumber sequel (we don’t count the horrid prequel) might happen afterall. A few weeks ago it looked like it was dead in the water after Jim Carrey walked away from the project, but that might not be so according to Carrey’s co-star from the original, Jeff Daniels. Daniels spoke during the TCA panel for his HBO show, The Newsroom, saying “Jim wants to do it. I want to do it. The Farrelly’s want to do it… The Farrellys wanted more work done on it so they got working on it and I think last week they decided to push the shooting of it to next year, possibly because I wasn’t going to move [shooting for] The Newsroom.” The Farrelly brothers have been very hit of miss the past few years, so I’m totally cool with them taking the time to do this project right.

America’s Got “Drama”? Reality competition judge Sharon Osbourne has abruptly quit NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has accused NBC of discrimination against her son Jack and firing him from the upcoming reality series Stars Earn Stripes due to him revealing he has MS. The NBC chairman, Robert Greenblatt, has fired back, saying “Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined. This network does not discriminate on any basis.” He also said that “Stars Earn Stripes that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity and uses live ammunition- we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate.” That sounds pretty reasonable and I think Sharon might just be overreacting. Without America’s Got Talent, what reality series will she scurry off to next?

Today is the magic day. After years of rumors and a never fading hope from fans, Arrested Development is back in production today! The whole cast, including Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat and Tony Hale, are all expected to return along with the “voice” of the series, Ron Howard. Mitch Hurwitz will once again be providing the words for the Bluth family. All 10 new episodes will be released only on Netflix at some point in 2013 and I can not wait. A big screen Bluth adventure is expected to follow the new season.

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She’ll be back? Hopefully. The latest rumor for the proposed Terminator 5 (you know, the one Universal is looking to make with Arnold and Fast Five director Justin Lin) is that Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) might be back from the grave. Or more accurately, never died in the first place as Lin is looking to explore the idea of the multiple timelines. With how far Terminator 3 and 4 strayed from what was originally established, it would make perfect sense to explore the idea of the fractured timeline.

In the about time department, the Sin City 2 script is undergoing some rewrites by William Monahan in preparation for the film to finally be shot. The original was shot back in 2005 and it is really weird that it has taken more than 6 years for the sequel to get closer to being made. The original was a spot on adaptation of the popular graphic novel, that was not only a hit creatively, but found a decent sized audience.

Lots of movement on the Two and a Half Men front, with Judy Greer cast as Ashton Kutcher’s ex-wife and the announcement of Courtney Thorne-Smith returning as Lyndsey McElroy, Jon Cryer’s Alan’s ex-love interest. It will be interesting to see how all of the changes that started with Charlie Sheen being fired will effect the show’s ninth season.

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New posters: What’s Your Number, Redtails, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip Wrecked (click to enlarge the posters).

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After a pretty epic Wrestlemania match, Edge shocked WWE fans by retiring. Taken out of the game by a reoccurring injury that has been getting worse with every match. The fan favorite has had a pretty awesome career and if he is being forced to retire, at least it is after an impressive last match.  Hopefully he stays with company and on camera as a GM or announcer. But there are a ton of roles he could ultimately take on, including as a trainer, road agent, manager, etc. Whatever he decides to do, we wish him all the best and thank him for years of entertainment!

Scream 4 came out this past weekend and I can’t express how happy I am to have a horror movie that is not torture porn in theaters. I’m a big fan of the series and Ghostface, and to see them on the big screen after so many years just felt great. Big props to Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson and everyone involved for delivering an entertaining thrill ride. Finally, a worthy end to the series.

Out of all of Neil Gaiman’s works, American Gods wouldn’t by my first choice to get adapted for TV, but regardless it is on its way to becoming a fantasy series for HBO. Gaiman is working with Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson to bring the series to life. Sadly, there is no new word about a Sandman series coming at us anytime soon. Maybe if Gods does well enough?

After taking American Wedding off, Chris Klein will be returning for the next theatrical American Pie flick, American Reunion. He joins Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy and Alyson Hannigan, who have all signed on to return. The franchise has been releasing a steady stream of American Pie Presents… titles straight to DVD, but this is the first sequel to go the theater route since Wedding in 2003. I can’t wait to see the gang get back together.

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I seem to be doing a lot of TV talk these days, so why don’t I change the pace a little bit for the newest edition of The Pit. Lets talk about movies…

Low budget horror filmmaker John Johnson has started shooting a remake of Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space. Johnson is the writer/director behind such micro budget features as Skeleton Key, Skeleton Key 2: 667 Neighbor of the Beast, and Freshman Psych. I’m all for independent film, but I really don’t see the point of remaking classic (even if they are classic for how bad they are) films. Johnson should stick with producing original movies, heck, I might even try to track down his Skeleton Key flicks after I’m done with this posting…

Michael Shannon is the latest actor to be rumored for Zack Synder’s Superman: The Man of Steel. It is unknown what role he is in talks for, but can you say… Lex Luthor? He would be an inspired choice for Superman’s number 1 foe, even if Zod is the rumored leading villain in the flick. Shannon would make even a short appearance as Luthor memorable, and it could also set up future films nicely.  Just don’t cast another actor as Luthor that has a problem shaving their head.

Speaking about Synder, his new flick Sucker Punch opens this weekend. The movie looks like a mind bending visual cocktail. It is just too bad that Warner Brothers has completely dropped the ball with advertising it. I’m a fan of Synder. I’m looking forward to Sucker Punch, yet I have no clue what it is about. Sadly I doubt it is going to do that well, and I just hope that doesn’t cause the studio to be looking over his shoulder as he crafts the new Superman movie. I have the utmost faith in Synder as a director and I can’t wait to see what his vision for Superman is.

Also coming out this weekend is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Um… wait, am I the only one that had no idea they made a sequel to the mildly successful book adaptation? I’ve seen even less advertising for this than I have for Sucker Punch.  Have the studios just given up on getting people to theaters? Did I miss them throwing in the towel?

Next week we have Russell Brand and James Marsden acting opposite a CGI Easter Bunny in Hop. Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page suit up to fight crime in James Gunn’s Super. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne fight evil spirits in Insidious, by the director of the original (and best) Saw. Finally there is the over advertised Source Code, a sci-fi tale that sees Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan on a train that keep exploding. Well, at least I’d have something to watch as I munch on my popcorn. How about you folks, what will you be seeing over the next few weeks?

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