By Jenny Priestley
★ The stars of Quantum Leap are to reunite next month. Dean Stockwell is to have a guest-starring role on NCIS: New Orleans, which stars Scott Bakula. Stockwell will appear as a former cop who is confronted by investigators about a murder that happened 40 years ago. In Quantum Leap Stockwell played trusty sidekick Al to Bakula's time traveller Sam.
★ Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo has joined the cast of a new film being executive produced by Martin Scorsese. He joins Stephen Fry, Paul Kaye and Joss Stone in Tomorrow, which explores the difficulties experienced by soldiers when they return home from war. Filming has already begun on the film, which is directed by Martha Pinson.
★ Nicholas Hoult, Katie Holmes, Ariana Grande, Matthew Morrison and John Leguizamo are among the actors lending their voices to animated family comedy Underdogs. The film's already been released in the UK with Rupert Grint, Anthony Head and Peter Serafinowicz voicing the characters, but producers at The Weinstein Company are giving it a Hollywood makeover before the film's US release.
★ Robert Redford is in talks to appear in the remake of Pete's Dragon. This version of the film is expected to be set in a forest that is under threat from loggers. If Redford signs on he'll play a local whose stories of dragons go ignored by his neighbours. The film is being directed by David Lowery and is expected to film in New Zealand this autumn.
★ Get ready for awards season – on Thursday, the nominees for this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards are announce. The annual event prides itself on being the first awards of the season with the winners being announced on December 1. The event also includes tributes to actors/writers and directors and organisers have already announced that Tilda Swinton and director Bennett Miller are among this year's honourees.
★ Neil Patrick Harris has been talking about next year's Oscar ceremony after it was revealed this week that he's been given the hosting gig. "I have a lot of questions still about that job," he says. "I've gotten to be the sort-of co-producer of the Emmys while I was hosting. And, the Tonys, since I've hosted a number of times, I'm aware of more things than just the hosting spots. I don't want it to be super derivative of other shows that I've done. I don't want it to seem like I'm doing the same award hosting gig that I did on the Tonys, just on a different stage." Discussing the musical elements of the show NPH said his dream collaborators would be Adele, Lady Gaga and Pink.
★ Oscar nominee Frank Langella is joining the cast of drama series The Americans. Langella will appear in season three as a former KGB handler who comes out of retirement to take over the responsibility of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell). The new season will debut in the US in January and is broadcast in the UK on ITV.
★ Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and star Anne Hathaway will be on hand to fete Matthew McConaughey at the American Cinematheque Award on Tuesday. Nolan will present McConaughey with the award while Hathaway joins Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner in paying tribute to the Oscar-winning actor.
★ Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal are the latest names to be touted as cast members of the Ben-Hur remake. Game of Thrones actor Pascal is in talks to play Pontius Pilate in the film with the character playing more of a significant role in this version of the story than in the 1959 film. Meanwhile, Gadot is expected to play Esther, a slave with whom Ben-Hur is in love. Filming is due to begin early next year.