By Jenny Priestley
★ Guillermo Del Toro's new TV series will be broadcast in the UK. The drama The Strain, which stars David Bradley, Sean Astin and Corey Stoll, has been bought by UKTV. The vampire-horror is based on the books by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and debuted in the US this week. The show is expected to debut on Watch in the autumn.
★ Jon Hamm, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Danny McBride and Josh Gad look set to join Zach Galifianakis in a remake of The Incredible Mr Limpet. The project is being directed by Richard Linklater – definitely a change from his current film, Boyhood. Galifianakis is expected to star as Larry Limpet, a beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he's turned into a fish, Limpet sets out on an adventure to save his town and the sea world.
★ This year's Venice Film Festival will open with Birdman, starring Michael Keaton. The film also features Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The story follows an actor struggling to stage a Broadway show. The trailer looks great and I'm hoping this will be included in this year's London Film Festival as well!
★ A few details about the fourth season of Homeland have begun to surface. As fans of the show know, Damian Lewis won't be back as Brody which means producers are taking the opportunity to shake up the show. Season four will see Carrie (Claire Danes) working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) is joining the cast as a medical student while Corey Stoll (he gets everywhere) will be playing a CIA station chief in Islamabad.
★ The cast for season two of True Detective looks to be taking shape with Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch expected to take two of the lead roles. More casting is expected to be announced this week.
★ I am already far too excited about Ian McKellen as Mr Holmes and now the film's added some great actors to its supporting cast. Roger Allam, Hattie Morahan, Phil Davies and Frances de la Tour will also appear in the film which follows Sherlock Holmes at the age of 93. It's being directed by Bill Condon who previously worked with McKellen on Gods And Monsters.
★ Fan of super cars? To mark the DVD release of Need For Speed, a range of super cars are to tour the UK. Six supercars will go head-to-head during the two day stint, where fans will be encouraged to vote for their favourite, ensuring their chosen supercar has the most retweets/votes by the time the convoy hits London. The ‘convoy winner’ will be unveiled at a secret London location. The even kicks off at Liverpool’s Albert Docks on Wednesday July 16 before moving on to Manchester (MediaCity), Birmingham (M6 Toll) and Warwickshire (PRODRIVE racetrack) and finishes on Thursday 17th July. Find out more via @NeedForSpeed_UK.
★ Robert Redford is to play legendary US newsman Dan Rather in a new film. Truth will also star Cate Blanchett and it follows the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on his news programme, 60 Minutes II, that George W Bush had been given preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s reelection campaign ended with the show's producer being fired and Rather’s reputation in tatters. The film's being made by first-time director James Vanderbilt.
★ Hands up if you haven't been cast in the Coen Brothers' new film? The cast list for Hail, Casear! is becoming so epic it seems easier to talk about who hasn't been given a role. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum have already been cast and now it looks like they're being joined by Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.
★ Meanwhile, the cast for Mission: Impossible 5 is starting to take shape. Alec Baldwin is being lined up to play the head of the CIA and Rebecca Ferguson is expected to play the female lead. You may not know Ferguson that well, she played the lead in the BBC's adaptation of The White Queen.
★ A new film about Nic Cave (right) will have a gala premiere at London's Barbican Hall on September 17. The preview of 20,000 Days on Earth will also be broadcast into 150 cinemas around the UK. The event will include a live performance by Cave and a Q&A with the film's directors, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
★ Richard Ayoade and Jemaine Clement are among the speakers at this year's Behind The Screens talks as part of Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Ayoade will take guests on a guided tour of his cinematic inspirations and influences ahead of one of his favourite films, The 400 Blows. Flight of the Conchords star Clement will join comedian Taika Waititi to talk about their careers in comedy as well as their vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows.
★ Well it doesn't look like Ryan Gosling is giving up his acting career for fatherhood just yet. He's expected to star opposite Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black. The story follows a private eye investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles who uncovers a conspiracy. Sounds a bit like LA Confidential to me.
★ Fans of Game of Thrones, you may have heard that creator George RR Martin has said the TV series could end with a big-budget film. Speaking at a film festival in Europe this week, Martin said if the show continues to do well the it could transfer to the big screen to round things off. But now HBO bosses have said there have been no discussions about the idea and they're committed to continuing with the show on TV. So we'll see what happens.
★ Watership Down is being turned into a new animated series by the BBC. The classic story following a group if rabbits forced to leave their warren and search for a new home is expected to broadcast in a "family-friendly" slot on BBC One.
★ If you're off to the San Diego Comic Con later this month, then I hate you. The TV line-up is looking great, but the film lime-up has me very excited – not least because there are a lot of rumours around a certain Benedict Cumberbatch and the Marvel panel. Plus, Peter Jackson will be previewing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (squeal). Do you think I can persuade Stuart to send me over?