By Jenny Priestley
★ Matt Damon has confirmed his return to the role of Jason Bourne. In an interview with E! Online, Damon revealed that the film will start production next year. "It'll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out" he said. "Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that's all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes."
★ Damon will also star in Downsizing, the new film from Alexander Payne. The film is described as a social satire about a man who realises he'd have a better life he became a psychiatrist.
★ Is Jared Leto the new Joker? He's being courted to play the role in Warner Bros' Suicide Squad. Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are thought to be in talks for other roles in the film but I seems the Oscar-winning Leto is director David Ayer's choice to play the iconic role. Suicide Squad involves the government granting a group of supervillains a chance of redemption by sending them on a mission that will probably kill them.
★ The Big Bang Theory is being turned into Lego! The new set is expected to include figures of the new characters including Sheldon and Leonard as well as their living room – which, of course, is where most of the sitcom is set. The idea was submitted to Lego by some fans who then put it to an online vote and the idea received more than 10,000 votes. No word yet on when we'll get to see it.
★ Now this is a piece of casting news I never thought I'd write: Ian McKellen and Sylvester Stallone are going to appear in the same film. Well, sort of. They're both providing voices for new animated comedy Animal Crackers. The film follows a family who inherit a rundown circus. Danny DeVito will also be a part of the cast.
★ Matthew McConaughey is heading to the Civil War. Free State of Jones is about the true story of Newton Knight who defected from the Confederate Army with a group of other soldiers and they attempted to establish their own state. Gary Ross is expected to direct and it's slated to start filming early next year.
★ Meanwhile, McConaughey is getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He'll receive the award on November 17.
★ This is exciting: NBC is looking to stage a live reading of A Few Good Men. It's thought creator Aaron Sorkin will rewrite the script for TV. As we all know it's already been a film and stage play so why not TV as well? And Sorkin has a history with NBC (the greatest TV series ever...).
★ Rupert Friend looks set to make his directorial debut and Emily Blunt is in talks to star. The pair previously worked together on The Young Victoria. The film's called Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill and it follows a con artist who meets a woman who he takes under his wing. But then she turns the tables on him. Filming's due to begin in the spring.
★ James Dreyfus is to star as Elwood P Dowd in a new theatre production of Harvey. The play will tour the UK next year starting in Birmingham on February 6. The play is being produced by Don Gregory, who brought the production to Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons as Dowd.
★ Susan Sarandon and Allison Janney are in talks to star in the comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. The film will be directed by Cindy Chupack, who's previously worked on Sex And The City and Modern Family. The plot follows three friends who travel to New York to visit their sons and discover that everything may not be as rosy as they all thought. Filming is expected to begin in June.
★ Before she starts work on the film, Janney will be co-hosting the People's Choice Awards alongside her Mom co-star Anna Faris. The show takes place on January 7. Shailene Woodley leads the list of film nominees with four nods; Kaley Cuoco also has four in the TV categories and Brit singer Sam Smith also has four in the music categories.
★ Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan have joined the cast of Now You See Me 2, with Raddcliffe playing the son of Michael Caine's character. Sir Michael actually revealed the news a while ago but now it's official with filming due to take place next month. Speaking about the idea of Radcliffe playing his son, Caine said: "My son is Harry Potter. I thought it’d be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe as father and son."
★ Mark Rylance and Juliet Stevenson are staging a live read of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, the event is in aid of LIFT and takes place at the King's College Chapel on December 11. A Christmas Memory is the recollection of a short and innocent period in the life of the seven-year-old narrator and his older distant cousin and best friend in 1930's America. As Christmas approaches they embark on a ritual involving friendship, cake, country life and the joy of giving.
★ Filming on the new Coen Brothers film Hail Casear! begins on Monday. It stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill and is set in Hollywood in the 1950s. It should be in cinemas in February 2016.
★ The nominations for this year’s Moët BIFA film awards have been announced this week. Drama ‘71 leads the nominations with nine nods including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Actor for star Jack O’Connell. The brilliant Pride also received seven nominations. It’s definitely one of my favourite films of the year. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are both nominated for The Imitation Game which is also up for Best Independent Film. Other acting nominees include Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllanhaal. The winners will be revealed on December 7.