End of Week Recap: Emma Watson, Kristin Kreuk Take On 'Beauty and the Beast' and A Busy Week For Michael Bay

After eight months of end of week recaps, we're switching things up a bit. You can still find all the week's news, rumors, first look and new images here. We've bumped the trailers, cast video interviews and random fun finds over here.

News:

 

Guillermo del Toro is set to direct Emma Watson in a Beauty and the Beast themed re-imagining titled Beauty. Watson will play Beauty. Also, Kristin Kreuk has been chosen to star in CW's re-invention of a late-80's CBS romantic drama with a similar theme. Kreuk will play an NYPD homicide detective who falls for a man who was involved a military incident that changed his physical appearance and turned him into The Beast.
 
Paramount is looking to remake Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion.
 
Michael Bay will be back to direct Transformers 4 for a June 29, 2014 release. Josh Duhamel, who starred in the first three Transformers movies, said that no one from the original cast will be back for this reboot.
 
Rob Corddry joins the cast of Michael Bay's pet project, Pain and Gain.
 
Get ready for more heroes in a half shell. Jonathan Liebesman appears to have signed on to direct a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, to be produced by Michael Bay.
 
Ghost Rider director Brian Taylor locked in a seven-figure deal to direct and write a movie adaptation of the classic video game Twisted Metal. Taylor along with his directing partner Mark Neveldine also said that they have been in talks with Sony about a potential third Ghost Rider movie and reaffirmed that Crank 3D will get made. Eventually.
 
Following outrage over his use of an anti-gay slur that cost him the producing gig for this year's Academy Awards, Brett Ratner will helm a series of star-studded GLAAD public service announcements.
 
Scary Movie 5 has gotten a release date: January 11, 2013.
 
The Wicker Man is hitting the stage. The horror shocker will be transformed by the National Theater of Scotland in a musical production titled "An Appointment with the Wicker Man," which debuts today. So if you're in the UK and hear people singing about bees this weekend, you'll know why.
 
Billy Bob Thornton confirmed that Bad Santa 2 will begin filming this fall and hopefully be in theaters for Christmas 2013.
 
Peter Berg says a script for a big screen continuation of the Friday Night Lights television series is almost done and could begin filming once he wrangles the principle cast (Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly and Adrianne Palicki) together.
 
Hannibal Lecter is headed for the small screen. NBC has ordered 13 episodes based on characters in Thomas Harris' novel.
 
Paramount is turning that viral YouTube talking dog video (you know, this one) into a feature length film.
 
Sylvester Stallone may be returning for yet another round as Rambo. Conan the Barbarian writer Sean Hood recently tweeted that he is working on a screenplay for Rambo 5, though any plans to actually film it are on hold until Stallone wraps on The Expendables 2 and his upcoming tag team with Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Tomb.
 
The Ring 3D is set to hit the big screen in Japan this May, under the title Sadako 3D. Sadako is the Japanese version of Samara in the Americanized Ring films. You can check out the Japanese trailer here.
 
Dwight Yoakam will not co-star in The Lone Ranger. Yoakam had previously signed on last July to play the lead villain role.
 
Entertainment industry deaths: Peter Breck (Benji, The Big Valley), 82; Philip Bruns (Flashdance, The Stunt Man), 80; Bill Hinzman (cinematographer, Night of the Living Dead), 75; Dory Previn Shannon (composer, Valley of the Dolls), 86; David Kelly (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), 82; Laurie Main (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), 89; D. Thomas Miller (former president of CBS television), 86; Zina Bethune (Who's That Knocking at My Door?), 66; Chikage Awashima (The 47 Ronin, Early Summer), 87; Whitney Houston (singer, The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale), 48.
 
 
First Look and New Pictures
 
Here are four new images from Snow White and the Huntsman
 
 
A first look at Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini in Cogan's Trade
 
 
Agent Coulson and Thor look at a computer monitor in this new pic from The Avengers.
 
 
Jean Claude Van Damme was seen sporting a beefy mustache and sideburns on the set of Welcome to Paradise.
 
 
 

 

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