LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - As Marvel finalizes surprises for its Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the rumor mill regarding "Doctor Strange" has reached a fever pitch and the actor who has been mentioned most often for the coveted superhero role is none other than three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, multiple individuals close to the casting process have told TheWrap.
On July 18, Twitter user @KevinInChains revealed that Joaquin Phoenix had been spotted buying "Doctor Strange" comics at a comic book store in Connecticut. Phoenix is in New England filming the Woody Allen movie.
Representatives for Marvel and Phoenix had no comment.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Nine seasons and two movies later, people still can't enough of "The X-Files." Now, it seems neither can original creator Chris Carter.
In a new interview with Vulture, Carter has once again hinted that there may be more to come, and it could be an even more likely possibility than ever with the recent change in leadership over at 20th Century Fox TV and the Fox network, the production company and network on which the original "X-Files" series aired.
"I'm very friendly with Gary and Dana," Carter says when asked if the new Fox bosses would mean a new version of the David Duchovny-Gillian Anderson series, whether a sequel or reboot, could happen. "Dana and I basically cut our teeth at the same time. She was a publicist. It's nice to go through your career with someone you have respect for and were in the trenches with. Dana and I sat in the same room during the first market testing of The 'X-Files.' She was like a junior publicist, and I was this unproven producer. She was there at the beginning. So I owe her a lot. And certainly she and I have talked a lot about this.
Jul 25 (TheWrap.com) - “Community” creator Dan Harmon was joined by castmembers Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, and Dino Stamatopoulos, as well as writer Chris McKenna, for a panel discussion on the show's upcoming sixth season on Yahoo TV. He even teased the “and a movie” portion of the show's signature hashtag: #sixseasonsandamovie
While Yahoo TV had previous teased a possible fall return for the show, Harmon told the assembled audience that it was more likely going to be “probably sometime after Christmas.” He said the plan was to start writing in the fall, according to the Associated Press.
As for that process, Harmon isn't planning anything as ambitious as “Arrested Development” did when it put together its latest season for Netflix. “My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries kind of make themselves felt, instead of just going, ‘We can make the episode 49 minutes long, and say the f-word the whole time,'” he said in the panel.
Jessica Biel is coming to Fox's "New Girl" as "the hottest scientist in the world," TheWrap has learned.
The stint is just for one episode, the Season 4 premiere.
Here's Fox's full description of this fall's first half-hour: "It's the last wedding of the season, and the gang challenges each other to see if each of them can get lucky at the big event. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) sets her sights on a cute guy at the wedding - only to be taken on by Kat (Biel), the hottest scientist in the world."
Jul 24 (TheWrap.com) - It's good news for the ladies of Litchfield, but bad news for fans of “Orange Is the New Black.” Corrections officer George Mendez aka “Pornstache,” portrayed by Pablo Schreiber, will not be returning for the third season of the hit Netflix drama.
Schreiber confirmed his departure in an interview with the New York Post. “I'm a member of a show called ‘The Brink’ that's going to be on HBO,” he told the Post. “It's a half-hour comedy with Jack Black and Tim Robbins and me [as] the three leads. I'm really excited about it.”
While he was a prominent character on Jenji Kohan's “Orange,” Schreiber was only a guest star through the first two seasons. He said that it was “a no brainer” to jump on board a starring role opportunity. “It was a better move for me as an actor,” he explained.
Jul 24 (TheWrap.com) - Throw Alicia Menendez into the mix of women co-hosting “The View” as the ABC daytime talk show strives to revamp its lineup.
Menendez, host of Fusion's “AM Tonight,” will guest co-host “The View” on Thursday. The daughter of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, she has been a frequent commentator on cable news, and is a former co-host of Sirius XM's “Power Play,” as well as “HuffPost Live.”
Menendez joins a list of recent guest co-hosts including Meghan McCain, Ana Belaval (WGN) and Sara Haines (ABC News).
Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
Larry Mendte returns to the airwaves. He will be on New York 77 WABC on Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting this Sunday. Mendte previously appeared on the now-defunct talk station IQ106.9 before getting the axe.
Mendte isn't an unfamiliar name in the New York market. After he was dismissed from CBS3, Mendte was a regular on NY's PIX11.
Add that to Mendte’s TV duties—hosting ”The Delaware Way” and “ . . . And Another Thing with Larry Mendte”—on Me-TV affiliate KJWP Channel 2, broadcasting out of Wilmington, Del., as well as his gig as Public Affairs Director for the station, and it looks like the formerly embattled Mendte has a full plate.
Jul 23 (TheWrap.com) - Portia De Rossi is joining ABC's “Scandal” in a multiple episode arc on the upcoming fourth season, a show representative told TheWrap.
In true “Scandal” fashion, the show is keeping the details of Rossi's role under wraps.
The news of Rossi's casting was actually broken by her wife, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, on Twitter.