★ Aca-mazing news! Universal Pictures has confirmed that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have both signed on to reprise their roles in the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel. Elizabeth Banks, who appeared in the first movie, will direct it. Kay Cannon, who wrote the script for the original, is returning to write the sequel which is set to hit cinemas in May 2015. This news is so good it gives us a toner.
★ Will Smith won’t be back for director Roland Emmerich's upcoming Independence Day 2. It was originally thought he’d be up for returning as Captain Steven Hiller, but Deadline reports that the After Earth actor has told 20th Century Fox he won't be joining the sequel after all. Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin have got it covered though as they developed two separate scripts where one features Smith and the other is Smith-free. ID2 is scheduled for a July 2016 release, which is 20 years after the original movie hit cinemas.
★ Psych has been cancelled after eight seasons. US TV network USA has confirmed that final episode, The Breakup, will air on March 26. It’ll be followed by a live one-hour Psych After Show special, which will feature a Q&A with creator Steve Franks and the cast. However, there are already rumours that central characters Shawn and Gus may return in a spin-off show or similar project in the future.
★ The Intern will see Anne Hathaway star opposite Robert De Niro. She’ll play the founder of a successful company who, as part of a new program, takes in a senior citizen (De Niro) to be her intern. Reese Witherspoon and Tina Fey have both previously been linked to the latest piece from writer-director Nancy Myers. The Intern is expected to go into production very soon.
★ Lennie James could return to The Walking Dead – that’s coming from creator Robert Kirkman. He’s told Entertainment Weekly: "The writing team want to see [James's character] Morgan again as much as the fans do. It's entirely possible [he'll be back]. We all love Lennie James and we all want to see Morgan again so it may happen at some point, it may not." However, he said that Melissa McBride's character is more likely to reappear in a future episode, adding: "Carol was exiled from the prison... and now all of our characters have in a sense been exiled from the prison. So, you know... they're all pretty much in the same place now."
★ Jason Statham won’t be joining the reboot of the Transporter franchise. Luc Besson's EuropaCorp company is still moving forward with plans for an entirely new trilogy though, with a focus on the origins of Frank Martin. Meantime, the Stath has signed up for action sequel The Mechanic 2, although there’s no word on whether any other original cast members will also return.
★ Terry Gilliam’s told Empire magazine that he’ll start shooting his long-awaited Miguel de Cervantes adaptation The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in September. He’s revealed: "I'm going to try to do Don Quixote again. I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We'll see if it happens." He’s returning to the project – it started filming in 2000 with Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp in the role of Sancho Panza – but it hit the skids and was never finished. This latest attempt will be shot in the Canary Islands.