Briefly: Audiences are now, officially, going to see Rocky Balboa fight Jake LaMotta. Warner Bros. has just greenlit the long gestating Grudge Match, directed by Peter Segal, which is a comedy about two over the hill boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) who comeback for one last match. Kevin Hart has been cast as the fight’s promoter. Grudge Match was originally written by Tim Kelleher but Entourage creator Doug Ellin is credited with the most recent draft. Read more about the film here. Thanks to Deadline.

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As just about every cancelled series (and even some of the non-cancelled ones) vows to come back as a movie, one popular property’s actually making a bit of progress. Doug Ellin has revealed that his Entourage screenplay is nearing completion, and by “nearing” we mean “just about at” — Ellin says he plans to have the thing done by Sunday.

Those who saw the finale may recall that Entourage ended with a cliffhanger of sorts, as Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) got the call to take over as the CEO of Time Warner. According to Ellin, the Entourage movie will jump forward six months to see Ari settling into his new position as a studio head. But naturally, some things never change: Vince (Adrien Grenier), Drama (Kevin Dillon), E (Kevin Connolly), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrarra) remain close friends, with a steadfast passion for partying. More after the jump.

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We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
  • The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
  • Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
  • Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
  • HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
  • Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
  • The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
  • Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
  • Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar

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If you happened to catch a screening of Attack the Block this summer, you probably walked away thinking the same thing we did: this John Boyega kid is going to be a huge star. Well, Boyega’s now landed his first part since Attack the Block opened, and it sounds like a great one. He’ll play the lead, Donnie, in HBO’s series Da Brick, a fictionalized telling of the earliest days of Mike Tyson‘s boxing career. Spike Lee is set to direct the pilot episode from a script by John Ridley (Three Kings), and will also executive produce along with Tyson, Ridley, Jim Lefkowitz, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.

Da Brick centers around a young man in modern-day Newark, NJ who gets released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday. The series will aim to deal with larger issues like “what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America” and “what it means to be a man both for himself, and to those around him.” As long as the British Boyega can pull off a convincing Jersey accent, this seems like pitch-perfect casting. [Deadline]

After the jump, In Plain Sight‘s Rachel Boston faces a possible apocalypse with Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, and Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen, joins Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon.

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Although he’s currently best known as that guy whose tattoo artist tried to sue Warner Bros. for reproducing his design on Ed Helms’ face, Mike Tyson was once famous for being one of the best boxers of his day. It’s true! I read about it on Wikipedia. Now HBO has ordered a pilot for a new drama called Da Brick, which will be “loosely inspired” by Tyson’s early days as a boxer. Spike Lee has signed on to direct the episode, and will executive produce with Tyson, Entourage creator Doug Ellin and Jim Lefkowitz. John Ridley (Three Kings, Undercover Brother) will serve as writer and showrunner. Read more after the jump.

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WEEDS (season 5)

How long has it been since the last Weeds Session? Six months? Full Disclosure: We’ve been hesitant to turn on our television for fear of the sixth season of Entourage; seriously, that is the most dreadful show of the year. Doug Ellin might as well DM Tommy Wiseau to write and direct the next planned 10 seasons. Back to Weeds, a far better series that remains impossible to peg like a bi-polar, medium infatuation. Over the last three eps (and yes: half a year later) Nancy Botwin, her ever-independent sons (Silas and Yung Perv Eyes), and the slimy Esteban have struggled with myriad crises. This season’s earlier, recurring and grisly theme that life-is-cheap below the border has been replaced by the soap-operatic lightness displayed in the first seasons.

#SpoilerAlert: The stakes in Nancy’s life, though still perma-dire, seem to have cooled. New additions tend to do that. And sure, the current tone is unrealistic, given that she’s in-and-out of bed and hot water with a politician aka a corrupt jackass and control-freak. But Single Mom and Slacker-in-Law vs. Mexico? Fuck it. It’s summer and we’re digging it. You? And Andy. Andy! The guy who inexplicably transformed for two eps into the would-be hirsute Billy Mitchell of Cali; at one point we anticipated him parading around and waking-and-baking in Daisy Dukes. But wait. Is that all $100K buys in this shite economy? Really? It doesn’t even buy a Comic-Con hotel cosplay orgy? (Nevertheless, nice shout out and timing, Stephen Falk and Co.)

After the jump, the latest developments from the preceding eps and last Monday’s “A Distinctive Horn.” Be sure to ready your angriest, limpest /TV comments trolls, so the /Interns can zap ‘em and stay busy!

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