Adam Shankman‘s big-screen version of the rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages has turned into quite the hot ticket. Tom Cruise plays one key character, decadent rocker Stacee Jax, and now Amy Adams is being wooed to play a journalist who intends to write a hit piece on the rock star but ends up falling for him instead. And Paul Giamatti has been added to the cast as well. Read More »

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Country singer and two-time Dancing With The Stars winner Julianne Hough has just landed the lead role of Sherrie in Adam Shankman‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. She’ll star alongside Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige (as well as possibly Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, though those deals haven’t been locked yet) as a country girl who comes to Los Angeles and gets eaten up and spit out by the ’80s hair metal scene. The show features music by Bon Jovi, Styx, Twisted Sister and Poison and more. Hough recently appeared in Burlesque and also stars in the upcoming remake of Footloose. Read more after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Adam Shankman has finally got Tom Cruise locked for the film version of Rock of Ages, and now he’s turning to other open roles. Having Tom Cruise likely gives him a bit more power, so he is reportedly looking at Anne Hathaway to play a journalist who is planning a hit piece on rocker Stacee Jax, to be played by Mr. Cruise.

Deadline says that the actress is in talks, and given that the site has been on top of casting for the film (also reporting possible roles for Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin) I’m inclined to take this seriously. The big question is how this would mesh with her schedule for The Dark Knight Rises; if things can work out, expect to see her belting out a few songs next to Tom Cruise.

Briefly: Tom Cruise has been circling Hairspray director Adam Shankman‘s adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages — the jukebox musical built around classic rock hits from the ’80s — since October, but now he’s finally closing the deal. He’s set to play Stacee Jaxx, an “arrogant and charming star at the top of his career”. That puts him in the position of singing a rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead of Alive”, assuming the movie follows the show.

Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are still up for big roles in the film, but there’s no deal in place for them yet. We also heard an offer had gone out to Gwyneth Paltrow. Now that Cruise has locked down his role, expect more casting updates to follow. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Adam Shankman‘s big-screen version of the rock opera Rock of Ages is slowly coming together. There has been a lot of word about actors circling the project, but no hard and fast casting news as of yet. The biggest name being discussed so far has been Tom Cruise, who will reportedly take a supporting role in the musical. Now Russell Brand is circling a role as well. A rundown of the possible cast as it stands is after the break. Read More »

Most of us stop thinking about work as we enter the holiday season, but Hollywood actors and actresses are lining up their jobs for the new year.  There is a whole bunch of casting news that’s recently been announced, much of it in the romantic comedy genre, and here’s the rundown.

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks and G4′s Olivia Munn will join Kelsey Grammer and Pierce Brosnan in the comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman juggling her work on Wall Street with a family life. Parker herself is also joining the huge ensemble for Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve while Halle Berry is in negotiations for a role too. 30 Rock award winner Alec Baldwin is the latest actor circling a spot in the Broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. Everyone’s favorite Viper pilot, Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff will star in Sexy Evil Genius, which is about a girl who brings all her exes to the same bar. Rosario Dawson and Lynn Collins are now part of the high school reunion film Ten Year with Chris Pine and Channing Tatum and Ed Burns joins Megan Fox and Jon Hamm in Jennifer Westfeldt’s romantic comedy Friends With Kids.

A lot to digest, we know. There’s so much more info after the jump that you’d be crazy not to click. Read More »

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Tinkerbell has already appeared in film four times now—first in the silent 1924 version of Peter Pan; most memorably in the ’50s animated classic; later in Spielberg’s Hook, where she was played by Julia Roberts; and most recently in 2003′s Peter Pan, as portrayed by the gorgeous (and frequently clothesless) Ludivine Sagnier. But never before has the character been the star of her own theatrically-released feature.

Until now.

Elizabeth Banks will star as Tinkerbell in Tink, a live-action romantic comedy from Disney which “plays with the mischievous nature of the Tinkerbell character”. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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Sadly, these two movies don’t seem to have simultaneously killed each other in a fight to the death, but regardless: both Hairspray 2 and the Metal Gear Solid movie are dead. At least for the moment. There’s always the possibility of a zombie attack. Details on both after the break — I know you’ll wade through David Hayter’s comments on MGS just to get to the AquaNet. Read More »

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