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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We’ve already discussed that Sam Mendes and Adam Shankman were frontrunners to direct Oz the Great and Powerful, an origin story for the Wonderful Wizard that looks set to star Robert Downey Jr. as the titular warlock. Now, it’s looking like Shankman is taking his campaign for the job into the public arena.

Shankman’s biggest, bravest play has been to quit another project, the long in development Bob: The Musical. He’s also making open reference to his desire to land the gig through retweets on his Twitter account. Bye Bob – you sounded like I might at least enjoy you.

The Great and Powerful question, as the LA Times frame it, is which sounds better: Wizard of Oz by way of American Beauty or by way of Hairspray?

Personally, I’d vote Hairspray…and doubly so if we were talking about the original. The prospect of a John Waters trip to Oz is something I’d get really excited about.

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Update: The LA Times mentions that another director who is a top candidate for the film is Adam Shankman (Bedtime Stories). So let that temper your excitement a bit, at least for now.

Guess this answers the question about what Sam Mendes is doing while EON Productions figures out the future of James Bond. While the director was hired as a ‘consultant’ on Bond 23 (supposedly a precursor to being the director of that film, but without MGM having to put out any money for him yet) the shelving of that movie leaves him free.

Now we hear he may direct a Wizard of Oz movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, with leading man Robert Downey, Jr. Talk about change-ups. What’s going on here? Read More »

LOL: Hack Directors Venn Diagram

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Something that I came across a couple weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to post on the site is this wonderful Hack Directors Venn Diagram from MadAtoms. While I don’t necessarily agree with all of the selections, or reasonings (for example, attempt at style is counter intuitive to the dictionary definition of “hack”), I do think it’s both clever and funny. I’m not sure why Adam Shankman is getting picked on for not being funny when there are better examples of “Isn’t Funny But Makes Comedies” like Tyler Perry. And it is very fitting that Brett Ratner ended up in the center of the diagram.

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The new video on FunnyOrDie is co-directed by Hairspray director Adam Shankman and stars the biggest cast to ever grace one of the comedy site’s viral videos: Zac Efron, Thomas Lennon, Nicole Sullivan, Vanessa Hudgens, Justin Long, Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden, Queen Latifah, Brody Jenner, Carmen Electra, Lance Bass, Brittany Snow, Jessica Stroup, Chelsea Staub, Jessica Rose, Ruta Gedmintas, Abby Pivaronas, Ryan Rottman, DJ Timbo, Mark Kvammsuck. The question is, why does the video suck so much?

I’m a huge fan and supporter of FunnyOrDie, and I understand their biggest videos have featured the participation of big name Hollywood stars. I’m sure this video will get record hits. Heck, it has Zac Efron, and in 2009, that’s almost as good as having that guy with the weird hair from Twilight. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know the reason I’ve liked FunnyOrDie’s videos is because they were actually funny, well written, and well produced. Eric Appel took things to a new level with Gobstopper. But this video just seems like they invited a bunch of semi-famous people to a pool party and tried to film a video around the participants. Lets hope this doesn’t become the norm.