Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games isn’t the only movie that can dole out individual casting breaks on a daily basis. Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages — the movie version of the ‘jukebox musical’ that tells a tale of love and abition partially through the performances of anthemic ’80s tunes — seems to add a major name every other day.
The latest is Malin Akerman, who takes on the role that was originally intended for Anne Hathaway and then Amy Adams, both of whom bailed to do big comic book movies. (The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: The Man of Steel, respectively.) Can she sing? I’m not sure, but looking at the rest of the cast of the film, I’m not sure that it matters, either. Read More »
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Catherine Zeta-Jones hasn’t been on screen in the past few years (her last film, Bart Freundlich’s 2009 effort The Rebound, is still seeking distribution) but she is starting to get new roles. She’ll be in Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis, and now Adam Shankman has cast her as a new character in his film adaptation of the stage musical Rock of Ages. Read More »
Last week there was mention that Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages film musical may have found its young leading man in the person of Diego Boneta. (He’s had roles on the new 90210 and Pretty Little Liars, but may still count as an almost-unknown to some.) Now there is confirmation that he’ll play Drew Boley, the aspiring star at the center of the musical. In addition, Russell Brand is finally coming on after months of being rumored to join the cast. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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I know: you’re dying to see images of the Footloose remake, which is shooting now with a cast that includes Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough in the roles originated by Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. That’s the first look at the two actors in costume, above, which is pretty obviously sourced from the days on which the film’s big prom / dance scene was shot. See a larger version after the break. Read More »
Screen Gems has released a second movie trailer for Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical Burlesque (if you missed the first movie trailer, you can watch that at the link). I’m not a big fan of musicals, and when I have liked a film musical, it has usually been of the more cinematic variety. Burlesque is obviously a musical of the stage show-variety. I was also once interested in this project because it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody was doing a draft of the script, but I don’t see her name listed in the early credits, and the film doesn’t look to have any of her signature touches. Basically, this is a long way of saying, this just isn’t my thing.
But I’m sure some of you are interested. Watch the second trailer now embedded after the jump thanks to Vlicious (found via FirstShowing).
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Our long national nightmare is over! The Footloose remake finally has a cast. Now I can rest easy tonight. Mostly because no one I care too much about is in the movie, which Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) is still directing. OK, there’s Dennis Quaid, playing John Lithgow’s role, but he’s been in worse. The rest of the names, each of which is sure to thrill you in different ways, after the break. Read More »
Entertainment Tonight ran a behind the scenes feature on Christina Aguilera‘s live-action big screen film debut Burlesque. Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical tells the story of Ali, “an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice” played by Aguilera, who “tries to escape a hollow past by performing in a neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles.” The film hopes to be Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret, with established songs that will be updated and worked into dance numbers. Cher makes her big screen return as Tess, the proprietor of the club, alongside Stanley Tucci. The film also stars a red-haired Julianne Hough, and a brunette Kristen Bell.
Antin wrote the script, which was later revised by Erin Brockovich scribe Susannah Grant. No mention is made of Diablo Cody‘s screenplay involvement in the Variety story, which makes me wonder if any of her contributions have made it to the final draft. Antin has described neo-burlesque as “a contemporary take on the traditional burlesque that derived from vaudeville, with singing, dancing, comedy and more tease than striptease.” Antin’s sister Robin created the burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls in 1995. Watch some early footage and behind the scenes interviews from ET, after the jump.
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