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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Danny Huston will join Nicolas Cage in the Taken-like action thriller Medallion. The film has Nic Cage as a thief whose daughter is abducted and shoved in the trunk of a NYC cab. With help from another thief who is also his ex-girlfriend (Malin Akerman) the guy faces a ticking clock if he wants to rescue his girl.

Simon West directs, from a script by David Guggenheim and the film is just about to shoot in New Orleans. We don’t yet know Danny Huston’s role. [The Playlist]

After the break, Luke Evans is an Amateur American, and Rock of Ages opens up a key role to newcomers. Read More »

It’s been rumored for the past month or so that Kristen Stewart would be starring in Snow White and the Huntsman, one of three Snow White-themed films in the works, and we finally have confirmation. Producer Palak Patel has tweeted that the Twilight actress is in the final stages of negotiation and will officially sign next week. Though his tweets were quickly deleted, this being the Internet, at least one person managed to grab an image before they were taken down. Patel’s tweets read as follows:

@aurastew KStew is officially playing Snow White and her deal is in final negotiations and will close next week.

@cenup official confirmation coming next week. But we are in final negotiations.

Stewart will be joining previously confirmed stars Charlize Theron, who will play the evil queen, and Viggo Mortensen, who will play the titular huntsman. Rupert Sanders is directing. Snow White and the Huntsman is due out late next year and is scheduled to start shooting in August. [Deadline, MTV]

After the jump, more similarly themed films duke it out as Andrew Garfield and Ewan McGregor consider signing on to two different bank robbery projects, and Alec Baldwin joins Rock of Ages.

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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]

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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 »

Briefly: Sometimes offer stories turn into something real; not long ago we reported that Tom Cruise had been offered a role in the film version of the stage musical Rock of Ages. Now we know, thanks to EW, that Mr. Cruise is now in talks for an unspecified role, and that another offer is out to Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress confirms the offer, saying, “It sounds cool… I just got the script and I will read it on the plane home tomorrow. But it sounds like it could be fun.”

Adam Shankman is set to direct the film version of the musical that follows the romance of a couple with, telling their story in part through arrangements of ’80s rock songs. Appropriately, the news about Gwyenth Paltrow’s involvement comes from her appearance at the Country Strong premiere; she sings in the film, and has also made a recent appearance on Glee, so this offer makes all sorts of sense. Chime in below with opinions about who she’s likely to play, if things move forward.

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