The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.

The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]

After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.

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In June, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut was announced: Lamb of God, a film the writer and soon-to-be director described as “about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her faith in everything. (Comedy gold!) Seriously though, it’s not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. It’s a nice Christmas story.”

Not long afterward, Russell Brand was said to have been offered one of the lead roles. Now he’s locked, and Julianne Hough (Footloose), also mentioned as being high on Cody’s wishlist, is also set to play the plane crash survivor around whom the story is built. Read More »

Two movies that have been batted around for some time have just made significant moves forward. First there’s Motor City, a film that was on the 2009 Black List, has only one line of dialogue in the entire thing, and is about a crook who is framed and dead set on revenge when he gets out. Albert Hughes will reportedly direct the film for Warner Bros. and he, along with producer Joel Silver, have offered Chris Evans as the lead.

Then there’s Lamb of God, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut about a young religious girl who loses her faith and heads to Las Vegas. Russell Brand has reportedly been offered the co-starring male lead in the film. Read more about both these projects after the break. Read More »

Much like the Broadway show on which it’s based, you can probably guess whether or not you’re going to enjoy the movie Rock of Ages long before buying a ticket. Do you like ripped jeans, big, teased hair, shoulder pads and the music of the Eighties? Then you’re probably going to like Adam Shankman‘s in-production adaptation starring Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Ackerman, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin. (Yes, Alec Baldwin is back in the film even though we previously though he wasn’t going to be.)

If over-the-top musicals filled with loud cover songs give you a headache, then Rock of Ages probably won’t be your thing. To double check though, Shankman recently tweeted our first look at the two characters played Brand and Baldwin and, just from this image, you’ll probably be able to figure out whether Rock of Ages is for you or not. Read More »

Malin Akerman Joins ‘Rock of Ages’

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 »

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 »

‘Hop’ Trailer #3

Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment (the guys behind the computer animated feature Despicable Me, have released a third movie trailer for the upcoming Russell Brand Easter Bunny comedy Hop. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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