• Julianne Hough is going the horror route. The Dancing with the Stars alum will play a bride-to-be who deliberately crashes her car to escape a hitchhiker in Curve. Iain Softley, who directed Kate Hudson in The Skeleton Key, is set to direct for horror-masters Blumhouse Productions (Insidious). [Variety]
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Like the lead characters in Juno and Young Adult, Julianne Hough’s character in Diablo Cody’s Paradise is a young woman going through a crisis in a very public way. Lamb Mannerheim’s faith is shaken after a plane crash burns two-thirds of her body, and she shocks her small-town congregation when she publicly renounces God — and threatens to vote Democrat!
She sets out to experience the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas. So basically, she’s on a mission away from God. But the Lord works in mysterious ways. Along the way, she meets a friendly bartender (Russell Brand) who serves her her first real drink, and a cynical lounge singer (Octavia Spencer) with her own special brand of insight. Together, the three of them venture forth to check off as many dirty deeds as possible from Lamb’s Napkin of Sin bucket list.
In the exclusive video clip below, Spencer’s lounge singer, Loray, takes issue with her role in Lamb’s spiritual quest. She resents being the “magical Negro” — à la similar characters in The Green Mile and The Legend of Bagger Vance — even as she insists that she’s full of wisdom. READ FULL STORY
Diablo Cody’s directorial debut stars Julianne Hough as a evangelical Christian named Lamb whose faith is shaken after two-thirds of her body — but not her face, thank God! — is burned in a plane crash. In the new trailer for Paradise, she shocks her church congregation with her doubts before heading to Las Vegas to take a walk on the wild side. (FYI, Paradise, Nev., is the sub-community of Las Vegas that boasts the Strip.) Her bucket list of worldly pleasures is pretty tame (e.g., “smoke a fatty,” “cut hair,” “burn flag”), but with the help of her Rock of Ages co-star Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, I suspect our little Lamb is going to find herself.
I want to warn you, though: This trailer does contain imagery that some readers will find upsetting. I don’t think Nick Offerman’s character was also in the plane accident, but more than two-thirds of his most iconic feature was lost in the making of this movie. I’m sorry. That’s all I can say. READ FULL STORY
• Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) is attached to Time and a Half, a romantic dramedy penned by Diablo Cody about a young twentysomething in a dead-end job who comes across an old one night stand who also happens to be her sister’s high school ex-boyfriend. Hough just recently starred in Cody’s untitled directorial debut. Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You) is directing. [Variety]
• Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, an adaptation of the first book in Cassandra Clare YA fantasy series about a young woman (Lily Collins) who learns she’s from a line of warriors called Shadowhunters, who keep the world safe from demons. Rhys Meyers will play the main villain, the ominously named Valentine Morgenstern. Lena Headey, Jared Harris, and Kevin Zegers (Transamerica) costar. Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) is directing. [THR]
• Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has signed up for Plush, an indie thriller about a rock singer (Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning) with psychic abilities, and the similarly gifted psychologist (Twilight‘s Cam Gigandet) who tries to help her. Samuel will play a mentally unhinged guitarist who joins the band. Director Catherine Hardwicke (yep, another Twilight alum!) also penned the script with Arty Nelson. [Variety]
• Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) is in talks for the upcoming Robocop remake, as the old partner of the Detroit cop (Joel Kinnaman) who gets transformed into the titular crime-fighting cyborg after a near-fatal accident. Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is directing. [THR]
Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence may go to ‘Ends of the Earth.’ Plus: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Costner, and a ‘Catching Fire’ baddie
Casting Net: Kristen Stewart aiming to ‘Lie Down in Darkness.’ Plus: Diane Kruger boards Terrence Malick’s Lincoln biopic
Casting Net: Russell Brand could play ‘Cupid.’ Plus: William Hurt, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver
Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, two box office titans (in very different genres), offer up their latest movies this week.
Cruise stars in Rock of Ages, the ’80s-rock musical based on the hit Broadway show, while Sandler serves up his standard crass-and-proud-of-it comedy with the R-rated That’s My Boy. Both titles should play to broad mainstream audiences, but whether they can dethrone Madagascar 3 is another story.
Here’s how I think the Top 5 will shake out: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Stallone and De Niro eyeing boxing comedy 'Grudge Match.' Plus: Gary Oldman, Dominic Monaghan, Anne Hathaway
• Gary Oldman and Dominic Monaghan have signed on to the biopic Monster Butler, about real-life bisexual serial killer and thief Roy Fontaine (a.k.a. Archibald Hall), played by Malcolm McDowell. Oldman will play a taxidermist; Monaghan his lover David Wright. Director Doug Rath will be expanding his short film about Hall of the same name, that also starred McDowell. [THR]
• Get ready for wet kisses, memorable sunsets, and meaningful deaths, Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, ’cause Relativity Media announced today that you’ve signed on to star in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven. Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) will direct.
• Anne Hathaway is circling the indie drama Song One, about a woman who falls for her injured brother’s favorite musician. Writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland will make her feature debut with the film. [Variety]
• The Killing‘s Mireille Enos just can’t get enough of slow-moving murder stories: She’s joining Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon in the West Memphis 3 drama Devil’s Knot. Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) will direct. [Deadline]
• Angelina Jolie has found her prince. Aussie TV actor Brenton Thwaites will play the dashing suitor to Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora in Maleficent, Disney’s live-action re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Adam Shankman comedy eyeing all-star cast. Plus: Jude Law, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, Taran Killam
Casting Net: ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Iron Man 3′ land new villains. Plus: Anthony Hopkins, Bradley Cooper, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde
Casting Net: Minka Kelly heads to the White House. Plus, Gary Oldman and Rupert Grint
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