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Russell Brand joins Michael Winterbottom for financial-crisis documentary

Russell Brand has been on a short break from his film and television work, but his latest project is uniting his on-screen comedic history with his passion for political activism.


Casting Net: Russell Brand in talks for school shooting satire; Plus, Jay Baruchel boards Stephen King film, more

• Russell BrandSasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), and Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are reportedly in talks to star in Vernon God Little for director Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans). Based on DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the story is a dark, satirical portrait of a Texas town in the aftermath of a school shooting told from the point of view of its 15-year-old protagonist. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Diablo Cody's 'Paradise': Watch Octavia Spencer explain the 'magical Negro' to a white girl


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

'Paradise': Julianne Hough stars in Diablo Cody's directorial debut

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

Casting Net: Russell Brand could play 'Cupid.' Plus: William Hurt, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver

• William Hurt will join Colin FarrellJessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Will Smith, and Russell Crowe in the rare mid-budget literary fable Winter’s Tale. Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) is making his directorial debut with his adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel, about a young woman (Findlay) who falls for a thief (Farrell) after he tries to rob from her vast Manhattan mansion. Hurt will play her father. Smith and Crowe have supporting roles. [Deadline]

• Girls‘s breakout Adam Driver (i.e. Lena Dunham’s oft-shirtless quasi-boyfriend) has joined the indie romantic comedy The F Word, playing the cocksure best friend to Daniel Radcliffe‘s character as he attempts to maneuver his way through being friends with a major crush (Zoe Kazan), who inconveniently has a long-term boyfriend. Michael Dowse (Goon) is directing from Elan Mastai‘s adaptation of the stage play by Michael Rinaldi and T.J. Dawe. [Variety]

• Margo Martindale‘s long deserved post-Emmy career boost continues, with the Justified actress joining the weighty cast of August: Osage County as the more-complex-than-she-seems sister of Meryl Streep‘s domineering family matriarch. Costars include Julia Roberts, Abigail BreslinJuliette Lewis, and Chris Cooper as Martindale’s husband. John Wells is directing, and Tracy Letts adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play for the screen. [Deadline]

• B.J. Novak (The Office) has joined Saving Mr. Banks, the true story about how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) spent years cajoling Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers for the rights to her literary creation. Novak will play Robert Sherman, who with his brother Richard (Jason Schwartzman), wrote the eventual Disney musical’s iconic songs. So basically he’s going to have “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” running through his head for months on end. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is directing. [THR]

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Casting Net: Hugh Jackman keen on MLK Jr. conspiracy drama. Plus: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Diane Lane
Casting Net: Emma Stone attached to Cameron Crowe romance. Plus: Russell Brand, Taylor Kitsch, Bill Murray
Casting Net: Alex Pettyfer to run off with Kristen Stewart in ‘Cali.’ Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti

Casting Net: Emma Stone attached to Cameron Crowe romance. Plus: Russell Brand, Taylor Kitsch, Bill Murray

• Russell Brand is in opening negotiations for Pierre Pierre, an off-color comedy about a French cynic smuggling a stolen painting from Paris to London. Larry Charles (Borat) is attached to direct the script, from first-time writers Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton. [Variety]

• Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson will headline The Grand Seduction, an indie remake of the French Canadian film La Grand Seduction about a resident of a small, economically-imperiled Canadian village (Gleeson) who enlists his town to help convince a visiting doctor (Kitsch) to move in for good. Actor and filmmaker Don McKellar (Last Night) will direct from a script by Michael Dowse (Goon) and Ken Scott (who also penned the original film). [Deadline]

True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis will play civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler, director Lee Daniels‘ star-studded biopic of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House over the course of eight presidential administrations. Ellis joins (deep breath) Robin WilliamsJames MarsdenAlan RickmanMelissa LeoMinka Kelly, Jane Fonda, Mariah CareyVanessa RedgraveAlex Pettyfer, and Oprah Winfrey, as Allen’s wife. Daniels wrote the script with Danny Strong (HBO’s Game Change). [Deadline]

• Bill Murray is in preliminary talks to star in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, about an irascible retired war vet (Murray) who befriends a 12-year-old boy whose parents have just divorced. Ted Melfi is attached to direct his screenplay, which was on the 2011 Black List. [Variety]

• The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi will supervise Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, playing the director of the internship program at a major technology company, which Vaughn and Wilson’s characters join to reboot their careers. Shawn Levy is directing from a script written by Vaughn. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play ‘The Equalizer.’ Plus: Jon Favreau, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber
Casting Net: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks sign on for ‘Inevitable Defeat.’ Plus: Kellan Lutz, Camilla Belle to play straight lovers in a gay world

Russell Brand to host MTV Movie Awards

Russell Brand will emcee the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced today. Though it’s the Brit’s first time hosting the Movie Awards, he hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2008 and 2009. Of his new gig, Brand joked, “This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than The Avengers, and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out.”

The ceremony airs live at 9 p.m. ET on June 3.

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Russell Brand attached to star in haunted-house flick 'The Hauntrepreneur'

Russell Brand is doing what most people try to do post-breakup: Keep as busy as humanly possible. The actor-comedian, who announced last month that he and his wife of 14 months, Katy Perry, would be divorcing, has plenty on his agenda. In addition to appearing in the upcoming Rock of Ages, as well as being cast in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, and hosting his own late-night talk show on FX, Brand is now also attached to star in the Paramount-produced haunted-house movie The Hauntrepreneur.

The film, which will be co-produced by Michael Bay’s company Platinum Dunes, “revolves around a family that has trouble adjusting to a new town and hires a peculiar man who calls himself the Hauntrepreneur to help them. In an attempt to bring them together, the man creates a haunted house filled with an odd cast of characters.” [Variety originally reported the story.]

While Brand is attached to the project, the film does not have a director yet.

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‘Rock of Ages’ new trailer: So cheesy it’s awesome?

'Rock of Ages' new trailer: So cheesy it's awesome?

Behold the new trailer for Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages musical, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, and a nostalgia-inducing “Dirk Diggler’s name in lights” font. (Actually mis-typed “Julianne Moore” up there. Damnit!) It may cause seizures, but you’ll want to press play if only to see the TERRIBLE wig on TV’s Jack Donaghy as Alec Baldwin Month continues. Watch it here:


Russell Brand and Julianne Hough to star in Diablo Cody's directorial debut

Rock of Ages hasn’t even rolled its way into theaters yet and already two of its co-stars, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, are teaming up for a new project together. Mason Novick ((500) Days of Summer) has confirmed to EW that Brand and Hough will star in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, the previously-titled Lamb of God, a film that he will be producing.

In addition to directing, the Oscar-winner Cody will also write and executive produce (alongside Nathan Kahane) the Mandate Pictures release. (The studio also distributed her 2007 breakout Juno, as well as the upcoming Young Adult.) The film follows a religious woman (Hough, who will next be seen in the remake of Footloose) who, after a plane crash, questions her beliefs and moves to Las Vegas to try out life as a sinner. During her personal journey, she stumbles upon a companion (Brand) along the way who helps her find herself again. Production on the film will reportedly begin in the spring.

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