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Russell Brand Joins Werner Herzog's School Shooting Comedy 'Vernon God Little'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 8:44 PM
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Russell Brand's verbose, rapid fire wit hasn't translated so well to the movies. Aside from being perfectly cast in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and the spinoff "Get Him To The Greek," he's otherwise mostly floundered in Hollywood productions, largely because it forces him to reign his spontaneous energy. But if there's any director who we'd love to see try and get something different, funny and worthwhile out of the comedian, it's Werner Herzog, and whaddya know, that's going to happen.

Review: Diablo Cody's Insipid & Cloying Directorial Debut 'Paradise'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 17, 2013 6:06 PM
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​The prestigious fall film festival, in which anyone who remotely mattered in cinema (or Hollywood), trotted about their latest vehicle. But one name, an Academy Award-winner with a brand spanking new movie, was conspicuously absent. While plenty of unknowns, first-timers and even actors-turned-directors turned up at fests at home and abroad, famed screenwriter Diablo Cody quietly unveiled her feature-length debut on the little-seen DirecTV cable channel in August. And unfortunately it seems like Cody's feature directorial inauguration, "Paradise," was tucked away for good reason: it’s an insipid confection of cloying hopefulness, bubblegum teen spirit and self-reflexive clever quips.

Review: Diablo Cody’s Directorial Debut ‘Paradise’ Is A Cloying After School Special

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 5, 2013 2:52 PM
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​The prestigious fall film festival season is in full swing and anyone who remotely matters in cinema (or Hollywood) is represented in some shape or form—especially at the celeb-friendly Toronto International Film Festival which accepts over 250 films. But one name, an Academy Award-winner with a brand spanking new movie is conspicuously absent. While plenty of unknowns, first-timers and even actors-turned-directors (like Jason Bateman) are about to make their first-time feature bow at Toronto this week, in contrast, famed screenwriter Diablo Cody quietly unveiled her feature-length debut on the little-seen DirecTV cable channel last month (look for the number of reviews; there aren’t many). And unfortunately it seems like Cody's feature directorial inauguration, "Paradise," was tucked away for good reason: it’s an insipid confection of cloying hopefulness, bubblegum teen spirit and self-reflexive clever quips.

Watch: Trailer For Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise' Explores Worldly Pleasures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2013 10:56 AM
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Diablo Cody has carved out a niche for exploring the crises of young women. Whether it's the sudden onset of pregnancy in "Juno," midlife travails in "Young Adult" or high school horror in "Jennifer's Body," Cody brings her own unique perspective to these situations. And for her directorial debut "Paradise," it's faith that's shaken and opens the eyes of its lead character.

Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise' To Premiere On DirecTV Next Week

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 12:49 PM
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Honest to blog? Diablo Cody just tweeted that "Paradise," her directorial debut that stars Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter, wouldn't bow theatrically in October, but rather would get its big premiere on satellite channel DirecTV next week. The tale of a young woman (Hough) who loses her faith following a horrific plane crash (she's badly burned) and travels to Las Vegas to experience all the seediness the town has to offer, was originally scheduled for an October 18th release date but will now debut on August 8th in your living room.

First Images Of Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer & Russell Brand In Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 8:57 AM
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Though you might think the directorial debut from an Oscar winning screenwriter might be surrounded by a bit more hoopla, things have been relatively quiet around "Paradise" (formerly known as "Lamb Of God") from Diablo Cody. Shot last year, things seem to have been kept on the down-low...until now. It turns out it's heading to theaters in just a couple months and we'd wager a stopover at festivals in Toronto and New York probably isn't out of the question, but at either rate a batch of new images has arrived from the movie.

Russell Brand Is Going To Be 'Cupid,' Is Currently Captain Hook In Disney Theme Park Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 4:51 PM
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All one has to do to determine the future big screen prospects of Russell Brand is to simply look at the titles at some of the movies he's been attached to: "Rentaghost," "Hauntrepreneur," "The President Stole My Girlfriend" (seriously), "Man That Rocks The Cradle" and earlier this week, "Pierre Pierre" (though of all these flicks, this one is the promising). And you can now add "Cupid" to the list.

Jim Carrey Out, Russell Brand In For Long Gestating Comedy 'Pierre Pierre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 10:24 PM
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So, here we are, nearly four years after it was first announced, and still not much happening with "Pierre Pierre." Okay, something is happening, but the movie is still moving along at an unhurried pace, and it's now swapping stars.

Review: 'Rock of Ages' Is Anything But a Good Time

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • June 13, 2012 3:09 PM
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"Rock of Ages" will make you want to raise your arms...and then immediately plunge your fingers into your eyeballs for salvation (you can go back for seconds to rescue your ears). "Hairspray" helmer Adam Shankman directs this movie that will finally kill the '80s nostalgia that continues to plague us if we're lucky and will further root karaoke performances and bar jukeboxes in that hairspray-choked decade if we're not. We've had a sub-par version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" stuck in our head since we saw it, and we wouldn't wish this fate on anyone, except perhaps the development heads at Warner Bros. As much as everyone keeps trying to make Julianne Hough a star, Steve Perry she is not (though admittedly she is cuter).

Hold Onto Your Mullets, A Discography Of New Pics From 'Rock Of Ages' Turn It To 11

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 9:25 AM
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If you still have Def Leppard’s Pyromania album on heavy rotation and prefer Jefferson Starship to Jefferson Airplane, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re excited for the upcoming musical adaptation, “Rock Of Ages.” An ode to the days of hair metal and tight leather pants, “Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman has cooked up a tale of a small town girl (livin’ in a lonely world) and a city boy who fall for one another on the Sunset Strip, all while in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. Some of us here at The Playlist have secretly been anticipating the film’s June release, and with a cast consisting of Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, and of course Tom Cruise doing his best Tim Cappelo interpretation, who can blame us?

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