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Alec Baldwin Joins Woody Allen's Next Pic; Reunites With Russell Brand For 'Man That Rocks The Cradle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 1:17 PM
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With "30 Rock" getting picked up by NBC for one last, shortened, 13-episode season, it looks like Alec Baldwin is going to have a bit more time on his hands. The actor is starting to fill up his calendar and is calling on a couple of recent pals to help him do so.

Jessica Brown-Findlay, James Frecheville & More To Star In Smiths Comedy 'Shoplifters Of The World'; Russell Brand Also Eyed For Role

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2012 9:02 AM
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Ah, The Smiths. Who among us, at least those born after 1965 or so, can say they didn't have moments of adolescent angst, confusion and heartbreak soundtracked by the acerbic lyrics of Morrissey and the chiming guitar lines of Johnny Marr? And yet, their influence on film has never quite matched up to their cult appeal. Oh, sure, they've been recurring soundtrack favorites as far back as "Pretty In Pink," and were a key plot point in recent rom-com hit "(500) Days Of Summer," but have so far managed to avoid biopics or films revolving around them (like the upcoming Stone Roses-themed "Spike Island," which we reported on yesterday). 

Russell Brand Will Try To Scare Up Laughs In 'The Hauntrepreneur'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 27, 2012 10:24 AM
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2011 was supposed to be the year that Russell Brand conquered Hollywood, but instead it was the year he conquered the tabloids. “Arthur” hardly set the box-office on fire and saw Brand receive some pretty brutal reviews, while all “Hop” served to highlight was that he could also be pretty annoying as a CGI bunny. And while it may not look like he has a future as a leading man, the studios are still gonna give him a shot.

Russell Brand Sets Up Late Night Show At FX, Sells Animated Show To Fox

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 2:14 PM
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With the "Arthur" remake--set to be Russell Brand's big leading man coming out party in Hollywood--tanking pretty hard, it looks like the comedian is wisely turning to television in order to build his, uh, "brand" back up. And we have to say at least one of these ideas is a pretty good one.

Russell Brand To Lead 'The President Stole My Girlfriend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 10:05 AM
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This isn't scientific or anything, and evidence still needs to gathered to turn this theory into a fact, but as Russell Brand's hair has become far less wild and as he's settled into a domestic life with his improbable wife Katy Perry, the man has gotten distinctly less funny. The witty, energetic comedian fell hard into the man-child stereotype with "Arthur," a movie that bizarrely took him away from the exact style of comedy that made him noteworthy. And now, it looks like yet again, Brand is ready to go Hollywood even if it means making him a completely anonymous comic actor.

Russell Brand Out, Ben Stiller In For 'Rentaghost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 7:07 AM
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In Hollywood, you're only as good as your last movie, and with Russell Brand's first bonafide leading man vehicle "Arthur" opening at number three this spring and then fading fast from theaters, it seems some heat has fallen off Mr. Katy Perry. Meanwhile, Ben Stiller continues to be a moneymaker (at least when you stick him in mainstream fare). "Little Fockers," as wretched as it was, still made over $300 million worldwide. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"? More than $400 million around the globe. So it's no surprise that the folks behind the gestating movie version of the TV show "Rentaghost" would prefer one name much more than the other.

Russell Brand & Julianne Hough Confirmed For Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 5:36 AM
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While Diablo Cody's distinct voice has provided the foundation for a diverse array of projects ranging from "Juno" to "The United States Of Tara" to the forthcoming "Evil Dead" reboot, she is going to be taking her next script to the screen herself with "Lamb Of God."

Russell Brand Offered Male Lead In Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 8:28 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Co-Star Julianne Hough A Contender For LeadThe screen career of Russell Brand has been an interesting thing to follow so far. The stand-up comedian broke out as a highlight of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and spun off the same character to a lesser, but still fair degree of success in "Get Him To The Greek" (and showed some impressive dramatic chops in places), but the last year has displayed some mixed success: "Hop" was a huge hit, although Brand never appeared on screen, while "The Tempest" and, more importantly, "Arthur," were both awful, and both flops.

First Look At Russell Brand & Alec Baldwin In 'Rock Of Ages' Is Amazing/Terrifying

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 5:53 AM
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Looks like Alec Baldwin is going to be in "Rock of Ages" after all. After reports surfaced earlier in the month that the actor was leaving the upcoming musical "Rock of Ages" for undisclosed reasons (some said there was a personal matter he needed to attend do), it looks like everything is hunky dory.

Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2011 4:48 AM
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Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garbage.

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