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Even though he's going through a divorce, don't ever say that Russell Brand doesn't believe in love.
The "Rock of Ages" star will soon have to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow as he signs on to play the title role in "Cupid," according to Variety.
"Cupid" takes a contemporary meta approach to the myth of the Roman god of affection, with Brand playing a deity who's grown cynical and embittered ... and who's forced to finagle an ideal romance. We assume this new "assignment" will put a spring back in his own stride.
News of Brand's involvement comes hot on the heels of him signing on to another comedy, "Pierre Pierre," earlier this week. Brand will also serve as producer on "Cupid," which is set to be written and directed by Joe Nussbaum ("Prom").
- Bryan Enk
When last we reported on the comedy Pierre Pierre, it had Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) attached to star and Larry Charles (Borat) on board to direct. Now it looks as if Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) is in early talks to displace Carrey. Pierre Pierre centers on an obnoxious Frenchman who steals the Mona Lisa and attempts to transport it to from Paris to London. Along the way, he runs afoul of "French police inspector, a serial killer named Pigeonshit and his own brothel-owning mother." Hit the jump for more on Brand and Pierre Pierre. Variety reports that Brand is in talks to star in Pierre Pierre rather than Carrey. It comes as a bit of a late switch as the off-center comedy was set to shoot this summer. The picture had also reportedly bumped its budget up to accommodate its star power, but »
- Dave Trumbore
I can’t help but have the tiniest twinge of interest in anything pertaining to time travel — it can even generate attention toward a movie with the deathly acting combination of Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza — so please excuse whatever misguided enthusiasm might be generated right… now. Variety reports that Paramount, Montecito Pictures, and Walden Media are enlisting on-set PAs Theodore Bressman and David Branson Smith to write Field Trip, an adventure film based on an idea from Jordan Cahan.
Field Trip — which has been something of a “passion project” for Montecito’s own Ivan Reitman these past few years — revolves around a teacher who takes students on a [insert title here] that uses time travel in lieu of public transportation systems. Now, again, my love of this sci-fi conceit is not always to be trusted — I’ve been burned on this one a couple of times, believe you me — but isn’t »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Recalling the big sales of yore, Disney has won a bidding war for a Christmas-themed pitch, paying $1 million for the action-comedy project from scribe Scott Rosenberg. John Jacobs is producing. The logline is being kept under wraps, but the bidding was between Universal and Disney. Rosenberg was behind some of the big Jerry Bruckheimer action movies in the 1990s including Con Air and Gone in Sixty Seconds and co-created the short-lived ABC drama Happy Town. He did a rewrite of Pain and Gain for Michael Bay, and has supernatural comedy The Hauntrepreneur set up at
- Borys Kit
Word on director Michael Bay's relatively low-budget passion project Pain and Gain is that Scott Rosenberg (Con-Air) has been brought on to punch-up the screenplay originally written by Stephen Markus and Christopher McFeely (both of Captain America: The First Avenger). Based on a true story, Pain and Gain follows the saga of a group of bodybuilders in Miami that engaged in an extortion scheme which wound up spiraling out of control to include kidnapping and torture. The writers compared the tone of their darkly-humored film as based on that of the Coen brothers' film, Fargo. Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are attached to star in the pic alongside Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shaloub and Bar Paly. The film will shoot on location in Miami later this month. Hit the jump for more on Rosenberg and Pain and Gain. HeatVision reported that Rosenberg would be coming on »
- Dave Trumbore
Scott Rosenberg has come aboard Michael Bay's Pain and Gain , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . He'll touch up the screenplay to Michael Bay's dark comedy, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The Paramount Pictures project stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Bar Paly, Rob Corddry and Tony Shalhoub. Based on a true story, the film follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. Rosenberg is best known for films like Con Air , High Fidelity and Gone in 60 Seconds . Most recently, he sold his original screenplay, The Hauntrepreneur to Paramount. That film is in development with Russell Brand slated to play the lead. »
Russell Brand has seemingly rebounded from Katy Perry into a Michael Bay production. He’s played a rockstar version of himself, a privileged version of himself, and at the start of his film career himself if he ever ended up a teacher in a school full of lingerie-clad 25-year-old schoolgirls. But now he’s set to return to our screens as The Hauntrepreneur – a man with a title so incongruous that I’m not sure whether to laugh when I hear it or just go along with it in the spirit I’m sure it’s meant to be taken.
The film tells the story of an eccentric man who helps a family adjust to a new town through the medium of a haunted house filled with strange characters.
Bay’s been working on this project with an eye to producing for a while now with a script first presented »
- Ross Jones-Morris
After being announced last summer, it looks like Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes are moving forward with their horror comedy The Hauntrepreneur as Variety reports Russell Brand is now attached to the project. This comes after Russell Brand stepped away from another ghostly film in the form of Rentaghost (which is now being tailored for Ben Stiller), and the story revolves around a family that has trouble adjusting to a new town and hires a peculiar man called 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. The film comes from an original spec script by Scott Rosenberg who has written films like Con-Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, and High Fidelity, but this seems like something different for the writer. As a fan of Brand's comedic stylings, this has the potential to be fun, »
- Ethan Anderton
Russell Brand, in my honest opinion, hasn.t found the right project for his exaggerated sense of humor. Maybe Adam Shankman.s uproarious musical Rock of Ages will figure out how to use him. Maybe it will be the currently untitled Diablo Cody film he.s about to begin filming. Or maybe, just maybe, it will be The Hauntrepreneur, a picture Variety says he.ll film for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. Based on a spec script by Scott Rosenberg, the awkwardly titled Hauntrepreneur -- I seriously don.t want to have to type that multiple times for the next year and a half -- casts Brand as a strange man hired to help a family adjust to their new home town. .In an attempt to bring them together,. Variety reports, .the man creates a haunted house filled with an odd cast of characters.. Ah, it.s Brand.s attempt at »
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.
- Aly Semigran
Actor's Hollywood career to take a ghostly twist with horror comedy about a businessman specialising in haunted houses
Despite a less-than-stellar result for the remake of Arthur, Russell Brand's film career shows no signs of slowing down. He will continue to wander our screens after signing up for big-studio comedy horror The Hauntrepreneur.
The comedian will star as an elderly man who helps a family fit into a new town by building them a haunted house filled with weird spectres, according to The Wrap. The script has been written by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Beautiful Girls) but details of other cast decisions and who is to direct have yet to be announced.
Brand will be seen next in Rock of Ages, a jukebox musical based in 1980s La that also stars Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin. He's attached, in addition, to Diablo Cody's as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which »
- Henry Barnes
The movie revolves around a family, which has trouble adjusting to a new town and hire the Hauntrepreneur, played by Brand, who creates a haunted house filled with strange characters in order to help them bond, Contactmusic reported.
The project is currently in search of a director and there is no word on the other stars. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
While marriage may not have been his cup of tea, Russell Brand is getting back to what he does best: oddball comedies! Brand is eying the lead in "The Hauntrepreneur." Written by Scott Rosenberg ("High Fidelity"), the film follows a troubled family who calls upon the services of a "peculiar man" (Brand, duh) who, apparently, creates a haunted house (??) to bring them together. "The Hauntrepreneur" is still on the hunt for a director. 2012 looks like a busy year for the comedian: he will next appear in the hair-sprayed comedy "Rock of Ages" and has been working on an untitled series for FX, which he is said to produce. He is also about to kick off production on Diablo Cody's next film. Well, you know, grief takes many forms... [via Variety] »
- Jessie Heyman
While marriage may not have been his cup of tea, Russell Brand is getting back to what he does best: oddball comedies!
Brand is eying the lead in "The Hauntrepreneur." Written by Scott Rosenberg ("High Fidelity"), the film follows a troubled family who calls upon the services of a "peculiar man" (Brand, duh) who, apparently, creates a haunted house (??) to bring them together. "The Hauntrepreneur" is still on the hunt for a director.
2012 looks like a busy year for the comedian: he will next appear in the hair-sprayed comedy "Rock of Ages" and has been working on an untitled series for FX, which he is said to produce. He is also about to kick off production on Diablo Cody's next film.
Well, you know, grief takes many forms...
[via Variety] »
- Jessie Heyman
 Even as Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Lovelace loses one star with the exit  of Demi Moore, it's gained another as Chloë Sevigny boards the cast. Sevigny will play a feminist journalist working on a piece about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) for a men's magazine. She joins a sprawling ensemble cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Romeo Brown, Robert Patrick, and Eric Roberts. A replacement is being sought for Moore, who was set for a small role as feminist icon Gloria Steinem. The drama chronicles the life of the adult film actress, who gained worldwide fame in the '70s before quitting her career and joining the anti-pornography movement in the '80s. Shooting on the film is currently underway in Los Angeles, though no release date has been announced at this time. »
- Angie Han
Variety says the movie revolves around a struggling to adjust family after moving a new town who hire a Hauntrepreneur, a unique showman who creates a haunted house full of spooky goings on and peculiar characters to bring the family closer together.
Platinum Dunes haven’t made a movie since the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street two years ago and this latest pick-up encouragingly hints towards original productions for them. Though then again they are still trying to get a »
- Matt Holmes
Brand’s character (The Hauntrepreneur) is said to have been hired by a family to help them build a haunted house in their new neighbourhood. The buzz around the film reports it has a feel of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005). This role will follow Brand’s previous exploration into children’s cinema – 2011′s Hop.
Along with Hop, Russell also starred in last year’s Arthur and is set to appear in the Adam Shankman musical, Rock Of Ages. However, the rumour that he was to take on the lead role in Rentaghost has now been quashed – that role now belongs to Ben Stiller. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Russell Brand may be a little down in the dumps following his break up with hottie pop star Katy Perry but the Brandster has jumped right back into his acting career by signing up to Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures new haunted house horror related project 'The Hauntrepreneur'. Scott Rosenberg ('Con Air') has provided the spec for the project and the hunt for a director is now on. Platinum Dunes, headed by Michael Bay ('Transformers'), Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, haven't had a release since 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' back in 2010. Brand (below) you may recall was rumoured to be starring in the adaption of classic Brit TV show 'Rentaghost' which has since been taken over by funnyman Ben Stiller. So at least Russell has found a suitable horror-themed replacement. He'll be seen next starring in Adam Shankman's musical 'Rock of »
Russell Brand will star in The Hauntrepreneur. The Arthur and Hop actor will lead the cast of Paramount Pictures' supernatural children's tale, reports Variety. The film centres on a family who hire an 'hauntrepreneur' to build a haunted house for them in their new neighbourhood. Con Air and High Fidelity screenwriter Scott Rosenberg sold his original script for the movie to Paramount last year. The studio has not yet commented on the casting. Transformers: Dark of the Moon producer Michael Bay, (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Don't Shoot the Piano Player
Based on the David Goodis novel "Down There", Gallo plays a Hollywood composer who loses it all. Shooting kicks off in Los Angeles and New York this summer. [Source: Thompson on Hollywood]
Scott Rosenberg penned the script which 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, »
- Garth Franklin
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