April 21st, 2011
07:15 PM ET
She won an Oscar for "Chicago" and now Catherine Zeta-Jones is tuning up for another movie musical. The actress has just been cast as a villain in the upcoming film adaptation of Broadway's "Rock of Ages."
Zeta-Jones will play the Los Angeles mayor's wife, a conservative woman who wants to rid the world of rock and roll, Deadline reports. The character does not appear in the stage version of "Rock of Ages" and was created specifically for the movie.
"There are so many plotlines in the piece, we thought it would be fun to create a villain, and a cultural discussion point," director Adam Shankman told Deadline. "She's the moral majority person, kind of like if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child in that era. To have a great actress who won an [Oscar] in this genre with 'Chicago' is wonderful."
April 15th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
It's official — after months of rumors, Russell Brand has finally joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."
Director Adam Shankman broke the news about the Brit comic's latest gig via Twitter. "I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie!" he wrote. "I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?"
April 8th, 2011
10:20 AM ET
All good things must come to an end - including NBC's "30 Rock," which, according to star Alec Baldwin, will wrap things up in 2012.
"I will tell you one thing, and that is our show next year is our last year of the show," he told Vulture. "Our contracts are expired (in 2012), and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing."
But, much like his character Jack Donaghy, Baldwin might have said more than he should have (reps for the show declined to comment on his remarks), and he later wrote an apology of sorts on the Huffington Post.
March 16th, 2011
04:30 PM ET
Alec Baldwin is prepping his pipes for "Rock of Ages."
The "30 Rock" star says he's gearing up for his role in the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical by taking singing lessons. "You have to," he tells Vulture. "You have to take it seriously."
In "Rock of Ages," Baldwin plays Dennis Dupree, the owner of the Bourbon Room club, where small-town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) takes a job while pursuing her dreams of becoming an actress.
March 14th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
Alec Baldwin is offering troubled former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen some tough love and telling the fired actor—who is suing Warner Bros. Television for $100 million—to sober up and beg for his job back.
"You can't win. Really. You can't," Baldwin says in a new Huffington Post editorial, warning Sheen that network studio execs believe "no actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit. And, in that regard, they are often right. Add to that the fact that the actor who is torturing their diseased egos is a drug-addled, porn star-squiring, near-Joycean Internet ranter, and they really want you to go."
Baldwin advises Sheen to take a time out and make amends with "Two and a Half Men" executive producer Chuck Lorre. "Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck," he writes. "Go on 'Letterman' and make an apology. Write a huge check to the B'Nai Brith. And then beg for your job back."
March 7th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
It's official: Alec Baldwin is going from "30 Rock" to "Rock of Ages."
Director Adam Shankman has confirmed that Baldwin is the latest person on board for the big-screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical.
"So, based on info I got today, I'm gonna confirm Alec Baldwin as Dennis in Rock Of Ages. Hollah," Shankman tweeted March 4.
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