Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough are both tapped to star in the upcoming "Rock Of Ages" flick and it seems that if Russell Brand can work out the final kinks of his negotiations, he too might be joining the star-studded cast to play Lonnie in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash.

So, what's the hold up?

"I think they're talking about it," he told MTV News at the Cosmopolitan magazine's 2011 Fun Fearless Males party. "I think they're trying to work out what I like to call 'scheduling,' " he joked, alluding to the fact that his salary was still being discussed.

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Rising comedic talent Bo Burnham is definitely on the upside these days. Aside from working with Judd Apatow recently, the 20-year-old funnyman is set to premiere his Comedy Central special, "Words, Words, Words" on Saturday night. And, he promises that the special will feature an eclectic bag of jokes.

"It’s a lot of stuff. It's got songs. Now it has poetry and stand-up and beat poems and haikus and one sonnet and some jokes. It's just basically gags all over the place," he revealed to MTV News. "There's like one or two jokes I made a little bit bigger [for the special] because I had a bigger production value behind it. When they commission that hour they're sort of like, 'No, you do your thing.' I had to rewrite some jokes for the censors maybe." Read More...

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For a while now people have been wondering what became of the Bo Burnham-penned, Judd Apatow-produced script dubbed the "anti-'High School Musical.'" So, the question is: When will we see it on the big screen... if ever? MTV News went to the source (no, not Apatow) to find out.

"We've been writing it for a couple years. I don't know if it'll be made or anything," said Burnham, a 20-year-old stand-up comic/musician who is known for his satirical songs and popular You Tube videos (and who has his very own Comedy Central special, "Words, Words, Words," airing Saturday). "It's just an R-rated 'High School Musical.' It's not a spoof. People would obviously make that comparison because it's going to be a musical in high school, but we were thinking that idea of a high school musical is incredible. It's a great idea, and it's not like we're spoofing that one." Read More...

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Kristen Stewart in Welcome to the RileysIt's a tale as old as time. A distraught man fighting to keep his marriage together after the death of his child runs away to New Orleans, meets a stripper and begins treating her like the daughter he lost. And from there, emotions run high.

In the newly released international trailer for the Kristen Stewart drama "Welcome to the Rileys" -- which also stars James Gandolfini as the aforementioned distraught man, Doug Riley, and Melissa Leo as his equally struggling wife -- fans get a taste of the drama that unfolds when lost souls try to connect emotionally. The trailer does prove two things: When she's not working with a "Twilight" script, Stewart has some keen acting skills... and she's also not afraid to bare a little skin when the material calls for it (she does play a stripper, after all). Read More...

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When fans of Baz Luhrmann heard that he was up for directing a new-millennium film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic "The Great Gatsby," let's just say there was an excited shout of joy, collectively. And then when it was rumored that "Romeo + Juliet" star Leonardo DiCaprio might be up for Gatsby, well let's just say wowza! So, when MTV News caught up with Baz at "The Social Network" premiere we tried to get some updates on the project.

"The rumors are out! I've got two going. One is a musical and one is a period work, both based in New York City, and I'm about to make that decision. I've got the script for both of them and I'm making that decision in four to six weeks, no longer than six weeks," he teased, adding that "Gatsby" had no plans to add some singing. "Singing 'Gatsby'? No! 'Gatsby,' it is the Fitzgerald book and I've been working on that quite a lot. The other one is also New York based and music-driven and it's just a question of ... what is the next right step for me." Read More...

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While we still aren't sure what role Rihanna will play in board game adaptation "Battleship" (I hope, for her sake, she gets to get it on with either Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard... or both), we imagine she will bring her own flare for theatrics to the role. The thing about her casting is that it has us wondering what pop stars would do well in other planned movie adaptations of board games. Read More...

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At the MTV Movie Awards, every second counts. That means that the people in charge of making celebs end up where they need to be on time have a pretty high-octane job once show day comes along. And that means sometimes they need to make sure certain celebs don't run into each other as well.

“We do have some beefs sometimes that happen between certain celebrities. I want to keep them nameless,” Ted Absher, a Movie Awards talent wrangler, told us inside the Gibson Amphitheatre where he was putting the final touches on the big show’s talent wrangling plans. Now, as much as we want to know who those people are, he says the Movie Awards isn’t usually the place for beef. Read More...

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All week MTV News has been on hand to give you, our loyal readers, all the behind-the-scenes scoops from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles where the 2010 MTV Movie Awards are set to take place this Sunday. And, for the most part we've been successful in giving you the bird's eye view of what it's like to put together a major awards show. But, earlier on Friday that wasn't the case.

As we made our way inside the venue where this year's show is set to take place, it seems like we arrived just at a time when we weren't supposed to. As we got there we were told it was a "closed rehearsal." "You can't be here, man," one man, who seemed to have authority, told us. Read More...

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It seems like at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards no one wants to sit near Hollywood’s hottie queen bee Scarlett Johansson more than MTV’s newest star (and "Fabricated-American") Warren the Ape, whose new show hits MTV’s airwaves on June 14. So, when he had the chance to head over to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to see where all the stars will be sitting come Sunday, he decided to make his own fate and give himself a plum seat.

And, as it turns out that seat is right next to Scarlett Johansson. Now, we’re not sure how happy the new arrangement will leave Olympian Shaun White, who was originally placed near the starlet, but as Warren the Ape explains just because you won a gold medal doesn’t mean you can sit wherever you want. Read More...

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This summer Amanda Seyfried will begin work on "Red Riding Hood," helmed by "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke. Seyfried admits that when fans come out to theaters on April 22, 2011, they will definitely get a little creeped out by the film's interpretation of the iconic fairytale bad guy, the Big Bad Wolf.

"The wolf is the enemy and it’s a very, very dangerous enemy and nobody knows who the wolf is. So it’s a hunt and it's really cool," Seyfried told MTV News at the junket for "Letters For Juliet," adding that she has an actor in mind to play the pivotal role. Read More...

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