Having conquered the art of the screenplay, Juno-writer Diablo Cody steps behind the camera for the first time with her directorial debut feature Paradise.

Starring Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars, Burlesque), Holly Hunter, Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand, the film tells the tale of a young woman who lets go of her conservative upbringing after surviving a plane crash. Set in Vegas, the once tightly wound woman is set free to the backdrop of attempted alcohol consumption, “extravagant” tattoo art, and the desire to set free her spirit alongside a Vegas bartender (Brand) and a showgirl (Spencer).

The film is set for release later this year.

Just me or does Russell Brand come across as far less annoying than all of his previous roles? May actually be able to sit through an entire Russell Brand film.

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Trailer watch: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand in ‘The Tempest’

Shakespeare’s The Tempest gets its Hollywood makeover with Julie Taymor’s (Frida) big screen adaptation of the same name.

Featuring an ensemble cast of Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn and Chris Cooper, the film is a drama comedy that features sorcery, love, betrayal, and stupidity … the hallmarks of a good Shakespearean rollick.

Yet after viewing the trailer, perhaps these sorts of old-fashioned yarns are best left in their classic state … this film looks to be a vibrant mess of acts that would appear disjointed in film form. We are not quite sure whether to be stricken with grief at the trailer, or to laugh uncontrollably at it. See for yourself above.

The Tempest opened at this year’s Venice Film Festival and will get its general release tomorrow, December 10th.

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Trailer watch: Russell Brand in Hop

The teaser trailer for next year’s Easter Bunny live-action flick Hop has made its way online. The short teaser does not show much at all, not even a snippet of voice work, but is the first look we get at the Russell Brand voiced film.

Directed by Tim Hill (Alvin & The Chipmunks, Garfield) and co-starring James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco and Chelsea Handler, the film is the story about Fred O’Hare (Marsden), who runs over the Easter Bunny’s son (voiced by Brand) and must now team up with the Bunny to save Easter.

Your kids will probably love it. The film opens April 1st, 2011. Check out the teaser below.