May 24, 2017

Paul Giamatti singing with Tom Cruise in “Rock”

By Sean O’Connell It’s a good time to be Paul Giamatti.

The actor is fresh off his Golden Globe win for “Barney’s Version,” and his latest film, “Win Win,” is earning tremendous reviews in limited release. But the character actor is never one to get complacent, and it sounds like he’s ready to challenge himself with his next role.

It’s being reported that Giamatti will join “Rock of Ages,” Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the smash Broadway musical that already has lured Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige. confirms what Deadline first reported, that Giamatti will play “the manager of a metal band fronted by Stacee Jaxx (Cruise).”

But the report also has a name that hasn’t been associated with “Rock” stories to this date: Russell Brand. Is this a typo, or is Katy Perry’s man in the ensemble, as well?

We’ll find out soon. Shankman will have “Rock of Ages” in theaters on June 1, 2012.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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