Over the weekend several interesting new pieces boiled to the surface. Some of them involved casting briefs, while others centered on actors working together for a good cause. It’s the first full week of the new year so let’s kick it off with some positivity shall we?

  • Emile Hirsch will be joining fellow actors Jessica Biel and Isabel Lucas, rapper Lupe Fiasco, and Elizabeth Gore for a week long trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. The expedition is slated to begin on Thursday and will raise awareness about the need for clean water worldwide. [Associated Press
  • Lucy Punch continues to land feature film work with her latest gig, Earthbound. It's an indie drama that will have her starring as the best friend and co-worker of a cancer stricken Kate Hudson. Nicole Kassell will be directing the flick that's slated to start shooting later this month in Louisiana. [Reuters]
  • Kevin Alejandro has become the latest actor to join the upcoming season of the HBO hit, True Blood. He will appear in almost every episode as Jesus, the orderly taking care of Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard) at her care facility and becomes involved with her son, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). [THR]