For those that aren't aware, the upcoming Rock of Ages is based on the Broadway musical filled with classic rock hits of the 1980s, and just in case the first trailer didn't make it clear enough, the second trailer for the movie version wants audiences to know that the movie will still be filled with cast members singing those songs — even Tom Cruise.
Ostensibly about following your dreams, Rock of Ages follows two aspiring musicians (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta) hoping to capture their moment in the spotlight while contending with eccentric club owners (Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige), money-hungry music executives (Paul Giamatti) and an angry Mayor's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who wants to stop the rock 'n roll madness. watch the trailer >> Posted 04.03.12 by Ryan
For those that aren't familiar with the hit Broadway musical, the trailer for the movie adaptation for Rock of Ages may not explain the musical's plot, but it does reveal the comedic — borderline ridiculous — tone of the ensemble movie. Set in 1980s Hollywood, the trailer reveals the movie's large ensemble, filled with rock 'n roll sensations (Tom Cruise), club owners (Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige), club managers (Russell Brand), rock 'n roll haters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and rock 'n roll dreamers (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta).
"This movie is just a giant party," director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) said to MTV about the trailer. "It's a bring-your-friends giant party." And, according to Shankman, no one had more fun at the party than Cruise. watch the trailer >> Posted 12.14.11 by Ryan
Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader has become the unofficial spokesperson for Paramount's upcoming movie about Les Grossman, the foul-mouthed, movie producer character Tom Cruise played in the 2008 comedy, Tropic Thunder. The studio announced the movie last summer, after Cruise reprised the character for the MTV Movie Awards. Weeks later, Hader revealed he was looking forward to reprising his role as Grossman's verbally abused assistant, Rob Slolom. script is "funny" >> Posted 04.12.11 by Ryan
Disney and Offspring Entertainment have optioned the film rights to young adult book trilogy Matched, written by debut novelist Ally Condie. Matched is the first book in the series, and is set in a dystopian future, where the mysterious society dictates every part of your life -- who you marry, where you work and how long you live for. When main character Cassia turns 17, she takes part in a matching ceremony where she is paired with her perfect partner. The question is: what happens when your chosen match isn't the boy you love? And just how far do you go to defy the society? More Matched news >> Posted 09.16.10 by reelz
Any inveterate Oscars viewer is familiar with this sight: The winner takes the stage, grabs his or her statuette, then waxes poetic about how thrilling an experience the victory is. Then comes the laundry list of thank-yous, during which we hear the names of every person the winner has ever known. The orchestra starts to play and ... the winner continues reciting the boring list.
Occasionally, the winner is charming, as when Adrien Brody shut up the orchestra during his acceptance speech by saying, "One second! Cut it out! I got one shot at this." But more often than not, Jack Black and Will Farrell's sentiments from their hilarious "Get Off the Stage" routine prove right — "No need to thank your parakeet, you're borrrrring."
This year the Academy is taking an additional step to prevent that droning on and on, asking nominees to prepare two speeches for the big night. As Reuters reported, at Monday's Nominees' Luncheon:
Oscar co-producer Bill Mechanic called those often teary-eyed thanks "the single most-hated thing on the show."
Instead, he and co-producer Adam Shankman will have winners give two speeches: one onstage telling audiences what winning an Oscar means to them, and a second backstage for a "Thank You Cam" where winners can say "Thanks" to whomever they want.
That backstage video will then be posted on the Internet, and winners will be free to email the speeches to whomever they choose or post them on their Facebook pages.
It seems like an interesting way to cut down on the extended running time and the boredom, but the policy is not mandatory, so it'll be interesting to see how many winners actually embrace it. Who knows how many friends and relatives made the nominees promise to read their names onstage in front of millions of people? Posted 02.16.10 by reelz
Hugh Jackman, just a few days ago, refused a repeat performance as Oscar host. Yesterday, Cinema Blend reported that Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. had also been offered the job, but turned it down.
The report closed on a positive note, citing that at least the choice indicated a push towards a younger, hipper direction. In retrospect, this statement is as funny as it is wrong. Why? Because the Academy announced a short time later that its choices for next year's hosts are ... Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.
Scratch your head. Raise a furrowed brow. Begin discussions of all the odd-couple pairings in TV and movie history. Producer Bill Mechanic had this to say about the selections, made with co-producer Adam Shankman:
Adam and I, from our first meeting on, knew we wanted an emphasis on comedy. If we err in any one direction, we want to take a show that can feel long and boring at times and make it feel shorter and more fun. The idea of two co-hosts who could move things along just seemed like a great idea.
In its write-up of the story, The Hollywood Reporter cited some nifty Oscar trivia, pointing out that this would not be the first time the telecast featured multiple hosts. The very first Oscar ceremony in 1929 was hosted by Douglas Fairbanks and William C. de Mille. Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm shared duties in 1957, although they were in different locations (Lewis in Los Angeles, Holm in New York).
In 1972, the Academy chose the trio of Sammy Davis Jr., Helen Hayes, and Alan King, and again went for a trifecta in 1987 with Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Hogan.
In response to Tuesday's decision, Martin quipped, "I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin." Baldwin followed by saying, "I don't play the banjo, but I'm thrilled to be hosting the Oscars." Posted 11.04.09 by reelz
Adam Shankman (The Pacifier, The Wedding Planner) will produce an adaptation of the 1958 musical Bye Bye Birdie. Shankman directed the hit musical Hairspray in 2007 and is a former choreographer. Columbia Pictures hopes the musical vet will breathe some new life into the long-gestating adaptation, which has undergone a number of different incarnations, including a proposed re-imagining with a hip-hop star in the lead.
Shankman's next directorial efforts are Bob: The Musical and The 8th Voyage of Sinbad.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter Posted 01.06.09 by reelz
While promoting her upcoming musical comedy Hairspray in Beverly Hills this week, Queen Latifah announced plans to star in a remake of All of Me--the 1894 comedy in which Lily Tomlin stars as a wealthy woman whose spirit is accidentally transported into and takes over half of Steve Martin's body when she dies.
The remake, which will be done for New Line, will be the third time she has worked with director/producer/choreographer Adam Shankman, who directed her in both Hairspray and Bringing Down the House.
"Me and Adam, we click, man. That's my boy. He's crazy, and so am I. So we work well together," said Latifah, who will be taking over the Lily Tomlin role.
"I got the cush job," she enthused.
As of now, Shankman is signed on to co-produce with Latifah; whether or not he will also direct remains to be seen.
No other casting has been announced yet. "We're hearing a bunch of pitches. We're supposed to pick a writer next week," explained Latifah.
There are lots of good comedians that the Steve Martin part could go to, but we think they should push the creativity envelope a little. How about giving Christian Bale or Ralph Fiennes a shot at showing their comedy chops? Or Shia LaBeouf? He’s hot right now.
Better yet, perhaps Harrison Ford could be inhabited by her spirit. And we haven’t seen anything from Keanu Reeves in a while. Jackie Mason? Chow Yun Fat? Steven Seagal? Mike Tyson says he's looking to get into movies... Posted 06.20.07 by reelz