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Alec Baldwin Says 'Rock Of Ages' Was "A Complete Disaster”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 11:27 AM
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Based on a massively successful Broadway show, stuffed with catchy '80s hits and led by Tom Cruise, on paper the mega-musical "Rock Of Ages" looked like a sure thing. But when it arrived in theaters last summer, it was hardly the smash Warner Bros. might have been looking for. Limping to $38 million at home and even less abroad, the movie hit a sour note with both audiences and critics and quickly disappeared from view. And at least one name involved isn't hiding his feelings about how it went down.

Grammys: 'The Muppets,' 'The Artist,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dragon Tattoo' & More Nominated For Soundtrack & Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:53 AM
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We haven't paid attention to the Grammys in years, mostly because it's irrelevant, these days we're barely familiar with half the nominees, and the show is usually pure tedium. (Don't even get us started on that Beach Boys tribute thing last year.) But for movie buffs looking to maintain their awards season high, yesterday's announcement of Grammy nominees did bring with it some films that are looking to collect gold from their pals in the music biz.

Weekend Box Office: '80s-Themed Pics 'Rock Of Ages' & 'That's My Boy' Stumble As 'Madagascar 3' Retains The Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 17, 2012 12:13 PM
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Kids sure do love these CGI ‘toons. “Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted” took over the box office for a second straight week, handily defeating holdovers and two new big releases despite falling off a bit heavier than your usual kids’ flick (41.1%). Having grossed $120 million domestically so far, the film is certainly playing up to expectations, currently performing in the vicinity of the previous installment. And it had better -- next week, the Pixar beast looms, with “Brave” taking both the family audience and a number of those 3D screens.

In Theaters: 'That's My Boy' Is Not 'Your Sister's Sister,' While 'Rock Of Ages' Will Leave You Feeling 'Tortured'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 15, 2012 6:06 PM
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Hey there! The world of the creative takes center stage on the big screen this week, as singers, writers, and performance artists feature heavily in the weekend releases. From ‘80s rock bands to the New York art scene to ex-pat writers in the birthplace of literary circles, The City of Lights itself, a hefty dose of the artistic graces the cinemas and adds some interesting and nontraditional subject matter to the lineup. Though the obligatory summer fare – another adult male with Peter Pan syndrome, a grisly murder flick, and even more aliens – isn’t very far behind. Looks like a blast!

The 5 Worst Movie Star Performances In Musicals

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2012 3:14 PM
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After a few of years since the last major effort (the ill-fated "Nine"), the live-action movie musical is back again, with two starry efforts due this year about as far away from each other as you can get. This Christmas will see the terribly-serious looking "Les Miserables" hit theaters, with a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. But first is "Rock Of Ages," which arrives in theaters tomorrow, with another A-list ensemble including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Review: 'Rock of Ages' Is Anything But a Good Time

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • June 13, 2012 3:09 PM
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"Rock of Ages" will make you want to raise your arms...and then immediately plunge your fingers into your eyeballs for salvation (you can go back for seconds to rescue your ears). "Hairspray" helmer Adam Shankman directs this movie that will finally kill the '80s nostalgia that continues to plague us if we're lucky and will further root karaoke performances and bar jukeboxes in that hairspray-choked decade if we're not. We've had a sub-par version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" stuck in our head since we saw it, and we wouldn't wish this fate on anyone, except perhaps the development heads at Warner Bros. As much as everyone keeps trying to make Julianne Hough a star, Steve Perry she is not (though admittedly she is cuter).

Hold Onto Your Mullets, A Discography Of New Pics From 'Rock Of Ages' Turn It To 11

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 9:25 AM
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If you still have Def Leppard’s Pyromania album on heavy rotation and prefer Jefferson Starship to Jefferson Airplane, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re excited for the upcoming musical adaptation, “Rock Of Ages.” An ode to the days of hair metal and tight leather pants, “Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman has cooked up a tale of a small town girl (livin’ in a lonely world) and a city boy who fall for one another on the Sunset Strip, all while in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. Some of us here at The Playlist have secretly been anticipating the film’s June release, and with a cast consisting of Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, and of course Tom Cruise doing his best Tim Cappelo interpretation, who can blame us?

Tom Cruise Sings Guns 'N Roses & Def Leppard On 'Rock Of Ages' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 9:44 AM
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This summer there are going to be a lot of options at the multiplex, but few will let you indulge your guilty pleasure center as readily as "Rock Of Ages," Adam Shankman's star-studded musical that will bring the Broadway show to the big screen, complete with its surplus of '80s hits and hairspray.

Posters: New One Sheets For 'Jack and Diane,' 'Rock of Ages,' 'The Fourth Dimension' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 23, 2012 11:18 AM
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With summer nearly upon us, studios are heavily pushing their upcoming genre fare with gaudy orange/blue-gradient posters, but among the slew of studio material trying their hardest to stand out, the names Kilmer and Korine together seem the most exciting.

Warner Bros. Gets Ready For Summer With New Photos From 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dark Shadows,' 'The Campaign' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 1:28 PM
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Easter is over, spring is here, and in case you haven't noticed, things are going to be getting supersized at the box office over the next the few months. Warner Bros. is getting ready for a busy season and have unveiled a handful of new images from some of their upcoming films.

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