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    The film adaptation of the 2006 Broadway hit musical will be in theaters on June 15 2012.

    Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray) with screenplay by Allan Loeb, Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo (who wrote the book of the Broadway musical).

    Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Russel Brand, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Kevin Nash and Mary J. Blige.

    Produced by Adam Shankman, Jennfier Gibgot, Tobey Maguire, Matt Weaver, Samuel J Brown, Michael Disco and Garrett Grant.

    The film follows waitress Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and busboy Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) who fall in love during the pop metal era of the 1980s. 

    Trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USxhXb5VC5E 

     

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    The tracklist will be released on June 5.

  • “Paradise City” – Tom Cruise
  • “Sister Christian” / “Just Like Paradise” / “Nothin’ but a Good Time” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
  • “Juke Box Hero” / “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough
  • “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” – Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • “Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough
  • “More Than Words” / “Heaven” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta
  • “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough
  • “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
  • “I Wanna Rock” – Diego Boneta
  • “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Tom Cruise
  • “Harden My Heart” – Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige
  • “Shadows of the Night” / “Harden My Heart” – Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough
  • “Here I Go Again” – Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise
  • “Can’t Fight This Feeling” – Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
  • “Any Way You Want It” – Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough
  • “Undercover Love” – Diego Boneta
  • “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige
  • “Rock You Like a Hurricane” – Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise
  • “We Built This City” / “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige
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    Video of “Any Way You Want It”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9EukP0QsXU 

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Theoretically, Tom Cruise playing a rock star is about as convincing as Britney Spears playing a nuclear physicist.

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Apparently, Tom Cruise is Oscar-worthy in this film. According to a few of the reviews I’ve read, he steals every scene he’s in.

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Apparently, Tom Cruise is Oscar-worthy in this film. According to a few of the reviews I’ve read, he steals every scene he’s in.

Which reviews would those be? As of today, there are no reviews posted on either Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic. Can you spell H-Y-P-E for us?

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One of Deadline’s reporters mentioned that they’d seen the film, and that Cruise was Oscar-worthy. And from everything else I’m hearing, it sounds like they’re right.

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One of Deadline’s reporters mentioned that they’d seen the film, and that Cruise was Oscar-worthy. And from everything else I’m hearing, it sounds like they’re right.

Really–a reference to one reporter for which you cannot link to any reputable review? And a reference to things you are “hearing”? That’s not proof, that’s hearsay, or worse. It’s HYPE.

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The soundtrack is out today!

I haven’t found any reviews yet of the movie. 

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I have no idea why I’m not pumped for this.. But, I’m not.

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I was not excited about this when I first heard the announcement.

But the more promotional material I see, the more I’m looking forward to it. It doesn’t look like it is taking itself seriously at all, which is a major plus in my book.

Plus, I’m always up for Tom Cruise surprising us again like he did in Tropic Thunder.

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I have no idea why I’m not pumped for this.. But, I’m not.

Me, too. Looks lame-o.

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Saw this film the other night. It was very hit and miss. There were bits that were great, and other parts were just stupid.

The two leads were fantastic singers, and Tom Cruise had a surprisingly good voice (he was still annoying though). I love Alec Baldwin but even he was painful in this, and Russel Brand just sucks – full stop.

Mary J. Blige SUCKED (if they wanted to cast a noteable African American singer for box office reasons, why didn’t they pick one who could actually act – ie Hudson, Latifah, Knowles, etc???) Paul Giamatti was quite amusing, and Catherine Zeta-Jones & Bryan Cranston were very good.

Great music, but the whole story that strung it together was past the point of ‘loose’.  And the costumes looked more 70s at times, than they did late 80s. 

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I agree with you efficiency. I loved the stage version of Rock of Ages. I have seen it twice and it was good cheesy 80s fun. It played up more the decadence of the late 80s scene. That is something the movie version missed. I think the women fared much better than the men.

I wasn’t expecting much out of Julianne Hough but I thought she did a very good job. She had the look of the era down and did a great job with her songs and attitude. Catherine Zeta-Jones was a hilarious ball-busting vision of moral outrage. This is the first time I’ve seen a Malin Akerman performance where I didn’t wonder why people hire her to act instead of just stand off to the side looking pretty (she’s usually very “bless her heart” to me.) Mary J. Blige wasn’t stellar in her acting, but her singing was very good.

The me disappointed me. Boneta was a pleasant enough singer, but didn’t come across with much personality. Both times I saw the stage production, it was with Constantine Maroulis, and Boneta is no Constantine. Maroulis annoyed me on Idol, but he was born to play this role and even got a Tony nomination for it. Baldwin was given little to do besides being a bit crotchety. Russell Brand usually annoys me and he didn’t disapoint me in this. In this stage production, his character was a Jack Black inspired narrator, here just a pest. Bryan Cranston had very little to do and Paul Giamatti had some funny moments. And then there is Tom Cruise. I’ve read reviews that state he steals the movie. I vehemently disagree. He’s not bad in the movie, but to me the movie comes to a halt when his character comes on screen. The movie is basically a comedy, but the re-write of Stacee Jaxx makes him a creepy tortured mess up rocker. Also, his character doesn’t have much interaction with the main characters at the Bourbon Room. These make is seem like he is from another movie. Plus, I don’t buy Cruise in these broad roles. It seems like he wants the audience to know he’s laughing with them at ridiculousness. In my opinion, he should just let the audience laugh at him. He doesn’t give up his vanity. I didn’t buy him in Tropic Thunder and didn’t buy him here.

The movie started out fine. It started off playing like an homage to the cheesiness and excess of the 80s. Sherrie is on a bus to LA and gets off and walks down the Sunset Strip passing druggies, hookers, homeless, etc. Then it’s boy meets girl a few obstacles and love wins out. But it doesn’t all quite gel. For that, I blame Adam Shankman. He comes up short in going full on with the spirit of the 80s. Not enough cheese, not enough debauchery, not enough fun. It seems more like a theme park version of the 80s instead of real 80s. Also, some of the re-writes from the stage version aren’t for the better. The Stacee Jaxx re-write takes a lot of air out of it.

Many will like it and like Cruise, I didn’t.

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I’d like to see Russel Brand and Alec Baldwin get buzz.

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Saw this last night. I thought the film was a lot of fun. The plot was as predictable as they come, and Hough and Boneta need to go to acting school, but on the whole, an enjoyable movie. Loved Brand and Baldwin. However, Cruise stole the movie. I fully expect him to get a Golden Globe nomination for this, and depending on how weak the supporting actor category is, an Oscar nomination as well.

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