23 October 2012 7:10 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – How can the same man who made one of the most lovable movie musicals of the last decade go on to make one of the most hatable? Adam Shankman’s bouncy, broad approach was a splendid fit for the playful “Hairspray,” but it is all wrong for Chris D’Arienzo’s raunchy, melodramatic ode to ’80s rock. His show, “Rock of Ages,” may have been a hit on Broadway, but it was a complete flop with moviegoers and critics alike.

Hopefully studios will soon learn that the name Tom Cruise can no longer sell a movie all by itself. “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” was a huge hit for many reasons: it was flawlessly directed, it had a killer ensemble and it debuted on IMAX screens while preceded by the first few minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises.” If that isn’t a predetermined, prefabricated studio hit, I don’t know what is. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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