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Forecast: Cruise, Sandler Indulge in 80s Nostalgia This Weekend
The box office gets a heavy dose of 80s nostalgia this weekend thanks to musical Rock of Ages, which utilizes 80s rock tunes for all of its songs, and R-rated comedy That's My Boy, which finds Adam Sandler sporting an 80s mullet. This isn't the first time that a June weekend has harkened back to that decade: in 2010, The Karate Kid remake and The A-Team adaptation opened to a combined $81 million. There's virtually no chance that Rock of Ages and That's My Boy deliver a similar result, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted will likely hold on to first place. Rock of Ages and That's My Boy feature two of the most bankable stars in recent movie history, though Tom Cruise's portrayal of fictional rock legend Stacey Jaxx isn't likely to have a huge impact on the initial box office haul for Rock of Ages. Cruise was one of, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Rock of Ages: Why?!
I was “lucky” enough to catch a screening of Rock of Ages last night, and felt compelled to jot some of my thoughts down in a mini-review. Word of warning: they are not kind thoughts.
Check out the photo review here, and let us know if you’re looking forward to seeing Rock of Ages this weekend.
- Ray Subers
'Bored to Death' Could Continue as HBO TV Movie
14 June 2012 4:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
There might still be some life left in Bored to Death. The HBO comedy, which was canceled in December after its third season, is being considered for a TV movie continuation. As first reported by Vulture, which saw a telling tweet from French journalist Pierre Langlas, an HBO rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that early discussions are under way to revive the property for a feature. Ted Danson, who starred in the series alongside Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis, got the ball rolling at the Monte Carlo Television Festival when he told Langlas that there was a good chance
- Michael O'Connell
Footage of Chris Brown, Drake Brawl Hits YouTube (Video)
14 June 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Video offering a glimpse at what went down in an apparent brawl between Drake and Chris Brown has been posted online. Early in the video, a man who appears to be Brown can be seen in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen escaping a headlock. Later, a large man wearing a blood-spattered wifebeater comes into view after leaving Brown’s area of the club. Not long after that, another large man appears on screen and a punch is thrown. Photos: Hollywood's Greatest Twitter Feuds Some in the crowd appear rather delighted, shouting “punch him,” and “wow.”
- Aaron Couch
'Glass House' Lawsuit: Judge Allows CBS Filing to Be Sealed
A federal judge has just made it easier for CBS to keep its "Big Brother" trade secrets just that -- a secret. U.S. District Judge Gary Feess issued an order Thursday that will seal the network's filing in support of its request for a temporary restraining order against ABC's upcoming reality series "Glass House." Also read: CBS Calls ABC's 'Big Brother'-Like 'Glass House' a 'Classic Case of Copyright Infringement' CBS is suing ABC over the series, claiming that "Glass House" employs proprietary information from its own series "Big Brother," obtained from numerous employees »
- Tim Kenneally
'Smash' Adds Tony Nominee Jeremy Jordan for Season 2
14 June 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
NBC's Smash is adding more Broadway talent to its roster. The musical drama has enlisted Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) as a series regular for its upcoming second season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos: Marilyn vs. Marilyn: A Day in the Life of NBC's 'Smash' As first reported by TV Line, Jordan will play a Brooklyn-born singer with a self-destructive streak as Smash's musical Bombshell moves beyond preview performances. Jordan, who picked up his lead actor in a musical nomination for his role as Jack Kelly in Newsies, will continue to appear in the Broadway production while
- Lesley Goldberg
Box office preview: 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' take on 'Madagascar 3'
Cruise stars in Rock of Ages, the ’80s-rock musical based on the hit Broadway show, while Sandler serves up his standard crass-and-proud-of-it comedy with the R-rated That’s My Boy. Both titles should play to broad mainstream audiences, but whether they can dethrone Madagascar 3 is another story.
Here’s how I think the Top 5 will shake out:
The lost Central Park Zoo animals will likely top the chart once again this weekend. »
- Grady Smith
Low-Budget 'Kiara the Brave' Capitalizes on Similarities to That Other 'Brave' Cartoon
Pixar may be getting some just desserts for its "Brave" poster which, boasting a bow-and-arrow-wielding heroine, looks more like an ad for a cartoon verson of "The Hunger Games." In just over a week, "Kiara the Brave," an animated film chronicling a flame-haired warrior princess' courageous fight to free her mystical kingdom and rescue her family from danger, will debut on home entertainment. The distributor, Phase 4 Films, seems eager to capitalize on the plot similarities between its own low-budgeted effort and Pixar's blockbuster hopeful. Beyond the protagonist's similar hair color, royal pedigree »
- Brent Lang
'Your Sister's Sister' star Mark Duplass and director Lynn Shelton on building a great movie relationship
When I sat down with Mark Duplass and Lynn Shelton to discuss their film "Your Sister's Sister" at Sundance this year, I was well aware of just how tight time was for everyone. I was working to juggle interviews and screenings, and Duplass was there representing two movies of his own and supporting his wife, Katie Aselton, who was there with her film "Black Rock." He was so stretched thin that I saw him napping in a chair between interviews. Even so, once we all sat down together, our allotted interview time ended up stretching a bit because the conversation was »
- Drew McWeeny
Box Office Preview: 'Madagascar 3' to Trump 'Rock of Ages,' 'That's My Boy'
14 June 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Good old family fun is expected to best 1980s nostalgia at the domestic box office this weekend, where the jukebox musical comedy Rock of Ages and Adam Sandler’s R-rated comedy That's My Boy enter the fray. Despite their mega-wattage star power, both movies look to be bested by Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in its second weekend. The animated film, which has earned nearly $200 million worldwide, is projected to top the domestic box office with a gross north of $30 million. Photos: Top 15 Grossing Threequels of All Time After that, the Father's Day race is up for grabs.
- Pamela McClintock
NBC Announces Fall (and August) Season Premieres
Once again, NBC is using the Olympics to bring as many eyes as possible to a few of its new series — specifically, freshman comedies “Go On” and “Animal Practice.”"Go On,” the latest Matthew Perry half-hour, premieres August 8 and will air commercial-free following Olympics coverage in primetime. “Animal Practice” also previews without commercials on August 12, following the Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.
Meanwhile, “Grimm” fans will be able to catch an early look at the season premiere on at 10pm on Monday, August 13, following the premiere of late summer reality show filler “Stars Earn Stripes.” The highly-anticipated drama “Revolution” debuts at 10pm on September 17, while Dick Wolf‘s new drama “Chicago… »
- Melanie McFarland
'That's My Boy' review: R-rated Adam Sandler still as childish as ever
Adam Sandler rarely goes wrong underestimating his audience. There's a mild disappointment like "Jack & Jill" here or an outright flop like "Little Nicky" there, but otherwise Sandler enjoys one of the most commercially consistent careers in Hollywood. He's at his best when he works with a serious filmmaker on an offbeat project (Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love," Judd Apatow's "Funny People"), but he's savvy enough to know that's not what his audience really wants to see, and he doesn't do it often. Instead, his Happy Madison brand continuously cranks out mild variations in the same sub-juvenile strain. If you've seen »
- Geoff Berkshire
'Your Sister's Sister' Review: Isolated Cabin Plus Tequila Equals Family Meltdown
The crew on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" once joked that "Smokey and the Bandit" director Hal Needham's philosophy was "Give me an old barn and a Trans Am, and I'll give you drama." For writer-director Lynn Shelton, making the follow-up to her indie breakout "Humpday," she pulls it off with a guy, two girls, a cabin in the woods and a bottle of tequila. That kind of stripped-down approach can be unbearably earnest or stiff in the wrong hands, but the extraordinary cast of "Your Sister's Sister" can make scenes of »
- Alonso Duralde
Why 'Rock of Ages' reveals Tom Cruise as one of the last real movie stars
This isn't going to be a review of "Rock of Ages." That's partly because I already wrote one in short form for Time Out and the film doesn't much benefit from extended analysis, and partly because I'd only end up repeating much of Andrew O'Hehir's bang-on piece for Salon, which rightly celebrates Adam Shankman's gleefully (with emphasis on the 'glee') silly hair-metal musical for the very ersatz quality for which many other critics are punishing it. As if hair metal was ever about authenticity in the first place. Suffice to say the film aims no higher than it can hit, and »
- Guy Lodge
'V/H/S': Check out the horror anthology's new, skull-tastic poster
Film freaks of a certain age, like myself, will have no problem recalling the introduction of video tapes. Thanks to this groundbreaking innovation you could finally rent whatever movie you wanted (as long as it was M*A*S*H or Caligula) whenever you wanted to rent it (as long as you had the necessary deposit and 117 different types of photo identification).
Those who feel nostalgic for the format and/or enjoy horror anthology movies should have V/H/S very much on their radar. Directed by a number of genre up-and-comers — including House of the Devil auteur Ti West »
- Clark Collis
Soho House Group Kicks Off Second 'House Shorts' Film Competition
14 June 2012 2:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After its inaugural run in 2010, the Soho House Group -- which has private clubs in the U.K., the U.S. and Germany -- is launching its second "House Shorts" film challenge in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, BAFTA and Bombay Sapphire. Panelists, including Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis, Jessica Chastain and THR Editorial Director Janice Min, will judge selections from 10 finalists, with the winner being decided at an event in New York this fall. As with the first outing, the contest will narrow down applicants based off of 400-word pitches for two-minute films, each of which need to
- THR Staff
New Dolby Theatre Sound System Set to Debut with 'Brave' Premiere
14 June 2012 2:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Disney/Pixar’s Brave will premiere June 18 in Dolby’s immersive new sound format, Atmos, as well as as in Dolby 3D, at Hollywood's newly-named Dolby Theatre, which was introduced with its new branding on Monday. Photos: 28 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies: 'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight,' 'Prometheus' There was some question about whether the installation and test Atmos mix would be ready in time for the Brave premiere, the first since the former Kodak Theatre was re-branded. The mix is being led by seven-time Oscar winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom, and with additional
- Carolyn Giardina
Watch: Josh Homme helps Glen Campbell say goodbye in 'A Better Place' video
Queens of the Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme helps pay tribute to Glen Campbell in the legend’s farewell video, “A Better Place.” The song, featured on Campbell’s final album, last year’s excellent “Ghost on the Canvas” (and my album of the year), addresses his Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis on the song, singing “Some days I’m so confused, Lord/My past gets in the way/I need the ones I love, Lord/More and more each day.” The album also includes contributions from Jakob Dylan and Paul Westerberg. [More after the jump...] The video features Homme, who is a self-avowed Campbell fan of longstanding, as a »
Photos We Love: Mel Brooks and David Lynch
Just the idea of Mel Brooks and David Lynch hanging out together is enough fun that seeing photographic proof of it is especially cool. Carl Reiner was on hand to present Mr. Brooks with his honor, and Laura Dern spoke for Mr. Lynch as both filmmakers received honorary degrees during the AFI Conservatory commencement ceremony. We’ve got more photos of them all at the event here.
What would it take to get Brooks/Lynch/Reiner/Dern to make a movie together? And if they did, what would it look like? »
- Heather Campbell
MTV Launches Late-Night Comedy Show With 'You Had to Be There' Duo
MTV is is launching a new late-night comedy series from Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, the duo behind the comedy podcast "You Had to Be There," the network said Thursday. The series, titled "The Nikki and Sara Show," will "combine fast-paced jokes, celebrity interviews, pre-taped sketches, man-on-the-street pieces and more," the network said, and will be set in MTV Studios in Times Square. Promising that the show will deliver "something fresh and different in late night," MTV's head of programming David Janollari added that Glaser and Schaefer are " funny and smart »
- Tim Kenneally
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