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“East-Meets-West Side Story” might have made a clunkier but more interesting title for “Make Your Move,” a slick, disposable soap opera about a poor white boy and a spirited Korean girl who fall in love despite hailing from rival corners of Brooklyn’s club scene. Wringing yet another variation on the boy-hoofer-meets-girl-hoofer formula that fueled his screenplays for “Save the Last Dance” and “Step Up,” writer-director Duane Adler weaves an overly tangled web of resentment, betrayal and thuggish violence around his attractive two leads (“Dancing With the Stars” champ Derek Hough and pop star BoA), both of whom display almost enough fancy footwork to overcome the cliches they’ve been saddled with. Theatrical biz will be limited, but this amiable time-filler could have ancillary legs, particularly among the Asian-American audiences being targeted.
A genial, tap-dancing ex-con from New Orleans, Donny (Hough) decides to skip out on his parole and hightail it to Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
Stars: Tyler Labine, Malin Akerman, Lucy Punch, Dan Petronijevic, Benjamin Ayres, Kenneth Welsh, Nancy Beatty, Jonathan Crombie, Sabrina Grdevich, Jim Annan | Written by Jeremy Boxen | Directed by Peter Wellington
I was doing what many customers of Netflix do, browsing the catalogue of films on offer with a far-away look in my eye, unable to choose what to watch as the evening got later and later. As a fan of Tyler Labine from his work in Tucker and Dale versus Evil, I decided to give this movie a shot.
Also starring Malin Akerman (27 Dresses, Rock of Ages), Cottage Country is a comedy movie with elements of thriller, horror and romance, and is directed by Peter Wellington, who, from what I can tell, has only really been responsible for a few television movies, and random episodes of television shows I know little to nothing about.
Labine plays frustrated office worker Todd, a »
- Chris Cummings
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
HBO Films is taking a closer look at Rose Hovick, the mother of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and actress June Havoc, who was immortalized in the 1962 film, “Gypsy.” The company is developing the film, with Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “Rock of Ages”) set to direct and executive-produce, an HBO representative told TheWrap. Tristine Skyler wrote the script. Also read: ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actors Join HBO's Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger Rock ‘n’ Roll Pilot The film will focus on the woman who would do anything to get her daughters into show business. Produced by their company Offspring Entertainment, Shankman will executive produce with Jennifer. »
- Jethro Nededog
The Broadway production of “Rock of Ages” is currently seeking Equity ensemble members to join its cast. “Rock of Ages,” features music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and many other well-known rock bands. Several supporting roles are being cast in this production, which is currently running at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Auditions will be held March 18 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Rock of Ages” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
Second time round, this 80s spy drama is still watchable – if you can get past the ridiculous wigs
When The Americans (ITV) arrived on UK screens last year, it promised to be another addition to the pantheon of watercooler Us dramas. It had the spy fun of Homeland and the tension of 24, with a dash of absurdity in the form of an increasingly preposterous rotation of wigs and an 80s Mor soundtrack. It was Rock of Ages without Tom Cruise but with a Kgb subplot. Yet somehow, it lost its grip on me quickly.
The second season feels like a good time to give it another go. It's acclaimed and enormously popular in the Us. In the UK, it remains in the Saturday-evening slot that it had for its first run, which means that for those watching it in real time, it awkwardly follows the weekend joviality of Ant and Dec »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Åkerman's acting career began in Canadian TV, followed by "The Utopian Society" (2003) and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004).
...receiving a nomination for a 'Saturn Award' for 'Best Supporting Actress'.
Since 2012, she has had a recurring role on the sitcom "Suburgatory" and currently plays the lead »
- Michael Stevens
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi Zuckerberg, has joined the cast of “Rock of Ages” on Broadway, the actress announced on — where else? — her Facebook page. “Friends, it’s official! I’m joining the cast of Rock of Ages on Broadway from March 14-28!!! #LifeDreamComeTrue #Iwannarock #rockofagesmusical Rockofagesmusical.com,” wrote Zuckerberg, who posted a photo of herself celebrating beneath the theater marquee. Also read: Alec Baldwin Calls ‘Rock of Ages’ a ‘Horrible Movie’ Zuckerberg will play Regina in the jukebox musical, which continues to sell out performances at the Helen Hayes Theater. Randi Zuckerberg is a former Facebook executive »
- Jeff Sneider
It may be Oscar weekend, but two hot scripts are in play Friday even as execs are polishing their shoes or finding ways to protect their finely coifed hair. Missing Time by David O’Leary hit a select amount of buyers with Offspring, the production shingle run by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot attached to produce. Photos: Ho Ho Hollywood! Tinseltown's 22 Best Christmas-Themed Movies The company is best known for the successful Step Up movie series and for Rock of Ages. But Missing Time is in a different wheelhouse: the plot is being kept secret but it’s been
- Borys Kit
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have picked 'Final Girls', a long forgotten horror-comedy project that's been sitting about kicking its heels for nigh on 3 years. Now as the project moves into pre-production a couple of hotties have been given the task of filling two of the main roles. They are namely Malin Akerman -below ('Watchmen', 'Rock of Ages') and Taissa Farmiga ('American Horror Story'). The premise of the movie will find a teenage girl and her friends getting sucked into the '80s slasher film that her mother starred in. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson ('A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas') is set to helm for the production that will kick off in Louisiana this April. He'll be directing from a script by writing duo Mark Fortin and Josh Miller. »
Alec Baldwin, fresh off of a year of damaging media coverage, no longer wishes to carry on with his “public life” and seeks a return to having his main focus be the craft of acting.
Alec Baldwin Ends 'Public Life'
Baldwin, 55, had a tumultuous 2013 – save for the birth of his daughter Carmen Baldwin with wife Hilaria Baldwin. He recounts the baser highlights, including his spat with Shia LeBeouf, his multiple encounters with paparazzi and his short-lived stint on MSNBC in an essay penned for New York Magazine. All of the above and more have convinced the former 30 Rock star to live a quieter, more private life.
"I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible," Baldwin wrote. "This is the last time I'm going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again."
Baldwin On Claims Of Homophobia
Some of the harshest »
Prompted by who-knows-what reasoning, Alec Baldwin recently decided to bid farewell once more to the public spotlight via a long and meandering essay. Published in the February 24, 2014 print edition of New York Magazine and then online at Vulture yesterday evening, the missive seems to have no catalyst. Instead Baldwin is simply 'fed up' with how the media machine works in the 21st century. So now he's going to take his ball and home..this time for super serious you guys. You can read his rant in its entirety over here but I've saved you the trouble by pulling out the choicest bits. Can you live-blog a written article? Well if you couldn't before today, you can now. Here we go! 'Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life' Off to a great start. This title sets the tone for the essay. And that tone is a letter scrawled in a notebook, »
- Donna Dickens
Alec Baldwin is done with American media, saying "good-bye" to public life in a New York Magazine cover story that came out on Sunday. Although 2013 had its exciting moments for Alec, including the arrival of a baby girl with his wife, Hilaria, it also brought some negative buzz for the actor. He made headlines after allegedly calling a paparazzo a "toxic little queen," he got caught up in a public feud with Shia Labeouf, and critical press swirled after his MSNBC show was canceled. Addressing all those issues and more, Alec has, rather ironically, taken to the media to talk about why he's done with the media. With digs at Shia, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, and more, check out these 13 must-read quotes from Alec's essay to learn his position and what he plans to do next. On allegations that he's homophobic: "Look, I work in show business. I am awash in gay people, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
The story centers on two girls who unexpectedly arrive at the home of a married man to seduce him, which causes his perfect life to unravel. No cast members are attached at this time, but production is already scheduled to begin this April on a budget of less than $10 million.
The original screenplay was co-written by Eli Roth, Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo, with the director also producing alongside Colleen Camp, a veteran actress who can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated drama American Hustle.
Eli Roth's The Green Inferno is currently slated for theatrical release on September 5, after making the rounds on the festival circuit last year. The thriller was his first directorial project since 2007's Hostel: Part II. »
Brooks Laich has only good things to say about new girlfriend Julianne Hough. In an interview with Washington, D.C., radio station 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Washington Capitals NHL player opened up about his romance with the Rock of Ages actress, whom he met through mutual friend Teddy Sears. Sears, an actor who worked with Hough on the upcoming movie Curve, introduced the two in December -- but he'd been trying to set them up for a while before that. "On set, apparently, he [...] »
She didn't quite reach her goal! In the March issue of Self, Julianne Hough revealed that she wanted to be single for a year after splitting from Ryan Seacrest back in March 2013. Multiple sources confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday, Feb. 17, however, that the 25-year-old Rock of Ages actress is currently dating hockey player Brooks Laich. "I'm a relationship girl, and I feel so grateful for the ones I've been in," Hough told Self. "They've been excellent -- I've been hurt but never angry -- [...] »
Julianne Hough has a new beau to go with her new 'do! The Rock of Ages actress, 25 -- who debuted a new pixie cut earlier this month -- is dating hocker player Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly. The couple stepped out together on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., where they were spotted holding hands and sharing a kiss, an onlooker tells Us. They also took a hike with her two dogs on Sunday, Feb. 16, in [...] »
Jack Reynor, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the cast of Justin Kurzel's new "Macbeth" film adaptation for See-Saw Films. Iain Canning, Laura Hastings-Smith and Emile Sherman will produce.
Lila and Eve
Ameen plays the older son of Lila (Viola Davis), a grief-stricken mother whose youngest son was killed in a drive-by shooting. She sets out on a killing spree with a woman (Lopez) who lost her daughter to avenge them by taking out the city's drug dealers. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Writer-director Chris D’Arienzo’s drama introduced to market.
D’Arienzo wrote the script and will direct Nick Nolte and Glenn Close in the music-based drama in which an ageing rock star (Nolte) succumbs to dementia while his wife (Close) is left to pick up the pieces of his hard-lived rock n’ roll life.
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A long-gestating Disney musical received a big boost this week, signing on a "Rock of Ages" writer to pen the script while keeping the songwriters behind recent blockbuster "Frozen" attached to the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allan Loeb will now write "Bob the Musical," which focuses on a man who, after a sudden blow to the head, can hear the inner songs in other people's hearts. Much to his chagrin, his entire life becomes a musical.
"Bob" has been in the works for a decade, and has seen several high-profile filmmakers (including Adam Shankman and "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller) come and go. But "Bob" has no doubt benefited from the recent success of "Frozen," since its songsmiths, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez »
- Katie Roberts
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