I’ve never quite worked out why Comedy Central shows 30 Rock in the way they do in the UK, where we tend to get it in half season chunks (sometimes with the second half of one season and the beginning of another shoved together). It means that while 30 Rock – Season 6 ended in May 2012 in the US, it’s only just come to a conclusion on British TV, and so now we can get the 22 episodes on DVD. [Read more…]
The film adaptation of the 2009 Broadway musical is two hours of high energy 80s rock music coupled with laugh out loud comedy, as we see a young girl search for fame and fortune in the bright lights of Hollywood, set against the underside of the rock music industry.
Filled with great songs of the classic rock era – which has no doubt led it be being one of the last decade’s most popular musicals – the film makes you want to dance around and sing for the whole duration of the film. Although the music in the film is great, credit has to be given for the themes, of which several run through the film, with a sweet young love story evolving whilst the upside and downside of fame counterbalance each other in the background. Another theme that the film touches on is the clear mockery of the right wing with their wholesome image hiding a few dirty secrets. [Read more…]
Patrick Wilson went to TV last year with A Gifted Man, but now that show has been cancelled, he’s heading back to the movies with Caught Stealing, according to THR, and Alec Baldwin will star in the film too.
Wilson will play Thompson, a character descibed as being “once a hotshot high school baseball prospect, turned unlucky alcoholic, going-nowhere bartender.” While living an exceedingly dull he suddenly finds himself caught up in something huge when he learns that the cat that he is taking care of for his neighbour has a secret hidden in its cage. Hank suddenly finds himself in possession of a very special key that many are looking for, including “a sadistic cop (Baldwin), Russian mobsters, a Samoan hit man, and a pair of psycho brothers who dress in leather gear.”
Producer Kirk D’Amico says, “Caught Stealing is, first and foremost, a great script. It is a wrong-man plot worthy of Hitchcock, and a brilliant adaption of the first book of the Henry Thompson trilogy. I look forward to seeing the story come to life on screen.”
It isn’t clear when it might shoot.
One of the more intriguing CG projects coming up is Dreamworks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians, which essentially turns the likes of the Tooth Fairy and Jack Forst into superheroes! When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians – Jack Frost (Chris Pine), North (Alec Baldwin), Tooth (Isla Fisher), E. Aster Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman) and The Sandman – must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. The film certainly gives the classic characters a bit of a makeover, so take a look at the character posters above and below.
I have a horrible feeling a lot of critics are going to rip into Rock Of Ages, but I for one loved it. While it has its problems, it made me smile about 30 seconds in and I was beaming when I came out. It’s silly, cheesy and sometimes verges on the ridiculous, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun, with a plethora of hair metal hits being shoe-horned in, Glee-style (or Mamma Mia! style, if you prefer).
The plot (which to be honest there isn’t a huge amount of) follows Sherrie, who arrives in LA from Oklahoma full of dreams of making it big in the City of Angels. She’s barely off the bus when she bumps into Drew (Diego Boneta), who gets her a job at the famed club, The Bourbon Room. Soon Sherrie and Drew are falling in love, but as the big time beckons for Drew, the course of true love won’t run smooth. [Read more…]
Rock Of Ages is one of those movies that could either be inspired genius or absolutely awful and from this trailer it’s tough to tell which. Coming across as a rather camp, tongue in cheek spoof on the 80s, filled with the music of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and more, it’s certainly an unusual beast. Now a new full trailer has arrived, which largely seems to be about making us wait to hear whether Tom Cruise can sing (and when he does, it appears the autotune has been working overtime). The film tells the story of a small town girl called Sherrie and city boy called Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams, all mixed in with the fortunes of a club and the rock star Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). The film, from gay director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) is set for release on June 15th.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is a ridiculously busy man, as he’s also got American Horror Story on the go, found time to write and direct Eat Pray Love and for a while has been putting together a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award winning play. Mark Ruffalo’s been onboard the movie for a while, and he’s now been joined by Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Bomer, and Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from Big Bang Theory), according to THR.
The film is about the rise of AIDS in New York’s gay community in the early-to-mid 80s. The play first debuted Off-Broadway in 1985, and has enjoyed several revivals in Los Angeles and London. Ruffalo is taking on the lead role of Ned Weeks, one of the first people to raise an alarm about the new disease that initially was known as ‘Gay Cancer’.
Julia Roberts will play Emma Brookner, a wheelchair bound doctor who is the only one of her peers in New York taking AIDS seriously. Alec Baldwin is set to play Weeks’ brother, a lawyer struggling to come to terms with Ned’s sexuality. The incredibly handsome Matthew Bomer is playing Felix Turner, a gay fashion journalist, while Jim Parsons will reprise his stage role as a gay activist who forms a health crisis group.
The Normal Heart is set to shoot later this year and is set to be one of the highest profile gay-themed movies around.
One of the more bizarre yet intriguing movies of 2012 is Rock Of Ages, based on the Broadway musical that takes a whole host of 80s hair metal tunes from the likes of Def Leppard and Foreigner, and mixes it with the story of small town girl called Sherrie and city boy called Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. If you watch the trailer, it’s more than a little bizarre, but could be a lot of fun. It’s just a shame that while there’s a big build up to seeing Tom Cruise as rocker Stacee Jaxx, we don’t get to see him rock out! It’s due in UK cinemas June 8th.