Briefly: That reunion of The Pacifier crew for which you’ve been pining is about to happen. Adam Shankman, who directed Vin Diesel in that family comedy, will call the shots for the actor once more in the action/comedy film The Machine. The new project was written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who also wrote The Pacifier (and scripted the Night at the Museum movies in addition to stuff like Reno 911! and The State.) Alfred Gough and Miles Millar recently revised their script.
Deadline says that Diesel’s character is “a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.” So it’s also a little like The Iron Giant, which featured Diesel as the voice of the title character.
By the time this one comes out, we’ll just about be at the ten-year anniversary of The Pacifier. Get your celebration plans set now.
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“Nothin’ But a Good Time” promises the tagline of Rock of Ages, referencing one of the two dozen or so classic ’80s rock songs its cast energetically deflates into innocuously pleasing sing-a-longs. It’s an admirably honest proclamation of the film’s limited aspirations, one which it fulfills with all the grace of a monkey hurling its own feces at the screen.
Credit where credit is due, Rock of Ages stops just shy of having literal monkey shit flung at its audience; although monkey sight gags are in fact a primary source of the film’s humor, should we choose to accept that the innumerable moments in which a trained monkey behaves contrary to that of an untrained monkey qualify as humor. Said hilarity includes but is not limited to: monkey wearing a dictator outfit, monkey throwing stuff, monkey not throwing stuff, monkey grinning, monkey screeching loudly, monkey having a silly name, monkey serving drinks, monkey not serving drinks, monkey doing other things that resemble what humans do, and homosexuality. That last one has nothing to do with any monkey related shenanigans, but apparently it’s just as noteworthy, as was evident from the fits of hysterical laughter that surrounded me when two male characters share an out-of-nowhere romantic musical number together — complete with obligatory make-out session. (A gay guy directed the film, so it’s okay to laugh!)
If all that, and Tom Cruise in assless chaps, sounds like a promising night of fun and laughs to you, Rock of Ages should prove more than serviceable. Granted, of course, that you’re also an advocate of the recent surge of jukebox musicals, none of which lend themselves very well to things like “story” and “character development”, but all of which feature songs you already know and enjoy and can sing the lyrics to, so who gives a fuck, right? Read More »
With his latest film, Rock of Ages, two weeks away from release, director Adam Shankman has locked in his follow-up project. It’s a comedy called This Is Where I Leave You and will star Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn and Leslie Mann as family members who return home to sit shiva for their father. Locked in a house for seven days, they air a lot of dirty laundry. (Figuratively, of course. Though with a big family, over seven days, there’s probably some literal laundry too.) The script is written by Jonathan Tropper based on his own novel of the same name. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
Let me say one thing first: this is the sort of role I think Tom Cruise does well. A variation on the arrogant, overbearing personality with a core of self-doubt has served him well in a few films here and there. So I hoped that playing big-time rock star Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman‘s ’80s cock rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages might work, too. But based on this new full-length trailer, I don’t think anything really works in Rock of Ages. I know there will be people who dig this, and given that it took time and effort to create I hope someone digs it. Go forth and have a great time, please. But I can’t lie: this one made me cringe more than I would have expected to.
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For me, the best part of the trailer for Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages is the prominent display of the Motorhead logo in the first few seconds. After that it’s all downhill. The film adapts the stage ‘jukebox musical’ with Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough playing wide-eyed kids caught up in the mid-’80s LA rock scene. Well, they’re caught up in a vision of that scene, at least, as filtered through comedy, nostalgia and the parameters of the movie musical. Check out the trailer below, which holds the reveal of Tom Cruise‘s rocker Stacee Jaxx until the very end. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
Despite the fact that the word “trailer” is used four times in the title of the post, we don’t have any actual trailers for you here — just some quick bits of information about trailers. That’s almost as good, right? No? Well, too bad. After the jump:
- The trailer for Men in Black III debuts Monday
- The Prometheus trailer gets a 14A rating — the Canadian equivalent to a hard PG-13
- The first Rock of Ages trailer will debut with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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The world as a whole is still trying to forget the unbelievably insane The Nutcracker in 3D, released last year. (And just out on DVD as The Nutcracker: The Untold Story.) The easiest way to forget that the film exists is to make another movie called The Nutcracker, and have this one be a truly family-friendly version.
And so we’ve got this: Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages) will make The Nutcracker for New Line, with this version being “a new take on the classic fairy tale that is being eyed as a tent pole family holiday film for late 2013.” Read More »
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Everyone has heard of Martin and Lewis, but soon Martin and Baldwin might too become a duo synonymous with comedy. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin demonstrated great comedic chemistry as hosts of the Academy Awards, as well as in the hit film It’s Complicated, and even on Saturday Night Live. Now, New Line Cinema is looking to purchase a pitch that would team them up for a film, produced and directed by Adam Shankman, blending elements of Trading Places and Grumpy Old Men. There’s more after the jump. Read More »