Though the Eighties hair band musical Rock of Ages has a very recognizable cast (Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Ackerman, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin) the images we’ve seen show those people as unrecognizable, or at least well outside their normal image zone. There’s that crazy Baldwin pic and now this image of Tom Cruise as rock star Stacee Jaxx. Check out the full, shirtless image from the Adam Shankman film after the jump. Read More »

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Much like the Broadway show on which it’s based, you can probably guess whether or not you’re going to enjoy the movie Rock of Ages long before buying a ticket. Do you like ripped jeans, big, teased hair, shoulder pads and the music of the Eighties? Then you’re probably going to like Adam Shankman‘s in-production adaptation starring Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Ackerman, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin. (Yes, Alec Baldwin is back in the film even though we previously though he wasn’t going to be.)

If over-the-top musicals filled with loud cover songs give you a headache, then Rock of Ages probably won’t be your thing. To double check though, Shankman recently tweeted our first look at the two characters played Brand and Baldwin and, just from this image, you’ll probably be able to figure out whether Rock of Ages is for you or not. Read More »

You could probably make a pretty fun movie by cutting together footage from all the different films that feature actors playing Andy Warhol — his own I’m Not There, as it might become. If you wait a few months you’d be able to add Bill Hader‘s performance, which looks, physically at least, to be pretty spot-on. This is from Men in Black III, the troubled Barry Sonnenfeld sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. There has been no small amount of bad press about the film, much of it centered around the fact that no one could figure out what the movie is supposed to be, even after a big chunk had already been shot. But hey, at least Bill Hader looks pretty good as Warhol. Don’t expect his appearance in the film to add up to much more than an extended cameo, but I’ll take it. [more pics at Daily Mail via ComingSoon]

After the break, Jean Reno makes I, Alex Cross look good, and Alec Baldwin may not sing for Rock of Ages after all.

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Malin Akerman Joins ‘Rock of Ages’

Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games isn’t the only movie that can dole out individual casting breaks on a daily basis. Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages — the movie version of the ‘jukebox musical’ that tells a tale of love and abition partially through the performances of anthemic ’80s tunes — seems to add a major name every other day.

The latest is Malin Akerman, who takes on the role that was originally intended for Anne Hathaway and then Amy Adams, both of whom bailed to do big comic book movies. (The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: The Man of Steel, respectively.) Can she sing? I’m not sure, but looking at the rest of the cast of the film, I’m not sure that it matters, either. Read More »

Bryan Cranston Joins ‘Rock of Ages’

Briefly: The Adam Shankman-directed movie version of the stage musical Rock of Ages just got a little more frightening. Bryan Cranston, who has offset his Malcolm in the Middle work with some deadly intensity on Breaking Bad, is now part of the cast. The role is probably going to be a small one, but a little Cranston can go a long way, especially if he’s singing. Read More »

Catherine Zeta-Jones Cast in ‘Rock of Ages’

Catherine Zeta-Jones hasn’t been on screen in the past few years (her last film, Bart Freundlich’s 2009 effort The Rebound, is still seeking distribution) but she is starting to get new roles. She’ll be in Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis, and now Adam Shankman has cast her as a new character in his film adaptation of the stage musical Rock of Ages. Read More »

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There are two significant anti-casting updates today. The smaller one is that Amy Adams won’t be in Adam Shankman‘s film version of the jukebox musical Rock of Ages. She got the offer to play a music journalist who plans a hit piece on rocker Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise) before falling for him. But she shrugged and essentially said, “thanks, but I’m already playing this other reporter, Lois Lane. You may have heard of her.” Too bad, because she would have been a fun addition to the weird cast that is coming together for Rock of Ages. [Deadline]

After the break, Hugh Jackman passes on Snow White and the Huntsman; will Universal’s Snow White movie soon falter without a male lead? Read More »

Last week there was mention that Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages film musical may have found its young leading man in the person of Diego Boneta. (He’s had roles on the new 90210 and Pretty Little Liars, but may still count as an almost-unknown to some.) Now there is confirmation that he’ll play Drew Boley, the aspiring star at the center of the musical. In addition, Russell Brand is finally coming on after months of being rumored to join the cast. Read More »

Adam Shankman‘s big-screen version of the rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages has turned into quite the hot ticket. Tom Cruise plays one key character, decadent rocker Stacee Jax, and now Amy Adams is being wooed to play a journalist who intends to write a hit piece on the rock star but ends up falling for him instead. And Paul Giamatti has been added to the cast as well. Read More »