Ridley Scott's terrifyingly good Prometheus is the latest in his Alien series, and with nightmare-inducing visuals, it's an installment audiences won't soon forget. In the future, a team of researchers (including Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) head to a mysterious planet to find out if there's a link to human origins. Soon, people start acting strange, creatures appear, and blood begins flowing. It's science-fiction horror at its best, and Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron also give chilly but impressive performances. The DVD comes with commentary by Scott and deleted and alternate scenes.
Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and more stars headline the fun but inescapably cheesy film adaptation of the hit Broadway play. On her journey to become a star, Sherrie (Hough) meets Drew (Diego Boneta) and the two pursue their dreams and embark on a romance filled with rock 'n' roll music. The movie features Cruise playing against type as a rock star, as well as hits from '80s legends like Journey, Poison, and Bon Jovi. The actors are clearly having a ball performing, but off the stage, the story all comes off as highly produced karaoke. The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.
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Hoping to take up residence in a cozy seat in the movie theater this Fourth of July? We don't blame you: it's hot, and there are some great flicks out right now. We can't help you find a date, but we can help you figure out which movie to see with whoever you decide to take along. Don't make the mistake of taking your mom to see Ted or dragging your boyfriend to Magic Mike. Here's your handy guide to the latest Summer movies.
Fiery Merida made her mark at the box office as Pixar's Brave brought in $66.7 million in its opening weekend. Kindred animated flick Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted took a distant second with $20.2 million. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter placed third with $16.5 million in its debut weekend, while Prometheus and Rock of Ages rounded out the top five with $10 million and $8 million, respectively.
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Despite competition from new releases, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted remained steady at the top of the box office, earning $35.5 million this weekend. For the second week in a row, Prometheus placed second with $20.2 million. Rock of Ages had a disappointing opening weekend with $15.1 million, followed by Snow White and the Huntsman with $13.8 million. Adam Sandler's new comedy That's My Boy also had a very poor showing, earning just $13 million in its opening weekend.
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It's a star-studded weekend for movies, with Friday's releases of Rock of Ages and That's My Boy. Fans of the stage musical can look forward to seeing Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diego Boneta, and Russell Brand in the classic rock-filled adaptation, while Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are a dysfunctional family in That's My Boy. For those who prefer indie to big-budget, Mark Duplass's buzzed-about dramedy, Your Sister's Sister, is also being released this weekend. Click through all the photos!
Rock of Ages is out this weekend, and if there was anything the glam metal rockers of the '80s were known for — besides their big hair and sweet music — it was their groupies. These half-naked superfans were a lot edgier (and hopefully older) than the Beliebers of today.
We got another glimpse at an even earlier generation of groupies on Mad Men last season. In the Mad Men episode "Tea Leaves," Don Draper does his best to get backstage at the Rolling Stones concert. Dressed like "the man" in his suit and tie, a look his much younger wife describes as "square," Don and fellow ad man Harry Crane set out to try to get the Stones to sign on for a Heinz campaign. Instead of meeting the band, the pair hangs backstage with some teenage girls smoking joints — groupies! As we've come to expect from Mad Men, the show gave us a glimpse into the 1960s and its defining pop cultural characteristics. But if you want to know more about the real-life ladies who inspired the reference, here are eight groupie autobiographies to get in bed with.
With big hair, wacky musical numbers, and inspired casting choices, Rock of Ages is just as flashy and flamboyant as you would expect from a musical about the rock scene in 1980s LA — but it's not nearly as entertaining as it could be. Based on the hit play, the movie has a star-studded cast, with Tom Cruise at center stage as Stacee Jaxx, the biggest rock star in the Rock of Ages universe. Hoping to follow in his footsteps are Drew (Diego Boneta) and Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who are crazy in love and happen to be aspiring singers. They work at The Bourbon Room, a Sunset Strip venue run by Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is the politician's wife who's trying to shut them down.
The characters chronicle their joys, sorrows, and hopes through classic rock hits, which could be a lot of cheesy fun, but instead, it's just cheesy. Rock of Ages has a killer soundtrack and doesn't take itself too seriously, but it's more ridiculous than rocking. To find out why I think the movie falls flat, just keep reading.
Tom Cruise headlines a star-studded cast in this week's Rock of Ages, but is it worth it to head to the theater to see him, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and more singing and dancing to '80s tunes? Watch the video review to find out if you should watch, pass, or rent this film adaptation of the hit musical.
With Rock of Ages opening on Friday, I got to thinking about some of the more recent movie adaptations of musicals — those from 1980 on (sorry, Grease). Though there are purists who will always prefer Broadway, a lot of shows have inspired entertaining, sometimes even award-worthy, movies, like Hairspray, Chicago, and Dreamgirls. Click through to see all the movies and let us know if we forgot to mention your favorite!