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Box Office Flops For Tom Cruise In ‘Rock Of Ages’ & Adam Sandler In ‘That’s My Boy’: ‘Madagascar 3′ & ‘Prometheus’ Hold #1 & #2

By | Saturday June 16, 2012 @ 11:30pm PDT

June 15-17 Weekend Actuals

1. Madagascar 3 (DreamWorks Anim/Paramount) Week 2 [4,263 Theaters] PG
Friday $10M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.7M, Weekend $34.0M (-44%), Cume $119.0M

2. Prometheus (Fox) Week 2 [3,442 Theaters] R
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $7.8M, Sunday $7.2M Weekend $20.7M (-59%), Cume $89.4M

3. Rock Of Ages (New Line/Warner Bros) NEW [3,470 Theaters] PG13
Friday $5.3M, Saturday $5.5M, Sunday $3.7M, Weekend $14.4M

4. That’s My Boy (Columbia/Sony) NEW [3,030 Theaters] R
Friday $4.5M, Saturday $4.7M, Sunday $4.2M Weekend $13.5M

5. Snow White & The Huntsman (Universal) Week 3 [3,701 Theaters] PG13
Friday $4.1M, Saturday $5.3M, Sunday $3.9M, Weekend $13.3M(-76%), Cume $122.0M

6. Men in Black 3 (Columbia/Sony) Week 4 [3,135 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.7M, Saturday $3.8M, Sunday $3.5M, Weekend $10M (-28%), Cume $152.7M

7. The Avengers (Marvel/Disney) Week 7 [2,582 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $3.3M, Sunday $3.4M, Weekend $8.9M (-21%), Cume $586.8M

8. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [1,184 Theaters] PG13
Friday $625K, Saturday $957K, Sunday $693K, Weekend $2.3M (-30%), Cume $35.2M

9. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 4 [178 Theaters] PG13
Friday $612K, Saturday $921K, Sunday $704K Weekend $2.2M (+44%), Cume $6.8M

10. Battleship (Universal) Week 5 [942 Theaters] PG13
Friday $334K, Saturday $480K, Sunday $433K, Weekend $1.2M (-45%), Cume $62.2M

SATURDAY PM, 3RD UPDATE: My sources say everything is staying pretty much as forecast, with the only question whether anything will get a bump from Father’s Day. Summer 2012 is clearly suffering a serious case of seasickness due to the constant up and down, up and down, motion of the North American box office. After the tsunami that was Marvel’s The Avengers, five major studio movies disappointed. “One … Read More »

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‘Rock Of Ages’ Headed For IMAX Screens

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT

Los Angeles, CA – May 9, 2012 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Rock of Ages, based on the hit Broadway musical, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released for a limited domestic engagement in select IMAX® theatres, day-and-date with the film’s release on June 15, 2012. “Warner Bros. and Tom Cruise have been great partners and an early look at Rock of Ages is getting great response,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “The film’s crowd-pleasing soundtrack will sound incredible in IMAX theatres during this select, hand-picked release.”

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‘Rock Of Ages’ Soundtrack Drops June 5

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 9:41pm PDT

Tom Cruise shows a new hard rocking side of himself in New Line Cinema’s June 15 release Rock Of AgesThe film version of the stage musical tells the story of the music scene on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s through hit songs of the period by Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more. Cruise is not the only film star displaying rock moves; the cast includes Russell Brand (who played rock god Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek), Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Alex Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones (she already showed her singing chops in the best picture Oscar winner Chicago). The Rock Of Ages soundtrack drops June 5 from WaterTower Music. Rock Of Ages also co-stars and features musical performances from Julianne hough, Diego Boneta and Mary J. Blige. Cruise plays hair band icon Stacee Jaxx and according to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, he”crushes” the role, belting out Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Cruise also duets with Akerman on Foreigner’s power ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and with Hough on The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”

Adam Shankman directs from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D’Arienzo’s musical. Rock Of Ages is produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, … Read More »

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New Line Tunes Up C&W Love Story To Follow ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 3:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line has reunited with Rock Of Ages team at Offspring Entertainment to option an untitled pitch that will do for Country & Western music what Rock of Ages did to 80s hair band anthems. The film will be scripted by Brandon Camp, whose credits include Love Happens and Dragonfly, and Offspring’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. Shankman directed Rock of Ages, which New Line adapted from the Broadway show, and which Warner Bros releases June 15. Offspring president Matt Smith will be executive producer, and brought in the project.

Camp will write a Nicholas Sparks-esque love story in which the characters break into C&W standards from Taylor Swift to Johnny Cash. UTA reps Camp.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 6:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

New Line has released a fresh trailer for Rock of Ages, giving a bit more of a glimpse of Tom Cruise as the decadent hair band icon Stacee Jaxx. I’ve seen the film, a fun confection that is Mamma Mia! for those who came of age in the 80s. The real revelation is Cruise. He throws himself headlong into the role, spent months learning to sing and prance like a rocker, and he crushes it.

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Warner Bros Shifts ‘Rock Of Ages,’ ‘Jack The Giant Killer,’ ‘Arthur & Lancelot’

By | Thursday January 19, 2012 @ 6:09pm PST

Warner Bros has tweaked released schedules for a trio of movies this year and next. year. Rock Of Ages shifts to June 15 this summer from June 1. It’s moving into WB slot vacated by Jack The Giant Killer which moved to March 22, 2013 from June 15, 2012. Arthur & Lancelot is now undated from previously slated March 15, 2013.

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Hot Trailer: Warner Bros’ ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 5:34pm PST

Here’s a look at something Deadline and others have been writing about for months, Rock Of Ages, from Warner Bros/New Line. It has a formidable cast — Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough. Directed by Adam Shankman.

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‘Rock Of Ages’ Stage Star Constantine Maroulis Joins The Movie Version

Mike Fleming

Former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis originated the lead role of Drew Boley in Rock of Ages‘ off-Broadway and Broadway musical incarnations. He’s not playing that role in the movie version that Adam Shankman is directing for New Line (Diego Boneta got the screen role), but that doesn’t mean Maroulis has been left out completely. He just filmed the small role as a prototypical ’80s record executive. Here’s a shot of him with Shankman and one of the film’s producers, Matt Weaver. The film stars Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough.

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Adam Shankman Tweets ‘Rock Of Ages’ Still

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Tom Cruise Commits To $100 Million Universal Sci-Fi Pic ‘Oblivion’ For Fall

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise has committed to star for Universal Pictures in Oblivion, the science fiction film that will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who last helmed Tron: Legacy. Production will begin in October. Cruise had been loosely attached to the Radical Publishing graphic novel adaptation when Disney let it go and Universal committed to finance and distribute the $100 million film, which came with a William Monahan script that was being rewritten by Karl Gajdusek. Kosinski hatched the idea for the project and set it to be published by Barry Levine’s graphic novel imprint as a calling card for a movie when Kosinski was busy for so long directing Tron: Legacy, which topped out at $400 million worldwide gross.

Disney acquired the graphic novel in a heated auction last summer, and Universal was one of the studios that also chased it. It takes place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an earth surface that has been rendered uninhabitable. Cruise will play a soldier who’s stuck alone on the planet, repairing the drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien life form. He encounters a beautiful woman who crashes in a craft, and their experience together forces him to question his world view. Disney allowed Kosinski to shop it because it didn’t fit its family-film mold and attempts to rein it in to a PG rating was creatively strangling the project. It will be PG-13. Read More »

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Alec Baldwin Stays In ‘Rock Of Ages’ Film

In Or Out? Alec Baldwin Will Be On Hand For Today’s ‘Rock Of Ages’ Run-Through

EXCLUSIVE: So let’s update the Alec Baldwin vs Rock Of Ages small drama. Yes, the actor showed up in Miami for the full run-through of Adam Shankman’s big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway 1980s-flavored rock musical. Yes, he’s going to do the movie, which starts shooting May 23rd. So that celebrity gossip report that Alec Baldwin had pulled out of the production was bogus. What actually happened was that New Line boss Toby Emmerich was told by Baldwin he had a newly discovered medical condition that was expected to resolve so he could do the movie. But then later in the day Baldwin formally asked New Line to replace him “if at all possible,” even though the actor had committed to the movie. Emmerich pondered. But Toby’s boss, Warner Bros movie chief Jeff Robinov, decided to hold Baldwin’s feet to the fire and demand he do the film. Robinov knew it would be impossible on short notice to properly recast the meaty role of the owner of the Sunset Boulevard Whisky-A-Go-Go-like Bourbon Room owner, Dennis Dupree, which has a big musical number in the film. (Stars like Will Ferrell and Steve Carell passed before Baldwin agreed to do it.) And Robinov acted like a mogul and refused to put the entire production on hold affecting other cast members Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige and Malin Akerman.

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Alec Baldwin Asks New Line To Replace Him In ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 7:24pm PDT

The entire cast of New Line’s Rock Of Ages movie is supposed to assemble in Miami on May 23rd for a table read before Adam Shankman’s big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical starts shooting. Today, around 3 PM, studio head Toby Emmerich officially denied to me a celebrity gossip report that Alec Baldwin had pulled out of the production. He said that Baldwin has a newly discovered medical condition that is expected to resolve so he can do the movie. But just now, at 7 PM, Emmerich told me that Baldwin had just asked New Line to replace him “if at all possible,” even though the actor committed to the movie. Emmerich is now pondering what to do. Baldwin is to play the owner of the Sunset Boulevard Whisky-A-Go-Go-like Bourbon Room owner, Dennis Dupree. Because the character is a meaty role with a big musical number, it’s not easy for New Line to recast, Emmerich told me. (Both Will Ferrell and Steve Carell passed, so that may make it more difficult still.) But Emmerich said he was curious to see if Baldwin also pulls out of his commitment to co-star in Woody Allen’s next comedy to be shot in Rome. It’s the first time Alec is working with Woody since the 1990 dramedy Alice. Allen just started putting the movie together a month ago and Baldwin was supposed to first do Rock Of Ages, whose cast includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige, and Malin Akerman.

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Adam Shankman Exits Disney For New Line

The move follows a legal wrangle that took weeks to unravel about negotiating his exit from Disney, some money owing to Sony, and a new pact with New Line to host his production banner that took weeks to unravel. Adam Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment with producer Jennifer Gibgot has a first-look deal at New Line, where he did Hairspray and 17 Again. The banner was housed at Walt Disney Studios for eight years. Meanwhile, New Line says Alec Baldwin has not pulled out of Rock Of Ages. The studio says he has a personal issue that is expected to resolve so he can do the movie, which begins shooting May 23.

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Malin Akerman Will Bed Tom Cruise In ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Wednesday May 4, 2011 @ 9:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The final piece of the casting puzzle is in place for Rock Of Ages, the Adam Shankman-directed adaptation of the Broadway musical for New Line Cinema. Malin Akerman is set to play the role of Constance, a journalist who intends to write an expose on decadent rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). After a seduction, and after they sing a duet on the Foreigner song I Want To Know What Love Is, they find out in a naughty bedroom romp. This has been a hot role. Shankman at first courted Anne Hathaway, who couldn’t do it because she landed the Catwoman role in The Dark Knight Rises. Then, he courted Amy Adams, but Shankman again lost out to a superhero when she landed Lois Lane in Man of Steel. Akerman joins Bryan Cranston, who plays the mayor of Los Angeles, his prudish wife that Catherine Zeta-Jones will play, Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough. Not a bad cast for a Chris D’Arienzo musical that started as a small off-Broadway show before moving to Broadway and now the big screen. Akerman is currently shooting Medallion opposite Nic Cage and will next be seen starring with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in the Universal Pictures comedy Wanderlust, as well as Bang Bang Club. She’s repped by WME and Sanders Armstrong Caserta.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Takes On ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 9:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been set to play a new role that has been created especially for the movie version of the Adam Shankman-directed Rock of Ages for New Line. She’ll play the wife of the mayor of Los Angeles, a conservative character out to do away with rock and roll. “There are so many plotlines in the piece, we thought it would be fun to create a villain, and a cultural discussion point,” Shankman told Deadline. “She’s the moral majority person, kind of like if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child in that era. To have a great actress who won an actress in this genre with Chicago is wonderful.” Prudishness aside, Zeta-Jones gets to take part in the 80s rock anthems. She will sing Pat Benatar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It. Shankman will finish casting shortly. He needs the journalist who beds down with Tom Cruise’s decadent rocker Stacee Jaxx (Amy Adams couldn’t do it because of Man of Steel) and now he needs an actor to play the mayor.

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Adam Shankman Gets Russell Brand, But Amy Adams Won’t Bed Tom Cruise In ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Wednesday April 13, 2011 @ 10:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

Adam Shankman has tweeted that he got Russell Brand to play Lonny in the New Line musical Rock of Ages. But Shankman’s pursuit of Amy Adams  didn’t work out. He wanted her to play the role of the journalist who duets and then beds down with Tom Cruise’s decadent rock star character Stacee Jaxx, but Adams’ schedule was complicated by landing the Lois Lane role in the Superman film Man of Steel. Shankman’s still looking.

Brand’s casting was first disclosed by Deadline on Jan. 20. He’ll play Lonny, who runs the ’80s rock club The Bourbon for owner Dennis (Alec Baldwin). Brand and Baldwin get to sing a rousing version of the REO Speedwagon tune Can’t Fight This Feeling. Brand previously worked with Shankman in Bedtime Stories. Rock of Ages stars Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Julianne Hough, Cruise, Baldwin, Mary J. Blige and Paul Giamatti. Pretty good cast for an ’80s homage that started off-Broadway and then caught on when it moved to Broadway. Brand just opened in Hop and Arthur.

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Universal In Lead To Adopt Joseph Kosinski’s ‘Oblivion’ With Tom Cruise

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has emerged as the front-runner to finance and distribute Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed sci-fi project that has Tom Cruise in early talks to star. The studio has entered into exclusive negotiations for a deal that would carry progress to production language, with a goal to begin shooting in October.  The deal hinges on Kosinski’s ability to bring in the film at around the $100 million mark. Cruise doesn’t have a deal at this point, but they are talking. Deadline told you last week that Universal was among three studios chasing the film. The film was scripted by William Monahan, with  Karl Gajdusek currently rewriting.

Oblivion recently shook loose from Disney, where Kosinski made his feature directorial debut on Tron: Legacy. That film just hit the $400 million worldwide gross mark for Disney, and the studio has a Tron sequel and other projects with Kosinski. But the studio let the filmmaker shop it because the post-apocalyptic Oblivion premise didn’t fit the studio’s family film mandate. Attempts to bring it in as a PG film was creatively strangling the project. It will be made as PG-13.

The project is based on a Radical Publishing graphic novel that came from an idea by Kosinski, and was published by Barry Levine’s imprint while Kosinski was preoccupied with Tron. The graphic novel was always viewed as a blueprint for a feature film, and Disney acquired in a heated auction last summer. Universal was among the studios chasing it last summer, along with Paramount and Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Oblivion is a futuristic science fiction love story that takes place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an earth surface that has been rendered for the most part uninhabitable. An earthbound soldier — stuck there repairing drones that patrol and blast a savage alien life form — encounters a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft, and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view. There are really only a handful of characters in the last-man-on-earth storyline, and so the feeling is that Cruise is a strong match. Read More »

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Alec Baldwin Commits To Woody Allen’s Next Pic

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin has committed to star in Woody Allen’s next film. And where will the quintessential New York actor and Gotham’s arguably most famous director be filming? Try Rome. Allen has chosen that city as the site of his next comedy as he continues sampling countries around the globe after shooting most of his films exclusively in New York. Allen has said that shooting in NYC is just too expensive, but I’d argue that the change of scenery has creatively revived him in recent outings.

Baldwin will work with Allen for the first time since the 1990 comedy Alice. Allen has just begun putting this film together, and word is that The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg is also in line for a lead. Penelope Cruz was previously announced. Baldwin will first star in Rock Of Ages, the Adam Shankman-directed New Line musical that also stars Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige and Russell Brand. Amy Adams is being courted to play a journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with the rock star Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). After he finishes the two projects, Baldwin returns for what could be his final season of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Could Jack Donaghy really be leaving after Baldwin’s contract ends and the show is still so good? Baldwin told me as much when we did the Playboy Interview awhile back. I argued that his sitcom momentum would … Read More »

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In Other Deals …

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 5:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Former cop and Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall will script the Logan’s Run remake that director Nicolas Winding Refn will do with Ryan Gosling. … Vulture reports that Diego Gonzalez Boneta has bagged the male lead in Rock of Ages, the Adam Shankman-directed musical based on the Broadway show. Actually, he’s not set yet, because New Line brass has to approve him. But he’s Shankman’s choice to star alongside Julianne Hough and a supporting cast that will include Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige and maybe Amy Adams. So it’s looking good for the young actor. … Phase 4 Films acquired North American rights to Lucky, the Gil Cates Jr.-directed pic that stars Colin Hanks as a young lottery winner who uses his windfall to pursue the girl of his dreams, trying his best to hide his passion for serial killing.

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