“Rock of Ages” Director Adam Shankman Interview – He Reveals His True Love 


I first met director Adam Shankman for Vin Diesel's "The Pacifier." Remember that opus? So when I met Shankman for "Rock of Ages" I told him, he popped my press junket cherry! HA! Kidding aside, Shankman has been the go-to guy for musical adaptations. He was successful in mounting a big-screen version of "Hairspray," and now, he wants to rock us out with "Rock of Ages."

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What got him interested in making "Rock of Ages"
*** How he corralled Tom Cruise into joining the cast
*** How he made Cruise sing and dance in the role of Stacee Jaxx
*** Cruise's performance ala Iggy Pop meets Axl Rose
*** How his dancing background help him with his directing skills
*** His inner heart desires -- he fell in love!



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Julianne Hough & Diego Boneta “Rock of Ages” Interview – Finding Their Inner Rock Stars 


Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta find their inner rockers to star as the young lovers in the new musical “Rock of Ages.” From “Hairspray” director, Adam Shankman, and based on the hit Broadway show, “Rock of Ages” will give you nothing but a good time!

Julianne stars as Sherrie and Diego is Drew, she’s a waitress, he’s a busboy in the thinly-veiled Whiskey A Go Go named The Bourbon Room in the movie. She wants to be famous, he wants to be a rock star, but deep inside, he’s been waiting for a girl like Sherrie. Cue music…

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted them to explore “Rock of Ages”
*** The music of the movie
*** Diego’s audition
*** How they found their inner rock stars
*** Going to Rock Star College
*** Difference between singing Rock and Country or Pop
*** Their ultimate heart desires



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Malin Akerman Talks About Undressing Tom Cruise in “Rock of Ages” 


I adore Malin Akerman! Can this actress be any sweeter? I interviewed her before for “Elektra Luxx” and she was equally sweet when I met her for “Rock of Ages.” She stars as Constance Sack, a Rolling Stone reporter who gets to grill Stacee jaxx (Tom Cruise) about his rock and roll ways.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her attraction to working in “Rock of Ages”
*** As a fan of the original Broadway musical, how did the film compare?
*** Her previous life as a rock and roll singer! Yup, she was in a band!
*** New singing techniques she learned from making the movie
*** How does it feel like undressing Tom Cruise with just her teeth?
*** Working with the actor
*** Favorite 80s movie, artist, and song – hint: She just wants to have fun!



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OMG! New Super-Dirty, NSFW, Red-Band "Magic Mike" Trailer and TV Spot!  


Ladies, and ahem, some gents, listen up -- if you previously didn't have any plans to watch "Magic Mike," these new NSFW, red-band trailer may change your mind! They pretty much showed everything, well, booty shots, and yes, more!

Director Steven Soderbergh's titillating dramedy about male strippers featuring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Kevin Nash, Riley Keough, Cody Horn and Adam Rodriguez opens on June 29th (the trailer and tv spot are misleading because these were made for the UK audience where the film is opening on July 11)

Thanks to our friends at Digital Spy by way of Collider, you can be teased, tortured, and submit to the male nakedness of the cast! Take a look:





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Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" Begins Production  


Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography for "Labor Day" has begun. Written and directed by Jason Reitman ("Young Adult," "Up in the Air"), Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in the adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel of the same name. The film is shooting in Massachusetts.

According to the press release:

“LABOR DAY” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.


I adore Reitman's storytelling, and he is always a fun interview! He told me that he writes in my hood, Palm Springs. (Check out my interviews with Reitman for "Up in the Air" here, and for "Young Adult" right here)

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