In the feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, small town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta) meet on the Sunset Strip in 1987, in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. With the hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and so many more, to help tell the story, their rock ‘n’ roll romance hits its fair share of speed bumps on the road to fame.
At the film’s press day, director Adam Shankman talked about why he wanted Tom Cruise to play rock god Stacee Jaxx in the film, Cruise’s initial reaction when he was approached with the idea, why he cut out the lap dance scene with Cruise and Julianne Hough, how Mary J. Blige came to be in the film (after the initial suggestion of Whitney Houston), the process of narrowing the songs down, and what the baboon was like to work with. He also talked about how Step Up: Revolution will be taking things to a whole new level, and that his next film will be This is Where I Leave You, based on the novel of the same name. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
It’s another poster round-up and do we have an odd assortment to choose from today. Here they are at a glance:
- Tim Burton’s animated Frankenweenie features a boy scientist who resurrects his canine companion, Sparky. Starring Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short, Frankenweenie opens October 5th.
- Magic Mike tells the true life story of what it’s like to be a male stripper. Starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer, Magic Mike opens June 29th.
- Step Up Revolution is the fourth installment in the franchise and stars Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Adam G. Sevani. The Scott Speer-directed dance-off drops July 27th.
- Danish import comedy, Klown, tells the hilarious tale of a male-bonding road trip gone awry. The Mikkel Norgaard-directed comedy stars Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen and Marcuz Jess Petersen.
Hit the jump to see the posters.
The first trailer and poster for Step Up Revolution have gone online. For the fourth entry in the Step Up franchise, the series is taking on flash mobs because of course they are. I’ll admit I’ve never seen any of the Step Up films, but they appear to be made for a very specific audience. If you like watching people dance to music for an hour and a half, then you’re probably a fan of the series. If not, I highly doubt Step Up Revolution is going to change your mind.
Hit the jump to check out the dance-filled trailer and poster. The film stars Peter Gallagher, Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Stephen Boss. Step Up Revolution opens on July 27th.
It may not be a genre you enjoy, but there’s no bad-mouthing the Step Up series for what it’s trying to do. The stories may be painfully stupid, but the dancing is amazing and that’s what people come to see. The trailer for Step Up 4 has gone online and it has the great line “I want to break the rules.” Usually, dancing is legal. But you can break the rules by holding up traffic or disrupting the museum-going experience. There’s no point in rebelling if it’s not expertly choreographed.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Step Up 4 opens July 27th.
Summit has released images and synopses for their 2012 line-up. We already showed you the first image from Warm Bodies, and now we have the first images from Gone starring Amanda Seyfried, Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, and Step Up 4 starring people you probably don’t know. The studio has released synopses for all of their 2012 movies. We don’t have images for every one of their films and some of the synopses are really just log-lines, but you’ll know more about these films than you did before.
Hit the jump to check out the images, read the synopses, and learn things.
Straight from the American Film Market, we’ve got the new synopsis and promo poster for Step Up 4 3D, as well as a new promo poster for The Cold Light of Day. Step Up 4 is the fourth installment in the popular dance franchise, this time taking place in Miami and centering on flash mobs. The cast includes Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick (So You Think You Can Dance), Misha Gabriel (This is It), and Peter Gallagher (American Beauty). Step Up 4 3D opens July 27th, 2012.
We’ve also got a new poster for Cold Light of Day. The thriller stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver. It centers on a young American who must race to find the connection between his father’s secrets and his family’s disappearance before time runs out. Hit the jump to check out the synopsis and posters.
Summit Entertainment has claimed some calendar dates for its upcoming movies. According to Box Office Mojo, Jonathan Levine’s zombie flick Warm Bodies hits theaters on August 10, 2012 Scott Derrickson‘s horror movie Sinister will arrive on August 24, 2012; Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist thriller Now You See Me is due out January 18, 2013; Red 2 will open August 2, 2013; Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Ender’s Game is set for March 15, 2013; and Step Up 4 has moved up from August 10, 2012 to July 27, 2012.
Hit the jump for more details on these films and what competition they’ll have on their weekends.
Time to play catchup with a couple of release dates that surfaced over the weekend. First up, Summit will release Step Up 4 on August 10, 2012, possibly under the title Step Up 4Ever 3D—if we’re lucky. The release date comes with a new synopsis. In between the dancing: “Emily, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs.” Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, and Stephen Boss star.
Next, Box Office Mojo lists October 19, 2012 for the release of the feature directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase. The story revolves around a group of friends who form a band in the 1960s—the film was using the band name, Twylight Zones, as the working title. It was never meant to last though, since that reads more sci-fi than period rock drama. For the time being, the movie is untitled. Given the pre-Halloween date, I do hold out some hope “Twylight Zones” will play an important role in the marketing. John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, and James Gandolfini star; Steven Van Zandt served as music supervisor.
Hit the jump for the full Step Up 4 synopsis.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Ben Foster has joined the ever-changing production of Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. The Wrap reports that Foster is set to play John Gotti Jr. The project has been through some rather public ups and downs, with Joe Pesci most recently suing the producers because he claims he gained weight for a role that was eventually cut. Barry Levinson is directing, and last we heard he was retooling the script. The cast includes Al Pacino, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, with filming set to begin in January in New York.
Additionally, newcomer Ryan Guzman and So You Think You Can Dance contestant Kathryn McCormick are set to star in the fourth installment of Step Up, which bears the undeniably genius tentative title Step Up 4Ever 3D. Scott Speer is directing the Miami-set movie from a script by Jenny May. The story centers on people who dance-fight in Miami. In 3D.