It’s been said that comedy isn’t pretty, but we’re about to prove them wrong. There’s a gang of lovely ladies hilariously hitting up the big screen this summer, and they look amazing as they do it! We hope you’ve been following our Summer Movie Preview, where we’ve brought you the best of this summer’s cinematic heroes, heroines and villains. But now it’s time to give you the rundown on the women who will make you laugh ’til you cry, or get thrown out of the theater.
First and foremost, we’re expecting huge comedy from What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The film boasts Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick!Mila Kunisis already a comedy legend at the super young age of 28, and we can’t wait to see her she compete with a teddy bear for Mark Wahlberg’s affections in Ted. The greatly anticipated movie sees her collaborates with her Family Guy co-star Seth MacFarlane. Malin Akerman takes us way back to the ’80s as a reporter in Rock of Ages, while Helena Bonham Carter takes us back even further to the ’70s in her husband Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows.
Sorry, Snow White. Nothing personal, Thor. Of course we still love you, the Batman. We always will. It’s just that when it comes to summer movies, we love a glowering villain as much as we love a virtuous hero. Maybe a little more. Maybe … a lot more.
Luckily for us (and you!), this summer’s films are jam-packed with some of the most malevolent evil characters imaginable, ready to face off against the hottest heroes and heroines from May to August. Tom Hiddleston reprises his Thor role as power-hungry extraterrestrial Loki in this week’s The Avengers, while Flight of the Concords’Jemaine Clement breaks Will Smith‘s stride as an easy-riding alien by the name of Boris in Men in Black III. Closer to home (and to your childhood nightmares), Queen Charlize Theron goes after Kristen Stewart‘s heart (not in the romantic way) in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Eva Green does the same to Johnny Depp (in both the romantic and evil way?) as smitten witch Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows.
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Of course, not every memorable villain has to be from another planet or or the fairy-tale realm. Some of them can be regular ol’ criminal masterminds, like Salma Hayek‘s drug kingpin Elena in Savages, Faran Tahir‘s Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bryan Cranston‘s Vilos Cohaagen in the Total Recall remake and Edward Norton‘s Byer in The Bourne Legacy. We are especially psyched to see Tom Hardy‘s Bane grapple the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises while Rhys Ifans takes on Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Because what’s an epic battle scene with out an epic villain? A 15-second slap fight?
Not that every villain has to be locked in life-or-death combat, mind you. Some of them are just maniacally vain. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s General Aladeen in The Dictator, anyone? Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ high-strung Patricia Whitmore will also be inflicting all the damage she can against the demon that is rock in Rock of Ages, while Adam Sandler only accidentally ruins his son Andy Samberg‘s wedding/marriage/life. That being said, if you somehow get your only child to throw up on his fiance’s wedding dress … yeah, you’re the bad guy.
Finally, we have to give props to those villains who don’t even come in a humanoid package. We are dying to see what the surprisingly awesome-looking Battleship aliens look like under their masks (Weird eyes? Check! Four-fingered hand? Check!), and we’re all ready to take our hats off to the Piranhas 3DD piranhas. Not only are they blood-thirsty, they are also responsible for Ving Rhames‘ character having machine gun legs. What aren’t villains good for? Which big bad has your ticket-buying hands shaking with anticipation this summer? Check out our gallery of villainy, and cast your vote. Just remember: When it comes to picking a favorite archnemesis, there is no wrong choice.
We all sawTom Cruise scramble down the side of a towering glass skyscraper in Ghost Protocol. It is any surprise he’d bring the same intensity to hair metal? Rock of Ages star Diego Boneta solemnly promises that Tom Cruise’s performance will knock our neon scrunch socks clear out of our Reebok high tops. “As a singer, Tom blew me away,” Boneta explained. “He was preparing eight hours a day for four months just taking vocal lessons. He was taking four hours of guitar every day. Then he’d get up on stage and just let go, just be a rock star. Like he didn’t put one hour of preparation into it!” And that’s not even considering the hours Tom spent in the gym to become a sinewy rock god. Have you seen that man’s torso in the movie’s promo photos? That, friends, is an eight-hour-a-day torso.
Considering Boneta, who plays Julianne Hough’s lovah in the ’80s-tastic musical movie, is himself a Mexican pop star, we take his word for it that Cruise’s vocal stylings are gasp-worthy. “It’s so overwhelming in a good way,” Diego laughed about the film. Oh, we believe you, Diego. Again, did you see that torso?
First, let us say, Tom Cruise is hilariously good at singing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” in the new Rock of Agestrailer. But that’s not what impressed us the most about this preview of the movie (in theaters June 15) and certainly not what made us fork over our dough to see the musical on Broadway, from the front row. Nor was the touching love story of smalltown kids just trying to live out their dreams in L.A., or the cautionary tale about how fame and fortune will destroy your soul. Nope. It is the impressive way in which this musical actually makes us nostalgic for the most embarrassing fashion and music trends of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The perms, the sweaty leather, the man makeup, the sappy ballads, the over-the-top guitar solos, the bras worn alone as perfectly acceptable tops — we might cringe with regret (or, for those who didn’t live through the era, gape in wonder) in any other setting, but Rock of Ages reminds us of how totally rad it was to look as trashy as possible and bang your head to the sounds of Motley Crue, Poison and Def Leppard. It was true with the unknown actors of the theatrical version, but it’s even more evident when we see it all played out by the all-star cast of Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and newcomer Diego Boneta.
Without further ado, we present to you a countdown of the 20 most rock-and-roll looks from trailer #2.
Jefferson Starship might have built this city on rock’n'roll but it looks like director Adam Shankman built this Rock of Ages trailer out of pure, delicious cheddar cheese. Set to drop next Wednesday, Tom Cruise‘s official site released the film’s trailer today instead. We had already seen Tom Cruise‘s sweaty rock star Stacee Jaxx. We’d already caught a glimpse of Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in all their hairsprayed finest, but this trailer seems to strike the exact tone necessary to successfully pull off a rock musical set in the late 1980s. It also contains a monkey. Don’t believe us? Let us identify the exact8 moments that give us hope Rock Of Ages will be carved entirely from a block of sharp cheddar…in a good way.
Well, it’s surprising if you think of Cruise as this guy. But long before he was an action hero, scaling the tallest building in the world, he was the kid dancing in his underwear in Risky Business, and the cocky pilot serenading Kelly McGillis in a bar in Top Gun. Just a few different job choices and he could have been a modern day Gene Kelly, right? Well, OK, not quite. Even though that one wedding dance-off was impressive. Read more…
Action Torso, Engage! We’ve already heartily supported the acid-neon, plastic-bangled-and-Spandex ’80s look depicted by Julianne Hough and Alec Baldwin during filming, but the first official photos of Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages looks like hot liquid cheese of the first order. We’re caught in between piting Cruise’s personal abdomen waxer, and realizing no man will every seethe with enough scalding masculinity to satisfy us, now that our eyes have beheld The Truth.
In addition to Cruise’s wild stallion pic, Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman tweeted this week, “Surreal but true: def leppard just visited set of #rockofagesmovie, and T Cruise as Stacee and Arsenal performed Pour Some Sugar On Me, and they gave a standing ovation!” With a character name like Stacee Jaxx, it has to be good. Or terrible. Either really good or really terrible with no in-between whatsoever.
We can just imagine Ryan Seacrest on the sidelines gritting his teeth and giving the death stare at the scenes unfolding before him. Fortunately, he wasn’t around to see his girlfriend Julianne Hough bounce around the Miami surf in a bitty bikini while making out with Diego Boneta (a Mexican singer and actor). Not because she’s dumped Seacrest, but for a scene in Rock of Ages. The photos may be NSFW, unless your boss is okay with seeing Hough’s legs wrapped around Boneta. We love how 80′s Hough’s accessories and bikini are! And damn, dancers have amazing bods! Which you’ll be able to envy in our gallery below.
Can Alec Baldwin not star in the upcoming film adaptation of Rock Of Ages? Pretty please, with sugar on top? Not that we wouldn’t love to see him sing old power ballads alongside Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the rest of the cast. We just want him to take it as easy as he needs to. Deadline Hollywood says that Baldwin has asked to be replaced on the upcoming film “if it all possible,” reportedly due to a newly discovered medical condition. New Line head Toby Emmerich told Deadline he’s weighing the issue, noting that Baldwin has yet to drop out of his upcoming film with Woody Allen in Rome. Come on, Toby, you know chilling in Europe with the Wood-man has to be easier than playing a club owner in a hard rock musical!
One reason Alec may be playing the matter so politely is what happened to ex-wife Kim Basinger when they were dating in the early ’90s. Kim had backed out of the film Boxing Helena after verbally agreeing to appear as the titular limbless kidnapping victim, and wound up being sued for $9 million dollars by the producers (FYI, this precedent is the only reason Whoopi Goldberg made Theodore Rex). Since Baldwin’s role in Ages is a big one, he may have to give up a little more info about his reason for leaving if he doesn’t want to suffer a similar fate.
Okay, he didn’t prance per say. But this is Russell Brand! Everything he does is goofy, so when he’s doing something normal once in a very blue moon — like going for a swim — we can’t handle it! And much like his wife, Katy Perry, Russell’s always styled and primped to an inch of life so when we see him au naturel, so to speak, without his hair teased out and such, we’re like … Woah. So here he is, flat hair and normal swim trunks et all taking a dip in the ocean in Miami. Well, he was taking a dip until it started raining, so he got out and took a few photographs with fans before heading back to his hotel. Russell’s in Miami to film Rock of Ages which also stars Julianne Hough and Tom Cruise. We still find it hard to believe Russell can take photographs without hamming it up, but here’s the proof!