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Dec. 13, 2011by: Mike Sampson

I never saw ROCK OF AGES when it was a Broadway musical. It all seemed fairly ridiculous to me. A bunch of people pretending to be 80s fictional musicians singing non-fictional songs and doing so with the utmost sincerity (especially considering how silly some of these songs are). I think the concept of ROCK OF AGES is something you either buy into or you're never going to be convinced. After seeing the trailer for the upcoming big-screen adaptation, I'm still in the latter.

I mean if you've ever wanted to hear Catherine Zeta-Jones sing Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" to a mob of teens who sing back "We Built This City on Rock and Roll" well then, this movie might just be for you. I know musicals exist in a world even more fantastical than most movies and you have to embrace any campy aspects but this just seems too much for me. Maybe because I grew up listening to this music? Maybe I'm a cranky old fart with no time for music nostalgia gussied up as a "rock musical?"

I will say this - we don't get a lot of Tom Cruise in this trailer but what we do just continues to prove the guy brings it with every movie and at almost 50-years-old still can play a rock star oozing with charisma. The ROCK OF AGES trailer didn't work for me at all but check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

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5:40AM on 01/17/2012

REALLY?

FROM J.MILLER WAR OF ROCK - Ok who in the f*** is Justin Theroux and why does he think he can write a screen play about Rock N Roll in the 80's based on L.A. Metal. The only thing we give this guy a thumbs up for is banging Jennifer Aniston. For cry it out loud the guy is from Washington, D.C. and so is Dana Strum a rock legend but there's no nod to SLAUGHTER, Quiet Riot, Vinnie Vincent etc . It would not surprise us if Justin is really a Flock of Seagulls fan.

Really? - you make a Movie
FROM J.MILLER WAR OF ROCK - Ok who in the f*** is Justin Theroux and why does he think he can write a screen play about Rock N Roll in the 80's based on L.A. Metal. The only thing we give this guy a thumbs up for is banging Jennifer Aniston. For cry it out loud the guy is from Washington, D.C. and so is Dana Strum a rock legend but there's no nod to SLAUGHTER, Quiet Riot, Vinnie Vincent etc . It would not surprise us if Justin is really a Flock of Seagulls fan.

Really? - you make a Movie about Metal in L.A. with hints to the Whiskey Go Go and don't include Mtley Cre? or invite Vince Neil. YES we love Def Leppard, Not from the U.S. and certainly DOES NOT represent L.A. Metal. Twisted Sister, another great kickass band yes from the U.S. but New York. Posion music is featured too but Brett and the boys didn't hit the L.A. strip until late 85 and didn't have CC until 86. Journey is also in the mix but was never part of "Hair Metal". There is NO WAY Perry would have approved this if he was still in the band. REO Speedwagon - Rocked the 70s but didn't have a clue what was happening on the strip by the time the 80s rolled around. And finally ..Foreigner - a British-American rock band enough said. Don't get me wrong these bands all KICKED ASS and still do ... but had very little to do with the L.A. Hollywood Metal era.

The film highlights a lot more great artist like Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and more. Again none of them from L.A. .. and yet this is the "BIG" story of ROCK of AGES small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Yes its based on the broadway show .. "Based"

The "Bourbon Club" is suppose to be Whisky a Go Go [link] in L.A. lets not mention that neither Def Leppard nor Twisted Sister played there and we cannot find anywhere that any of the bands included in this movie was inspired by the L.A. Strip 80's music scene. Anyway Yes we know it's not a reality movie especially with Tom Cruise ( KID ROCK?? ) playing a badass rockstar that's the first clue.. Please that's about believable as Ozzy running for President. This movie could have been written sooo much better.

I mean at least include a few bands that actually contributed to Starwood and Whiskey Go Go and the whole L.A. Hollywood Metal Scene .. Like the incarnations of Quite Riot with Randy Rhodes or Motley Crue the list is long but the CRUE would be the start.

I would have opened the movie with.. Randy playing that famous lick he made sound so incredibly badass. Listen to a real ROCK legend Dana Strum talking about Randy, Slaughter, Crue and more CLICK HERE when they forged metal to the TOP.

Boys and Girls do not go to this movie and expect to take away a glimpse into history of ROCK and the history of Metal this movie is not reality. I hope you go because maybe you want to be entertained. If you're a Tom Cruise fan go rent risky business he actually does a better job portraying a rock star in that movie.

I think this movie is just a sorry attempt to capitalize on the return of ROCK N ROLL ..

This makes us want to make a REAL Metal Movie. If we do we will make sure to include Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick. We cannot wait to see THE DIRT( The story of how Mtley Cre came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history) Now that's going to be a REAL Fuckin Rock Movie.. slated for 2013 .. Rock On

Great performances by: Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti and that's about it.

If there were too many bright stars blinding your vision while watching that trailer, Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough (Footloose) and Diego Boneta (Paradise Lost) as the protagonists, Sherrie and Drew, with some more familiar faces in the supporting roles. Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Will Forte, and Mary J. Blige are all in the chorus line with Tom Cruise front and center playing the role of legendary rocker, Stacee Jaxx.

The Rock of Ages movie is being directed by song-and-dance guru Adam Shankman (Step Up, So You Think You Can Dance), who managed to his adaptation of the popular musical Hairspray into a worldwide box office hit. Rock of Ages, its safe to say, covers subject matter thats much more palatable to the greater masses (love and rock) and certainly has a musical score that will practically yank viewers of various ages into the theater to belt along with that thumping music we described at the start. I just don't want these viewers ( Especially my age 22) going to see this movie and think WOW if it wasn't for Posion we wouldn't have Heavy Metal or Hair Metal as we know it TODAY!

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6:48PM on 12/14/2011
I love rock music and I love musical films so I know I'm gonna love this.
I love rock music and I love musical films so I know I'm gonna love this.
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3:18PM on 12/14/2011

Not hip to musicals but...

I can't get enough Tom Cruise and he looks epic here.
I can't get enough Tom Cruise and he looks epic here.
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2:35PM on 12/14/2011
May not be what people were expecting but It definitely seemed to capture exactly what the film was aiming for. Looks great.
May not be what people were expecting but It definitely seemed to capture exactly what the film was aiming for. Looks great.
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11:48AM on 12/14/2011

For all the people

saying that it should be Metallica, and "real metal" that's not the scene this movie is trying to capture. Seriously if you were alive in the 80's it was all Hair Metal and Glam dominated the scene. The Big Four were considered underground still. This movie is trying to capture the essence of the Arena Rock days for Leppard, Crue, Jovi, all those bands. Like everyone here it didn't really do anything for me but I really like ROCKSTAR with Mark Wahlberg so I might rent it someday.
saying that it should be Metallica, and "real metal" that's not the scene this movie is trying to capture. Seriously if you were alive in the 80's it was all Hair Metal and Glam dominated the scene. The Big Four were considered underground still. This movie is trying to capture the essence of the Arena Rock days for Leppard, Crue, Jovi, all those bands. Like everyone here it didn't really do anything for me but I really like ROCKSTAR with Mark Wahlberg so I might rent it someday.
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10:48AM on 12/14/2011
Let me know when the most successful theatre productions stop being decades old pop music loosely strung together with a shallow plot.
Let me know when the most successful theatre productions stop being decades old pop music loosely strung together with a shallow plot.
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10:25AM on 12/14/2011
id watch this just for cruise and that moment at the end of the trailer
id watch this just for cruise and that moment at the end of the trailer
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9:34AM on 12/14/2011
Tom Cruise is pimp at the end of that trailer
Tom Cruise is pimp at the end of that trailer
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7:14AM on 12/14/2011

Not feelin' it...

...and this from someone who grew up on 80's rock. This film just didn't speak to me in any way at all.
...and this from someone who grew up on 80's rock. This film just didn't speak to me in any way at all.
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3:48AM on 12/14/2011
Meh, the overall thing looks like the typical musical catering to a specific generation. Nothing new with that nor my indifference to the material, I can't remember anything until 1988.
As for the cast, I like it. CZJ is back, the guys look unrecognizable but cool, Hough I'm still green on, and why is Mary J. wearing a curly Tina Turner wig? I might catch a matine I might be surprised. Besides I'll support a Tropic Thunder reunion of backgrounders Cruise, Theroux & Maguire.
Meh, the overall thing looks like the typical musical catering to a specific generation. Nothing new with that nor my indifference to the material, I can't remember anything until 1988.
As for the cast, I like it. CZJ is back, the guys look unrecognizable but cool, Hough I'm still green on, and why is Mary J. wearing a curly Tina Turner wig? I might catch a matine I might be surprised. Besides I'll support a Tropic Thunder reunion of backgrounders Cruise, Theroux & Maguire.
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1:24AM on 12/14/2011

This box is green soley for Cruise

never seen a musical in theatres, the only reason i will is Cruise.. and i think they should have put more of him in this trailer to help sell it.

also, totally agree with fnorori, they should have used the real 80's music. Gunners, Def Leappard is fine, maybe some Jovi for the women, some real metal with Metalica.. and more..
never seen a musical in theatres, the only reason i will is Cruise.. and i think they should have put more of him in this trailer to help sell it.

also, totally agree with fnorori, they should have used the real 80's music. Gunners, Def Leappard is fine, maybe some Jovi for the women, some real metal with Metalica.. and more..
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12:26AM on 12/14/2011

What's with the hate!!!!

Come on it's got a clapping monkey in it....
Come on it's got a clapping monkey in it....
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11:53PM on 12/13/2011

GOOD GOD

does this fucking suck.
funny how Cruise's face was hidden mostly
does this fucking suck.
funny how Cruise's face was hidden mostly
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11:21PM on 12/13/2011
Trailer was good, not great. Gave a good amount of the feel of the movie without giving away too much.

The movie looks really fun and I love the huge list of actors they have lined up for this film.
Trailer was good, not great. Gave a good amount of the feel of the movie without giving away too much.

The movie looks really fun and I love the huge list of actors they have lined up for this film.
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10:04PM on 12/13/2011
Why did they have to have a monkey in there???
Why did they have to have a monkey in there???
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11:10PM on 12/13/2011
If you have to ask . . .
If you have to ask . . .
8:50PM on 12/13/2011
Dork metal.
Dork metal.
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8:49PM on 12/13/2011
Trailer requires more Cruise. I'll be seeing this though
Trailer requires more Cruise. I'll be seeing this though
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8:25PM on 12/13/2011

Wow...

The Warner Brothers & Their Sister Dot must really not like this trailer - it's been pulled from every online distributor... even the legit, Hollywood-friendly destinations like JoBlo.
The Warner Brothers & Their Sister Dot must really not like this trailer - it's been pulled from every online distributor... even the legit, Hollywood-friendly destinations like JoBlo.
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8:48PM on 12/13/2011
Just popped back up on iTunes trailers. Probably didn't like that youtube got the jump on what was supposed to be an iTunes exclusive
Just popped back up on iTunes trailers. Probably didn't like that youtube got the jump on what was supposed to be an iTunes exclusive
3:14PM on 12/14/2011
Doubt that's the reason because that trailer was terrific.
Doubt that's the reason because that trailer was terrific.
3:38PM on 12/13/2011
Hate musicals. But I'm a fan of Tom Cruise. I wanna see his scenes, and he's the only reason this box is grey and not red.
Hate musicals. But I'm a fan of Tom Cruise. I wanna see his scenes, and he's the only reason this box is grey and not red.
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3:37PM on 12/13/2011
When I heard it was going to have 80s rock music I was expecting Guns N' Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, probably even some U2 not this crappy shit they are singing too.
When I heard it was going to have 80s rock music I was expecting Guns N' Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, probably even some U2 not this crappy shit they are singing too.
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3:34PM on 12/13/2011

I dont want to call it "gay"

b/c i dont want to have to explain my usage of the word, but... i got nothing. I'll never understand movies/musicals like this.
b/c i dont want to have to explain my usage of the word, but... i got nothing. I'll never understand movies/musicals like this.
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3:28PM on 12/13/2011
Gaaaaay!!!! And fuck Julianne Hough.
Gaaaaay!!!! And fuck Julianne Hough.
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2:58PM on 12/13/2011
why cant anyone sing original songs anymore?
why cant anyone sing original songs anymore?
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2:56PM on 12/13/2011
I'm not a musical fan, and this trailer did nothing for me either way. I didn't like it, nor did I dislike it. It was just there for me.
I'm not a musical fan, and this trailer did nothing for me either way. I didn't like it, nor did I dislike it. It was just there for me.
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2:52PM on 12/13/2011
Tom is the only reason I'll see this. They've butchered the original music quite a bit.
Tom is the only reason I'll see this. They've butchered the original music quite a bit.
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