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June 15, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Rock of Ages,"the rags-to-riches musical about a girl who finds love and fame on the Sunset Strip, opens in theaters Friday. Spun from the stage musical that began in Hollywood in 2006 and reached Broadway in 2009 (where it's still playing), the on-screen version stars Tom Cruise as faint-worthy rock god Stacee Jaxx and Julianne Hough as fresh-off-the-bus Sherrie, as well as a star-packed supporting cast including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Tony-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as the uptight mayor's wife.
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October 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
There's no word whether they sang at their own wedding, but one of Broadway's most decorated stars, Audra McDonald, tied the knot Saturday with Will Swenson, a fellow musical theater veteran whose credits include a Tony-nominated turn as the provocateur Berger in a 2009 revival of “Hair.” The Associated Press reported that they were married Saturday at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, had announced their engagement in January.  In June, McDonald won her fifth Tony Award - but her first as a lead performer - for her portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,” which closed last month.
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October 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
There's no word whether they sang at their own wedding, but one of Broadway's most decorated stars, Audra McDonald, tied the knot Saturday with Will Swenson, a fellow musical theater veteran whose credits include a Tony-nominated turn as the provocateur Berger in a 2009 revival of “Hair.” The Associated Press reported that they were married Saturday at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, had announced their engagement in January.  In June, McDonald won her fifth Tony Award - but her first as a lead performer - for her portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,” which closed last month.
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June 15, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Rock of Ages,"the rags-to-riches musical about a girl who finds love and fame on the Sunset Strip, opens in theaters Friday. Spun from the stage musical that began in Hollywood in 2006 and reached Broadway in 2009 (where it's still playing), the on-screen version stars Tom Cruise as faint-worthy rock god Stacee Jaxx and Julianne Hough as fresh-off-the-bus Sherrie, as well as a star-packed supporting cast including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Tony-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as the uptight mayor's wife.
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June 14, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A triumph of genial impudence over good sense and better taste, "Rock of Ages"is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy. Those tunes, undying anthems like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," come courtesy of the 2009 musical tribute to 1980s rock that was nominated for five Tonys and is still playing on Broadway.
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April 29, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Rita Ryack spent several weeks tangling with Tom Cruise's leather pants. The costume designer for the upcoming 1980s musical "Rock of Ages" (opening June 15) was instrumental in Cruise's conversion into the fictional rock icon Stacee Jaxx, a self-involved guitar-playing idol in the vein of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. The coyote-fur jacket, the jewel-encrusted codpiece and the custom-made cowboy hat did wonders in transforming the normally strait-laced Cruise into a drug-addled performer with more in common with Mick Jagger than Ethan Hunt.
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June 11, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
When Tom Cruise popped up in 2008's “Tropic Thunder,” barely recognizable in a fat suit as a loud-mouthed, crass Hollywood executive, many moviegoers were aghast. After all, it had been only a couple of years since the actor had pulled his infamous couch-jumping stunt on Oprah Winfrey's talk show and then, months later, called Matt Lauer “glib” during an interview on the “Today” show. Cruise's cameo in “Tropic Thunder” was the first indication that he had a sense of humor, and he soon began to regain public favor.
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January 30, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Nostalgia for the '80s won't go away, even if those of us who came of age back then would like to suppress some of the memories. Musically, it was the era of schmaltzy rock anthems (remember Styx?) and guitar tantrums by rowdy suburban white boys. Fashion-wise, it was borderline traumatic. (Don't make us pull out our yearbooks.) Still, you've got to hand it to a decade that considered guys with painted-on jeans, heavily appliqued belts and fried Farrah Fawcett hair butch.
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June 14, 2012 | Nicole Sperling
Night flatters the Sunset Strip. At sunrise, dead cockroaches line the sidewalk outside the famed Whisky a Go Go. Bus exhaust fills the air. The sound of crunching metal echoes off the buildings as deliverymen roll up the back panels of their trucks, making their morning drops. Filmmaker Adam Shankman is posing for a photographer on the corner of San Vicente and Sunset at 10 a.m., trying to give his best rock 'n' roll face, though he readily admits his edge is as sharp as a butter knife.
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January 22, 2006 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
THEY'D never set eyes on each other before that first-date meeting at a coffeehouse on Sunset. Soon they were out in the parking lot, going at it in a car seat to the throbbing sound of familiar hard-rock tunes from the 1980s -- songs known for their high doses of hormonally drenched hedonism, low intelligence quotients and infinitesimal credibility among rock critics. Now Kristin Hanggi and Chris D'Arienzo are coming back to Hollywood to bring to term the baby they conceived that day.
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June 14, 2012 | Nicole Sperling
Night flatters the Sunset Strip. At sunrise, dead cockroaches line the sidewalk outside the famed Whisky a Go Go. Bus exhaust fills the air. The sound of crunching metal echoes off the buildings as deliverymen roll up the back panels of their trucks, making their morning drops. Filmmaker Adam Shankman is posing for a photographer on the corner of San Vicente and Sunset at 10 a.m., trying to give his best rock 'n' roll face, though he readily admits his edge is as sharp as a butter knife.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A triumph of genial impudence over good sense and better taste, "Rock of Ages"is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy. Those tunes, undying anthems like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," come courtesy of the 2009 musical tribute to 1980s rock that was nominated for five Tonys and is still playing on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
When Tom Cruise popped up in 2008's “Tropic Thunder,” barely recognizable in a fat suit as a loud-mouthed, crass Hollywood executive, many moviegoers were aghast. After all, it had been only a couple of years since the actor had pulled his infamous couch-jumping stunt on Oprah Winfrey's talk show and then, months later, called Matt Lauer “glib” during an interview on the “Today” show. Cruise's cameo in “Tropic Thunder” was the first indication that he had a sense of humor, and he soon began to regain public favor.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Rita Ryack spent several weeks tangling with Tom Cruise's leather pants. The costume designer for the upcoming 1980s musical "Rock of Ages" (opening June 15) was instrumental in Cruise's conversion into the fictional rock icon Stacee Jaxx, a self-involved guitar-playing idol in the vein of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. The coyote-fur jacket, the jewel-encrusted codpiece and the custom-made cowboy hat did wonders in transforming the normally strait-laced Cruise into a drug-addled performer with more in common with Mick Jagger than Ethan Hunt.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Nostalgia for the '80s won't go away, even if those of us who came of age back then would like to suppress some of the memories. Musically, it was the era of schmaltzy rock anthems (remember Styx?) and guitar tantrums by rowdy suburban white boys. Fashion-wise, it was borderline traumatic. (Don't make us pull out our yearbooks.) Still, you've got to hand it to a decade that considered guys with painted-on jeans, heavily appliqued belts and fried Farrah Fawcett hair butch.
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