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"Rock of Ages," "That's My Boy" Open Friday

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Rock of Ages: The adaptation of the hit Broadway musical stars Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta as two young people in 1987 Los Angeles pursuing their Hollywood dreams.  The film features music from popular '80s artists such as Poison, Def Leppard and Foreigner.  The all-star cast includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman and Mary J. Blige.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- That's My Boy: Adam Sandler plays an immature dad who tries to reconnect with his estranged son -- played by Andy Samberg -- on the eve of the son's wedding day.  Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, James Caan and Tony Orlando also star.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: "Rock of Ages"

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Rock Of Ages is adapted from a popular Broadway show which built a story around actual 1980’s hair metal hits and power ballads. The director, Adam Schankman, did a fine job with his last musical-to-movie adaptation, Hairspray.  Does he do it again?  Kind of.
Ex-Dancing with the Stars pro and sometime country singer Julianne Hough plays  “just a small town girl,” Sherrie Christian (“Oh, Sherrie,” “Sister Christian” -- get it?) She’s pursuing her dream of becoming a rock star by moving to Hollywood.  But as soon as she gets off the bus, she’s mugged, and quicker than you can say “Sebastian Bach Rocks,” she meets fellow aspiring rocker Drew (newcomer Diego Boneta), a barback at the famed Bourbon Room club.  He gets Sherrie a job there, and we meet the club’s owner, Alec Baldwin’s Dennis Dupree, and his right hand man Lonny, the incomparable Russell Brand.
Now throw in Catherine Zeta-Jones as Patricia Whitmore, an over-the-top cartoonish manifestation of what you’d get if you crossed Tipper Gore with Tawny Kitaen and Saturday Night Live’s The Church Lady. She’s hell-bent on cleaning up the Sunset Strip and shutting down the Bourbon Room, all in the hopes of advancing the career of her husband the mayor, played by Bryan Cranston. She’ll even sing Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” to prove her devotion to the cause.
Meanwhile, the Bourbon Room is in trouble, because Dennis owes thousands of dollars in back taxes.  What will save the club?  A concert by Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), the former lead singer of the fictional heavy metal rockers Arsenal. Jaxx has gone solo, but in order to thank Dennis for helping him start his career, he’s agreed to play the one-off show, providing he can stay sober.
Tom Cruise, who possesses the voice of a metal god -- who knew? -- gives one of the most surprising, entertaining and captivating performances of his career. Cruise holds nothing back and it’s a pleasure to watch. Kudos also to Malin Ackerman, who plays a Rolling Stone journalist tasked with neutering the rock legend. These two are outrageously watchable and possess an infectious chemistry that leaves us wanting more.
For an hour-and-a-half, Rock Of Ages’ brand of high camp and 1980's cheese is simply smile-inducing. Unfortunately, it clocks in at over two hours, and when it’s not smile-inducing, it’s eye-roll-inducing.  But even at its worst, you have to admire the effort Cruise, Ackerman, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and company put into these over-the-top, impossibly ridiculous characters and situations. If you like the music, you’ll sing along. If you have nothing but disdain for that era and its music, you’ll probably hate it.

Three Out Of Five Stars.

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Tom Cruise Sings Bon Jovi in New "Rock of Ages" Trailer

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Tom Cruise shows off his singing chops in a new trailer for his movie Rock of Ages, based on the hit musical.

The final scene in the two-and-a-half-minute clip depicts Cruise, as long-haired '80s rock star Stacee Jaxx, performing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive."

The trailer also features appearances by Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige. 

Rock of Ages opens in June.

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Tom Cruise Takes the Stage in 'Rock of Ages'

George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(LOS ANGELES) -- With the release of his Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol this week, Tom Cruise is showing off a different side in the new trailer for Rock of Ages.

The sneak peek of the hit Broadway musical features an all-star cast, including Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, and Julianne Hough.  It only teases Cruise as the leather pants-wearing, long-haired, boob-signing rocker Stacee Jaxx, but shows the rest of the cast apparently having a blast with the material -- and the music: the soundtrack features a who's who of hair bands.

The movie hits theaters June 1, 2012.

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Julianne Hough, Ashley Greene, Film Director in Hacking Scandal

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Julianne Hough and the director of the upcoming Rock of Ages movie have been victimized by a group of hackers who are calling themselves Hollywood Leaks.

According to KTTV-TV in Los Angeles, the group hacked into Hough's cellphone and leaked her pictures and contact information. They also leaked the script to Rock of Ages, having somehow obtained it from director Adam Shankman. Hough will star in Rock of Ages, along with Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin.

Hollywood Leaks has also leaked nude pictures of rapper Kreayshawn and has targeted Twilight star Ashley Greene and former 'NSYNC singer Joey Fatone, according to E! Online.

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Alec Baldwin Excited to Work with Tom Cruise on 'Rock of Ages'

PRNewsFoto/Turner Classic Movies(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin, who's joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages as former rocker Dennis Dupree, is excited about working opposite the musical's star and director. 

Baldwin tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm excited to be able to work with Tom Cruise and Adam Shankman.  I love Adam. He directed the Oscars when I hosted, but to do a movie with Tom will be fun." 

Baldwin added that he hired a voice coach because his character gets to sing, but he admitted it will be "something very modest; I might sing 'Yeah, yeah, yeah,' or something like that."  While his character singing is OK with him, Baldwin said you won't see him dancing. He explained, “It's not that kind of thing. It's not Glee, it's rock and roll." 

Rock of Ages also stars former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough and singer Mary J. Blige.

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