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Livin' on a Prayer -- Big Screen Style

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 22, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 22, 2009 |

I didn’t cover this the other day when it was announced, because notwithstanding the surge of love for “Glee,” I can’t imagine there are that many folks interested in a big-screen rock musical directed by Hairspray’s Adam Shankman. But, it’s either this or the bullshit rumor that there’s another Star Wars trilogy in the works.

So, the word is that Shankman — who is also directing next year’s Oscars and is set to be a permanent judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” — is adapting Broadway’s Rock of Ages (which stars “American Idol’s” Constantine Maroulis) into a feature film. For the unfamiliar, Rock of Ages is about two people who meet at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together amid ’80s rock anthems made popular by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, and other groups. The movie is set for a summer 2011 release.

I’ll admit I’m intrigued by a movie that dabbles heavily in ’80s bubble-gum rock, and with Shankman aboard, it’ll reveal that music for what it was: Kind of gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — I’m a bit of a sucker for those ’80s rock anthems, the big hair, the pleather pants and, well, the headbands.

Speaking of Bon Jovi, has anyone seen their new video? It’s the Forrest Gump of music videos — unrelenting, sentimental, patriotic bullshit. But hell if it doesn’t kick-start my Middle-American soul. Is it embarrassing? Sure. But we all have our weaknesses:

Bon Jovi’s single ‘We Weren’t Born To Follow’
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