First off, let’s get one thing straight. There are at least two factions of the eighties; the lame-o, cheese-filled, pretending-to-be-macho-but-really-kind-of-girly hair bands:
and the über-cool, pretending-to-be-macho-but-really-kind-of-girly alternative bands:
Alternative band rocked, hair bands sucked. Got it?
And…on to the news. A while back, Dustin reported some casting rumors on the upcoming Adam Shankman film, Rock of Ages. An adaptation of the Broadway musical that features songs from a bunch of the aforementioned hair bands such as Twisted Sister, Poison, Journey and Styx, Rock of Ages follows an aspiring rocker trying to make the big time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mary J. Blige is signed, Tom Cruise is still in the mix to play the lead singer of successful band, but Will Ferrell and Steve Carell have both declined roles. Now the offer to play club owner, Dennis, has been put out to Alec Baldwin, who pretty much kicks the ass of anything he does these days - so I say good on Shankman for going that route. Meanwhile, hot off “Glee” and Country Strong, Gwyneth Paltrow is up for the role of a Rolling Stone reporter.
Shankman himself lent credence to the casting rumors by tweeting about them Friday. As bad as the music is, I could be sucked into seeing this craptastic-ness if the Cruise/Baldwin dream team is fulfilled.
Meanwhile, I recommend you spend your Sunday in PJs, jamming.