Last year, we interviewed Matt Weaver, producer of Rock of Ages, about the big screen adaptation of his Broadway smash. Weaver’s excitement at working with stars like Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman and Mary J. Blige got us pumped for the film. While some of the songs are missing and some of the characters got the chop in the adaptation, the film captures the fun of this ‘80s hair band extravaganza. Continue reading
The remake of 1985’s Fright Night combines two of today’s hottest trends, vampires and 3D, in an effort to entertain audiences. Instead of sparkly, teenage vampires, Colin Farrell’s Jerry is meant to be dark and menacing and instead of the colorful world of Pandora in Avatar, the 3D is used for shots of the suburbs of Las Vegas. The original film isn’t exactly Citizen Kane, but this remake seems to struggle with whether it’s a corny horror movie or attempting to be something more. Continue reading
Rock of Ages made a huge splash on Broadway and is already being adapted into a film with a star-studded cast including Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Alec Baldwin. The musical recently kicked off its run at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, wowing crowds with its rock songs and fun vibe. Trashwire recently got the chance to chat with producer Matt Weaver about bringing Whitesnake to Broadway, adapting the show to film and man-love set to REO Speedwagon. Continue reading
Let’s just say you’re on a flight from LAX to JFK. You’ve got 5 hours and your laptop battery is halfway dead. Then the flight attendants hand out the headphones and tell you your in-flight entertainment will be the remake of Arthur, starring Russell Brand. Or maybe it’s late on a work night and you just can’t fall asleep, so you flip on HBO and you see Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner in this light rom-com, so you stick around and watch the rest of the film. In those scenarios, you’d be happy with Arthur and feel satisfied as the credits rolled. You might not feel the same if you plunked down $20 plus parking to see a movie that’s rather mundane, despite it’s talented stars. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again! Time for every film blogger on the internet to put out a top 10 list. We’ve whipped up a list of our own with some of our favorite movies of 2010 from comedy to drama, indie to big budget Hollywood productions. Some of these are Oscar-caliber and some are… well, some are definitely not, but we still loved ‘em and they’re all worth checking out. So here it is, Trashwire.com’s top 10 of 2010.
In the tradition of Shrek, Universal’s Despicable Me is a film for kids, that’s also fun for adults. The Pixar-like 3D animation wows children and the cast list alone is enough to get adults excited. When I saw the first trailer for the film, seeing Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, and Kristen Wiig all listed together made me mark my calendar for the release date. Continue reading
Get Him to the Greek isn’t exactly a sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but it brings back that film’s most memorable character, Aldous Snow, played brilliantly by Russell Brand. Continue reading
Oh the VMAs! Where do I start? With the passing of Michael Jackson, I was worried that the days of precision choreography, visual feasts for the eyes and pop songs you didn’t mind hearing a zillion times on Top 40 radio were a thing of the past. Thankfully MTV seemed to subscribe to the “go big or go home” philosophy with last night’s Video Music Awards. Continue reading