Tom Cruise in ‘Rock of Ages’

It’s one of the most talked-about projects in Hollywood at the moment. The big-screen version of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages already boasts a massive cast. Think Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin and… Tom Cruise.

Can we just pause to bask in the sheer awesomeness of this? (Click on the image for a larger version).

Tom Cruise - Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in 'Rock of Ages'

Cruise is looking fantastic in this pic (which was originally posted on his official blog) – it’s gotta be all the work on the fourth Mission: Impossible. (Yes, there is a fourth. This is indeed the decade of the remake/reboot/sequel/franchise). And, can I just say, Cruise with tattoos works for me.

So sure, he looks the part, but can he sing? Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman reckons he’s going to rock it. “He’s been studying with Axl Rose’s voice teacher, like, five hours a day,” Shankman says. “The prognosis is more than excellent. The voice lesson where he opened up and suddenly let loose… was really great.”

Okay, okay. I can dig it.

Rock of Ages is scheduled for release next year. The hype may kill me.

‘The Hobbit’ finally on the roll…!

I’m currently man-down with a radical cold, and am therefore not up to much else other than a) My basic day’s work b) Drinking lots of tea and c) Playing as much Dragon Age 2 as is humanly possible before my fingers seize up. But – much excitement – production has finally started on The Hobbit! After years and years of delays, they’ve finally kicked off – and are still aiming for a December 2012 release date for part one, which is apparently subtitled There and Back Again.

The Hobbit

Peter Jackson poses on the set of 'The Hobbit'. © Warner Brothers

These cool promotional photos have been released by WB – and wow, is Peter Jackson looking a little trimmer than his Lord of the Rings days! Compare:

The Hobbit

Peter Jackson poses on the set of 'The Hobbit'. © Warner Brothers

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson in a promo image for 'The Lord of the Rings'.

 

I’ve had a bit of a Hobbit overdose today – working on a feature to accompany the news. And now, I want to reread the novel for the zillionth time. With more tea, and sympathy.

Biebermania hits Liverpool…

And the photographs are terrifying. The police had originally ordered that the Biebs stay put to avoid a possible “riot risk”.

After seeing his movie Never Say Never – and the crazy fans they found for that – I’m inclined to believe that a riot was a huge, huge risk.

But – being Bieber – he came out to see his fans anyway.

He’s performing at the Echo Theatre tonight (11 March).

Via The Daily Mail and the Bieber himself.

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

Bieber in Liverpool

Bieber tweeted this pic from his hotel.

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

The Invite everybody wants…

Having been thrown into an interesting position recently (as in, my best friend – all the way from high school days – has set a date for her wedding and I’m her maid of honour), I’ve found myself somewhat more aware of certain things. Like veils. Potential places for hen parties. Table overlays. Wedding invitations. And then, the biggest invitation of the entire year rolls around and my response was…. *yawn*

To be fair, the British royal family is hardly known for its (overt) wild ways or tendency to break with tradition. So a nice, clean, white invitation with pretty curly writing and a little gold on it wasn’t ever going to go amiss.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re lucky enough to be one of the 1900 people close enough to Prince William and Kate Middleton to receive an invitation to their wedding, this is what you would find in your mailbox…

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