“Rock of Ages,” the big-budget rockin’ musical filled with nostalgic songs from the ’80s and attracting big name stars like Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand and others to don sequence outfits and hairspray hardly had anyone moving in their seats like its Broadway version; the film only totaled an estimated $15 million this weekend.
Things weren’t better for the latest Adam Sandler comedy, “That’s My Boy,” starring alongside recent SNL-departure Andy Samberg (whoops). Sandler’s often loyal faithful still may not have forgiven him for last year’s bomb “Jack and Jill” as the film made a dismal $13 million.
That once more put the Ben Stiller/Chris Rock animated comedy “Madagascar 3″ and Charlize Theron/Michael Fassbender’s sci-fi headscrater “Prometheus” 1 and 2, respectively, for a second straight week.
Were the stars of this week’s new releases even ignored by WWTW? Let’s find out.
Tom Cruise / Alec Baldwin / Catherine Zeta-Jones / Russell Brand / Julianne Hough – “Rock of Ages”
It’s was a mixed reaction for Tom Cruise’s portrayal of rock god Stacee Jaxx. Some felt he was just a cardboard cutout of what a obnoxious rocker is, while others thought it was vintage Cruise, even impressing Def Leppard, who came on set to see the star perform their song, “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott also gave Cruise props when talking to Vanity Fair.com. And if you can believe it, Cruise is creeping up on 50 (!), he talked a bit this week on how he’ll celebrate the milestone.
For other members of the “Rock of Ages” cast, the week brought many revelations. Alec Baldwin revealed what he was thinking when kissing Russell Brand in the film. Brand on the other hand, talked to the BBC about sharing the stage with an unlikely fan, the Dali Lama. He also joked about perhaps one day being Knighted. And Catherine Zeta-Jones went on the Today show to talk about her return to musicals, after her Oscar-winning success in “Chicago” nine years ago, and also spoke this week on how seeking treatment for her bipolar disorder put her life in perspective. We also got a rare <a href="http://http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/julianne-hough-glamour-cover-ryan-seacrest_n_1571215.html“>glimpse inside the relationship between Julianne Hough and Ryan Secrest.
Adam Sandler / Andy Samberg – “That’s My Boy”
Notoriously press shy, Adam Sandler may have to put himself out there more to reconnect with his fan base, but for the time being he continues to move forward, announcing a new project with his “Funny People” director Judd Apatow, and like him or not he’s always had a knack to appeal to the average guy, and he showed that recently as he walked along meeting the locals in the Massachusetts town where he’s making the sequel to “Grown Ups.” If there’s an outcry for an end to the Sandler comedy, he’s not listening.
For Andy Samberg, the big news has been him leaving “Saturday Night Live,” but as he told Cinema Blend, he a comedian first and foremost and is enjoying the new challenges outside of the show.
And the winner is…
Hold everything! There’s a late addition to this week’s WWTW: Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice.
Ol’ Rob had himself quite a week. Playing himself in “That’s My Boy” (the casting was actually from the behest of Sandler’s wife), he was everywhere this week promoting the film, even showing up at a Nascar event and the Today show, while also plugging his home renovation TV show, “The Vanilla Ice Project,” and chatting it up about his Ice Ice Baby days dancing with Ninja Turtles.
Hey, why can’t Vanilla Ice have a comeback? We applaud you Rob. So, stop, collaborate and listen, Ice is back and he’s our WWTW winner.