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Paul Giamatti on his “Rock of Ages” solos and why “The Goon” movie died

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By Jordan Hoffman

Paul Giamatti was at the Sundance Film Festival promoting the whacked out paranormal adventure comedy “John Dies At The End.” He is an executive producer on the film, directed by Don (“Beastmaster”) Coscarelli, and has a supporting role as well.

Someone else who has a supporting role is Clancy Brown, so this seemed like an opportunity to ask about the long-delayed Giamatti/Brown collaboration on an animated feature version of Eric Powell’s comic series “The Goon.”

“I have no idea what the hell happened,” Giamatti bluntly said. “I asked and no one knows. I guess they just ran out of money.” David Fincher was the force behind the film, so I guess those of us who ragged on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” are really the ones to blame.

Another project of his will definitely be makings its way to a theater near you, and that’s the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.”

When asked about Tom Cruise’s singing voice, Giamatti got very excited. “He’s terrific. His voice is amazing.”

As for his own singing, Giamatti stated that he doesn’t have his own songs, but there are moments when he sings solo during two classic rock staples, “Any Way You Want It” by Journey and “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.

“This is not the first time I’ve sung in a movie. I did something called ‘Duets’ so, you know. . . I’m not all bad.”

“Rock of Ages” will be in theaters June 15th.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

New “Rock of Ages” trailer has Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones headed for a musical showdown

New “Rock of Ages” trailer has Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones headed for a musical showdown (photo)

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The week that Tom Cruise makes his triumphant return as Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” is the same week that he makes his most dramatic — and hilarious — transformation since he turned into a Diet Coke-drinking, hip-hop-rapping overweight movie producer named Les Grossman in “Tropic Thunder.” His “Rock of Ages” onstage rocker, Stacee Jaxx, has the longest (and dreamiest) hair we’ve ever expected to see on him, though the whole signing a groupie’s boobs thing isn’t too far off.

The adaptation of the hit Broadway musical doesn’t actually star Cruise as its lead, though. That role goes to Diego Boneta, who thus far has only really starred in teen shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “90210,” but who is playing Adam in the recently delayed adaptation of “Paradise Lost.” The leading lady is “Footloose” star Julianne Hough, who plays Boneta’s love interest.

Needless to say, we aren’t going to be tuning in for these relative unknowns. We’re going to be watching for Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and, of course, Cruise. Kevin Nash, Malin Akerman and Mary J. Blige help sweeten the deal too.

The movie looks like a nice, tongue-in-cheek take on the musical genre, and our soft spot for ’80s classics also helps a bit. “Rock of Ages” hits theaters on June 1.

What did you think of the “Rock of Ages” trailer? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Season 6, Episode 2: Going Grey

Mayoral Mandate

Check Out Behind the Scenes Portlandia Photos Courtesy of the Mayor Himself Kyle MacLachlan

Catch Kyle MacLachlan in a brand new Portlandia Thursday, January 28th at 10P on IFC.

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This week, Portlandia mayor and Twin Peaks‘ resident coffee and pie lover Kyle MacLachlan took over IFC’s Instagram account. The honorary municipal leader performed diligent social media service, supplying the world with candid on-set shots of himself alongside stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, as well as an inside look at what makes his fake mayor seem so perfectly suited to the hipster haven.

Through photos and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Kyle offered a taste of what he brings to the Portlandia set when he’s on the call sheet. Check out highlights from Kyle MacLachlan’s Instagram takeover below, and be sure to catch the new season of Portlandia Thursdays at 10P/9c on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. “I’m standing with former mayor Sam Adams for the flag raising ceremony. Sam appears to be putting a whole new spin on ‘The Little Drummer Boy’.”

Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


2. “Sitting with Fred, Jon Krisel our director, and the Mayor of Austin…who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the mayor of Portland. Coincidence? I think not.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


3. “This is where it all began. The office of Mr. Mayor and his red ball.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


4. “The script said the mayor was off the grid in the jungle as in ‘Apocalypse Now!’ I embraced my inner Colonel Kurtz and began…something about ‘a snail, crawling across a straight razor…’ then Willard, running in the forest. I was having the time of my life!”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


5. “Sometimes a bedtime story is best told in the morning…while talking on a cell phone…in separate beds.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


6. “Colin’s best friend Felix upon hearing of poor Colin’s fate…”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


7. “After a long day kayaking on the Willamette River, the mayor enjoys a hot shower. Actually, I needed a wet down so when I ran up to Fred and Carrie, my feet would make that squeaky-squishy sound.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


8. “The mayor, off the grid and taking care of goats, when Fred and Carrie find him. I didn’t know what to do, so I asked if I could use the beard hanging on the wall in the makeup trailer and then Amanda Needham, our costume designer, found the hat. Suddenly I was Amish. I have no idea why I spoke in a strange southern accent…”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


9. “First season. The Mayor goes missing for the first time. He’s found weeks later playing bass in a ska reggae band. Moments before we shot the scene we added the soul patch. That’s improv folks!”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv

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