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“Rock of Ages” new trailer shows Tom Cruise channeling Bon Jovi


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In the grand tradition of musicals becoming films, “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman is bringing “Rock of Ages” to movie theaters this summer. Now, courtesy of a new trailer, you can see Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige and the rest in all of their teased-out cover-band glory.

The film is based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, which centers around all of the 1980s hair metal music that used to be lame, then became ironic, and now is somewhat confusingly totally acceptable again. That means you can expect to get more than your fair share of Journey, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Asia and yes, Poison. Despite the fact that he’s currently the age of the guys who played this music originally are now, Tom Cruise is playing the rock star lead, Stacee Jaxx. Credit where credit is due, however, Cruise is a movie star of the highest order, and during this trailer at least, it’s easy to forget that the guy prancing around to “Wanted: Dead or Alive” is 49 years young. Plus, Jon Bon Jovi is half a century old himself and it sure ain’t stopping him from seeing millions of faces and rocking them all, so why not?

Aside from the musical performances, other highlights of the trailer include Paul Giamatti in an extremely Giamatti-esque role, Mary J. Blige channeling Tina Turner, Alec Baldwin channeling Wayne and Garth’s dopey pals from the first “Wayne’s World” movie, and Russell Brand in the same role he’s been playing presumably since birth.

“Rock of Ages” hits theaters on June 15.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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