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“Rock of Ages” wildly entertaining and ridiculous. A rap song about sippy cups. And Wimbledon, my favorite event, begins

After enjoying the hell out of “Rock of Ages” on Broadway a couple years ago, there was no way I wasn’t going to see the movie.
And after seeing it on Friday night, I can happily report this: It’s thoroughly, awesomely entertaining, and also completely, utterly ridiculous. So, about what I expected.
If you saw the play, you know the story: Bright-eyed starlet comes to Hollywood in the late 1980s, takes a job at a famous dive bar, meets up and coming singer/bartender, and hilarity and heartache ensue.

Julianne Hough is no Meryl Streep here, but she does a good job in the Sherrie role. Diego Beneta gets the “Drew” role, and he’s OK.
And Tom Cruise, who I mocked and cringed about after he was cast? He was terrific as insane rock star Stacee Jaxx.
But the real revelations are Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, who steal the show with a brilliant man/love relationship, culminating in a wonderful dance to REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
There were way too many people in the movie (Bryan Cranston and Mary J. Blige were basically wasted in their roles), and of course the story was ludicrous, but man did my fiance and I have fun at the movie. We sang, out loud and in our seats, many of the great songs (there were only about 10 other people in the theater, FYI) that were the soundtrack of our Gen X childhoods.

No, it won’t win any Oscars. But I doubt I’ll have a better time at any movie this year.

**And now, something I feel certain you’ve never seen before: A 2-minute rap song about a kid having milk in his sippy cup.
You’re welcome.

**Ah, Wimbledon. When tennis nuts like me wax poetic about the splendor of grass, the strawberries and cream, the majesty of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club… God I love it. It begins today, and I actually tried to go in person this year for the first time ever (I toured the grounds on a trip to England in 2007, but it was in March, so, you know, not the same), but tickets were impossible to get. Still, I will get there one day.

As for this year’s tournament, I’m amazed at how many people in the tennis media are picking Roger Federer to win it. Don’t get me wrong, Fed is a God to me and I’d be as happy as any Fed-phile if he did win it again. But I feel like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are just pretty far ahead of everyone else right now, and I can’t see anyone but the two of them raising the trophy two weeks from now.

But hey, it’d be a fantastic story to see Federer win it. But the pick here in Djokovic on the men’s side, and, what the hell, Serena Williams on the ladies side.

A “Rock of Ages” casting tragedy I can’t ignore. Sayonara, NBA season. And a terrific “SNL” skit you shouldn’t miss.

OK I know I may be like, months behind upon learning this news, but since I just found out about it I feel the need to vent immediately.

I saw the terrific Broadway show “Rock of Ages” a couple of years ago. It was 100 percent up my alley, with awesome 80s music, really funny dialogue in the script, and excellent performances.
And yes, I’d heard they were making a movie out of the show, some big Hollywood blockbuster.

But now I discover that Tom FREAKING Cruise is playing one of the leads?  Tom Cruise is playing Stacee Jaxx, the dreamer of a rock star who believes Def Leppard and Poison are on the road to eternal happiness? Tom Cruise???

Look, I loved Tom Cruise when he was sane. Big fan of almost all of his movies. “All the Right Moves,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Rain Man,” you name it.
But he is SO terribly wrong for this part. And the rest of the cast looks fantastic, too; Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, etc.
I just hope Cruise doesn’t wreck this movie for me.  If he ruins “Pour Some Sugar On Me” for the rest of my life, I’ll never forgive him.

**Well, it looks like there won’t be an NBA season. The players rejected the owners’ latest proposal, David Stern threw a hissy fit and blamed agents and threw around terms like “nuclear winter,” and it’s all getting really nasty.

My reaction? Yawn. The NBA Finals were exciting last year, but mostly because it was fun seeing LeBron fail. The pro basketball product has interested me in years; I much prefer the college scene. (For example, a certain Coach whose last name starts with K is going for the all-time wins record tonight. There’s a slight chance I may watch).

As always in these fights between billionaires and millionaires, I feel sorry for neither side. I do feel bad for the vendors, concession stand workers, and local businesses near NBA arenas in NBA cities, who will suffer greatly because of this idiotic stalemate.
Those are the true victims here.

**Finally, I never watch “SNL” anymore but one of the people I follow on Twitter pointed me to this gem from last week’s show. Really, really funny. It involves Adele, a good cry, parakeets, and window washers who get emotional. What more could you want in a four-minute video clip?

Rockin’ Out to “Rock of Ages,” and a day in NYC

So a short blog tonight as I’m wildly pooped; spent the day in NYC with my wife and the in-laws; had a wonderful time. Got to see the usual late December treats in the city: The tree at Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s window, the throngs of people pushing each other out of the way as they try to cross the street. Good times.

Also got to stop in at FAO Schwarz, the greatest toy store ever, and saw the big piano you could walk on that was used in “Big” back in the 1980s. Very, very cool, still.

But the highlight of the day was my long-awaited and desired trip to the Atkinson Theatre to see “Rock of Ages.”  If you’re not familiar with the Broadway show to which I refer, it’s just about the greatest thing ever if you’re a Generation X person who loved 80s music like I did. It’s a story about a guy and a girl who move to L.A. and the Sunset Strip to try to make it big, and, well, it’s just 2-plus hours of awesomeness. I was singing every song in my seat, and playing with the cool fake lighters they handed out when the ballads were on (just about everyone in the theatre was using it for the Poison classic “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

It wasn’t just the music that was terrific; the writing was really funny, the acting was superb, and the costumes, well, let’s just say if you lived through the 80s, you’ll know they got the outfits exactly right. Sequins, leggings, big hair, it was perfect.

So, a great day. Definitely recommend seeing “Rock of Ages” if you’re in NY.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go serenade the family with “The Search is Over.”