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Adam Shankman Insists Kate Holmes and Tom Cruise Are 'Incredibly Happy' Since Divorce

3/13/2013 10:13am EDT
Adam Shankman
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are "incredibly happy" since splitting last year, according to director Adam Shankman.

Holmes stunned Hollywood when she filed for divorce from the Top Gun actor, the father of her six-year-old daughter Suri, in June after five years of marriage.

The estranged couple reached a divorce settlement less than a month later and the divorce case was closed in August - and Shankman, who directed Cruise in movie musical Rock of Ages, insists the stars are doing well since their split.

He tells, "They are incredibly happy. I've just been emailing with...

Adam Shankman Wants 'Finder's Fee' For Miley Cyrus Engagement

6/11/2012 11:21am EDT
Miley Cyrus
Adam Shankman, producer of "The Last Song," was so thrilled by Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's engagement that it made him cry. He also takes a little bit of credit for their romance.

Miley & Liam met on the set of the film in 2009, and Shankman was witness to their budding relationship from day one.

He told, ""I sort of want a finder's fee for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. I cannot tell you. It made me cry. I remember that first day of shooting when they first kissed and Miley walked by my sister (producer Jennifer Gibgot) after they shot the kissing scene. She goes, 'This ...

Adam Shankman Reduced To Tears Over Miley Cyrus' Engagement

6/11/2012 8:46am EDT
Adam Shankman
The Last Song producer Adam Shankman cried when he heard Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's engagement news after watching their love blossom on the set of the film.

The stars began dating after they met while working on the movie in 2009, and the Australian actor cemented their relationship by proposing to Cyrus last month. Shankman admits he was so overwhelmed when he read about their engagement that he burst into tears.

He tells, "I sort of want a finder's fee for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. I cannot tell you. It made me cry. I remember that first day of shooting when th...

Mena Suvari To Play A Promiscuous Chemist In New TV Series

2/24/2012 9:38am EST
Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari has landed her first role since filing for divorce from concert promoter Simone Sestito - as a promiscuous chemist.

The star has joined the cast of director Adam Shankman's untitled new TV project about a shy workaholic forced to face up to single life again after she is dumped by her fiance.

Suvari's character is a grown-up wild child who loves to party.

The actress split from Sestito in January, two years after the couple wed in Vatican City, Italy.

Director Adam Shankman Uses Facebook To Find 'Rock Of Ages' Extras

7/12/2011 2:30pm EDT
Adam Shankman
Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman has launched an appeal on to find extras for the movie musical.

Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the star-studded cast currently filming the rock 'n' roll film extravaganza, and Shankman is giving fans the chance to share the screen with their idols.

He's opened up a casting call to users on the social networking site, urging fans to head to the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida on Monday for the shoot - and he wants them to dress to impress.

A post on Facebook reads, "Are you re...

First Photo Of Tom Cruise In 'Rock Of Ages' Released

6/18/2011 1:00pm EDT
Tom Cruise Rock of Love
A picture of a long-haired, shirtless Tom Cruise performing Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me have been posted online by Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman.

The photo is the first publicity shot for the movie musical, which is currently shooting in Miami, Florida.

Cruise plays rock star Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical.

Shankman has previously tweeted photos of Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin in character from the set.

Alec Baldwin Rocks 80's Long Hair In 'Rock Of Ages' Set Photo

5/31/2011 5:00pm EDT
Rock of Ages
Earlier this month producers announced Alec Baldwin is indeed playing Los Angeles nightclub boss Dennis Dupree in the film "Rock of Ages."

The "30 Rock" star reportedly dropped out of the film due to a mysterious illness, but he's officially back on board - and he's definitely embracing the part in this photo (he's sitting next to Russell Brand) posted by director Adam Shankman.

In the film, two love-struck dreamers fall in love during the height of the hair-metal scene as they navigate the seedy world of drugs, mullets, and stripping while at a club on the Sunset Strip. The film is an ad...

Alec Baldwin Is Back In 'Rock Of Ages'

5/16/2011 9:24am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has rejoined the cast of movie musical "Rock of Ages."

The actor urged producers to find a replacement to portray Los Angeles nightclub boss Dennis Dupree in the film, because a mystery illness left him unsure as to whether he could commit fully to the project.

But producers persuaded Baldwin not to leave the cast - and the star joined the likes of Tom Cruise and Paul Giamatti for a cast reading in Miami, Florida on Thursday.

On Friday, director Adam Shankman confirmed Baldwin was officially back onboard in a tweet to fans.

Tom Cruise Hires Axl Rose's Singing Coach

4/12/2011 8:14am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has reportedly hired Axl Rose's voice coach to help him hit the high notes in movie musical Rock Of Ages.

The star is preparing for his role as bad boy rocker Stacee Jaxx, and he's very serious about coming across as a bona-fide rock god on the big screen, according to director Adam Shankman.

The moviemaker tells, "He's been studying with Axl Rose's voice teacher, like, five hours a day. The prognosis is more than excellent. The voice lesson where he opened up and suddenly let loose... was really great.

Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige will join Cr...

Check Out 'Glee's' Rocky Horror Tribute Tonight!

10/26/2010 7:18am EDT
Tonight, the hugely anticipated "Rocky Horror" episode airs on "Glee." New Directions performs the musical for their school show, and we're betting it won't disappoint! (Especially since John Stamos guest stars.)

The 1970s low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural classic concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby.

Adam Sha...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7 - Lauren Wins!

8/13/2010 9:24am EDT
We’re here. It’s ending. Before we can pull the plug on two dancers’ dreams we’re going to sit through an intensive look at this past season whether we like it or not. Although we were served a healthy dose of Season 7 montage last night, we weren’t treated to many surprises. Tonight, however, was different.

The opening number featured all top 11 and the Allstars. It was strong and dramatic jazz that had everything you want in a piece that kicks off the finale show including a cheeky little section that paid obvious tribute to the talented but injured Alex Wong. They literally wheeled him ...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Finale Part One

8/12/2010 9:12am EDT
SYTYCD Final 3
It’s been a busy past few weeks. We’ve seen the departure of Jose, Billy and Adechike, not to mention some excellent pieces and moving routines. We are at the end – down to three dancers that were a little worrisome at the start of this competition. Robert with his pretty boy looks and carbon copy Billy Bell technique initially seemed to be a strong contender that was destined to leave in the final weeks. Lauren the recent high school cheerleader with acrobatic skills to spare began as a jailbait tease with some cutesy moves and not much personality. Kent was a small town hick with some Pod...

'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy Q&A (Part 2)

8/4/2010 8:59am EDT
Ryan Murphy
"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy attended the Television Critics Association fall press tour and gave fans a lot to think about in the upcoming season. Check out part one of the interview, and read what else he had to say:

Any plans for Emmy night? What are you wearing?

RM: You know, I have no idea what I’m wearing. I begged the other executive producers to all wear track suits and go Sue Sylvester. So far they’re like okay, we’ll think about that. I’m like wait, how did I get so brave. That’s my dream that we would walk in together dressed as Sue Sylvester.

If that doesn’t happen, do you have...

'SYTYCD' Season 7 Week 8 - Top 5 Perform

7/28/2010 10:56pm EDT
Lauren and Alison teamed up for a Broadway number
After a two week hiatus due to conflicting schedules and no access to a TV or DVR, the profile of the latest season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' is back. Within the past two weeks we lost another stellar dancer to injury as Ashley went home to rest her injured rib cage. We also saw the first no-elimination week with no warning last time. It seemed like Billy, Robert or Jose was in trouble – and Billy even declined to perform due to another injury! Nigel obviously saw the mix of fan favorites and talented competitors and made an executive decision. No one went home last week. Which means ...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: 1 of 8 Voted Off

7/9/2010 10:22am EDT
Natasha Bedingfiel
The show opened with a group number filled with fog, angels, and boys in long white skirts. Mia Michaels choreographed the routine to a slow paced Sting song. It was understated and pretty with lots of reaching and modern arms. It’s then noted that SYTYCD was nominated for three Emmys today (Legacy and Katherine last season, Mia Michaels’ three pieces from season 5, and the makeup crew). Woohoo. It’s also noted the ‘Glee’ was nominated 19 times. A FOX show promoting another FOX show? How surprising. Later, they also plugged auditions for the next season of ‘American Idol.’

The bottom three...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Final 8 Perform

7/8/2010 10:10am EDT
Lauren + Kent
Remember the elimination episode last week where Melinda was finally sent away? If you don’t, there’s another less deserved change they introduced for Season 7. This week each contestant will perform two dances – one with an Allstar, one with another contestant.

Sadly, there were no Alex performances tonight. He wasn’t dancing due to an injury. Oh sweet Jesus, when Nigel said “ruptured Achilles tendon” it hurt my Achilles. This means he may have a season ending injury if not career ending (if not taken care of properly). He’ll be in the bottom three this week and if he cannot dance next w...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Melinda Eliminated, 8 Remain

7/2/2010 10:51am EDT
SYTYCD Final 8
You cannot get any more dramatic in song than ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana. Unless you add an authentic 18th century white ruffled collar of royalty to your costume. SYTYCD did one better. The sleeved mesh on the boys put it over the top. The slow and controlled jazz/lyrical hybrid opening number was heavy on the Alex and I think Ashley. They’re opening the show with more group numbers that feature soloists. I like. Especially since we’re still getting to know each remaining dancer.

Next week there’s a new setup for the show. All remaining dancers will perform two routines. In one, the...

Too Much Sun Exposure Will Probably Kill These Celebrities

7/2/2010 10:31am EDT
Ridiculous Tans
It’s summer again and no self-respecting celebrity would be caught dead in a bathing suit without a nice, bronze tan. Tanned skin is sexy; we see the appeal, but there is a fine line between sexy and scary. What celebrities have demonstrated a blatant disregard for the line?

Here are ten celebrities with ridiculous tans. If you're hitting the beach this 4th of July weekend, let this be a reminder... Don't forget your sunblock!

Adam Shankman – Shankman is one of the judges of Fox’s summer hit, “So You Think You Can Dance” and the man is passionate. You would think with how frequently he is...

'Hairspray 2' Canceled

6/2/2010 11:47am EDT
Film bosses have scrapped plans to bring movie-musical Hairspray back for a sequel. Executives at the New Line studio commissioned the screenwriter behind the 2007 film, John Waters, to create a script for a follow-up, with plans to bring Zac Efron back to star in a second picture.

In December, Waters revealed he had completed the job, telling Australia's The Herald Sun, "They liked it. They paid me. That's the last I've heard of it... They asked me to write the treatment but I'm so obsessive I wrote every single thing that could happen to every character. It's different. You can't tell t...

Nigel Lythgoe Talks 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season Six And Leaves Open Seat For Paula Abdul

10/26/2009 10:18am EDT
Nigel Lythgoe
The top 20 contestants are about to engage in the sixth So You Think You Can Dance competition on Fox. Right now, it's anybody's game. Even head judge and producer Nygel Lythgoe couldn't predict a front runner.

"I have no idea," Lythgoe said. "I wouldn't have even told you that Jeanine, who I thought was very good, would have won and I think she only won on the finale. I thought Brandon was going to win from quite early on. I thought Evan stood a very good chance if he was to grow, and he didn't grow for me, so I couldn't tell you now. I don't even know half of the kids yet."

Dance mo...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Part 1 Finale Recap

8/6/2009 1:52pm EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
So this is it! The final four dancers on "So You Think You Can Dance" are competing for our votes and the winner will be announced soon. Can you feel the excitement? Actually last night was buzzing really fiercely with dancer love, not only because they took over the Hollywood Kodak Theater that seats 3,000 people but because Twitter became awash with only chatter about the show. People pleaded with other users to vote for their favorites and talked about the finale, so the real winner of the show? Twitter.

Anyway, Adam Shankman is the guest judge for the first part of the finale, and it...

Miley Cyrus Poses In Provocative Twitter Pictures, Producer Says 'Lighten Up'

6/23/2009 2:43pm EDT
Miley Cyrus Twitter sexy picture
Miley Cyrus has flirted with controversial photography again: Adam Shankman, the producer of her upcoming film The Last Song, posted photos of her straddling a chair and pushing herself up against him. Full-size photos below!

Defending his decision to post the photos, he says, "Miley is a sweet angel who works tirelessly and endlessly, and is allowed to have fun in the make up room! Seriously! Lighten up or no more behind the scenes pics! She's like my angel little sister."

It's not the first time Cyrus has come under fire for taking controversial pictures. She posed semi-nude for a A...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Goes To Vegas

6/4/2009 2:43pm EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
Yay, it's Vegas time on "So You Think You Can Dance." This means that the truly bad dancing is over, but it also means the judges become incredibly harsh since they have to cut 152 dancers in just a few days. If they seem snappish and mean at times, you have to remember how much pressure that number is. Only twenty move on, 10 girls and 10 boys. It would make more sense that all the top dancers are the ones they focused on during the auditions, but then that would be giving it away.

The judges include Mia, Lil C, Adam Shankman, and Debbie Allen along with Nigel and Mary. Mia is probabl...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Audition Process Is Over

5/29/2009 9:37am EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
Woo, I wasn't aware that the "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions ended so quickly, but it is wonderful to have them over with. Surely one of the top twenty and ten and maybe even the winner will be memorable from the auditions, but you never know. They could probably get through all the cities a lot faster than this if they didn't want to milk it so badly. How do you know they are milking it? When they have Sex have a dance battle with an equally horrible dancer for entertainment. Just put us out of our misery now.

That being said, LA and Seattle are great in the way that the guest ...

Joshua Wins 'So You Think You Can Dance'

8/8/2008 11:55am EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
The votes are in and the fourth season of "So You Think You Can Dance" has officially come to a close. One dancer came away with a quarter of a million dollars, a part in Adam Shankman's new movie, and the recognition of their skill that will probably last them for years in the dance world. They also added a new element this year that says the highest voted dancer of the non-winning gender will get $50,000. For example, a male won this year, so the highest voted female got this prize. This is an exciting new element to the show, and it means that every year both genders will be win in some ...

Two Hip Hop Dancers Enter 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale

8/1/2008 11:21am EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
America has voted and it has finally happened - a hip hop dancer made it into the top four of "So You Think You Can Dance!" Not just one, but two. This is getting ahead of the game, but it has been quite a journey for hip hop on this show. Some of the most impressive dancers can pop and twirl on their heads, but they struggle with the technical aspects of Latin, ballroom, and contemporary during the competition. Every year they seem to learn other styles and impress the judges but just barely lose out to the better trained dancers. Not this time around!

Let's start from the top. This ...

John Travolta To Receive Award At Hollywood Film Festival

9/25/2007 12:12pm EDT
John Travolta
The Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, announce that actor John Travolta will receive the Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Supporting Actor of the Year Award" at the Festival's October 22 awards ceremony.

John Travolta's selection was determined by his remarkable performance as Edna Turnblad in Adam Shankman's musical comedy "Hairspray," a role first made famous by Divine in John Waters' 1988 classic, and subsequently introduced in the Broadway musical by Harvey Fierstein in 2002.

The award will be presented to Travolta during the Festival's blac...

Opening July 20: Hairspray

7/17/2007 11:32am EDT
Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Watters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father (Christopher Walken) tells her to follow her dreams, her mother (John Travolta in drag) reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. Continue Summary

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