Top turkeys of 2012: From Randy Travis to 'Rock of Ages'

November 18, 2012 

It's turkey time.

Time to honor the entertainment world's biggest losers of the year.

From Hollywood to Broadway to people to things, here's my highly subjective list of the top flops and fools of 2012.

Randy Travis: The country and gospel singer had to cancel a show during the Republican National Convention in Tampa after being charged with driving while intoxicated. It was the second arrest of the year for the fading Nashville star, who was cited in February for public intoxication. Mere days later, Travis threatened law officers after crashing his car. And, at the scene, was found naked.

Axl Rose: He skipped the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Guns N' Roses' original lineup; gave a pitiful performance at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert; and told USA Today in a rare interview that fans who discount GNR as less legitimate than the original "can think whatever they want. I'm not interested in their opinions."

"Leap of Faith": While most critics and plenty of paying cinemagoers applauded the movie starring Steve Martin as a revival preacher, the same can't be said about the Broadway musical version. In fact, citing losses in excess of $14 million, the New York Times called it the "biggest flop of the season."

"Work It": ABC sitcom about two men who dress as women in order to land jobs premiered Jan. 3 and was canceled 10 days later after critics hated it and the general public ignored it. If only the show had Tom Hanks in drag and a theme song by Billy Joel, right?

"Rock of Ages": A couple weeks before the film came out I admitted it features not one, but two things I truly hate: hair metal and Tom Cruise. Turns out I wasn't alone in my loathing. Forbes.com reports the musical-turned-movie with a $75 million production budget only did $56 million

at the box office, placing it on the magazine's list of "Biggest Box Office Flops of 2012."

Donald Trump: Rather than limiting his obnoxiousness to "The Apprentice," The Donald brought his special brand of celebrity to presidential politics where he led the laughable "birther" (and college records) movement prior to a post-election Twitter meltdown that included a call for "revolution."

Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.

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