There’s nothing typical about Metallica’s upcoming 3-D IMAX concert movie Metallica Through the Never, directed by Nimród Antal (Predators) and hitting theaters Sept. 27. In the movie, performance scenes are interspersed with a scripted story line featuring Chronicle star Dane DeHaan as a roadie dispatched into a chaotic city to carry out a mysterious task. Even producer Charlotte Huggins has a hard time categorizing the film: “It’s a dramatic movie in which a concert takes place,” she tells EW. READ FULL STORY »
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Fall Out Boy just dropped their latest (and actually very good) album Save Rock and Roll, and though their song titles are not as pun-tacular as they used to be, the band clearly hasn’t lost its sense of humor.
On last night’s episode of Conan, the band busted out Save Rock and Roll‘s first single “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” with a little help from the famous “Rock and Roll Creation” pods from This Is Spinal Tap.
When one of the pods failed to open (as they are wont to do) and imprisoned bassist Pete Wentz, Tap’s own bassist Derek Smalls (a.k.a. actor and writer Harry Shearer) filled in on the low end.
He brought along some pals, too. Check out the entirety of Fall Out Boy’s performance on last night’s episode of Conan below: READ FULL STORY »
Listen to Jay-Z's 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack sampler, featuring Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more
No matter how The Great Gatsby does at the box office when it finally arrives in theaters next month, it’s eclectic, star-studded soundtrack is already a newsmaker.
Curated by Jay-Z, the Gatsby soundtrack includes tracks by Jay himself, Beyoncé, Jack White, Fergie, Sia, Lana Del Rey, the xx and more. Twelve of the 14 total core tracks are currently available in snippet form on YouTube, which you can stream below.
Highlights include Florence Welch wailing on the track “Over the Love” and the swing version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” delivered by Emeli Sandé.
There’s also the already-released “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, which must be ironically titled given the fate of one Gatsby‘s main characters.
The Latin hip-hop epic Filly Brown won’t be out until April 26, but the movie’s soundtrack streets next week — and we have an exclusive premiere of “Dream Big,” a track from the movie’s star Gina Rodriguez, with Braxton Millz, available exclusively here.
The movie, about an up-and-coming rap artist from L.A. (Rodriguez), is also notable for featuring Jenni Rivera’s first and only film role before her tragic death last December. The soundtrack features an original score by composer Reza Safina, as well as original rap songs from Rodriguez, Millz, and Dominique.
Take a listen to “Dream Big” by Rodriguez and Millz below:
Can you not get enough of the new Harmony Korine movie Spring Breakers? Are you intrigued but still unsure about committing to 90 minutes of guns, drugs, Disney starlets in balaclavas and bikinis, and James Franco?
Either way, Vanessa Hudgens has you covered. The Spring Breakers star has released a new song called “$$$ex,” inspired by the film. Produced by Rock Mafia (Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed,” Demi Lovato’s “You’re My Only Shorty”), it comes complete with a hallucinogenic video that probably isn’t safe for Lil Wayne to watch.
Give “$$$ex” a $$$pin below: READ FULL STORY »
The electronic music of French band M83 has appeared in dozens of movies, commercials and TV episodes, including ABC’s Revenge, BBC ads for the 2012 Olympics and the striking trailer for last year’s Cloud Atlas. But not until now have any of the band members written music specifically for a film. Anthony Gonzalez of M83 found his first film scoring gig in Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion, which you can now get a sampling of — one track from the score was released online today.
The sci-fi flick is an appropriate first scoring gig for Gonzalez, given the band’s galaxy namesake and the spacey, celestial quality of their music. Gonzalez created Oblivion‘s score with TRON: Uprising composer Joseph Trapanese. Listen to this synth-driven first track, “StarWaves,” which the other M83 band members also contributed to, below: READ FULL STORY »
Anna Kendrick has already enjoyed a few weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with her breakout a cappella hit “Cups,” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. Now, in a sign of just how popular the movie has become since its December DVD release, “Cups” is getting pushed to mainstream radio. According to AllAccess, the song hits stations on March 26.
A longer, remixed version of the song recently hit the web — complete with strummy guitar and plinky xylophone — which you can listen to below. The folky sing-a-long is slight, for sure, but it’s also infectious, and Kendrick has a prettily sweet tone that makes it all go down easy. READ FULL STORY »
Paging all pop culture aca-fficianados: Pitch Perfect may actually have a chart hit on its hands — more than three months after the movie’s release.
The a cappella comedy wasn’t exactly an Avengers-sized blockbuster; it grossed a respectable $65 million during its theatrical run, but today, almost four months after its release, the little film that could is still thriving in the tweets/posts/minds of fans. Pitch Perfect appears to have achieved instantaneous cult status — you might say it’s this generation’s Bring It On, another über-choreographed, girl-centric musical comedy.
Now that Pitch Perfect is out on DVD/Blu-ray, Anna Kendrick, the film’s star, is enjoying something few other Hollywood actresses ever get a taste of: a single on Billboard‘s Hot 100.
Yep, Kendrick’s solo tune “Cups,” which uses the cup-drumming rhythm popularized in viral videos by Erato and Lennon and Maisy (as well as summer camps across the country), has climbed all the way to number 68 on the all-genre chart — an impressive feat for any song, much less one that’s only one minute and 17 seconds long. (The full Pitch Perfect soundtrack sold 212,000 copies in 2012 following its September 25 release.)
Kendrick performed a bit of “Cups” on The Late Show last October. Check it out below:
What say you about the success of “Cups?” Surprised?
It just goes to show: When you have an acclaimed feature documentary made about you that goes on to be nominated for an Academy Award, you’re suddenly much more in demand. Rodriguez, the musician at the center of the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man, has joined the line-ups of three major music festivals: Coachella (in Indio, Calif. this April), Primavera (in Spain this May), and Glastonbury (in the U.K. this June), Billboard reports. READ FULL STORY »
Music Mix Q&A: Henry Rollins on 'West of Memphis' soundtrack and what's next for the West Memphis Three
Back in 1994, three teenagers were convicted for the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three young men—Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin—were railroaded from start to finish, and the case against them was built on the idea that the children were killed as part of a satanic ritual conducted by the trio, who were also quiet kids who listened to heavy metal.
They became known as the West Memphis Three, and the quest to free them became a cause celebre that attracted the attention of stars like Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman Henry Rollins, who regularly hosted benefit shows and put out a curated an album of Black Flag covers to raise funds for the West Memphis Three’s appeals. The story has been well told in the documentary series Paradise Lost, as well as in the just-released documentary West of Memphis, which shifts its focus to the process that led to the Alford pleas that allowed the West Memphis Three to go free after 18 years.
With so many musicians invested in the West Memphis Three, it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to West of Memphis—which just hit store shelves yesterday—has a pretty tremendous lineup, including Vedder, Depp, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Natalie Maines, and Rollins. EW spoke with Rollins recently about the film, the soundtrack, and the ongoing saga of the West Memphis Three.
EW: Considering how long this process has been and the stakes involved, is it a little surreal to be talking about the West Memphis Three in terms of the subject of a film soundtrack?
Rollins: I never thought we’d be having this conversation—the soundtrack, the movie, all of that. There were a lot of dark months, even dark years. You burn so many emotional calories thinking about these guys in cages. Then the thing goes to the judge, the thing you’ve been working on for 15 months, and the judge just goes “Nah.” And you’re back at the bottom of the hill, covered in mud, with no tools. So you have to go back and get the tools again. This would be for three years at a time. The entire thing became abstract. The trippiest thing is now me hanging with Damien in New York at a packed theater with a bunch of people clapping. It borders on the surreal.
And even though they are no longer in jail, the story still isn’t over.
Right. The thing that a lot of people do forget is that three beautiful little boys were killed. There are parents who are still gutted that their babies are dead. What parent gets over it? So someone did that—not Damien, Jesse or Jason, but someone. And they need to answer for that. These people need any resolution that can be afforded, and the West Memphis Three need exoneration. They did not do anything, and not only do they deserve to get out of prison, but the rest of the world needs to go, “OK, they really did get the guy.” READ FULL STORY »
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