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Idina Menzel: 2014 was the year that I couldn't let it go

This spring, Tony winner Idina Menzel returned to the Broadway stage for the first time in nearly 10 years as the star of If/Then, a thoughtful musical about a woman starting over at the age of 40. It was a fitting role, given Menzel’s other marquee performance—a leading role in Disney’s Frozen, which quickly transformed her from beloved theater star to worldwide sensation. Here, Adele—er, Idina—talks her biggest career year yet.

I knew I had this movie coming out, and I was proud to be in it—any time you’re in a Disney movie, you’re stoked. And I was really happy I had this cool song. I knew Elsa was going to surprise people. But I didn’t know it would resonate so deeply and stir up so many young people to take ownership of the song. It’s a nice marriage of social media with a zeitgeist moment. Every day I receive a video from a friend of their daughter singing “Let It Go” in the backyard.

When I first heard it, they sent me a demo—[co-songwriter] Kristin Lopez sang it—and I thought, “Oh, shit, this is going to be hard to sing.” And I changed the key; I made it higher because I thought it would sound younger. READ FULL STORY

You can download the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack for free today

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From Peter Quill’s cave-spanning routine backed by “Come and Get Your Love” to the film’s special final dance set to “I Want You Back,” Guardians of the Galaxy would not be the same movie without the soundtrack. And right now, the whole thing’s up for grabs for free for those in the United States.

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Trent Reznor on the 'Gone Girl' music, working with David Fincher, and translating David Lynch

Gone Girl is celebrating its second straight week as the number one movie in the country, and one of the secrets of director David Fincher’s spell-casting is his partnership with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who have provided the scores to Fincher’s last three films.

Reznor and Ross, whose day job as Nine Inch Nails has given them plenty of practice creating creepy soundscapes, have a somewhat unusual way of working: Instead of writing music specifically to finished scenes, they read the script and take input from Fincher about tone, and then craft a series of thematic pieces that are then inserted into the action.

“It’s like dressing a set,” Reznor says. “What feels like it belongs in that space? What feels like Missouri? What feels like erosion of this relationship? What feels like a real ugly thing hidden beneath the surface, with a nice paint job on the outside? It might feel pretty, but it’s spoiled under the surface.” READ FULL STORY

Andre Benjamin on Jimi Hendrix, OutKast, and what's next

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The André Benjamin drought is over. After a long break from the spotlight, the man also known as Andre 3000 not only launched a headline-making reunion tour with his formative rap duo this ­summer but also stars in the excellent Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, written and directed by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley. Thoughtful and forthcoming, Benjamin, 39, spoke via phone from his home in Atlanta about the evolution of Jimi and what takes to be true to the parts he plays both on stage and off.

EW: You’ve been trying to play Jimi Hendrix for a while. What drew you into this script?
André Benjamin: The take that John Ridley devised. I’ve been kind of close to or attached to a few different Hendrix projects over the years. 15 years ago, I started hearing the Hendrix calls from different directors and producers. I’ve read about four or five different scripts—great scripts, at that—but for some reason or another they just didn’t get made. When John Ridley came with this take, years later I’m like, “Wow, I’m pretty old at this point, but if you still feel like it can work…” And John was really, really into it. The first thing he said was, “I’m going to make this movie, and I want you to be in it.” I was just going off of John’s energy. READ FULL STORY

Nick Cave talks to EW about his new movie '20,000 Days on Earth' and why he doesn't like meeting his heroes

Over the course of a nearly four-decade music career, Nick Cave has been one of music’s most reliably inscrutable rock stars. The forthcoming documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (in theaters September 19) does a bit to shed some light on Cave’s dark spirit, but it does it with a twist.

Although many of the day-in-the-life conversations aren’t scripted (or very loosely so), and everybody in Cave’s life—from bandmate Warren Ellis to former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld to Kylie Minogue—plays him- or herself, a lot of the film is built on artifice. The office where Cave undergoes a therapy session, the “archive” where he goes to review old photographs—they’re all built sets and faked scenarios, and constructed to try to wring some truth out of something inherently fake.

20,000 Days on Earth splits its time between those scenes and in-the-studio footage from the sessions that led to Push the Sky Away, Cave’s 2013 record with the Bad Seeds. It’s a remarkable movie, existing in the unique dimension between fiction and reality straddled by filmmaking greats like Werner Herzog and Errol Morris: READ FULL STORY

Zendaya Coleman cast in Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic

In the nearly 13 years since she died, Aaliyah has gone from a well-established young R&B star with big pop potential to a full-blown icon whose appeal extends across every conceivable genre line. While there have been a number of attempts to bottle and sell her posthumous superstardom, few have actually made it into fans’ hands. (The world may never know if the album-length tribute/collaboration that Drake had planned at one point would have been brilliant or just ghoulish.)

Last year Wall Street Journal editor Christopher John Farley published a slim biography of the singer called Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, which Brown Sugar writer Michael Elliot and director Bradley Walsh (who previously helmed the Flashdance sorta-remake Turn the Beat Around) are now adapting into a biopic for Lifetime. While R&B fans may not be familiar with Elliot and Walsh, they should be well-acquainted with 17-year-old Zendaya Coleman, who’s signed on to play the lead role. READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane's galloping theme song for 'A Million Ways to Die in the West': Hear the Alan Jackson tune -- EXCLUSIVE

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Western ballads are no stranger to death and bloodshed. Heck, Marty Robbins probably has more people getting shot in his songs than N.W.A. But Seth MacFarlane’s newly released theme song from his mordantly morbid comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West is probably the first ballad dedicated specifically to the act of getting shuffled off the dusty trail of life.

MacFarlane recorded the ditty with country-music star Alan Jackson, and it’s a quick-pickin’ old-timey tune, filled with Elmer Bernstein swells, fiddle sawing, and baritone lines like “six bullets in the gut/or just a paper cut” and “they’ll blast you into shards/for playing good at cards.” Listen to “A Million Ways to Die” below and let us know what you think. After all, you can never go wrong combining westerns and music. READ FULL STORY

Listen to Grouplove's 'The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack song 'Let Me In' - EXCLUSIVE

The upcoming The Fault In Our Stars is a love story based on a hugely beloved YA novel, so of course it comes armed with a sweet soundtrack full of decorated alt-pop wonders and feel-good tearjerkers.

The Fault In Our Stars — Music From The Motion Picture arrives on May 19 and features brand new tracks from Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, M83, Lykke Li, Jake Bugg, Ray LaMontagne, and a host of others. (Check out the entire track list at the bottom.)

One of those new songs is Grouplove’s “Let Me In,” a dreamy, synthy sing-along that gets its exclusive premiere below.

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Alicia Keys spins a web with Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell for 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' song 'It's On Again': Hear it here!

Andrew Garfield is about to swing back into cinemas clad in the blue and red spandex in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opens on May 2. But before that, the soundtrack to the movie will arrive in stores — and now we have its first official single.

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Chris Martin and Cat Power pair up for song in Zach Braff's new movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Zach Braff has another song that will change your life. He swears.

Braff filled Garden State, his 2004 directorial debut, with infectious tunes from the Shins, Simon & Garfunkel, and Coldplay. Wish I Was Here, his directorial followup — which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and hits theaters across the country this summer — is similarly packed with cool music, including original songs from the Shins and Bon Iver.

But Sundance audiences weren’t privy to the final piece to Braff’s eclectic soundtrack. “We also have an original song sung by Cat Power, written by Chris Martin,” Braff says. “It wasn’t ready yet for [Sundance]. It’s the title song of the movie. It’s one of the most amazing songs ever.”

Wish I Was Here debuts in New York and Los Angeles July 18. The film opens in additional cities July 25.

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