Music docs: they’re so hot right now! Perhaps that’s why Lady Gaga gave all her Little Monsters a very special Christmas present yesterday by announcing that her “Cake” collaborator Terry Richardson is making a film documenting Gaga’s life, as well as “the creation of ARTPOP” — Gaga’s upcoming album — and the artist’s devoted fanbase.
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Tough break, Kemo Sabe — Jack White’s not scoring The Lone Ranger after all.
Though it was initially reported that the blues-rocker would compose the score for the upcoming film starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, Disney has announced that Pirates of the Caribbean veteran Hans Zimmer is now on board. READ FULL STORY »
It was a great year for music on the silver screen in some ways — mainstream flicks featuring hot new artists; and weaker in others — favorite singers being massacred in cover-land. Here are our picks for the best soundtracks of 2012, complete with a Spotify playlist to rock you through it — and a few of the worst (we spared you the playlist for that one).
Best of 2012
Pitch Perfect – Fresh and inspired, with mash-ups that Glee would kill for, this ode to collegiate a cappella gave us – and anyone who enjoys harmonies – something to sing about.
Katy Perry: Part of Me – The pop album that just wouldn’t quit got a nice compliment with the 3-D concert film. The Part of Me soundtrack gave a new listening experience to everything from “Firework” to newer stuff like “Wide Awake.” Not to mention, it’s just plain fun.
Skyfall – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard Adele’s slow-burner of a Bond theme. But the soundtrack is more than just that hit single – thank goodness.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – The Twilight soundtracks are always an eclectic mix of musicians and genres, and the fifth and final is no exception. Standouts include Green Day’s “The Forgotten” and “Bittersweet,” by Ellie Goulding.
Dave Grohl has always been something of a Renaissance man: He played all the instruments on Foo Fighters’ debut album, is chatty enough to host his own talk show, has acted with Muppets, and gets involved politically. And now, his feature directorial debut is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sound City, a passion project for Grohl, is a documentary about the notorious Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. Known for its dumpy exterior and legendary sound board, Sound City was the lab in which dozens of massive albums were concocted, including Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut, and Cheap Trick’s Heaven Tonight.
Though the studio closed in 2011, Grohl purchased the board and moved it into his own studio. To commemorate the amazing albums that came out of Sound City, he got together some of the big-name performers who played there—including Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, and Lars Ulrich—to discuss the studio’s legacy.
Check out the trailer for Sound City below. READ FULL STORY »
Few rock musicians have had as deep and personal an impact on his fans as Bruce Springsteen. He carries the flag for his home state of New Jersey, sure, but there’s also something about his anthemic tales of everyday Americana that strike a chord with people around the world. That has been expressed over and over again in fawning essays and passionately researched bios, but now the spirit of Springsteen is going to get a film all its own.
The project is called Springsteen & I, and like Life in a Day (another film produced Ridley Scott’s production company), the entirety of the movie will be crowd-sourced. READ FULL STORY »
Tony Bennett might be the most active 86-year-old you know.
The iconic singer has enjoyed an enviable career spanning 60 years (and counting), and lately he’s become renowned for his many duets and collaborative endeavors. And now Bennett’s set to release an introspective documentary that’ll shed light on his many artistic ambitions.
Conceived and produced by his son Danny Bennett, The Zen of Bennett tales a closer look into Tony’s life as he turned 85, as well as his continued presence in show business via the countless number of contemporary artists he’s worked with in recent years. The movie will hit screens in New York tomorrow and other select theaters Nov. 2, but you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek right now exclusively below. Then read on to find out about Bennett’s wish-list duets, his unique chemistry with Lady Gaga, and the tragedy of Amy Winehouse.
Baz Luhrmann’s blinged-out retelling of The Great Gatsby was going to be this year’s big Christmas movie until it got bumped into next year. But that might be for the best — since it’s apparently given the filmmaker plenty of time to nail down some major crazy names for the soundtrack.
According to actress Adelaide Clemens, there will be contributions from both Lady Gaga and Prince. “They have some new music that’s going to be added to the film,” Clemens told Indiewire during press rounds for her forthcoming movie Silent Hill Revelation 3D. ”Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don’t think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.” READ FULL STORY »
The history of themes to James Bond films is a storied one. From Shirley Bassey’s brassy “Goldfinger” to Paul McCartney’s hard rocking “Live and Let Die,” Duran Duran’s synthy “A View to a Kill” to Tina Turner’s slinky “Goldeneye,” the track designated to play over the opening credits to the latest 007 cinematic adventure has often climbed the charts, standing on its own as a pop hit.
Well, for a while, anyway. Since Turner’s take on Bond in 1995, only Madonna’s “Die Another Day” has managed to break through as a standalone hit, and even then, I dare you to try humming Madge’s techno tune from memory. Otherwise, the dashing British secret agent has lately been saddled with overwrought and quickly forgotten music from some usually reliable hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell, Jack White, and Alicia Keys.
It is with that sad preamble that I invite you to feast your ears on the newest James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” written by Adele and her “Rolling in the Deep” collaborator Paul Epworth for Sam Mendes-directed film that hits stateside Nov. 9. It’s the Grammy-winning artist’s first song since her mega-hit album 21, not to mention her pregnancy announcement, and it does not disappoint. Note: The official version is much longer than the radio version leaked earlier today. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY »
It had been long-rumored, but now it looks official: Adele will aid James Bond by recording Skyfall‘s official theme song.
The song will be called, yes, “Skyfall,” and some or all of it has likely already been recorded: Adele’s been seen chilling at an MGM recording studio, which only fueled all the early speculation. In recording a James Bond musical entry, she’ll be joining a club that includes Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and Jack White, Carly Simon, Garbage, and others.
Plus, those keeping score at home are no doubt aware that this will be her first new song since her record-crushing 2010 album 21, let alone her pregnancy announcement.
The Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall opens Oct. 26 abroad and Nov. 9 in the States.
Do you think it’s a good career move for Adele? Sound off in the comments.
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In Jonathan Demme’s documentary Neil Young Journeys, the Silence of the Lambs filmmaker follows Young through his Ontario hometown and onward to a show in Toronto, all while talking about life and music during a ride in Young’s 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.
Young is no stranger to the world of film — he’s had several documentaries made about his work, including Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Neil Young: Silver and Gold, which Demme and producing partner Elliot Rabinowitz also teamed up on, plus his scripted environmental treatise, Greendale.
Journeys will be out Oct. 16 on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Home Entertainment. In the meantime, take a listen to two previously unreleased tracks, exclusive to EW, below: “You Never Call” and “Leia.” The first is a soulful, sad, bluesy track; the second is more lively, playful one.
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