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Dave Grohl to memorialize 'dumpy' studio Sound City in new documentary

As reported in Entertainment Weekly’s special music issue last month, Foo Fighters frontman and erstwhile Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is working on a documentary about the legendary L.A. recording studio Sound City. The film, titled Sound City, does not have an official release date yet.

The recently shuttered facility was ground zero for iconic rock albums from Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 classic to Nirvana’s Nevermind. But as Grohl told EW last fall, Sound City was hardly a palace worthy of rock stars.

“I thought we were coming down to some fancy-ass Hollywood studio,” Grohl said during a conversation about the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermind last September. “But Sound City was not a fancy studio at all. It was this dumpy place in Van Nuys. It was just a f—ing incredible board with an incredible drum room.”

The board in question was built by Neve specifically for Sound City, and just before the studio closed last year, Grohl bought the board and had it moved to his own facility in Northridge. It was sitting in the middle of the floor of the room we were in during the interview, an ancient hulking piece of analogue metal with cords sticking out of it.

Grohl said he planned to install it in his studio, hoping to harness the same magic that went into Nevermind as well as classics like Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes and Cheap Trick’s Heaven Tonight (both of which he mentioned during the interview).

What do you think of the idea of Dave Grohl: Filmmaker? And what’s your favorite Sound City album?

Read more on EW.com:
30 Greatest Music Artists Right Now: Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl clarifies Grammy acceptance speech, is totally cool with Skrillex
Nirvana celebrate 20 years of ‘Nevermind’: Read the extended roundtable interview and backstory — booze! corn dogs! transvestite karaoke! — here!

'Rock of Ages' soundtrack art and track listing revealed - EXCLUSIVE

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Rock of Ages is one of the more unusual entries on this summer’s movie slate. The film, which hits theaters on June 15, is based on the jukebox musical of the same name that pays homage to the music of Journey, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, and a bevy of other ’80s-era hard rock.

On Broadway, the songs are the real stars of the show. But the film is top-lined by Tom Cruise, one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Most importantly, in the role of unpredictable rock star Stacee Jaxx, Cruise did his own singing for the movie (as did costars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Malin Akerman), which means that the soundtrack album is going to be a much-coveted collection.

The soundtrack will be available on June 5, and it will feature an incredible 20 tracks worth of hard-rocking, lighter-waving goodness, kicking off with Cruise’s take on Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” and ending with an all-hands-on-deck rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” that features Cruise, Baldwin, Brand, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, and Diego Boneta.

Read on for the rest of the track list, revealed exclusively here at EW.com. READ FULL STORY

Jury selection begins for trial of man accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson's family

A judge questions would-be jurors as jury selection begins in earnest Monday at the Chicago trial of the man accused of murdering singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. Selecting 12 jurors and six alternates able to set aside sympathy for the Hollywood star and assess guilt only according to evidence presented in court against William Balfour could pose a major challenge.

It’s expected to take two or three days to make final selections from among 150 prospective jurors. In a last step, each side can use pre-emptive strikes, usually around 10, to dismiss people from the jury pool without having to offer any reason. Judge Charles Burns will aim to weed out anyone who might be swayed by the 30-year-old Hudson’s celebrity, though he’s unlikely to automatically exclude Hudson fans if they can convince him their biases won’t affect their deliberations. Attorneys won’t necessarily share the judge’s goal, seeking, instead, to keep jurors likely to favor their arguments. READ FULL STORY

Some details on Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, and R. Kelly's 'Sparkle' soundtrack, including that Whitney-Jordin duet

The trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1976 musical drama Sparkle (which stars Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston) features a few promising snippets of the movie’s music, including bits of “Hooked on Your Love” and “Something He Can Feel,” which Aretha Franklin sang on the original film’s Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack. Intrigued? We talked to Sparks and Sparkle director Salim Akil about what to expect from the soundtrack.

–The film will include new versions of most of the original songs, including “Something He Can Feel” (which En Vogue scored a hit with in the early ’90s), “Look Into Your Heart,” and “Jump.” But not the classic title track? “No, not the song ‘Sparkle,’” says Sparks. “Which actually could change, because we’re still working on getting songs on the soundtrack. That could be a possiblilty. I was wondering about that too! I’m actually meeting with people who are working on the soundtrack today. You know what, I’m going to mention that.”

–In addition to some arranging work, R. Kelly wrote two brand-new songs for the movie. READ FULL STORY

Download the 'Hunger Games' trailer's ominous score 'Deep Shadow' for free -- EXCLUSIVE

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If you want to remember what it felt like the first time you saw the trailer for The Hunger Games, or just pretend you’re a tribute during a workout, this might help: “Deep Shadow,” the instrumental track used in the preview, is now available to download for free on SoundCloud.

It’s composed by T.T.L. (ThroughTheLens), a duo made up of Italian musician Tying Tiffany and her producer, Lorenzo Montanà. They’re currently working on an EP for label ZerOKilled Music, which was founded by an Italian musician, Costanza Francavilla, who began playing their tracks for film and TV music supervisors before they even officially became a duo.

Preview “Deep Shadow” below.  READ FULL STORY

Two new 'Hunger Games' tracks leak -- LISTEN

Though The Hunger Games soundtrack won’t officially hit stores until Tuesday (you can find our lead review in the new issue of EW out this Friday), two new tracks from have leaked.

Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open” counters the ethereal sound of her Civil Wars’ collab “Safe & Sound,” expressing the fiery side of Katniss with lyrics like “Everybody’s waiting for you to break down.”

Meanwhile, Kid Cudi’s “The Ruler and the Killer” is an appropriately grimy-gothic mood piece with a pounding, arena-ready beat. Listen below: READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games'-inspired song 'Girl on Fire' by Ella Mae Bowen: Hear it here!

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Whether or not you know the name Ella Mae Bowen now, if you’ve seen last year’s Footloose remake, you definitely remember her slow cover of “Holding Out for a Hero.” The 16-year-old country artist, working on her debut album for Big Machine (home to Taylor Swift and The Band Perry), was invited, like many artists, to submit songs for consideration for the Hunger Games soundtrack.

Having become a fan of the first book when she read it in eighth grade English, she penned “Girl on Fire” — inspired by heroine Katniss Everdeen’s nickname — with her producer Seth Bolt of the band Needtobreathe. Though it didn’t ultimately make the track list, Bowen is releasing the song to fans in the hope that those who loved the book as much as she did will enjoy it. Watch the lyric video and read what Bowen had to tell EW about producing the track below. READ FULL STORY

See a teaser clip of the video for Taylor Swift's 'Hunger Games' song 'Safe and Sound'

Back in December, faithful tributes got a first listen to Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars’ Hunger Games track “Safe and Sound.” Last month, the trio performed the haunting love song at the Ryman. And just yesterday, Lionsgate unveiled the cover of the upcoming blockbuster soundtrack.

All that’s left now for eager T-Swift and Hunger Games fans is an official music video, and thanks to MTV, which will premiere the video and feature a 30-minute interview with Swift on Monday, you can now watch a blink-and-you-might-miss-it scene from the upcoming clip.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift joins 'Les Miserables': Will her star power motivate you to go to the movies?

Was yesterday a casting fairy tale for Taylor Swift? It was reported yesterday that the country-pop superstar is likely to play Éponine in the big-screen musical adaptation of Les Misérables.

So far, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter are all signed on, and Amanda Seyfried is in talks to play Cosette. More than any of the other casting choices, though, Swift’s inclusion changes the dynamic of Les Mis and begs the question: Will the fan base of a bankable artist like her have any impact on ticket sales? READ FULL STORY

Mark Wahlberg wants to make Justin Bieber a movie star

Mark Wahlberg would really prefer the world not remember him for inspiring sweet sensations at the dawn of his career. Remarkably, he has mostly accomplished that feat over the past decade and a half — carving out a major career for himself as an actor (though he’d probably rather be thought of as Mickey Ward than the guy who figures out that plants are killing people).

Apparently, Wahlberg sees a similar future for Justin Bieber. In a recent conversation with MTV about his upcoming movie Contraband (whose trailer looks like one of the fake ones that runs before Tropic Thunder), Wahlberg talked about casting Bieber in a dramatic role in a future film that has something to do with basketball. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark says that he sees something in the Canadian pop pinup that let him know he can handle a dramatic role.

“I’m pretty intuitive,” Wahlberg explained. “I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it’s there.”

Wahlberg may have a point. READ FULL STORY

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