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Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg to star in stoner flick High School

The pairing of new school rhymer Wiz Khalifa and rap icon Snoop Dogg is a match made in chronic heaven.

The two avid weed puffers are taking their friendship further than just music and creating a movie called, fittingly, High School. The stoner comedy will likely be released sooner than later, Khalifa confirmed to Rolling Stone.

“It should be coming out pretty soon. It’s about pot, of course,” he said. “But it’s about me [sic] and his relationship. A spin-off of us being cool in the industry, smoking a lot of weed, and being around a lot of weed. We’re going to try to have fun with it and also try to enlighten people at the same time, not just get everybody high.”

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Today in Lady Gaga: Two videos for 'Born This Way,' chart dominance, plus a stop at 'The Gayle King Show'

Lady-gaga-Gayle-KingImage Credit: Andrea PuckettAnother day, another dozen headlines dominated by music and media’s favorite person: Lady Gaga. Today’s news from Gaga centers around three things: When we’ll see her forthcoming music video(s!) for “Born This Way”; the continued chart dominance of “Born This Way”; and her appearance on The Gayle King Show this morning. To make it easy, let’s take in the news in digest form:

Gerry Rafferty dies at age 63

Gerry-RaffertyImage Credit: Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns/Getty ImagesSinger-songwriter Gerry Rafferty has died at the age of 63 after a long illness, according to the London Guardian. The Scottish-born Rafferty first achieved U.K. success in the ’60s with the Humblebums, a folk act which also featured the talents of Billy Connolly. In the early ’70s, he formed the band Stealers Wheel, whose single “Stuck in the Middle With You” was famously used by director Quentin Tarantino in his debut movie Reservoir Dogs. But Rafferty will be best remembered for his solo single “Baker Street,” a saxophone-driven, soft-rock classic that has been a radio staple around the world since its release in 1978.  READ FULL STORY

'Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune,' a great documentary about an underappreciated folk singer

Phil-Ochs-folkThe story told by the new documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a very sad one, no question about it. Ochs was one of the 1960s’ greatest folk singers and activists to those in the know, but he never got as much fame as he desired or deserved. He died by his own hand in 1976, and as the film proceeds through his life’s work, you know all along where it’s heading.

Before reaching that inevitably tragic conclusion, filmmaker Kenneth Bowser (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls) does an admirable job of conveying why Ochs’ music continues to mean so much to his fans. Friends and fellow radicals like Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Tom Hayden give illuminating interviews, as do latter-day admirers like Sean Penn, Billy Bragg, and Christopher Hitchens. They help explain exactly what made Ochs great — his unresting commitment to social justice, his genuine belief that songs could change the world, and of course his songs themselves. But you don’t have to take their word for it. Bowser has unearthed who knows how many hours of unseen footage, including clips in which Ochs sings “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “There But for Fortune,” “Changes,” “Crucifixion,” “I’m Going To Say It Now,” and more. These alone make the film a must-see for fans like me.

Bowser doesn’t shy away from Ochs’ battles with mental illness and alcoholism. The film’s honest depiction of Ochs’ final years can be hard to watch; by the end of a press screening last night, I was tearing up. But I’m absolutely glad I saw this movie, and I think any fan would feel the same. It’s an essential portrait of an artist who ought to be far better known.

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune opens Jan. 5 in New York City. Any Ochs fans out there looking forward to seeing the film? Let us know in the comments.

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Director David Lynch turns music man, releases two singles to iTunes

David-LynchImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comThe film auteur with perhaps one of the most singular visions in the history of movie-making (splendor in the grass!) has now turned his attentions from cinema, dharma, and daily weather reports to music. Specifically, “modern blues,” according to an L.A. Times report.

“We’re working on a lot of things, and we hope to have an album soon,” Lynch says. “All of this to me is an experiment. We were calling it kind of a modern blues — music based on the blues. It’s led to all sorts of different things, but I really want to do a modern blues album.”

“There’s nothing I can say in terms of what the rules are, but there is a feel,” Lynch added. “It has to be anchored in something strong and pure, and it’s modern in that it’s joining with all the things you can do these days in ProTools.”

“The advancement in digital things means there’s a whole slew of possibilities,” he continued. “I love organic phenomena. I love the real, rough sound of blues. I love a heavy guitar and great, strong drums. Then there’s so many things that can be done to it that will modernize it.”

Lynch, who also collaborated on the Dark Night of the Soul project with Dangermouse and the late Sparklehorse, has signed to England’s Sunday Best label; he plans to release a full album, recorded with his longtime film engineer Dean Hurley. As of today, the tracks “Good Day Today” and “I Know” are available on iTunes. Sample the woozy electro ditty “Good Day” after the jump:

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The Weepies, 'Same Changes': An EW exclusive song from the upcoming movie 'Morning Glory'

the-weepiesIndie-folk duo the Weepies, no strangers to TV and film soundtracking — their “World Spins Madly On” alone appeared on Smallville, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, Life Unexpected, Hellcats, and Grey’s Anatomy, among others — will release a track to iTunes tomorrow from the upcoming dramedy Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton.

But the Music Mix has the song streaming here first; listen after the jump, and see the band on tour in support of their August release Be My Thrill now through late November: READ FULL STORY

Leighton Meester sings a country ballad for upcoming film; hear it here

Leighton-MeesterImage Credit: PRN/PR PhotosCobra Starship made a good Gossip Girl go bad, and now a Gwyneth Paltrow movie has made her go country.

MTV reports that actress and occasional pop star Leighton Meester has recorded the twangy downtempo ballad “Words I Couldn’t Say” for the upcoming Country Strong (due in theaters December 22), in which she appears as a bright-eyed ingenue alongside Paltrow’s alcoholic, downward-sloping Nashville star. Stream it after the jump:

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Porn star Sasha Grey reveals all... About her new music career

Sasha-Grey-DJingImage Credit: Joe FuryIt is fair to say that the resume of Sasha Grey is more colorful than most. Certainly it’s hard to think of anyone else who’s appeared in a Steven Soderbergh film (2009′s The Girlfriend Experience), essayed a fictionalized version of herself on Entourage, and won an award for Best Three-Way Sex Scene, a trophy she earned for her performance in the as-yet-unreviewed-by-EW 2007 movie F— Slaves.

But the recently retired adult film star is now getting fans hot and sweaty in a non-porn stylee thanks to her new career as a DJ. Her gigs so far include the after-show of a New York concert by post-punkers the Swans and an appeance at the Playboy Club in las Vegas. “I was getting a lot of offers to host parties in various clubs across the country,” explains Grey. “I mentioned to my manager that I was interested in DJ-ing and he ended up connecting me with some agents. For the most part, the response from people has been pretty positive. Of course, you’ll always have some naysayers. But they never want to say anything to your face. Which is a shame, because I like a good conversation!”

After the jump, Grey converses about her go-to DJ track, her band aTelecine, and whether it’s true that she likes to record naked. (Hey, come on, we had to ask!)

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Can Gwyneth Paltrow sing country live? We'll find out at this year's CMA Awards

country-strongImage Credit: Scott GarfieldGwyneth Paltrow is a woman of many talents—not to mention accents. But can she cut it when it comes to singing country in front of an audience?

That question will be answered on November 10, when the actress makes her live country music singing debut at the 44th Annual CMA Awards. The Oscar-winner will perform her new single “Country Strong,” the title track from her new film in which she plays a country star who heads out on tour after a possibly too short stint in rehab.

Country Strong also stars Leighton Meester and real-life Nashville star Tim McGraw. You can watch the trailer—which features a preview of what we can expect to hear at the CMA Awards—after the jump.

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Gavin Rossdale admits to fling with British singer Marilyn

Gavin-Rossdale-MarilynImage Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images; Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesIn the November issue of Details, Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale was asked about a long-rumored relationship with British pop star Marilyn. (He of the hit “Calling Your Name” song.) Fifteen years since the whispers started (Boy George actually is credited with first revealing a romance between Rossdale and Marilyn), Rossdale gave a clear answer, admitting that it was more of a one-time experimental fling than a true relationship.

“It’s not something I’ve talked about really because it’s always been in the glare of a tabloid world,” Rossdale said. “It’s just one of those things: Move on. When you’re 17, Jesus Christ. I don’t think there’s anything strange about any form of — you’re learning about life. It’s a part of growing up. That’s it. No more, no less.” And that’s that! Are you surprised Rossdale would come clean so many years later? Or was it about time? Let us know.

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