In the interim, she seems to have given up the Me and Bobby McGee dream and moved on to another kind of musical-cinema venture, My Own Love Song (or as Videogum has dubbed it “Duets 2: The Squinty Eyed Female Crazy Heart.”)
See the trailer, which showcases her singing the new Dylan song “Life Is Hard” (so true, Bobby Z) and watch her take on Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land” like she really, really means it, after the jump: READ FULL STORY
Image Credit: Lady Gaga: Lauren Dukoff; Craig: Karen BallardCould Lady Gaga sing the next James Bond movie’s theme song? Uh, maybe. According to a report in the Sun that seems even sketchier than the U.K. tabloid’s usual standard, she’s been asked. The paper’s evidence for this assertion appears to be that Gaga’s name sounds like a Bond girl’s (does it really, though?), and that “a source” (anonymous, naturally) says she’d be “perfect on every level.”
We’ve reached out to Gaga’s reps to see if there’s any truth to this story. In the meantime: Would she be perfect on every level? I can see Gaga’s flair for the dramatic really working in a Bond theme. Her idol, Madonna, did an excellent job with 2002′s “Die Another Day.” Then again, I’m the guy who liked Jack White and Alicia Keys’ much-maligned Quantum of Solace song in 2008, so I might not be the best judge.
Do you think Lady Gaga should do the next Bond theme? List your reasons why or why not in the comments below.
What is it with time travel movies and music? Michael J Fox introduced the ’50s to rock’n’roll in Back to the Future. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Wild Stallyns-ed it up in the Bill and Ted movies. And who can forget the “Dr Zaius Rap” from Planet of the Apes? No, wait, that was actually on The Simpsons. Regardless, the point is made! Music and time travel films go together like a horse and carriage. Or like Craig Robinson from The Office covering “Jessie’s Girl,” which is what he does on the soundtrack to the new comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.
We’ve got our hands on an exclusive preview of Robinson singing the Rick Springfield pop-rock classic—and you can hear it below. Give it a listen and tell us what you think.
Amanda Seyfried, the Keane-eyed actress of Big Love, Mama Mia and Mean Girls fame (“My breasts can always tell when it’s going to rain. Well… they can tell when it’s raining.”) has a new film, the romantic drama Dear John, due in theaters February 5.
For the movie, she has recorded a song she penned, “Little House,” currently streamable over at E! online. The song has that kind of wistful, pretty girl-in-a-coffeehouse-wearing-a-handknit-beret vibe, and seems like a decent match for the soundtrack’s other stars, including the Swell Season, Rachael Yamagata, and duet partners Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk.
What do you think, readers—when stars double up on their own movies’ soundtracks (see Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind” for Dirty Dancing; Robert Pattinson’s “Never Think” in Twilight), does it enhance the whole movie-going experience, or feel more like because-I-can vanity?
One of this awards season’s dark horse contenders is Crazy Heart, the Jeff Bridges-starring tale of a boozy, down-on-his-luck country singer called Bad Blake who lurches—often literally—from one ill-attended show to another.
The music in the movie was supervised by singer-songwriter T Bone Burnett, who previously performed the same task on the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Burnett also co-wrote the Golden Globe-nominated Crazy Heart track “The Weary Kind” with rising country-rocker Ryan Bingham, who also appears in the film. After the break, EW chats with the pair about the artists who inspired Bad Blake’s repertoire, the practical advantages of leather pants, and whether Bingham can afford to have Burnett produce his next album.
The soundtrack details for Tim Burton’s forthcoming movie Alice in Wonderland have just been revealed on MySpace. The album, which is titled Almost Alice and hits stores March 2, features contributions from Burton hair-a-like Robert Smith, The All-American Rejects, Franz Ferdinand, Wolfmother, Owl City, and a collaboration between Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz called “In Transit.” The first single from the album will be “Alice (Underground),” by Avril Lavigne.
Disappear down the rabbit hole to MySpace for a look a the full track listing and tell us what you think. Does this news make you more or less excited by the prospect of Burton’s Johnny Depp-starring revamp?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a quartet of actors are in negotiations to portray The Beatles in director Robert Zemeckis’ planned 3D remake of the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. The four thespians are Princess Bride star Cary Elwes who is apparently in the frame to impersonate George Harrison, Dean Lennox Kelly from the UK dramedy Shameless who will tackle John Lennon, Epic Movie actor Adam Campbell who will negotiate Ringo’s nasal vowels, and Peter Serafinowicz who will take on Paul McCartney. Serafinowicz’s credits include Shaun of the Dead, Couple’s Retreat, and the fantastic fake science show Look Around You, though there is a strong possibility that the words “He was the voice of Darth Maul” may appear on the Brit actor’s gravestone.
All in all, that seems like a line-up capable of handling the Fab Four’s Liverpudlian twang. They’re all Brits and Serafinowicz, in particular, is an accent master and Liverpool-raised to boot. Meanwhile, anyone crying “Foul!” over the idea of people impersonating John, Paul, George and Ringo, may care to note that the Beatles’ animated avatars in the original movie were also voiced by actors, with the Beatles themselves only contributing to a live action sequence at the end (see below).
Are you a big fan of the original movie? What do you think of these rumored casting choices? All together now!
I’m an absolute Christopher Lee fiend—an appropriate term given the veteran British thesp has portrayed the devilish likes of Dracula, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings movies. However, I didn’t know that he has a sideline as a heavy metal vocalist. It turns out Lee has performed with both New York metallers Manowar and Italian rockers Rhapsody who recruited the great man to sing on their 2006 opus—and I think “opus” is probably the right word to use here—Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret.
Now the 87-year-old Lee is striking out on his own. In the video clip you can see below the actor reveals that in March he will release a concept CD of “symphonic metal.” The album is called Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross and features Lee singing the part of the titular 8th century European leader. That’s right: Christopher Lee is about to get medieval on your a–!
You can listen to snippets from Charlemagne on MySpace. Personally, I’m a big fan of Lee’s performance on “Act III: The Bloody Verdict of Verden” and in particular his rousing cry of “I shed the blood of the Saxon men!” But, hey, I’ve never heard a song about Saxon men blood-shedding that I didn’t like.” I’ve also embedded below a video of Lee playing with Rhapsody which proves that Lee really is quite a good singer, and that Italians really are crazy as hell.
Check it all out and tell us what you think. Is Lee’s career curve ball an honorable departure or as horrifying as many of the parts he has played?
For reasons that lie somewhat beyond my comprehension, the soundtrack to the Alvin and the Chipmunks “Squeakquel” — including the monstrosity embedded above — looks set to enter the Top 10 this week (according to Hits). That’s more than Carrie Underwood, more than Rihanna, more than both Glee compilations. More than John Mayer. More than almost literally every listenable musical artist on the planet, a category in which I am generously including the Black Eyed Peas. If you have bought the soundtrack to the “Squeakquel,” I am obviously curious to know why…
…but I think I am more curious about the following poll:
If this were 1989, and you were the U.S. military, trying to end your standoff with deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and you could only play one song on repeat at high volume outside the embassy where Noriega was seeking refuge, which would it be?
(Please feel free to nominate your own favorite intolerable song in the comments, if you feel that neither of these would have successfully brought Noriega to his knees.) READ FULL STORY