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'MacGruber' soundtrack: 'SNL' star Kristen Wiig sings

Kristen-wiigImage Credit: Mathew Imaging/WireImageWhen Saturday Night Live-skit-turned-big-screen-fandango MacGruber uncorks in theaters on May 21, it will do so to the soaring synthesizer chords of “Champion,” a triumphantly low-budge theme song from co-star Kristen Wiig (a.k.a. Vicki St. Elmo).

In true MacGruber form, the song—featuring the appropriately monikered U.K. collage-rocker Lightspeed Champion—sounds like it was put together with a Yamaha keytar, a portable mic, a ten-line rhyming dictionary, and a dream. (You can stream it for yourself over at Stereogum.)

The soundtrack’s other entries lean heavily towards velveeta ’80s classics (Toto’s “Rosanna,” Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings,” Quarterflash’s “Harden My Heart”), with a few burly indie-rock garnishes (the Black Keys’ “Heavy Soul,” the Hives’ “Tick Tick Boom”).

What do you think, summer-movie soundtrack fans—MacGreat or MacBetterLuckNextTime?

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Kenny Chesney premieres his 'Summer in 3-D' movie in Las Vegas: EW is on the scene!

kenny-chesneyImage Credit: Whitney Pastorek/EW.comIt’s the eve of the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Nashville has blanketed Vegas with its twang: Gary Allan played poolside at the Mandalay Bay; Sugarland did a Dr. Pepper-sponsored show at the MGM; Miranda Lambert rocked Fremont Street. But the night’s most anticipated event was the premiere of Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D, the concert film shot as Kenny blew up America’s biggest football stadiums last year, opening nationwide April 21.

Celeb friends like Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, and Dierks Bentley were on hand — as well as Chesney’s fun-loving crew and touring band — and the audience packed two theaters at a local multiplex. Kenny appeared in both to personally introduce the screenings. “Everybody in these two theaters has been a part of our life,” he said. “This film documents our life, and thank you for being a part of it. I’m glad we documented something that shows the relationship with the fans, and I’m really proud of it.” READ FULL STORY

Hanson and Weird Al invoke spirit of 'The Blues Brothers' for new video. How does this not suck?

If you’d told me yesterday that I would like the video for Hanson’s new single, “Thinkin’ Bout Something,” then I would have said, “I’m fairly sure that’s not true, because I don’t particularly care for them.” And if you’d tried to persuade me otherwise by saying that the clip pays homage to the Ray Charles sequence from the Blues Brothers then I would have suggested that that actually makes it less likely I’m going to enjoy it. And if you’d added that the video also features Weird Al Yankovic playing tambourine in a sexually suggestive fashion then I would have testily remarked upon how this whole conversation was a complete, and rather inexplicable, waste of my valuable time.

But I would have been wrong! The video is a delight, partly because the song itself is a delicious, catchy slice of pop-soul, and partly because some considerable effort has clearly gone into recreating the Blues Brothers scene. For a second, I really thought that was the great Steve Cropper on guitar. Weird Al’s gyrations I could do without, but there you go.

Anyway, check out the video—which is from their June 8-released CD Shout it Out—and then take a look at the  relevant movie clip, which you’ll find after the break. Compare, contrast, and tell us what you think!


Roky Erickson: The psychedelic rock legend talks about his first CD in 15 years

Roky-Erickson-and-Okkervil-RiverDon’t be surprised if the opening song on Roky Erickson’s new album True Love Cast Out All Evil sounds somewhat lo-fi. And certainly don’t complain to Will Sheff, singer with much acclaimed rockers Okkervil River, who produced the the 62-year-old singer’s first album in a decade and a half. The track, a haunting lament called “Devotional Number One,” is based on a recording made by Erickson four decades ago, while he was incarcerated at Rusk Maximum Security Prison for the Criminally Insane in East Texas.

Thankfully, while the origin of the song is a reminder that Erickson is one of rock’s more troubled and plain unlucky souls, the album itself—which officially comes out April 20, but which can currently be previewed at —is testament to both his talents and his recovering mental health. The CD features nearly all new performances by the Okkervil River-backed singer of previously unreleased, Erickson-penned tracks. “Roky’s manager sent me 60 songs after we had played a show together at the Austin Music Awards,” says Sheff of the project’s genesis. “When I heard the songs, I just fell in love. I knew I had to do the record.”


Actor Alessandro Nivola: His Music Mix playlist

Alessandro-NivolaImage Credit: Walter McBride/RetnaAlessandro Nivola, the chameleon-like actor known for toggling nimbly between art-house hits (Junebug, Coco Before Chanel) and the popcorn multiplex (Face/Off, Jurassic Park III), has developed a bit of a mini-specialty: Movies about music, and the people that make it.

In 2002’s Laurel Canyon, he was the free-spirited frontman who seduced Frances McDormand and Kate Beckinsale with his British accent and rampant shirtlessness. In Janie Jones, due later this year, he plays the washed-up rocker dad of a young girl played by Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine). For both, Nivola recorded multiple songs, using his own vocals.

And in Who Do You Love, which opens in limited release today, he portrays Leonard Chess, the man whose namesake record label first fostered Chuck Berry, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and countless others. (The story was also told in 2008’s Cadillac Records, starring Beyonce and Adrien Brody).

With that in mind, Nivola picked a Chess-centric playlist for EW, featuring everyone from Howlin’ Wolf to the Rolling Stones, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Janet Jackson's new video for 'Nothing': Watch here

janet-jacksonImage Credit: Quantrell ColbertJanet Jackson stars as Patricia Agnew in Tyler Perry’s new sequel Why Did I Get Married Too. She also performs the soundtrack’s lead single, “Nothing,” and today brings a new video for the airy ballad, on which she cries out for more communication in a troubled relationship.

Watch after the jump as Patricia attempts to make things work with her too drunk husband, destroys some furniture, and then has a good cry with her girlfriends.

Renee Zellweger sings Bob Dylan! It's uncomfortable!

Bob-Dylan-reneeImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Reuters/Rob Galbraith/LandovRemember like five years ago when Renee Zellweger was supposed to be working on a Janis Joplin biopic? (So were Zooey Deschanel. And Pink. And Brittany Murphy.)

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.”)

The film, co-starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and featuring 16 original songs by Bob Dylan(!), stars Zellweger as, per IMDB, a paraplegic singer on a road trip to Memphis with her best friend.

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

Lady Gaga: Should she do the next James Bond theme song?

craig_gagaImage 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.

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Craig Robinson from 'Hot Tub Time Machine' sings 'Jessie's Girl.' Hear it now!

craig-robinsonWhat 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.

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'Big Love' actress Amanda Seyfried turns singer-songwriter; hear her first effort

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?

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