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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' composer Hans Zimmer recruits Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, others for movie music supergroup

Hans Zimmer has never had any trouble crafting movie scores on his own. He has worked on over 150 movies, won himself an Oscar (for The Lion King, in 1995), and gave birth to the BWOOOM that just about every other movie composer has stolen.

But everybody needs a little company, and for the score to the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Zimmer went ahead and got himself a super group. According to Sony Pictures, Zimmer and director Marc Webb have recruited Pharrell Williams, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Incubus’ Michael Einziger, and former Eurythmic/current blues revivalist Dave Stewart.

“Marc and I were talking about Spider-Man, and as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man,” Zimmer said in a statement. “That was the thing that united all of us ­ the great love for Spider-Man.  With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, ‘Why not start a band?’ Marc and I have had a great start jamming with everybody, and we still have a few surprises up our sleeve.”

Nobody is a stranger in this collective: Zimmer and Williams previously worked together on the music for Despicable Me and also at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, and Marr, Einziger, and Stewart have all lent their guitar playing talents to Zimmer scores in the past (on Inception, The Lone Ranger, and Madagascar 3, respectively).

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which again stars Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger and welcomes Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro, will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.

David Bowie drops creepy 'Love Is Lost' video for Halloween: Watch it here

David Bowie knows a thing or two about being spooky—he did, after all, title one of his albums Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – and he’s also responsible for this deeply unsettling video for “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson.”

Now he’s back with a Lynchian new clip for “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix),” a reimagining of one of the best tracks on his 2013 comeback album The Next Day. The remix is care of former LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy, who is having a pretty good week all things considered (he also co-produced Arcade Fire’s just-released new album Reflektor).

According to the press release, the entire thing was constructed last weekend in Bowie’s Manhattan apartment, and cost $12.99 total—the price of the thumb drive Bowie had to pick up to transfer the finished video.

“Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)” is one of several new tracks that will appear on The Next Day Extra, a deluxe edition of Bowie’s latest album. The three-disc set features the original record along with a second disc of bonus tracks and remixes and a DVD of the videos from The Next Day. It’ll be available November 5.

Check out the clip below. It’s a nice bit of mid-morning creepiness to kick off your Halloween. And seriously, watch “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” too.

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Kanye and Lindsay Lohan drop in on Thirty Seconds to Mars' 'City of Angels' video: Watch it here

Jared Leto is getting serious awards-related attention for his performance in the about-to-be-released film The Dallas Buyers ClubBut the actor is also, famously, a musician and a filmmaker (he directs under the name Bartholomew Cubbins), and it’s those skills he applies to the new short film that accompanies the Thirty Seconds to Mars song “City of Angels.”

The song, from the soundtrack to The Dallas Buyers Club, is a tribute to Los Angeles, and the 11-minute film features testimonials from from a variety of L.A. denizens, including Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Selena Gomez, James Franco, Corey Feldman, Alan Cumming, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, and a handful of celebrity impersonators and street performers. The key quote? Kanye West declares “Fame is f—ing awesome!”

Watch the whole thing below, and don’t forget to stream the entirety of the excellent soundtrack to The Dallas Buyers Club

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'Dallas Buyers Club' soundtrack: Hear new songs from Tegan and Sara, Neon Trees, My Morning Jacket and more - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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One of this fall’s most anticipated movies, The Dallas Buyers Club, tells the true story of Texas native Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), whose 1986 HIV diagnosis, received in an era before treatment was readily available, spurred him to start his own prescription drug-smuggling ring.

The movie, which also stars Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Garner, doesn’t open until this Friday, November 1, but you can stream the soundtrack exclusively here today. The album features brand new compositions by the likes of Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees, Cold War Kids, and Leto’s own band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The album kicks off with Shuggie Otis’ stoned-soul anthem “Sweet Thang,” and also includes two classic T. Rex songs.

If you buy the album on iTunes (where it goes on sale today), 40 cents of every sale will go to the AIDS relief charity Project (RED)‘s Global Fund.  Jared Leto will be taking over Project (RED)’s Twitter account today at 11:30 AM Eastern/8:30 AM Pacific to answer questions about the movie, the soundtrack, and AIDS awareness.

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Eminem drops Rihanna-assisted 'The Monster': Hear it here

Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday, but we’ve already heard the intense “Survival,” the throwback banger “Berzerk,” and the battle-ready “Rap God.” Now comes the Rihanna reunion “The Monster,” which just arrived on the Internet.

RiRi previously appeared, of course, on Em’s chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie” back in 2010, and he returned the favor by lending “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” to her Loud album that same year. Mr. Mathers also dropped in on Rihanna’s “Numb,” from her 2012 release Unapologetic. 

“The Monster” has a slightly jumpier tempo than the pair’s other collaborations, but it still finds Rihanna playing the songbird sounding-board to Em’s weary confessional rhyme spitter. It doesn’t have the same sort of chart-topping grandeur that “Love the Way You Lie” had, but it does sound like the most radio-read crossover track we’ve heard from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 thus far.

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Britney Spears writes letter to fans, unveils new album cover

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Lady Gaga connects with fans by tweeting, Sinead O’Connor types long open letters, Miley Cyrus sends messages via twerk. But Britney Spears, she’s old-fashioned — she communicates with the people using pen and paper (and her official site).

In a handwritten message posted online today, Spears assures fans that her upcoming album Britney Jean will be “my most personal record yet… I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears. I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean.”

The singer also unveiled the album’s cover art, which features a neon heart on a gray Britney. You can take a look at that above, and then read her full letter below:  READ FULL STORY

Enter Snowman: Metallica's next gig will be in Antarctica

Last month, Metallica crossed two more items off their collective bucket list when they released their first ever theatrical concert film and then headlined a show at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Now it seems they are going to hit a trifecta in 2013: The band announced yesterday that they will be playing a show in Antarctica.

“After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth . . . except for one,” the group wrote on its official website. “That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!”

The show will be part of a contest through Coca-Cola Zero that is unfortunately only open to fans in a handful of Latin American countries (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico) and will be the culmination of a week-long cruise. In addition to being staged on the Earth’s most desolate continent, it will also feature a new approach to performance that should make for some awesomely weird cell phone videos. “We’ll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification . . . a real first for us!” The show will also be streamed online, just in case you can’t go on a Metallica-themed cruise or don’t live in Costa Rica.

Metallica are no strangers to the cold—they headlined the extremely strange Molson Ice Polar Beach Party in 1995, which was held way up north in Canada.

The contest opens October 28, so if you’re in one of those above-mentioned countries, you can enter the contest here.

Here’s a question: What band would you literally go to the ends of the Earth to see?

Lady Gaga gets galactic in snippet of new song 'Venus': Hear it here

Watch out, Venusians: Mother Monster is coming for you. (But at least she left R. Kelly at home?)

Lady Gaga teased a new 40-second snippet of the Artpop song “Venus,” and it’s looking to be a thumper worthy of its galactic name. Don’t be surprised if “Aphrodite Lady Seashell Bikini” becomes the catchphrase of the season.

Hear the new snippet in the video below:

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Lost Kurt Cobain interview from 1993 features his thoughts on Aerosmith and feminism

Though he had all the makings of a proper recluse, Kurt Cobain actually submitted himself to a surprising number of interviews over the course of his too-brief career.

And no two were alike, because nobody ever knew which version of the Nirvana frontman would show up. The acid-tongued cultural critic? The in-joking goofball? The shy suffering artist? The sweet family man? They were all part and parcel to the Cobain experience.

In a recently unearthed interview from 1993 conducted by British journalist Jon Savage and animated by PBS’ new Blank on Blank shingle, each one of those Kurts shows up for a minute or two.

There’s some stuff that has come up in conversations in the past, like the idea that Cobain thought at one time that he might be gay, and details about his various stomach ailments. But there’s also a fun bit about looking for the roots of the name Cobain, what annoys him about Aerosmith records, and how he felt about becoming a father.

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Katy Perry explains new album 'Prism' and writing about her divorce from Russell Brand -- EXCLUSIVE

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Katy Perry’s new album Prism (out 10/22; read EW critic Nick Catucci’s take here) is full of the bouncy, joyous pop tunes that she’s known for. But perhaps the most surprising aspect is her bluntness when writing about her 2012 divorce from Russell Brand in the poignant-but-hopeful closing track “By the Grace of God.” In it, Perry sings that post-break-up she could be found on her bathroom floor crying.

“Well, imagine what you go through,” she tells EW. “Imagine what happens when you go through a break up. We all go through break ups and we all get very depressed and desperate. The lyrics are very exact and autobiographical. That’s how I write. But the one thing about those lyrics is you can hear me finding my strength throughout the song. It starts off really low and then I kind of stand up for myself and say, ‘No!’”

Perry adds: “Sometimes you look in the mirror when you’re crying and if you look in the mirror it will make you cry more because you’re feeling sorry for yourself. And then sometimes you look in the mirror and you cry and I’ve been like: ‘Snap out of it! It’s time to — come on — grow up! No!’ There’s almost like this inner warfare that comes out, this inner battle between the good angel and the bad devil.”

Perry, who says her recent single “Unconditionally” was partially influenced by current boyfriend John Mayer, specifies that “By the Grace of God” is the lone track from Prism specifically about her relationship with Brand. “All the other songs are stories from different times in my life,” she says. “It’s people making assumptions. It’s kind of hard because I am so vulnerable and I am [such an] open book, but I don’t feel like I want to hand over a specific story about each and every song. I don’t feel like I want every song to come with a little package, a little tabloid-al package because it’s like, ‘Why don’t you let the song be a little unspecific to the listener? Then the listener can use it and relate to it in their own way. So, not every song comes up with an excerpt. They’re biographical but all you’re going to get in the songs is just that.”

For much more from Katy Perry, look for EW’s intimate all-access profile of the star on newsstands Nov. 1.

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