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Soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

Soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” (photo)

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The soundtrack details for Sofia Coppola’s new film “Somewhere” are out and they’re as stylish and good looking as the film’s stars, Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. The decadent helpings of cool include, The Police, T. Rex, Bryan Ferry, and The Strokes. Gwen Stefani, doesn’t seem to fit with that list but her song “Cool” is actually listed twice on the soundtrack. Maybe there is a father-daughter sing along rock band version?

Coppola favorites, the French band Phoenix, play the most key role appearing on the soundtrack with a two-parter as well as contributing to the score along with composer William Storkson who also helped out on “Lost in Translation.”

Italian distributor, Medusa Film, explains about Phoenix’s contributions on their website:

The passage of over seven minutes, divided into two parts, “Love Like A Sunset,” has been included on the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” along with original music composed specifically for the film.

From what I gleaned there with my rudimentary Italian (and the trailer below) the film follows bad boy actor Johnny Mark, played by Dorff who’s living at “the legendary Chateau Marmont” in Hollywood in a “continuous flow of girls and lozenges.” His chill way of life is interrupted one day when his 11 year-old daughter Cleo shows up, played by Fanning. Charming and disarming existential reflections follow.

Full track list:

“Love Like a Sunset Part I” – Phoenix
“Ghandi Fix” – William Storkson
“My Hero” – Foo Fighters
“So Lonely” – The Police
“1 Thing” – Amerie
“20th Century Boy” – T.Rex
“Cool” – Gwen Stefani
“Che si fa” – Paolo Jannacci
“Cool” – Gwen Stefani
“Teddy Bear” – Romulo
“Love Theme From Kiss” – Kiss
“I’ll Try Anything Once” – The Strokes*
“Look” – Sebastian Tellier
“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” – Bryan Ferry
“Massage Music” – William Storkson
“Love Like A Sunset Part II” – Phoenix


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That Strokes tune is the one playing in the official trailer, check it out:

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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