A Tribute To Film’s Fictional Bands

A Tribute To Film’s Fictional Bands (photo)

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Check out this worthy montage featuring some of the greatest fictional bands from film history. Favorites include Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem playing “Can you picture that” in “The Muppet Movie,” the Soggy Mountain Boys belting out “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” in the Coen’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and Michael J Fox’s The pinheads jamming “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News before Marty McFly tragically wounded his hand.

Best of all may be Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, better known on the streets as the Cantina Band, performing one of their crowd favorites, “Mad About Me.” You’ll remember it from Mos Eisley Cantina like it was yesterday. Luke and Obi-Wan dropped in looking for a ship, only to get into a nasty brawl with Ponda Baba and the insidious Doctor Cornelius Evazan — I don’t like you either! Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes stopped playing for a moment, but after a severed limb or two they picked right back up where they left off, and not a Bith beat was skipped.

[Gawker TV via Vulture]

Carol Cate Blanchett

Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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Photo Credit: Wilson Webb/©Weinstein Company/Courtesy Everett Collection

From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Disney Jazz Volume 1: “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat”

Disney Jazz Volume 1: “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” (photo)

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The Walt Disney Records imprint, Disney Pearl is going back to roots with a jazz record release. The first 13 track collection, Disney Jazz Volume 1: “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat,” spans decades of classics from Disney soundtracks, interpreted by jazz players like Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, and Dianne Reeves.

The 90 year old Brubeck plays on “Some Day My Prince Will Come” originally from 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the main title theme from 1951’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Other selections include “It’s a Small World,” “Free the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)” from “Mary Poppins,” an arrangement of “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book” and Redman’s rendition of Randy Newman’s ubiquitous “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” a hard act to follow.

The album, which releases February 15, 2011, derives it’s title from the song “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat,” from “The AristoCats,” Disney’s jazzy feline adventure from 1970. Here’s the original:

Sonic Youth Soundtrack For French Mystery “Simon Werner A Disparu”

Sonic Youth Soundtrack For French Mystery “Simon Werner A Disparu” (photo)

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Sonic Youth’s next release will be a film soundtrack and one you may never have heard of — the French murder mystery “Simon Werner a Disparu” premiered at Cannes, but has no US distributor (though IMDB lists it with the US/UK title “Light’s Out”). TwentyFourBit reveals the soundtrack will at least get a release, January 25th digitally with a TBA physical release to follow.

The film’s set in the early 90’s in a small town outside Paris where teens disappear against the discordant wonder of Sonic Youth. Here’s the synopsis from Cannes, awkwardly translated from the French:

During an alcohol fuelled party, teenagers discover a body that seems lifeless hidden in the bushes of a forest.

Two weeks earlier. Simon Werner, a senior in the Science curriculum of the Leon Blum high school has not shown up for class. Blood stains are found in a class-room. Run-away, kidnap, suicide, murder… every scenario is envisaged by his classmates.

A few days later, a student from the same class goes missing without her parents knowing where she has gone. A young girl with no dark background or connection to Simon. The next day, a third student, still from the same class, also disappears…

Apart from the full 13-track soundtrack, a five-track bonus EP will come with the film’s DVD release on February 1st. Check out the trailer scored with Sonic Youth:

Soundtrack full track list:

1. “Thème de Jérémie”
2. “Alice et Simon”
3. “Les Anges au piano”
4. “Chez Yves (Alice et Clara)”
5. “Jean-Baptiste à la fenêtre”
6. “Thème de Laetitia”
7. “Escapades”
8. “La Cabane au Zodiac”
9. “Dans les bois / M. Rabier”
10. “Jean-Baptiste et Laetitia”
11. “Thème de Simon”
12. “Au Café”
13. “Thème d’Alice” – cd bonus track + available as download w/ lp

Bonus EP Track list:

1. “M. Rabier (aspect)”
2. “Jean-Baptiste à la fenêtre (aspect)”
3. “Alice et Clara (aspect)”
4. “Thème de Jérémie (aspect)”
5. “Thème de Simon”

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