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There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the greatest inspirational songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that touched our romantic hearts.
"Unchained Melody" in Ghost
"Oh, my love... My darling… I've hungered for your touch..." The song was a hit for The Righteous Brothers long before the movie was made, but ever since that opening line and Bobby Hatfield's falsetto can only mean one thing… Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and a pottery wheel.
"Must've Been Love" in Pretty Woman
Roxette's hit from the Julia Roberts film still calls to mind a tangle of red curls looking hopefully out of the back window of a limousine and a sadly dapper Richard Gere looking forlornly from his balcony.
"You Make My Dreams" in (500) Days of Summer
It wasn't the first time that Hall & Oates song was used in a movie, but just try playing it now without thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt happily dancing down the street after his hook-up with Zooey Deschanel.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in The Lion King
Yes, it's a Disney movie, but it's also Elton John. The song is so linked to the image of lions falling in love that Sir Elton frequently plays the animated clip on screen when he sings it in concert.
"Falling Slowly" in Once
Even if it hadn't subsequently become the centerpiece of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version, the duet by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in John Carney's movie would still be just as sweet.
"Iris" in City of Angels
The movie about Nicolas Cage's angel who falls in love with Meg Ryan's mortal would probably have faded from memory entirely if not for John Rzeznik's plaintive voice on The Goo Goo Dolls hit.
"When You Say Nothing at All" in Notting Hill
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb over a fence to wander in an English garden. As they share a moment, Ronan Keating's version of the country song plays and suddenly they're the only two people in the world.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Dirty Dancing
When Jennifer Warren sang with Joe Cocker for An Officer and a Gentleman, only the instrumental version of their "Up Where We Belong" played over the climactic scene (similar to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic). In Dirty Dancing, however, Warren's duet with Bill Medley is front and center as Swayze pulls Jennifer Grey's Baby out of the corner.
"I Will Always Love You" in The Bodyguard
Regardless of what you think of her acting, Whitney Houston could sing. We're not sure that we would stop a plane to go kiss Kevin Costner, but we'll watch it all day if we can hear the song and Houston's amazing voice again.
"In Your Eyes" in Say Anything…
According to both parties, John Cusack lobbied director Cameron Crowe to have a Fishbone song playing as his lovesick Lloyd Dobler held his boombox aloft to get Ione Skye's attention. Thankfully, Crowe opted to keep the Peter Gabriel classic.
Singer Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum. The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.
Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo songs he recorded without the E Street Band. In the video, part of her Love on Love online segments in which she offers up her take on a variety of topics, she says, "I like Nebraska. And whenever I say that to a Springsteen person (fan), they look at me funny."
She continues, "With Springsteen, I just... I really like him. He's a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss." But Love's main problem with Springsteen's music appears to lie with the work of the E Street Band.
She adds, "My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll. They just don't belong." The footage then cuts to a photo of Springsteen with late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. Love was in attendance at the Hall of Fame event to mark the induction of Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. KISS, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were also among the Class of 2014.
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By the time Thursdays roll around, you're probably exhausted from a long week and looking for something familiar and comforting to help you forget about everything that's stressing you out. If the Internet is any indication, the best cure for this kind of fatigue is nostalgia, and the warmer and fuzzier it makes you feel, the better. This week's Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Throwback Thursday is Get Over It.
After Berke (Ben Foster) gets dumped by his girlfriend Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) for the obnoxiously charming Striker (played with a horrific “British” accent by Shane West), he decides to join the school play in order to win her back... even though he knows nothing about singing, acting or Shakespeare. Luckily, he’s got his best friends Felix and Dennis (Colin Hanks and Sisqo, respectively) and Felix’s little sister Kelly (Kirsten Dunst) to help bail him out of any uncomfortable situations. Get Over It is the quintessential early 2000s teen movie: it’s got annoyingly catchy musical numbers, actors you love in some of their first roles, actors you haven’t thought about in years, a vague basis in classic literature and a cameo by Coolio.
If Dunst and Foster’s onscreen chemistry isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the film also features a scenery-chewing Martin Short, who provides some of the funniest moments as Dr. Desmond Forest Oates, the play’s director and – in his mind, at least – an unappreciated musical genius. It’s unapologetically cheesy, incredibly silly, and at times downright dumb, but Get Over It will win you over with its ridiculousness and its surprising amount of heart. It’s the perfect treat after a long, stressful day, and you’ll be singing Dr. Oates’ wonderfully terrible score for weeks to come (or even years; that musical’s opening number is really catchy). Plus, it has Sisqo in it, and nothing says Throwback Thursday quite like Sisqo in a teen rom-com.
Get Over It is available to stream instantly on Netflix, and check back tomorrow for our Freaky Friday recommendation.
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith is swapping his drum sticks for a guitar pick to take part in a charity jam session. The rocker will join more than 150 artists, including Paul Simon bandmember Mark Stewart, former Hall & Oates musician G.E. Smith and Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, for the Guitar Mash Benefit Concert and Jam at New York's City Winery on 17 November (13) to raise funds for music education programmes.
The event will also feature an auction of signed memorabilia from stars such as Ben Harper, Steve Earle and Stephen Stills.
If you can’t wait to see Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up in the action comedy 2 Guns, we've got a treat for you: 6 clips from the movie! In the film, Washington and Wahlberg play undercover agents Bobby and Stig, who try to break up a drug ring. The problem is that neither knows that the other is undercover. It's not their fault though... they're both pretty convincing.
When a plan to rob a bank turns disastrous, the agents find themselves on the run from the law instead of working for it. Stig gets interrogated while Bobby plays a game of Russian roulette.
The two A-list actors have some great banter, as the unlikely duo is forced to work together. Most notably, Stig has a problem with Bobby’s girlfriend Deb, played by Paula Patton.
2 Guns is in theaters on Aug. 2.
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You might be familiar with The Bible – the bestselling book turned TV miniseries, surprisingly not written by Stephen King? Well, it's now getting a sequel, tentatively titled A.D.: Beyond the Bible. The original 10-part series was such a ratings hit for the History Channel that it got the attention of the broadcast networks. NBC will be airing its follow-up, executive produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey.
Since the actual Bible didn't have a sequel (which is really a shame, given its loyal following), A.D.: Beyond The Bible will take place in the aftermath of Jesus’ death. According to a statement from NBC, “A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus’ disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust?”
Oh, the suspense! If you can’t wait to find out what happens, just brush up on your history.
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At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
Following is a roundup of American Film Market deals making news over the past day.
Voltage Pictures has closed a host of pre-AFM sales for indie political drama The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz, Variety reports. Territories to acquire the project include Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Latin America, Taiwan and the Middle East. UTA is selling the pic for the US.
Also per Variety, Maya Entertainment has acquired US rights to Sympathy for Delicious, Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut. Plans are to release in the spring. Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney star.
London-based WestEnd Films has boarded international sales for The Song of Names, directed by Vadim Perelman and starring Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman.
Per Screen, the project will be shot by Oscar-winning DP Pawel Edelman. Script is by Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine with a score composed by Oscar winner James Horner.
Story follows a man searching for a childhood friend, who mysteriously vanished one day when they were teenagers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anchor Bay Films has acquired all distribution rights for the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to Joker Films' Daydream Nation. Michael Goldbach's feature debut stars Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas.
TF1 International is handling two Canadian projects: Hobo With a Shotgun and :) 388 Arletta Avenue.
Latter is produced by Vincenzo Natali and Steven Hoban. Starring Nick Stahl, the found-footage film is Paranormal Activity meets Rear Window, says TF1.
Hobo is from director Jason Eisener, who originally won top honors in the Grindhouse Trailer Contest with a faux trailer for the project. Rutger Hauer stars in the vigilante tale.
France's Memento Films is handling the English-language debut of Palme d'Or winner and Oscar nominee Laurent Cantet, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Foxfire.
The project, per Screen, is set in 1950s America and follows a group of headstrong teenage girls. Memento previously handled Cantet's lauded The Class.
StudioCanal has sold all Japanese rights on horror hit The Last Exorcism to Comstock Group.
Indomina Releasing, says Screen, has acquired all North American rights from Films Distribution to French horror project The Pack, which premiered in Cannes and stars Yolande Moreau and Emilie Dequenne.
Magnolia International has closed multiple territories on Norwegian creature feature Troll Hunter. According to Screen, the film has sold in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, Brazil and Thailand.
Finally, Strand Releasing has picked up all US rights to Catherine Breillat's Sleeping Beauty from Pyramide Intl. The film will be released next spring.
Source: Hollywood Wiretap
News of a new Andrew Dominik project ramped up on Tuesday when Deadline reported that Brad Pitt is negotiating to star in and produce Cogan's Trade, a comedic crime saga that Dominik will direct.
Earlier in the day, The Playlist had been tipped that Dominik was putting the film together and, referencing an earlier comment by Casey Affleck, said it appears the actor would also reteam with his and Pitt's Assassination of Jesse James director.
Says Deadline, Pitt will play Jackie Cogan in the adaptation of George Higgins' novel. Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob. Dominik wrote the script.
According to the Heat Vision blog, names such as Sam Rockwell, Mark Ruffalo and Javier Bardem have also sprung up as possibilities for the ensemble piece.
Cogan's Trade has been set up independently, financed by Inferno Entertainment, which will handle international sales. Plan B's Pitt and Dede Gardner and Chockstone's Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz are producing. Inferno's Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will exec producer with Marc Butan. Roger Schwartz is co-producer.
Although Affleck previously said he was doing a movie with Dominik in January 2011, it is not clear when the film will start.
Dominik is also set to direct the adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde, with Naomi Watts playing Marilyn Monroe. Word on that project is that the financing is in place and a February start had been planned.
However, Wiretap recently heard that if Dominik could get the Pitt project off the ground, Blonde could move to June.
Source: Hollywood Wiretap