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 best love 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 pumped us up and made us ready to face anything the world might throw at us.
"Change" in Vision Quest
Matthew Modine's wrestler scales a peg board while John Waite's hit drives him on. It got our heart pumping in 1985 and some things ain't ever going to change.
"Eye of the Tiger" in Rocky III
Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" was still used for the training montage in the third Rocky film, but Survivor's chart-topping smash does a nice job of getting things going as Sylvester Stallone pummels some opponents while Mr. T looks on angrily.
"That Thing You Do" in That Thing You Do
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear your song played on the radio for the first time, we're guessing that it would be pretty close to the way that The Wonders react in Tom Hanks' directorial debut. By the middle chorus, you want to jump around with Liv Tyler and Steve Zahn, too.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Okay, so it's a little bit odd that Matthew Broderick's Ferris knows all the words to Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen," but let's not nitpick. There isn't anyone that wouldn't love to jump on a float and lead all of downtown Chicago in an impromptu musical number set to The Beatles.
"Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club
"Does that answer your question? Sincerely, The Breakfast Club." We're all the same deep down was the message of the movie and Simple Minds made it unforgettable. You throw that fist up, Judd Nelson! Throw it up high!
"Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous
We've all been there… you're sick of your life and your friends and everything else. Then the perfect song comes on the radio and things melt away. Cameron Crowe managed to meld Kate Hudson and Elton John into the perfect antidote for the tedium of a tour bus.
"Footloose" in Footloose
"Let's dance!" Kevin Bacon screams just before Kenny Loggins' hit starts the joyful teen toes tapping in the '80s megahit. We're still not sure how all of them know how to breakdance since it was banned just before that, but we still dance along with Chris Penn's rhythmically challenged Willard anyway.
"You're the Best Around" in The Karate Kid
How can Ralph Macchio's Daniel possibly beat the Cobra Kai? With the love of Elisabeth Shue and the help of Joe Esposito's rousing pop ditty, of course. Not even the great William Zabka is a match for that.
"Danger Zone" in Top Gun
Loggins was the master of the soundtrack in the '80s when seemingly every movie had to have a hit song attached to it. No matter what you think of the jingoistic message of the Tom Cruise classic, it's hard not to get a little bit pumped up as he flies off into the danger zone.
"Maniac" in Flashdance
Sure, we all know that Jennifer Beals had a butt-double for the famous running in place dance warm-up set to the Michael Sembello song, but the combination of music and action made it a butt worth striving for. Years later, it still makes you want to run out and take a spin class.
"My Sharona" in Reality Bites
Janeane Garofalo's bangs are still just as unfortunate now as they were in 1994, but we still want to dance when she leads Winona Ryder and Steve Zahn into the impromptu convenience store dance party upon hearing The Knack classic on the radio.
"I Got a Name" in Django Unchained
Only Quentin Tarantino would think to stick Jim Croce's 1973 hit in a movie set in the 1800s, but as Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz ride off to fight injustice, we all know that the former slave has a name and that name is Django.
"Let It Go" in Frozen
If there's a more rousing ode to girl power than Idina Menzel's instant classic from the Disney smash, we haven't heard it.
Sibling duo Tegan And Sara were the toast of their native Canada on Sunday (30Mar14) as they led the country's Juno Awards. It was a big night for the twin sisters in Winnipeg as they took home three prizes during the ceremony at the MTS Centre.
The duo earned Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year for Heartthrob, and Single of the Year for Closer, which they also performed during the prizegiving.
Following their Single of the Year win, the singers took to Twitter.com to post a photo of themselves backstage looking shocked at their success, writing, "That is the look of two very shaky happy people! Single of the year! Holy s**t!"
Indie rocker Serena Ryder, who co-hosted the show with Michael Buble, also had a huge night, going home as Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
Other winners included Arcade Fire, who won Album Of The Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Reflektor, Bruno Mars nabbed the International Album of the Year prize for Unorthodox Jukebox, and Toronto native Drake took home the Rap Recording of the Year accolade for Nothing Was The Same.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber was honoured with the Juno Fan Choice Award, marking the fourth year in a row he has won the prize, but he was not on hand to accept the award. The 20 year old's win was decidedly unpopular with the audience, as the crowd booed his victory during the live show.
Also during the ceremony, Winnipeg-bred band Bachman-Turner Overdrive were inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and some of their famous friends including Metallica and Sir Elton John saluted the rockers via video message. The band then took to the stage to sing their hit tune, Takin' Care of Business, as musicians Matt Mays, Tim Hicks, The Sadies and the Sheepdogs joined them for a show-closing tribute performance.
Arcade Fire, Drake, Bruno Mars and Tegan And Sara were among the early winners at Canada's 2014 Juno Awards on Sunday (30Mar14) after each picking up pre-show honours. Reflecktor won rockers Arcade Fire the Alternative Album of the Year prize, while Tegan and Sara earned the title of Pop Album of the Year for Heartthrob, and Drake took home the Rap Recording of the Year accolade for Nothing Was The Same.
Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox triumphed in the International Album of the Year category; Matt Mays' Coyote was named Rock Album of the Year; Dean Brody claimed the Country Album of the Year for Crop Circles, and Dance Recording of the Year went to Armin van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie for This Is What It Feels Like.
Meanwhile, singer Serena Ryder started her celebrations early as she learned she had won Artist of the Year, and Brett Kissel was awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
The winners of the remaining big categories, such as Single and Album of the Year, Group of the Year and the Juno Fan Choice Award, will be announced during Sunday night's ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which will be broadcast live in Canada.
Arcade Fire lead the way with six nominations, while Michael Buble and event co-host Ryder have five nominations each.
Actor Michael Keaton has given Beetlejuice fans a reason to celebrate after revealing details about a potential sequel. Rumours surrounding the Batman star's involvement in the much-anticipated project have been swirling since last year (13), and in a recent interview the 62 year old confirmed he has been discussing the prospect of reprising his role as the kooky ghost with director Tim Burton.
He tells MTV, "I've emailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff until relatively recently. I always said that (Beetlejuice) is the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again."
The actor also reveals that Burton is set to return to direct the movie.
He continues, "It kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another. Now it looks like he is involved. And without giving too much away, we've talked to each other, and emailed each other, and if he's in, it's going to be hard not to be in."
In November (13), Winona Ryder confirmed reports she is in talks to reprise her role as Lydia Deetz in the film.
The original Beetlejuice hit theatres in 1988.
Folk rocker City And Colour has withdrawn as a performer at the 2014 Juno Awards after failing to land a single nomination for the Canadian prizegiving. The singer, real name Dallas Green, was overlooked for his work on his latest album, The Hurry and The Harm, when the shortlist for Canada's version of the Grammys was announced last week (ends07Feb14), and now he has decided to scrap plans to hit the stage at the Winnipeg ceremony.
In a statement, he writes, "I have had the pleasure of performing on the JUNO Awards many times and have been honoured by the recognition I've received over the years...
"Given that I have not been nominated this year, I would much rather see a new nominee be afforded the opportunity to perform."
City and Colour had been booked to appear alongside the likes of Tegan and Sara and Robin Thicke at the awards show, which is due to take place on 30 March (14).
Rockers Arcade Fire lead the way with six nominations, including Single of the Year (Reflektor), Album of the Year (Reflector) and Group of the Year, while Michael Buble, Serena Ryder, Celine Dion and Drake are among the other other top nominees.
Rockers Arcade Fire look set for a Juno Awards to remember after landing six nominations for the Canadian music prizegiving. The band is up for Single of the Year (Reflektor), Album of the Year (Reflector) and Group of the Year, while Michael Buble, Serena Ryder, Celine Dion and Drake are among the other other top nominees.
Buble and Ryder received five nods, while Celine Dion, Drake and Tegan and Sara have four to their name.
Among the night's biggest categories, Arcade Fire will fight for the Album of the Year honour with Ryder, Dion, Drake and Buble, while the Montreal band will face off Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Buble, Ryder, Dion, Drake and Robin Thicke for the Juno Fan Choice Award.
The Junos will be handed out at a ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 30 March (14).
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Sparking up a ton of excitement, Winona Ryder hints to The Daily Beast that she might very well be on board for Beetlejuice 2, a sequel she suggests will, like the original, be directed by Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton. "I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael," she promised to TDB. And this won't just be a sly cameo, either. It should be an all-new Lydia Deetz adventure picking up the appropriate 27 years since the last film ended, and bringing ghost advisor Betelgeuse along for the ride.
So far, Ryder, Burton, and Keaton are the only people confirmed for the movie. And while Burton has worked steadily since, often to diminishing returns, Keaton and Ryder both have stayed pretty far under the radar lately, surfacing every so often but rarely for a project as big as this. Hopefully their involvement indicates a quality script. And while Burton has been in something of a slump lately, since wrapping the upcoming biopic Big Eyes, he's made this sequel a priority, and the last time he returned for a sequel, we got the goofily unhinged Batman Returns.
So far, though, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin don't seem to be returning as the Maitlands, the recently deceased protagonists of the original film. The more that comes out about this sequel, the less and less it sounds like a followup to the 1988 film and the more it sounds like a conclusion to the classic 1989 cartoon TV series. Now we'll just have to wait until Catherine O'Hara and her costumes from the first movie get on board to get really excited.
Actress Winona Ryder has given Beetlejuice fans a reason to celebrate by releasing details about a proposed sequel. The Edward Scissorhands star reveals she is "sworn to secrecy", but admits she is excited at the prospect of reprising her role as Lydia Deetz in the movie about a young woman harassed by ghosts.
She says, "It's not a remake. It's 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later."
Many fans have voiced concerns about the movie, but Ryder is confident the film will turn out well, especially since director Tim Burton and her co-star Michael Keaton are in talks to return.
She continues, "It's a very precious movie to people. So there are a lot people like, 'Don't'."
Hollywood actress Winona Ryder has recalled her misery after she was forced to drop out of high school because of bullies. The Edward Scissorhands star has revealed she left Kenilworth Junior High School in Petaluma, California after some of her fellow students allegedly hurled homophobic language at her when they mistook her for a boy because of her short haircut.
She tells V Magazine, "I was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair short. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting fa***t and I didn’t think they were talking to me."
The actress' parents, Michael and Cynthia Horowitz, decided to home school her following the incident, which led to the star enrolling at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, where she was first discovered and cast in 1986 film Lucas.
She adds, "Had I not been home-schooled I would not have been able to go... It’s almost weird fate that it happened that way."
As if that Kanye proposal wasn't weird enough, here's some other weird, though less publicized, entertainment news from this week.
CBS is going to air colorized, festive I Love Lucy episodes. Because colorizing always turns out so well. Read more at The A.V. Club.
Tom Hanks and Ken Burns are recruiting celebs to record audiobooks. Find out what classic war story Bryan Cranston will be reading at The Verge.
The long rumored Beetlejuice sequel is happening. According to Rolling Stone, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton seem to be on board.
Bob Barker gets sentimental about baby elephants. Read the cute story at Hollywood.com.
North West will not stoop to wearing "typical baby pink," says Kim Kardashian. Find out the colors that the budding fashionista does wear at The Huffington Post.
Glee releases awesome/strange promotional photos for an episode that looks to be about both Lady GaGa and Katy Perry. Check them out at MTV.
Apparently, Owl City created some of the iOS7 ringtones. According to Stereogum, Apple decided the cloyingly sweet sounds of Owl City were still relevent.