French dance stars Daft Punk are preparing to get candid about their career in an upcoming documentary.
DJs Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who rarely remove their signature robot masks in public, will let cameras into their lives for a film slated for 2015.
The duo has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide in its two-decade long career. Earlier this year (14), the Get Lucky hitmakers added four Grammy Awards to their collection, including Album of the Year for Random Access Memories.
Marketing bosses are capitalising on Daft Punk's summer (13) hit Get Lucky by releasing special condoms inspired by the dance duo. The artwork for Daft Punk's Get Lucky single has been printed on the front of individual packets of Durex condoms, while the French band's name is emblazoned across the back.
The condoms are due to hit shelves in Europe this summer (13), reports Britain's The Sun.
Daft Punk, comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, aren't the first celebrities to feature on the brand's contraceptives - British boyband JLS previously launched a range of their own Durex condoms as part of a safe-sex campaign.
Daft Punk stars Thomas Bangalterand Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo gave up rave drug Ecstasy on the same night after a near-fatal road accident in Scotland. Bangalter tells Rolling Stone magazine he quit the hallucinogenic after a year following a party in Glasgow - when his bandmate, who was also high, saved him from death.
He explains, "I did Ecstasy for one year, from early 1993 to early 1994. The problem was that I was liking any music I'd hear, any crap - I had no critical judgment.
"The last time I did Ecstasy was the day Kurt Cobain died. We were at a party in Glasgow when I heard, then we were going to an afterparty and I almost got hit by a truck."
De Homem-Christo, who pulled his pal out of harm's way, recalls, "That was the first night I tried Ecstasy and also the last."
The new helmets Daft Punk stars Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo wear onstage and for promotional activities were made by special effects experts in Hollywood who are working on the new Spider-Man sequel.
"We're not performers, we're not models; it would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features but the robots are exciting to people." Daft Punk star Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo on why he and bandmate Thomas Bangalter insist on wearing futuristic robot helmets onstage.
Superproducer Pharrell Williams has teased Daft Punk fans by revealing he is planning to hit the road with the French electro stars for their first tour since 2007. The unlikely collaborators have notched up another chart hit with their dance collaboration Get Lucky, and now the hip-hop star reveals they will perform live together next year, according to the New York Post's Page Six column.
However, Daft Punk duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have yet to schedule any concerts to support the release of their new album, Random Access Memories, later this month (May13), and it appears a representative for the band is keen to play down Williams' claims, telling The Huffington Post, "No tour is planned."
A few weeks ago, the much-anticipated Tron: Legacy soundtrack from Daft Punk -- a.k.a. those two French dudes in robot helmets -- hit shelves everywhere. The critical reaction to Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter's work? Some hate it, some love it. But regardless, the release got us thinking so we gathered a collection of our favorite motion picture soundtracks or scores in cinema history.
Tron: Legacy is out this weekend on December 17.
The Graduate (1967)
Director: Mike Nichols
Music by Simon & Garfunkel
At the end of The Graduate, as Benjamin grabs Elaine, we witness a protagonist broken by frustration but overtaken by hope. They finally escape, and in that moment of relaxation, as "Sounds of Silence" chimes in, Benjamin crashes -- identifying with his own realization that he doesn't know what the hell to do, he didn't grow up and he's the same fearful 20-year-old as before. Subtract the song? You're left with an empty, emotionless scene. So here's to you, Mrs. Robinson -- for breaking Benjamin. We really do love you more than you'll ever know.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Director: Richard Lester
Music by The Beatles
Sure, throwing The Beatles on the list may seem like an easy cop-out, but sometimes you just need to take a moment and recognize that there's a reason the Fab Four are widely regarded to be one of the greatest bands the world has ever known. Because, quite simply, they are fucking awesome. A Hard Day's Night captured Beatlemania at its highest point and showed off what the group did best: music.
Director: John Carney
Music by Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglová
In Once, we don't even know the main characters names, but that doesn't matter. With each song, we feel their heartbreak, their frustration and perhaps most importantly, their love. A much-deserved Oscar winner for Best Song, "Falling Slowly" will continue to be the best-fucking-heart-ripped-out-break-up song for years to come.
Director: Danny Boyle
Music by Various Artists
Sex, heroin, and punk music: does much more need to be said? Danny Boyle's Trainspotting not only used great music, but maximized its cinematic potential. Without the peppy, catchy "Lust for Life" from Iggy Pop or Lou Reed's heartbreaking "Perfect Day," the atmosphere of the worlds -- both good and bad -- of hard drugs would've been lost.
(Warning: This clip features heavy drug use. NSFW)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Director: Gus Van Sant
Music by Various Artists
In his short career, the late Elliott Smith managed to be one of the most prolific songwriters of the modern music era. And despite his songwriting being so unbelievably sad, perhaps his most famous track, "Miss Misery," gives hope. The Oscar-nominated song found its fame placed at the end of Good Will Hunting, softly playing behind a man who has decided to leave all he knows just to see about a girl.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Director: Wes Anderson
Score by Mark Mothersbaugh, Songs by Various Artists
In The Royal Tenenbaums, director Wes Anderson looked to one of the most brilliant musical minds of the past 40 years: Mark Mothersbaugh. The Devo-frontman contributes to an odd collection of artists -- ranging from Nico to Elliott Smith -- to form a seamless stretch of music that flows together so effortlessly the songs feel more at home on the soundtrack than in their place of origin.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Director: Rob Reiner
Music by Spinal Tap
Turn it up to 11.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Score by John Williams
With 45 Oscar nominations, it's safe to call John Williams one of the most prolific and successful composers of all-time -- and Raiders of the Lost Ark is his finest work. Through the grand and dramatic score, he channeled all his talent to capture the true essence of Indiana Jones and forever thrust him into the spotlight as a true hero.
Almost Famous (2000)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Music by Various Artists
Secretly, we all wish we were rock stars during the '60s and '70s. Few films illustrate the culture of spurring fame like Almost Famous. And what would a rock 'n' roll film be without rock 'n' roll? This soundtrack is more than a sweet mix-tape your cool uncle gave you. The music -- from Elton John's anthem "Tiny Dancer" to the harmonies of Yes -- perfectly shows the development of a young boy tossed into one helluva situation, yet somehow emerges a mature young man.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Score by Bernard Herrmann
One way to measure success in cinema is to look at how a film stands up over time. Psycho, though released fifty years ago, still contains one of the most terrifying moments in movie history: the infamous shower scene. The reason for its enduring success? That disturbing screech.