"I still will be in, like, some random hotel lobby somewhere or a store and that song still comes on the radio, it's mortifying! It's a good song and everything but, like, it's just embarrassing when you're somewhere and you have to hear your own singing voice." Gwyneth Paltrow hates to hear Cruisin', her hit Huey Lewis collaboration from the film Duets, when she's out and about.
We got 86 hours of genre-defining television to digest, examine, ruminate on, live in, and yet we’ve still barely managed to pull our minds away from the last three seconds. The Sopranos may be regarded as the greatest dramatic TV series of all time, but four out of five conversations about the show these days surround its divisive ambiguous ending: “So what do you think,” we inevitably say to whomever we’ve found ourselves trading Sal impressions and praise of the “Pine Barrens” episode, “is Tony dead?” On Wednesday, the world found Sopranos creator David Chase’s — so fed up with the resilience of the question that he finally caved in a conversation with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson — perspective on the matter: (and here’s his answer, for those wishing to stay in the dark)
Of course, Chase maintains that his is not the definitive ruling, that each and every viewer has equal authority on the case of Tony’s survival. Personally, I’ve always held to the belief that the family man/family man never made it out of that Italian restaurant, though I’ve had friends plead the alternative with terrific cases. More important to you than what anyone else thinks (be he a fellow viewer or even the creator of the series in question) is what you think, as your experience and relationship and with the show is yours to understand as you see fit. So what do you think about The Sopranos, and other shows and movies bearing likewise ambiguous conclusions? Let us know!
THE SOPRANOS: Did Tony die?
Yes: As Bobby Bacala said about death, “You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?”
No: That would be a thematic copout! Tony lives on with the demons he’s collected.
INCEPTION: Does the movie end in a dream?
Yes: Leo finds himself stuck in the prison (or paradise) of his own subconscious, destined to live forever with the mental projections of his children.
No: Cobb puts the incepting game behind him and returns home to the loving embrace of his children.
BLADE RUNNER: Is Deckard a replicant?
Yes: Just follow the unicorn.
No: But the jury’s out on Harrison Ford himself.
AMERICAN PSYCHO: Was it all in his head?
Yes: The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is just a metaphorical glimpse into the menace and greed that lines our materialistic society.
No: That much Huey Lewis could turn anyone into a murdering lunatic.
SHUTTER ISLAND: Was it all in his head?
Yes: Man, Leo really needs to start playing folks with a better grip on reality than these dudes seem to have.
No: Trust us, Ashcliffe ain’t no Maui.
TOTAL RECALL: Okay, but was it all in HIS head?!
Yes: The whole thing was a falsified memory… just like we choose to believe about the remake.
No: We don’t want to live in a reality where “Consider this a divorce!” never happened.
BARTON FINK: Speaking of heads, was there a head in Barton's box?
Yes: What else could it be? John Goodman practically told us that outright!
No: The whole episode was a conconction of the writer's own imagination anyhow.
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Do Peter and Francince make it to safety?
Yes: There's gotta be somewhere out there that they can lay low to wait out this nightmare.
No: Humanity is doomed. They're no exception.
LOST: Were they dead the whole time?
Yes: Plane crashed. Passengers died. Island gave them the sort of afterlife they don’t tell you about in Hebrew school.
No: What, you can’t believe in a few smoke monsters, teleporting polar bears, mystical numeric patterns, omnipotent lighthouses, and a pair of immortal twins?
THE SHINING: Do you have any idea what happened at the end of that one?
Yes: Sure, it’s clear as day! He — whoops, gotta go!
No: For that matter, what the hell is going on in this scene?
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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 best love songs in films and the most inspirational songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the pop songs that suddenly became creepy once these movies got ahold of them.
"Hip To Be Square" in American Psycho
Who knew that ax-wielding psychopaths dig Huey Lewis and the News (as well as Phil Collins)? At least Christian Bale took the time to make sure not to mess up his killer designer suit.
"Stuck in the Middle with You" in Reservoir Dogs
From Steven Wright's deadpan introduction on the radio to Michael Madsen's dancing to Stealers Wheel's lone hit, everything is unsettling in Quentin Tarrantino's ear-splitting scene.
"Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in Insidious
If you're old enough to remember him, than you already know that Tiny Tim was plenty scary on his own. Adding some nightmare-inducing marionettes to his ukulele strumming is just not fair.
"Hurdy Gurdy Man" in Zodiac
Donovan was just singing about a guy playing an odd musical instrument… we're pretty sure that he wasn't looking to provide a theme song for a serial killer. David Fincher used it to such effect in his film that others followed, turning it into the go-to '60s track for creeping everyone out.
"Jessie's Girl" and "Sister Christian" in Boogie Nights
It's not a horror movie, or even a thriller, but when Alfred Molina starts smoking crack in his underwear to his mix-tape of Rick Springfield and Night Ranger it certainly is enough to weird anyone out. We jumped right along with Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly every time a firecracker went off.
"In Dreams" in Blue Velvet
The granddaddy of them all. David Lynch's movie is disturbing on any number of levels, but the scene of Dennis Hopper's sexual deviant beating the snot out of Kyle MacLachlan while Roy Orbison's voice pipes out of a car radio has been the basis for too many night terrors to count.
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" in Pulp Fiction
The first time that you see it there isn't anything wrong with Uma Thurman dancing around to the Urge Overkill remake of a Neil Diamond song while John Travolta gives himself a bathroom pep talk. It's on the repeat viewings when you know what's going to happen afterwards that it makes you a little uneasy (especially if you're afraid of needles).
"I've Got You, Babe" in Groundhog Day and "We've Only Just Begun" in 1408
The Carpenters and Sonny and Cher are about as innocent as you can possibly get when it comes to pop music… and the two films are not anything alike. With that said, if we are ever in a hotel and the stupid clock radio starts repeatedly playing a song on its own, we're checking out right then and there. And, if the song is John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," the tipoff to impending death in the Final Destination movies, we're running as fast as we can.
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Plenty of singers try their hand at acting… some successfully (Cher, Barbara Streisand) and others not so successfully (Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, etc.). There are times, though, when we're bowled over by the musical talents of our favorite actresses.
Whether it's voicing an animated heroine or taking an unexpected role in a big budget musical, these actresses have proven that they have the pipes to belt out a tune while still delivering top-notch acting performances.
When many people saw the credits for Disney's Frozen, they assumed that Bell was just providing the speaking part for Anna, that surely it was someone else singing on "Love Is an Open Door." Even some hardcore Veronica Mars fans had lost sight of the fact that Bell came from a musical theater background or forgot about her appearance in Refer Madness: The Musical.
So, a lot of people find Hathaway pretentious and annoying… it doesn't change the fact that the girl can sing. Audiences were surprised when her character started singing in one of her early films, Ella Enchanted, but by the time of Les Miserables, we were all aware that she had the ability. Still, her powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" surprised just about everyone.
When Seyfried was first starting out in Mean Girls, we thought she was just another soap opera actress (she appeared on As the World Turns and All My Children) making a jump to the big time… which she subsequently did with her role on HBO's Big Love. Little known to the public, she had training in not only musical theater, but opera. It wasn't until 2008's Mamma Mia! that audiences got a taste of her singing… and then came her performance as Cosette in Les Miserables. C'est magnifique!
Stone doesn't sing much because of some vocal cord issues, but when she was younger she was part of VH1's In Search of the New Partridge Family. She also did some backing vocals for the remake of The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" from The House Bunny. It was her performance during the school assembly scene of Easy A,where she rocked the disco classic "Knock on Wood," that left audiences wondering if it was really her voice. It was indeed, and she was spectacular.
For years, Streep was known as the premier actress of her generation, though not as a performer with any musical ability. Starting with 2006's Prairie Home Companion, however, Streep has been unafraid to put her voice out for public consumption. She looked like she was having a blast playing the lead in Mamma Mia! opposite Seyfried and will soon be back on the big screen playing the Witch in the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Despite starting her career doing Broadway musicals as a girl, the new "It" singing actress first came to notice with largely non-musical roles in Twilight and Up in the Air (although we did get a glimpse with her karaoke version of "Time After Time"). It wasn't until she killed as the reluctant a capella participant in Pitch Perfect that audiences fell in love with her voice. The actresses even scored a hit single with her version of "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the soundtrack. With roles in Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2, we'll get plenty of opportunities to continue enjoying her vocal talent.
Her work with M. Ward on their She & Him projects have turned Deschanel into a legitimate recording artist, but she's still better known for her acting in movies like (500) Days of Summer and her TV show New Girl. Every Christmas the actress pops up in one of her earlier film roles as Will Ferrell's love interest in Elf singing holiday classics and she's set to appear in Barry Levinson's musical comedy Rock the Kasbah.
Adams may be a five-time Academy Award nominee and might turn heads on the red carpet with her plunging necklines, but she knows her way around a song as well. The actress made a believable live-action Disney princess in Enchanted, including taking center stage during the big production number "That's How You Know." She apparently likes to sing in kiddie fare, because her other big on-screen musical moments mostly happened with Jason Segel, Kermit and Miss Piggy in The Muppets.
Paltrow's mother, Blythe Danner, started her film career in the musical 1776 and she has an uncle that's an opera singer, so she comes by her vocal abilities honestly. After making her on-screen singing debut in Emma, she starred in her father Bruce Paltrow's Duets, where her collaboration with Huey Lewis on Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" spawned an adult contemporary hit. Besides having a recurring spot on TV's Glee, Paltrow also got her twang on in Country Strong.
During one of his trademark rants at the Governors Ball, Kanye West announced that he "could give a f**k about selling a million records," and wouldn’t have a big promotional campaign for his newest album Yeezus. And yet, a day before its official release, the new dad has posted a promo for the album on his website: a shot-for-shot remake of a famous scene from American Psycho.
This recreation has Keeping Up with the Kardashians' Scott Disick donning the raincoat as serial killer Patrick Bateman. He chooses Yeezus as his murder soundtrack rather than Huey Lewis and the News, chopping up Kim Kardashian’s BFF Jonathan Cheban while listening to "New Slaves." While Disick may look like Bateman’s original portrayer Christian Bale, his acting leaves a lot to be desired.
I’m not sure how much of an overlap there is between Kanye and American Psycho fans, but the promo is certainly unexpected, which is what makes it so very Kanye.
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Have a big, glitzy idea for a way to repurpose an iconic or cult-fan favorite film? Look no further than Kickstarter: Hollywood's newest answer for, well, everything. If you give a mouse a cookie, pretty soon they're going to want to take over the whole house.
Today's Kickstarter du jour is for American Psycho: the Musical! Based off the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (and the film starring Christian Bale), the song-and-dance version of Patrick Bateman's life of cool '80s gadgetry, business cards, Huey Lewis tunes, and murder is set to take the stage in London this December — but they need us regular folks' help to do it.
According to the show's producer, Jesse Singer, the musical has been a pet project and "a true labor of love" for himself and the rest of the creative team, which includes Glee producer/screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who wrote the book for the musical, and tried very admirably to turn around Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway), Spring Awakening and American Idiot composer Duncan Sheik (who also had a string of radio hits in the '90s), and director Rupert Goold (who is no slouch in the British theater world, as he is currently the associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company). And as we all know, any true labor of love begs — nay, deserves! — some funding. So why not make the people you're making it for also pay for its production? Ticket sales, schmicket sales! More is more is more.
For diehard fans, though, the campaign has some rewards to tickle your fancy. You have the opportunity to take some private yoga classes with Sheik (for $3,500), go out to dinner with some of the creators or Ellis himself, own the keyboard Sheik used to write the music, or even have your name written into the musical (for a mere $8,500!). And all for pennies, really! If you happen to have a ton of pennies lying around, that is.
Kickstarter: Making Hollywood's mediocre ideas come to life since 2013. Thanks a lot, Veronica Mars.
Check out the video for the campaign, below.
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A woman accused of taking rocker Huey Lewis' rental car and laptop outside a hotel in California has pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of stolen property. The Huey Lewis & The News frontman, who lives in Montana, had left the engine running on his vehicle on 21 February (13) as he obtained a receipt from staff at the Holiday Inn Express in Mill Valley, where he had been staying during a short visit.
However, the 2012 Toyota Corolla was missing when he came back out and he reported the theft to police.
California Highway Patrol officers subsequently tracked down the car and arrested Katherine Bowyer Gallagher over the incident.
She confessed to stealing the car and claimed to have sold Lewis' laptop and other belongings that had been left in the vehicle.
The 31-year-old suspect reached a plea deal with prosecutors last month (Mar13) and she has now pleaded guilty to felony possession of stolen property, in exchange for a count of vehicle theft being dismissed.
She agreed to serve 50 days behind bars as punishment, although she is expected to be granted time served when she is formally sentenced on 15 May (13), according to local publication the Marin Independent Journal.
Warning: This post contains minor spoilers from Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers.
"Every time I try to fly/ I fall without my wings/ I feel so small/ I guess I need you baby." For anyone who was young in the early 2000s, those lyrics evoke the twinkly, yet disheartening innocense of Britney Spears' song about loss and heartbreak. The light quality of the piano on "Everytime" evokes a sense of youth and inexperience, something we can chalk up to Spears' musical style and the wide belief that this song was a response to her breakup with Justin Timberlake, whom she'd known since she was a child. But when this song makes its debut in Harmony Korine's dislodging film Spring Breakers, courtesy of James Franco's Alien, and it takes on a whole new life.
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Alien sings the song as he tickles the ivory on his outdoor piano, three corrupted young spring breakers twirling around him in pink ski masks adorned with unicorns, sparkly pink tiger bathing suits, sweatpants with "DTF" on the rear, and shotguns in hand. Eventually, the song transitions from Franco's growly version to Spears' sweet original; the scenes flash from the waltzing teen deviants to scenes of them assisting Alien as he ties up and tortures other vacationers while he steals all their earthy possessions. It's jarring, it's terrifying, it's heartbreaking. It's a technique that appears often in film, but in Korine's raucous movie, the concept of soundtrack dissoance is used to such perfection, that "Everytime" practially takes on a new meaning for those who've witnessed the extraordinary scene.
The video from the film isn't available online, but for some context, here's the song itself:
It's no surprise that this moment takes place in Spring Breakers, a film that relies on music just as heavily as it does on visual elements. But, it's not the first to make use of the counter-intuitive practice of soundtrack dissonance. From A Clockwork Orange, to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, to every Tim Burton movie, and even Disney/Pixar's Up and ABC's Lost, the selection of the "wrong" music has served to force out an emotion, be it sadness or laugher or some other feeling. By forcing a distance between the viewer and the subject, a greater emotional reaction is achieved.
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The most similar example to Spring Breakers' Britney ballad comes courtesy of A Clockwork Orange, when Alex leads his droogs into a robbery and eventual rape. The scene is violent, with the gang picking up and tying up their victim F. Alexander's wife while they merilessly beat Alexander himself and prepare to rape the woman. The whole time, Alex (Malcom McDowell) is cheerfully crooning "Singing in the Rain." (Be warned, this clip is very NSFW.)
With even greater brutality, but slightly more humor, comes this scene from American Psycho, in which Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) switches on "Hip to Be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News before hacking Paul Allen (Jared Leto) to bits with a sinister grin on his face. It adds an element of comedy, but one that still has us so disturbed, we're a little afraid to actually laugh.
And you can't talk about violence paired with cheery music without including this scene from Reservoir Dogs, in which Vic Vega (Michael Madsen) rips up his victim while singing along to "Stuck in the Middle With You."
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The trope exists on television too, where "Mama" Cass' "Make Your Own Kind of Music" became synonymous with the terror of the unknown on Lost. We first encounter the song when Desmond makes his first appearance as the mysterious threat in the hatch. He's got food, running water, some sort of terrifying vitamin injections. And as he's waking up with his mysterious routine, his very existence threatens our heros Jack and Locke as they peer down into this strange, unnerving new setting. Suddenly, the happy morning tune is one of imminent danger instead.
In Tim Burton's films, it's almost always certain that something terrible is about to happen when children begin cooing in his Danny Elfman-scored soundtracks. One example exists in this Sleepy Hollow scene, which showcases a moment of calm between young Ichabod and his mother before the nightmares of her awful torture come back to the grown Ichabod (Johnny Depp).
The use of singing children, of course, isn't unique to Elfman and Burton. A classic use of the innocence of children juxtaposed with the danger of an agressor comes from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, in which Tippy Hedron witnesses the deadly crows gathering on playground equipment in front of a schoolhouse as the children sing a school days tune together. There's virtually no action, but the suspense born out of the children's song is incredible.
Then, there's the use of terror-to-pleasant-music juxtoposition that influenced so many films after it: the scenes of exploding nuclear bombs set to "We'll Meet Again" at the end of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
And while this technique is most often used in situations of terror or violence, it can also be used for a laugh. In Up, after the first few minutes of the film render us weeping balls of mush, we're given a little comic relief at the hands of Carl in old age. The famous aria from Carmen, "L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle." The pairing of Carl's stale, boring old man routine with the oppulence of the iconic tune evokes a sense of sad comedy, but one that helps us get into the lighthearted action of the rest of the film.
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Stacy Keibler has been an avid Ravens fan her whole life and was once a cheerleader for the team - and she hopes to be able to cheer them on to victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
She tells Los Angeles radio host Ryan Seacrest, "I will be in New Orleans at a little place called the Super Bowl. I'm working right now; I'm getting off of work, flying out there for the game and flying back."
But her movie star boyfriend, a Cincinnati Bengals fan, won't be joining her at the big game because he's shooting on location in Germany.
She adds, "George is a Bengals fan, so you can imagine he's had a lifetime of disappointment... but he's rooting for the Ravens, he's on my side."
Keibler won't be the only celebrity cheering on her favourite team at the Super Bowl - Baltimore, Maryland native and retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is a Ravens fan, while Robin Williams, Jennifer Garner and singer Huey Lewis are big supporters of the 49ers, who are favourites to win the big game.