When it comes to classic rock songs used in movie soundtracks, few band are as elusive and carry as much weight as Led Zeppelin. The mystical overlords of hard rock and proto-heavy metal are notoriously picky about what films they license songs to and getting permission from them usually involves a personal screening, lots of begging and a very, very large fee. One of the holiday seasons biggest movies, American Hustle, made excellent use of the Zeppelin classic “Good Times, Bad Times” in its advance trailers though it is not featured in the movie itself and director David O. Russell has also used tracks of theirs in his highly acclaimed movies The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. The band can also lay claim to a couple movie soundtracks of their very own for the concert films The Song Remains The Same, filmed during their early ‘70s peak, and Celebration Day, which chronicled their legendary reunion show of 2007. So as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our souls, let’s take a band we all know, and check out Led Zeppelin’s biggest movie moments of all time.
Since their publication in the 1930’s J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings cycle, have been inspiring people with the mythical tales of the people of Middle-earth and the struggle between the forces of good and evil. During the psychedelic ‘60s the books became extremely popular in the rock underground and no shortage of bands paid homage to the series in lyrics, song titles and band names. Legendary hard rockers Led Zeppelin practically made a career out of referencing them, both figuratively and often literally. Their heavy metal progeny picked up the helm and to this day many metal bands are named after figures and places in the book including such current black metal bands as Darkthrone and Gorgoroth among others. The latest movie installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens today so in honor we’re taking a look at some of the greatest references to the series in classic hard rock. So pack your pipe, don your magical cloak and spend some time with these Middle-earth anthems to get in the mood for the film. Read more…
On the heels of footage of an allegedly tipsySelena Gomez making the rounds at the Golden Globes after-parties comes a look at the former Disney star’s first mature-with-a-capital-“M” acting role. Monte Carlo may have featured Blair Waldorf and that dude from Glee, but it proved that without the convoluted hijinks their television writers can provide them with, they’re all bit… dull. But there’s still hope for Selenita, who has the making of a triple threat and the gossip factor to leave fans wanting more.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting Spring Breakers since casting was announced and racy photographs hit the web over the summer. It’s since made festival rounds and generated buzz based on its director, Harmony Korine, who rose to fame after writing the screenplay for 1995’s Kids at only 22. It was a film praised for its honest, graphic depiction of teenage life, and helped launch the careers on then-unknown actors like Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny. Eighteen years later, Korine’s latest directorial effort takes a similar approach, by hiring a group of bubbling performers on the rise (and Gucci Mane) who have strong ties to PG (or PG-13 at best) entertainment; Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens did their time on the House of Mouse, while Ashely Benson stars on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and used to hang with Justin Bieber‘s crew.
Trey Songz‘s sex symbol image is raking in the dough. Ok maybe it wasn’t just because he’s sexy. He’s recently ventured into films with his first big-screen debut in the umpteenth version of Texas Chainsaw 3D. And Trey’s popularity with the ladies (we’re assuming it’s women) filled movie theater seats. Literally. Read more…
Whitney Houston may be missing from the “Celebrate” video, the last song she ever recorded, but her presence is felt. Jordin Sparks and Houston collaborated on “Celebrate” for their upcoming remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Since Houston couldn’t appear in the video as originally planned, Sparks and her Sparkle co-stars turn “Celebrate” into a tribute to the one and only Whitney Houston. One can easily catch themselves snapping to the catchy upbeat tune. The dancing and laughing shown in video makes one want to have a celebration of their own. Whitney may not be present physically, but scenes from Sparkle show her just the way we’d like to remember her–happy! Read more…
After I heard that Nora Ephron, the author, director and screenwriter behind When Harry Met Sally (arguably the best movie ever), had died, I went into that brief mourning period that we all go through now that it’s 2012 and we mourn via blog memorials and Facebook statuses. I found clips from Sleepless in Seattle I hadn’t watched in years, and I listened to “Coming Around Again,” the song that provided the soundtrack to Heartburn, the film Ephron wrote in response to her divorce from Carl Bernstein.
“Thank you so much for believing in my weirdness!”
This seems to be the key line in the brand new trailer for Katy Perry‘s upcoming 3-D movie, Katy Perry: Part Of Me. The film appears to be part concert film, part documentary about the life and times of America’s favorite sprayer of whipped cream. It promises to cover hot button topics like her strict Christian upbringing and her recent divorce from Russell Brand, in addition to all the shenanigans that went down on her year-long California Dreams World Tour. The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’d assume the film will be out sometime this summer. There’s also no rating on the film yet, but the filmmakers clearly didn’t shy away from Katy’s famous cleavage, which millions of teenage boys will surely line up in droves to see in three glorious dimensions.
We can’t remember exactly when Hollywood gave up on original ideas and simply began “remaking” things from the past/other mediums, or when they just started slapping together every big star they could think of to assemble a cast, but here you have it folks: The Future. What’s happening now is that Rock Of Ages, a Broadway musical, is being preened for its big screen debut. Starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Ackerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Cruise, the film embraces hair, rock, and the era that style forgot, the eighties. By the looks of it, there’s lots of gratuitous boobs, stage diving, sticking it to the man, and hair on Alec Baldwin’s head. We’re not sure what to make of the whole debacle, but you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be at the cinema dancing in the aisles when it comes out.