Critics Choice Awards: Rooney’s Fave Films

This year the Critics Choice Awards are going to rock a little louder. Revered L.A. band Rooney will be on hand, playing presenters and winners on and off the stage with some of the smartest and catchiest pop-rock around. We’ve been Rooney fans for a long time, and during the years invited them into do an acoustic concert for us, and tell us all about their favorite videos.

Since they’re part of our CCA show on January 8 (start with the Red Carpet bash and watch it live on VH1 at 8:30 pm ET), we thought we’d get some info about their own movie habits. When they’re traveling in the band bus there’s a hierarchy in place. The back lounge tends to be the “low-brow scene,” and the forward lounge screens “art films or classics.” Jump on with them and you might see anything from Casablanca to Wild Hogs.

Here are the guys recent faves:

Robert Carmine: I used to go to movies a lot, but I?m staying home and watching ?em on DVD these days. It makes life better. I watched Trading Places and Stripes the other night ? fantastic. This year I liked Iron Man. I think Robert Downey, Jr is awesome. It was cool that they cast a non pretty boy. It was an oddball choice ? it made the movie better. I didn?t freak out over The Dark Knight, but it was really good. I don?t like how people try to make it into a ?masterpiece.? It was a great action movie; don?t make it into something it?s not. Don?t like it when something is over hyped. I saw Indiana Jones and James Bond ? no comment. I liked Burn After Reading a lot. I love the Coen Brothers, I totally jock anything they do. Pitt was funny. It?s cool when someone known for one thing does something unexpected. He?s bold.

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Tour Survival Guide: Rooney


Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Rooney‘s Robert Schwartzman and Ned Brower on mainlining sugary cereal, getting decked in England and forgetting where you’ve been.

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Ned Brower: We played four nights at the Roxy just before we left. Mischa Barton showed up in our dressing room on psychedelic mushrooms, which was really weird. Needless to say she loved the show.

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Robert Schwartzman:
I remember we were playing Austin, and I said, "It?s so awesome to be in Austin for the first time." The band was like, "Dude, we?ve played here before." On the mic. Like, "Robert we?ve played here." And I was like, "No we haven?t." Then some fans were like, "Yes. You have."

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