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Jared Leto and Jimmy Fallon Go Head-to-Head in "Name That Song Challenge"

Jared Leto, actor and frontman of Thirty Seconds to Mars, came on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to join the host for the "Name That Song Challenge" with The Roots.

The band starts playing popular songs one instrument at a time, building to the full arrangement, while Leto and Fallon race to guess what song was being played.

Fallon guessed the first two tracks, "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League and "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones. Leto caught on for a bit, though, guessing the next numbers before Fallon, who he referred to as a "musical...
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Win Electric Dreams on Blu-ray

The 80s are back! Directed by Steve Barron with a soundtrack from Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey, Electric Dreams is making its way onto Blu-ray 31st July 2017. Restored and presented in high definition it comes complete with a limited edition special slipcase and bonus features. To celebrate we have 2 copies to giveaway!

Starring Lenny von Dohlen as Miles, a helpless, hopeless architect, who is about to blow a fuse. He has a problem: his computer Edgar has decided to wreck his life. He’s ruined his credit rating, run up his phone bill, cancelled his plane reservations, locked him out of his house and now he’s trying to steal his girlfriend. Meet Madeline (Virginia Madsen), she’s blonde, brilliant and waiting for the sparks to fly in this hilarious, much-loved 80s love-triangle with a difference.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

What is the name of Miles’ computer?
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Lea Michele, Darren Criss Have ‘Glee’ Reunion and Perform Together (Video)

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Lea Michele, Darren Criss Have ‘Glee’ Reunion and Perform Together (Video)
Lea Michele and Darren Criss took “Glee” fans on a trip down memory lane by performing The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” during a Facebook Live broadcast. Criss joined Michele during the live event on Wednesday in which she promoted her upcoming album, “Places,” out on April 28. In the video, Criss played the guitar and sang with Michele. (Fans may recall that the duo performed the song during the second season of “Glee.”) In another video, Michele sang her new song, “Getaway Car,” while Criss accompanied her on the piano. They also performed “Lost Boy Life” from Computer Games’s debut Ep.
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Great Job, Internet!: Classic album covers get the Star Wars special edition treatment

From numerous soundtrack reissues and questionable spin-offs like Christmas In The Stars to miscellaneous releases like 1977’s gold-selling The Story Of Star Wars, the Star Wars franchise is no stranger to record store shelves. But that wasn’t enough for digital artist Steven Lear. At his incredible, eye-deceiving site, Why The Longplay Face?, Lear mashes up classic album covers with classic movies with great wit. Jack Nicholson from The Shining, for instance, might find himself adorning a Human League record, while the hit men of Pulp Fiction might don turtlenecks and pose as Simon & Garfunkel. If Lear has a specialty, it’s creating alternate universe albums with characters from Star Wars. This is what music history would have been like if the various Wookiees and droids from the George Lucas-created space saga had ventured beyond the perimeter of the soundtrack bin and infiltrated every other genre of popular ...
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Self made man by Anne-Katrin Titze

Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After the opening act with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and a follow-up with star Jeff Daniels, the third act of my Shakespearean conversation on Steve Jobs is with director Danny Boyle on Alan Turing, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Benedict Cumberbatch, a Katharine Hepburn line, costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb (Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Trance) dressing Kate Winslet influenced by Phil Oakey's The Human League girls, Michael Fassbender becoming Jobs, Walter Isaacson's biography and the revenge of the calla lilies. At the New York Film Festival Centerpiece Gala event, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Perla Haney-Jardine, Fassbender, Winslet, Daniels and Sorkin were brought up on stage at Alice Tully Hall where the director announced that we were seeing the "world premiere of the finished version" of his movie.

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Kate Winslet, as Head of Marketing Joanna Hoffman, gets to wear three wildly unflattering outfits.
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The man and the ghost by Anne-Katrin Titze

Danny Boyle, Jeff Daniels and Aaron Sorkin Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jeff Daniels, in the second act of a three act Shakespearean conversation on Steve Jobs, calls his character John Sculley at the start, "an international marketing rock star." He discussed working with Michael Fassbender, knowing Aaron Sorkin scripts from Newsroom, being a shadow, and loving Woody Allen's The Purple Rose Of Cairo, opposite Mia Farrow.

The opening act was Aaron Sorkin, who adapted Walter Isaacson's biography, Steve Jobs, for the big screen. The third act will be director Danny Boyle on Alan Turing, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Benedict Cumberbatch, costume designer Suttirat Larlarb dressing Kate Winslet, influenced by Phil Oakey's The Human League girls, Fassbender becoming Jobs and the revenge of the calla lilies.

Jeff Daniels as John Sculley: "Aaron wrote with Sculley this Shakespearean fall …"

Jeff Daniels had two films at this year's New York
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Watch All Time Low Sing a Karaoke Version of Their Song ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’

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Watch All Time Low Sing a Karaoke Version of Their Song ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’
Pop-punk can't slow down. It's impossible to spend even a short time in a karaoke bar without hearing someone knock a Blink-182, Goldfinger, or Paramore track out of the park. These are songs that make people genuinely happy. (Except "Adam's Song." Total downer. Don't sing that one.) For this installment of our "Get a Room" series (previously featuring the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs) we invited pop-punk vets All Time Low to sing their biggest hit, "Dear Maria, Count Me In." On the same day we filmed, they released their new record, Future Hearts, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart in the U.S., and No. 1 in the U.K.  After warming up with the Human League's "Don't You Want Me," the band tweeted out our filming location, and before long we had the room filled with All Time Low superfans. They packed out the room and sang
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Of course Brandon Flowers covers Inxs like a champ

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Of course Brandon Flowers covers Inxs like a champ
Los Angeles - The Killers' Brandon Flowers is stepping out solo once again this spring, and last night at the Troubador in L.A. he gave a quick preview of three new songs and the sounds fans can expect out of "The Desired Effect," out May 19. Flowers also further revealed his love for a major influence -- Inxs -- as he launched into a cover of the Aussie band's "Don't Change." "One of the things most profound about Inxs is this song we're about to cover, it has such a strong identity," Flowers said, also mentioning that Inxs was the subject of the first band poster he ever bought. "['Don't Change'] is on their first record, and they seemed to really know who they were. You don't really hear that a lot anymore." Flowers' fresh tunes "Dreams Come True," Peter Gabrielian "Still Want You" and glittery single "Can't Deny My Love" have a bright,
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This New James Murphy Song From the While We’re Young Soundtrack Is Stunning

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This New James Murphy Song From the While We’re Young Soundtrack Is Stunning
Noah Baumbach should ask James Murphy to score all of his films, because, at this point, the duo can do no wrong. Their latest collaboration is the soundtrack for While We're Young, a film about old couples who can't remember what life was like before it became terminally boring, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, and Ad-Rock.Murphy selected songs from artists like Haim, Paul McCartney, and A Tribe Called Quest for the album, but the real joy is hearing the original music he wrote for the score. The beautiful "We Used to Dance," released today, is a gorgeous instrumental that sounds like it could have been plucked from Brian Eno's Another Green World (or an early Human League album). Murphy recorded two other songs for the soundtrack, including another original, "Only the Stars Above Welcome Me Home," and his take on David Bowie's 1976 classic "Golden Years.
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Zoolander 'walk-off' at Paris fashion week: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson hit runway - video

In character as Zoolander and Hansel, actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson stage a 'walk-off' at Paris fashion week. It's thought the stunt was an official announcement for the movie sequel, Zoolander 2, whose release has been confirmed for February 2016. The stars are seen strutting the catwalk to Human League's Don't You Want Me at the end of of the Valentino show Continue reading...
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"Zoolander 2" Hits Paris, Sets 2016 Date

In one of the most fun ways to announce a project going forward, "Zoolander" stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a surprise appearance on stage in Paris at the Valentino women’s fashion show a few hours ago.

The pair appeared in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel respectively, strutting down the runway to the tune of Human League's "Don't You Want Me". At the same time, Paramount used its Twitter account to announce that the in the works "Zoolander" sequel has set an official release date of February 12th 2016.

Filming on the project is expected to begin this spring in Rome with the likes of Christine Taylor and Will Ferrell returning. Paramount has now released video of the event which you can see below.
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Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson Duet on Sonny and Cher, Human League Hits (Video)

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Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson Duet on Sonny and Cher, Human League Hits (Video)
Jimmy Fallon decided to take action Monday after Kelly Clarkson said she has had trouble getting other musicians to collaborate with her. The late night host invited the platinum-selling artist to “The Tonight Show” to perform a number of duets with him, including Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe” and the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” Also Read: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon (Photos) Fallon took things up a notch when he donned a leather beret and earring to imitate Aaron Neville for “Don’t Know Much.
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See Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson Harmonize the History of Duets

See Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson Harmonize the History of Duets
Spurred by Kelly Clarkson's recent comments that she has been unable to find a suitable duet partner, Jimmy Fallon offered his services on last night's The Tonight Show. Together, the couple sang a dozen duets in a four-minute mega-medley. Much like Fallon's ongoing History of Rap series with Justin Timberlake, the late-night host and the "Heartbeat Song" singer take a similar journey through five decades of chart-topping duets, kicking things off with Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" before bringing it on home with Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love.
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Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon Perform 'History of Duets' In Under 5 Minutes

Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon Perform 'History of Duets' In Under 5 Minutes
After claiming she's had a hard time finding people to collaborate with musically (then saying she was only joking), Kelly Clarkson found the perfect duets partner when she showed up on Monday's Tonight Show.

The American Idol alum and Jimmy Fallon performed a medley of the greatest duets of all time, including Jennifer Warnes and the late Joe Cocker's classic "Up Where We Belong", the Human League's "Don't You Want Me", Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" ...to name a few. Fallon impressed the audience when he busted out his Aaron Neville for the ballad "I Don't Know Much" that also featured Linda Ronstadt.

This past week, the 32-year-old "Since U Been Gone" singer -- who's won three GRAMMYs and has had two No. 1 albums -- told BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw that she has trouble finding collaborators. "I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone
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'American Psycho' musical headed Off Broadway in the spring

'American Psycho' musical headed Off Broadway in the spring
It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.

The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman,
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A Destitute Waif

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In Dimitri Kirsanoff's Menilmontant a destitute waif, betrayed and abandoned by the man who seduced her, sits on a park bench with her newborn infant. Beside her is an old man eating a sandwich. This wordless exchange is one of the greatest moments ever committed to film. Nadia Sibirskaia’s face reveals all of life’s cruel mysteries as she gazes upon a crust of bread.

The persistence of hope is the dark angel that underlies despair, and here it taunts her mercilessly. A whole series of fluctuations of expression and movement in reaction to anguish, physical pain involving hesitation, dignity, ravenous hunger, survival, self-contempt, modesty, boundless gratitude. All articulated with absolute clarity without hitting notes (without touching the keys). Chaplin could have played either the old man on the bench (his mustache is a sensory device!) or Nadia. And it would have been masterful and deeply affecting,
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Walking on Sunshine review: Grease 2-style cult status beckons?

Walking on Sunshine review: Grease 2-style cult status beckons?
Directors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini; Screenwriter: Joshua St Johnston; Starring: Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Leona Lewis, Katy Brand, Greg Wise; Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 12A

Let's get one thing out of the way from the off. Walking on Sunshine, a jukebox musical featuring all your favourite pop hits from the '80s, can in no way be recommended to anyone under the guise of being "a good movie". The story ticks off every rom-com cliché in the book, the characters have all the appeal of third-degree sunburn, the acting frequently hits pantomime levels and the production values on both the recorded tracks and song and dance numbers leave something to be desired.

Yes, Walking on Sunshine really does make Mamma Mia! look like Citizen Kane. And yet, despite all this, you can't take your eyes off it for a second. One thing you can't accuse this film of is lacking in car-crash entertainment value.
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Tessa Watts obituary

Pioneering producer of music videos who worked with Boy George, George Michael and the Sex Pistols

Tessa Watts, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 68, was a pioneering British producer of music videos and a critical figure in the history of Virgin Records. In her time, what began as simple promotional devices for songs grew into a billion-dollar global industry, serviced by MTV, the 24-hour Us music television channel, whose European launch she oversaw in 1986.

George Michael, Culture Club, Beyoncé, the Sex Pistols, Madonna, the Human League and Genesis were among the many artists she worked, and several of the young directors she supervised, notably David Fincher and Michael Bay, went on to big Hollywood careers. She once estimated that she had made at least 1,500 music videos.

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11 Fun Facts about U2, Duran Duran and Tears for Fears from 'Mad World'

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It doesn’t seem possible that it was around 30 years ago that A Flock of Seagulls ran so far away or Modern English melted with us, but it was. The story behind those acts, their biggest hits, and dozens of other New Wave acts are captured in all their ‘80s bad hairdo-ed, brightly colored-glory in “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s.” Written by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, with a forward by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and an afterward by Moby, the book examines the New Wave era through the filter of 36 songs associated with the time, such as Gary Numan’s “Cars,” Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” and The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now.” Each chapter deals with one act and, while not limited to the group’s biggest hit, explores the story behind that tune and the
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