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As the year winds to a close, Soundtracking looks back at the ten best moments, songs and trends that made 2014 a great year for music on screen.
It’s the only way to kick off this list. If the 21st Century truly believed in cassettes, most copies of this soundtrack would be worn out by now. The first ever back catalogue-only soundtrack to hit Number One on the Billboard charts, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was a masterpiece in Am Radio curation. But you already knew that. Cue the Star-Lord strut:
9. The F Word
Michael Dowse’s rom-com wins the Canadiana Award for 2014 thanks in large part to an original score by New Pornographers founder A.C. Newman and a dappling of Patrick Watson throughout the film. Ironically, the most memorable track from the film comes courtesy of southern duo The Parting Gifts.
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- Shane McNeil
Among the 20 animated films that have qualified to be considered for an Academy Award nomination is the little film “Henry & Me.” It’s a heartwarming story about a young Yankee fan battling a serious illness with the help of a magical friend and it’s hoping to make it to the big leagues against some pretty heavy hitters.
The film has scored a voice acting Annie Award nomination for Cyndi Lauper, who has a small, but key role as a nurse. The animated pic boasts a treasure trove of Yankees legends, bringing back to life such greats as Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson and Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, as well as living legends like Yogi Berra (still malapropping strong at 89) and Reggie Jackson, along with current members of the team. And the cast included such stars as Richard Gere, Cyndi Lauper, Chaz Palminteri, Luis Guzman, Lucie Arnaz and Paul Simon. »
- Terry Flores
Are your Facebook friends stressing you out with ominous updates like, “Holiday shopping is Done” or “Look at my completely completed Christmas decorations”? And meanwhile, your life’s poetry is “The stockings were buried/ In the closet sans care/ Now you can’t find them/ So the mantle stays bare.“
Fret not: The Voice has got you covered!
Sure, Season 7 has reached the crucial semifinal stage — America will whittle the Top 5 down to a Top 3 on Tuesday’s results show, then save one ousted member of the Top 12 via Wild Card — but the good news is you can now fast-forward »
Now that the 2015 Grammy Award nominees have been announced, it's time to reflect on a whole history of the honors' biggest winners -- starting with Record Of The Year. The category has always been a mixed bag of most popular, beautifully sung, haplessly catchy or painfully personal recordings. But what you can say is that the category has courted songs that aren't easy to forget. Below, we break down some of our very favorite songs that have been crowned king (or queen) in the category. From Tina Turner to Tony Bennett; from Michael Jackson to Eric Clapton; from Roberta Flack to Adele; Stan Getz to Simon and Garfunkel, we cast a judging eye at history and go, "Great, yeah, thanks, that's stuck in my head now." Which Record of the Year winner is your very favorite of all time? Who in this coming year's crop deserves to win -- Sam Smith, »
- Katie Hasty
Following some warm praise by Sos critics at both this year’s Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival, Noah Baumbach reteams with his Greenberg star Ben Stiller and Frances Ha‘s Adam Driver for his latest film While We’re Young. Stiller stars as a filmmaker who befriends a pair of 20-something hipsters (a hilarious looking Driver and Amanda Seyfried), while he and his wife (Naomi Watts) debate having children. The trailer filled with Paul McCartney and Wings tunes makes the film look like the late-20-somethings of Frances Ha have figured life out but have only just now “stopped thinking of himself as a child imitating an adult.” Or maybe it’s This is 40 without all the poop jokes, random celebrity cameos and bizarre Simon and Garfunkel references.
- Brian Welk
Peaks and Vallée: Witherspoon Eats, Prays, Hikes
When Cheryl Strayed’s memoir was released in 2012, the climate for gender politics was different. The book’s popularity soared not only because it was endorsed by media giants such as Oprah, and that its cover was gender neutral, but because it was, simply, a relatable human story. Strayed’s personal journey ends with her having no money, home, or romantic partner, and yet it’s a happy ending. Reese Witherspoon is a revelatory as the brash yet broken central character in writer Nick Hornby’s refreshing tome adaptation, while director Jean-Marc Vallée delivers both a sensorial and lyrical movie adaptation of Wild, which despite being written for the screen and directed by men, is feminist through and through.
It seems as though the scariest word in popular media these days is ‘feminism’. Everyone from nubile It Girls to seasoned actors are quizzed about their feminist stance. »
- Leora Heilbronn
Over the years, television has produced many such memorable moments as family and friends gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are my top 10 episodes to give thanks. -Break- 1. "The Bob Newhart Show" - "Over the River and Through the Woods" (1975) Bob (Bob Newhart), Jerry, Howard and Mr. Carlin get completely drunk while spending the holiday at Bob's apartment while Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) is visiting her family. Enjoy special moments of ordering Chinese food for Thanksgiving. 2. "Bewitched" - "Samantha's Thankgiving to Remember" (1967) There's nothing more authentic than an original Thanksgiving with actual Pilgrims and Indians. Ironically, Darren (Dick York) is the one put on trial for being a witch and not Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery). 15 hottest forums posts: Your Thanksgiving choices of worst film turkeys 3. "Saturday Night Live" - "Paul Simon/George Harrison..."' »
Bart: Critics don’t like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along with the crowd. I made it a point to see Birdman with a paid civilian audience and it was like screening it in a mausoleum. No laughs, just occasional grunts and lots of walkouts. Some reviews predicted Birdman “will captivate arthouse and multiplex crowds alike and send awards pundits into orbit” (the Variety review). Well that ain’t happening with the audiences; we’ll see about the awards. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Portland based sketch comedy series created by and starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen, and rock musician Carrie Brownstein, is entering its fifth season next year and will be featuring a line of guest stars. The season will have a 10 episode run, which will all be directed by Jonathan Krisel, the third co-creator of the unique satire series. Expect to see cameos from Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Jane Lynch, Olivia Wilde, Greta Gerwig, Steve Buschemi and many more.
IFC will be having a series marathon all day on New Year’s Day of seasons one through four.
Season five of Portlandia will premiere on January 8th at 10 Pm on IFC.
Watch the new trailer below:
The post IFC’s Portlandia gets fifth season trailer and premiere date appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
2015 is looking up a particularly good year to be a Carrie Brownstein fan. She'll be back on the road with the reunited Sleater-Kinney, who will also be dropping No Cities To Love, their first new album since 2005's The Woods. You'll also see Brownstein pop up in a role in Todd Haynes' "Carol." But before all that, "Portlandia," the show that has raised her profile over the last half decade, will be back, and a new trailer has arrived. And make no mistake, the fifth season of the hipster skewering show will be bigger than ever. Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch are all confirmed to make appearances, with Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Begley Jr. and Kyle MacLachlan reprising their roles. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Season five of Portlandia premieres on Jan. 8, and if you were excited about the creepy clip they teased on Halloween, you're going to love the full trailer. Guest stars Olivia Wilde and Jeff Goldblum are back joining Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in IFC's offbeat comedy, and we also get sneak peeks at Paul Reubens and Brigitte Nielsen. Though they're not featured in the trailer, guest stars Seth Meyers, Matt Groening, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Paul Simon, Natasha Lyonne, Anna Gunn, and Justin Long are set to appear this season. The whole trailer has a somewhat ominous feel, and I like it. Take a look below! »
Carrie and Fred are back, and as epic as ever.
IFC also set the premiere of the new 10-episode season for 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015.
Coming up in the new season, Bryce and Lisa’s precious Taxidermy Shop is vandalized, Malcolm and Kris are a public failure as parents, Lance and Nina seek out couples therapy, and Fred and Carrie attempt to buy a home in Portland’s cutthroat real estate market.
“‘Portlandia’s’ characters have always been central to the show, but this season we went deeper into their lives so that viewers can connect with and appreciate them even more,” said Armisen and Brownstein. “We can’t wait to share their new adventures and what keeps ‘Portlandia’ so special. »
- Kevin Noonan
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
If you’ve ever wondered what Women & Women First looked like long before it opened its doors, Portlandia‘s fifth season — bowing in January — is for you.
Expect the episodes to go deep with your favorite characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, who’ll reveal how they came to open Portland’s lady-championing storefront.
Magnolia is selling international territories at the American Film Market.
The Los Angeles-based Wrecking Crew backed The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, The Righteous Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, The Monkees and Glen Campbell — along with being Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.
“Music lovers will be astonished at the breadth of influence the Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music from the 60s,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.
- Dave McNary
He’s part of the cast for Divergent and his blockbuster mettle will be tested with The Fantastic Four, but Miles Teller is sticking with the indie world for a new potential role, entering talks to star in The Only Living Boy In New York for Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb.Taking its title from the Simon and Garfunkel song, the coming-of-age plot finds a young man learning that his oppressive father is having an affair. But when he tries to shut down the romance, he falls for the woman involved. Cue further familial dysfunction but also a chance for a learning experience thanks to some wise words from an odd neighbour.The film has sat in development for years like an unwanted shelter puppy, with at least one director (Seth Gordon) taking a look before moving on to other possibilities. Webb himself has been attached to the script draft »
On October 30, Paul Simon: Words & Music opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Commemorating the singer-songwriter's 50 years in the music business, the exhibit gathers important artifacts from throughout the his career. The celebration also features a collection of rare photographs, a handful of which you can see in this slideshow, proving it's been a long road from Queens to rock-icon status. »
- Vulture Editors
“We were the stuff of legends,” says Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg in the upcoming episode of The Goldbergs. “Well, in our minds.” This week on The Goldbergs, siblings Adam and Barry Goldberg start their own garage band in hopes of one day hitting it big and rocking out on stage while glitter cannons erupt in glorious '80s style. The episode—the third of the hit comedy’s second season—is directed by The Wonder Years star Fred Savage. Which seems oddly appropriate—not only did music by Joe Cocker, Joni Mitchell, and Paul Simon flavor the Americana bent of the '80s hit, »
- Nina Terrero
Of course, the song choice is all important at this stage, so read on to find out which tracks we'll be hearing from the nervous contestants tonight...
'Beautiful Disaster' - Kelly Clarkson
'Apologise' - Timbaland
'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' - The Police
'Bridge Over Troubled Water' - Simon and Garfunkel
'I'm A Believer' - The Monkees
'Don't Make Me' - »
"The Tonight Show" is home to Black Simon and Garfunkel -- a.k.a The Roots' Questlove and "Captain" Kirk Douglas, from Jimmy Fallon's house band. Last night, the duo was back to take on one of the biggest pop songs of the year, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." They never let the gag go to long on this one, do they. While you're at it, check out Black Simon and Garfunkel's "Roar" by Katy Perry too. »
- Katie Hasty
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