At the end of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and directed by Sofia Coppola; 2) that it features music by Phoenix. A soundtrack being billed above the star is, it's fair to say, unusual. And the fact that Thomas Mars, singer with the French group, is married to Coppola and is the father of her two daughters, has less to do with it than you'd think.
Movie soundtracks, even scores, lovingly crafted by stars of rock and pop, are all the rage right now. That other prominent French outfit, Daft Punk, also hit the big screen this month, having provided the music for green screen extravaganza Tron: Legacy. Not only do the world's greatest exponents