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Solo Acts: Our 13 Favorite Single-Artist Soundtracks

3 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

For “Black Swan,” director Darren Aronofsky trusted longtime collaborator Clint Mansell to fill out the whole soundtrack. The upcoming film “Blue Valentine,” meanwhile, is scored entirely by indie rock band Grizzly Bear.

And then, of course, there’s Daft Punk‘s creation for the upcoming “Tron: Legacy.” 

But these defy movie soundtrack conventions. The majority of the great ones are more like mixtapes (yeah, we’re referencing you, Zach Braff), made by director for his girlfriend film. It is sweet, but impersonal.

So when a director collaborates with only one musician to build the soundtrack, it’s like a boyfriend writing and recording an entire album for and inspired by his girlfriend. With that in mind, here are our 13 favorite single-artist soundtracks.

13. ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ (2009)

Artist: Karen O

Standout Track: “All Is Love

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sexy vixen Karen O showed her more innocent side with her first film soundtrack. »

- Ryan McKee

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Zonad Review

13 November 2010 11:41 AM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Zonad, directed by John Carney and co-written by his brother Kieran, is a quirky screwball comedy with a downright ridiculous sense of humor.  But, apart from the flick’s Irish origins, you might never guess it is from the same filmmaker who made the tender indie musical Once, playing instead as a rowdy brother to its level-headed, lovestruck predecessor.

The comedy’s interstellar opening, accompanied by a throwback Rod Serling-esque voiceover introduction, descends on the tiny Irish “hamlet” of Ballymoran, a quiet, provincial town of merely 165 citizens.  Then, the morning after a comet passes over, the Cassidy family awakens to find a portly fellow (Simon Delaney) passed out in their den.

Rather than come clean about his alcoholic bender, the strange man wearing a skin-tight red jumpsuit perhaps borrowed from the Britney Spears’ “Oops! I Did it Again” video, proclaims he is Zonad(!), an intergalatic traveler who has passed »

- Jeff Leins

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‘The Commitments’ reunite 20 years on (IrishCentral)

8 October 2010 5:58 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

The once baby-faced cast of Alan Parker’s smash-hit film “The Commitments” have come together with the plan of putting on shows around the county.   Once an unknown cast of the movie, based on Roddy Doyle’s hilarious book, are now successful in their own rights and ready to mark the movies 20th anniversary and raise some money for charity by touring around Ireland.   At the Liberty Hall Theatre Andrew Strong (who played Deco Cuffe in the movie) along with his backing singer Angeline Ball (Imelda Quirke) and Bronagh Gallagher (Bernie McGloughlin) sung their rousing rendition of “Mustang Sally”.   Along with them were Robert Arkins (who played Jimmy Rabbitte, the band manager). Arkins will now feature as a singer in the band. Also present were Dick Massey (drummer Billy Mooney), Felim Gormley (Dean Fay), Ken McCluskey (Derek Scully) Dave Finnegan (Mickah Wallace), Michael Aherne (Steve Clifford) and 'Outspan' Foster, played »

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Delaney & Plunkett Join Cast of 'Raw'

4 October 2010 7:08 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Production is currently underway on the third series of Dublin restaurant drama, 'Raw'. The Ecosse Film/Octagon Films co-production started shooting at the end of August and cameras will continue rolling until the end of November. The third installment of the drama sees the return of Ifta winner Charlene McKenna (Whistleblower), Aisling O’Sullivan (The Clinic), Keith McErlean (Bachelors' Walk) and Ger Ryan (Whistleblower; Family) alongside cast newcomers Padraic Delaney (Perrier’s Bounty) and Marcella Plunkett (Once). »

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Macdara Vallely 'Losing It' In New York

30 September 2010 12:12 PM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Filming is currently underway on the set of 'Losing It', a new film written and directed by Northern Irish filmmaker Macdara Vallely (Peacefire, Fiorghael). The coming of age feature film is being produced by Samson Films in association with Escape Pictures and is shooting in New York. The post production will take place in Dublin's ScreenScene. Produced by Samson Films' David Collins (Once) and Escape Pictures' Paul Miller (The Pest) the film stars newcomers Yainis Ynoa, Flaco Navaja (Fighting, Pride and Glory), Rosa Arredondo (Feel the Noise). »

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Interview: Irish Actor Martin McCann is 'Occi Byrne'

8 September 2010 6:44 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Irish writer / director Conor McDermottroe (A Woman's Hair, Squaddie) will introduce his feature film debut to audiences on Friday, September 10th when 'Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne' receives a limited theatrical release across the country. The film portrays the life of Austin 'Occi' Byrne who is brought up in Sligo by his alcoholic mother and who suffers traumatic bullying at the hands of a local gang because he has no father. Iftn spoke with Martin McCann, the Belfast actor who takes on the central role. Occi grows up plagued by anger, confusion and pain. In the hopes of unlocking his own identity and overcoming the past that haunts him, he sets out to find his father and discover the secret of his birth. The emotional film stars Martin McCann (The Sound of People, Killing Bono) in the title role alongside Jodie Whittaker (Perrier's Bounty), Marcella Plunkett (Once), Gerard Mc Sorley »

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Top 7 Movie Bands I Wish Really Existed

2 June 2010 2:28 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

I’ve heard my share of great music in movies, bought more than one soundtrack that’s introduced me to a band I’ve grown to love. I’ve heard songs in a context that makes me think of it in a new way. But sometimes, the band I love doesn’t really exist outside the world of the movie.  Some bands are too over-the-top, too fabulous, or too truly, truly, truly outrageous to live in the real world. This Top 7 list is dedicated to Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and now Get Him to the Greek.

7. Mitch and Mickey from A Mighty Wind (2003)

Recap: Christopher Guest’s mockumentary about a folk reunion concert features many of his regular collaborators, including Eugene Levy as Mitch Cohen and Catherine O’Hara as Mickey Crabbe.  They used to be a couple, »

- Megan Lehar

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Intense Teaser Trailer for Brendan Muldowney’s Savage

17 May 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

There’s nothing like a good revenge flick to get the blood pumping. From the looks of the spiffy trailer provided below, writer/director Brendan Muldowney’s 2009 thriller “Savage” is more than willing to provide cinematic adrenaline junkies with more than their fair share of on-screen intensity. Since I’m somewhat of a revenge flick fanatic, my opinion might be more than a little biased. Don’t take my word for it — thoroughly investigate the synopsis and the trailer for yourself. It’ll be fun! Here’s a rundown of the story, courtesy of Twitch: Finding himself the victim of an attack on the wrong side of the tracks of a crime-ridden city, Paul Graynor, (Darren Healy, Once, Layercake) a press photographer who works exploiting the tabloid news, finds himself the focus of it. He tries to come to terms with his attack, though the scars – both psychological and physical — prove impossible to heal. »

- Todd

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Cannes 2010: A Fresh Trailer For Brendan Muldowney's Revenge Drama Savage

16 May 2010 7:04 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It's fair to say that I'm more than a little bit fond of Brendan Muldowney's Irish revenge drama Savage, a film graced by a stellar central performance by Darren Healey. And so I was very pleased to see that international sales agents Cinemavault have prepared a new trailer for the film and that it's available online. Check it below.

Finding himself the victim of an attack on the wrong side of the tracks of a crime-ridden city, Paul Graynor, (Darren Healy, Once, Layercake) a press photographer who works exploiting the tabloid news, finds himself the focus of it. He tries to come to terms with his attack, though the scars - both psychological and physical -- prove impossible to heal.

Paul tries to reach out to friends and support groups but finds that he is only a shell of the man he once was and his life begins to fall apart, »

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'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox And 'Caddyshack' Win Movie Night

12 May 2010 5:15 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Watching "Songs of the Cinema" night on "American Idol" was a lot like eating a large popcorn at the movies. Some of the kernels were close to perfect, with salty flavor and crispness balanced perfectly (Crystal). Others were stale, as if the concession workers had just dumped a new batch on top of one that had been sitting around since the theatrical run of "Kindergarten Cop" (Lee). And others were inexplicably soggy, which totally makes you gag 'cause Lord knows you didn't order any butter (Michael). (If Aaron was still on the show, I'd also talk about the kernels that were too young to pop.) And when the end credits rolled, you felt so bloated you regretted buying popcorn to begin with.

Jamie Foxx returned as a mentor (one of the few celebs in the history of "Idol" to return in the role, along with Quentin Tarantino, oddly enough) but »

- Jim Cantiello

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Once Director Gives Comedy a Try With Zonad

4 May 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

For those of us who name Once among our favorite movies, director John Carney’s latest venture is, well, completely unrelated. Zonad, which premiered at Tribeca, is a surreal Irish comedy and a film, according to AP, that’s “been the film most likely to inspire baffled ‘what-is-this?’ double-takes, usually followed by hearty, surprised laughter” at this year’s festival. »

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Tribeca Video: The Carney Brothers on Zonad

28 April 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

A few year ago, the Irish musical romantic comedy Once became a bonafide phenomenon, and the two musicians who starred in it, collectively known as The Swell Season, found their band breaking out bigger than anyone could possibly imagine in the States. Two years on, that film's director John Carney has returned to these shores, this time with a feature film he directed with his brother Kieran called Zonad , an idea the two brothers had been kicking around since their early days learning how to be filmmakers. Essentially, "Zonad" is the name of a spaceman, played by Simon Delaney, who shows up at the small seaside Irish village of Ballymoran wearing a red vinyl outfit and is immediately made a welcomed guest by the Cassidy family, though he has his sights set on their »

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Q&A: Zonad

26 April 2010 8:15 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

The co-directors of the zany comedy Zonad, John Carney and Keiran Carney, were in high spirits, having just arrived in New York. 'We risked the volcano to be here. We flew through volcanic ash!' John joked and then warned the audience that if they were expecting something like Once (his Oscar-winning 2007 triumph), they should think twice. 'No, not the sequel!' he said, realizing the pun. He got that right. Zonad is definitely not a sequel, even though there are a few songs. It's a broad comedy about two alcoholics who escape a treatment facility during a costume party. Arriving in a tiny Irish village that seems trapped in some sort of 50s-era innocence, they pass themselves off as visitors from space named 'Zonad' and 'Bonad.' They become local celebrities and spend their time enjoying free booze and seducing the womenfolk. After the screening, the directors introduced three of the actors, »

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Exclusive Tribeca Interview: Zonad Directors John And Kieran Carney

25 April 2010 1:48 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Back in 2006, Irish filmmaker John Carney made a splash with his film Once, which took home the Oscar for Best Original Song. Now working with his brother, Kieran, the two have written and directed Zonad, which held its international premiere on Saturday. Don.t be confused by the .Carney. name in the credits, however. The two films couldn.t be any more different. Beginning as a short film that the two made in college, the comedy is equal parts Mayberry and The Day The Earth Stood Still. The film was already the subject of buzz going into the festival last week and should grow even more over the coming days. Check out my review of the film here and watch my interview with the directors below. function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/ci001.swf", "mplayer", "590", "508", "8", "#000000"); so.addParam("wmode","transparent"); so.addParam("swliveconnect", "true »

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Zonad the Great! Ireland's newest comedy hero (IrishCentral)

24 April 2010 2:30 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

He came from a faraway galaxy, in search of a decent pint of Guinness. Well, actually, he came from Dublin in a figure hugging red rubber suit, but Zonad, the new genre-busting Irish-made comedy, has turned out to be the funniest film of the year, and it’s about to prove it at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this weekend. Directed by John Carney, 38, who directed the Oscar-winning sleeper hit "Once" two years ago, and his brother Kieran Carney, 36, Zonad stars Simon Delaney in a breakout role that could easily stand beside the best work of comedy giant John Belushi, the manic Blues Brothers star that Delaney and his brand of physical comedy most resembles. Looking like a completely insane sequel to The Quiet Man, Zonad is part Carry-On comedy, part 1950’s sci-fi potboiler, and part hearty revenge on America for decades of sentimental Oirish fare like The Quiet Man »

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Farrell, Duvall Bring Films to Tribeca Film Fest

15 March 2010 12:01 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York – The ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival will include a new movie from Neil Jordan, a documentary on Joan Rivers and a Southern folk tale starring Robert Duvall.The New York festival announced the bulk of its lineup Monday, including selections in its Discovery, Encounters, Cinemania and Spotlight programs.Making its U.S. premiere will be Neil Jordan's "Ondine," which stars Colin Farrell as a fisherman who reels in a mermaid.Duvall stars in "Get Low," a folk tale set in 1930s Tennessee and directed by Aaron Schneider, who won an Oscar in 2004 for his short film "Two Soldiers."The documentary selections include films about comedian and fashion pundit Rivers ("Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work"), Canadian rock band Rush ("Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage") and hairstylist Vidal Sassoon ("Vidal Sassoon: The Movie").Alex Gibney, whose "Taxi to the Dark Side" won the Oscar for best documentary »

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Tff '10: Cinemania

15 March 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

An assortment of exciting and eclectic narrative films that push the boundaries of creativity and genre, the films in Cinemania, the section known as Midnight in past Tribeca Film Festivals, features new work by Hong Kong filmmaker Ho-Cheung Pang, and a new film by Kieran and John Carney, director of the Oscar® winner Once. Offering smart thrills, spine-tingling horror, imaginative alternative realities and outrageous humor, the half-dozen films here include a woman's violent rampage, a junior high hermaphrodite's coming-of-age, an exciting Vietmanese martial arts action movie, and a transploitation flick. While this set of films may be shocking or creepy, they are always fun-filled crowd pleasers. Note: Two films in this group will also debut on the new Tribeca Film Festival Virtual premium platform: Spork and Possessed. Passes available now! Follow Tribeca on Facebook. Follow Tribeca on Twitter. Clash Directed by Le Thanh Son, written by Johnny Tri Nguyen, Le Thanh Son, »

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Interview with Simon Delaney -'Zonad' Crash Lands into Irish Cinemas

11 March 2010 5:19 AM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

'Zonad', a new Irish feature from John and Kieran Carney, his cinemas on Wednesday, March 17th. To mark this arrival Iftn caught up with the Ifta nominated actor who fills 'Zonad's latex jumpsuit, Simon Delaney, to talk Harvey Weinstein, singing to schoolgirls and having to choose between film and theatre. 'Zonad' is a comedy about an escapee from a rehab facility, played by Delaney, who hides out in a village in rural Ireland and fools the locals by pretending to be a visitor from outer space called Zonad. The film is written by Kieran Carney (The Last Furlong) and John Carney (Once) the latter of whom also directs the project. »

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The Swell Season 'once' again return for a U.S. tour

9 March 2010 12:48 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Swell Season—otherwise known as those crazy kids from “Once,” Glen Hansard and Marketa—return for a new U.S. tour starting in May. The dates, some of which are below,  include a headlining gig at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on July 18.. The pair is touring behind its Anti- Records album,” Strict Joy.” May 15 Kalamazoo, Mi The State Theatre May 16 Nelsonville, Oh Nelsonville Music Festival May 17 Pittsburgh, Pa Byham Theater May 18 Nashville, Tn Ryman Auditorium May 20 Asheville, Nc Orange Peel May 21 Raleigh, Nc North Carolina Museum Of Art May 22 Charleston, Sc North Charleston Performing Arts »

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Zonad Trailer: A Sci-Fi Comedy from the Director of Once

2 March 2010 2:35 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

I didn't discover the beauty and brilliance of Once until at least a half a year after everyone else, but needless to say, I loved it. Part of the movie's charm was due in large part to stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and their music, but what about writer-director John Carney? Clearly he played a large role in constructing the film, and ever since then I've been wondering what else he is capable of. Well, recently we got a look at the trailer for his next film, and believe me when I say that it's something completely different. Zonad is a movie about a man who turns up in a small Irish town wearing a strange outfit and claims to be a visitor from another planet. This isn't another remake of Starman, however; from the outset it is made clear that he is an escaped convict trying to pull one over on the locals. »

- Sean

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