Film’s Most Fashionable Bands, Ranked

This week, the first photo from Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms live-action adaptation popped up online. The musical movie stars Aubrey Peeples as Jem, the onstage alter-ego of Jerrica Benton, who owns Starlight Music and runs a foster home for girls. Jem and her band are the epitome of 1980’s fashion, boasting big hair, neon colors, and gaudy accessories. The picture inspired us to take a look at some of cinema’s most fashionable bands. In the spirit of competition, we’ve also ranked them. Here are ten of the best-dressed bands in film (or at least some of the most interesting) who made the cut. Feel free to add to our list, below. … Read More

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Steve Buscemi Becomes a Sexual Powerhouse and Taylor Swift Experiments with Modern Dance: Links You Need to See

Recently, Tom Petty sued Sam Smith over the purported similarities between Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” and is now reaping 12% of his royalties. The people at Funny or Die, however, noticed some similarities between Petty’s songs and other artists’ hits, and decided to let the world know about them. Surely Petty will do the right thing and pay 12% royalties to anyone whose songs came first and bare any resemblance to his?  … Read More

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The Stories Behind 10 Unused Film Scores

This month is dedicated to horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York) at BAMcinématek, which is celebrating his oeuvre in conjunction with the release of his first solo album, Lost Themes. “Lost Themes was all about having fun. It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun,” the filmmaker stated. “[Lost Themes is] little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations.” In keeping with the theme of “lost” music, we examined the stories behind several unused film scores. These are the soundtracks that didn’t make the final film for one reason or another. Listen to several excerpts, below. … Read More

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15 Valentine’s Day Presents for Cinephiles

The best Valentine’s Day gifts come from the heart, and speak to your partner’s passions and the special relationship you share. While February 14 often feels like a gross Hallmark holiday, there’s nothing wrong with getting the one you love a little something — especially if it’s inspired by their fascination for film. After all, true love is still alive on the big screen. Here are some great Valentine’s Day gifts that will win points with the movie maven in your life and elevate you to leading lady/man status. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with J.K. Simmons

After his award-winning turn as a fiery music instructor in Whiplash, J.K. Simmons joins SNL for the evening. He’ll always be “that Law & Order guy” to many audiences, but tonight he’ll have his moment in the spotlight. Simmons has done it all, from musical theater to voiceover work. His gruff exterior usually finds him playing intimidating parts (remember, he played a neo-Nazi on HBO’s Oz), but can he conjure the powers of his comedic funny bone for a few sketches? See how it all went down last night, below. … Read More

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Exclusive: Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Bingo

Presented by Pepsi

We’ve put together an exclusive bingo card just for this year’s Super Bowl XLIX Halftime show. Print it, share it with a few football friends, and track your progress throughout the show. The first person to get five in a row wins the whole dern game! … Read More

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Check Out José González’s “Godless Congregation”-Inspired Music Video for “Leaf Off / The Cave”

José González has decided to take his fans to an interesting destination: to church. Sort of. In the new video… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Blake Shelton

If you’ve ever seen an episode of the reality singing competition The Voice, then you know that country star and co-judge Blake Shelton isn’t afraid to get goofy. His jokes are corny, but Shelton’s aw-shucks demeanor can be charming. He’s charismatic and good-natured about being the target of Adam Levine’s good ol’ boy jokes. Will that make him an engaging host who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty? See how last night’s episode went down, below. … Read More

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