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Trent Reznor on 'Gone Girl': 'It's a nasty film'

Trent Reznor is currently on the road in Europe promoting Nine Inch Nails’ latest album Hesitation Marks, and he’ll be spending the bulk of his summer crossing North America with fellow ’94 survivors Soundgarden. But in between those gigs, he’s going to be wrapping up his biggest project of the year: the score for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which hits theaters this fall.  READ FULL STORY

Hear Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, and more in the 'Legends of Oz' soundtrack -- EXCLUSIVE

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The worlds of Smash and Glee collide — finally! — in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, a new, 3D animated feature coming to theaters this month.

The film stars Broadway vet Rachel Berry Lea Michele as its title character, who travels from Kansas back to the land of Oz for another adventure. This time around, she’s joined not only by her old pals the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion — played by the august comic trio of Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Jim Belushi — but also by a marshmallow man named (wait for it) Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), a kindly owl called Wiser (Oliver Platt), and, perhaps most excitingly, a delicate china doll played by ex-Smash star Megan Hilty. The whole gang must band together to fight a new foe: the wicked Jester, voiced by beloved actor/comedian Martin Short.

With all that vocal talent in play, it’s only natural that Legends of Oz would be a musical — and we’ve got an exclusive first listen at the film’s eight original songs, plus five instrumental tracks. Click your heels together,  and click “play” below:

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Pharrell gets animated by artist Takashi Murakami -- FIRST LOOK

Pharrell Williams has been animated by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami as part of a musical collaboration between the two, timed to the upcoming U.S. release of Murakami’s live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes.

EW has an exclusive first look at the Happy singer as a cute cartoon, complete with his signature Vivienne Westwood hat. READ FULL STORY

Alice Cooper is 'Super Duper' in new Tribeca documentary -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Before Alice Cooper the shock-rocker of the 1970s, there was Alice Cooper the band. And before Alice Cooper the band, there was Vincent Furnier. The son and grandson of Christian ministers, Furnier was an aspiring artist who idolized Salvador Dalí. But once the Beatles showed him that rock and roll was an even greater canvas, he embarked on a long, strange trip of a career that would make him loved and loathed, but impossible to ignore. “We were all art majors, and the Beatles came along and gave us a vehicle, and the vehicle was rock and roll,” says Cooper, who officially adopted that stage name for himself in the mid 1970s. “All of a sudden, we went, ‘Wow, look at this. What if we did this live? What if the theatrics was actually a living thing, with rock and roll behind it?'”

Preceding Kiss and Motley Crue, and eons before Marilyn Manson, Cooper cultivated a hellion stage persona that would seduce young audiences, while shocking their conservative parents. Macabre face-paint, giant serpents, and live chickens that may or may not have been mutilated on stage became part of the operatic hard-rock legend that’s the backdrop of Super Duper Alice Cooper, a rock-doc that premiered April 17 at the Tribeca Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

'Stage Fright' filmmakers talk Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, and musical mayhem -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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How gory is the new slasher movie Stage Fright? This gory: During her post-shoot ADR recording session, actress Minnie Driver wouldn’t even watch her own, very early demise. “It was too gruesome for her,” says director Jerome Sable.

So why did Driver agree to appear in the film in the first place? “She had been in The Phantom of the Opera, the film version [of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway show],” explains Sable. “So I appealed to her on that level.”

Oh, right. There’s something we forgot to mention about Stage Fright. In addition to being a full-on, blood-soaked horror flick, the film is also a full-fledged, song-packed, musical.

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Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9.

The film — which premiered at New York’s Beacon Theater — chronicles the rapper’s journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, widely considered one of the best rap albums of all time.

“The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what Nas has done in his career. It’s about bridging cultures and bridging communities — that’s what his work is about.”

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'Jem and the Holograms' movie to crowdsource its casting process

A lot of young girls from the 1980s pretended to be Jem, the Hasbro doll and cartoon character who lived a double life as a glam rocker. Now, a new generation of girls has the opportunity to play her in a live-action movie. Producers Jason Blum, Scooter Braun, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu are planning a Jem and the Holograms film, and they’re relying on fans of the cartoon to help with the movie — and perhaps even star in it. “We want to invite you into our process and help us make our next movie, from writing music to designing costumes to even casting,” said Chu, in a YouTube video. “Whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative time. Sort of like Kickstarter — but rather than asking for money, we’re asking for your creativity.”

“We are looking for the most talented girls and boys in the world to be in our movie,” said Braun, who represents Justin Bieber. “We want you to be our movie star.”

The announcement/recruitment video concludes with the trio inviting aspiring Jems and aspiring Holograms to upload pictures, messages of what fans love about Jem, and a two-minute audition video. “This is the real way we’re making our movie,” said Chu, who also directed two Bieber documentaries. “This is not a contest. This is actually how we’re putting things together.”

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Keira Knightley musical to close Tribeca Film Festival

Once director John Carney’s upcoming musical with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine will close the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 26. “Begin Again is a true New York story about the magical opportunities that can be found under this great city’s bright lights,” said Carney in a statement. “That said, I can’t think of a better place to have its U.S. premiere than the Tribeca Film Festival.”

Previously titled Can a Song Save Your Life? when it premiered at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, Begin Again tells the Once-like romance between a washed-up music exec (Ruffalo) and a heartbroken songwriter (Knightley) whose ex (Levine) has just become a spoiled superstar. “The idea of an A&R man discovering an act and what discoveries are left and what does fame sort of mean anymore were some of the themes I wanted to talk about in this movie,” Carney told EW in Toronto. “What I liked about the conflict between Keira and Ruffalo in the film, which I hope people are seeing, is what does an old-school A&R man do with a young talent who genuinely doesn’t want the limelight?”

The film co-stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and CeeLo Green.

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27.

'As the Palaces Burn': Randy Blythe and director Don Argott discuss the documentary

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When director Don Argott first teamed with Lamb of God for a documentary, the idea was to profile fans of the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band in different countries during a 2012 tour. But when the band arrived in the Czech Republic late that June, frontman Randy Blythe was arrested:. He was accused of pushing a young fan who’d rushed the stage back into the audience at a show in Prague two years earlier — causing a head injury that later took the fan’s life. Keeping the cameras rolling required trust. “Don was there and filmed my wife coming to visit me, but he wound up not using that and not really filming that much, because he felt it was more important to be there to support her as a friend, as a human being,” Blythe says.

As the Palaces Burn captures Blythe’s emotionally-charged return to the stage that August at Iowa’s Knotfest following his release. “They didn’t show this in the film, but our friends in the band Machine Head, who played before us on that stage, had blown the power. We were about an hour late going on, so there was 10,000 people in front of that stage chanting for like an hour,” Blythe says. (The reaction to the delay played a little too light, Argott explains. “Whether the power had gone out or not, it was a tense moment for you,” he says to Blythe. “It was tense for an hour,” Blythe responds, with a laugh.)

The documentary also follows Blythe’s return to the Czech Republic to stand trial in 2013, a decision he explains in the video below.  READ FULL STORY

Elijah Wood talks about his new thriller 'Grand Piano'

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In the new thriller Grand Piano, a stage-fright-stricken classical pianist (Elijah Wood) is informed he must perform his comeback recital perfectly or get shot to death. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

Directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and costarring John Cusack and Alex Winter, the film opens theatrically in New York and Austin, Tx., today. To mark the film’s release, we spoke to Wood about tickling the ivories — and why it pays to hang out in Austin bars.

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