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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug': Listen to the soundtrack here -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

With every epic Peter Jackson film comes an epic soundtrack. And on Dec. 10, the soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will hit shelves along with a special edition soundtrack featuring 12 extended tracks, a bonus track, expanded liner notes, and interactive sheet music. Many of you have probably already pre-ordered the album, and we have an exclusive sneak peek at what you’re getting into.

Featuring the music of Howard Shore, the soundtrack plays a key role in the highly anticipated film. In the liner notes for the soundtrack, Jackson writes: “Howard Shore – what can I say? His music soars and enriches way beyond its connection to our images. He truly has created an epic musical world of his own. A unique sound like no other. A year from now, we will be able to listen to well over 20 hours of musical story telling, that starts with An Unexpected Journey, and concludes with The Return of the King.  That is Howard’s genius – he is carefully shaping this 6 part epic score as a fully unified narrative. This is the second chapter.”

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Sounds like a Summer Movie: How 'Star Trek' uses music to move you (and made you cry)

After exploring how children’s electric cars and remote-controlled jets were instrumental for creating the sounds of Iron Man’s suit in Iron Man 3, the second installment of our new series Sounds Like a Summer Movie takes a look at how music is used for dramatic impact in Star Trek Into Darkness. And it is used a lot: Sound mixer Will Files, who first worked with director J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, estimates there’s music over 75 to 80 percent of the film. Once again, Abrams used longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino, who won an Oscar for scoring Up. “J.J. and Michael take a pretty classic approach to scoring a film in that it’s more about the emotional beats in a scene and trying to figure out which character’s perspective you are trying to play in that moment, who you are trying to connect the audience with,” Files says. “Because of that, you end up with something that is not quite as generically action movie-oriented. You have a score that’s much more lyrical because it’s playing these broader strokes of emotion rather than the minutia of the actual action that’s happening on the screen.”  READ FULL STORY

'Pitch Perfect': Meet Anna Kendrick's Beca, the reluctant a cappella recruit -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Pitch Perfect, which starts hitting theaters this Friday before a wide release on Oct. 5, is the latest in a crop of girls-behaving-badly comedies. Among the ensemble cast is Up in the Air star Anna Kendrick, who plays Beca, a college freshman thrust in to competitive a cappella politics.

This exclusive video reveals how Beca gets involved with an all-girls a cappella group at the fictional Barden University. Kendrick shows off her singing skills, which she previously brought to the big screen in the indie musical Camp. Kendrick, co-star Skylar Astin, and director Jason Moore chime in about the DJ-turned-warbler character. READ FULL STORY

'Pitch Perfect': Listen to a Nelly-Bruno Mars mash-up -- EXCLUSIVE

Lately there seems to be no shortage of TV shows that churn out covers of well-loved songs, from Glee to Smash to American Idol to the recently canceled The Sing-Off. Soon joining that group is the movie Pitch Perfect, which rolls into theaters next week.

Pitch Perfect presents an edgier-than-Glee, college-set story of a cappella competition, starring Anna Kendrick as Beca, a freshman at fictional Barden University. After reluctantly joining the school’s all-girls a cappella group, the Bellas, Beca spices up the group’s decidedly old school repertoire with some remixes and mash-ups.

The Bellas’ shift from square to hip — plus the music supplied by fellow a cappella groups, including Barden’s all-boys group, the Treblemakers — gave music supervisors Julianne Jordan and Julia Michels the chance to pack a variety of songs into the film, from The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”

A cappella music was new territory for Jordan and Michels, but they hired some experts very familiar with that world to arrange the film’s music. Among the talents who took instrument-backed pop hits and transformed them into vocals-only arrangements for Pitch Perfect were Ed Boyer, who arranged the music for Glee’s Warblers, and Deke Sharon, considered the father of contemporary a cappella. Both are alums of the popular Tufts University group, the Beelzebubs.

Here EW debuts a song from Pitch Perfect‘s soundtrack, a mash-up of Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” and Nelly’s “Just A Dream.”

The song is performed by Kendrick and the Bellas, arranged by Ali Dee Theodore (whose writing credits include songs by Mary J. Blige and Shakira) and Broadway musical writer Tom Kitt.

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Tribeca Film Festival: The incredible story behind 'Searching for Sugar Man'

The documentary Searching for Sugar Man – a fascinating unraveling of a three decade plus mystery about a musician — was a sensation at Sundance, winning not just the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize but also a distributor. (Sony Pictures Classic will release the film in select theaters on July 27).

Now Searching for Sugar Man is enjoying a successful Tribeca Film Festival run than will undoubtedly win more fans over to the music of the almost-forgotten Rodriguez. A little history: in the late ’60s, Rodriguez was discovered by Motown producers who predicted he’d be one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. READ FULL STORY

Jack White to compose music for Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger'

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Jack White will be bringing his love of old-timey tunesmanship to Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s upcoming remake of The Lone Ranger.

The White Stripes and Raconteurs musician has a well-documented love of roots music, and will be bringing that to the Old West tale, along with his own modern edge, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said Tuesday at CinemaCon, the annual convention for theater owners. “So we’re going to have a little rock ‘n’ roll score, and I can’t wait to hear his rendition of the William Tell Overture,” Bruckheimer said.

The producer also revealed a few more details about what traits from the classic Western series they’ll be keeping, and how this relationship between Tonto and The Lone Ranger is like “The Odd Couple meeting The Wild Bunch.”

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Oscars 2012: Music branch chief Bruce Broughton on this week's controversial Best Song noms

One of the big stories of this week’s Oscar nominations was the announcement that, for the first time in history, only two songs have been given the nod in the Best Song category: Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets and the Rio number “Real in Rio,” which was co-written by legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes. Below, Bruce Broughton, who is chair of the Academy’s Music Branch Executive Committee, explains how just a brace of songs came to receive noms and why the situation might prompt a rule change.

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'Muppets' songwriter Bret McKenzie talks about facing off against Sergio Mendes in the Best Song Oscar race: 'I'm hoping we have a drum battle on the red carpet!'

Because of the 487 hour (approx.) time difference between Los Angeles and New Zealand, Bret McKenzie was asleep when it was announced his Muppets movie tune “Man or Muppet” had been nominated for an Oscar. “My phone was ringing hot,” says the Kiwi and Flight of the Conchords member about discovering the news. “Then I checked my email. I had a lot of emails.”

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'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': How Enya's music became the tune of torture

Plenty of cinema’s violent scenes have been underscored by equally violent music (take the staccato stabs of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho theme), but sometimes the best way to bring the horror into full relief is with something completely incongruous. One of the few times The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo takes a break from Trent Reznor’s thrumming, entrancing score is during one of its more harrowing scenes, when Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgard) has trapped Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) in his murder den and is preparing to wreak havoc on his pursuer. What music does the serial killer and modern-furniture enthusiast choose to set the mood? The 1988 new age-y hit “Orinoco Flow” by Enya, previously played mostly in less dangerous environs like elevators or waiting rooms.

But the real person responsible for forever tainting your memory of anodyne late-’80s hits? Daniel Craig. READ FULL STORY

'Titanic' in 3-D poster: Every Rose has its Jack -- PHOTO

Clearly — and, perhaps, predictably — James Cameron is going for nostalgia when it comes to the first poster for Titanic in 3-D. The one-sheet highlights an iconic image of the late 1990s: A dashing — yet boyish — Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack clutching Kate Winslet’s girlfriend-from-the-other-side-of-the-tracks Rose. Personally, I was hoping for something a bit more dynamic for a poster for a 3-D movie. Where’s propeller man when you need him?! See the poster below and remember the simpler days of 1997. READ FULL STORY

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