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Katniss sings (again) in new 'House at the End of the Street' clip -- VIDEO

“Rue’s Lullaby” was only the beginning.

This “music video” trailer for The House at the End of the Street features aspiring triple threat Jennifer Lawrence as you’ve never seen her before: placidly strumming an acoustic guitar and crooning a soft version of Benji Hughes’ “All You’ve Got to Do Is Fall in Love.” From the clip, you’d think House is a sweet romance about Lawrence and her broody neighbor, played by Max Thieriot… at least, until the creepiness begins about 40 seconds in. Either way, the song sounds great — whether it’s played straight or distorted as Lawrence’s character descends into the Death Basement of Doom.

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Check out the new Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo poster for 'Drive' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The world seems to be divided into those who loved last year’s heartfelt, Ryan Gosling-starring Crazy, Stupid, Love and those who loved last year’s head-stomping, Ryan Gosling-starring Drive. I’m not saying who’s right or who’s wrong. I am saying all right-minded folks should feast their eyes on our exclusive preview of the new, limited edition Drive poster the good folks at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and its collectible merch arm Mondo will be selling online starting this Thursday.

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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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Sergio Mendes says a 'Rio' sequel 'looks like it's going to happen'

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Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes has said that a sequel to last year’s animated, avian-centric hit Rio “looks like it’s going to happen.” Rio was released last April and grossed $143m at the U.S. box office. Yesterday, Mendes was nominated in the Best Song Oscar category for co-writing the Fox film’s song “Real in Rio.”

Mendes told the Associated Press that Rio director Carlos Saldanha may tie the sequel to the 2014 World Cup, which is being hosted by Brazil. “I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the World Cup,” said Mendes. “Fox has been talking about [it] and it looks like it’s going to happen. We’re going to have a meeting I think next week and Carlos is coming to tell us the story, and it looks like it’s a go.”

A spokesperson for Fox confirmed the company was interested in turning Rio into a franchise but said no deals had been made at present.

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Oscars 2012: Why did only two tunes get nominated in the Best Song category?
‘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!’

Oscars 2012: Why did only two tunes get nominated in the Best Song category?

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There’s one thing that’s even less easy than being green: being nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar. For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, only two tunes made the cut this year: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets and the Rio track “Real in Rio.” “I thought it was going to be more songs,” says legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes, who co-wrote the Rio tune. “On the other hand, I’m glad it’s just two!” The two-tune showdown certainly increases his odds against Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie, who penned “Man or Muppet.”

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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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'Under African Skies' trailer: Paul Simon revisits his controversial album 'Graceland' -- EXCLUSIVE

Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning album Graceland — an irresistible and groundbreaking fusion of American and South African pop music — was an immediate hit when it was released in 1986. It also proved to be a lightning rod for controversy, after South African leaders protested that Simon had broken the cultural boycott of the nation’s oppressively racist apartheid regime. In the documentary Under African Skies, premiering on Sunday at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Simon returns to South Africa — which formally ended apartheid in 1994 — 25 years after Graceland‘s release. Director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills) follows Simon as he reunites with his South African collaborators, and revisits the controversy the album caused, while luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Paul McCartney share their thoughts on what the album meant to them.

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Vincent D'Onofrio talks about his slasher musical, 'Don't Go in the Woods'

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The words “slasher film” and “musical” are not often heard together in the same sentence. That may be about to change, thanks to Vincent D’Onofrio and his directorial debut Don’t Go in the Woods, which opens in New York today. This “slasher musical” tracks a rock band as they attempt to write songs in the wilds of upstate New York only to get picked off by a mallet-wielding psychopath. Below, the star of Full Metal Jacket and Law and Order: Criminal Intent talks about how he came up with the idea for his genre-fusing film, why he tried not to think about Stanley Kubrick while he was making it, and his country & western alter-ego George “Geronimo” Gerkie.

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Sinead O'Connor sings the original song from 'Albert Nobbs' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Sinead O’Connor has lit up the celebosphere of late thanks to her rather, well, lively personal life, so it may be easy to forget that the woman can still deliver a song like no other. This past New Year’s Eve, O’Connor joined the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin to sing “Lay Your Head Down,” the original song from the gender-bending period film, Albert Nobbs, written for the film by star Glenn Close and composer Brian Byrne. You can check out an exclusive video of her full performance below, and then contemplate the possibility that O’Connor could very well be giving a similar performance at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 26.  READ FULL STORY

Coen brothers target Justin Timberlake for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Just the other night, Justin Timberlake told David Letterman that he couldn’t seem himself in an old-fashioned movie musical. But what about a Coen brothers music movie? A source close to the production confirms to EW that Timberlake has been offered a role in Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coens’ upcoming film about the 1960’s New York folk music scene. (Variety first reported the story.) Oscar Isaac (Drive) has already been cast as the lead, a struggling musician, and Timberlake could play another folkie who’s romantically involved with a woman, reportedly to be played by Carey Mulligan.

In related casting news, Coen brothers’ favorite John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink) is in talks to join the production, though a deal has not yet been reached.

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