The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Recasted with Pop Stars

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At the 2002 Academy Awards, Paul McCartney told the Hobbit director Peter Jackson that the Beatles once wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings. Paul would have portrayed the hobbit Frodo, Ringo would have been his faithful companion Sam, George would have played the wise wizard Gandalf, and John would have been the tragic, evil Gollum.

The Beatles planned to ask Stanley Kubrick or Lawrence of Arabia's David Lean to direct it. Unfortunately, writer J.R.R. Tolkien was not a fan of the counterculture, and turned them down.

But as the second part of the new Hobbit trilogy of movies came out last Friday -- The Desolation of Smaug -- we can't help but think the Fab Four were on to something. Middle Earth could use a little song and dance amongst its dungeons and dragons. Here's how we'd have cast The Hobbit with pop stars. Although if Mr. Tolkien shrugged off the Beatles as riffraff, we shudder to think what he would've said about this crew.


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The Hunger Games 2 Recast with Pop Stars

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Now imagine her as Miley! That's our kinda movie.
There's no good reason for the producers of The Hunger Games to recast its sequel, Hunger Games: Catching Fire with pop stars. The first movie about a dystopian future where teenagers are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death, grossed 400 million dollars with normal actors. But this previous success did not stop the franchise from changing directors as the new chapter, coming out Friday, November 22, was directed by Francis Lawrence.

Now, Lawrence got his start directing music videos. So we're fantasizing that the next flick will feature an all singing, all dancing Hunger Games. And if that's the case, this is who we'd cast.

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Coen Brothers' New Movie Soundtrack Features a Folkie Justin Timberlake

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Back in 2000, the Coen Brothers directed O Brother Where Art Thou. You might remember the screwball comedy featuring George Clooney as an escaped convict trying to get back to his family in the South of the 1930s. More likely, you remember the film's soundtrack, which sold more than 7 million copies, won a Grammy for Album of the Year, and singlehandedly started a bluegrass craze.

Now the Coen Brothers are trying to see if lightning can strike twice and are again reviving a neglected musical genre. Their new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, due out in December, takes place in the folk scene of early 1960s New York. The buzz from Cannes is that it is another comedy classic from the brothers Coen, based loosely on the life of folk singer Dave Van Ronk (but since O Brother Where Art Thou claimed to be based on Homer's The Odyssey, you can take that with a grain of salt). But more excitement is brewing around the new film's soundtrack produced by O Brother's producer, T-Bone Burnett.

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Scariest Halloween Movies in Anticipation of Splatter-Rama!

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Ian Witlen

Yeah, everyone's horny on Halloween, dressed up like slutty turnips or sexual dachshunds. But, you're all forgetting that this is a holiday centered around fear! Thankfully, the gory Fort Laudy film night Splatter-Rama promises they "are going to eat you" on October 31. And thank the gods of zombies for that.

This time around, they're screening Dawn of the Dead for only 5 bucks (as part of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, apparently). The George A. Romero 1978 classic is guaranteed to make you piddle in your panties out of zombie-related fright -- so maybe don't bring a date. Another ridiculously wonderful Halloweeny treat is an all night happy hour -- with drinks costing a mere 2 bones -- and more importantly, free candy.

We spoke with horror movie super fan Mikey Ramirez of Radio-Active Records, who hosts the event along with Cinema Paradiso and Fuck FTL. He offered commentary on his favorite Halloween flicks for the big day. Click and learn, people. Click and learn.

See also: Photos from Splatter-Rama Halloween at C&I Studios 2012


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FLIFF Hosts Lavish Gatsby Affair but Maintains Indie Integrity

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Michael Toledo

The first film at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), Free Ride, debuted to a packed audience. The crowd included the likes of producer Stephen Moyer (AKA Bill Compton of True Blood -- yes, the Vampire Bill), director Shana Betz -- who wrote and directed the film based on her mother -- and many sponsors and other participating directors.

After the film premiered, guests headed to a Great Gatsby-themed soiree that looked straight out of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the classic novel. It was the cat's pajamas, if you will. The house itself was a work of art. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, it held three bars, eight bedrooms, two pools, a man-made beach, and a 100-foot VIP yacht. Balloons clouded the pool while professional dancers decorated in flapper attire fox-trotted under a clear night sky. The courtyard was sprinkled in twinkle lights, and the guests were bedazzled in beaded dresses and gowns, zoot suits, and fedoras.

One of the sponsors, Cyndi Boyar, was dressed to the nines with her equally gorgeous friend, Hunter Powell, who flew down from New Jersey for the festival. "I'm a celebrity makeup artist, and I decided I wanted to be a part of FLIFF," says Boyar.


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Top Ten Best Uses of Beach Boys' Songs in Movies and on TV

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Sayre Berman

Brian Wilson coming to town again brings back memories of bikinis, beach parties, and endless summer nights where old age doesn't exist. But these aren't our own memories of Beach Boys' songs. Nope, they're ones we got watching the Beach Boys' songs play during movies or on TV during sandy surfy scenes. Usually, when the Beach Boys music is playing on a soundtrack, it's lazy shorthand for the director to convey the feeling that everyone's having fun in the sun. Here are ten examples of movies that used the Beach Boys' brilliant music in more inventive ways.

See also: Brian Wilson on Songwriting: "I'm Always Anxious to Make Each One Better"


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Splatter-Rama Returns, and It's Bloodier Than Ever

Ian Witlen

For those who get all tingly over smashed guts and bloody faces on the big screen, this Saturday brings with it a delightful surprise. Splatter-Rama returns to Cinema Paradiso with the goriest, most vile double feature around. This month features two ghoulish "night" films: Night of the Demons and Night of the Creeps.

The popular event quieted down after last March's screening. Radio-Active Records' Mikey Ramirez, who hosts the night, said that part of the reason for the break was that Record Store Day was consuming all of his time. The other reason was that he's just sold his house and was looking for a place to live. "After RSD, which was a huge success, I needed a break," he admits.

See also: Photos from Splatter-Rama, August 2012

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Top Ten Divas on Film

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In a wonderful coincidence, two of the top leading ladies of song of the twentieth century in Loretta Lynn and Diana Ross will be performing at Hard Rock Live in the coming weeks.

Their musical styles couldn't be more different. Lynn is known as a plain-spoken, country-singing woman of the people who wrote her own songs and played her own guitar. Ross is, to most, a glamorous disco queen whose group the Supremes helped Motown become the hit factory it's remembered as today.

But the two women have one other similarity, they were both inspirations for Academy Award winning movies. In their honor, we bring you to this list of the top ten divas on film.


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Win Tickets to See Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla in West Palm Beach

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If you were playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, someone you might want to sneak into your lineup of connected stars is Sinbad. Though he's not the first actor that comes to mind when you think "who's acted with everyone," he definitely might win you a game or two.

Fans of comedy, and those of you older the age of 30, will remember that he played alongside the Cosby family folks and Marisa Tomei in A Different World, Salma Hayek co-stared with him in The Sinbad Show, and not sure if this counts in finding your way to the Bacon, but he spent a Bosnia and Herzegovina USO tour with former FLOTUS Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Crow.

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That Was Piddie Korn: The Documentary Nobody Asked for That Everyone Should See

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Piddie Korn in a not-at-all creepy group glamour shot.

By Jesse Scheckner

Suddenly, on screen someone is being fellated. In a bargain motel room in the stretch between Miami and Athens, Georgia, sometime during their summer tour of 1998, two members of South Florida's oft-overlooked goof-pop-punk quintet Piddie Korn are tag-teaming some Tampa tail. To what is sure to be the on-screen girl's relief, nearly none of this pornographic scene will make it into his movie, but director, editor and producer Joel Sotolongo has a good explanation as to why it is among the footage he brought over for review.

"I'm showing you this, because I want you to know that when I say I filmed everything on the tour, I filmed fucking everything on the tour," he says.

That scene is among the 11 hours of raw footage Sotolongo is working through while piecing together his first full-length documentary feature, That was Piddie Korn, a subtle titular riff on the seminal 1984 Rob Reiner mocumentary, This is Spinal Tap.

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