Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Jack White To Score Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger'

Fresh off the release of his solo debut Blunderbuss, Jack White is set to score Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Though this will not be White’s first exposure to film music, it is the first chance he’s had to score an entire picture. His previous film work includes the Alicia Keys collaboration “Another Way To Die” from the 2008 James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, and his cover of “Wayfaring Stranger” for Cold Mountain.

The Lone Ranger, like Depp’s blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean, will be directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Films. On White’s role, Bruckheimer told Variety: “Jack’s an amazing songwriter with a unique style… We’re thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture.”

If Blunderbuss was any indication of what we can expect from White, his sense for rootsy-Americana-blues combined with hard-edged rock’n’roll will create a familiar yet jarring soundscape to the film. Safe to say, our interest is piqued. The film is set to release May 31, 2013 and will begin filming soon in New Mexico.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sound And Vision: It's the Same Old Song for Thespians Who Sing — and Chances Are It's Not a Hit!

Though Susan Boyle helped make music’s mainstream safer for the mature crowd, her chart-life-begins-at-nearly fifty success story remains a rarity. But perhaps in the case of Jeff Bridges, who won an Oscar for playing an alcoholic country singer in Crazy Heart, a music star could have been born at the ripe old age of 61. Alas, it was not to be. His debut album, Jeff Bridges, entered Billboard’s Top 200 album chart at No. 25 the week after its August 16 release and then tumbled to No. 58.

Thankfully, Bridges is in no danger of losing his day job.

These are hard times for actors and actresses moonlighting as recording artists. Back in the ’80s, the biggest movie stars usually were guaranteed at least one big pop hit if they bothered to try. Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, Don Johnson and Patrick Swayze all did, and each managed one trip to the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. But that was then. By the ’90s, mega-stars like Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and Russell Crowe were forming rock bands that went nowhere on the charts.

More recently, Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars has approached a level of heat commensurate with that of his acting career (which, considering his overall filmography, isn’t as impressive as it might sound), but there hasn’t been a movie star who’s been able to consistently score on the music charts since Jennifer Lopez made her seamless transition to pop diva in 1999 with the No. 1 hit “If You Had My Love.”

A handful of TV stars have done slightly better. Just in time for the September 18 Emmys, House star Hugh Laurie, an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominee, sees his debut album, Let Them Talk (produced by Joe Henry, Madonna’s talented brother-in-law, and released in the U.S. on September 6, months after its successful spring launch in Europe), enter the Billboard Top 200 album chart at No. 16. Meanwhile, the single “Police Dog Blues” debuts at No. 58 on the Hot 100 — respectable, if not spectacular. But does his chart career have long-term potential? At first, Hilary Duff‘s seemed to, but her music career stalled nearly a half-decade ago (her one-time nemesis Lindsay Lohan‘s never really took off), and Miley Cyrus, who had to make her initial cross-over to pop as her small-screen alter-ego Hannah Montana, is in flux after tanking last year with Can’t Be Tamed.