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Jimmy Fallon's new album stars Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews and more
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Jimmy Fallon's new album stars Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews and more

'Blow Your Pants Off' features late night show's musical parodies

It was only a matter of time: Jimmy Fallon will release a new album full of the parodies he and such guests as Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, and Bruce Springsteen have made famous on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Out June 12, “Blow Your Pants Off” features no stand-up routines, just Fallon's own impressions on such tunes as “Tebowie” and “Bob Dylan Sings ‘Charles in Charge’,” as well as viral hits like his and Timberlake’s “History of Rap,” and “Balls In Your Mouth” featuring Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, according to Rolling Stone.

Fallon’s only previous album was 2002’s “The Bathroom Wall.”

What do you think? The fun of the videos is seeing them as much as hearing them as both Fallon and his musical guests struggle to keep from cracking up. Somehow, just hearing the song doesn’t sound like that great a deal, but it's no different than The Lonely Island releasing albums of their musical skits.

So when’s the DVD coming?

The complete listing is below. We guess they couldn't get clearance for President Obama's version of "Slow Jam the News." 

The album art for Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow Your Pants Off'

Track listing for "Blow Your Pants Off"

"Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'"
"History of Rap" (feat. Justin Timberlake)
"Tebowie"
"Scrambled Eggs" (feat. Paul McCartney)
"The Doors Sing 'Reading Rainbow'"
"Balls In Your Mouth" (feat. Eddie Vedder)
"My Upstairs Neighbors Are Having Sex (And Listening to the Black Eyed Peas)"
"Bob Dylan Sings 'Charles in Charge'"
"Walk of Shame" (feat. Dave Matthews)
"Slow Jam the News" (feat. Brian Williams)
"New French Girlfriend"
"Cougar Huntin’" (feat. Big & Rich)
"You Spit When You Talk"
"Friday" (feat. Stephen Colbert)
"Neil Young Sings 'Whip My Hair'" (feat. Bruce Springsteen)

 


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<p>Check out the size of that brain. That's why 'The Avengers' feels like a magic trick.</p>

Check out the size of that brain. That's why 'The Avengers' feels like a magic trick.

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Watch: Joss Whedon talks about humor, Hawkeye, and the Hulk

The director of 'The Avengers' reveals the motivations behind his choices on the film

Until this year's SXSW film festival, I'd never spoken to Joss Whedon.

It didn't really strike me as odd until after the fact.  I mean, I've been writing about this guy's work for the entire time I've been online, and we have many overlapping friends.  Even if I hadn't had the opportunity for a formal interview, it seemed like we should have at least run into each other at some point.  Even my Twitter icon sort of perfectly sums it up, a photo of the two of us standing about eight feet apart that I never even realized happened.

The SXSW chat went really well, I thought, and then I saw "The Avengers" and just flipped for what he pulled off.  Sitting down with him again at the press day for the film, it was hard to know where to start the conversation because there's so much that's worth talking about when someone's having a creative moment like the one Whedon's having right now, not to mention the body of work he's already accumulated.

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A scene from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"
A scene from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"
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The 10 greatest films of all time (well, mine, anyway)

Okay, I'll join the fun

There's a lot of talk about lists lately. Just the other day we chewed on Roger Ebert's inclusion of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" in his personal top 10 films of all time as part of the 2012 Sight & Sound critics and filmmakers poll (which Guy is agonizing over currently as he was asked to participate this time around -- Friday's the deadline).

Meanwhile, HitFix's own Drew McWeeny offered up his personal list of 20 last night as a lead-in to a feature Film School Rejects managing editor Scott Beggs (aka Cole Abaius) has been working through for a few days now. I was also asked to participate in that poll, which was largely net-based in focus and therefore younger in demographic. So I might as well offer up some extended thoughts, too.

I've been doing this in one form or another for 12 years, going back to college and, really, my teens. I'm 30 now. And one question I've been asked frequently over that span of time is, "Hey, what are your top 10 films of all time?"

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

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What does Adam Lambert think of Kris Allen's single 'The Vision of Love?'

Two 'American Idols' release new albums one week apart

After long breaks between their individual major label debuts, “American Idol” season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert and winner Kris Allen will square off once again: in the record stores at least.

Lambert’s second RCA album, “Trespassing,” comes out next Tuesday on May 15, while Allen’s RCA set “Thank You Camellia” hits streets a week later on May 22.

When he saw that the two were releasing sets back to back, Lambert says, “I was like ‘Wow! OK. Here we go!,” he told Hitfix with a good-natured, bemused tone.

Though the pair couldn’t be more different musically or stylistically, they have maintained a mutual respect and admiration society for each other since appearing on the show, so it comes as no surprise that Lambert has very positive things to say about Allen’s current single, the positive “The Vision of Love”: “I’m so excited for him. I heard his new single and I think it’s beautiful and I think his voice sounds great on it,” Lambert says. “It’s a great melody. I know he helped write it. He’s a really talented guy so I’m excited to hear how the rest of the album turns out.”

We’ll post our full interview with Lambert  this Friday and watch for our interview with Allen to run next week. In the meantime, here’s a teaser from our sit down with Allen that we ran a few weeks ago

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Listen: O.A.R. and B.o.B collaborative Olympics theme 'Champions'

Listen: O.A.R. and B.o.B collaborative Olympics theme 'Champions'

A match made in a laboratory

I know what you're thinking. B.o.B. O.A.R. Together at last. And for an Olympic theme song, to boot.

The corporate sponsored-song "Champions" has an accompanying video interspersing sports clips with the two artists in the studio and their entourage nodding in the control room.

O.A.R. is already known for their songs-with-a-message. It's just that so few of those end with a saxophone line, a la Clarence Clemons. Otherwise, this song seems to have been crafted in a lab, so be inspired at least by the science of entertainment. My favorite part is where Bobby Ray puts his fists up in the air like a boxer and ad-libs "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah."

We've already won.

 

 

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<p>From the Magnetic Fields' &quot;Quick!&quot;</p>

From the Magnetic Fields' "Quick!"

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Watch: The Magnetic Fields' darling 'Quick!' music video

What do trash can people eat?

The Magnetic Fields is a great band for the painfully shy. For all you trash can people out there: "Quick!" is for you.

Check out the music video for the new single from the band's latest "Love at the Bottom of the Sea," out earlier this year.

Does the clip make you wide-eyed?

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<p>A scene from Cristian Mungiu's &quot;Beyond the Hills.&quot;</p>

A scene from Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills."

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Cannes Check: Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

Continuing our series of Cannes competition previews

The director: Cristian Mungiu (Romanian, 44 years old)

The talent: A number of first-time actresses pepper the cast list of Mungiu's latest, including his two leads, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur. Keen followers of the Romanian New Wave may recognize (if not necessarily be able to name) the odd face in support, including a number of bit players from "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." The biggest name here, relatively speaking? Luminita Gheorghiu, who won an LA Critics' award a few years back for "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu." 

Mungiu wrote and produced the film himself. It's interesting, however, to see Belgian brothers (and two-time Palme d'Or winners) Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne on the list of co-producers, just in case its Croisette cred needed any beefing up. "4 Months" cinematographer Oleg Mutu is also, invaluably, back on board -- as mentioned yesterday, this is one of two Competition entries this year shot by him. That film's production designer Mihaela Poenaru returns, joined by Calin Papura, who did some striking work on Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth." Editor Mircea Olteanu (who also doubles as sound editor) makes his feature debut here.

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Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado

Watch: Nelly Furtado has a growth spurt in 'Big Hoops' music video

She definitely believes the bigger, the better

Nelly Furtado is definitely taking the lyrics of her new song, “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)” literally in the tune’s official video.

The attack of this 10 foot woman takes place as she strolls nonchalantly down the street, totally oblivious to her shorter minions gawking up at here in awe and/or terror.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Gary Busey. 'Piranha 3D'. Bloopers. Whattaya need, a roadmap?</p>

Gary Busey. 'Piranha 3D'. Bloopers. Whattaya need, a roadmap?

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Exclusive: Want to see Gary Busey 'Piranha 3DD' outtakes? Of course you do

The 'Feast' boys bring you a new movie about those hungry, hungry fish

When someone contacts you and asks if you want to see Gary Busey bloopers from the sequel to "Piranha," the answer is ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION "yes."

All I needed to hear was "Gary Busey" and "bloopers," because I can only imagine what it looks like when he gets something wrong.  The performances they cut together of his these days look like outtakes in the first place, barely sane collections of reaction shots that only loosely relate to what's happening around him, so bloopers?  Please.  As many as possible.

Busey is a big personality, and at this point, you know what you're getting when you cast him.  I give him credit for holding together this sort of niche he's carved out, finding films that can make use of his particular presence and his box-office percentages in the overseas financing game.  Thanks to some of the hits he's been in, Busey can help get a film made.  He is a vital piece of the chess board, and I seriously respect any working actor who figures that out for themselves.  Lots of people appear in movies.  Not many people do it for forty or fifty years in a row.

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<p>Sara Watkins</p>

Sara Watkins

Interview: Sara Watkins talks 2nd solo album, Fiona Apple, Nickel Creek

Listen to 'Sun Midnight Sun' -- including her duet with Apple -- in its entirety

You can’t talk about Sara Watkins without dropping some big names. The former Nickel Creek member produced her first, self-titled 2009 album with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. She’s spent the years between now and then as a touring fiddler and backing singer for the Decemberists, as performer and occasional guest host for “Prairie Home Companion” and continuing the foundations of the Watkins Family Hour at L.A. mainstay Largo with her brother and Nickel Creek cohort Sean.

“I’ve gotten some nice invitations, and I said yes to them,” Watkins said in our recent interview. This time, for her new solo album “Sun Midnight Sun,”she said yes to collaborations with artists like Fiona Apple and Jackson Browne, with Dawes’ Blake Mills at the helm.
 
Each experience in the past few years has helped to inform Watkins, Solo Artist. “Prairie Home” was the opportunity to “pretend I was Dolly Parton… I’d do my thing, then sit on my bench and watch and enjoy.” Decemberists was what it was “to work and be in someone else’s band – I’d ride on the bus, no accounting, no driving. I’d use my energy to rest up and play for an intense couple of years. I learned to be relaxed and I got refreshed… It’s really fun to see how other people put on a show.”
 
Watkins paired up with Apple on cover “You’re the One I Love” for “Sun Midnight Sun,” and she said it was a thrill to put two very different female voices on an Everly Brothers tune. “I love Fiona. She’s a sweet person, lovely to be around and exciting to sing with and work with,” Watkins said. “There’s a particular girl-backed intensity. When we sang it together it was the absolute highlight of my career.”
 
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<p>There is a reason I named my son Toshiro, and at least part of it is because of his iconic work in 'Seven Samurai'</p>

There is a reason I named my son Toshiro, and at least part of it is because of his iconic work in 'Seven Samurai'

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How I picked my twenty favorite films of all time and why

A famous once-a-decade poll started me thinking

Yes, I know Roger Ebert recently wrote a piece about struggling to define his ten favorite films of all time.  He was doing so as part of the "Sight & Sound" critic's poll, and it was a typically great Ebert piece, even if I disagree strongly with some of the titles on his list.

Disagreement is, of course, part of the point.  And since I wasn't asked to be part of the "Sight & Sound" poll, and neither were any number of interesting online voices, it was immediately appealing when Cole Abaius from Film School Rejects asked me to contribute my list to a piece he's doing this week.  I decided it would be a fun exercise and opened up a file to start writing and…

… froze.

I've taken a shot at a similar list before, almost in passing, and I've certainly got a running short list in my head of my favorite movies.  But actually quantifying what my ten, or in this case twenty, favorite films are, without cheating, without including trilogies, without padding the list out… that's tough.  And by the time I was done, I realized this needed to be a stand-alone article here on the blog.

One film you won't see on my list?  "Citizen Kane."  I might include it on the list of the ten most significant films of all time, and I certainly think much of what we consider modern film language evolved from choices that Welles and Gregg Toland made on that film, but as far as personal enjoyment?  It's not in my top ten or even my top twenty.  I just don't feel compelled to revisit it often, nor do I feel there is much more I can ever take from it as an experience.

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<p>Vanessa and Ralph of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Vanessa and Ralph of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Vanessa & Ralph talk 'The Amazing Race'

The 4th place finishers discuss Japanese game shows and on-air fights
Wisecracking, occasional Mean Girl Vanessa and her affable, but occasionally pugnacious  boyfriend Ralph were one of the more polarizing teams on the recently completed season of "The Amazing Race."
 
For some fans, Vanessa's loopy and occasionally biting wit, plus Ralph's solid physicality made them an easy team to root for. 
 
But for other viewers, it felt like Vanessa was picking on "Big Brother" veterans Brendon & Rachel, which would only be a negative if you happen to believe that Brendon & Rachel didn't deserve to be picked on.
 
Ralph & Vanessa had a steady, but unremarkable "Amazing Race" run, always competitive, but never rising above third on any Leg. 
 
At least they had a memorable departure as Vanessa, nursing an injured ankle from an earlier fall, was forced to complete in a Japanese game show Roadblock that asked contestants to sprint against the tide of a treadmill, periodically leaping to grab rubber chickens. It was an exhausting challenge under any circumstances, but with a sprained ankle, it seemed to be untenable. While Ralph urged Vanessa to quit and take the penalty, Vanessa battled through, refusing to quit. They still finished in fourth and were eliminated, but at least they left with their heads up.
 
In their exit interview on Monday, Vanessa & Ralph discussed that last Roadblock, their battles with each other and with Rachel & Brendon and why fighting may have been the secret to Dave & Rachel's winning success.
 
Click through for the full interview.
 
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