How cute are Fifth Harmony? So very cute. I caught up with "The X Factor" fivesome on the red carpet at the American Music Awards earlier this week, fresh off of singing "Better Together" in the AMAs pre-show.
Each took time out to say what their No. 1 jam of 2013 would be, with Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," HAIM's "If I Could Change Your Mind," a Rihanna single and more.
Considering it was cold (at least for L.A.), I also asked if they'd be into ever recording a Christmas album. And just guess their answer.
Get your coffee ready, 'cause here's some sugar. Check out the vid. Fifth Harmony's EP "Better Together" was released in October.
The long-form music video/short film for Broken Bells' "After the Disco" wielded a lot of star power, including fun sci-fi work from Jacob Gentry, Kate Mara in a pink uniform and the gifted melancholy of Anton Yelchin.
If you spent the week singing the words "Sailors in your mouth" like I did, then you may be pleased to know there is a proper indie rock version of the new cult classic.
The "Bob's Burger's" newest Thanksgiving episode yielded another inspired Linda moment, as she and sister Gayle plunged deep into the topic of gravy for a new turkey day anthem. Brooklyn rockers The National showed back up for the holiday this year, in the animated form of your favorite pan-made condiment, for the "Bob's Buskers" series, only to slide down Bob's gullet.
Don't want you to count 'em, but just note: some artists think their own jam is the jam of 2013. And why shouldn't they?
HitFix caught up with a number of stars on the red carpet at the American Music Awards, including Akon, Fifth Harmony, Nelly, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, R. Kelly and Shemar Moore (?!) and asked, "What's your No. 1 song this year?"
Kells said "Do What You Want With My Body," his jam with Lady Gaga, Lamar went with his "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." And Shemar Moore? He's a Drake man.
Watch our quick-hitting video from the AMAs above and answer for yourself: what's your 2013 jam?
By now you may have seen Part 1 and Part 2 of music crew Broken Bells' mini-film "After the Disco." What you may not know is what Bob Fosse has to do with any of it.
Helmed by Jacob Gentry ("The Signal") and starring Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin, this sentimental space journey is both retro-cool and futuristic, a look the director intended with the eye-popping space-scapes against throwback colors schemes and costumes.
"Science fiction is my favorite genre," Gentry said in our interview, an it shows. His first go with Broken Bells -- which consists of James Mercer of the Shins and producer/songwriter Danger Mouse -- was for 2010 music vid "The Ghost Inside," featuring Christina Hendricks literally selling pieces of herself to enjoy an intergalactic utopia straight from of a 1940's style Hollywood postcard.
The love story for "After the Disco" had Yelchin's character, boring and lifeless, finding his way into the arms of space cadet Mara, then lulled into the belly of a ship and a dance party that goes on forever. Sweet living, no? Tough luck, sweethearts, the scene goes sour. Read a full Q&A with Kate Mara on the video and more here.
"I wanted to take the deign elements of 'Logan's Run' and give it a melancholy," Gentry continues, mentioning that Broken Bells' "bold pop music references" suited the scope of a small story in a big universe. Gentry and Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) have known each other since college and each being a fan of each others' work appears to have helped with the shorthand and creative vision it takes to shoot a story like this in only two days.
Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" performance at the 2013 American Music Awards tended toward the minimal, but not because of what she wasn't wearing this time.
The young star donned a cat-themed two-piece and sang a straight-forward rendition of the "Bangerz" hit, and behind her was a giant kitten lip-syncing the song while being projected into space.
Seriously. That's it. Why, LOLCAT? In the words of Childish Gambino: Because the internet.
Cyrus showed no wink in her eye, and actually appeared quite emotional toward the end of the powerful tear-jerker, while the semi-static image of a cat peered thousands of yards into our soul. For such a massive troll, we even forgive her for missing a beat.
In our interview this week, Kate Mara described the second season of “House of Cards” and her character in it, Zoe Barnes, as never having a dull moment. The same can probably be said of her professional life right now, as she promotes the two-part mini film “After the Disco” for Broken Bells, currently shoots “Captive” in Mexico City with David Oyelowo and will soon see the result of her turn in “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp. Mara also said that “House of Cards” finished shooting about a month ago, and the second season with drop – all at once, again – “relatively soon."
Watch Part One of Broken Bells' "After the Disco" here. Watch Part Two below.
Two major soundtrack releases -- last week's "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" -- take two different tacks in regards to their tracks.
Like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the Coen Brothers' latest film integrates its songs firmly into the story, shy of a musical, but without meaning if not for its songs. Justin Timberlake, the film's star Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and more topline the traditionals and golden Greenwich-era folk music.
"Catching Fire" is the latest in a string of major Hollywood flicks that assembled several previously unreleased songs from top-line artists like Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and Christina Aguilera, some of whom composed and recorded specifically for the movie.
Thinking about high profile releases like these, HitFix staffers put our heads together to rank some of the best film soundtrack releases we could think of. There were fierce defenses of sole votes, and no shortage of those who claimed they wore their record/tape/CD down to ashes. It was also no surprise there were great mixes for terrible movies -- we'll leave it to you to determine which those are.
But for every "Shaft," "Judgement Night," "The Crow," "Menace II Society," "Stealing Beauty," "American Graffiti" and "Twilight" film soundtrack we couldn't include in the Top 20, there were no-brainer classics like "Purple Rain," "Pulp Fiction" and "Pretty in Pink" to keep the conversation calm.
Check out our ranked list of the 20 Best Soundtracks Of All Time below, and rank 5 of your own, too. And don't fuss too bad, we'll do a Best Soundtrack Score some other time, you "There Will Be Blood" fans.
If you're feeling extra-charged, check out our Top 20 Movie Musicals of the Last 50 Years.