<p>Lana Del Rey</p>

Lana Del Rey

Watch Lana Del Rey as a stripper-poet-saint in 'Tropico'

It's not as crazy as it sounds
At last night's premiere of "Tropico," Lana Del Rey announced that the short film is the final project for her 2012 breakthrough album "Born To Die" and that she'll release follow-up record "Ultraviolence" sometime next year. The new album title comes the book-turned-film "A Clockwork Orange," one of few references missing from the symbolism overload of "Tropico." Watch it here or below.
 
"Tropico" opens in the Garden of Eden with Del Rey as Eve and model Shaun Ross as Adam, plus Jesus, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and a unicorn. It quickly turns into a music video for "Body Electric," which fits the original sin theme pretty well. Once Del Rey bites into the apple though, all hell breaks loose and we fast-forward to a dystopian Los Angeles where she's working as a stripper and Ross is a convenient store clerk. 
 
Before "Gods and Monsters" begins, Del Rey rips off some great poets -- including Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg -- and whispers their words (and a few of her own) as scenes reveal that she's a lousy pole dancer, Ross is a criminal and they're hanging in the Latino gang crowd. That's about as much of a narrative as we get. 
 
Redemption arrives in the final scene as Del Rey and Ross cruise into a golden field in a sea green Bel Air, with John Wayne reciting a speech about America. Naturally, the song "Bel Air" kicks in and we watch as the couple becomes transformed from black-clothed sinners to white-wearing saints. Wayne serenades them into heaven with the classic "Always on My Mind."
 
Director Anthony Mandler's work is really the star of the film -- especially in the shots of L.A. and the finale -- so if you don't like Del Rey's music, at least watch it on mute.
<p>Metric</p>

Metric

Get lost in Metric's vibrant new video for 'Lost Kitten'

This is the best voguing you'll see all year
Canadian pop outfit Metric journeys to Mexico City for its new video "Lost Kitten," a single off its 2012 album "Synthetica." But don't expect to see the band anywhere in this video that is stylized like a Pedro Almodóvar film and chronicles the story of a lost, voguing dancer. Check it out here or below.
 
The song "Lost Kitten" recalls Metric in its angsty-pop "Grow Up and Blow Away" period, with frontwoman Emily Haines chirping sassy lines like "they got it, they want it, they give it away." The video takes a literal approach to the song's plea for home and security, following ballroom dancer Sheldon McIntosh (also known as Toronto drag performer Tynomi Banks) as he searches for his mother on the streets and outskirts of Mexico City. 
 
The color-saturated video opens with McIntosh waking up on a couch in a sequined jacket, white shorts and black kitten heel boots (Lady Gaga should steal this look) and finding a postcard from his estranged "Mama." McIntosh starts to softly hum the lyrics "you've got my eyes, you've got my eyes" and the actual song kicks in when he begins his quest. The video elegantly juxtaposes the glamorous, strutting McIntosh with the bustling city of vendors and commuters. In the video's stunning finale, McIntosh vogues on the deck of a flat-bottomed boat drifting down a canal that leads to his mother's arms.
 
Directed by fellow Canadian Sammy Rawal, the video was funded by MuchFACT, which provides grants to Canadian artists. The band grapples with conformity, the natural world and modern technology on "Synthetica," which was re-released last month as an instrumental, synthesizer-only album called "Synthetica Reflections." The new "Synthetica" interactive app allows fans to remix songs from the album.
 
If you want to see the beautiful Haines, she stars in the new video for the album's title track, which you can watch here.

Fifth Harmony talks 2013 jams, a Christmas album: Video
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Fifth Harmony talks 2013 jams, a Christmas album: Video

Check out the HAIM name-drop

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.

 

<p>Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara in &quot;After the Disco&quot;</p>

Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara in "After the Disco"

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Anton Yelchin talks 'Star Trek,' 'Burying the Ex,' 'Terminator' and astronaut work

Is the Russian-American actor on for another round of 'Terminator?'

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.

I had the chance to catch up with Yelchin as the two-part project premiered, to talk about the space-bound video plus a few other projects he's on, including the next "Star Trek," the possibility of another round of "Terminator," his starring roe in Joe Dante's "Burying the Ex" and making music in his spare time.
 
I think between the Broken Bells project and "Star Trek," you may have a future as an astronaut.
 
I just always feel like I’m floating around in space.
 
Such is the life of the actor…
 
I actually just think that’s just me.
 
In part 2 of “After the Disco,” I was half expecting a dance sequence. Can you dance?
 
No. Not at all. I’m like the anti-Baryshnikov. I can’t dance for shit.
 
You said this was your first music video. Think you want to do something like it again?
 
I’d love to do something like that again. It just depends on what music is, what the idea is, I was really fortunate that this was my first music video. I thought it was really fun.
 
You’re a musician too, aren’t you?
 
I’d really hesitate to say I’m a musician. I really think that I really respect real musicians, and it’d be an insult to call myself one. I make weird noise on my guitar.
 
I’m into making feedbacky, drone stuff on my guitar with pedals, with lots of feedback and onto tape.
 
Do you have any favorite guitars and amps?
 
I usually play through my Deluxe… it sounds great without any pedals, it’s a beast so you really can’t even go past “1.” I’m not a techy person I just like to figure out how to make sounds.
 
Are there any artists or songs you listen to to get pumped up, to go to work?
 
I don’t want to sound pretentious, I just like listening to the city. I find in a way its sounds are very interesting. I don’t know if there’s any real difference between music and sound anyway, it’s all just sounds.
 
But I’m really listening to the Misfits every day driving work. I’m working on a film with Joe Dante right now, and I feel like horror punk in this character I’m playing… I’ve loved the Misfits for a long time.
 
"Burying the Ex" – does it qualify as a zombie film?
 
There’s a zombie element to it, but the genre blend of horror and comedy. I like to just think of it as a Joe Dante film.
 
Are there any favorite fun horror films you’ve been watching lately?
 
I watched “White Zombie” with Bela Lugosi. “I Walked With a Zombie,” “The Unknown” is really macabre…. Tod Browning is so fucking weird. Lots of Vincent Price. Vincent Price is the man.
 
Are any of those creeping into your character in “Ex?”
 
I’m trying to put them in, but who knows.
 
Are you on for the next “Terminator?”
 
I don’t know, no one’s said anything to me. I have no idea. I literally know nothing about it.
 
For the “Star Trek” films, in approaching you for the next film in the series, do they ever give you a heads up about how much your character is going to be in the film? What kind of insights do you get as they start?
 
I get no insights. They call, they say, “We're going to make the film, we’re going to make it at this time.” And then they say, “Come read the script.” And then I read it and then I see how much work I have.
 
Do you have any idea how much of you we’ll have in the next film? I know I could have used more Chekov in the last film.
 
I really actually know nothing about it. I thought maybe I’d know more by now. I wasn’t around much this summer while I was working, I wasn’t in the loop.
 
When you’re on set for “Star Trek,” who’s the biggest clown?
 
We’re all pretty weird. When we get together.

 

 

Sad Sailors Your Mouth: The National sings the 'Bob's Burgers' Thanksgiving song

Sad Sailors Your Mouth: The National sings the 'Bob's Burgers' Thanksgiving song

It's the gravy boat

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.

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R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar answer 'What's your 2013 jam?' on the spot
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R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar answer 'What's your 2013 jam?' on the spot

We caught up with Shemar Moore, Fifth Harmony, Nelly and others at the AMAs

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?

<p>Broken Bells and Anton Yelchin in &quot;After the Disco&quot;</p>

Broken Bells and Anton Yelchin in "After the Disco"

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Jacob Gentry, Anton Yelchin talk Broken Bells space adventure

Kate Mara also stars in the retro-cool intergalactic love story

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.

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Miley Cyrus trolled the AMAs with her 'Wrecking Ball' performance

Miley Cyrus trolled the AMAs with her 'Wrecking Ball' performance

Kitten sings

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.

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<p>Kate Mara in Broken Bells' &quot;After the Disco&quot;</p>

Kate Mara in Broken Bells' "After the Disco"

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Kate Mara on ‘House of Cards’ Season 2: ‘Never a boring moment’

Actress talks Broken Bells, Miley Cyrus, ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Captive’ and the color pink

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."

Despite the space-based theme of “After the Disco,” Mara seems pretty grounded, happy and humbled by her work lately. Below, we discuss acting with Anton Yelchin, jamming to Miley Cyrus and Cliff Martinez, “Transcendence,” technology and the color pink.
 
HitFix: Your spacesuit for “After the Disco” was pretty great. Did you get to keep it?
 
Kate Mara: I didn’t get to keep it, but what are they going to do with it, yknow? It was made specifically for my 5’2” body. It’d be a cool Halloween costume.
 
Is pink your color?
 
I hate pink, I just sometimes end up wearing it. [Broken Bells] wanted to use an image from the album cover – a lady in this outfit. It’s awesome for the video.
 

What made you say yes to this project?
 
There was no spoken conversation, it was an email I got from my agent just saying, “Do you want to do this music video with Anton Yelchin?” and I was like “Yes, I love Anton Yelchin,” and then I thought, “Oh wait, maybe I should listen to the song first…” I’ve always wanted to work with [Yelchin], and I watched [director Jacob Gentry’s] video that he did previous to this with Christina Hendricks, which I thought it was so unique. Broken Bells’ music is so cinematic, so I thought it was a no-brainer.
 
Were you pretty up-to-date on their music when you said yes, with Broken Bells, or the Shins or Gnarls Barkley or anything?
 
I’m one of those people who loves a lot of songs but I don’t know who sings any of them.
 
You must’ve loved the fact that you didn’t have any dialogue.
 
Yeah on the first day it was just me and Anton in Malibu. [Gentry] sent me the lookbook for it, gave me the storyline and that was it. It was very improvisational, and yet it was Jacob talking to us while we were shooting.
 
I loved the experience. I think not having dialogue, it’s a very different challenge and yet trying to get people to understand what you’re going through.
 
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The 20 best movie soundtracks of all time

The 20 best movie soundtracks of all time

With 'Catching Fire' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' releases, we celebrate Prince, Beatles and 'Pretty in Pink'

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.