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'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Is Lovely, Dark and Deep

Hunger Games Soundtrack
Republic

Way to go, "Twilight" movies. You've made it so that it's no longer okay for films aimed at young adults to churn out soundtracks stocked with cookie-cutter pop bands.

Fortunately, it seems that T. Bone Burnett, the guy behind the soundtrack to the upcoming "The Hunger Games" film, has learned that lesson well. His collection here is eclectic, interesting and full of artists that some of the movie's younger fans will likely not know. It's also excellent and pretty damn dark, which is in keeping with a flick about kids who kill each other for sport. Get More »

Badly Drawn Boy's 'Being Flynn' Soundtrack Is a Smooth Move

Being Flynn soundtrack
Lakeshore Records

The last time filmmaker Paul Weitz and indie-folk musician Damon Gough (a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy) teamed up, it was on 2002's adaptation of Nick Hornby's "About a Boy." Ten years on, it's still considered by many of Gough's fans to be some of his finest work.

Now, the dynamic duo of movies about guys with parenthood issues is reuniting for another literary adaptation, "Being Flynn," Weitz's take on author Nick Flynn's memoir "Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City." Can jangly, emotionally compelling lightning strike twice? Get More »

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UPDATED: 'The Hunger Games' Album Soundtrack Song List

Lionsgate

UPDATED: The official track list for the "Hunger Games" soundtrack has just been released — and you can forget Cato, Clove and Marvel because Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi, Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift are here to regulate.

Now this is going to be a true battle of the bands. Get More »

Psst! Secret Sisters Are Gonna Be on 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

Universal Republic

Hear that? It's more news from "The Hunger Games" soundtrack.

The album is certainly taking shape, what with Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire and The Decemberists already on board, and now we may be able to add another group name to the list of those who we'll be hearing on repeat starting this March.

Secret Sisters, a country music duo of sisters Lydia and Laura Rogers, spilled the beans to the Alabama Times Daily and claimed their single "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder" is set to appear on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack. Get More »

Taylor Swift Gives Gift of New 'Hunger Games' Song

Taylor Swift
Getty Images

First of all, yes, Taylor Swift is on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack!

Secondly, Taylor brought a bit of holiday cheer to the citizens of District 12 and beyond with an unexpected gift: the release of her "Hunger Games" single, "Safe and Sound," a good three months before the actual movie comes out.

The singer-songwriter surprised everyone when she tweeted out the link to her new song late Thursday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Something I've been VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon (and I'm not referring to Christmas)," she wrote, later adding: "And this is it, the big surprise ... Go get it!" Get More »

Cameron Crowe Nails Another Soundtrack With 'We Bought a Zoo'

We Bought a Zoo soundtrack
Columbia

Fans of Cameron Crowe's films were first introduced to Sigur Rós in 2001's "Vanilla Sky," when the music-loving director used the Icelandic band's ethereal sounds to add a touch of the surreal to his "surprise, it's sci-fi!" flick. Now, for his new holiday feel-good film "We Bought a Zoo," Crowe has gone back to the same well by hiring Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to do the score and soundtrack.

The result is predictably beautiful. It's becoming a bit of a cliché that to score a particularly emotional scene with a Sigur Rós song, but divorced from visual context, the music retains its ability to touch the heart. Get More »

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There's Little New on the Still Enjoyable 'New Year's Eve' Soundtrack

New Year's Eve Soundtrack
Watertower Music

New Year's Eve: It's either a time to celebrate renewal and the hope that comes with a new year, or a time to gripe about "Amateur Hour" as you dodge puddles of alcohol-induced puke on the sidewalk. We're guessing the upcoming ensemble rom-com "New Year's Eve" from director Gary Marshall ("Valentine's Day") is going to be taking the former route rather than the latter, so it stands to reason that the soundtrack would be stocked full of uplifting party anthems that would fit right in on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. And so it is.

Most of the music here is licensed, so you'll have heard it before - P!nk's ubiquitous "Raise Your Glass" retains its pop charms, although we're wondering if it'll fully have worn out its welcome by the time Dec. 31 rolls around. We also get a visit from the Goo Goo Dolls (remember them?) with "Better Days," and what's sure to be the commercially-approved anthem of the actual New Year's Eve this year, "2012 (It Ain't the End)" by Sean Jay and Nicki Minaj. Get More »

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Music's Biggest Stars Turn Out For 'New Years Eve' Soundtrack

Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher in "New Year's Eve"
New Line

Whether it's creepers getting down under the mistletoe or trying to catch a cab home with a case of the champagne hiccups, New Year's Eve has the tendency to be a bit of a s#!tshow.

Even if the soundtrack for your evening ends up being the sound of drunken revelry, you can still have a perfect holiday, thanks to Garry Marshall's upcoming comedy "New Year's Eve," the soundtrack listings for which were announced today. Get More »

It's Time to Play the Music on 'The Muppets' Soundtrack

The Muppets soundtrack
Disney

A lot has been made of Jason Segel's attempt to create, with "The Muppets," a movie that measures up to the "original trilogy" -- "The Muppet Movie," "The Great Muppet Caper" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan" -- but one key element that often doesn't get mentioned is the music involved.

Any Muppets material looking to match those three titans has a tough musical row to hoe given the way songs like "The Rainbow Connection," "Movin' Right Along" and "Saying Goodbye" have been seared into the minds of a generation for decades. The bad news is that the soundtrack to "The Muppets" doesn't live up to those lofty standards. The good news is that, divorced of comparison to its predecessors, it's still a charming collection of original songs, covers, odds and ends that'll please Muppet fans interested in taking home a piece of the movie. Get More »

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'Breaking Dawn' Soundtrack Sparkles Like Diamonds

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Summit

The more snarktastic among us have made a near-industry over the years of goofing on the adventures of Edward and Bella, but there's one thing that even the most jaded hipster can't deny: The "Twilight" movies have always had kick-ass soundtracks.

Past installments have included contributions from indie stars like Death Cab For Cutie, Iron & Wine, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear and Stephanie Meyer's favorite band, Muse. Now, with only two flicks left, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (who pioneered this sort of thing with "The O.C.") is pulling out all the stops with the excellent soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." And excellent it is, if your heart isn't hardened to the more emotional end of the moody-rock spectrum.

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