Jack White and Alicia Keys to Record New James Bond Theme Song

Bob Dylan must be jealous, and Duffy‘s probably sad… according to MSNBC (via Access Hollywood) and NME, Jack White and Alicia Keys will record the new James Bond movie theme song–the first duet in Bond movie history.

Writes MSNBC: “Alicia Keys and Jack White will record the theme for ‘Quantum of Solace,’ Access Hollywood has learned. The new track, called ‘Another Way To Die,’ was written and produced by White.”

What are your bets for what it’s going to sound like?

Thanks to all the peeps who wrote in.

The McAvoy Meter Review of “Wanted”

Despite the fact that I’ve seen quite a few James McAvoy movies since my first McAvoy Meter review, I’ve kinda been slacking on updating everyone on my drooling sessions. So here’s another one, of his most recent movie, “Wanted.”

Year of Release: 2008.
Synopsis: Wesley Gibson is your Average Joe accountant working a dead-end job, dating a cheating girlfriend, and best friends with an annoying jerk. When he discovers he’s the son of a super-human assassin–and he possesses all of the same capabilities–he is inducted into the elite world of professional high-stakes killers. Loosely based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar.
Character: Wesley Gibson. Lead character of this action-packed film also starring Angelina Jolie as his assassin school mentor.

How Much Screen Time Does James Have?: It’s basically all James all the time.
But, Is He Shirtless?: Yup. But only in one sequence. A pity since he significantly beefed up for the role.

Most Memorable James Moment: When Wesley lets loose on his irritating boss and co-workers after discovering his new found badass powers.

The Bottom Line: The movie is utterly stupid and unbelievable, but entertaining. James doesn’t get much of an opportunity to flex his acting muscles in between all of the ultra-violent shooting, dodging, and running, but when he does, he reminds us that he is in fact a great Actor. Although the genre and action in the movie is super-cool, his wardrobe and hair don’t (and can’t) really capitalize on his boyishly handsome looks. His American accent wavers at times, but in general pretty believable.

Final Rating: 5 on the McAvoy Meter for his dominating screen time and cool stunts.

Official trailer:

The Von Bondies Lend Their Song to Corey Feldman’s New Movie

Yup yup, even though The Von Bondies seem to have slipped from my radar, it seems as though they are still a working band (sans some eye candy–original member, the flame-haired Marcie Bolen, left the band in 2006), having finished their third album, Love, Hate, and Then There’s You, which is currently without a release date.

In anticipation of the new LP, the band has lent one of the songs off it, “Only to Haunt You,” to a rather unusual project–Lost Boys The Tribe. THAT’S RIGHT, LOST BOYS 2!!! Better yet, this vampire-heavy B-movie stars none other than original Lost Boy, Corey Feldman. THAT’S RIGHT, COREY FELDMAN.

Enjoy (Survive???) the trailer. I’m assuming the Von Bondies song is the one at the very start, and not the awful death metal music that kicks in during the vampire attacks:


Sondre Lerche @ the Canal Room for TriBeCa Film Festival

One of my favorite things about the TriBeCa Film Festival is that it’s a relatively low-key event. Basically the only time I remember it’s going on is when I see people walking around with those big stupid purplish badges slung around their necks as if to say, “No, I don’t know how to blend in, and Yes, I would like to get mugged.”

Another thing that fills me with glee is the fact that at least once a year a slew of free music events and movies are held delightfully close to where I live (hooray downtown Manhattan). So although I pass on a lot of the stuff going on, I do get to take advantage of some of the great happenings that go on–a prime example being the TriBeCa Film Festival Music Lounge at the Canal Room.

sondre lerche

I was thrilled to see that their lineup for Wednesday included a set by TMA fave, the Norwegian wunderkid, Sondre Lerche, who was slated to play from 5-5:30 pm.
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Spielberg Cannot Choose Between James McAvoy and Ewan McGregor

Steven, I TOTALLY feel your pain on this one. Which hottie Scottie is worthy of your adaption of “Flight 103”? Continual saucy Scot Ewan, or rising new-comer James? THIS IS A TOUGH ONE.

Although I love both, I have to say, James is on a hot streak and has been doing some of his finest acting work in the recent pictures he’s been in…Ewan hasn’t had a hit in a while. But both are capable actors, although IMHO, Ewan will always be my favorite hottie Scottie. You just cannot beat Obi-Wan.


James McAvoy <3 The Fratellis and Joy Division Biopic Star Wins a Prize

I have often been accused of having incurable Anglophilia, but IT’S JUST NOT TRUE, OK? I actually have Scotophilia, which is the obsession with Scottish people. Am I to be held negatively responsible for their hot accents?

Anyhoo, on Sunday the 2008 Empire Awards were held in London, and TMA favorite, James McAvoy won for Best Actor for Atonement. In his acceptance speech he name-checks fellow Scotsmen (who I saw in March of 2007 at Mercury Lounge), The Fratellis:

“That was The Fratellis, they’re from Scotland, they’re from Glasgow I think and that was cool. I’m truly nervous…”

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Live-ish Blogging The 2008 Oscars

8:29PM: Sitting down with a quart of Ben & Jerry’s right now in front of the television, waiting for the Oscars to start. Will update when something notable happens.

8:35PM: Daniel Day Lewis, earrings on both ears… yay or nay? Colin Ferrel, how/why is he allowed at the Oscars?

8:36PM: James McAvoy! Sitting next to wifey and nominee Saoirse Ronan.

8:40PM: I love the joke about the black/woman President, “how will we know it’s the future?”

8:42PM: Jennifer Garner, why is there a giant piece of hair falling all over the front of your face? Girlfriend has never met a boob-squishing strapless dress she hasn’t liked.

8:52PM: Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell. DID HE JUST SAY SH-T?? Or was it just “Shhhhhht”?
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Heath Ledger Is Dead

I can’t even begin to understand this

At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities. The police said they did not suspect foul play and said they found pills near body.