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Watch: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland Announce Tour with a Musical Medley

Watch: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland Announce Tour with a Musical Medley
Hold on to your cowboy hats because your favorite country musicians are all going on tour together!

On Wednesday, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Texas trio Midland announced they were all going on tour together — and to celebrate, they made a pit stop by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform a medley of some of their biggest hits.

Midland started things off with their debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” before the camera panned to Musgraves, 29, who followed Midland’s lead and performed her debut single too: 2013’s “Merry Go Round.”

Then Little Big Town added themselves to the mix,
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Exclusive: Little Big Town Jokes They're 'a Little Bit Frightened' for Tour With Kacey Musgraves, Midland

Exclusive: Little Big Town Jokes They're 'a Little Bit Frightened' for Tour With Kacey Musgraves, Midland
Don't threaten Little Big Town with a good time! 

The band is gearing up to hit the road with Kacey Musgraves and Midland on The Breakers Tour, kicking off in February 2018, with tickets available beginning Friday, Sept. 22.

"It's going to be amazing, I'm a little bit frightened," Jimi Westbrook tells Et with a laugh. 

"It's going to be a good time -- maybe even too good of a time," Karen Fairchild explains. 

Lbt teamed up with their tourmates on Wednesday night for an epic medley on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Together, the group deliverered a ridiculously impressive take on Elo's "Don't Bring Me Down" -- watch below! 

Day Drinking With Little Big Town: On Tipsy Songwriting and Getting Kicked Out of a Casino with Blake Shelton

Though the tour is primarily named for Lbt's latest album, The Breaker, the band made a conscious decision to add an "s" for "The Breakers Tour."

"There
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Awesome Movie Action Sequences Redone in the Style of the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Opening Sequence

In honor of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 being released on Blu-ray and DVD, I was searching the internet just to watch that opening number with the great Elo song Mr. Blue Sky, when I came across a number of videos that took that same song and gave other movies a similar style opening.

I think it is really funny. Some work better than others, but they all follow a similar trend. They each have a violent fight scene undercut by the great Elo song. All of them do a freeze frame title cut right at the beginning of the fight and then lay out credits around the film. I know I'm a bit late to this party, but it still brings me great joy to watch these. I've included just a few below, but this has become a full blown meme by now and you can find plenty.
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Blu-ray Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 2017.

Written and Directed by James Gunn.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell.

Synopsis:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the adventures of the intergalactic team that was introduced to the cinematic Marvel Comics universe three years ago.

At its heart, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a movie about family. It opens with a young, CGI-ified Kurt Russell on 1980 Earth showing his girlfriend a space plant he has placed in the soil behind a Dairy Queen. If you’re guessing he probably has something to do with the back story of Earthling Peter Quill, leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, you wouldn’t be wrong.

In the present day, the Guardians have been tasked with protecting the powerful batteries
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How Baby Driver and Guardians Vol. 2 Soundtracks Kept from Crossing Over

How Baby Driver and Guardians Vol. 2 Soundtracks Kept from Crossing Over
Edgar Wright should be feeling quite good about himself right now. Baby Driver is one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, currently sitting at 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and is well on its way to becoming Wright's highest-grossing directorial effort to date. One of the most recognizable elements of the movie is the outstanding soundtrack. It turns out, Edgar Wright had some concerns that he was going to use some of the same songs that James Gunn used for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The director recently spoke with radio station Kpcc about Baby Driver and discussed the soundtrack a bit. Prior to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it occurred to Edgar Wright that there was at least a chance both movies could have some of the same songs on their soundtracks. So what did he do about it? He had a little chat with James Gunn.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Why Making Baby Groot Dance Was a Major VFX Challenge

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Why Making Baby Groot Dance Was a Major VFX Challenge
Baby Groot and “Mr. Blue Sky” were a perfect match for introducing the rebooted tyke in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” And it required a combination of deft choreography by director James Gunn and creative animation by Framestore. While Baby Groot sways to the joyous Elo song on his own dance floor, he’s oblivious to the Guardians battling the octopus-like Abilisk creature in the background.

But the sequence isn’t merely a throwaway — it shares the same pop cultural connection as the first movie. By discovering “Mr. Blue Sky” (part of Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 2”), a passion for music and dancing gets passed from one generation to the next. Quill (Chris Pratt) even assumes the role of father figure to Baby Groot by the end of “Vol. 2.”

How they defined Baby Groot.

While Mpc took the lead in animating Groot and shared it with Framestore on the first “Guardians,
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5 Reasons Why Baby Groot Totally Steals Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

5 Reasons Why Baby Groot Totally Steals Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
There are a number of reasons fans should be excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For example, there’s more shirtless

For example, there’s more shirtless Chris Pratt aka Star Lord, Kurt Russell makes his Marvel movie debut as Star Lord’s dad/an entire planet called Ego, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan kicking butt as fierce super-powered females Gamora and Nebula, and Sylvester Stallone also makes his Marvel movie debut in a supporting role that could lead to future standalone films.

However, all of that pales in comparison to the aww-inspiring appeal of the smallest,
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Review

A surprise hit when it surpassed expectations back in 2014, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy raked in over 700 million at the box office, surpassing many of the tried and true super hero properties of the vaunted Marvel label. But what goes up must come down, and the element of surprise enlivening the first installment seems glaringly absent from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which more or less functions the same way as the previous film as concerns a ragtag group of superhero misfits, who, like Deadpool, seem more overtly concerned with selfish agendas and in-house squabbling than run-of-the-mill altruistic heroes.

Despite dancing around predictable beats, although this time around the focus shifting (like many franchise properties) into exploring the notion of what makes a cohesive familial unit rather than its characters being charged with explicitly saving the galaxy, Gunn manages to resurrect the same sense of scruffy charm, replete with (mostly) obscure vintage soundtrack references to make this second revolution more palatable than most of its continuously recycled Marvel cousins.

After completing a job for a race of bronzed elitist beings known as the Sovereign, led by the haughty Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki, reminiscent of a similar race led by Charlotte Rampling in Zardoz), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his crew are now in custody of Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) rebellious younger sister Nebula (Karen Gillian), a being with a significant axe to grind with her sibling thanks to the abuses she endured growing up with their father. However, since the continuously ornery and disgruntled Rocket (the voice of Bradley Cooper) stole some of the precious batteries they delivered to the Sovereign, this leads to the Guardians being chased across the galaxy by the disgruntled priestess. In their flight, they are forced to crash land their ship in a remote locale, whereupon they are visited by the immortal being Ego (Kurt Russell), who informs Peter he is the long lost father he has always longed to know. Ego’s servant, Mantis (Pom Klementieff), who can read people’s emotions if she touches them, tips the Guardians off to Ego’s less than fatherly plans. Meanwhile, Yondu (Michael Rooker), the violent ravager who Ego had hired to bring Peter to him from Earth (but instead kept him and raised him to be a thief, as touched upon in the previous film), has been contending with being ostracized by the Ravagers, as exemplified by a tiff with Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone). As these storylines converge, Yondu, hired by Ayesha to capture the Guardians until his motley crew of subordinates stage a mutiny, is forced to contend with his own notion of legacy.

With dashes of Elo and Jay and the Americans among the glorious soundtrack highlights, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays like the kind of franchise installment assured of its success. Gunn, who this time around went solo on the screenplay, delivers endlessly witty exchanges with characters solely on hand for comedic relief such as Dave Bautista’s Drax, or the cutesy Baby Groot, the extension of the deceased character voice by Vin Diesel in the first film, here returning with a modified lilt.

Unfortunately, new additions to the cast are rather leaden, such as Karen Gillan’s husky voiced Nebula, or Kurt Russell’s amused immortal, neither of whom are handled with the same lightness as other core players, perhaps as a way to exemplify the angsty foundation of both Peter and Gamora. Vintage references abound thanks to Peter’s obsessive nostalgia for his youth, comparing his hampered romance with Gamora to that of Cheers, while a Mary Poppins reference plays for great laughs.

Gunn grants Michael Rooker the best character arc of all this time around (the actor has appeared, usually quite memorably, in Gunn’s previous films Slither and Super), while lead Chris Pratt gets wedged into a father-son dilemma clearly modeled after Luke Skywalker’s patriarchal woes from The Empire Strikes Back. Considering the plot contrivances of the first Guardians weren’t necessarily groundbreaking, the happenings of Vol. 2, by default, seem even less memorable since we’re dealing with epic storyline parameters with characters who are, by design, peripheral.

Plenty of actions sequences abound, including the requisite showdown between opposing forces, but most of these seem too computer generated (particularly Mr. Russell’s confectionary kingdom) to inspire awe (in fact, nothing really measures up to a goofy opening credit sequence where Baby Groot dances to “Mr. Blue Sky” as his colleagues battle a slithery, tentacled monster). Still, those seeking big budget, escapist entertainment should easily be won over by Gunn’s sequel, which is insistently witty (and sometimes, unfortunately, to the point of belaboring itself), even if its storyline doesn’t hold up past the credits.

★★★/☆☆☆☆☆

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Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link
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All of the 2015 Grammy Performances, Ranked

Holy crap, the GRAMMYs were long. And not because the acceptance speeches were long -- each winner was given approximately five seconds to thank everyone. So in case you don’t have three and a half hours to marathon 22 performances (23, if you count LL Cool J’s weird performance of “Going Back to Cali” at the top of the show) we ranked them for you.

From best to worst:

BEYONCÉ, John Legend & Common

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Song: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Glory”

Moment to Talk About: That one second as the lights were coming on and Beyoncé was standing in that glittery white gown looking straight out of Solange’s wedding photo was already better than any performance of the night. Take Us To Church, Bey (And John Legend And Common).

ETonline Grade: A+

Sia

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Song: “Chandelier”

Moment to Talk About: When you realized it was...Kristen Wiig?!

ETonline Grade:
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Enter Our Giveaway to Win a Copy of the American Hustle Soundtrack on Vinyl in Celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday

You’re no doubt familiar with the concept of Black Friday, but did you also know that the sales event includes some great deals at local record stores as well? In celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28th, Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recording will be releasing new copies of the American Hustle soundtrack on vinyl exclusively in independent record stores, featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version. Moreover, the 12” 2Lp vinyl also premieres “Stream of Stars”, a rare song from Jeff Lynne of Elo fame. In celebration of the release, we here at Collider have been provided with a couple of copies of the record to give away to a pair of very lucky readers. Find out how you can enter and get more information on the vinyl after the jump. In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.
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Giveaway – Win A Limited Edition Copy Of American Hustle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack On Vinyl

Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a collection of music from the critically-acclaimed box office hit with ten Oscar-nominations, in a two 12″ LP gatefold blue and red colored 150 gram vinyl edition featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version.

The 12” Vinyl will be available exclusively at independent retailers, as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event on November 28, 2014.

Wamg is giving away copies of the American Hustle soundtrack to a few lucky readers.

Enter Your Name And E-mail In Our Comments Section Below. We Will Contact You If You Are A Winner.

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American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Out Friday, November 28

Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a collection of music from the critically-acclaimed box office hit with ten Oscar-nominations, in a two 12″ LP gatefold blue and red colored 150 gram vinyl edition featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version. The 12” Vinyl will be available exclusively at independent retailers, as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event on November 28, 2014.

American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack premieres “Stream Of Stars,” a previously-unreleased song from the legendary Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys) alongside Elo’s “Long Black Road,” an ultra-rare track previously available only on the Japanese release of Zoom, Elo’s final studio album.

The soundtrack album showcases an array of evocative 70s classics–including Wings’ “Live And Let Die,” Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” Elton John
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Top of the Pops at 50: should the BBC bring it back?

The BBC's once defining music show celebrates its 50th birthday on New Year's Day. Isn't it time for a long-overdue return?

'Dad! Dad! Top of the Pops! It's about to start now!" The child is my daughter Dora, who, in the three years that BBC4 has been repeating 35-year-old episodes of Top of the Pops, knows it's the one immovable fixture in my viewing week.

As it happens, these reruns are some of the earliest Top of the Pops I remember watching. Pictures of Abba, Showaddywaddy and Elo would flash before us. Then, as now, the charts were a pop share index – a Rock Exchange, if you like – charting the differing fortunes of bands in the affections of the nation. It was all the news we needed. But, of course, the future is never quite as you expected it to be. I always thought that, just as my parents did with me,
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Peaky Blinders aside, why is the West Midlands ignored by TV?

Birmingham gangster series Peaky Blinders offers a rare chance to hear a West Midlands accent on the small screen. But just why does this corner of the UK get such short shrift on telly?

• Julia Raeside's Peaky Blinders episode blog

Peaky Blinders, BBC2's big-hitting, six-part period gangster saga, may be saddled with an offputting title, but it remains a unique piece of television. Why? Because it's explicitly set in Birmingham, a city that's all but ignored, dramatically speaking, outside of soaps. Not since Slade in Residence on The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer in 1993 have we had so many West Midlands accents in our living rooms.

As a son of the East Midlands, I have an innate soft spot for the despondent downward intonation at the end of a sentence and the over-articulated "ng" sound of my western cousins. But a study of regional accents in 2008 found that Birmingham's gave
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Doctor Who: 25 stories that deserve more love

Cameron K McEwan Aug 16, 2016

Cameron sings the praises of 25 classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that went underappreciated. See what made the cut below...

Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.

The Awakening

Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus, who put the willies
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25 underappreciated Doctor Who stories

Feature Cameron K McEwan 26 Apr 2013 - 07:00

Cameron sings the praises of twenty-five classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that deserve more love. See what made the cut below...

Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.

The Awakening

Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus,
See full article at Den of Geek »

Hunky Dory trailer and images

Check out the trailer and browse photos in the gallery from Marc Evans' Hunky Dory starring Minnie Driver and Aneurin Barnard. The film opens in theaters on March 22nd in New York and Los Angeles as well as VOD, and expands later. Hunky Dory is a British musical produced by Jonathan Finn (Billy Elliott) Dan Lupovitz (Good) and features the music of David Bowie, Elo, The Beach Boys, The Byrds and Nick Drake. Driver plays Viv, a fiery high school drama teacher determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic students by putting on the best end-of-the-year show the school has ever seen… a glam rock-infused musical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But as the Welsh summer begins to heat up, can she compete with the typical teenage distractions of sex and drugs with some great rock and roll? Find out in this fantastic, rousing film- but remove all
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The 10 Greatest Songs from Terrible Movies

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The Grammys are just a week away, and I feel that justifies an exploration of one of my favorite topics: wonderful music from god-awful movies. Here are my 10 favorite tunes specifically produced for the soundtracks of wretched movies.

10. Michelle Pfeiffer, "Cool Rider" from Grease 2

Grease 2 is a confounding mess from start to finish, but it's a complete blast if you're into campy singalong experiences. The movie's best tune is undoubtedly the brassy, kicky "Cool Rider" where The Greatest Catwoman croons like Benatar over a rip-roaring pop hook. It's damn replayable, which is something not often said about Grease 2.

9. Alanis Morissette, "Uninvited" from City of Angels

City of Angels is one of those infuriating movies that dares to take its ridiculous melodrama seriously. It's a feature-length Creed video. Thankfully its soundtrack was a rightful blockbuster featuring original tracks by U2 and -- perhaps most famously -- the Goo Goo Dolls,
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Hello Quo – review

It's two and a half hours about Status Quo. And I like it I like it I like it I like it, says Peter Bradshaw

A two-and-a-half hour documentary about Status Quo? Well, if there isn't a three-and-a-half hour documentary about Wishbone Ash on offer, this will have to do. Actually, only the most hard-hearted will decline to indulge this colossal piece of Quo worship, recounting the band's epic history, showcasing some glorious Shark Sandwich-style album covers and the bizarrely psychedelic early hit, Pictures of Matchstick Men in 1967. The band soon shifted to what Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias called "heads down no nonsense mindless boogie". Defiantly, magnificently, Quo took their stand and never shifted. They did not see a need to change; they became part of the establishment, and as for any irony, or lack of irony, in their name … well, that is one of many subjects in which
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