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M83 & HAIM Team Up For Insurgent Movie Soundtrack

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After contributing a track for the Divergent soundtrack, French electronic music act M83 are back again for the sequel, Insurgent. This time, they aren’t alone and come armed with the trio sister act of HAIM.

“We’ve been fans of Anthony Gonzalez and M83 for a long long time so when he reached out to have us sing on the song we were ecstatic,” HAIM told MTV News in a statement. “We had the best time in the studio with him, it all happened so fast and was so easy and natural. We are so excited to be a part of this movie.”

Holes In The Sky” is a beautifully composed number featuring gorgeous orchestral sounds that build up to a crescendo. The sisters’ rich harmonies really play well on it.

Other artists appearing on the soundtrack include Imagine Dragons, Lykke Li and Royal Blood. Give “Holes In The Sky” a listen below.

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Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is beginning to shape up. Earlier this year, it was announced that Emma Watson had been tapped to play leading lady Belle. With Watson on board, I’m confident this project will be top notch. She’s shown extremely good taste selecting films post Harry Potter.

The Mouse studio is taking a huge risk with this adaptation. Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and beloved by so many. Thankfully, they have a stellar team working on it.

Bill Condon (Dreamgirls and The Fifth Estate) directs the Stephen Chbosky-penned script. Watson previously worked with Chbosky on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Find out below, who’s taking on the roles of Gaston and the titular Beast. Let’s just say, it’s an all UK affair.

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Tinashe broke out in a big way in 2014 with her well-received solo album, Aquarius. The 22-year-old is on the brink of super stardom. The industry is taking notice too. She’s racking up collaborations with Nick Jonas, Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea to name a few. She’s by far my favorite among the new crop or rising R&B stars.

One of the things I love about her is her take-charge attitude. After dropping two label-produced music videos for “2 On” and “Pretend,” Tinashe took things into her own hands by filming clips for a few other tracks. She recently premiered a self-directed visual for “Aquarius” and now she has another stunning clip to share.

“So when I know my label’s not going to produce music videos, I’ll either make them myself or I’ll find people that I think are cool and reach out to them directly. I’m like, ‘Fuck it. I’ll just do it.’” – Tinashe to W Magazine

Directed by Stephen Garnett, the 8-minute mini movie for “Bated Breath” finds the R&B diva in the Mojave Desert rocking some military gear. The cinematic clip is perfect for the emotional track. Check out the video below.

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2015 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

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The annual MTV Movie Awards serve more as a launching pad for the upcoming Summer blockbusters than honoring the best in film from the previous year. With that being said, popcorn statues are handed out in several conventional and unconventional categories. You’ll never see Best Kiss, Best WTF Moment and Best Scared-As-S–t Performance at the Oscars. Maybe we should though ;)

Leading the pack with seven nominations apiece are Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault In Our Stars and Neighbors. Critically-acclaimed Oscar nominees American Sniper, Whiplash, and Boyhood also got some loving from MTV. Once again though, The Lego Movie was shut out. Everything is so not awesome.

The 2015 MTV Movie Awards airs on April 12 with Amy Schumer presiding over the festivities. Check out all the nominees below.

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I wonder if Fifty Shades of Grey had bombed if Dakota Johnson would be so prominently featured in the Cymbeline movie poster. Me thinks no!!! She gets fifth billing but somehow makes it over Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich above the title and the former plays the titular character. Gotta strike while the iron is hot, right?

Cymbeline is modern gritty take on one of William Shakespeare’s lesser known plays. Formerly titled Anarchy, it’s a story about a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. Cymbeline, now a drug kingpin (Ed Harris) is driven to desperate measures in this explosive film.

The film marks a return for Ethan Hawke to Shakespeare. Fifteen years ago, he starred in a modern-day take of Hamlet. Lionsgate releases Cymbeline in select cities and on VOD on March 13. Check out the trailer below.

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The 33-year-old actor recently took home the statue for Best Actor playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything at the 87th Academy Awards. Is Oscar No. 2 in the stars for Eddie Redmayne sooner, rather than later? His next role is one hundred percent Oscar bait.

Redmayne plays another real life person for his next film, The Danish Girl. Einar Wegener is believed to be one of the first people to undergo sex reassaignment surgery. His wife who was also an artist persuaded him to pose for her in women’s clothes when models failed to show. Born male, the Danish-born artist later changed his name to Lili Elbe after a series of experimental surgeries in Germany during the 1920s.

The film serves as a mini-reunion for Eddie and director Tom Hooper. The two previously worked together on Les Miserables. The Danish Girl is based on the book of the same name by David Ebershoff. Matthias Schoenaerts and Amber Heard round out the cast. Get your first look below at Redmayne as the transgender pioneer.

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Bryan Singer Adds Ben Hardy To X-Men Apocalypse Cast

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Bryan Singer is wise and has good taste. He knows not to pass on a good thing when he sees it.

Ben Hardy initially auditioned to play a young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse but lost out the role to Tye Sheridan. Singer was so impressed with him, he cast the 24-year-old actor in another role. No word on exactly what key role he’ll play, but speculation is that it might Angel. Hardy is best known for his work in the BBC soap, EastEnders.

Ben joins fellow newbies Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) and Sheridan (Cyclops) in the superhero franchise. They’ll be welcomed by a returning star-studded cast including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.

Get to know this sexy little twunk in several shirtless photos below. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Both Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez provide voices for DreamWorks’ upcoming animated film, Home. RiRi plays a teenage girl named Tip while J. Lo taps into her maternal side to play her mother.

I wonder how the 45-year-old American Idol judge feels about that. To be fair, Lopez could pass more as her sister. Lopez has definitely found the fountain of youth and isn’t sharing her secrets.

RiRi forgoes the acoustic vibe of “FourFiveSeconds” and opts instead for a tribal beat for “Towards The Sun.” The track is somewhat reminiscent of her Coldplay collaboration, “Princess of China.” Meanwhile, Jenny from the Block goes the ethereal route with breathy vocals on the ballad “Feel The Light.”

Others featured on the film soundtrack include Kiesza and Charli XCX. Home hits theaters on March 27. Check out “Towards The Sun” and “Find The Light” below and weigh in afterwards.

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