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Monday
Nov192012

Lindsay Lohan Stars in James Franco-Directed R.E.M. Music Video

Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for amfAR(NEW YORK) -- Meet the star of R.E.M.'s latest music video: Lindsay Lohan.

The clip, directed by fellow actor James Franco, features dark, blurry and distorted images of Los Angeles, including of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Roosevelt Hotel and the city's ever-present traffic.

Lindsay pops up two minutes and 20 seconds into the video, wearing a sexy black dress for a photo shoot.

Franco made the video as part of R.E.M.'s Collapse Into Now film project, which is transforming each song on the group's 2011 album of the same name into a short film.

Franco was assigned two songs to direct: "Blue" and "That Someone Is You."

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Saturday
Apr282012

Musicians Call on Backpage.com to Shut Down Sex Ads

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Several big-name musicians have joined the fight to shut down the adult section on Backpage.com, a website featuring classified ads and owned by Village Voice Media.

The site has come under fire by a wide range of critics, including 48 attorneys general, who say Backpage is not doing enough to keep underage girls out of the sex ads.  Artists including former R.E.M. band mates, Pearl Jam and Alicia Keys have added their names to a petition on Change.org asking the website to stop running the ads.

In a statement, Mike Mills, formerly of R.E.M., said, “Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country. That musicians are now speaking out … should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through use of its site.”

The Roots, Drive-By-Truckers and The Civil Wars have also added their names to the petition.

One industry analysis firm estimated that Backpage.com makes $22 million a year from the sale of ads in the adult category – and although the company disputed that number, they refused to give ABC News another figure.

Backpage.com did take “Nightline” into a screening room at Backpage, where employees look at every adult ad to try and identify underage girls. Backpage said they flag 400 suspicious ads a month and send them to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“It would be the wrong thing for Backpage to take down its adult category,” said Liz McDougall, the attorney for Backpage.com told “Nightline.” “Because you are losing a key tool for law enforcement to get insights into this illicit activity, to get greater data than has ever existed before, to locate, to identify the perpetrators and to rescue victims.”

A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators also introduced a resolution this week asking Backpage to take down the ads.

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Friday
Nov052010

R.E.M.'s New Album Features Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- The new album from R.E.M., titled Collapse into Now, will feature vocal performances from artists including Peaches, Patti Smith and Eddie Vedder.

In an interview with Spin magazine, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills says that Vedder will sing on a song called "It Happened Today," while Smith will sing two songs -- "All The Best" and the album's closer, "Blue."  As for Peaches, her song has no title yet, but Mills reveals the word "alligator" is in the title.

As for what the album, R.E.M.'s 15th, will sound like, Mills says it will be "more expansive.  We wanted to put more variety into it and not limit ourselves to any one type of song."

He adds that singer Michael Stipe wrote lyrics that are "very personal.  Not only to [him], but personal and human in the sense of the narrative of the songs, the protagonists of the songs."

Collapse into Now is expected to be released in early 2011.

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Monday
Oct042010

Glee Cast Takes On The Beatles, Billy Joel & R.E.M. 

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century FoxTuesday night's episode of Glee will find the cast exploring religion through the music of Billy Joel, R.E.M., The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. The name of the episode is "Grilled Cheesus," because, apparently, Finn suffers a spiritual crisis when he sees the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich.  Meanwhile, Kurt faces a family emergency, which causes him and the rest of the cast to ponder the nature of God, and, according to Fox, another character finds himself in a life-or-death situation. 

Along the way, Finn sings R.E.M's "Losing My Religion," Puck sings Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," and Kurt sings a slowed-down version of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." 

In addition, the episode will feature Rachel singing Barbra Streisand's "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from the movie Yentl, while Mercedes sings Whitney Houston's "I Look to You."  Other songs performed include Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and Joan Osborne's "One of Us."  Most of these songs are streaming now on GleeTheMusic.com.  "Losing My Religion" can be heard exclusively at EW.com's Music Mix blog.

Glee airs at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on Fox.

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