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Name That Movie Mondays! (Vol. 6)

You remember how it works: We embed a song. You name the film that song was used in. Everyone who answers correctly feels good about themselves. (Or, maybe not…)
This week’s track is Madonna’s "Crazy For You." The answer after the jump.

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Let's brainstorm scenarios for Britney and Madonna's latest venture!

Britneyspearsmadonna_lBritney Spears and Madonna are working together again! The 26-year-old pop star and sad driver of toy cars will shoot a video that will run on multiple 1,000-foot screens at Madge’s upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour. "Who cares?" you might think, but then again, if you start dreaming up possible video scenarios instead of doing your job, this news can actually be pretty fulfilling. (Especially when doing this IS your job.)

Right now I’m picturing Britney loungin’ on a plush cigarette-shaped sofa, casually popping cheese puffs into her mouth one by one while barely watching the only copy of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic ever purchased on DVD. (Side note: That horror show inspired one of EW.com’s all-time great TV Watches. Read it here.) The song is "Justify My Love (Of Chemical Additives Remix)," which will bleed seamlessly into "Candy Shop" right after Madonna bounds into the room doing a series of Tae-Bo kicks, then swings Britney around by her hair extensions for having such unhealthy eating habits. They’ll kick and scream, make up, exchange friendship bracelets composed of red string, then make out, because they realized they should never have been fighting, considering their mutual love of candy.

But I’m sure your scenario is more delicious…have at it!

Your finest camcorder production

Sonoframbow_lLast night, I saw a screening of the feel-good Sundance hit Son of Rambow (in theaters May 2). It’s about two young British boys — one a misunderstood, movie-loving bully; one a member of a religious sect that shuns entertainment (!) — who set out to make a sequel to First Blood. It’s set in the ’80s, so you get a great soundtrack (my favorite Cure song, "Close to Me," plays over the end credits). And since it’s really about the powerful imaginations and friendships we’re capable of as children, you will also get weepy — and nostalgic.

According to Rambow‘s production notes, writer-director Garth Jennings actually did shoot Rambo-inspired action-adventures with his friends after seeing a pirated video copy of First Blood when he was young. "Our stories, stunts, and special effects were outrageous in both ambition and stupidity," he admits, "but we thought our films were fantastic."

Did you ever commandeer the family camcorder and shoot your own productions? I only did it once, in high school, when my friend Mark wanted to film a solo recreation of the "Like a Prayer" number from Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour. I remember walking into the bathroom, with the camera on, and saying "Oh…My…God," when I first saw him in his stuffed bra (underneath the black choir robe he’d borrowed from his church), putting on makeup and a somewhat sad, half-finished wig he’d made out of a rag mop. But the show had to go on… because my parents weren’t gonna be gone all night. We dimmed the lights in the family room, lit a few candles, positioned our friends Amy and Susi as adoring audience members, and I pressed record. Mark was amazing, right up until minute six, when he got dizzy doing those spins, stumbled around the room, and fell to the floor. I’m amazed that my laughter didn’t ruin the shot. I’d been standing on the couch, so I got a great angle. I wonder who has that tape now…

What was your finest camcorder production?

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Is anyone else unexpectedly unexcited about the new Madonna CD?

Timberlakemadonna_lI’ve spent the last two decades locked in an oddly Pavlovian relationship with Madonna: She puts out a single, and I start salivating in anticipation of her album release date. So imagine my confusion that upon the release of "4 Minutes," her new duet with Justin Timberlake (pictured, with Madonna, at the latter’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this month), I’m experiencing symptoms of dry mouth and general ennui. The expected rush of anticipation over her upcoming Hard Candy disc (due April 29), well, it’s just not there. So what gives? Listen to the single, "4 Minutes," after the jump, and we’ll discuss.

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Price put on priceless Madonna songs

Madonna_lGonna have a celebration? All across the nation? Not gonna happen — unless you’re willing to fork over a truckload of money to the original Material Girl. In an interview that aired Friday on New York’s Z100-FM, to promote the release of her forthcoming album, Hard Candy (due April 29), Madonna hinted that fans may have heard "Like A Virgin," live for the very last time.

”I’m not sure I can sing ‘Holiday’ or ‘Like A Virgin’ ever again,” said the singer, who then quickly amended her statement upon recognizing the opportunity to advance from ridiculously rich to absurdly wealthy. ”I just can’t — unless someone paid me like $30 million or something.” Well gosh, I guess I can just go ahead and cancel this gazillion dollar check, then. Who knew Madonna came so cheap? This holiday’s more affordable than the Budget Inn.

(Here’s a photo of Madonna at 1985’s Live Aid concert, where she sang "Holiday," presumably for free, along with "Into the Groove.")

How much would you pay to hear Madonna’s classics live? Did you know you could have Tara Reid, Michael Bolton, Nick Lachey, AND Mariah Carey to come to your birthday party, all for less than 3.5 million dollars?! And hey, I bet for an extra 20 bucks you could convince Tara to sing "Like A Virgin."

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On the scene: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

At the 23rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC on Monday, there were big stars (Madonna, Tom Hanks, Billy Joel), maximum-credibility artists (Iggy Pop, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Leonard Cohen), and by our count, three under-50 singers (Ben Harper, Damian Rice, and 49-and-a-half-year-old Joan Jett). So there was, you know, variety. But it may have been a mistake to broadcast, midway through the ceremony, footage of a jam session from 1988’s festivities. Performing "Satisfaction"? Jagger, Richards, Dylan, and Springsteen, as well as Ben E. King, Mary Wilson, John Fogerty, some non-Wilson Beach Boys, and a keytar! Nothing approached that kind of fantasy-camp lineup on Monday. Instead, we got Justin Timberlake, smirking and cracking innuendos like he was a Friar (his cheerleading testimonial seemed ready to burst into "San Dimas High School football rules!" at any moment); Lou Reed comparing a Leonard Cohen novel to Naked Lunch; a Tom Hanks speech so impassioned that he momentarily convinced the audience that the Dave Clark Five was the greatest band of the British Invasion; and, best of all, Iggy and the Stooges turning singles by fellow Detroiter Madonna ("Burning Up" — see embedded video below — and "Ray of Light") into no-wave anthems. ("The Stooges represent everything that’s against what she is," guitarist Ron Asheton told the Detroit Free Press on Monday, but bassist Mike Watt was seen bowing to Ms. Ciccone after the performance.)

Other notable moments, after the jump:

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Catch a glimpse of 'Filth and Wisdom' (Madonna's directorial debut)

You may have read about Madonna screening her new feature, Filth and Wisdom, at the Berlin Film Festival this week, and now, Indiewire is screening a three-minute clip from the film (that you might not want to watch at the office, if your co-workers object to salty language and/or images of scantily-clad strippers rehearsing).

I’m not sure if there’s enough here to judge if Filth and Wisdom is good, bad, or somewhere in the middle, though I have to say, it’s nice to see a scene of a young woman who’s not proficient at working the pole. Cinematic depictions of exotic dancers always make it seem like any amateur can just grab hold and spin to her/his heart’s content (sometimes upside-down!); seeing a character lose a shoe and come to an awkward thud, well, it’s kinda invigorating, as is the moment where the young woman cleans her work station with some Windex.

The dialogue, on the other hand, is not quite as fresh. Somebody tell me the underlying message here isn’t "be the best stripper you can be," ’cause I can’t make heads or tails of the Madonna interview that accompanies the clip. "Non-judgment and duality"? Blah, blah, blah. I’m gonna go watch the video for "Burning Up" now.

To Care or Not to Care: Madonna the director

Madonna_lMadonna’s directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, will premiere at February’s Berlin Film Festival. Apparently, it’s a "low-budget music-based comedy" that stars Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I). Are you jonesin’ to see what she’s capable of doing behind the camera? The woman’s never lacked vision. Or is your level of enthusiasm limp? (Maybe some folks, like those who starred in The Next Best Thing, shouldn’t be calling the shots on a movie set…)

And while we’re on the subject of Madonna and movies: Am I the only one who kinda liked Who’s That Girl, which was released 20 years ago?

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iPod inspection: The five best songs you never play

Madge_lLast weekend, in the midst of putting together a dinner-party playlist, I noticed something surprising: There are several hundred songs that I’ve never played on my iPod (which I’ve had for a year and a half) or the iTunes on my computer (which I’ve had for more than two years). And these ignored tracks don’t just include album filler that I haven’t gotten around to deleting; dozens of favorites have been sitting dormant for the last 24 months, just waiting for me to press play. Here’s my top five:

Groove Armada’s "At the River"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s "Manic Depression"
Kelli Ali’s "Psychic Cat"
Madonna’s "Don’t Tell Me"
Sade’s "Like a Tattoo"

How about you guys? Give your music library a good, thorough once-over and then share with your fellow PopWatchers: What are the five best songs you never play?

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What is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thinking?!

Madonna_lSo the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees today — and as usual, they’ve made some truly bizarre decisions. The lucky artists are Madonna, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, the Dave Clark Five, and the Ventures. Now, Madge (pictured, around the time she started earning her place on this list) and L.Co are basically no-brainers, as PopWatch’s Gary Susman observed back in October: decades-long careers, unique and influential sounds, millions of loyal fans. No arguments there. Hey, I’ll even get on board with the instrumental surf-rock noodlers of the Ventures, this year’s biggest long-shot nominees. I might not be able to pick them out of a lineup or name a single member (unless "the guy with the wah-wah pedal" counts), but c’mon, you know you love to hum "Walk Don’t Run."

But those last two inductees? I’m sorry. John Mellencamp and Dave Clark seem like totally nice guys, even more or less competent musicians. But they’re not legends! At best, they’re cut-rate knockoffs of two legit legends who are already in the Hall of Fame — Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles, respectively. I still remember a feature that ran on the cover of my local paper’s arts section when I was about 10 years old, all about a very angry area man’s crusade to convince the world that those no-good Lennon and McCartney had ripped off his idols, the Dave Clark Five. (No, my local paper was NOT The Onion.) Did that lunatic somehow get on to the R’n’R HoF committee? And as for Mellencougar, or whatever his name is, this guy doesn’t belong anywhere but the Crass Shill Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, the nominees who didn’t make the final cut this year — Chic, Donna Summer, the Beastie Boys, and Afrika Bambaataa — were hugely influential, each and every one of them. But hey, disco and rap didn’t play any important role in the last 25 years of popular music, right? Ugh. I guess I’m not exactly surprised, given the Hall’s always strained relationship with music made after LBJ left office, but still, this is ridiculous. Isn’t it?

addCredit(“Madonna: Kees Tabak / Sunshine / Retna”)

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