Our ANT-MAN Playlist

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Marvel Studios
Today, Marvel Studios' latest release Ant-Man crawls into theaters. Fans are hoping the Paul Rudd lead superhero flick features as much action as the Marvel brand and humor as its crowd-pleasing star are known for. While Ant-Man may not be quite as well known as many of his Marvel contemporaries, his place at the box office could be something of a hodgepodge hybrid sleeper-blockbuster hit, not unlike the place ants have had in American pop culture. While they may not be welcome at your summer picnic, ants have managed to climb the charts on a few memorable occasions, as we've assembled just the playlist to get you amped. Here's our Ant-Man Playlist.

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Are Minions A Cornerstone of Music Education?

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YouTube Screen Capture
As of last Friday, July 10th, Minions is in theaters. The lovable yellow overall-clad henchmen of Steve Carrell's "Gru" character from the first two Despicable Me films finally have a motion picture to call their own. Minions have become a ubiquitous part of society, popping up in commercials across multiple brands, dominating any and every advertising space all with a giggle, a barely understandable language and a chinlock on the children of today. It's easy to get why kids would like them: they're cute, make funny noises and are prone to slapstick. But while children are enamored with the sight gags and fart sounds, they're not-so-secretly being slipped quite a range of music.

I didn't really notice it myself at first. By being in a city full of glowing screens, I've inadvertently seen the trailer for Minions quite a bit, so much so that just typing the word "Minions" has be fighting every urge to not immediately follow it with "In Theaters July 10th." Speaking of which, were you aware that Minions is in theaters July 10th? I can't stress this enough. Minions in theaters July 10th.

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Could Jurassic World Have Benefitted From These Dino-Mite Tunes?

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Universal Pictures
Jurassic World
It's official, giant Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic World has set records, raking in almost $400 million dollars domestically, the second film ever to top $100 million dollars on two separate weekends. On one hand, we at the Weekly are in complete awe at the tremendous financial success of the film, as well as our insatiable zeal for seeing dinosaurs come to life across the silver screen. However, part of us were seriously thinking about how the film could be an even bigger success. Our answer: the music.

Now, we all remember John Williams' essential theme from the original Jurassic Park, a track which has found a second life via Jurassic World reigniting audiences' nostalgia, bringing the track to the very top of the Billboard Classical Digital Songs Charts this week, over two decades from the film's original release. That said, we were a little bit disappointed with composer Michael Giacchino score for Jurassic World. While we've been a fan of Giacchino's work (namely his Oscar and Grammy winning score for Up) there's something about his work for Jurassic World that, for a film which so loosely is playing to our nostalgic fan-service already, gives a little too much of Williams' original score. If Giacchino really wanted to made some nods to dino-music's past, he should have incorporated a greater array of songs about our best friends from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Here are five songs that should have been in Jurassic World.

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Five Fang-tastic Blacula References in Hip-Hop

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Shout Factory
Blacula. "Spectacula."

If your Blu-ray collection is lacking in black horror, you now have a chance to rectify that error with the recent long-awaited release of Blacula. The enormously influential proto-blaxploitation horror essential arrives on the same disc as sequel Scream, Blacula, Scream and has thankfully aged as well as the immortal bloodsucker himself. You may recognize the late William Marshall in the title role as "The King of Cartoons" from Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Along with bringing to the character the complex gravitas that only a Shakespearean-trained actor of his magnitude can deliver, his genuine ability to be effortlessly cool has made our anti-hero one of the most memorable characters in black cinema. It's been over 40 years since Blacula's release, and rappers whose parent weren't even old enough to see Blacula during its theatrical run are still making Blacula references on record. To celebrate this release, here's five of the most memorable Blacula references.

Redman - "Blow Your Mind"
"The spectular, Blacula, bust holes like Dracula
Loaded of course, more Legend than Acura"

New Jersey native Redman exploded on to the 1992 hip-hop scene as a hyper-unpredictable irreverent but charismatic MC who would still bet you up for laughing at him. Every rap fan knows where they were the first time they heard his debut Whut? Thee Album for the sheer uproarious nature of his storytelling and references, so it should be no surprise that one of the first Blacula references appeared 20 years after the film's release on "Blow Your Mind."

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Five Great Non-Soundtrack Songs from Empire Records

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Warner Bros.
"We mustn't dwell. No, not today. We can't. Not on Rex Manning day!"
As many of the loyal fans of the cult classic film Empire Records certainly told you, yesterday was Rex Manning Day. The day when aging fictional heartthrob Rex Manning was scheduled for an in-store at the independent music store when everything went crazy. Typically, the day after someone watches Empire Records, as many of you surely did, they're usually faced with the shock that the film's official soundtrack is missing some of the great music from the movie's classic moments. Instead of just pondering what's up with today, today, we at the Weekly tracked down five songs to supplement your Empire Records playlist. Damn the man!

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Top Five Standout Songs From Amazing Movies According to Brian Monarch

Byron Ngalongalay
I thought Matthew Broderick was actually singing this Beatle's hit!
This Thursday (November 7th), comedian Brian Monarch is throwing down with some stand-up hilarity, opening up for headliner The Greg Wilson at the Irvine Improv. Though he mostly tells jokes for al living, Monarch also has some pretty big opinions when it comes to the music that is used in movies. Since we all can relate a song to a movie (or vice versa) and we've never EVER met anyone who hates music, we asked Brian to rattle off his "Top Five Songs Standout Songs From Amazing Movies."

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Wild Style Director Charles Ahearn on the Film's 30th Anniversary DVD

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Music Box Films
Today, famed iconic early hip-hop film Wild Style returns with a dazzling new 30th anniversary digital remaster on an incredibly detailed and loaded-with-extras double-DVD! We spoke to director Charles Ahearn, who also recently launched the brand new hyper-detailed and multi-faceted Wild Style website, about the early days of hip-hop film-making and what makes this latest release of Wild Style the definitive edition. We also have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader, so be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages after the interview!

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Muscle Music: A Schwarzenegger Soundtrack Retrospective

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Approves of Your Jukebox Selection

Today, veteran action icon and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie The Last Stand hits theaters. Being the face of pulse-pounding action for almost four decades, Schwarzenegger's butt-kicking (and occasional comic mischief) has often been accompanied by the most bombastic music possible. In honor of the star's return to the top of movie marques, we've assembled five of our favorite Schwarzenegger music moments. From soundtrack cuts to music video cameos, these sleek tunes helped make the silver screen shine before Schwarzenegger blows something to kingdom come. Let's take a listen to some of that great muscle music.

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Novel by TSOL's Jack Grisham, 'An American Demon,' On Its Way to Becoming a Movie

John Gilhooley

In Spring 2011, TSOL's Jack Grisham released his first novel--and much to our (and yours. And maybe everyone else's, too) surprise, it wasn't your typical autobiography from an aging, larceny prone punk rocker turned father of two. The book was an autobiography, but with an added twist: The addition of a demon within Grisham himself, the source of sociopathic behaviors ranging from stabbings to sex with an 80-year-old woman standing in the crypt of her dead husband.

The book, titled An American Demon, was indeed Grisham's first novel--but really, it was his first anything when it came to the written word: "It was supposed to be 'Gimme stories of violence, T.S.O.L., Orange County.' That's what the publisher wanted. I actually wrote a whole book about it and threw it out," Grisham explained to OC Weekly in April of 2011. "I've never done what I've been told to do."

Just confirmed by Grisham himself, An American Demon is officially on its way into becoming  a feature-length film. The script is ready to go and there's even a director signed onto the project.
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Top Five Movie Soundtracks Made By Handpicked Rockstars

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Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor

When a film is made, part of the main process of getting the soundtrack together is finding the right musician's to play for the album. Sometimes it's a single song or it is an entire soundtrack. These top five albums made for a movie by handpicked musicians have been, for the most part, nominated or they have won an Oscar for not only guiding the movie along on screen, but also creating great songs that still hold up long after the credits roll.

5. Aimee Mann, Magnolia (1999)

Magnolia, released in 1999, was a highly-acclaimed work praised for its litany of superstar actors who drove this film about dramatic patchwork of interrelated stories set in the San Fernando Valley. Popular 90's folk singer Aimee Mann was the artist selected to write the soundtrack that gave this movie it's depth. From songs like "Wise Up," sung by every member of the cast at one point, to the melancholy pop jam "Save Me," (nominated for an Oscar for best song in 2000), every inch of this soundtrack manages to leave it's mark on the mood of the film .

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