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Seth MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy, the voice of half the Griffin family, the premier Charlie Sheen roaster — and possibly the next Frank Sinatra! In the video below, MacFarlane shows off his shockingly good jazz vocals by crooning his new tune "Nine O’Clock" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Who knew?
MacFarlane, 37, was on the show promoting his new big band album, Music Is Better Than Words — which, unlike most of the comic mastermind’s ventures, is completely un-ironic. The record consists of 14 standards, recorded with a 55-piece orchestra at Capitol Records — using Sinatra’s own microphone. As Jimmy Kimmel pointed out to MacFarlane: On paper, it sounds like an awful idea.
"If it does terribly, I’m the first guy to start mocking the crap out of it," admitted MacFarlane. "The only thing that makes it not a complete disaster of an idea from the inception is that a lot of the style of music is what we’ve been doing on (Family Guy) for 10 years… It’s not like I’m doing a rap album."
Fans of MacFarlane’s FOX animated series, which also include American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, know exactly what he’s talking about. MacFarlane has belted out plenty of musical numbers for his audience, mainly in the guise of deep-voiced baby Stewie or talking dog Brian. But are fans prepared for a "serious" album? The voice actor says that the album works because big-band music isn’t all that serious to begin with.
"When Sinatra, Dean Martin and those guys got up, it’s almost like they didn’t give a s***," he told Kimmel. "They were drunk and God knows what else. That’s something about this music: Even at its most vulnerable, it really never takes itself quite seriously."
Even so, MacFarlane has recruited two seriously talented duet partners: Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles. The album is in stores this week.
“It’s ‘Juno’ reimagined by David Lynch,” teases the trailer for the new indie ‘Daydream Nation,’ starring Kat Dennings as a big-city girl forced to move to a “backwards hick town.” Bored out of her mind, she stirs up all kinds of trouble, including seducing her teacher (Josh Lucas). We think it looks like ‘Easy A’ for the Sundance set.
A previous trailer features darker scenes, including a car crash and one character waving a gun.
The film co-stars Andie MacDowell as Dennings’ mother and Reece Thompson (‘Ceremony’) as the boy Dennings’ character hits on then dumps.
Watch the trailer after the jump.
Mark Ashley is our host for week 35 and after the success of his first podcast he once again rolls out the classics in order to educate in freeform! A master of anthem selections and known on the London circuit for his impeccable collection of tunes, you know this mix will be masterfully constructed so get on the download now! Plus sign up to receive weekly updates and you will get a new set of the best underground music downloaded to your computer automatically every Friday. We run the NEC show weekly with a new DJ talking control each time. Catch the show live on Thursdays at 21:00 GMT on Krafty Radio! Tracklistings for all shows can be found over at http://www.krafyradio.com/nuenergy!
“Apes” and “Final Destination 5″ repeat in second and third spots; “Contagion” opens slowly in six territories.
Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott commanded robust salaries while Mena Suvari, Tara Reid and others received millions less from Universal.
Are you sick of seeing superhero or sci-fi movies with metal buildings and high rise buildings? Let’s take a break from the modern world and dive into a wonderful jungle scene. Have no idea about it? Dig it from your childhood memory on Disney’s movie! No, it’s not Tarzan or Mulan. It’s related to animal [...]
Back once again the dreaded daddy of NEC and warrior of the underground sounds Mr. Eryk Orpheus comes with a blistering mix that oozes quality and emanates skill. Ripping through a massive selection of tasty dubs this second show from Eryk rocked the Krafty Radiowaves once again and is a prime example of why to get locked on weekly! We roll out the NEC resident radio show at 21:00 GMT on Thursday, only on Krafty Radio, or to make sure you never miss a beat get subscribed to this podcast! For track-listings of all the shows head to http://www.kraftyradio.com/nuenergy
In addition to obsessing over casting announcements, set photos and plot details, we cinephiles love nothing more than a good old fashioned debate over the best performances in film history and the actors who delivered them. This “Who Played It Best?” game has endless possibilities for inciting fun-filled arguments with friends, and it’s even more [...]
Jacques Tourneur (Cat People) keeps the pot boiling nicely in a Rebecca/Gaslight-style frock opera in which Hedy Lamarr gets married by mistake amid Oscar-nominated décor.