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Emmys - Opening sketch featuring Glee cast and... girl from the CW?

I was watching the Emmys opening sketch, featuring host Jimmy Fallon and the Glee cast doing their interpretation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." They had a lot of help, including appearances by Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Jorge Garcia from Lost, Betty White and many more.

However, while I like to think I'm someone who follows pop culture, a woman leaped onto the screen who my memory banks could provide absolutely no explanation for.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, I discovered that this was, of course... Nina Dobrev? Still no idea. Apparently she's on "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW.

So, did you know who this was, or are you, like me, now feeling super old for not recognizing her?

You can watch the Emmys opening below:

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Cover of Radiohead's 'Creep' from 'The Social Network' trailer

I've always loved Radiohead's "Creep," so I was struck by the cover used in the trailer for "The Social Network," the new movie about the founding of Facebook. The trailer for the Aaron Sorkin-penned, David Fincher-directed new film features a choir singing the classic song. Here's the song, as sung by Belgian women's choir Scala and Kolacny Brothers.

Another of my favorite covers of the song is this one by Prince from Coachella 2008.

Check out the trailer for "The Social Network" below; the film opens October 1.

(Via Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix)


Tickets finally on sale for troubled Spider-Man musical

The troubled Broadway production "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" looks to, much to my surprise, actually be coming out. The presale has already begun, and tickets go on sale to the public at large on August 14th.

Just the idea of a Spider-Man musical seems a bit absurd. When you add that it's directed by veteran director Julie Taymor and features music and lyrics by rock legends Bono and the Edge of U2, it becomes that much more fascinating.

The budget is reportedly north of $50 million, and the production went into deep debt and looked frequently during its development that it may never happen. Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming, who were originally cast as Spider-Man's love Mary Jane Watson and villain Green Goblin, respectively, both left the production during its protracted difficulties. However, it's finally set to launch, starring Los Angeles rocker Reeve Carney as Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man.


'The Rocketeer' on the big screen in Disney film series

I had the chance to attend a screening of 1991 Disney film "The Rocketeer" at the Arclight Hollywood last night. It's always fun to watch a movie on the big screen with an engaged audience of passionate fans. You can see the trailer here:

The screening was part of a month-long film series being presented by the official Disney fan club, D23. Someone from D23 introduced the film and played movie trivia with the crowd for prizes. He also spoke with a representative from the Disney archives who talked about artifacts from the film, such as the rocket pack itself, which actually shoots fire since it's from the days when a lot less was done with CGI.

They polled the audience to see if anyone who worked on the film was there, and who would turn out to be in the audience but one of the film's co-writers, Danny Bilson. They invited him up front, where he talked about the initial plans for a Rocketeer 2 and 3, but how that was scuttled by poor domestic box office after being killed by "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." (As one of the moderators noted, how history might have differed if "The Rocketeer" had a Bryan Adams song.)


50-year-old French song "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf hits Amazon charts

I saw an interesting song moving up the "MP3 Songs Movers & Shakers" list on Amazon this morning: "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf. Those of you who've seen the film "Inception" can probably guess why this 50-year-old song is suddenly burning up the charts once more, as it plays a significant role in the movie.

Edith Piaf has had a bit of a renaissance in recent years. She also came to attention when the biographical film "La Vie En Rose" came out in 2007, winning star Marion Cotillard the Academy Award for Best Actress. (Marion Cotillard also appears in "Inception," adding to the film's twisty nature when combined with the Piaf song on the soundtrack; coincidence?)

You can listen to both the album and a live version of Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" below.