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If you're not familiar with the L.A.-based band thenewno2 (pronounced "the new No. 2"), you will be once the big-screen adaptation of "Beautiful Creatures" hits theaters February 14.

The collective, composed of Dhani Harrison (son of Beatle George Harrison), Paul Hicks, Jonathan Sadoff, Jeremy Faccone, Aaron Older and Frank Zummo, worked with director Richard LaGravenese to craft a sound like none other for the magical movie's score, and we got a sneak peek (or listen, rather) to the results.

"When we met originally, we did talk about the idea of having a classic, traditional score quoting themes," Jonathan told us during a recent recording session. "You wanted each character's DNA repeated throughout the movie. That was definitely something that resonated with us. A classic score with a modern take."

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Only three little weeks left until "Warm Bodies" finally hits theaters! Have you purchased your tickets yet? Maybe you need some incentive via another one of our extra-special EXCLUSIVES leading up to opening day on February 1. Today's treat is a one-two punch that includes a never-before-seen photo of R (Nicholas Hoult), as well as the unveiling of the music featured in the film.

In this new still, we see a solemn-looking R hunched over a record player in his humble abode, which is an abandoned airplane. What I like most about this photo is that it's so colorful. Sure we've seen some color in previous images, but there's something different about this one in that it doesn't seem as bleak—it's more sweet and sentimental. It's also a perfect complement to the second part of our "Warm Bodies" goodness: news about the music featured in the film.

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FROM MTV NEWS: By now, you've probably heard the revelation that if things had gone a little differently, Hollywood Crush Muse Ryan Gosling might have been larger than life as a member of the Backstreet Boys. (He and A.J. McLean lived in the same Orlando apartment complex when the band was forming.)

Of course, we'll only accept this revisionist history if it doesn't—in any way—interfere with Ryan starring opposite former girlfriend Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook." And, happily, it doesn't! At least according to James Montgomery's imagination.

Visit MTV News to check out Ryan Gosling's alternate reality as a Backstreet Boy!

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Okay, not really, but the "Pretty Little Liars" actress did joke that her absence at today's Television Critics Association panel could be credited to the mysterious texter... or the fact that she's in Nashville working on her new country album.

“It just really speaks to me. I think country music has so much soul and is so heartfelt,” Lucy told MTV News recently about the tracks she's recording. “I think it’s the perfect fit for me.”

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Reeve Carney is all about his isolation cabinet these days. But it’s not as weird as it sounds. You see, the actor/singer has found a practical use for it—he's recording his next album.

“Oh man, I’ve built a recording studio in my house, and it’s been great actually,” the "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" star told MTV News about working on new music. "I built a thing called an isolation cabinet, so I can actually record electric guitars in my New York apartment without disturbing my neighbors. It was really cool. So I’ve been in between shows and at night and in the morning, I record in my apartment."

The album also sees Reeve going it solo. He’s hustling to make the recording happen without any assistance. "I’d say the great thing about what I’m doing now I have a little more to do it,” he said. “So I have a chance to raise the level of quality and to be a part of every part of the process. I’m playing a lot of the instruments, if not all of them, on the tracks.”

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As twilight falls on 2012 (you'll see where we're going with this in a sec), we can’t help but revisit the final "Twilight Saga" film, "Breaking Dawn – Part 2." After all, it was a pretty epic conclusion, and we'll admit the film wouldn't really be the same without its well-crafted soundtrack.

So, when Reeve Carney stopped by to chat about starring in Taylor Swift’s "I Knew You Were Trouble" music video, we also got the musician/actor to reflect on helping close out the saga with his soundtrack tune, "New For You."

"That was so great. It was amazing. I’m just honored. I’ve always been a fan of the films and the soundtracks, and so the chance to be a part of that grand heritage of ‘Twilight,’ or whatever you want to call it, it was an honor," he said. "And I actually—Bill Condon, the director, allowed me to preview a scene that I wrote the music [for]. So that was really great. That helped a lot cause it allowed me to try and get into the hearts of the characters. So I wrote the song specifically for the film. I saw the love scene. It was so nice they let me see it."

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We all know 13 is Taylor Swift's lucky number, but perhaps she should consider 23 her back-up. The country cutie turns the big 2-3 today, and we can't help but wonder if this is, in fact, her best birthday ever.

After all, in addition to releasing her new music video for the track "I Knew You Were Trouble" (watch it above!) the songstress got word today that her "The Hunger Games" song "Safe and Sound" was nominated for a Golden Globe. "Best birthday surprise EVER-just found out that Safe&Sound is nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE!! Thank you @goldenglobes and HFPA! #hungergames," she tweeted.

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James Franco, the esoteric and illustrious wearer of many entertainment hats, is trying on a new one these days with his latest project: a Motown mash-up band called, simply, "Daddy." And if you're wondering what a Franco-issue musical endeavor might look like, check this out: MTV has the EXCLUSIVE debut on his new music video for the soulful song, "Can't Say Goodbye."

Which, because James Franco has magic juice running in his veins and succeeds at everything he does, is a very respectable entree into the oeuvre—as we're sure the music critics will no doubt be discussing all day. But us? We're more interested in the fact that this music video is composed entirely of clips from the Franco family's old-school home movies, featuring a teeny tiny James Franco doing adorable kid things. And it's highly watchable all the way through, but you'll want to keep an extra close eye out for the three following moments of extraordinary cuteness:

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Hey, "Girls" fans! January is looking to be your month. In addition to the premiere of the second season of the HBO hit on January 13, Lena Dunham has confirmed that the show’s first-ever soundtrack will hit retailers days prior on January 8.

For it, the female wunderkind has teamed up with record label Fueled By Ramen and will include "new and exclusive" tracks from fun. (Lena is reportedly dating the band’s guitarist Jack Antonoff), Santigold, Grouplove and Michael Penn. Not enough new music for you? The digital-only deluxe edition will also include new music from Tegan & Sara. And, oh yeah, Robyn also made the cut.

"Music is such a huge part of my creative process," Lena said in a statement. "I make playlists to write by and listen to as I head to set in the morning, and I experiment in editing with songs that the characters would love and that accurately reflect their struggles. 'Girls'' music supervisor Manish Raval and I are crazy about everything from the pop that teen girls devour to the niche indie rock from days of yore. To collaborate with Fueled by Ramen and so many artists who inspire me on this compilation is a dream."

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If you're looking for new music to blast this weekend, you might want to stick close to "Twilight" star Jackson Rathbone's Twitter. The actor/musician took to the social networking site today to tease that his new single, "Indian Drum," will be available imminently.

Despite parting ways with 100 Monkeys, Jackson is still making music, releasing his first solo album Billy Badass, described as a mix of multiple music genres. We, for one, are curious to see where Jackson's pursuits will take him now that he's hung up Jasper's mantle.

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