James Franco Wants the L.A. Psych-Rockers Allah-Las for His New Film Plus More Insider Scoop

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James Franco attends the IMDb & Amazon Instant Video Studio at the village at the lift on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. 

James Franco Aiming to Team Up With Allah-Las
James Franco has asked Los Angeles psych-rockers The Allah-Las to do the music for the film The Long Home. Franco will direct and appear in the movie, about a young contractor hired to build a honky-tonk by a malevolent con who arrives in town (and may have murdered the protagonist's father). A spokesman for the Allah-Las declined to comment.

Hold It, Now Hit It: Ad-Rock At Bat
Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz rhymed that he was “clutch like Piazza” on the Beastie Boys’ 2004 cut “3 the Hard Way,” but that wasn’t quite the case at James J. Walker Park in Manhattan’s West Village, where Overheard spotted the hip-hop legend playing softball on June 10 with a group of friends. At bat with runners on first and third in the game’s penultimate half-inning, Horovitz, wearing a Mets hat, jokingly pointed to the outfield fence a la Babe Ruth -- and then promptly popped out. He had better luck on the mound in the next frame, pitching his team to the win with a scoreless inning.

Ke$ha Chills With Calvin Klein
“Tik Tok” singer Ke$ha literally glowed at the West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey following her L.A. Pride performance on June 12. The artist entered the establishment through a back entrance wearing glow-in-the-dark glitter in her hair, which was styled in a pom-pom look. She was taken to Abbey owner David Cooley’s table, where she said hello to fashion designer Calvin Klein. The crowd, which included R&B singer-songwriter Tinashe, cheered for Kesha when the DJ played her tracks “Die Young” and “Blow.”

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Blacc Will Be Back
Prior to wowing the audience during his solo debut at both the Hollywood Bowl and the 37th annual Playboy Jazz Fest on June 13, Aloe Blacc talked about the follow-up to his Interscope/XIX breakthrough album, 2013’s Lift Your Spirit. The nattily attired singer/songwriter noted, “I’m definitely interested in releasing something before the end of the year. I know I have enough songs written.” Sparking his creative inspiration this time? A week in Nashville. “I wrote with some of the best songwriters there -- which means the best songwriters in the country,” added Blacc. “And even though their forte is country music, in my opinion that’s just production. If you write a good song, it can be produced in any genre.  So I can take those songs and make them my own kind of soul, pop or however I want to present it.”

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Stay Tuned for Sam Bruno
Following the success of 2015 soundtracks to Furious 7, Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2, Atlantic is primed to position the soundtrack to Paper Towns, the big-screen adaptation of John Green’s novel due out July 24, as this year’s The Fault In Our Stars (which Green also wrote). Overheard hears that the label is especially high on unknown singer-songwriter Sam Bruno’s crackling synth-pop single “Search Party” (see video below), which has major “Boom Clap” potential. Twin Shadow, De Lux, Vampire Weekend and Atlantic mainstays Vance Joy and Grouplove are also on the soundtrack. 

A version of this story originally appeared in the June 27 issue of Billboard.