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Listen Up! NPR Streaming Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack

Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’/Image © CBS Films

Editor's Note: The Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack is worth the listen, and our spotlights on the 'Roots' remake, Bella's baby, and upcoming Best Animated Oscar Noms are worth noting, all in today's roundup!

The Coen brothers are up there with Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson when it comes to filmmakers who set trends with their musical tastes. Looking ahead to its December 6 release, NPR is currently streaming the entire soundtrack to the Coens' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis." (Presumably no relation to Llewelyn Moss, who was the main character in "No Country for Old Men.") The album will also be released on vinyl.

The 1977 miniseries "Roots" was one of the most successful literary adaptations of all time, and now the History Channel is hoping to rekindle the magic in an upcoming remake. This news is bound to irritate the series' fans, but Levar Burton, who starred in the original (and will hopefully parlay that into an appearance in the new version), had this to say: "If one soul is moved irrevocably toward the side of humanity, then it’s worth it."

Remember how "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" was so committed to wasting its budget that the film used an "Uncanny Valley" CGI baby as Bella's daughter Renesmee? Apparently that was only after they'd already failed with a terrifying animatronic doll-baby that the cast dubbed "Chuckesmee." Once you've seen that face, you'll never complain about computer animation again.

How could you anyway? Animated features (which are now almost entirely computerized) have become the twenty-first century's hottest film commodity. It seems like only yesterday they added "Best Animated Feature" as an Oscar category, and now this year there will be nineteen viable submissions for the nominees to be chosen from. I'm putting early money on Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" -- despite complaints -- especially since it's been announced that it will be the director's final film.