Soundtrack Scene: Escape from Hotel Malala

aliciakeys2015Alicia Keys (via That Grape Juice)

Alicia Keys will contribute a song titled “Story to Tell” to Davis Guggenheim’s Malala Yousafzai documentary He Named Me Malala. The Grammy winner is no stranger to movie soundtracks, but this seems like it could be her first Oscar nod. Of course, Keys isn’t the only popular artist to tackle a documentary song this year: Lady Gaga co-wrote and recorded “Till It Happens to You” for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault.

Malala plays Toronto on Sept. 12, and will later make its European debut at the BFI London Film Festival. Fox Searchlight will give the film a limited release on Oct. 2.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket contributed “Take Care of You” to John Erick Dowdle’s No Escape. The thriller’s only pulled in $10.172 million since debuting last Wednesday, but with a $5 million budget, its eventual box-office total should be considered something of a win.

Lastly, Fifth Harmony recorded “I’m in Love with a Monster” for Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania 2. The girl group works better with this ’60s throwback than they do with contemporary sounds, like “Worth It” from earlier this year. Too bad “Monster” is being used for (in?) this Hotel Transylvania sequel, which hits Sept. 25.


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