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Watch Now: Joan Jett On ‘The Tonight Show’
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Joan JettWe’re starting to see a lot of promo now for The Runaways, which will get a wide release next month, in the form of clips, images, and TV interviews. The movie is based on the all-girl rock band of the same name, which rose to stardom in the 1970s and launched the career of rock goddess Joan Jett.

On Tuesday night, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performed The Runaways popular tune “Cherry Bomb” on The Tonight Show and afterward Jett sat down to talk with host Jay Leno about the film and her beginnings as a teenage rock star.

Watch the video of the performance and interview here below.

This isn’t Jett’s first outing for the film. In January at the Sundance Film Festival, where the film make its debut, Jett come out for a performance and stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart (the latter stars in the movie as a teenage Joan Jett) join the band on stage.

You’ll probably be hearing a lot of “Cherry Bomb” in the next few weeks, as the song from the film is already streaming online, along with a music video from The Runaways. Jett co-wrote the song back in the 1970s and re-recorded it with The Blackhearts for her 1984 solo album Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth.

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‘The Runaways’ Theatrical Trailer + Poster
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The Runaways movie posterTwo very cool items to report tonight regarding The Runaways movie.

First, there’s the final theatrical movie poster. Check it out there at right (click for larger, full view). It’s basically one of the previously released images of Dakota Fanning at Cherie Currie and Kirsten Stewart as Joan Jett. But, it’s one bad-ass picture!

This movie poster image also makes an appearance in the second Runaways news of the night — the full, theatrical trailer! It’s online right now and you can watch it right here below! In the trailer, there’s a quick shot of the two characters in the scene from the poster.

This new trailer gives us a lot more insight on the film, a biopic about the 1970s all-girl teenage rock band, The Runaways. We see a little bit about Joan Jett’s early ambition to start an all-girl rock band, and Cherie Currie’s desire to make a change in her life.

I talked a bit about the movie’s soundtrack earlier this evening [read Listen Now: Dakota Fanning Sings ‘Cherry Bomb’ On ‘Runaways’ Soundtrack for more about the soundtrack and how to hear a song from the album]. The soundtrack contains several Runaways covers, with Fanning and Stewart providing the vocals. In the new trailer, you hear “Cherry Bomb,” which was in the teaser trailer, and for the first time, two other songs: “California Paradise” and “Dead End Justice.”

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Listen Now: Dakota Fanning Sings ‘Cherry Bomb’ On ‘Runaways’ Soundtrack
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The Runaways soundtrackLast week, the details were released regarding The Runaways soundtrack, which includes some great ’70s tunes, as well as original versions and covers of Runaways songs [see New TV Spot, Pics & Soundtrack Details For ‘The Runaways’].

Now, one of the album’s tracks is streaming online for free at the official Runaways movie site. When you visit the site, you’ll immediately here “Cherry Bomb,” the band’s most popular song; in this case, it’s the movie version sung by Dakota Fanning, who stars in the upcoming film as singer Cherie Currie, with backing vocals by Kristen Stewart, who plays guitarist/singer Joan Jett.

I’ve already read some trashing of Fanning for the song from the Twitter critics, but being the lifelong Runaways fan that I am, I think you should probably take my word above others — Fanning does a good job and this version is definitely enjoyable. I’ve listened to it probably 30 times already. I mean, c’mon, it’s ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!

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New TV Spot, Pics & Soundtrack Details For ‘The Runaways’ [Updated]
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The Runaways filmThe Runaways feature film is almost here, and we have a few details, images, and clips to tide you over for now.

First up, check out some new images here below from the film of Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, and the rest of the cast. These are some great shots and I feel they do a great job of depicting the actresses as the rock and rolling bad girl musicians. [Updated: I’ve added a few more pictures, the last four below are new today from the movie’s official Facebook page.]

Next, there’s a new TV spot for the film. It’s a quick one, but totally worth watching as there’s a few extra scenes in there that were not in the trailers. The more I see, the more I know I’m going to love this movie.

Lastly, the all-important soundtrack! This is a biopic about an all-girl rock band from the 1970s, so not only is there the originals and covers of The Runaways‘ songs, as well as Joan Jett‘s “Don’t Abuse Me,” but also some good seventies tunage from the likes of The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, MC5, and the Sex Pistols. In the film, Stewart and Fanning do their own vocals, and let me tell you, as a life-long Runaways fan I think these ladies not only look the part, but they also sound it too! The Runaways Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD hits stores on March 23, 2010 — a few days after the film’s March 19 release — but is available for pre-order right now! Also, ff you order the digital download version of the album from the Runaways Soundtrack site, you’ll get it on March 16, 2010!

Check out the full soundtrack listing here below.

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Sneak Peek: New Clip From ‘The Runaways’ Movie
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The RunawaysThis week, the news broke that The Runaways, a biopic about the 1970’s all-girl rock band that featured Joan Jett, had been acquired by Apparition Films ahead of its debut at next month’s Sundance Film Festival (Read: ‘The Runaways’ Movie Finds Distribution).

Now, Entertainment Tonight has aired a sneak peek clip of the film, which stars Twilight: New Moon‘s Kristen Stewart (as Jett) and Datoka Fanning (as singer Cherie Currie).

Watch the clip here below.

The Runaways, which will be released in theaters March 19, 2010, is directed by Floria Sigismondi and also stars Scout Taylor-Compton as lead guitarist Lita Ford, Alia Shawkat as Robin (a fictional bassist), and Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley.

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‘The Runaways’ Movie Finds Distribution
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The Runaways

The Runaways is a little independent film based on the 1970s rock band of the same name that featured Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford. The movie stars young up-and-coming actresses Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam, Push) as Currie and Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, The Twilight Saga) as Jett. It will first debut next month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, but it doesn’t need to worry about being picked up by a studio for distribution anymore; that part of the quest is now taken care of. It’s being reported that Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad‘s Apparition Films has officially acquired the rights to the film, and already has plans to release it on March 19, 2010.

The Runaways is directed by relative newcomer Floria Sigismondi, who based the story on Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: the Cherie Currie Story. The movie also stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II) as Lita Ford, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Whip It) as Robin, Michael Shannon (Bug, Revolutionary Road) as Kim Fowley, and Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, Rescue Me) as Marie Harmon.

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7 Unapologetic Rock Songs About Jailbait
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RunawaysIt was announced earlier this month that Twilight star Kristen Stewart would be starring as Joan Jett in The Runaways movie, which focuses on Jett’s teenage years as guitarist for the all-girl rock band The Runaways. While the band toured the world, the girls — all underage — were considered “jailbait,” a stigma which interfered with their attempts for mainstream success back in the 1970s.

But there is, of course, a double standard: The 1970s and 80s saw plenty of rock songs about the lust for jailbait, seemingly making it acceptable to crone about the desire for underage teens.

Here are 7 rock songs with unapologetic lyrics that try to justify getting it on with jailbait, complete with audio.

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Kristen Stewart To Play Joan Jett in ‘Runaways’ Movie
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Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been tapped to play rock queen Joan Jett in The Runaways, a music biopic based Jett’s 1970’s all-girl band.

The film is scheduled to begin production in 2009, but will have to accommodate Stewart’s commitments to the two Twilight sequels, the first of which — New Moon — expected to start shooting in early 2009.

The story will follow Jett and singer Cherie Currie‘s rise to stardom as teenage rock stars in The Runaways and all the debauchery and disillusionment that came with it, which eventually led to their disbanding.

As previously reported, Jett will executive produce, while Floria Sigismondi , who wrote the script based on Currie’s memoirs, will direct. The initial report noted that the script was adapted from Currie’s unpublished memoirs, but the singer did pen an autobiography in the late 1980’s titled Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story, and this film was originally to be titled Neon Angels.

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