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Lost Serge Gainsbourg Film Score Found In A Suitcase

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The French singer/songwriter penned the music for 1969 film Les Chemins de Katmandou and experts believed the tracks were lost forever until the master tapes were recently discovered by the daughter of director Jean-Claude Vannier's collaborator on the film.

The remastered version of the score will feature in the upcoming box set Le Cinema De Serge Gainsbourg, which will be released next month (Apr15).

Gainsbourg died in 1991, aged 62.

Serge Gainsbourg Collectibles Up For Auction

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Beloved French singer Serge Gainsbourg's belongings are to go under the hammer at an auction in Nantes on Halloween (31Oct13).

Among the 100 bizarre items up for sale are cigarette butts smoked by the Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus hitmaker and the singer/songwriter's nail clippers, which are expected to fetch up to $105 (£70).

Other highlights include photographs and books Gainsbourg owned and a telegram he sent to to his wife, Jane Birkin.

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Scarlett Johansson Collaborates On Bonnie & Clyde Track

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Scarlett Johansson has returned to working on her singing career.

The actress has collaborated with Lulu Gainsbourg on a cover of French music legend Serge Gainsbourg's 'Bonnie & Clyde'.

The track comes from Lulu's tribute album to his father, 'From Gainsbourg to Lulu', which is a collection of songs handpicked by Lulu that ''he knew would best pay homage to his father's work.''

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Johnny Depp And Vanessa Paradis Cover Gainsbourg Classic

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Johnny Depp and his singer girlfriend Vanessa Paradis have teamed up to record a duet for a Serge Gainsbourg tribute album.

The couple has covered Gainsbourg's 1971 track Ballade De Melody Nelson for From Gainsbourg to Lulu, a compilation disc put together by the French legend's son Lulu.

The project features a number of classics by the late star performed by Scarlett Johansson, Iggy Pop and Rufus Wainwright.

Depp is no stranger to the music industry - the Pirates of the Caribbean star has rocked out onstage with his movie father Keith Richards and recently played with ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons after receiving an award at the Austin Film Festival.

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Johansson Revisits Gainsbourg Classic With Singer's Son

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Scarlett Johansson has joined Serge Gainsbourg's son Lulu for a remake of the French legend's Bonnie & Clyde duet, which he recorded with Brigitte Bardot.

The actress has re-recorded Bardot’s part in the 1968 song in English for new tribute album From Gainsbourg To Lulu.

The project features a number of Gainsbourg classics re-recorded by his son.

It's not the first tribute album Johansson has been involved with - her debut release, 2008's Anywhere I Lay My Head, was full of Tom Waits' covers.

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Stars Perform At Gainsbourg Tribute Gig

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Rockers Beck and Sean Lennon paid tribute to French star Serge Gainsbourg at a tribute show in Los Angeles on Sunday (28Aug11).

The late musician's son Lulu, who was just five when Gainsbourg died of a heart attack in 1991, also took to the stage to perform at the Hollywood Bowl remembrance concert.

Inception actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt helped close the event by reciting lines from Cargo Culte, the final track of Gainsbourg's 1971 concept album Histoire de Melody Nelson.

Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, goth singer Zola Jesus and Beach House's Victoria Legrand also paid homage to Gainsbourg at the event.

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Laetitia Casta Shocked By Brigitte Bardot's Sex Advice

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Actress Laetitia Casta was shocked when she asked Brigitte Bardot for advice on how to play the screen icon in upcoming Serge Gainsbourg biopic A Heroic Life - because she told her to pretend she wanted to make love with everyone.

Bardot agreed to chat with Casta as the young star prepared to portray her in the film, but the actress was not expecting the veteran to be so candid.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "She said, 'When you walk into a room, put your head up and look like you want to f**k everybody. You are the most beautiful woman in the world, enjoy it, it isn't gonna last.'"

Casta reveals she has spoken to Bardot since making the film and she doesn't think the French icon was impressed.

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Gainsbourg Biopic Planned

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Beloved French singer, actor and poet Serge Gainsbourg's life is to be turned into a new Hollywood movie.

Serge Gainsbourg (vie heroique) will start shooting early in 2009 with graphic novelist Joann Sfar's as director.

Eric Elmosnino is slated to play Gainsbourg, who died in 1991.

According to Daily Variety, the film will trace Gainsbourg from his youth in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris to his transformation into the hard-living showman.

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Faithfull Tempted To Stray From Jagger

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Singer/actress Marianne Faithfull was tempted to stray from her former lover SIR Mick Jagger after she was wooed by songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.

The 60-year-old admits she almost cheated on the Rolling Stones rocker, whom she dated in the sixties, after meeting the French star.

She says, "Serge was incredibly attractive in a sort of Jagger way. This is a man you always knew that if you did go to bed with him, you would come out of that room well pleased.

"I would say, to my shame, that I was wrapped up in the beginning of my affair with Mick and he wouldn't have liked it either."

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Gainsbourg Secrets Exposed By Birkin

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Late French pop legend Serge Gainsbourg has been exposed as a strict Victorian father with a secret love for Scottish delicacy haggis in a new magazine tribute by his muse Jane Birkin.
The actress/singer sat down to remember her late ex-husband with Gainsbourg fan and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos for an article in America's Interview magazine.
And the TAKE ME OUT singer, who duets with Birkin on tribute album MONSIEUR GAINSBOURG REVISITED, was in for a series of surprises as Birkin revealed all.
She recalls, "He (Gainsbourg) was an extremely sentimental, very Victorian father - no hands or elbows on the table, none of that c**p."
And, though Gainsbourg is among the most famous Frenchmen to have ever lived, Birkin insists he loved Britain and much-maligned British cuisine.
She adds, "He said you couldn't get more exotic than coming into Victoria Station and, in the first pub he got to, having the first haggis. He thought it was the most wonderful dish in the world.

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