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    Tough Questions for... Wayne Coyne

    If you're hankering to see a low-budget sci-fi movie featuring a suicidal Santa that very loosely concerns the fate of the first baby conceived in space, then by all means, check out Christmas on Mars. That such an offbeat film is the directorial debut of Wayne Coyne, frontman of psych-rock oddballs the Flaming Lips, should surprise no one. "I don't know if people will like the movie," he says, "but it'll be a significant experience for them." Wearing a gray suit and ten days of stubble, Coyne spoke to us about his movie and career at Warner Bros.' New York office. Given the movie's setting, how hard did you bone up on astrophysics? When we talk about, say, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and how it's trying to be scientifically true -- you know, I didn't give a shit. I thought of Mars as just being a state of mind that I get to tell my cartoon story into. Fair enough.

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    The Inquisition: Scott Weiland

    The binges, the arrests, the pimp hats -- Scott Weiland has lived dangerously for much of the past two decades. But the man can safely claim to be one of the most successful artists of the past 20 years, pushing 35 million records worldwide as frontman for grunge-era scene-stealers Stone Temple Pilots and supergroup Velvet Revolver. Following the latter's implosion in March, Weiland's back with STP, and on November 25, he releases his second solo album, "Happy" in Galoshes (New West). He's also not ruling out a Velvet Revolver reunion. "Slash and I always got on pretty well," he says. "So who knows?" Weiland, 41, spoke to us from his home in Southern California. A few years back, you called out certain reviewers for being "fucking kiss-ass pussy turncoats." There's no question here. I just think that's awesome.

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    The Inquisition: T-Pain

    In 2005, Faheem Najm (a.k.a. T-Pain) descended on the scene armed with a quavering robo-tenor, audacious top hats, and an endless supply of lyrics about strippers. Millions of ringtones and dozens of rump-shaking collaborations later, the Tallahassee, Florida native has released his third AutoTune-assisted album, which he's dubbed Thr33 Ringz (Konvict/Jive) despite a fear of clowns: "If there's a clown and I don't really know him and I don't know what he looks like behind that fuckin' face paint? I'm terrified!" Flashing a $30,000 diamond-studded grill, T-Pain spoke to us at a Manhattan Mexican restaurant over a mound of free chips..clsQuestion { color:#e31937; font-weight: bold; font-size: 11; font-family: helvetica; } --> Cher just called. She wants her sound back.A lot of people say that. The funny thing is, I've never heard that song. Come on-everyone has heard "Believe"!

  • Jack Black Gets in Touch with His Inner Child in "School of Rock"

    SPIN: Do you ever miss the old Tenacious D days, when people didn't know who you were? JACK BLACK: There were some good times, but no, things are good. Why don't you miss them? I don't miss the fear of "Am I gonna move back in with my mom?" There's just a lot of stress with the chosen career when you're starting out. Because the success ratio is so grim, and everybody wants to be an actor or a writer. So once you get a little piece of that pie, it's a huge relief. Sometimes I think about the good old days when we'd do shows for free, just for the joy. And I miss my privacy. Besides that, it's all good. So no more living with mom? No. No more of that. Unless someone robs three different banks. Do you think that made you less cool? Sure. Yeah. It's the same way with anything. Like with any band that you like before they're big. It's cool to like a band nobody knows about.

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