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Lakeshore Records will release the Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
digitally and in stores on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012. The soundtrack features indelible songs by beloved artists including The Beach Boys, PM Dawn, INXS, Frank Black, Scissor Sisters, and The Walker Brothers; and an original score track from the movie's composers Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff.
Taking audiences on a humorous, moving, and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth's final days, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), and will be released in theaters nationally by Focus Features on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. Set in a too-near future where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, the writer/director explores what people will do and how they will feel when humanity's end is near.
A 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. Also failing is the marriage of soft-spoken insurance salesman Dodge (Golden Globe
Award winner Steve Carell); the breaking news that the world will end in an estimated 21 days cues his wife to leave him on the spot. Dodge is a man who has always played by the rules of life, while his neighbor Penny (Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley) is an extroverted woman who hasn't. From these opposite perspectives, both initially choose to navigate the impending end of the world with blinders on. Dodge declines joining his friends in increasingly reckless behavior, while Penny fixates on her relationship issues with a self-absorbed musician. The two misfits meet first when Penny has a rough night and then again when she belatedly delivers Dodge a lost letter. That letter could alter Dodge's future; it's from his high-school sweetheart Olivia, the love of his life. When a riot breaks out around their apartment building, Dodge realizes that he must seek Olivia
out before it's too late while Penny makes the decision to spend her last days with family in England. Seizing the moment, Dodge promises to help Penny reach her family if she will provide transport for the two of them in her car immediately. She agrees, and they escape. On the road together, the unlikely traveling companions' respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks - if not the world's - brighten.
Writer/director Lorene Scafaria notes, "Music is important to me, so I felt that this story wouldn't be complete without it." Penny's (Keira Knightley) urgently streamlined record collection in the movie is curated from the filmmaker's own. Specific songs, albums, and artists had been written into the script from the earliest drafts.
Track Listing for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:
01. Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
02. Devil Inside - INXS
03. Sex Tourists - French Kicks
04. In The Time Of My Ruin - Frank Black
05. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss (Radio Edit) - P.M. Dawn
06. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine
(Anymore) - The Walker Brothers
07. The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
08. Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung
09. Ooh - Scissor Sisters
10. This Guy's In Love with You - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
11. Stay With Me - The Walker Brothers
12. Dodge Walks Home/The Beach - Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff
Focus Features releases Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, in theaters nationally on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. The Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
from Lakeshore Records will be available digitally and in stores on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.