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joyful noise

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Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah play the widowed G.G. Sparrow and newly appointed choir director Vi Rose Hill in the 2012 film Joyful Noise.

new year's eve

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Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi plays a supposedly successful rock star named Jensen in the 2011 film New Year's Eve.  Here he is singing a duet with Lea Michele, who plays Elise in the film. 

treme

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Steve Earle

Country musician Steve Earle plays New Orleans street busker Harley Watt in HBO's TV series Treme.  Earle also played a recovering drug addict in some episodes of The Wire.

cadillac records

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Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce plays in Etta James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records, based on the life of Leonard Chess and the founding of Chess Records.

walk hard

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Jack White

Jack White plays Elvis Presley in the 2007 biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, starring John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox.

dreamgirls

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Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson

Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson  play Deena Jones and Effie White in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, which tells a fictionalized version of the beginnings of Motown Records. Deena is based on Diana Ross, while Effie is based on an amalgam of soul singers including Supremes member Florence Ballard, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.

the life aquatic

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Seu Jorge

Brazilian musician Seu Jorge plays Pelé dos Santos, the safety expert who sings David Bowie songs in Portuguese on the research vessel Belafonte in the 2004 comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

jack white cold mountain

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Jack White

Jack White plays a Confederate deserter and musician named Georgia in the 2003 Civil War drama Cold Mountain.

8 mile

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Eminem

Eminem plays Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr., a young white rapper from Detroit, in the semi-autobiographical 2002 film 8 Mile.

jack black

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Jack Black

Tenacious D's Jack Black plays the opportunistic would-be teacher Dewey Finn in the 2003 film School of Rock.

oh brother where art thou

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Chris Thomas King

Blues guitarist Chris Thomas King plays Tommy Johnson in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

singles

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Alice in Chains

Mike Starr, Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney of Alice in Chains perform as a bar band in Cameron Crowe's 1992 film Singles.

paul simon one trick pony

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Paul Simon

Paul Simon plays a struggling folk-rock star named Jonah Levin in the 1980 film One Trick Pony.

stardust

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Paul Nicolas, Keith Moon and David Essex

English pop singer Paul Nicholas (Paul Dean), Who drummer Keith Moon and singer-songwriter David Essex play Johnny, J.D. and band leader Jim Maclaine, who comprise the Stray Cats, a fictional rock group, in the 1974 film Stardust.

jailhouse

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley starred as a number of different rockers during his acting career. Here he plays ex-convict Vince Everett in the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock.