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Beyonce, Juicy J show the right and wrong way to score a film

Beyoncé shows the good way to score a film. Juicy J? Not quite
Juicy J debuts his contribution to the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" soundtrack, and it's awful
Beyoncé posts a trailer for #50ShadesofGrey featuring a sexy reworking of her classic 'Crazy in Love'

Whether you were one of millions glued to the trio of uber-bestselling steamy erotica or a fan of the crime-fighting turtles that ruled ‘80s pop culture, the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot were already marked as can’t-miss events.

And now Beyoncé and Juicy J are helping get fans excited for both films.

Beyoncé, who used her self-titled album to explore her sexuality in ways her fans hadn’t heard (or seen), quietly posted a teaser for the trailer of the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey” adaptation over the weekend.

The 15-second clip – which she put on her official Instagram account – is brief, but it showcases a snippet of a reworked version of her breakout smash, “Crazy in Love,” that turns the tune’s ubiquitous “uh-oh” hook into a breathy, slowed-down moan. Calling the remix sexy is an understatement here.

Beyoncé’s post has ignited talks of her potential involvement with racy film’s soundtrack. Chatter began when new album cut “Haunted” appeared in early footage of the film that was screened at CinemaCon earlier this year. The full trailer for will arrive Thursday. The film is set for a Valentine's Day release.

While Bey has turned us on for “Fifty Shades,” Juicy J has turned us off for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ return to the big screen.

Embracing the reboot has already proved to be a challenge for die-hard fans, who have taken issue with producer Michael Bay and his vision for the new film. TMNT, like “50 Shades,” has suffered from several production woes that delayed the project.

Ahead of the film’s release next month, Juicy J has rolled out his contribution to the soundtrack. And, wow, it’s awful.

“Shellshocked” pairs Juicy with Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla Sign for a club banger that’s as uninspired as it is bombastic – a bummer considering the Three 6 Mafia co-founder once nabbed an Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."

Even more confusing? Why the first song coming out of a film ostensibly for children is being rolled out by a trio of artists better known for rapping about strippers, weed and money. 

“Me and my bros come together for the dough / Bought the orange Lamborghini / Call it Michelangelo,” are some of the actual lyrics of the track that has so many synths it’ll definitely move audiences out of their seats – and out of the theater as the credits roll.

Whatever interest we had in the film is gone. Couldn’t producers just remix Vanilla Ice’s cheesy classic “Go Ninja Go” instead?

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