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Hollywood passes on IWU students' theme song

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BLOOMINGTON — Two Illinois Wesleyan University students didn’t win a “Snakes on a Plane” movie theme contest — even though they received the most votes online — but they aren’t slinking away in defeat.

IWU seniors Nola Richardson and Stuart Seale say they had fun along the way, even though producers didn’t choose their song, “Two Snakes on a Plane,” for the film.

“It was a good time. We made a ridiculous song, and a bunch of people got to listen to it,” said Seale, 19, of Downers Grove.

The contest, sponsored by and New Line Cinemas drew more than 500 entries. The top 25 vote-getters had songs forwarded to New Line, whose staff made the final decision.

“We were just glad the winning songs had something to do with snakes on a plane. Some of the entries didn’t,” said Richardson, also 19.

“We weren’t too optimistic our song would win. It didn’t really fit with the Samuel L. Jackson style,” she added of the 1980s-style rock ballad.

Los Angeles-based Captain Ahab’s “Snakes on a Brain” beat out all others for a spot in the film.

New Line Cinema also will include runner-up Louden Swain’s “Here Come The Snakes” on the soundtrack.

The action movie, which comes out Aug. 18, has attracted a growing fan base both on and offline.

The online song contest followed much hype and Web logs about the movie.

Richardson and Seale were vocalists in the six-member impromptu band, formed by Seale’s high school pal Evan Chung of the Chicago area. In less than 24 hours one April day, The Guesstimates wrote, recorded and submitted the entry of their rock ballad “Two Snakes on a Plane.”

On the last day for voting, May 23, Richardson checked the site. “We had about 1,500 votes,” she said.

The winning songs can be heard at

“Snakes on a Plane” stars Jackson as an FBI agent assigned to escort a government witness to Los Angeles and who ends up battling the title’s reptiles.


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LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch said the office received the results Wednesday, but he declined to comment on the report’s content “due to the ongoing investigation.”

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