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Will the New Kings of Leon Documentary Suck as Bad as the Band's Last Album?

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Lay where you're laying, don't make a sound. The Kings of Leon movie may be coming to your town.

Before KOL was a popular rock quartet, they were just three brothers and a cousin from the small Nashville suburb of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. They were raised by a Pentecostal preacher and spent a lot time learning 'bout Jesus. They sang church songs, prayed before every meal, and developed that nasty Christian habit of God-fearing.

But then they started smoking cigarettes and listening to rock 'n' roll. When they approached a fork-in-the-road on the righteous path to heaven, they chose hell.

"As soon as I knew we were about to get a record deal, I never slept," says KOL lead singer Caleb Followill in a new documentary, Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, about the band. "All night long I knew I was going to hell, and I wasn't going to be a preacher."

Later this month, Talihina Sky will be featured as one of over 50 documentaries at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, providing an inside look at Kings of Leon. In 87 minutes worth of home movie, concert, and candid interview footage, you'll watch them fight, get drunk, marry pretty women, and even smoke a little pot.

Sound like a waste of time? If it's anything like the band's last album, Come Around Sundown, it probably will be, unless the film ignores the latter half of KOL's 12-year existence and only focuses the pre-"Sex on Fire" years.

You know, before the band ventured into the world of $225 skinny jeans and $104 bandannas.

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