It feels like Out of the Furnace has been waiting for just the right time to show itself, and the only real time it could be in the fall. It’s a gritty crime drama with awards potential. The first images have been released, and director Scott Cooper tells USA today that while the film is a crime drama, it’s also about the plight of the working class. “This is the story of this man who works in a blast furnace,” says Cooper, “but with themes of justice, retribution and courage.” Cooper also says that the Pearl Jam song “Release” was an inspiration when working on the script, and so he showed the film to Eddie Vedder, who decided to collaborate on the soundtrack.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, and Forest Whitaker. Out of the Furnace opens in limited release on November 27th.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, Academy Award-winning filmmaker and music journalist Cameron Crowe has created a portrait of the seminal band that not only showcases his love for them, but also why so many fans from all over the world have found meaning in their music. Along with new interviews conducted with the band members, nearly 3,000 hours of footage was combed through for Pearl Jam Twenty and compiled to illustrate the freedom that allowed Pearl Jam a way to make music without compromising themselves or their fans. Anyone who has ever been to one of the band’s concerts knows just how electric and exciting their live show is, and now movie-goers can see the journey that got them to where they are today.
While at the Toronto Film Festival, Pearl Jam did a press conference with director Cameron Crowe, where they talked about the challenge of tackling 20 years of history and paring it down to two hours, that the Holy Grail of footage was a private moment shared between Eddie Vedder and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain that no one was even sure there was a record of, how surviving the last 10 years took a lot of effort and communication, that they are grateful for and appreciative of their fans, and how they hope that 10 years from now, they’ll be doing the same thing, only better. Pearl Jam Twenty will be in select cities on September 20th, and then premiere on PBS on October 21st, before coming out on DVD on October 25th. Hit the jump for the transcript and audio.
The trailer for Cameron Crowe’s comprehensive documentary Pearl Jam Twenty has been released, along with some images and a poster. The film, made up of rare and unseen footage as well as new interviews with the band members, chronicles the formation and career of Pearl Jam’s twenty-year history. The trailer inexplicably opens with David Lynch interviewing frontman Eddie Vedder, then delves into a montage of behind-the-scenes and concert footage intercut with narration from the band members.
The film is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, followed by a limited release into select theaters on September 23rd and a U.S. television premiere on October 21st on PBS’ American Masters series. For superfans of the band, this trailer is sure to be goosebump-inducing. Hell, even for non-fans the prospect of Crowe documenting the life of one of the most successful American rock bands of all time is enticement enough. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster and images.
With 2010 coming to a close, and the imminent arrival of an entirely fresh, unexplored, and unpredictable decade of cinema, what better time to start bombarding you with top ten lists of past highlights? We’ve done top ten posters, top ten trailers and top ten Christmas movies (and an alternate Christmas list for those who disagreed with the first).
This time: scores and soundtracks. There is a distinction between the two, but it’s murky, and as more and more films are using a mix of both original scores and pre-existing tracks, who are we to try to keep them separate? Hit the jump for more.
Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) excited Matt Damon when he gave him the script to his new film, We Bought A Zoo, by including a potential soundtrack compilation featuring “a lot of Eddie Vedder” and “a lot of Neil Young”. In interview with MTV, Matt Damon describes how before even reading the screenplay, he listened to the compilation whilst running in central park. Based on Benjamin Mee’s best selling memoir, in We Bought A Zoo, Matt Damon plays a widowed father who moves his family to the English countryside where they buy and begin to operate a zoo. Alongside Damon, We Bought A Zoo stars Black Widow beauty Scarlett Johansson and child actress, Elle Fanning. It is currently scheduled to open a year from tomorrow, on December 23rd, 2011 and will start shooting next month.
Hit the jump for more on the music Crowe attached to the script.