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There are many factors that grab a person’s interest in seeing a film – the actors, the director, the material that inspired the film, the film’s trailer, but with more and more popular artists and bands trying their had at composing, sometimes hearing new music from these artists can be just as big of a draw. Artists like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, and Trent Reznor have taken to the sound stage to create music for films such as Tron: Legacy, Hanna, and The Social Network (with Reznor and Atticus Ross even winning an Oscar for their efforts), but what if these recognizable artists were considered a distraction rather than an enhancement to the films they are featured in? Out of the Furnace was rumored to have tapped Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam fame to create new music for the film – a solid choice considering the success Vedder had creating the music for Into the Wild. Vedder’s music was one of the highlights of that film and proved he understood how to create music for picture as much as he does for the stage. But Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper seems to have changed his mind about this decision. While Vedder did create new music for the film, Cooper decided to take it out in favor of Dickon Hinchliffe’s score citing that Vedder’s music was, “… so powerful that it took me out of the narrative.”

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The only thing shocking about Cameron Crowe directing a music documentary about Pearl Jam, is that it’s not about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Wait? What? He already did that? Pearl Jam it is then! Crowe’s third foray into the music doc arena (joining his Petty film Playback and this year’s Elton John and Leon Russell-centric The Union), Pearl Jam Twenty, looks to feature all the stuff we think comes with the rock n’ roll lifestyle: bad fashion, smelly vans, experimental music videos, a lot of crowd surfing, and David Lynch interviewing Eddie Vedder. All rock bands hang with David Lynch, didn’t you know that? Put together from over 1,200 hours, per the band’s own admission, Twenty is “told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound.” And, again, David Lynch conducting interviews with Eddie Vedder. Lynch aside, Crowe is a notorious music lover and scholar and has surely crafted a film that will speak to any music fan, not just Pearl Jam-specific fans. His feature films place heavy emphasis on their soundtracks (heck, even his least-liked feature Elizabethtown had a two-album soundtrack to drive it along), so Twenty should be a pretty fantastic entry into his resume. If not, strobe lights, guys! The film will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which is probably an environment more conducive to head-banging than say Sundance (too much danger of knitted beanies flying off heads). Check out the trailer after the break:

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