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By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.
Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings. »
We never really know what to expect from any given episode of Twin Peaks, but an intimate concert with Eddie Vedder is both “out there” and welcome. Last night, we watched as the Pearl Jam frontman—under his real name, Edward Louis Severson III—performed his wistful new song “Out Of Sand” on the stage of the Bang Bang…
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- Danette Chavez
Let’s Play Two, the Pearl Jam concert film born out of the band’s August 2016 shows at Chicago’s Wrigley Field during the Cubs’ World Series run, is heading to movie theaters. Abramorama has acquired theatrical rights to the pic, which will hit screens beginning with a weeklong worldwide theatrical engagement in select markets starting September 29 along with one-night-only theatrical events in more than 250 cities worldwide beginning October 3. The soundtrack also hits… »
Dastmalchian, whose credits include “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Blade Runner: 2049,” will portray a high school English teacher who goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies. Pollak and Dastmalchian will be joined by local Chicago talent that includes Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez, Helen Joo Lee and Matthew Garry.
The film is helmed by writer and director Adam Dick, who previously co-wrote and produced the feature “NightLights” and spent nearly three years developing “Teacher” for screen. Matthew Helderman of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions are producing along with Zachary Kamen.
- Dave McNary
Popular MTV franchise “Unplugged” will return to the network this fall. Shawn Mendes, who’s currently No. 1 at Top 40 radio with his latest single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” will kick off the reboot with a performance from downtown Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. “MTV Unplugged Shawn Mendes” is scheduled to air on Sept. 8.
“MTV Unplugged,” which features music acts reinterpreting their songs — and usually a cover — acoustically, first aired in 1989 and has showcased memorable performances from the likes of Nirvana, Jay-z, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Adele, among others. But for 19-year-old Mendes, it was a clip of Pearl Jam performing on the show in 1992 that got him hooked on the concept — even if it took place years before he entered the world. “It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” Mendes »
- Rebecca Rubin and Shirley Halperin
Artists for Peace and Justice (Apj), established in early 2009, is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. Over the past year, Apj has directed its efforts to raising enough funds to fully sponsor three schools in Haiti in support of the initiatives of Father Rick Frechette and his team. These schools aren’t just a place to learn but provide for a hot meal, clean water and a chance at the future to children who desperately need it. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Apj has focused its efforts on raising much needed funds for emergency relief efforts in the ravaged country that is only a few hours from our shores.
How you can help
Donations can be made directly to the Apj website with 100 percent of the funds raised going directly to Haiti. »
A little over two years after David Letterman commenced his retirement, the talk-show host has announced his return to the small screen for a limited Netflix series. Premiering in 2018, the as-yet-untitled program, which will come out as six, hour-long installments, will find the host interviewing one guest each episode, as well as comedy and "curiosity" bits outside of the studio.
"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," the host said in a statement. "Here's what I have learned: If you retire to spend more time with your family, »
It’s been 20 years since Garth Brooks joined the ranks of Diana Ross, Elton John and James Taylor, performing live in Central Park in New York City. On Aug. 7, 1997, an estimated 980,000 people crowded the iconic park’s North Meadow to watch the country superstar perform a set list of hits, including “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “Friends in Low Places.”
Not only was the landmark concert massive in size, it was a showcase of Brooks’ vigilant perfectionism and the reliable, demo-crossing appeal he’s maintained for years.
In the days leading up to the event, Brooks gave Et some insight into how one mentally prepares for a performance on this scale, which was not only free to concertgoers but being broadcast live on HBO. According to him, he’s the kind of person who didn’t get nervous before his wedding, but sitting in church the day of was a different story. “All the way up until the »
Now that Summer is in full swing, it not only means it's time for pool parties, s'mores, and bucket list-worthy vacations, but also plenty of music festivals. With Coachella and Bonnaroo now behind us, it's time to get pumped for Chicago's Lollapalooza. The music festival kicked off in the early '90s after being created by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and toured the country each Summer until taking a break in 1997. Lollapalooza finally put down roots in Grant Park, Chicago, in 2005, where it has been held each year ever since and hosted acts like Amy Winehouse, Pearl Jam, and Kanye West. Whether you're a Lollapalooza pro or you're still considering buying tickets for this year's festival (the lineup includes Chance the Rapper and Lorde, Fyi), these photos will make you fall in love with the annual music festival in no time. »
- Quinn Keaney
Pearl Jam came on the scene in a big way in the 1990’s and has been going strong ever since. They shared a drummer with noted rock band Soundgarden at one point and made their own name on the Seattle scene to the delight of millions of fans. Their sound is very unique and was quickly adopted by many fans that were into the Seattle rock scene. In the last couple decades their music has been featured in many films and TV shows to great reviews. Here are five of the films in which Pearl Jam’s hits made a decidedly
The Top Uses of Pearl Jam Songs in Movies »
Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray, Steve Martin and Jimmy Kimmel will be among the artists, comedians and actors on hand to pay tribute to David Letterman when the former Late Show host receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this October.
Sarah Silverman, Martin Short, John Mulaney and Letterman's Late Show band leader Paul Shaffer will also help celebrate the late-night host at the October 22nd ceremony at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The event will be broadcast a month later, November 20th, on PBS.
Vedder's appearance at the »
Decades after Tupac Shakur and Madonna's relationship ended, new details are coming to light.
In a letter Tupac wrote to Madonna on Jan. 15, 1995 while serving time for sexual assault at Clinton Correctional Facility, the rapper explained why he called things off with the "Like a Virgin" singer. The letter will be auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll between July 19 and 28 with a starting bid of $100,000.
Related: Madonna Tells Howard Stern She Dated Tupac
"I've waited a long time 2 finally write this mainly because I was struggling to find all the answers that I wouldn't leave any unanswered questions. First and foremost, I must apologize to you because like you said I haven't been the kind of friends I know I am capable of being," Tupac wrote, later explaining that he broke up with Madonna because of her race.
"Can u understand that? For you to be seen with a black man wouldn't in any way »
The man who helped spark the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, the wildly popular craze that brought in more than $220 million to combat the disease, now doesn’t have enough money of his own to stay in his home and receive care.
Pete Frates, 32, who is credited with popularizing the viral phenomenon that aimed to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is almost entirely paralyzed and on a feeding tube.
The out-of-pocket cost for care at his Beverly, Massachusetts, home near Boston is about $2,400-$3,000 a day, or as much as about $1 million a year, a crushing financial burden the family can no longer afford, »
- Hilary Shenfeld
I had to post this photo simply because it says so much. Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were two of the biggest purveyors of the Seattle sound that hit the world like wildfire in the 1990s. Frankly this picture nearly sums it all up. Here are two bands that were at the top of their game just when Lollapalooza was kicking off as a force to be reckoned with in the musical events industry. Here are two bands that even appeared in the same movie together, Singles. And here are two bands that were in their youth, shredding it up on
- Nat Berman
[[tmz:video id="0_gaa7hhai"]] Metallica vs. Napster, Slash vs. Axl, Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster ... and now there's Twenty One Pilots vs Coachella after the rap rock duo blasted the desert festival over the weekend onstage in front of thousands. The band was headlining Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware Friday night when frontman Tyler Joseph gave Coachella a scathing review: "It's not that we don't like Coachella, it's just that we can't stand it." It's unclear if Tyler was just pumping up the crowd, »
- TMZ Staff
Apparently this Beatle packs a serious punch. During a guest DJ session for The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM Radio, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recounts the time he took a hit from Sir Paul McCartney. Related: Eddie Vedder Honours Chris Cornell During Emotional Solo Show, Tells Fans ‘Healing Takes Time’ According to Eddie, he was with the music icon […] »
- Julia Lennox
Eddie Vedder once sang about getting “hit with a surprise left,” but we didn’t realize he was singing about Paul McCartney. The Pearl Jam frontman went on SiriusXM’s new The Beatles Channel Monday to guest host a show and shared a story about how McCartney once accidentally punched him in the face. Vedder said he was lucky enough to be in a Seattle bar with McCartney as the former Beatle was telling a personal story. “He kind of was illustrating how he hit this guy, and when he did that, he shot out his left arm as if he was hitting this guy, »
- Brian Welk
Eddie Vedder appeared to be close to tears in his first live performance since the death of Chris Cornell, with the Pearl Jam frontman kicking off his solo tour by offering several songs in tribute to the late rocker. According to website Consequence of Sound, Vedder opened his Amsterdam show on Saturday with Pearl Jam’s […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Chris Cornell's family, bandmates and famous friends gathered by the dozens to pay their respects as his ashes are laid in his final resting place ... the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The private event was attended by Brad Pitt, Pharrell, Dave Grohl, Lisa Marie Presley, Dave Navarro, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale, James Franco, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Billy Idol, Joe Walsh, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and many more. The beloved singer was eulogized by Tom Morello, »
- TMZ Staff
Chris Cornell was laid to rest Friday at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, just over one week after his shocking death in Detroit.
The Soundgarden frontman was found dead of suicide by hanging at MGM Grand Detroit following the band’s performance at the Michigan city’s Fox Theatre May 18.
Over the weekend, Cornell’s body was flown to California, where it was cremated Tuesday, the family’s attorney Kirk Pasich previously told People in a statement. Friday’s funeral service was private, but was followed by a public memorial later in the day.
Family — including Cornell’s wife Vicky »
- Lindsay Kimble and Sarah Michaud
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