Vedder, Penn Set For THR/Billboard Film & TV Conference
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and actor/director Sean Penn will be the subjects of the keynote Q&A at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, to be held Nov. 1-2 at LosPearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and actor/director Sean Penn will be the subjects of the keynote Q&A at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, to be held Nov. 1-2 at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton. Vedder and Penn will be interviewed by Billboard executive editor Tamara Conniff on Nov. 1 about the Penn-directed "Into the Wild," for which Vedder composed the soundtrack.
"He was in Hawaii when I tracked him down," Penn tells Billboard of Vedder, with whom he first collaborated on the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking." "He got a copy of the ['Into the Wild'] book and read it. He called up very invested already -- he really connected with it. I said, 'Call me when you get back and I'll come up to Seattle,' and that's what happened. I brought up like a three hour-and-15-minute cut of the movie, and we sat and watched that. His words were, 'It's on,' and that was it."
"Into the Wild" is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, who, upon graduating from Emory University in 1990, gave all his money to charity, cut off all ties with his family and embarked on a cross-country odyssey that ended tragically two years later in the Alaskan wilderness.
Vedder's soundtrack, which essentially serves as his first solo album, debuted last week at No. 11 on The Billboard 200.
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