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Pearl Jam releases a new single exclusively on the Web

Plus, Katie Holmes, Ashton Kutcher, Russell Crowe, Danny DeVito, and more

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Eddie Vedder
Lance Mercer

FREE PREVIEW Pearl Jam‘s new album ”Binaural” won’t be out until May 16, but today you can be the first to listen to its new single, ”Nothing As It Seems,” available on the Web on the band’s official home page. Of course, the song will be released to radio stations tomorrow, so that exclusive feeling will fade fast, but, hey, live for the moment — you’ll be cool RIGHT NOW.

CASTING Katie Holmes will tempt ”That ’70s Show”’s Ashton Kutcher — who is in the midst of a pledge to swear off women for 40 days — in ”40 Days and 40 Nights.” Oh, the problems that plague our young people today.

FATAL ACCIDENT After a truck carrying crew members of the Russell Crowe/Meg Ryan movie ”Proof of Life” flipped into a gorge on the way to the Ecuador set, Crowe’s double — stuntman Willie Garner — died of apparent multiple fractures and massive trauma. Five other passengers were injured after the vehicle slipped off a mountain road outside of Quito and fell 450 feet, according to the Associated Press, but it’s not known how extensively.

REEL DEALS Danny DeVito‘s Jersey Films is planning to make its third Elmore Leonard adaptation, after ”Get Shorty” and ”Out of Sight.” Jersey has optioned Leonard’s next book, ”Pagan Babies” (out in August), about a priest who returns to the States from a Rwanda mission, where he fled after being wanted for smuggling cigarettes. This will finally give religious protesters a chance to exercise their picketing muscles, which have been atrophying since ”Dogma”…. Director Brad Silberling (”City of Angels”) plans to make a biopic of the late drummer Keith Moon with the help of the three remaining Who band mates. Nicolas Cage has expressed interest in the part of Pete Townshend, according to Variety.

OBITUARY Claire Trevor an actress who made her name in the 1930s through ’50s by specializing in fallen women with hearts of gold, died Saturday at the age of 91. Her most famous role came as a prostitute befriended by John Wayne in 1939’s ”Stagecoach,” and she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1948 for playing an alcoholic mistress in ”Key Largo.”