We’ve already expressed our eagerness to check out Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo, and it seems Fox is equally excited to show it to us. The studio has teamed up with social media service TOUT to offer sneak preview screenings of the drama on Saturday, November 26, four weeks before its official release date of December 23. And as if the mere fact of getting to see Crowe’s latest in advance weren’t motivation enough, attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a contest for a trip to San Diego by posting reviews of the film.

Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to a dilapidated zoo. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, and Patrick Fugit also appear. More details after the jump.

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Earlier today, I posted a story with hundreds of studio released movie posters that all looked the same. The lead sentence was “News flash: today’s movie posters generally suck.” Almost as if it was a response to that, Cameron Crowe‘s official website The Uncool debuted the theatrical poster for his upcoming film, We Bought a Zoo. Designed by Arsonal if features no stars and no dumb tagline, just a striking image that begs the question: what is this movie about? It does what a movie poster is supposed to do. It catches your eye and makes you think.

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One of the things I (and I think many other people) love about Cameron Crowe‘s films is how warm and optimistic they tend to be. And his latest directorial effort, We Bought a Zoo, clearly won’t be any different in that regard. Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, the drama stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to a run-down zoo. As they work to restore the park, they encounter all sorts of lovably offbeat characters and heartwarming life lessons along the way.

But when the first trailer hit earlier this fall, I worried that perhaps Crowe had gone too far into “sweet” this time, crossing right over into “saccharine.” Happily, the new international trailer strikes a much better balance, managing to be uplifting without being groanworthy about it. Watch it after the jump.

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After directing only six feature films over the course of 16 years (the last of those being 2005′s Elizabethtown) director Cameron Crowe has had an unusually busy 2011. He’s already released two documentaries this year — the Elton John picture The Union and Pearl Jam Twenty — and has We Bought a Zoo due out in December. And apparently, he plans to keep up this pace for the time being, with one film prepped for a March start and another one planned for after that. More details after the jump.

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Pearl Jam Twenty, a brand new Cameron Crowe movie, is out on DVD today. The documentary is Crowe’s ode not only to the multi-platinum band who came to personify the Nineties grunge movement, but also to music in the last twenty years as a whole. Crowe uses Pearl Jam as the conduit to tell the story of how grunge in the 1990s changed the cultural landscape much in the way rock in the Sixties, disco in the Seventies or metal in the Eighties changed how people lived their lives. From there, it shows how a group of people who’ve grown apart in many ways can find a common ground to still bring joy to people’s lives after two decades.

Told with humor and passion, Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty is a fine film even if you could care less about the band. For a little taste of what it has to offer, the IMDB has exclusively released a full length, never-before-seen music video for Pearl Jam’s 1995 single Not For You, directed by Crowe, combining current and archival footage. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Cameron Crowe might have been MIA for a few years but he’s back in full force in 2011 with two documentaries and his latest narrative movie, We Bought A Zoo. The film stars Matt Damon as a single father who decides to move his family to a downtrodden zoo. Based on a true story, We Bought A Zoo also features Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, John Michael Higgins and more. It’s scheduled for release December 23. Check out the first trailer after the jump. Read More »

Cameron Crowe Calls ‘Say Anything 2′ A Pipe Dream

Sometimes even the best of us get stuck with our foot in our mouth. That seems to be what happened with Cameron Crowe earlier this month when he told an audience he would consider making a sequel to Say Anything and that he’d spoken to John Cusack about it. He has thought about where kickboxer Lloyd Dobler and valedictorian Diane Court might go after the end of the film and he has spoken to Cusack about it, but it was years ago and at this point, Crowe doesn’t want to ruin that personal film with an unnecessary sequel. Read exactly what he said, and some of his ideas about where it could have went, after the jump. Read More »

Besides making a bunch of new movies and teasing fans about a possible idea for Say Anything 2, Cameron Crowe is letting his official website – The Uncool – dig into his archives. Over the next few days they’re going to be publishing previously lost scenes from Crowe’s directorial debut, Say Anything. All the scenes are from his January 18, 1988 final shooting script. The first one extends the opening of the now classic film, starring John Cusack, Ione Skye and Lili Taylor in which Lloyd speaks with Corey and D.C. about calling Diane. It’s more of an extension than a full fledged deletion, but it’s a great read none the less. Check it out, and link to an extension of the graduation speech scene, after the jump. Read More »

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