After a six year hiatus, Cameron Crowe is about to come back in a big way with three films released in five months: The music documentaries Pearl Jam Twenty and The Union as well as the narrative film, We Bought A Zoo. Like all of his previous films, though, these are singular stories. Crowe’s never been much of as a sequel guy. However, during the annual Television Critics Association press tour, when asked if he’d ever do a sequel to Say Anything, Crowe said the following:
I do kind of think there might be another chapter to that. I’ve thought about it from time to time, and talked to John Cusack about it. Lloyd Dobler might be back. It’s the only thing I’ve written that I would consider doing that with.
Can he possibly be serious? After the jump, read more about that as well as his choice of composer on We Bought a Zoo, Sigur Ros member Jonsi. Read More »
Cameron Crowe seems to be really enjoying Twitter. Not only has he been replying back to fans, he’s continued to tweet photos from the set of We Bought a Zoo. Crowe’s latest is scheduled for release on December 23 and stars Matt Damon as a man whose family buys and moves to a zoo after an untimely death. It also stars Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Thomas Hayden Church, Patrick Fugit, Angus Macfadyen, John Michael Higgins and others. Several of them – and the monkey from The Hangover Part II – are in the new photos that Crowe himself took and posted online. Read More »
Cameron Crowe is keeping busy. He just world premiered his Elton John documentary, The Union, at the Tribeca Film Festival, released the first trailer for his upcoming Pearl Jam documentary, Pearl Jam Twenty, is currently directing We Bought a Zoo and even started tweeting. The writer/director whose love of mass media was immortalized in Almost Famous recently joined Twitter, the popular social networking site, and immediately put it to good use with some never before seen shots from the set of his upcoming drama starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and more. Check them out after the break. Read More »
I’m a huge fan of director Cameron Crowe, and Almost Famous is one of my favorite films of all time. Before I started /Film, one of the websites I use to check on a regular basis was a Cameron Crowe fansite called The Uncool (which, yes, is a brilliant reference from Almost Famous). The guy who owned the blog, Greg Mariotti, you might know from another film blog called PixarTalk (he’s appeared on the /filmcast as well), sold the site years ago to Crowe himself.
Cameron brought Greg on to help with his official site, which was a cool looking flash-designed dysfunctional mess, and the blog folded. Updates became few and far between. Recently Mariotti relaunched The Uncool as a stand-alone official blog, which is allowing him to post all sorts of cool Cameron Crowe-related material. I’ve been looking for an excuse to write about the blog for the past month, and now I have one.
Today Greg posted an article titled “5 Things I Learned About We Bought a Zoo”, which includes photos and observations from visiting the California-based se of his new film, a big screen adaptation of We Bought a Zoo which stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, John Michael Higgins, Angus MacFadyen, Patrick Fugit, and more. I’ve never been to the set of a Cameron Crowe film, so I’ll have to live vicariously through Greg’s reports… but maybe someday? Head over to TheUncool to learn about the changes that Cameron has taken from Benjamin Mee‘s book, technical details (yes, the movie is being shot on film), details on Cameron’s new partnership with Director of Photography Rodrigo Prieto and more. I’m sure he has more, which will likely be posted in future updates.
Cinema Con, formerly known as ShoWest, is currently going down in Las Vegas and in addition to screening a ton of footage from upcoming movies, many studios are premiering photos and posters from their upcoming films. 20th Century Fox, for example, created a calendar for the event and it provides our first look at several of their upcoming movies including Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, Alexander Payne’s The Descandants, Andrew Niccol’s Now, David Gordon Green’s The Sitter, David Frankel’s The Big Year and more. Plus, though we’ve already seen one image from Rise of the Apes, we now have our first official look at one of the title characters. Check all these images out below. Read More »
Hot off the $125 million (and counting) success of Little Fockers, director Paul Weitz has chosen his next project and is just about ready to lock up his leading lady. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Tina Fey is in final talks to star in Admission, based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The film, which is being put together by Universal from a script by Karen Croner, centers on an admissions officer at Princeton who develops a relationship with a student who is not quite Princeton material.
In addition, John Michael Higgins, the hilarious character actor best known for his roles in the Christopher Guest movies, has joined the already stellar cast for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo and Ron Livingston (Office Space, Swingers) has signed on to join Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, about a couple who wishes for a child. Livingston will also be part of the ensemble high school reunion film Ten Year. Read more after the jump. Read More »
If you read my top ten of 2010 you saw that, despite some diamonds in the rough, I felt 2010 was largely unimpressive in terms of film. Well, if potential says anything, 2011 is going to be amazing. We’ve got new films from filmmakers like Terrence Malick, Michel Gondry, Ron Howard and Jodie Foster, incredible genre action with films like Cowboys & Aliens and Green Lantern, the return of epic franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and X-Men First Class and even huge blockbuster comedy with films like The Hangover Part II.
And as exciting as all those films sound, none of them made my top ten most anticipated. That’s how good 2011 looks. On paper at least. These things rarely pan out. See what I mean after the jump where you’ll find both my most anticipated films for 2011 as well as the films I picked at this time last year with retrospective commentary.
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It’s going to be a good year for J.B. Smoove. The comedian and Curb Your Entusiasm favorite has got a new season of Curb coming up, he’s in the Farrelly Borhters film Hall Pass, and has already shot a role in David Gordon Green’s The Sitter, where he and Sam Rockwell play drug dealers on the trail of Jonah Hill.
Now he’s got a part in Cameron Crowe‘s film We Bought a Zoo, and he’ll also star in a new sitcom being developed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and Aaron Shure (The Office). Read More »
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Leave it to Cameron Crowe to make the soundtrack for a movie before he’s shot a single frame. In a recent interview with MTV, Matt Damon said that when he got the script to Crowe’s new film, We Bought A Zoo, it came with a soundtrack that featured “a lot of Eddie Vedder” and “a lot of Neil Young.”
The film, scheduled for release almost one year from today, December 23, 2011, stars shooting next month. It’s based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee chronicling how he and his family decided to buy and run a dilapidated zoo after the death of his wife. Written and directed by Crowe, Damon stars as Mee alongside a love interest played by Scarlett Johansson, his brother played by Thomas Hayden Church, and zoo employees Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit and Angus McFadyen. See Damon’s interview and more after the break. Read More »
Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.
Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.
After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »