Screen Junkies » Cameron Crowe http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Cameron Crowe Puts The Kibosh On ‘Say Anything’ TV Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cameron-crowe-puts-the-kibosh-on-say-anything-tv-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cameron-crowe-puts-the-kibosh-on-say-anything-tv-series/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:56:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265921 John Cusack was equally miffed.

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With NBC apparently operating under the philosophy “everything old is new again,” the network had signed a deal to pick up a serial TV adaptation of the seminal Cameron Crowe teen film Say Anything. Only no one had asked Crowe what he felt about this bit of business.

Learning about the move after the deal had already been signed, Crowe took to Twitter saying he was trying to kill the show. Also expressing his objections was star John Cusack. It’s a little hard to get an adaptation going if the two most visibly connected people to the original are opposing it.

So, rather than take on a “Save Say Anything” crusade, NBC has shelved the project. I guess they’ll have to come up with some new show while ABC sits back and lets those fat Uncle Bucks checks just roll on in.

(Deadline)

 

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Cameron Crowe To Mix Things Up With A Project About Rock And Roll http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cameron-crowe-to-mix-things-up-with-a-project-about-rock-and-roll/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cameron-crowe-to-mix-things-up-with-a-project-about-rock-and-roll/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:36:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262250 Hey! Cameron Crowe's wife could be involved in this! What a coincidence!

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I’m not complaining about Cameron Crowe doing a Showtime comedy about touring rock bands – it’s what he does best. But that doesn’t mean I won’t make fun of him for going back to that time-tested well again and again. And again. Then once more after that.

Crowe is on board to write and direct the pilot episode of Roadies on the premium cable network. The show will be a comedy that follows around a fictional rock band while touring through the U.S. It’s a pretty ripe premise, as Spinal Tap has demonstrated. And Crowe has proven that he can walk the line dividing reverence and ridicule very well, so let’s get excited about this.

Roadies will be an ensemble comedy, but no word on who will be starring. Fortunately, there are probably a million good choices, so let’s not just ask Patrick Fugit to join without weighing all our options.

 

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Cameron Crowe Should Have Made ‘We Bought A Jail’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cameron-crowe-should-have-made-we-bought-a-jail/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cameron-crowe-should-have-made-we-bought-a-jail/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:33:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=243514 If you ever wondered how Matt Damon would fare in jail...better than you might have guessed.

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For those who prefer to watch guys get beaten and anally raped over families that buy zoos, this mashed-up trailer is for you. Some dear, dear soul took the trailer for the tepidly-received Cameron Crowe film We Bought a Zoo and mashed it up with The Shawshank Redemption.

Adding elements of The Shawshank Redemption to anything is like inviting T-Pain to sing a verse on your hip-hop album – it always makes the original work better. I didn’t see We Bought a Zoo because it was a Cameron Crowe film about a family that lost its mom and bought a damn zoo. I keep watching The Shawshank Redemption because it’s a film about life in prison that features Morgan Freeman.

It’s virtually indisputable that the latter shines brighter than the former, and Crowe’s purebred rock soundtrack meshes surprisingly well with the droning chants of “fresh fish.”

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Spoiler Alert: Matt Damon Buys A Zoo In The ‘We Bought A Zoo’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/spoiler-alert-matt-damon-buys-a-zoo-in-the-we-bought-a-zoo-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/spoiler-alert-matt-damon-buys-a-zoo-in-the-we-bought-a-zoo-trailer/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:56:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=228544 Matt Damon says, "F*&k it. Let's buy this zoo."

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With Elizabethtown an almost distant memory, Cameron Crowe is ready to spend studio money again. We Bought A Zoo marks his return to narrative film-making. Matt Damon stars as a widowed dad who moves his kids to a zoo in order to fulfill his wife’s wish that her children live in the constant danger of being eaten by a bear or lion or giraffe (don’t trust them).

Scarlett Johansson is there too in the form of a ho zookeeper, so that Matt Damon will have someone to keep him distracted from watching his kids around all those jungle animals.

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Cameron Crowe’s ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ Takes A Shocking ‘Pro-Pearl Jam’ Stance http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cameron-crowes-pearl-jam-twenty-takes-a-shocking-pro-pearl-jam-stance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cameron-crowes-pearl-jam-twenty-takes-a-shocking-pro-pearl-jam-stance/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:16:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222137 This documentary harkens back to a day when musicians didn't have to wear meat dresses or shoot fireworks out of their bosom to matter.

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The trailer for Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam documentary, Pearl Jam Twenty, doesn’t leave much to discuss, save for the hilarious opening question posed by David Lynch to a befuddled Eddie Vedder.

“How old were you and where were you when music started being a thing for you?”

It’s a valid question, but fortunately, the rest of the trailer seems to rely much more heavily on band interviews and archive footage than it does on Mr. Lynch’s inquiring mind.

Of course, the trailer makes the doc out to be something of a puff piece, which is no surprise given Cameron Crowe‘s love of music in general and working class rock specifically. That said, the band has maintained popularity and a degree of relevance for twenty years now (hence the name) so perhaps they deserve a little love.

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Pearl Jam Doc Can’t Find A ‘Better Man’ To ‘Go’ Direct It. ‘Jeremy’. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pearl-jam-doc-cant-find-a-better-man-to-go-direct-it-jeremy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pearl-jam-doc-cant-find-a-better-man-to-go-direct-it-jeremy/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 22:29:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213647 Crowe will release the doc to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam. In unrelated news: I'm so old I want to cry.

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I’m really starting to get the feeling that Cameron Crowe enjoys rock music. His latest project, a documentary/look back on the seminal grunge band Pearl Jam, really removed all doubt. The film is titled Pearl Jam Twenty in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the band’s formation.

In case you think this is just about the money for Crowe (SHUT YOUR DIRTY MOUTH! THIS IS ABOUT THE MUSIC!), the film will only enjoy a limited theatrical run after its premiere before it film pops up on PBS, where everyone can see it, even if they’re too lazy to get a job and pay for cable. The film will presumably screen in Alpine Valley, WI, over Labor Day for the band’s proper birthday celebration, though no specifics have been announced.

Though he is a fanboy of the Seattle sound, Crowe is a skilled enough filmmaker that PJ20 should look more like a film than a tribute piece.

“Man, if they don’t play ‘State of Love and Trust” in the documentary. I’m gonna be so pissed. SO PISSED!”

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Cameron Crowe Tweets ‘We Bought A Zoo’ Pics #SadFamiliesAndLions http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/cameron-crowe-tweets-we-bought-a-zoo-pics-sadfamiliesandlions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/cameron-crowe-tweets-we-bought-a-zoo-pics-sadfamiliesandlions/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 02:43:24 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=210345 Director Crowe tweeted these set photos from his new movie, 'We Bought A Zoo'. How come Matt Damon can buy a zoo and I can't?

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Director Cameron Crowe currently has around 2,100 followers on Twitter, which I suppose means he’s not even almost famous. However, Crowe just set-up the new account, so ya gotta give the man some time. He’ll reach Charlie Sheen numbers someday.

If you already follow Crowe, you know that he tweeted these set photos from his new movie, We Bought A Zoo. Check out the photos above. Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, the film is about a family where the mother dies, so the husband does the most natural thing in the world: he buys a zoo, which he runs with his kids. Nothing reminds me of my mother more than hosing the feces off the floor of an orangutan cage.

We Bought a Zoo stampedes into theaters December 23rd, because late December weather is perfect for a zoo trip. (@CameronCrowe)

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Even Pearl Jam’s Bassist Has A Hard Time Watching Pearl Jam http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/even-pearl-jams-bassist-has-a-hard-time-watching-pearl-jam/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/even-pearl-jams-bassist-has-a-hard-time-watching-pearl-jam/#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:42:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21452 Bassist Jeff Ament had a hard time watching Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary. He's his own worst critic.

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As reported, Cameron Crowe is making a documentary in honor of Pearl Jam‘s twentieth anniversary of not hating each other. Bassist Jeff Ament had an opportunity to check out the film and share his reaction with Rolling Stone:

“‘Black’ is a really good song.”

No, but really:

“I just saw a rough cut. It was so fucking weird seeing footage of stuff I didn’t know anybody was taping at the time. The whole movie is Cameron’s love letter to us – but it’s equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 Danish festival where nine fans were trampled to death during the band’s set]. It was just really hard to watch.”

I believe it. Being really hard to watch is a common theme in Crowe‘s later works. Did you see Elizabethtown? Yeesh.

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Cameron Crowe To Inflict Pearl Jam Doc On The World http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cameron-crowe-to-inflict-pearl-jam-doc-on-the-world/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cameron-crowe-to-inflict-pearl-jam-doc-on-the-world/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:22:51 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17570 It's 2011, and as Eddie Vedder prophesied lo these many years ago, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam. The movie is called Pearl Jam Twenty, and much like the band, the project is shrouded in mystery.

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It’s 2011, and as Eddie Vedder prophesied lo these many years ago, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam. The movie is called Pearl Jam Twenty, and much like the band, the project is shrouded in mystery (don’t know if this is a joke or not). In 2009, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready was quoted as saying that the film’s director Cameron Crowe would have ““….all our footage, with all of our existing footage that we have” at his disposal for his documentary. I’m guessing that must include at least 100 hours of Eddie Vedder scowling.

This isn’t the only thing connecting the band with Cameron Crowe. The Almost Famous auteur also directed the anti-establishment band in a Target commercial (!) and the video for their song “The Fixer.” In addition to that, it’s also being reported that head Pearl Jammer Eddie Vedder is a big part of the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe’s new movie We Bought a Zoo.

So expect to be learning a lot about Pearl Jam in 2011, especially if you’re like me and your only direct knowledge of the band comes from the copy of Ten that you can’t bring yourself to get rid of for some reason. (via The Playlist)

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John Michael Higgins Locked In ‘Zoo’ With Matt Damon http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-michael-higgins-locked-in-zoo-with-matt-damon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-michael-higgins-locked-in-zoo-with-matt-damon/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:12:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15120 Another name (John Michael Higgins)has been added to the all-star cast of We Bought a Zoo, a movie in which a family, after losing their mother, buys a zoo and relocates.

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Cameron Crowe is doing an ensemble dramedy with a rock soundtrack. Also, the sky is blue. Another name has been added to the all-star cast of We Bought a Zoo, a movie in which a family, after losing their mother, buys a zoo and lives there, with little else known about the script, save for a love interest and hijinks. However, much has been discussed about the strong cast, which somehow got more interesting with the addition of John Michael Higgins, best known as the “other, other, other guy” from the Christopher Guest universe. He also has had scene-stealing performances in both The Break-Up and lauded TV series Arrested Development.

Higgins joins the wildly over-scheduled Matt Damon, as well as Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, Angus McFayden, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church in Crowe’s first outing since the divisive Elizabethtown in 2005. Only two things are known about Higgins character at this time. He’s a zoo inspector (!) who’s got it out for Damon, and he’s “cursed with an active and loud stomach.” Dial up the wacky to 11!

Because Cameron Crowe films are required by law to have thoughtful, nostalgic rock soundtracks, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young will feature prominently in the soundtrack. I wouldn’t rule out an appearance by Crowe’s wife, Nancy Wilson on the soundtrack as well. The project has been fast tracked for a December 23, 2011 release. (Playlist)

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Matt Damon in Talks to Run Cameron Crowe’s Zoo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matt-damon-in-talks-to-run-cameron-crowes-zoo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matt-damon-in-talks-to-run-cameron-crowes-zoo/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Matt Damon is talks to star in director Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of the memoir We Bought a Zoo. Tell us what it's all about, Variety: "Zoo revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened."Crowe's last directorial effort was Elizabethtown (faaaaaaart), so everyone's looking for another win from the coming-of-age master of Singles, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. Maybe Crowe should consider Tom Cruise for the part instead of Damon. He pulled a terrific performance out of him in Jerry Maguire, and Lord knows Cruise could use a career boost at the moment. I could totally see him running a zoo. A zoo full of little, angry Tom Cruises that cage walls and insist you keep up the facade that you're his loving and devoted wife.

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Matt Damon is talks to star in director Cameron Crowe‘s (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of the memoir We Bought a Zoo. Tell us what it’s all about, Variety: "Zoo revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened."

Crowe’s last directorial effort was Elizabethtown (faaaaaaart), so everyone’s looking for another win from the coming-of-age master of Singles, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. Maybe Crowe should consider Tom Cruise for the part instead of Damon. He pulled a terrific performance out of him in Jerry Maguire, and Lord knows Cruise could use a career boost at the moment. I could totally see him running a zoo. A zoo full of little, angry Tom Cruises that cage walls and insist you keep up the facade that you’re his loving and devoted wife.

 

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Happy Birthday Jesus: I Got You a Muppet Movie (Christmas 2011) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/happy-birthday-jesus-i-got-you-a-muppet-movie-christmas-2011/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/happy-birthday-jesus-i-got-you-a-muppet-movie-christmas-2011/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 When it comes to gifts, what do you get the man who has everything? The answer: a new Muppet movie!Disney has announced the latest installment from Kermit and the gang will hit theaters on Christmas Day, 2011, just in time for the Christ child's birthday.Writen by Jason Segel and directed by "Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin, the project is aimed at introducing the Muppets to a whole new generation of fans.According to Variety, the film will be up against Steven Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin and Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, both of which can kiss my ass. It's Muppet time, bitches! Wakka Wakka Wakka!

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When it comes to gifts, what do you get the man who has everything? The answer: a new Muppet movie!

Disney has announced the latest installment from Kermit and the gang will hit theaters on Christmas Day, 2011, just in time for the Christ child’s birthday.

Writen by Jason Segel and directed by "Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin, the project is aimed at introducing the Muppets to a whole new generation of fans.

According to Variety, the film will be up against Steven Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin and Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo, both of which can kiss my ass. It’s Muppet time, bitches! Wakka Wakka Wakka!

 

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