Sony’s Cameron Crowe Movie Gets Christmas 2014 Release Date

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 11:51am PST

"We Bought A Zoo" Premiere - Outside ArrivalsColumbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have marked out a December 25, 2014 release date for their untitled Cameron Crowe film, which stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John … Read More »

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Cameron Crowe On Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “Magic Trick” In ‘Almost Famous’: Video

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 3:57pm PST

AlmostFamousThe writer-director took to his blog The Uncool today to post an anecdote about his time directing Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous, in which Hoffman played iconic rock critic Lester Bangs. Cameron Crowe describes a scene in which the late actor “leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met.” Here’s Crowe’s eloquent post, followed by the scene:

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My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs. A call to arms. In Phil’s hands it became something different. A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late. It became the soul of the movie. In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one. He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself. (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.) When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He’d leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met. Suddenly the portrait was complete. The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.

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Michael Chernus Joins Cameron Crowe Pic; Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Casts Young Zamperini; Rich Graff Joins ‘My Dead Boyfriend’

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 6:33pm PDT

Captain Phillips‘ Michael Chernus is the latest addition to Sony‘s untitled Cameron Crowe film. Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams star with Emma Stone, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray filling out … Read More »

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New Regency, RatPac Step Up To Co-Finance Cameron Crowe’s Sony Film

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has become a co-financier on the untitled film that Cameron Crowe is directing for Sony Pictures, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray. Regency will share its 50% investment with RatPac, the company launched by James Packer and Brett Ratner that just recently teamed with Dune Entertainment for a $450 million slate financing deal with Warner Bros. That deal got off to a strong start as the studio brought them in on Gravity.

Crowe wrote the script and is producing the untitled film with Scott Rudin. They have been low key on the log line, but the film has romance and comedy and is said to in the spirit of past Crowe pics Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. The film will be released domestically by Sony Pictures, and Fox International will release it overseas. New Regency principal Arnon Milchan had a long history with Kerry Packer, which made for an easy match with his son, RatPac partner James Packer.

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Alec Baldwin Joining Cameron Crowe Pic

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 5:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When I saw him in Cannes while he and Jim Toback were unveiling their hilarious documentary Seduced And Abandoned, Alec Baldwin made it clear that any roles he takes in the near future would have to square … Read More »

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Rachel McAdams In Talks To Join Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone In Cameron Crowe Film

Mike Fleming

Rachel McAdamsEXCLUSIVE: What a cast Cameron Crowe and producer Scott Rudin have cooked up for the film they are prepping at Sony Pictures. Rachel McAdams is in talks to star with Bradley Cooper and … Read More »

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Bradley Cooper In Talks To Star With Emma Stone In Cameron Crowe-Directed Pic

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 5:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Bradley Cooper Emma Stone Movie Cameron CroweEXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that after a lengthy search, Cameron Crowe has set his sights on Bradley Cooper to star with Emma Stone in the film Crowe wrote and will direct next … Read More »

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Sony Buys New Cameron Crowe Script With Emma Stone To Star

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 4:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has just closed a deal for an untitled love story that Cameron Crowe will direct in the spring, with Emma Stone starring. Crowe wrote the script, and Scott Rudin is producing. I’m told … Read More »

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Tom Rothman Goes Indie While Juggling ‘Die Hard’ Start And ‘We Bought A Zoo’ Sneak

Mike Fleming

It wasn’t lost on many in the crowd of independent film distributors and agents at this week’s Gotham Awards that the whole evening seemed full of contradictions. Indie film is a down and dirty, low budget affair, and yet the … Read More »

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Fox To Sneak ‘We Bought A Zoo’ Four Weeks Early On Thanksgiving Weekend

Obviously 20th Century Fox must be excited about Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo because the studio has just decided to sneak it four weeks ahead of the film’s December 23rd bow. The nationwide sneaks of the holiday picture will take place on Saturday, November 26th during Thanksgiving Weekend, one of the busiest moviegoing times of the year as well as Christmas when there’s a lot of releases all at once. In a statement, Oren Aviv and Tony Sella, the studio’s marketing mavens, said:  “Once in a while, we’re lucky enough to have a picture to which audiences of all kinds and all ages respond so strongly, that it demands a big and unexpected event.  We Bought A Zoo is that kind of picture – and Thanksgiving is a great time to share it via this special very early preview.” The idea is to generate very early word of mouth, so necessary in these times of slumping box office. The studio claims test screenings of the film in both major cities and the heartland have produced “exceptional responses across wide-ranging demographics so the Studio is using one family holiday to prime the release for the next holiday”. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘We Bought A Zoo’

Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church star in Cameron Crowe’s newest helming effort We Bought A Zoo, which now has a trailer. 20th Century Fox releases it Dec. 23. Crowe’s last feature — outside documentaries — was 2005′s Elizabethtown, which didn’t do so hot.

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HBO Acquires TV Rights To Cameron Crowe’s Documentary ‘The Union’

By | Monday June 6, 2011 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 – HBO Documentary Films has acquired the domestic TV rights to THE UNION from Vinyl Films, it was announced today.  Directed by Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire”), the film will debut on HBO in Jan. 2012.

THE UNION takes an unprecedented look at the

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Tribeca Opens Fest With Cameron Crowe’s ‘The Union’

Mike Fleming

New York, NY – March 2, 2011 – The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union will open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. A performance by the film’s subject – Elton John – will follow the free,

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Cameron Crowe Taps His ‘Almost Famous’ Alter Ego For ‘Zoo,’ And Elle Fanning, Too

Mike Fleming

Cameron Crowe has set Patrick Fugit and Elle Fanning is in talks to star alongside Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in We Bought A Zoo. Thomas Hayden Church is also in the Fox film based on the Benjamin Mee memoir. Fugit, you’ll recall, played the young journalist who was essentially playing Crowe in Almost Famous, a memoirish film that chronicled the filmmaker’s experience when, as a teenaged journalist, he was hired by Rolling Stone magazine to go on the road with the Allman Brothers when the band was on the rise. Read More »

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Scarlett Johansson Near Deal For Cameron Crowe’s ‘We Bought A Zoo’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star alongside Matt Damon in We Bought A Zoo, the Cameron Crowe-directed adaptation of the Benjamin Mee memoir for 20th Century Fox about an American who moves to England to operate a … Read More »

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Cameron Crowe Eyes Actresses For ‘Zoo’

Mike Fleming

Baz Luhrmann isn’t the only director meeting with top young … Read More »

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Matt Damon Headed For ‘We Bought A Zoo’?

Mike Fleming

matt-damonBreaking News… Matt Damon is in early talks to star for director Cameron Crowe in 20th Century Fox’s We Bought a Zoo. Damon’s in talks to play a man who moves his family to England to operate a zoo. The script … Read More »

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