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Review: 'The Union' Is A Love Letter To Leon Russell From Cameron Crowe & Elton John

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 3, 2012 1:03 PM
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A documentary portrait by filmmaker and avid music lover Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous," "Pearl Jam Twenty"), "The Union" has a pretty simple concept: chronicling the making of The Union, the eponymously titled album by Elton John and the ultimate rock & roll session man Leon Russell, a musician also known for a solo career featuring his angelic gravely voice and mix of rock, country, blues, and gospel.

Watch: Four Clips Of Cameron Crowe & Elton John Discussing Their Documentary With Leon Russell "The Union'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2012 3:57 PM
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While on the surface it appeared as if Cameron Crowe laid dormant after 2005's "Elizabethtown," the truth is quite the opposite. The "Vanilla Sky" filmmaker wrote a Marvin Gaye film (still unproduced as of now) and a "Jerry Maguire"-like romantic comedy set in Hawaii with a spiritual element to it ("Deep Tiki," also unproduced), and in 2011, released two films: the documentary, "Pearl Jam Twenty," and the feature-length effort, "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon (which grossed almost $72 million domestically; not bad for a film which some called a box-office dude at first).

Exclusive: Cameron Crowe Says Jónsi Scoring His Next Film As Well

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2012 12:03 PM
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Cameron Crowe and atmospheric indie post-rocker Jónsi have had a fruitful collaboration thus far. Jónsi's group Sigur Rós contributed three tracks to "Vanilla Sky," one which was unreleased at the time, and the Icelandic musician also recently scored the director's recent effort "We Bought A Zoo."

All The Songs In 'We Bought A Zoo' (Yes, That Was Temple Of The Dog You Heard)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 10:08 AM
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While audiences seemed cool on the idea of Matt Damon hanging out with a bunch of animals in "We Bought A Zoo" (Vulture has a few pretty good theories on why that happened) they've been missing out a movie that has more heart than you might expect, and keeps the twee factor surprisingly dialed down. And being a Cameron Crowe film, he can't help but curate yet another mostly solid selection of songs, though it's not without a couple of headscratching choices.

Cameron Crowe Talks His Geiger Counter For Sentimentality In ‘We Bought A Zoo’; Confirms His Adaptation Of ‘Beautiful Boy’ Book

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 21, 2011 1:00 PM
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To paraphrase “The Dark Knight,” Cameron Crowe’s movies may not always be the ones we want, but they’re almost always the ones we need. Since his earliest days as a screenwriter, Crowe has always been a tireless optimist, crafting detailed, thoughtful and uncharacteristically earnest stories about people who prevail over cynicism through a combination of idealism and perseverance.

Matt Damon & Cameron Crowe Respond To David Denby's Comments About 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 11:17 AM
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New Yorker critic David Denby doesn't seem to making many friends this month. In the midst of tangling with Scott Rudin over his embargo breaking "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" review, in an email to the producer, he tried to rationalize his decision to run his article early by throwing another big December movie under the bus.

Cameron Crowe Clarifies “Kids-Casted” Project; Says It’s Actually A Preston Sturges-Influenced Comedy & He Wants To Work With Thomas Haden Church Again

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 9, 2011 5:35 PM
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After “Elizabethtown” received a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences when it was released in 2005, it took writer-director Cameron Crowe almost six years to put together another project. But Crowe had less trouble conceiving a follow-up to his forthcoming film, “We Bought a Zoo,” even if reports thus far about it have been less than accurate. “I read [stories about the film] and thought, ‘that’s good misinformation,’ ” Crowe said Friday in an interview with The Playlist. “But it is misinformation.”

Review: Feel-Good & Earnest 'We Bought A Zoo' Hits All The Heartwarming Notes

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 27, 2011 12:25 AM
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Pitched somewhere between an earnest and romantically idealistic chronicle of loss and hope and a poignant examination of grief and bitter pains of family, Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo," occasionally still slathers it on too thick with the saccharine sentimentality and telegraphed romantic clichés, but by and large, the picture still succeeds in its heartwarming aims thanks to its naked, heart-on-its sleeve sincerity. Not an easy trick in an age of cynicism and information, but one that ultimately works regardless.

Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo' Playlist For Matt Damon Included Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Wilco & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 4:52 PM
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It was almost exactly thirteen months ago today, that Matt Damon first started teasing about Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo" during press rounds for "True Grit" (seems like forever ago, doesn't it?). At the time Damon mentioned that along with the script, Crowe had put together a mixed CD of tunes (how quaint!) for the actor that included "a lot of Eddie Vedder, a lot of Neil Young." Well, THR caught up with both Damon and Crowe with "We Bought A Zoo" set to screen early this weekend in select locations around the country, and they filled in the blanks on those early days before the shoot began and what exactly was on that playlist.

Soundtrack Details For 'We Bought A Zoo' Revealed, Includes Collab Between Jónsi & Cameron Crowe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 1:04 AM
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Also Features 2 Brand New Songs From JónsiCameron Crowe has always been known for his keen ear for music, curating each of his films with a carefully selected soundtrack, but the forthcoming "We Bought A Zoo" marks the first time he's handed over the reins to a single artist. Over the summer it was revealed that Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi would be tuning up the film, but little did we know, Crowe himself would be lending an assist for one of the pieces for the movie.

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