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Watch: It's Insanity & Cages In 2 Clips From 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 1:42 PM
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Cameron Crowe has returned this year with a vengeance, with three pictures in the form of two music documentaries -- the Elton John centered "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty" -- and in just a few short weeks, "We Bought A Zoo." And the material is a bit different than what we've seen from the diretor so far. Based on the best-selling memoir by Benjamin Mee, and penned by "The Devil Wears Prada" writer Aline Brosh McKenna (and fine tuned by Crowe to fit his sensibilties), the story centers on a widowed father (Matt Damon), who keeps a promise to his dead wife and buys a ramshackle home that also happens to adjoin an animal sanctuary. From here he strikes up a relationship with a zookeeper, played by Scarlett Johansson, as the family heals its wounds.

The Amazing Race: Does A Packed Field Of Nostalgic Crowd-Pleasers Leave The Door Open For More Complex Fare?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2011 1:37 PM
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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, certain things started to crystallize about this year's Best Picture Oscar race. Films like "Hugo," "My Week With Marilyn" and "The Artist" opened, joining the already-percolating "The Descendants" and earlier hopeful nominees like "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball" and "The Help." Studios held sneak screenings of two more that aren't due in theaters for weeks yet, "War Horse" and "We Bought A Zoo," leaving Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" the biggest contender yet to be revealed.

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.

Scarlett Johansson Was Unsure About 'We Bought A Zoo' At First; Says 'Summer Crossing' Doesn't Have A Part For A Big Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2011 1:04 PM
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It's hard to believe that Scarlett Johansson is only 27 years old. The actress carries herself with the air and beauty of an old-school movie star, but has the wit and wisdom of your favorite drinking buddy. What she's accomplished so far on the big screen is impressive, and what's more exciting is that we're only at the beginning of what is likely be a long, varied and fascinating career. A testament to how diverse she has become can be seen in her next trio of movies -- Cameron Crowe's holiday crowd-pleaser "We Bought A Zoo"; the geek fave "The Avengers" and Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi indie "Under The Skin" -- but as she reveals to Vanity Fair in a recent profile, the material comes first.

The Amazing Race: Which Composers & Songwriters Will Feel The Sound Of Music This Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2011 1:20 PM
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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.

'We Bought A Zoo' Will "Sneak" Into Theaters On November 26th For One Night Only Before December Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 6:14 PM
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When is a "sneak" preview not exactly on the down low? When it's going to be in at least 800 theaters nationwide, possibly more, and announced ten days before it's going to happen. 20th Century Fox are feeling very, very confident about Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" and they are looking to start getting the word out a full month before its wide release in theaters next month. But sorry critics, you'll have to line up with the unwashed masses.

Listen: Jónsi's “Gathering Stories” (Co-Written By Cameron Crowe) From 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 11:01 AM
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Leafy Paw Prints Cover New Poster For Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 6:53 PM
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A movie about animals, with a score by eunuch voiced Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi, arriving smack dab in the holiday season? Yeah, "We Bought A Zoo" is aiming to warm your cockles and if you need more proof, this brand new poster should tell you all you need to know.

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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