Writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled next film will serve as a nifty Christmas Present this year. Sony Pictures has slated the untitled picture for release on December 25, 2014, where it will square off against Disney’s musical Into the Woods, the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and director Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken. Crowe’s picture is described as a romantic comedy and stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. The very solid ensemble cast is filled out by Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride.
Crowe’s last directorial effort, 2011’s We Bought a Zoo, also opened on Christmas Day, and I’m eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up this time around.
We’ve got a couple of new images from the following films:
- Fast & Furious 7 – A new image from the James Wan-directed actioner featuring Vin Diesel and someone who appears to be the franchise’s new addition, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. Fast & Furious 7 also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson,Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton, and opens July 11, 2014.
- Untitled Cameron Crowe Project – Courtesy of the director himself, the first image from his untitled picture starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone is now available. The picture also stars John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray, and should open sometime in 2014.
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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker. The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time. He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.
At the film’s press day, actress Rachel McAdams spoke during a roundtable about having done three time travel films now (the others being The Time Traveler’s Wife and Midnight in Paris), whether she has any time travel envy, which moments she’d like to relive in her own life, what a special experience it was to make this film, and what it was like to shoot a scene in the dark. She also talked about how she’s currently shooting with director Cameron Crowe, why she loves stories with love in them, how The Notebook will always hold a special place in her heart, and her favorite holiday movies. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Filming is already underway in Hawaii on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled next film, but the filmmaker is adding two fantastic last-minute additions to the cast. The Wrap reports that Bill Murray is in talks to join the pic, while THR reports that Jay Baruchel has signed on to reunite with his Almost Famous helmer. Bradley Cooper stars in the romantic comedy as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces also play a role in the story.
Murray’s character is being kept under wraps, but Baruchel will be playing the step brother of Cooper’s character. Baruchel makes a great addition to the ensemble, and the thought of Murray and Crowe teaming up on a feature is incredibly promising. The swell cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, and Danny McBride. Murray will next be seen in George Clooney’s WWII pic The Monuments Men, which opens this December.
Filming is officially underway on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s next film. The “Untitled Hawaii Project” stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles, with Alec Baldwin also reportedly in talks to sign on. The premise of the film apparently centers on “a defense contractor (Cooper) who is overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces and a talking a computer also play a part.” Definitely a departure for Crowe, but the pic is said to be a reworked version of the filmmaker’s long-gestating project Deep Tiki.
Production is taking place in Hawaii with Eric Gautier (Into the Wild) serving as cinematographer. Hit the jump to take a look at an official set photo of the film slate.
Baldwin! Harris! Corddry! Tonight on Casting Report:
- Alec Baldwin is in negotiations with director Cameron Crowe to join Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride in Crowe’s next project, rumored to be a rework of Deep Tiki.
- Ed Harris is in talks to join Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman in Run All Night, a crime thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown).
- Rob Corddry is up to play the best friend in Sex Tape, a comedy that reunites Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz with Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan.
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Rachel McAdams (The Vow) is reportedly in talks to join the untitled picture from writer/director Cameron Crowe (We Bought a Zoo). Not much is known about the project at the moment, but it already stars Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man). McAdams is expected to play a former lover of Cooper’s character in the rom-com, which may actually clue us in as to which re-worked former project this untitled picture is based on. Production on the film is expected to start this October. Hit the jump for more.
Check out the latest casting developments at a glance below:
- Bradley Cooper (Limitless) is in talks to star opposite Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled adventure rom-com.
- Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) joins the cast of Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a script by Rose Barreneche who adapted the original Gustave Flaubert story.
- Up-and-comer Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) will join the dark indie pic Palo Alto, written and directed by Gia Coppola and based off of a series of short stories by James Franco.
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Well here’s a project we haven’t heard about in years. In 2008, it was announced that writer/director Cameron Crowe’s post-Elizabethtown project would be a romantic comedy called Deep Tiki. Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon were attached to star, but due to scheduling conflicts with the two actors Crowe had to keep pushing production back. Months came and went with no update, until we ultimately learned that development had stalled. Crowe’s first narrative feature since 2005 eventually came in the form of last year’s We Bought a Zoo, and I assumed that Deep Tiki was dead.
Now it appears that following a rewrite by Crowe, development on Deep Tiki has picked up again with none other than Emma Stone is set to star. Hit the jump for much more.
At this point Cameron Crowe’s films have a feel that is distinctly his – he’s an auteur. Going in, you know the sort of music he’s going to use, and you know the sort of melancholy emotions he’s going to go for. With his latest, We Bought a Zoo, he’s totally in his wheelhouse and that’s going to be enough for people who want that Cameron Crowe feeling. Matt Damon stars as a widower who decides to take his children out of the city, and buys a country home that is also an operating zoo where Scarlett Johansson works. Our review of the Blu-ray of We Bought a Zoo follows after the jump.
Director Cameron Crowe hasn’t directed a non-documentary feature since his 2005 flop Elizabethtown. His new film, We Bought a Zoo, shows not much has changed in the interim. Crowe is still painfully earnest with his adult characters who give big speeches and wear their hearts on their sleeves. There comes a point where earnestness can become overbearing, and the movie becomes nothing but soul-bearing conversations with only another terrific Matt Damon performance to reign it in. Crowe still hasn’t learned how to say more with less, which is a shame since most of the movie is so amiable that he doesn’t have to say much at all.
Acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe’s latest film, We Bought A Zoo, is based on the inspiring true story of Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), an adventure-seeking journalist and single dad, who is looking to give his family a much-needed fresh start and ends up moving to a home situated in the middle of a zoo. While he and his two children attempt to bring the zoo back to its once glorious state, the Mee family, the eccentric team of zoo employees – including head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) – and dozens of exotic animals, bond in ways they never could have imagined.
During this exclusive phone interview, the undeniably charming and easy to talk to filmmaker explained why he identified with this particular story, what made Matt Damon his perfect leading man, building a zoo from scratch and working with 70 exotic animals, why Jónsi (of the band Sigur Rós) was the right musician to do the score, finding the poetic moments of a story, and the importance of taking great risks, in your own life. He also talked about how strange it is to hear his dialogue often quoted, his upcoming documentary The Union (due out in January 2012), showcasing the musical collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell, and that his next film will be an as-yet-untitled comedy, that he hopes to start shooting in the Spring. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, 20th Century Fox held preview screenings of director Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. While the film doesn’t open until late December, the studio has decided to host another round of preview screenings this coming Saturday. I saw the movie over Thanksgiving and as I’ve said before, I was caught off guard by just how much I ended up loving it. What looks to be a sappy, quirky pic about a ragtag group of individuals fixin’ up a zoo is actually an incredibly emotional, character-centric drama that will have you smiling and crying in equal measure. The Almost Famous director has crafted an endlessly charming and undeniably “Cameron Crowe” flick, and I highly recommend you check it out this weekend if you have the chance. If you do, you’ll also hear one of the best scores of the year by Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi.
The pic stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, and Thomas Haden Church. We Bought a Zoo opens nationwide on Decmber 23rd.
Fox has provided us with 7 clips for We Bought a Zoo, the latest movie from writer/director Cameron Crowe. Matt Damon stars as “a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo.” I missed the local Thanksgiving sneak preview, but based on the word of mouth from those who made it, We Bought a Zoo is a return to form for Crowe after the disappointing Elizabethtown.
Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, and John Michael Higgins also star. We Bought a Zoo opens on December 23. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
Fox has released a new clip from writer-director Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. I caught the film at the preview screening last weekend and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I loved it. I’m an avid Crowe fan, but the marketing materials had me worried Zoo was nothing more than a sappy family popcorn movie. What Crowe has crafted is an incredibly poignant character piece that packs a walloping emotional punch. It comes close to being “gooey” in parts, but rarely crosses over into the saccharine. Matt Damon is great, Scarlett Johansson is charming, and the score by Sigur Ros’ Jonsi is the perfect compliment to Crowe’s delightful script that’s rife with more than a couple signature “Cameron Crowe” moments. If you’re looking for a movie to enjoy with the whole family over the holidays that won’t have you counting down the seconds until it’s over, We Bought a Zoo is a fine choice.
This clip features Thomas Haden Church as Damon’s brother, trying to persuade him from wasting his entire savings on fixing up the dilapidated zoo. Hit the jump to check it out. We Bought a Zoo opens December 23rd.