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Remember Jonathan Lipnicki? He was the cute glasses-clad “Jerry Maguire” kid who taught you about the human head weighing eight pounds and how his next-door neighbor had three rabbits. Yeah, you remember. This kid. .. The thing is, he kind of doesn’t want people to remember him like that anymore — especially those Hollywood honchos who make casting decisions and stuff. At least, that was the take-away we got from this hysterical (and also kind of frightening) Father’s Day video he did for his on-screen stepdad. »
Jonathan Lipnicki, who got his start as the precocious kid in "Jerry Maguire," hasn't forgotten his roots ... because Hollywood won't let him! As part of Screen Junkies' "Dads of Our Lives" series, the now-24-year-old star pokes fun at his child star past while paying tribute to his TV dad, Tom Cruise. "I'm here to thank you, Jerry Maguire, for everything you did for me - from drunkenly brooding on my mom's couch having a nervous breakdown to dropping completely unnecessary f-bombs when I wanted to go to the zoo," he says in the clip below. "Sure, you were probably experiencing an episode of clinical mania, but hey, it was never a dull moment." Lipnicki goes on to explain how hard it is to only be remembered for his role in the movie. "How could one child be so ludicrously, almost illegally adorable? And who could forget those glasses, am I right? »
- tooFab Staff
Jonathan Lipnicki made the world say, “Awwww,” in unison with his supporting performance in 1996’s Jerry Maguire. Seriously, the kid was so fricking cute he could have stopped wars and stuff. But Jerry Maguire was released 19-years-ago, and Lipnicki is a tad furious that he’s still primarily associated with that film. In fact, he’s so angry he’s created a hilarious video that involves him shouting at Tom Cruise. It’s well worth a watch. Thanks to Screen Junkies for the creation of the above video, and for Lipnicki for providing such a superlative take on himself. It was probably his most convincing performance since Stuart Little 2. There are a few things that we’ve learned thanks to the above video. Firstly, Jonathan Lipnicki deserves mad props for honing such a bodacious body. While it also looks as »
I’m a big fan of positivity, especially when it comes to the film industry, since it seems to be at a premium most of the time. Two weeks ago, filmmaker Cameron Crowe’s latest movie Aloha opened to rather poor reviews, some of which began to look back and degrade his canon on the whole. In an attempt to keep it positive, I wanted to look back on Crowe’s filmography and rank his work to date, especially since I’m one of the few who feel that he’s basically never had a true “bad” movie. Some of his films are better than the others, of course, but they all have value… Here’s my ranking of the films from writer/director Cameron Crowe: 1. Almost Famous – Crowe’s masterpiece and one of the best films of the last 25 years (along with one of my five favorites of »
- Joey Magidson
This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and I talk about the films of writer-director Cameron Crowe. We go through and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of all of Crowe's features--Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, and Aloha--as well as his breakthrough screenwriting work for Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Over the course of our talk, we try to figure out what defines a Cameron Crowe film and why the quality of his work has declined over his past several films. Click here to download the latest episode of The Collider Podcast or listen below; click here for last week’s episode ("Tomorrowland"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. We’ll think you’re a terrific person! If you don’t like the podcast, feel »
- Matt Goldberg
Aloha came out last weekend, and the romantic comedy's tropical setting isn't the only thing that will remind you of other movies. The Bradley Cooper/Emma Stone movie comes from the mind of writer/director Cameron Crowe, who has created some iconic films, like Say Anything and Jerry Maguire. Crowe has a distinctive style, and if you've seen a few of his films, you can recognize some of the trademarks. Here's a little field guide to elements that are always in his films. »
“Aloha” director Cameron Crowe, who has given very few interviews to promote the film, spoke out Tuesday about some of the negative reaction to his film and especially his casting of Emma Stone as the one-quarter Hawaiian Allison Ng character. Crowe explained she was based on a real-life redhead who was constantly explaining her heritage.
He writes on his blog TheUncool, “I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice. As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one. A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, »
- Variety Staff
Writer/director Cameron Crowe was on fire early on in his career, dishing out coming-of-age tales Say Anything and Singles right out the gate. He then dived into major critical success with Jerry Maguire before delivering the fan-favorite Almost Famous, thus cementing himself in the minds of cinephiles everywhere. Many years later came Elizabethtown, then We Bought A Zoo and now we have Aloha. As you can see,... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Cameron Crowe is in need of a hit. His latest effort, Aloha, has been savaged by critics, while audiences have been staying away from it. In fact, Aloha has proved to be such an disaster that moviegoers are wondering if Cameron Crowe has lost his edge. But it sounds as if the Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire filmmaker has devised a possible antidote to his current problem: he has ideas for a sequel to Say Anything, one of his most endearing films. And he.s got huge plans for the potential follow-up. Cameron Crowe made this admission to Film School Rejects, where he admitted that he has recently been spending a lot of time thinking about the character of Lloyd Dobler (who was played oh-so expertly by John Cusack back in 1989). Crowe has previously insisted that he would be interested in making a sequel, and now it.s clear that »
There's one universal comment you can make about any Cameron Crowe movie, so let's get it out of the way: the soundtrack is phenomenal. It doesn't matter if you're talking about Almost Famous, Elizabethtown, or Jerry Maguire, the audio portion of the film is going to be killer, and it's going to be the thing that powers the movie. That's no different in Aloha, which is powered by the sounds of native Hawaiian singers and musicians from the very opening scenes onward. Crowe's movies always feel like they were written to a soundtrack (and always have all the way back to Fast Times At Ridgemont High), and this movie is powered by the gentle strumming ukuleles of Polynesian culture.
Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is a former military man turned defense contractor. When rich billionaires »
Everyone complains that Hollywood doesn't make original movies anymore, but when the studios actually do, they don't always know how to sell them. That was the lesson of "Tomorrowland" last weekend, and it's the source of this weekend's cautionary box office tale involving two more original wide-release movies, "San Andreas" and "Aloha."
Neither movie got very good reviews, but "San Andreas" was generally considered a sure thing, while "Aloha" was expected to disappoint. In fact, "San Andreas" opened on top with an estimated $53.0 million, well above the $35-to-$40 million pundits had predicted. Conversely, "Aloha" debuted in sixth place with an estimated $10.0 million, at the bottom end of its meager $10-$13 million expectations.
Though one is a big-budget disaster movie and the other a mid-budget romantic dramedy, the two films had a lot more in common than you might think. And yet, those elements proved an asset to one and a detriment to the other. »
- Gary Susman
Even a starry cast led by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, a counter-programming bid against action-heavy “San Andreas,” a romantic Hawaiian setting and a beloved director weren’t enough to keep “Aloha” afloat in its opening weekend.
Sony’s long-awaited Cameron Crowe romantic comedy, which washed ashore laden with a heavy cargo of bad buzz and brutal reviews, landed in sixth place this weekend with $10 million at 2,816 locations in the U.S.
But Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said the opening was “within the studio’s expectations,” and pointed to the B+ CinemaScore for the Cooper, Stone and Rachel McAdams starrer as indication that the troubled film could hold well in coming weeks.
“We’re proud of the film,” he said Sunday. “Our very talented cast is great and we believe it will leg out nicely. There are so many special moments, so it’s very satisfying for audience members. »
- Dave McNary
Proving once again how Dwayne Johnson may be as big a draw as any star today (and trumping the usually reliable Bradley Cooper in the process), "San Andreas" (Warner Bros.) shook up a better than expected $18,215,000 to dominate Friday ticket buying. This week's chapter of Hollywood's 2015 saga continues the trend so far: a stronger opener, but nagging residual weakness. The bulk of the expected smashes lie ahead -- "Spy," "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" in the next few weeks -- but once again, this weekend looks to be significantly below the same one last year. Yesterday's Top Ten totaled $40 million -- last year (when "Maleficent" debuted) came to $51 million. Still, "San Andreas" grossed more than the next five films combined. "Aloha" (Sony) starring Cooper and directed by the once reliable Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire," "Almost Famous") the other new wide opener, came in »
- Tom Brueggemann
Though widely praised for his first few films including greats like "Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire" and "Say Anything," filmmaker Cameron Crowe has not had a good run since the turn of the millennium.
"Vanilla Sky" was not well-regarded, "Elizabethtown" even less so and the more recent "We Bought a Zoo" seem to come and go without a whisper. Now he's back with the rom-com "Aloha" which includes the beloved Emma Stone and well-liked Bradley Cooper teaming for something fairly formulaic that should be an easy sell. Chuck in great supporting talent like Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski and it should be - even at worst - non-offensive.
Unfortunately it's not going down that way. Critical reviews haven't just been bad, they've been scathing with the film scoring a 19% and 4.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 40/100 on Metacritic. Trying to combat the bad buzz, Sony »
- Garth Franklin
Cameron Crowe’s Aloha is a delightful disaster — the kind of catastrophe that might also remind you why you loved a certain filmmaker in the first place. Crowe’s been in the wilderness for some years. Movies like Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and Say Anything are now distant memories; in recent years, he’s made mostly duds. At first glance, Aloha has plenty of elements in common with his earlier classics. It feels like an attempt to bring back the ambitious, personal romantic-comedy form which the writer-director once helped to perfect. But like someone who’s been stranded in a distant land for too long, the film arrives with both too much and too little to say. It comes at us in choppy bursts of brilliance and dopiness. That is at once its great charm and its great curse.“There was a time when I knew everything in the sky, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Read More: First Reviews of 'Aloha': Cameron Crowe's Worst Movie, or Just One of His Worst?Cameron Crowe got the critical bashing of his life yesterday when the review embargo broke for his latest, "Aloha." In his D+ review for Indiewire, Greg Cwik called the romantic comedy "achingly bad," citing that "Crowe seems to have expunged all evidence of his distinctive filmmaking talents... as though the director has been completely reborn as a hack." Other critics agree; just check out its Rotten Tomatoes score. In what's likely a damage-control move, Sony has posted the first eight minutes of the film online. Watch it above and be the judge as to whether that was a good or bad move on the company's part. The extended clip opens much like Crowe's beloved Oscar-winner "Jerry Maguire," with a busy voiceover that gets you up to speed with the film's protagonist »
- Nigel M Smith
Summer’s settling in, the kids are out of school, so how about a vacation? Or at least a visit to the multiplex to take in a very popular vacation spot. And you wouldn’t be leaving the good ole’ Us of A! I’m referring to our 50th state, Hawaii. So who will you be traveling with on this cinematic stay in the Pacific’s paradise? Well, it’s a gaggle of true, “big deal” Hollywood actors and actresses. So, was it the mild temps and gorgeous beaches that lured this impressive cast here? It didn’t hurt, but the main lure may have been the chance to work with the celebrated author/director Cameron Crowe. After leaving the pages of Rolling Stone magazine, he contributed the script for the seminal 80’s teen comedy/drama Fast Times At Ridgemont High. When he took on directing in 1989, he made a »
- Jim Batts
Cameron Crowe has made a career telling stories of flawed men who are saved thanks to young, quasi-magical women. His best films have shown the cracks in these maniacal pixies. Consider the crippling self-doubt of Penny Lane in Almost Famous, or the world-weariness of Renee Zellweger’s Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire. Penelope Cruz’s Sofia Serrano in Vanilla Sky quite literally becomes […] »
- Dan Mecca
If ever there was a movie that came to its release date with what affectionately is known in the industry as bad buzz, it’s Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Aloha. Of course, it didn’t help that Sony was hacked and negative comments went viral in leaked emails from then-studio head Amy Pascal that certainly damaged the perception of the film from the Oscar-winning writer-director of Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous and Say Anything (that is really something since she presided… »
In the Aloha press notes writer/director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, We Bought a Zoo) says the movie is "about second chances at life." Maybe that's how Crowe sees it, but that's sort of the sickly sweet Cameron Crowe way of looking at things, which is sort of the biggest issue facing this movie. The more realistic approach to Aloha is to recognize it as a film saying, "Life is sh*tty, people are sh*tty, and if you can find any measure of happiness in this sh*tty existence hold on and don't let go." I don't say this to suggest there's anything wrong with this sentiment. In fact, I agree with it. However, in the context of this film it serves as a conflicted approach. Crowe lacquers on a sugary facade over some rather -- I don't want to say "dark" -- tough life lessons, but it takes more than constant, »
- Brad Brevet
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