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‘We Bought a Zoo’ Review

30 December 2011 12:20 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick reviews We Bought a Zoo

Writer/director Cameron Crowe has helmed a number of iconic and critically acclaimed films – including Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and Vanilla Sky. However, the celebrated filmmaker hit a wall when his 2005 drama, Elizabethtown was poorly received and underperformed at the box office.

As a result, film fans have been eagerly anticipating Crowe‘s follow-up feature project, We Bought a Zoo – an adaptation of writer Benjamin Mee‘s memoir, We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever. The rich source material, coupled with Crowe‘s character-focused storytelling approach, were certainly indicators that We Bought a Zoo could offer another thoughtful and ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo"

28 December 2011 5:15 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Big gestures are common currency in Cameron Crowe country," begins Vadim Rizov at GreenCine Daily, and that's the gist, too, of Sam Adams's piece for Slate: "He's made bad movies, but never a bad trailer." Vadim: "John Cusack holding a boombox over his head in Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire's much-quoted romantic highlights ('You had me at hello'), an unironically lovestruck-and-desperate run alongside a moving bus in Almost Famous. Crowe openly states his method in We Bought a Zoo: 'All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage,' dad Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) tells lovestruck son Dylan (Colin Ford). 'And I promise you, something great will come of it.' This is both a baldly stated stab at future quotability and a declaration of Crowe's full investment: every time his characters do something outsized and cornball, he's the one hoping a great moment rather than a fiasco will emerge from it. »

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Matt Damon 'imitated' director Cameron Crowe in 'We Bought A Zoo'

27 December 2011 7:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matt Damon has admitted that he imitated We Bought A Zoo director Cameron Crowe while filming the family drama. Damon joked in a discussion with The AP that Crowe's unique personality always seems to influence his actors. "Everybody's playing him a little bit... There's a look that he gets," Damon recalled. "I see it a lot with Rene [Zellweger] and [Tom] Cruise in Jerry Maguire. I have it in this movie. "It's that thing where somebody's explaining something to you and you're not quite sure what they're saying and you're trying to figure it out. It's this very Cameron kind of thing that's in all his movies." Crowe also weighed in on We Bought A Zoo, saying that the film fits in thematically with his previous work such as Elizabethtown and Almost Famous. (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Tom Cruise 'Impossible' To Beat At Box Office

27 December 2011 6:42 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' easily wins #1 spot over long holiday weekend.

By Ryan J. Downey

Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

Photo: Paramount

This Christmas, Tom Cruise was "impossible" to beat at the box office.

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was the #1 movie over the long holiday weekend, easily beating competition from two competing sequels with an additional $46.2 million as it expanded into wide release. The fourth entry in the Tom Cruise franchise, this one directed by Brad Bird ("The Incredibles"), has racked up $78.6 million in domestic receipts since it debuted in limited release 11 days ago.

"Ghost Protocol" is the best-reviewed entry in the franchise, which kicked off in 1996 with an inaugural film (based on the popular late '60s TV series) directed by Brian De Palma ("Scarface"). Action maestro John Woo ("The Killer") helmed "M:i 2" four years later. The J.J. Abrams-directed "Mission: Impossible III »

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Steven Spielberg/War Horse Opens Strongly; Cameron Crowe/Matt Damon/We Bought A Zoo Opens Weakly: Box Office

27 December 2011 12:32 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jeremy Irvine, Steven Spielberg on the set of War Horse Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible 4, Robert Downey Jr/A Game Of Shadows Have Estimates Revised Upwards: Box Office Despite the presence of Matt Damon and former Woody Allen muse Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo brought in a revised $9.5m — nearly $2m more than originally estimated — at no. 6 as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even so, the film's per-theater average was a mere $3,032 at 3,117 locations ($15.6m for the four-day weekend; average $5,005). As mentioned in a previous post, although figures will almost inevitably go up next weekend thanks to the New Year's holiday, We Bought a Zoo will have quite a bit of trouble matching — let alone recovering — its $50m budget domestically. Perhaps it's time for Cameron Crowe to pair up with Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky) once again. We Bought a Zoo, Crowe's first »

- Zac Gille

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Matt Damon/Scarlett Johansson/We Bought A Zoo Disappoints, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Passable: Box Office

25 December 2011 9:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Matt Damon, We Bought a Zoo Tom Cruise/Jeremy Renner/Paula Patton/Mission: Impossible 4 Easily Tops; Steven Spielberg/Jeremy Irvine/War Horse Overperforming?: Box Office Though definitely trailing Tom Cruise/Jeremy Renner/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol and Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the David Fincher-directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake earned only about $300,000 less than Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked in North America this weekend. As per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Fincher's $90-million thriller starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig took in $13 million at 2,914 sites, averaging a so-so $4,461 per theater. Its total to date is $21.4 million. In addition to Craig, who hasn't been much of a box-office draw (Cowboys & Aliens, Dream House) when not playing James Bond, and Golden Globe nominee Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo features Christopher Plummer, »

- Zac Gille

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Matt Damon/We Bought A Zoo Weak, Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson/Breaking Dawn Top-Ten Sixth Weekend?: Box Office

24 December 2011 2:45 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Patrick Fugit, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, We Bought a Zoo David Fincher/Rooney Mara/Daniel Craig's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to Surpass Swedish Original's Total Gross Over One Weekend: Box Office Despite the presence of Matt Damon, one of the most likable actors around, and former Woody Allen muse Scarlett Johansson, on Friday, Dec. 23, the kiddie-oriented We Bought a Zoo brought in a mere $3 million, landing at no. 6 on the North American box-office chart according to early, rough estimates found at both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com. Directed by Cameron Crowe, who has been luckier with Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky), and distributed by 20th Century Fox, We Bought a Zoo is expected to gross less than $8 million at 3,117 locations over the three-day weekend. Memories of the tragic, bloody slaughter of dozens of wild animals in Ohio a few weeks ago — the animals had been »

- Zac Gille

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'We Bought A Zoo': The Reviews Are In!

23 December 2011 5:54 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'It's actually surprisingly charming and more emotionally understated than the material would suggest,' writes AP critic Christy Lemire.

By Kara Warner

Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon in "We Bought A Zoo"

Photo: 20th Century Fox

After a seven-year hiatus post-"Elizabethtown," writer/director Cameron Crowe is back in action with his new film "We Bought a Zoo." Based on a true story and the book of the same name, Matt Damon stars as Benjamin Mee, a widower who buys a failing zoo in an attempt to reconnect his family after the death of their mother.

The critical masses always seem eager to offer up opinions on any new Crowe feature, and this time around, the likes have edged out the dislikes, earning the film a "Fresh" rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. Without further ado, let's wander through the "We Bought a Zoo" reviews!

The Story and Its Schmaltz Factor

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Leigh Steinberg -- Bench Warrant Issued After Sports Super Agent Skips Court Date

22 December 2011 6:05 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Leigh Steinberg -- the sports agent who's repped Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Aikman and Steve Young -- is a wanted man for skipping a court hearing involving an alleged $1.4 million in unpaid rent.The bench warrant was issued today in Orange County because Steinberg missed his court date last week. According to documents, the super agent inspiration for "Jerry Maguire" owes a real estate company more than a mil for office space in Newport Beach, CA. »

- TMZ Staff

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Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Talks War Horse, Film vs. Digital, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, and More

22 December 2011 4:10 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you're a film nerd, you immediately recognize the name Janusz Kaminski. That's because as the director of photography on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Jerry Maguire, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Schindler's List, Catch Me If You Can, and so many other great movies, Kaminski has clearly demonstrated that he's one of the best cinematographers in the world. So when I was offered the chance to interview him at the New York City press junket for director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse, I jumped at the chance. During the interview he talked about how he picks his projects, if the location where a movie is being made influences him, his thoughts on film vs. digital, the difficulty of setting up a scene when a horse is a major character, and I tried to get him to talk about Lincoln.  However, while he wouldn't say much on Lincoln, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Ice Cream for Crowe

22 December 2011 9:34 AM, PST | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Vadim Rizov

Big gestures are common currency in Cameron Crowe country: John Cusack holding a boombox over his head in Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire's much-quoted romantic highlights ("You had me at hello"), an unironically lovestruck-and-desperate run alongside a moving bus in Almost Famous. Crowe openly states his method in We Bought a Zoo: "all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage," dad Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) tells lovestruck son Dylan (Colin Ford). "And I promise you, something great will come of it." This is both a baldly stated stab at future quotability and a declaration of Crowe's full investment: every time his characters do something outsized and cornball, he's the one hoping a great moment rather than a fiasco will emerge from it.

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Matt Damon Put Trust In Cameron Crowe For 'We Bought A Zoo'

22 December 2011 7:24 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Actor tells MTV News he 'wouldn't have done' the film unless Crowe signed on.

By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Cameron Crowe on the set of "We Bought a Zoo"

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Cameron Crowe is one of those Hollywood directors whose body of work and reputation as a filmmaker have long had actors and studios alike lining up to work with him. Crowe's impressive filmography includes cinema staples like "Say Anything," "Almost Famous" and "Jerry Maguire," and he's aiming to add to that illustrious list with "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

When MTV News caught up with Damon recently to discuss "Zoo" (opening in wide release on Friday), we first had to touch on which Crowe classic is his favorite ... since everyone has one.

" 'Jerry Maguire' for me," Damon told us. "I love that »

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Jay Mohr Joins The Ever-Expanding Cast Of Burt Wonderstone

21 December 2011 2:46 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jay Mohr gets stuck doing a lot of crap. While he does have the occational gem on his resume, like the cancelled-too-soon TV show Action, Go, and Jerry Maguire, most of his career has been spent doing crappy movies and short-lived sitcoms. He has talent but rarely gets the opportunity to show it off. Hopefully Burt Wonderstone can do something to buck that trend. The Wrap has learned that Mohr has signed on to star in the Don Scardino-directed magician comedy. In the film, Steve Carrell plays the titular aging slight of hand artist, who sees his career and passion for magic fade when his partner is killed in a dangerous stunt. Coming back from the brink, though, requires him to outperform a rival flashy illusionist. The film already has an amazing supporting cast that includes Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Brad Garrett, Steve Buscemi , and James Gandolfini. In the movie, »

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Jay Mohr to Work Magic In ‘Burt Wonderstone’

21 December 2011 1:30 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Just when you suspect he’s completely vanished from the face of the Earth, TheWrap reports that Jay Mohr will be appearing in Steve Carell‘s Burt Wonderstone. As they report, he’ll play “Rick the Implausible, a magician,” a role that puts him in the company of Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, and Brad Garrett; Don Scardino will direct

Written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein — along with a little polish from Jason Reitman — the film centers on “a more traditional magic man (Carell) who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist (Carrey) doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.” TheWrap goes against the grain by saying that he actually “dies in a risky stunt,” but nobody’s losing sleep over the specifics.

Although Mohr‘s appeared in several high-profile films — among them Jerry Maguire, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Matt Damon Buys Zoo in 6 'We Bought a Zoo' Clips

21 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

 

"We Bought A Zoo" is the kind of title movie executives dream of, because it's funny, it's a plot summary, and it's an actual line in the movie. Forget 30-second TV ads -- the title (and Matt Damon's name) basically sell the film.

Good thing, too, because after a six-year post-"Elizabethtown" hiatus, writer-director Cameron Crowe could use a surefire hit. The man who gave us "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous" can certainly navigate audiences through the tearjerking dramedy of a recently widowed man who takes his two children on the adventure of becoming animal caretakers, all while ogling Scarlett Johansson. He's got the heart of a lion, he does.

1. It’s a Zoo. J.B. Smoove breaks the news, well, smoovely.

2. Give Me Some Fork. For those who had trouble remembering the title of this film, it is reiterated here for your convenience.

3. Modern Day Adventurers. Even the monkey »

- Max Evry

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Tom Cruise Wants To Bend It With Beckham On The Big Screen

21 December 2011 12:55 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Want to see Beckham bend it on the big screen? Tom Cruise is on the case.

At the "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" premiere, Cruise told The Daily Mirror that he wants to take on Hollywood with the soccer legend.

"I'd love to do action movies with Beckham, he would be great," Cruise said. "He could kick ass." This isn't the first time Cruise has gotten this idea in his head: he has previously mentioned Beckham "would make a great baddie," but said that if he helped push along Beckham's acting career the favor would come with strings attached. "David would have to teach me to play soccer first," he joked.

Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes have been close with Beckham and wife Victoria since 2003 when Holmes and Cruise greeted the British couple with open arms when they came to Los Angeles, and their bond was strengthened when Cruise sent »

- Leigh Weingus

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Cameron Crowe on How His Love of Music and Matt Damon Inspired His New Movie

21 December 2011 11:37 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Cameron Crowe is the director behind memorable movies from Almost Famous to Jerry Maguire, but this holiday season, he took on a new challenge with the family-friendly We Bought a Zoo. We caught up with Cameron at the recent junket for the movie in NYC, where we talked about why he felt it was time to put out a feel-good film, the unique and musical method he used to inspire performances from his cast, and why leading man Matt Damon made the movie happen. Check out our interview with Cameron and catch We Bought a Zoo in theaters this weekend! »

- Lindsay Miller

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Cameron Crowe on How His Love of Music and Matt Damon Inspired His New Movie

21 December 2011 11:37 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Cameron Crowe is the director behind memorable movies from Almost Famous to Jerry Maguire, but this holiday season, he took on a new challenge with the family-friendly We Bought a Zoo. We caught up with Cameron at the recent junket for the movie in NYC, where we talked about why he felt it was time to put out a feel-good film, the unique and musical method he used to inspire performances from his cast, and why leading man Matt Damon made the movie happen. Check out our interview with Cameron and catch We Bought a Zoo in theaters this weekend! »

- Lindsay Miller

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Movie Review: We Bought a Zoo a Warm, Delightful Holiday Experience

20 December 2011 6:30 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Review in a Hurry: Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) buys a zoo and let's Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson run it! Very much the kind of film that plays during the holiday season—although not directly linked to Christmas—the whole look and feel is warm, and sure, a bit overly sentimental. But the strong performances and Crowe's deft touch keep you invested, even if those that oppose the zoo will induce much rolling of the eyes. The Bigger Picture: Based on the true story of Benjamin Mee (Damon), a recently widowed husband with two kids who leaves Los Angeles to purchase 18 acres that included a big house and the Rosemoor Animal Park. Crowe's films might vary in subject matter—a »

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An Exclusive Interview with Cameron Crowe!

20 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It's probably not hard to imagine director Cameron Crowe would be such a cool guy. After all, when you have so many beloved classics, including Say Anything... , Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire , under your belt, you figure the guy who wrote and directed those movies, a former music journalist who has interviewed many rock legends, has to tap into something within himself to create such personal work that resonates with so many people. After laying low for a number of years, Crowe is back with We Bought a Zoo , an adaptation of Benjamin Mee's bestselling memoir of the same name, co-written by Aline Brosh McKenna ( The Devil Wears Prada ) and starring Matt Damon as Mee, a single father of two kids who buys a large house that happens to be on the grounds of a rundown zoo. Working »

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