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With acclaimed early Films “Say Anything …” and “Jerry Maguire” -— his first writing credit was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” — Cameron Crowe made a charmed transition from baby-faced rock journalist to Hollywood filmmaker of distinction. By the mid-1990s, he was hailed for his flair with well-observed, character-driven movies.
The 57-year-old writer-director-producer has chosen to work largely on his own terms, alternating quirky, often very personal films with several rockumentaries that returned him to his early life on the music scene.
As Sony Pictures plans a wide opening for his latest movie, “Aloha,” on May 29, Crowe is decades removed from his biggest successes, busy branching into television, and dearly in need of a return to top form, for both himself and for the studio.
It’s hard to measure expectations for “Aloha,” though, because of its fraught journey to the screen and its makers’ reticence to talk about the picture. »
- James Rainey
If you listen closely, you can almost hear the elevator pitch on this one. It’s like Jaws, right? But, it’s in the forest – with a giant bear, guys with guns, and a token ballsy blonde to keep the ladies happy. Sure, it sounds like Into The Grizzly Maze basically writes itself, but the most cursory of looks at the newly released trailer suggests that this might actually have a very healthy B-movie pulse to it. What else could account for the presence of the legendary Scott Glenn, and Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton?
Directed by David Hackl (Saw V), and written by Guy Moshe (Bunraku) and J.R. Reher (making his feature length debut),the story sees two brothers reconnect with each other during a two day hike through their Alaskan childhood stomping ground. Unfortunately, it seems that their bonding experience coincides with a local bear attack issue, »
- Sarah Myles
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
The CW has announced their upcoming slate of new series, and given the axe to one of their freshman shows in the process. The network has picked up Cordon, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, while renewing the Rob Thomas series iZombie and cancelling currently-airing freshman supernatural drama The Messengers and the Rachel Bilson series Hart of Dixie.
The most prominent pickup among the new shows is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which is a spinoff from current CW series The Flash and Arrow. Previously untitled, the show has already signed on a number of castmembers from both shows, including Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, and Dominic Purcell, with Doctor Who‘s Arthur Darvill taking on the lead role of Rip Hunter. Here is the show’s official synopsis.
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Cooper stars in Aloha as defence contractor Brian Gilcrest, who is exiled in Hawaii for blowing a major military mission.
Brian is hired to install a weapons system on the islands, only to become much more interested in a charming Air Force pilot (Stone).
Aloha opens on May 29 in the Us and September 4 in the UK. »
Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams in AlohaPhoto: Columbia Pictures Cameron Crowe's last film was the lackluster 2011 release We Bought a Zoo and four years later he's back with Aloha, which is already battling negative word of mouth as a result of a delayed release date and a negative email correspondence from the studio's Chairperson, Amy Pascal, following the email hack of Sony Pictures. So to say the film is being looked at with a crooked eye is an understatement and yet, when you have the filmmaker that brought us Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky and most notably Almost Famous, people still tend to want to hope for the best. Add a cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin and that hope increases. Today I have twenty pictures from the upcoming movie along with the first clip just below, but first the »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures has released the first clip from writer/director Cameron Crowe’s new film Aloha. The movie 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 a launch. Complicating matters is the fact that his ex-girlfriend, played by Rachel McAdams, is also in the mix. This clip focuses on the past relationship between Cooper and McAdams, and the dialogue is classic Crowe. There’s a romanticism to the way he crafts conversations that wears its heart on its sleeve without becoming too overtly sappy. That’s certainly the case here, and while We Bought a Zoo was maybe a little too earnest for its own good, I’m optimistic that Aloha is a return to form for the guy that gave us Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire; that debut trailer was damn great. »
- Adam Chitwood
Though initially scheduled for last December, we finally have a new Cameron Crowe movie coming our way in just over a month. And as with every new film from the writer/director, we’re also highly anticipating a new soundtrack. Today, Crowe revealed the full track listing for his romantic comedy Aloha, which 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 a launch. Crowe is an excellent mix tape creator, and he looks to have imbued Aloha with plenty of island-centric tracks as well as some other unexpected treasures, like Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” and Fleetwood Mac’s “I Know I’m Not Wrong.” In addition to the soundtrack, Sony Pictures also unveiled the first poster for the film. From a visual »
- Adam Chitwood
The official Twitter account for Sony Pictures' upcoming romantic comedy Aloha has released a new poster, featuring stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe returns to write and direct his first movie since 2011's We Bought a Zoo. The poster comes just a few months after the first trailer debuted back in February, and features the tagline, "Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello."
The story centers on a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper), who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs. He re-connects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. The supporting cast is rounded out by Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Jay Baruchel, Bill Murray and John Krasinski.
We Bought a Zoo: Marshall’s Early Eighties Oddity Resurrected
In the annals of cinema, there are very few examples of entire film productions resulting in an end product that begs the question, “What were they thinking?” from the first to last reel. One such example, however, is Noel Marshall’s 1981 film Roar, featuring a plagued filming schedule from conception to theatrical release that tends to overshadow the actual product, which concerns a family being terrorized by a ferocious assortment of big, wild felines. If you don’t recognize Marshall’s name (this stands as his only directorial effort to date), it’s because he was actually the husband (initially agent) of actress Tippi Hedren, and they conceived the idea of the film eleven years prior while working on another film set in Africa. Fascinating in the sense of what the film crew was able to actually accomplish, but »
- Nicholas Bell
Anna Konkle has landed a series regular role in Fox pilot, “The Untitled Autopsy Project,” Variety has learned.
Previously titled “Rosewood,” the investigative procedural medical drama centers around the top private pathologist in Miami, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, who despite working with dead bodies, is eternally optimistic. Morris Chestnut (“Nurse Jackie,” “V”) is set for the lead role.
Konkle will play Kathy Fern Clyde, aka “KFC,” a hyper-neurotic DNA specialist who works in the lab.
The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and pilot scribe Todd Harthan (“Psych”) who will exec produce with “Revenge’s” Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment, and Richard Shepard (“Girls”), who’s set to direct.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Bill Murray star in this story of a military contractor who screws up a major deal and is forced to return to his old life in Hawaii to help with a U.S. Space mission.
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There, he tries to reconnect with an old flame (McAdams) while at the same time begins to fall for a young, overly enthusiastic Air Force pilot (Stone) assigned to keep an eye on him.
The plot seems to just be a backdrop to showcase some really lovely performances by a painfully adorable Stone, a ridiculously gorgeous McAdams, a silently stoic Krasinski and Baldwin, who's basically just channeling his 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy »
Originally called "Deep Tiki," the film was ready to go a few years ago with a much different cast (led by Ben Stiller), before being reassembled with Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in the primary roles. The film concerns a disgraced defense contractor who is sent to Hawaii to supervise a satellite array and, while there, true to form, falls in love. The ridiculously starry cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Jay Baruchel. There will also, presumably, be well-known pop songs expertly placed for maximum emotional devastation.
What's interesting about the film, which at one point also went by the name "Volcano Romance," is that there was, at least initially, an element of magic and mysticism »
- Drew Taylor
Cameron Crowe must have a heart of gold, because he can get just about any actor in Hollywood to work with him, and his movies both good and bad have been precociously heart-warming and crowd-pleasing. His last film starred Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, several wild animals and a little girl as Damon’s daughter so impossibly cute that she can’t actually exist in real life. It was 2011′s We Bought a Zoo, and despite some delays, Crowe is now following up that big bear hug of a movie with another potential tearjerker.
Aloha stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, with Cooper playing a military contractor falling in love with Stone’s chipper young Air Force pilot, all while reconnecting with his old girlfriend played by McAdams. Toss in Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, and John Krasinski and you got yourself a movie, wild animals or not. »
- Brian Welk
Cameron Crowe went from seemingly Mia to furiously busy in recent years. That is to say after 2005’s "Elizabethtown," the director hadn't made a feature film in six years. That all changed in 2011 when he released three films in one year: “We Bought A Zoo,” a documentary on Pearl Jam, and another on Elton John and Leon Russell's collaborative album, "The Union.” During this same fruitful period he wrote a screenplay, maybe not unlike “Jerry Maguire,” set in Hawaii, called “Deep Tiki.” It almost got off the ground several years ago with an entirely different cast, but was halted for all the various reasons studio films can go sideways. Fast-forward to present day and the project is in the can and done. Titled "Aloha," the movie stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, and the first trailer for the movie is here. “Aloha” centers on a celebrated military »
- Edward Davis
Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello in the first trailer for Aloha, which marks director Cameron Crowe's first film since the 2011 adaptation We Bought a Zoo. The project was given the title Aloha after going through production and post-production untitled, and now we finally have our first look at this new drama, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.
Bradley Cooper plays a defense contractor who gets re-assigned to his old stomping grounds at the U.S. space program in Honolulu, Hawaii, after failing at a recent assignment. Upon arrival, he not only reconnects with his ex-lover, but he also unexpectedly falls for the Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) assigned to him. Sony Pictures has not released an official synopsis yet, but earlier reports revealed that mysterious island forces come into play during the course of this story.
Remember Cameron Crowec The Almost Famous writer/director has not made a film since 2011's We Bought a Zoo. Remember that onec Yeah... Well, he has made a new film called Aloha, and the first trailer was just released, which you can watch below. I feel like there was a time when film fans were eagerly anticipating the newest Cameron Crowe film. Though with lackluster outings like Elizabethtown and the aforementioned zoo film, is he really someone you can get excited forc He has assembled a pretty impressive cast here including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, and Alec Baldwin. I wonder if the success of American Sniper will make new Cooper fans seek this out. We will see when the film opens May 29th. Again,. you can watch the new trailer below. sb id="1450559" height="360" width="640" A 37-year-old disgraced Us weapons consultant named Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is disliked by most everyone. »
- Mike Shutt
Bradley Cooper has enjoyed a big success recently with true-life, if controversial, military story American Sniper. He’s once more back with the armed forces – if a little more adjacent – for Cameron Crowe’s latest comedy drama, which now bears the title Aloha. Take a look at the first trailer for the movie.Crowe, who suffered a serious setback with Elizabethtown but seemed to rebound a little with We Bought A Zoo, is playing firmly to his strengths here, even if the film had to endure a little development hell on its way to the screen.With vague overtones of Elizabethtown in its hero’s past, Cooper plays Brian Gilcrest, a military contractor who once blew a massive assignment in Hawaii, much to the displeasure of gruff military man Alec Baldwin, and former flame Tracy (Rachel McAdams). But Gilcrest still has enough of a reputation that he’s sent back »
At long last, We Bought a Zoo director Cameron Crowe has settled on a new (if unavoidably boring) title for his upcoming, Hawaii-set romantic comedy, which will star Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone: Aloha.
Previously titled Deep Tiki, the star-studded film will follow a well-established defense contractor (Cooper) who returns to scenic Hawaii to oversee the launch of a new weapons satellite, reconnecting with a lost love (Rachel McAdams) in the process. However, after experiencing a profound change of heart, he teams up – and inevitably falls head over heels for – an Air Force pilot (Stone) in order to sabotage the launch. Bill Murray co-stars as a mysterious billionaire with suspicious intentions, while John Krasinski and Danny McBride also have roles.
Outside of that, details on the project are sparse, though rumors persist that mystical entities, including a talking computer and ancient island spirits, factor into the story. The entire »
- Isaac Feldberg
While the Hallmark Hall of Fame label once denoted more ambitious material than the regular bill of fare on the Hallmark Channel, that distinction – even before its migration from broadcast exclusively to its namesake network – has been largely lost. That’s also true with “Away & Back,” the cabler’s pre-Valentine’s Day offering. Granted, the casting of Jason Lee and Minka Kelly might be intriguing, but otherwise, this made-for-tv movie is as generic as its title. Flimsily built around a family of swans, the shots of them are certainly majestic. Everything else about the Hall of Fame’s latest flight is strictly for the birds.
Kelly plays Ginny, an ornithologist committed to studying and preserving these rare birds. Still, she’s a bit of a bull (or ostrich) in the china shop when she meets Jack (Lee) and his 10-year-old daughter Frankie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones, the adorable kid in “We Bought a Zoo »
- Brian Lowry
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