Monthly Archives: August 2011

Say Anything . . . Deleted Scenes

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We are going to end the month with a bang. Over the next few days, we’ll be adding a collection of extended and deleted scenes from the Say Anything… final shooting script dated January 18, 1988. Enjoy!

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Aug 30, 2011

Social Media Catch Up . . .

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You’re following Cameron on Twitter or Facebook, right? He’s been sharing some pretty cool pics of late from the set of We Bought A Zoo (including a visit from the real Benjamin Mee) and his scoring sessions with Jonsi. Here’s just a few to whet your appetite in case you aren’t yet . . .

    

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Aug 29, 2011

Mark Kozelek Interview

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As part of the release of Mark Kozelek’s documentary Tour DVD, Cameron sat down for a chat with Mark. Topics include the new DVD, writing songs, interacting with fans on stage, Red House Painters, Almost Famous and much more. You can read the entire interview over at the Sun Kil Moon official site, but here’s a few choice snippets:

Cameron: Kris Kristofferson once said, “I write a sad song when I’m happy, because generally when I’m sad, I’m too sad to write a good song.” Where do you stand on the subject?

Mark: I’m the opposite. When I’m happy, the last thing that I want to do is shut myself away in a room and write. I generally write when I’m feeling down in an attempt to find some peace and contentment.

Cameron: You chose to film in black-and-white — what was the attraction to that?

Mark: That was Josh’s idea. We are both fans of black and white, and it helped a lot on the technical end of things.

Cameron: Are you finding that your older material feels fresh to you again when playing it in a classical style?

Mark: Yes. Nylon strings feel good on my fingers and sound better to my ears, so it makes me want to play the guitar longer and better. But yeah, something like ‘Katy Song’ or ‘Like The River’, I love playing them in the more formal, nylon string style.

Cameron: How do you go about selecting set lists for your shows? Does it depend on the city? The venue? How certain songs are feeling for you that day? Do the set lists change much from show to show, or do you have a similar set for most of a tour?

Mark: What usually happens is that I get on stage with a list of maybe thirty songs to choose from. But as the tour goes along, I add or subtract songs, depending on what I feel is working or not. Some songs are easy to remember, like ‘Carry Me Ohio’, but others, I have to sit down at sound check or in my hotel and re-learn. On one of those tours with Josh, that’s how we got the ‘Lucky Man’ hotel performance. I had completely forgotten it and was re-learning it in my hotel room one day. But seated and standing rooms are different. Sometimes I gauge my sets a little differently depending on the vibe of the crowd, and sometimes I tune my guitar a little lower if my voice is tired.

Cameron: Okay, last last question . . . are you ever going to act in another one of our movies? All our work was in the last century. Can we do some modern dramatic acting sometime soon?

Mark: Yes! I would love to. Give me a role and I’ll knock it out of the park. I promise.

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Aug 26, 2011

Guilty Pleasures

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Cameron shared four of his guilty pleasures with Film Comment back in late 2000. Check out his comments about Zabriskie Point, Live a Little, Love a Little, Thirteen Ghosts and A Fan’s Notes. 

What are some of your guilty pleasures? Share them with us in the comments section!

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Aug 25, 2011

Inquire Within: Moving the “Zoo” From England to California

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Welcome to another edition of Inquire Within… Through your submissions, Cameron will answer your questions in his own words. The goal is to have a new question and answer posting every few weeks leading up to the releases of Pearl Jam Twenty and We Bought a Zoo this fall and The Union early next year.

The Uncool: Why did you decide to rework the location in We Bought A Zoo from England to Southern California?

Cameron: The story was set in Boston when I first read Aline’s script, and she really made it sing as a universal story.  I watched Benjamin Mee’s BBC documentary, and read his great book a few times and knew that Ben’s story (while very much set in the UK) was largely a personal one.  I also knew a ton of places in “inner” California that felt like my “Dartmoor”… places that felt far removed and would support a struggling zoo.  Then we found the Greenfield Ranch location, outside Westlake Village, and we all fell in love with the property.  Plus, I wanted to work with Matt Damon, and I think he gets things done pretty well with his natural accent… so we started casting American actors, reading with them, setting the story here in California… and the real Benjamin Mee gave us a thumbs up… and that’s a mighty thumbs up.  We filmed in “out of the way” California, places that don’t normally turn up in the movies.  (Though Jamie Foxx had a place in the hills across the way and the rumor was he was tracking our movie through binoculars.  Hey Jamie!)

Please send in your Pearl Jam Twenty questions for Cameron and maybe yours will be part of a future installment of Inquire Within…

 

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Aug 24, 2011

Screenings: Singles, Almost Famous & Fast Times

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London’s Prince Charles Cinema will be showing a “Double Bill” of Singles and Almost Famous on September 5th. Thanks to Ian Miller for providing the details on this one. He’ll be reporting back with some pictures from the event, so stay tuned for that!

Closer to home, Fast Times at Ridgemont High will be showing at the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, New York this Friday, August 26th (and again on Sunday). Times and ticket information can be found over at their official site.

 

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Aug 23, 2011

PJ20: Soundtrack Tracklisting!

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You’ve been waiting patiently and the tracklisting for the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack was unveiled throughout yesterday via a Twitter scavenger hunt on PJ20.com. These clues were scattered all over the world and the first person to correctly identify a song was awarded with a limited edition PJ20 poster. Here’s a pic of the clue for “Black” which was displayed at Times Square. Kind of a Vanilla Sky moment, huh?

The soundtrack features 29 songs spread over two CD’s when it’s released on September 20, 2011.  A vinyl version is also forthcoming. Disc one is dedicated to songs featured in the film, while disc 2 focuses on demos and rarities. The soundtrack was curated by Cameron and will feature his liner notes and track by track thoughts. Here’s the details:

Disc 1 – From the Film PJ20

  • Release – Verona, Italy (9/16/06)
  • Alive – Seattle, WA (12/22/90)
  • Garden – Zurich, Switzerland (2/19/92)
  • Why Go – Hamburg, Germany (3/10/92)
  • Black – MTV Unplugged, NYC (3/16/92)
  • Blood – Auckland, New Zealand (3/25/95)
  • Last Exit – Taipei, Taiwan (2/24/95)
  • Not For You – Manila, Philippines (2/26/95)
  • Do The Evolution – Monkeywrench Radio, Seattle, WA (1/31/98)
  • Thumbing My Way – Chop Suey, Seattle, WA (9/6/02)
  • Crown of Thorns – Las Vegas, NV (10/22/00)
  • Let Me Sleep – Verona, Italy (9/16/06)
  • Walk With Me (with Neil Young) – Bridge School Benefit (10/23/10)
  • Just Breathe – SNL, New York (3/13/10)

Disc 2 – Rarities and Inspiration . . . 

  • Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple of the Dog Demo, 1990
  • Times of Trouble – Demo, 1990
  • Acoustic #1 – Demo 1991
  • It Ain’t Like That – Demo 1990
  • Need to Know – Demo, 2007
  • Be Like Wind – McCready Score 2010
  • Given To Fly – McCready Instrumental 2010
  • Nothing As It Seems – Demo 1999
  • Nothing As It Seems – Seattle, WA (10/22/01)
  • Indifference – Bologna, Italy (9/14/06)
  • Of The Girl – Instrumental 2000
  • Faithfull – Pistoia, Italy (9/20/06) (Soundcheck)
  • Bu$hleaguer – Nassau, NY (4/30/03)
  • Betterman – New York City (5/21/10)
  • Rearview Mirror – Universal City, CA (10/1/09)

 

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Aug 18, 2011

EW: Fall Preview – We Bought A Zoo + New Hi Res Still

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Entertainment Weekly profiles We Bought A Zoo in the their annual Fall Movie Preview issue. Above, you’ll also find a brand new high resolution still from the film featuring Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) and Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson). Here’s what EW had to say:

We Bought A Zoo
Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church
Directed by Cameron Crowe

To persuade Matt Damon to play We Bought A Zoo‘s Benjamin Mee — a real-life London newspaper columnist who moved his family to a decrepit rural zoo and, after the death of his wife from cancer, worked to reopen it — director Cameron Crowe visited the actor on the Texas set of last year’s True Grit with a care package. ”I’m going to give away my age because I would call it a mixtape even though it was all on a computer,” says Damon of the gift, which Crowe assembled to evoke the mood of the film he wanted to make. ”There was lots of Eddie Vedder and Neil Young. I downloaded it, and the day after I got home, I went for a long run in Central Park and listened to all 15 songs. At the end of that run I was like, ‘Well, that’s a feeling I really like.”’ Scarlett Johansson plays a zoo worker who helps Mee cope with his wife’s death. (Dec. 23) —DK

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Aug 17, 2011

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