Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Doobie Brothers

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1975 Stampede LP

Cameron profiles and sits down for a chat with The Doobie Brothers in this August, 1975 interview for the L.A. Times. The interview focuses on guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and guitarist/vocalist Patrick Simmons, along with quotes from Pete Townshend and producer Ted Templeman. This is the incarnation of the band before singer Michael McDonald joined in 1976. While the band’s lineup has continued to change over the years, they still perform live and released an album in 2010 entitled World Gone Crazy.

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Nov 30, 2011

Favorite Set Lists

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Cameron shares some of his favorite concert set lists in the December 2011 issue of Filter magazine. He discusses the reasons for each inclusion along with the actual scan of the set list. Selections include Pearl Jam, Joni Mitchell, U2, Eddie Vedder, Simon and Garfunkel and My Morning Jacket. You can check out the full article in the Journalism section.

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Nov 29, 2011

We Bought A Zoo Sneak Preview – Share Your Thoughts…

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Cameron personally invited everyone in the U.S. to attend the We Bought A Zoo screenings this past Saturday, November 26th via this special Tout video message. After you see the film, you are encouraged to share your “20 seconds of courage” video via Tout .

Update: Share your thoughts. What did you think of the film?

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Nov 26, 2011

Zoo – Sneak Preview Theaters Announced

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We are pleased to share the theaters and cities where you can see We Bought A Zoo this Saturday, November 26th. Just follow this Fandango link or link and make sure you have chosen November 26th from the drop down list. You can then purchase your tickets online via Fandango or by going to your local theater box office. All screenings will be held at 7pm. Hope you can make it!

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Nov 24, 2011

Cameron on Pearl Jam Radio

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Cameron will be the guest on Pearl Jam Radio this holiday weekend discussing all things Pearl Jam Twenty. You must have Sirus/XM to listen to it live. But fear not, it will show up on iTunes a few days later. Here’s the summary of what to expect.

Inside Pearl Jam Twenty: A Conversation with Cameron Crowe
Fri. 11/25 12pm ET Rebroadcast: Sat. 11/26 9 am ET, Sat 11/26 6 pm ET, Sun 11/27 12 pm ET, Sun 11/27 9 pm ET, Monday 11/28 6 pm ET

Pearl Jam Radio presents an in-depth look at the band’s year-long 20th anniversary celebrations with acclaimed director, filmmaker and longtime friend of the band Cameron Crowe. Hosted by Pearl Jam Radio’s The Rob, this exclusive special features an intimate conversation with Crowe about his new Pearl Jam documentary PJ20, the creation of the film’s accompanying soundtrack, and Crowe’s overall thoughts on the band’s influence and legacy. Plus, hear Pearl Jam music hand-selected by Crowe himself. (1 hr, 10 min)

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Nov 24, 2011

A Non-Saccharin Take on We Bought A Zoo…

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Courtesy of Hollywood Reporter/Jeff Minton

Kim Masters profiles and interviews Cameron for the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to talking about We Bought A Zoo in-depth, topics include Elizabethtown, the out of print Fast Times book (again), My Name is Marvin, his five favorite films and much more. Head over there to read it all, but here’s a taste (the track listing of the infamous mix CD that Cameron made for Matt Damon).

  1. Save It for Later … Pete Townshend
  2. I’m Open (Live) … Eddie Vedder
  3. War of Man (Live)  … Neil Young
  4. Soul Boy … The Blue Nile
  5. Mohammed’s Radio … Jackson Browne
  6. Sanganichi … Shugo Tokumaru
  7. Airline to Heaven … Wilco
  8. Buckets of Rain … Bob Dylan
  9. The Heart of the Matter (Live) … Don Henley
  10. I Will Be There When You Die … My Morning Jacket
  11. Ain’t No Sunshine … Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  12. Child of the Moon … Rolling Stones
  13. If I Am a Stranger … Ryan Adams
  14. Concrete Sky … Beth Orton
  15. Helpless (Live) … Neil Young
  16. Don’t Be Shy (no piano) … Cat Stevens
  17. Nerstrand Woods … Mark Olson And The Creekdippers
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Nov 22, 2011

Inquire Within: Writing Habits

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Welcome to another edition of Inquire Within… Through your submissions, Cameron will answer your questions in his own words.

The Uncool: Tell us about your writing habits. How often do you write?

Cameron: I write every day.  I listen to music every day.  It’s kind of like keeping a creative radio-station tuned in. Life is always sending you a new playlist and I like to write down what’s coming in.

A typical day at the office! (Not really, just the set of Vanilla Sky)

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


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Nov 21, 2011

Jerry Maguire Reflections

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Cuba Gooding Jr., Leigh Steinberg & Tom Cruise

Technology can be a good thing. After a 60 minutes report that mentioned sports agent Drew Rosenhaus as a main inspiration for Jerry Maguire, CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell had a Twitter chat with Cameron to discusse some of the inspirations behind the titular character. Here’s an excerpt from Darren’s SportsBiz column from a weeks ago:

“Original idea was inspired by a magazine photo (of late agent Gary) Wichard and The Boz (Brian Bosworth),” Crowe responded.

I then asked him who he had in mind when shaping who Jerry Maguire became.

“Leigh (Steinberg), (San Francisco 49ers safety) Tim McDonald, Drew & Mac Bledsoe, Jim Ursay and so many others opened doors,” Crowe wrote. “But Maguire was pure fiction, as was (his nemesis Bob) Sugar.

Many in the sports biz industry think Jerry Maguire was good for the industry, others think it was bad. The good is it showed how ruthless the industry was, how hard it was. The bad was it made everyone want to be a sports agent. Your thoughts?

Crowe: Great question. I think anything that shows the real human struggles behind the scenes of any institution is ultimately a good thing. Hopefully the movie showed the giddy highs and brutal lows of the industry and how it always comes down to personal relationships — wife, agent, family — all are together living and dying on every play.

Was there ever an interest in a Jerry Maguire 2?

Crowe: Nope, don’t really believe in sequels. As for the future, I have an idea on where Jerry might be now, but I’ll leave it at this. Jerry and Marcee Tidwell always exchange the best Christmas cards of the season. I always thought those two understood each other.


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Nov 19, 2011

  • Almost Famous- Starz
  • Aloha- FX Now
  • E-Town- TubiTV
  • Fast Times- Cinemax
  • Jerry Maguire- Starz
  • Vanilla Sky- Hulu