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Music on the We Bought A Zoo Set

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MTV shares this clip about music and its use on the set of We Bought A Zoo. Actors Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and Matt Damon all chime in with their thoughts. This clip is part of a longer feature on the Zoo Blu-ray.

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Apr 11, 2012

Exclusive: We Shot A Zoo Clip!

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With the North American release of We Bought A Zoo on Blu-ray and DVD just around the corner (April 3rd), we thought you’d like an exclusive sneak peak at We Shot A Zoo, a documentary on the making of the film. This clip explores the casting and rehearsal process. The full length version of the documentary is available on the Blu-ray Combo pack and a shorter version of the doc (It’s A Zoo!) is included on the DVD release.

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Mar 29, 2012

We Bought A Zoo – What Did You Think?

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It’s finally here! We Bought A Zoo sees a wide release in North America, Brazil, Israel and Singapore today. Please let us know what you thought of the film. We read all your comments and appreciate your feedback.

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Dec 23, 2011

WBAZ Related Upcoming Appearances

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If you want to hear the principals speak about We Bought A Zoo, there will be quite a few opportunities in the coming weeks. The film will have its world premiere in New York on Monday, December 12th. In addition, here’s some of the other notable press:

  •  12/8 – Elle Fanning and Colin Ford – The Rosie Show
  • 12/12 – Maggie Elizabeth Jones – Ellen
  • 12/12 – Scarlett Johansson – Late Show With David Letterman
  • 12/13 – Cameron and Jonsi Q & A/Soundtrack Signing – Barnes & Noble (more on this next week!)
  • 12/14 – Cameron and Matt Damon – The Charlie Rose Show
  • 12/15 – Matt Damon – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 12/15 – Elle Fanning – The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

 

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Dec 7, 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

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

USA Today Profiles We Bought A Zoo

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Composite Photo of Cast (Courtesy of Neal Preston/20th Century Fox)

USA Today‘s Susan Wloszczyna visited the set of We Bought A Zoo back in March and her main report has been posted in the Life section.  There’s also a smaller story on the music as well. Lastly, you’ll we are treated to new behind the scenes pictures courtesy of Neal Preston. I’ve included some of the pictures here and a few choice quotes from Cameron, Thomas Haden Church and Matt Damon.

“It’s kind of an act of desperation for Benjamin,” “He does it impulsively, but at the same time, his late wife would have celebrated this kind of adventure. It’s really a love story about a guy who is still in love with his wife.” – Matt Damon

Matt Damon and Colin Ford (Photo Courtesy of Neal Preston/20th Century Fox)

“I am the playfully sarcastic voice of reason and skepticism.”  – Thomas Haden Church, who plays Damon’s accountant brother, Duncan.

But We Bought a Zoo felt like the right movie at the right time. “The size of this was great.” “I love those rich movies where every character feels like you could veer off and do a movie just with them.” – Cameron Crowe

Scarlett Johansson and Maggie Jones (Photo Courtesy of Neal Preston/20th Century Fox)

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Aug 2, 2011

5 Things I Learned About We Bought A Zoo

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I was fortunate to visit the set of We Bought A Zoo and thought you might enjoy hearing about my  few things I’ve learned, along with some of my own opinions.  I also wanted to share a few pictures that I took on set and I promise they will not spoil the film for you.

1. Changes – While Benjamin Mee’s book is the inspiration for the film, Cameron has rewritten the original script with many of his own touches. Some character names have changed, the location has been moved from England to Southern California and the name of the Zoo has changed from Dartmoor Zoological Park to Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Benjamin Mee is aware of these changes and is on board.

2. Technical Details – Film purists, don’t need to worry. Cameron is not going digital. We Bought A Zoo is being shot on film with Cameron’s preferred aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

3. The Kids – Wow. What can I say. I was privileged to see the young actors working (Colin Ford (Dylan Mee), Elle Fanning (Lily) and Maggie Elizabeth Jones (Rosie Mee) and they are something special. As usual, Cameron and casting director Gail Levin have found some gems. Great acting chops, heart and humor were on full display. As for the rest of the cast, I watched various scenes being filmed with Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, John Michael Higgins, Angus MacFadyen and Patrick Fugit. This eclectic cast was having a lot of fun and the chemistry on set was evident.

4. The Production Design – Clay Griffith and his team have done an amazing job with the creation of the Zoo and Benjamin Mee’s house. The attention to detail is staggering. The house looks like it’s been there for fifty years and the Zoo “feels” like a real, live working animal sanctuary.  I cannot wait to see how it looks on the big screen.


Rodrigo Prieto

5. The Look – Cameron’s new partnership with Director of Photography Rodrigo Prieto looks to be a winning combination. Rodrigo has shot some gorgeous films in the past (Biutiful, Babel, Lust Caution and Brokeback Mountain to name just a few) and it was exciting to watch their collaboration on set.

That’s it for now, but there will be plenty more to come as we inch closer to the finish line. Don’t forget that We Bought A Zoo will be released by 20th Century Fox on December 23, 2011.

 

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Apr 7, 2011


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