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Cameron Crowe talks journalism, Christmas and crying



Cameron Crowe/AP photoCameron Crowe is easily my favorite director and story-teller -- and probably the No. 1 person now on my bucket list to interview. So I'm jealous as hell that USA Today's Pop Candy blogger Whitney Matheson got a chance to chat with him this week. His new movie, We Bought a Zoo, opens this week.

Click here for the full interview, but here are three things that stood out to me:

HE'S STILL A JOURNALIST: "...I feel like I'm still a journalist. Journalism-wise, being able to make a couple documentaries made me feel like when we were at Rolling Stone and could stretch out and write a long profile. ... I think there's always satisfaction that comes from digging in and telling a story and being on the front line and writing about it."

ON OPENING A MOVIE AT CHRISTMAS: "There's always a hint of sadness in Christmas music, or just a beautiful melancholy, because the year's almost gone and now it's time to turn and face the future. There's always a tingly feeling of promise. That's how We Bought a Zoo ends, and I love the idea you might leave and get that feeling still in the air."

CRYING AT MOVIES: "I cry at movies just when the movie feels utterly real. It can be Midnight in Paris, just when it's a stray shot of Owen Wilson listening to Ernest Hemingway. That gets me."

By the way, Cameron. I cry like a baby every time I see Elizabethtown. Downright sobbing. I'll tell you all about it when I finally get the chance to talk to you someday.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2011 10:03am]


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