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    Cameron Crowe on Philip Seymour Hoffman and the 'soul' of 'Almost Famous'

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Feb 3, 2014

    'I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.'
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    14 essential performances by the great Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Type: Post | Date: Sunday, Feb 2, 2014

    From 'Scent Of A Woman' to 'Capote,' we look at some of his greatest moments
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    Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman performances

    Type: Gallery | Date: Sunday, Feb 2, 2014

    Martin Brest's movie is best known for Al Pacino's scenery-chewing role as a ...
  • Almost Famous - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010

    Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist -- he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school -- inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey Deschanel) and William (Patrick Fugit). Anita rebels by dropping out of school and becoming a stewardess, but William makes something of his love of rock & roll by writing album reviews for a local underground newspaper. William's work attracts the attention of Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), editor of renegade rock magazine Creem, who takes William under his wing and gives him his first professional writing assignment -- covering a Black Sabbath concert. While William is unable to score an interview with the headliners, the opening act, Stillwater, are more than happy to chat with a reporter, even if he's still too young to drive, and William's piece on the group in Creem gains him a new admirer in Ben Fong-Torres (Terry Chen), an editor at Rolling Stone. Torres offers William an assignment for a 3,000-word cover story on Stillwater, and over the objections of his mother (whose parting words are "Don't use drugs!"), and after some stern advice from Bangs (who says under no circumstances should he become friends with a band he's covering), Williams joins Stillwater on tour, where he becomes friendly with guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee). William also becomes enamored of Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a groupie traveling with the band who is no older than William, but is deeply involved with Russell. Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres, incidentally, were real-life rock writers Crowe worked with closely during his days as a journalist. Almost Famous' original score was composed by Nancy Wilson of Heart (who is also Crowe's wife). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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    Sex, drugs and 15 great rock and roll movies

    Type: Article | Date: Sunday, Jun 17, 2012

    Tom Cruise isn't the only movie star who knows how to rock
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    15 great rock and roll movies

    Type: Gallery | Date: Sunday, Jun 17, 2012

    Richard Linklater spins Jack Black's manic energy into pure gold in this ...
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    A Fish Called Biopic

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Nov 25, 2011

    Should the Academy introduce a Best Picture category for comedies?
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    The M/C Decade List: #50 - #41: Forgotten fantasy, fractured time, and Will Ferrell

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Dec 24, 2009

    Away we go with Cameron Crowe, Gaspar Noe, and, yes... Steve-O
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    Philip Seymour Hoffman talks music, what's to be learned from 'Pirate Radio'

    Type: Article | Date: Friday, Nov 13, 2009

    'I listened to radio. I didn't buy LPs. I guess I was out playin'.'
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    We Bought a Zoo

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Dec 23, 2011

    Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star in this film from Cameron Crowe.
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