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Cameron Crowe has a special musical blissful treat exclusively for all you AICNers! ELIZABETHTOWN!!!

Published at: June 22, 2005, 8:50 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... I really truly believe we're living in the midst of a magical blessed year of film. Sure the box office is down, but frankly that's got more to do with increased security and aggravation when going to see a movie, gas prices sky-rocketing and the country pulling its belt a little tighter. Oh, and some badly put together marketing on way too many films.

Last year at this time we didn't have much of anything other than THE PASSION to scream about. This year - with gas up nearly $.80 a gallon, well it cuts into the repeat views. Unnecessary driving is being cut to a minimum. Of course Hollywood will never look at it that way. They'll look at this crop of utterly amazing films and think they were all too serious, too smart for today's idiot audiences... and we'll roll back the space-time portals of quality and get simple straight forward cookie cutter entertainment.

But for me... I'm enjoying the living hell out of this year, and I know damn good and well they'll make record profits on all these titles on DVD. Luckily - this infection of money worshipping isn't your problem. You're an AICN reader - which hopefully means, you're drunk in love with a little 24 frames a second. You hug it, love it, live it and breathe it.

Cameron Crowe is one of those filmmakers that makes films that are drunk in love. Love of love, love with life, love of music, sights & sounds. Love of sensations and emotions. In love with the language of story-telling. He's known as one of the great writers of modern American film. And he loves the passion with which film is discussed on AICN, by you, me... just about everyone here except maybe Moriarty... (ok, I made that up) We haven't had a good proper look at ELIZABETHTOWN yet, right? You haven't seen a trailer or a clip from the film. The film has had it's share of problems... Casting issues... even studio issues... Through it all, Cameron is just trying to tell his story about a man falling back in love with living a love filled life. Essentially, that's what the film is. It deals with the death of fathers, the passion for life and the magic that is simply everywhere. In otherwords, it's a Cameron Crowe film.

The man himself put together this 7+ minute Rock Anthem to a song so utterly friggin perfect for this movie that I can no longer separate the film from it. This isn't just some randomly chosen song. The song has SO MUCH to do with the images you're seeing, the emotions the characters are feeling and frankly... the way you're supposed to feel watching it all. I hope you love this as much as I do, but if not... that's cool, find your own groove.

Click Here For The Specially Created for AICN Tease from Cameron Crowe about ELIZABETHTOWN!!!

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  • June 22, 2005, 8:55 p.m. CST

    This movie is gonna rock

    by Bean_

  • June 22, 2005, 9:05 p.m. CST

    All though.. it kinda reminds me of Garden State

    by Bean_

    Eh.. go figure.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:18 p.m. CST

    eh

    by Spaz Medicine

    I don't know.... but I do trust Cameron Crowe.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:27 p.m. CST

    if the file is any bigger i'm going to get sued by the mpaa

    by rivercb

    seriously, wtf. as much as i love movies about love and loving, i think it could use a couple of zombies. and possibly a werewolf

  • June 22, 2005, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I love the twist ending

    by Bob of the Shire

    When Orlando Bloom turns into a robot vulture and terrorizes Chicago until he's shot down by Leopard Boy, the adopted son of Spiderman and Pikachu. Mr. Crowe, you've done it again!

  • June 22, 2005, 9:48 p.m. CST

    cameron crowe is the master of female porn

    by rivercb

    i'll be in the theater sitting next to some 40yr old ladies to see this shit

  • June 22, 2005, 9:49 p.m. CST

    I grew up an hour south of E-Town

    by HarrisonsDad

    That dinosaur is at the I-65 exit to Mammoth Cave and Cave City, KY. Looks like a carefully crafted piece of art. I'll be there. http://leftofcentrist.blogspot.com/

  • June 22, 2005, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Wowza..

    by LightinthePiazza

    I think this trailer made me way more excited to see the movie.. plus, that shot of Judy Greer in the sprinklers was way cool. I really hope Orli can pull off the accent.. that and it's similarity to Garden State are my biggest fears.. but I shall put my faith in Cameron Crowe because he hasn't failed me all that much.

  • Entertainment > Good, but I haven't seen it yet, so let's wait for the real thing before some idiot attacks me.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:22 p.m. CST

    In sweet, cum-soaked orgasmic orgy-tacular Quicktime!

    by Bob of the Shire

    Ka-zing.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Shire Bob puts it crudely, but...

    by LordByron

    ...that was damn near orgasmic. i can't wait for this! But will there ever be another ALMOST FAMOUS?

  • June 22, 2005, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I repeat: Wasn't this Garden State???

    by Film Whisperer

    Some of the images even reach for that movie's level of preciousness and quirkiness, only its a poor first look at the movie. Too long. I almost turned it off halfway through. The only two things I got from it was that Crowe really likes Elton John and Orlando Bloom looks as terrible as any movie he's been in. Next time, take a cue from Alexander Payne: casting a pretty boy in a role that requires emotional depth isn't a good idea. Go with the real actors, regardless of their "hotness". Its what Billy Wilder would've done.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Crowe's use of music is pretty great...

    by Grammaton Cleric

    ...great goddamn crutch that is.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:07 p.m. CST

    holly crap-diddlely

    by kahootz

    I am now officially stoked for this film. And the ear x-tacy sticker did it. If anyone has any doubts about this movie or Mr. Crowe, they may find comfort in the "ear x-tacy" sticker. This only proves Mr. Crowe's insight and honesty when it comes to movie making. That little bumber sticker proves he KNOWS what is going on. Harry, if you have any expendable cash...come to Louisville KY (30 minutes north of Elizabethtown) and check our ear x-tacy. You will find it alone is worth the trip. For all of your love and enthusiasm for film and movies, just switch movies for music and you will understand what ear x-tacy is all about...love of music.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Mr. Crowe's Playlist??

    by docfalken

    If you are reading, can you make it available for us? Or just ship me your iPod, I swear I'll return it.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Ahem, in concerns with Garden State.

    by dr_dreadlocks

  • June 22, 2005, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Ahem, in concerns with Garden State. (X2, Thank you Mr. Enter Bu

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Who would you truly trust to handle a film like this? Zach Braff's "vision" is hardly definitive of this subject matter, and Cameron Crowe has proven (many times) that he is one of the best writers alive today. So I don't care what people threw at Braff's "Look at me I'm nutty" movie. Crowe is the man, and he shall prove it again, and again... Maybe make another Vanilla Sky, and then prove it again. Plus, the guy is the best, dammit. We all know it. -- http://www.cafepress.com/thenewpulp

  • June 22, 2005, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Despite the length, it's hard to draw any conclusions from t

    by TheTsordiLine

    But it looks like a Cameron Crowe film, which is enough to interest me. Crowe's proven himself to be a talented writer and director with a keen eye for detail, and I think he improves with each original picture. I'm looking forward to this.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:35 p.m. CST

    i think what you call that clip is bittersweet

    by blackstormy

    Its nice to see Orlando Bloom in a role which does not require him to carry a sword. The movie looks good and will bring life to the romantic comedy/date movie genre. The last good movie in that genre was Sideways which completely transcended any genre, hopefully Elizebethtown can do the same.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:47 p.m. CST

    by djdougefresh

    I've never been so moved by a clip of a film I knew very little about (except that my all time favorite filmmaker was behind it). Harry (or Mr. Crowe if you're reading this) just tell the man thanks for me. As much as Batman and all that stuff is great, this is the reason I go to the movies.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Grammaton Cleric

    by warsinthesun

    right on

  • June 23, 2005, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Didn't like it so much...

    by benito

    So I'm gonna be honest okay. I'm getting some 'this will suck' vies from this clip. Not much more than intuition... but that shot of someone standing being soaked by the sprinklers at the wedding while evryone else panicked around them fills me with dread. I know nothing about this film really and I hope it's great... but I have fears that it will be just another in a recent line of films that fall into the 'everyone else is stupid but me cos I'm so alive' category. Garden State was the worst offender from the genre, but other standouts are american beauty, moonlight mile and donnie darko to a lesser extent. All of which, I realise as I type this, show a guy being rescued by an off centre love interest. And all of which are not nearly as clever as they or their fans think they are. Plus, I gotta say, filmmakers don't come much more whitebread than crowe. He's not a bad filmmaker... just a 'meh' one. He's vanilla.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:10 a.m. CST

    What is it with Cameron and Elton John?

    by Larry of Arabia

    Great song, it's been one of my favorites since I was 10 years old. An undiscovered gem from Tumbleweed Collection.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Can you say "Maudlin"?

    by Rupee88

    This film wears its heart on its sleeve too much...if you aren't along for the ride, then it seems lame.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:17 a.m. CST

    "My Father's Gun"

    by Krinkle

    God damn it! The last two great "never used in a movie" songs I was saving for MY first film (or yours) have been used. First, "The Only Living Boy In New York" in that awful "Garden State" - and now Elton's "My Father's Gun" in the sure-to-be-great new Crowe film.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Title of the song is

    by Larry of Arabia

    "My Father's Gun," off Elton John's third studio album, Tumbleweed Connection. It's an undiscovered gem of and the first album to realy explore John and Taupin's love of American music, espeicailly the music of the west. This was back when he was, you know, an artist. The flaming bitchy gay act, silly duck suits, and light AC rock of the 90's masques how substantial and, yes, groundbreaking he was throughout the 70's. He burnt out bigtime by 1979, but an album an year and enough cocaine to, by his own estimate, cover the alps, will do that to you. By the way, was that a flaming Skyline Pigeon? No? ok...

  • June 23, 2005, 12:21 a.m. CST

    yeah dude

    by booyahtribe

    i'm just stoked that my morning jacket is in this. speaking role and all. and maybe even a performance. fantastic. and paula from the food network is in it. what the hell is going on.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Kahootz, I agree...

    by Phloton

    ...the ear-x-tacy sticker did it for me too. I used to shop there when the original was on Bardstown Road, down the street from Cafe Mimosa. I moved away permanantly in '93, but the bumper sticker showed me that at least someone did their homework. Usually when someone deals with Kentucky in the movies you get shit like Next Of Kin. But my Kentucky is where Stripes, and The Insider were shot. "Oh the sun shines bright..."

  • June 23, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST

    you are all wrong.

    by mocky_puppet

    garden state is great.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:29 a.m. CST

    GARDEN STATE 2: QUARTER AND A HALF LIFE CRISIS BOOGALOO

    by zikade zarathos

    Yeah, I know this is Crowe's territory, but starting at the grave, and the surreal, random shots of things (burning bird props), and the young guy falling in love with the young, spunky girl... it's hard not to make comparisons. I REALLY don't get all this "great American writer of cinema" talk, though. He's been compared to Wilder a lot of times, but Crowe's movies are the balloons to Wilder's ten-ton steel anvils -- they're anchored to a real cynical view of the world, whereas I think Crowe's movies just float away, drunk on Elton John songs. I vastly prefer take the former, but can still enjoy flicks like JERRY MAGUIRE.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:41 a.m. CST

    It had me until...

    by Agador

    Thought it was great until the scenes where the guy was spreading the ashes. COME ON! You know you're in trouble when a movie resorts to that maudlin golden oldie. I really can't believe it. I can already see the scenes of contemplation that will precede it, and the classic rock that will accompany it. On the other hand, Dunst really gets more beautiful has she matures. Even in the short bits of her here, she seems to have a bit more gravitas.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Dunst's whisper at the end

    by docfalken

    Man, that was about as sexy as it gets. Flashbacks to every romance of ones life. Cuts right through. The rest of the visuals were fun, but that singular moment leads me to believe that he's going to take us for an amazing romantic ride. (Damn, I'm getting sappy)

  • June 23, 2005, 12:56 a.m. CST

    by Bob of the Shire

  • June 23, 2005, 1:13 a.m. CST

    phloton, come home

    by kahootz

    Well, technically, it's still down Bardstown Rd. from Cafe Mimosa. Are you referring to when it was next door to The Great Escape? If so, then ...WOW...you need to visit it now. Since the early nineties, it moved into a MUCH larger store a bit farther north, closer to the Mimosa (which is still there and serving some wonderful sushi, I might add.) For everyone else, yeah...that ear x-tacy means Mr. Crowe did his homework. It's his attention to detail and his keen awareness of truth and reality in the average guy's life that make him a unique and singular film maker.

  • June 23, 2005, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I Am The Walrus

    by GopherTrace

    I could have gone for a shot of the dude and walter spreading donnie's ashes...anyone with me?

  • June 23, 2005, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Dear Gay Fawkes

    by 33.3rpm

    You're soooo dead on. I agree and I'm glad you decided to post the truth here. Cameron Crowe has been trying to rip off Zach Braff for years. You're so fucking inside! I know you must work at a studio, or an agency, or, at least, at a Panda Express. Crowe has been swimming in Braff's wake since the seventies. Remember Braff's "Slow Times At Deerfield Elementary?" We all know where that went. How about Braff's "Say Something" where Steve Guttenberg held a rotory phone above his head and called Valerie Bertinelli? Sound familiar? How about...I stop wasting my time to figure out a clever way of pointing out the fact that your a tool? :)

  • June 23, 2005, 1:42 a.m. CST

    i dunno, this leaves me dry.

    by BEARison Ford

    i haven't enjoyed a cameron crowe film since Singles. Everything after that really just leans way too hard on the maudlin and pretentious. I thought I was going to LOVE Almost Famous but somehow it left me absolutely stone cold. Give me Say Anything, Fast Times, or even The Wild Life any day over this stuff. Kirsten Dunst is still cute though. btw, Garden State is one of the most overrated movies in the last 10 years.

  • Bullshit. Fucking Almost Famous? Whatever. "And I'm gay!" Bullshit. Out of all fucking EIGHT films he's written, I like one, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and holy shit has that movie aged. And you take Phoebe Cates out and you've lost me. What a fucking joke. Dude's written eight films and he's "one of the great writers of modern American film?" Can we get some perspective, please? I know AICN likes to ingratiate itself, but c'mon!

  • June 23, 2005, 1:44 a.m. CST

    btw, no one should ever forget that this is the guy who gave us

    by BEARison Ford

    that is all.

  • June 23, 2005, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by 33.3rpm

    Indeed, in your own special way, you are, Mr. Miracle. Let's get some Del Taco and see The Island! Almost Famous Blows!!

  • And you know it's the truth.

  • June 23, 2005, 1:52 a.m. CST

    oh yeah, addendum: hey CROWE, whats up with stiffing Stoltz in y

    by BEARison Ford

    BRING BACK STOLTZ

  • June 23, 2005, 1:54 a.m. CST

    I'm bored and wanted to...

    by 33.3rpm

    ...dis all the Crowe haters because I think Cameron Crowe is one of about 7 true filmmakers still allowed to make movies in Hollywood. (And, no, Ratner isn't on my list.) But, when the haters give themselves homoerotic codenames like "BEARison Ford" I can't even have fun with it...

  • June 23, 2005, 2:07 a.m. CST

    What's homoerotic about "BEARison Ford?"

    by kintar0

    You do know the difference between the words "bear" and "bare," don't you? You know, despite not liking the film, I'm sure Almost Famous is very successful. It's a faithful portrait of how a 14 year old boys sees adults. It's a starry-eyed, cheesy, maudlin love note to an era that only truly existed in the imaginations of those who experienced it vicariously. Am I saying Crowe experienced all this vicariously? No, but it's how he presents it to you because he knows you'll fucking lap it up. And didn't you?

  • June 23, 2005, 2:11 a.m. CST

    glad to incite a reaction.

    by BEARison Ford

  • June 23, 2005, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I Like Cameron Crowe And Almost All His Movies, But Man... That

    by Flim Springfield

    If I weren't a fan and was undecided on seeing the film, I think that clip would turn me off it. Hopefully the actual trailer will be more interesting.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:17 a.m. CST

    btw, 33.3, i agree with your estimation that Crowe, by and large

    by BEARison Ford

    however, that does not mean they're all that great. I respect the guy, but I don't think his films are infallible by any means.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Oh look, it's raining on them! Their sins are being washed

    by Dannychico

    This is where I say that I'm rolling my eyes. Yes, we get that drenching a character in water can be a catharsis, Cameron. Bravo. I enjoyed Orlando's one expression in that 7 minutes.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:21 a.m. CST

    However

    by Dannychico

    I do like the shot of Orlando's hand out the car window, shedding his father's ashes as he drives.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:22 a.m. CST

    a whole movie about people trying not to cry?

    by buckaroo_banzai

    Sweet...

  • June 23, 2005, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Mr_Miracle

    by Dannychico

    You obviously don't know much about the "bear" subculture. It's a gay thing.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:23 a.m. CST

    I like Jerry Maguire.

    by Dannychico

    It's very rewatchable.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:24 a.m. CST

    So it's homoerotic on purpose?

    by kintar0

    And 33.3rpm makes fun of something blatant. No wonder he deifies Crowe.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Gravitas!

    by Dannychico

    Kirsten Dunst does NOT have it. But way to invoke the word way up there at the top of the talkback. LATIN: GRAVITAS.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:25 a.m. CST

    What was that joke at the end?

    by Dannychico

    After the music quits. Was that suppsoed to be funny? Quirky? Endearing? I don't like either of the lead actors. Susan Sarandon dancing looked like the tits, though.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Surprise, surprise. It looks like Cameron Crowe has made yet an

    by DarthCorleone

    ...I wish I could have written and that is filled with moments that I wish my life had.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:39 a.m. CST

    ok not to deter this talkback but since you asked...

    by BEARison Ford

    bearisonford comes from me and another moron coming up with porn names for actors. you do the math, etc. for more on this see: sigourney beaver, warren meatty and annette bending, etc etc etc. ok back to Cameron Crowe (wow is he gonna be stoked if he ever reads this)

  • June 23, 2005, 2:50 a.m. CST

    kahootz, haven't been home...

    by Phloton

    ...to visit since 2001. After my dad died, my mom moved to The Rockies. However I was in Somerset last year visiting a friend. I remember where the Great Escape used to be, across the street from Electric Ladyland (which moved or is gone now). I know Ear-X-Tacy built another store farther away near Middletown I think. I think it was near BIGS. In my youth, Bashford Manor Mall was THE mall, and the St. Mathews Mall was crap. The Showcase Cinemas was where I saw Star Wars in '77, and the Village 8 used to have 1st run films. Tinseltown is now the place to go, and is near where I lived. Of course when I lived there, all that property around Westport Rd, and Brownsboro was undeveloped and had farms. Everyone said I lived in the boonies. Now I kow what it's like when you drive with your parents through their old hometowns and the point out how everything "used to be." But, now I'm out here in LALAland workin' for "the biz." Maybe someday I'll be able to go back and film the Louisville stories I always wanted to. Of course I'll have to do some CGI to get rid of the extra gym they built on Ballard High's property.

  • June 23, 2005, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Looks a little like Garden State....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    ....but BETTER. It looks like its more thoughtful and more masterfully executed movie than Garden State was ( I liked it, but i didnt LOVE it like alot of people). Cameron Crowe rocks.

  • June 23, 2005, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Rain

    by Fortunesfool

    Can't get enough shots of people throwing their arms wide in the rain if you ask me.

  • June 23, 2005, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Fortunesfool

    by Dannychico

    Read my posts before saying the same thing in a less interesting way. Thank you!

  • June 23, 2005, 4:47 a.m. CST

    So you think paying $0.80 a gallon for gas is paying too much???

    by DutchFudge

    I'm sorry, but us saps here in this little European country called the Netherlands would (probably literally) kill for gasprices like that! Do you have any idea what WE pay for gas over here? Let me scare and enlighten you: for 1 liter of unleaded gas, you pay about $1.66. So for a gallon (about 3,78 liters if I'm correct) you pay - shock! horror! - the lovely sum of $6.27. And no, this is not a joke. And yes, the highways over here are still filled with LOTS and LOTS of cars.

  • June 23, 2005, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Regarding the Off-Topic Gas Prices...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... where the fuck is someone in the U.S. paying 80 cents a gallon for gas and complaining? I will fly there and kick them in the nuts. That would be heaven, paying that little.

  • June 23, 2005, 6:58 a.m. CST

    gas prices

    by Baba-Lou

    Guys, he meant that Gas prices had risen 80 cents since last summer. currently sits at $2.10 for reg at the local gas-n-go

  • June 23, 2005, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Garden State = the worst film I have seen in months

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    It was really, really shit. Boring, bland characters; a really VERY weak script; pretentious beyond belief; too self-conscious in its "quirkiness"; driven by soundtrack, to the point of actually POINTING OUT AND BLATANTLY ADVERTISING A SONG IN THE MOVIE; try-hard deep and meaningful; built solely around Zach Braff's mentally-stunted fish expression; boring as fuck (a really really bad fuck that takes like two hours and then you have to fake it because it has just gotten so tedious); thought it was really clever, but ended up being try-hard; blatanly market-driven and pandering to the sort of crowd who would typically like this sort of movie (myself included, I might add - I enjoyed GHOST WORLD, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE et al, which were VASTLY superior to Braff's trash) and well, it just plain sucked. Didn't do anything for me at all. *Gets back on topic* So, based on the talkbacks for this, I solemnly forget all about Elizabethtown.

  • June 23, 2005, 7:22 a.m. CST

    "frankly that's got more to do with increased security and a

    by HypeEndsHere

    What fucking planet do YOU live one? I saw Batman Begins in Times-fucking-Square last night... what security?

  • June 23, 2005, 7:46 a.m. CST

    ear X-tacy and Louisville stuff

    by abcdefz1

    How funny -- I was just mentioning ear X-tacy yesterday. I moved before they got into the bigger store, but I remember stuff like xtc's ORANGES AND LEMONS listening party, and Andy calling to see how folks liked the record. Now, if they could just get a Tewligans T-shirt in there somewhere, I'd have serious nostalgia going. I hear they're trying to revive the bar -- anyone having any luck? I saw Steve Forbert there one night, sick as a dog -- kept calling for brandy from the stage and... I can't remember whether anybody ran and got him a bottle or not. But he still put on a terrific show. I lived on Cherokee, so a lot of great stuff was within walking distance. And didn't Bardstown Road have an annual walk where participants would hit every bar on the road?

  • June 23, 2005, 8:15 a.m. CST

    RE: Crowe Vs. Kevin Smith...

    by The Tao of Joe

    Vanilla Skies aside (seriously, why would any talented writer need to remake someone else's story), Cameron Crowe has proven to be the master of sincere sentimentality in a world glutted by Post-Modernism. Unfortunately, he seems to be the only one who can make characters say things like "you complete me" without coming out as utterly trite. Kevin Smith (a self-confessed Crowe fan) tried to make his own Cameron Crowe film with 'Jersey Girl' and it was a mild failure for the most part. Only Cameron Crowe has the talent needed to take cheese and turn it into pizza.

  • June 23, 2005, 9:12 a.m. CST

    My Morning Jacket?

    by birddog_mcmurphy

    Isn't that My Morning Jacket making an apperance ... I'm pretty sure they're from Kentucky.

  • June 23, 2005, 10:32 a.m. CST

    frankly it's got even more to do with...

    by bc1970

    morons with cel phones, giggling teenagers on cel phones kicking the back of your chair, mothers talking on cel phones while their babies scream, the smell of sweaty ass and armpit in the theater, and the muffled din of pointless conversation split by the electronic nail scratch of a cel phone ring. sure, I'd pay $8.00 to sit in that antbed, but surprisingly, not many others do.

  • June 23, 2005, 10:57 a.m. CST

    now the most anticipated film

    by Mr. Immortal

    My Morning Jacket one of the greatest working bands around today, playing a band in a film made by Cameron Crowe. COunt me in. Looks Brilliant! Hope the Jacket gets some tunes in it.

  • June 23, 2005, 11:31 a.m. CST

    GLEE!

    by mikkimouse

    this clip made me so, so, so, so happy. i can't wait to see this movie. cameron crowe is a filmmaker who can actually WRITE.

  • June 23, 2005, 11:41 a.m. CST

    WOW

    by MasterWhedon

    This looks absolutely incredible. Cameron Crowe continually battles it out for the top spot as my favorite filmmaker--scratch that, as my favorite storyteller--and I've got a hunch this is going to shoot him over the top. This is going to be a GREAT film.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST

    To the 10 millionth poster who claims that My Father's Gun

    by Riccardogogo

    Stop lying. The Tumbleweed Connection; a vinyl so rare that even Bernie Taupin has to download the mp3s. Stop gushing about an album you clearly don't own. Admit it, you like it because it's on the trailer of something you want to see. Looks good btw.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Tumbleweed Connection

    by Phloton

    I have that album. It also has Amoreena, which is played in Dog Day Afternoon. In fact I have all the Elton John albums from his first to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (all readily available on cd). After that is when he began his sucky phase. Tumbleweed and Honky Chateau are very good.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:47 p.m. CST

    TubbsTattSyrup

    by Dannychico

    Hey, I'm not here to defend Garden State, but saying that Napolean Dynamite is better than it... well, you lost me. That's just ridiculous.

  • It's around $2.10 per gallon now, and that's after a pretty big jump this past year. But that's not even the biggest reason. For me, the only decent theaters are a half hour from where I live. To get good seats you have to leave an hour before showtime at least (so you lose way too much time out of your short enough weekend--forget about weeknights). Plus the crowds suck, people talk of leave their cel phones on. And the popcorn/sodas are all unhealthy and priced as if they are coated in gold. And then yes, the tickets are $10 a head for a movie that'll be just $16.99 at Best Buy in three or four months (with extras). And then the movies frequently are not all that good either! So yeah, movie attendance is down, and I don't think "increased security" has fuck all to do with it. We're getting into burn out--information overload is happening. People are getting sick of it. All they can process are headlines, and that doesn't work and even the dimwitted masses are realizing it.

  • June 23, 2005, 1:59 p.m. CST

    re: Cameron Crowe's playlist

    by Ribbons

    I second that.

  • June 23, 2005, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Yep, everything that Drath said.

    by JohnnyTremaine

    In a few years all the movie news on Aint It Cool may be mostly in the Coaxial and DVD sections of this site, because that is how I, and it appears, an increasing amount of people prefer to watch movies (unless you're 15 and need to get out of the house and away from the folks). And that isn't such a horrible thing, except of course to theatre owners.

  • June 23, 2005, 3:36 p.m. CST

    give me a break you nerds!

    by pixieseven

    Don't you people realize how pathetic and jealous you come off by criticizing a man like Cameron Crowe?! The truth is is that there isn't one of you in the whole sorry bunch who wouldn't give their right arm to have his career! And as far as this movie being like 'Garden State' ....give me a break! Are all movies that have a death in them and a funeral scene like 'Garden State'?? It's absurd to compare one to the other. If they share one story element, I'm sure that's it. Zach Braff is decent, but a total amateur and Cameron Crowe is an Oscar winner and maker of many amazing films. I'm certain this film will have the very thing that a film like 'Garden State' lacked....a point!

  • June 23, 2005, 5:05 p.m. CST

    pixieseven = cameron crowe

    by rivercb

    sir, you have no shame. BTW, I bet Cameron Crowe's iPod list was stolen from Zach Braff when he was on a lunch break

  • June 23, 2005, 6:05 p.m. CST

    in a few years...

    by labelme

  • June 23, 2005, 6:11 p.m. CST

    in a few years...

    by labelme

    ..I will learn to not hit "enter" before I've written anything.

  • June 23, 2005, 6:23 p.m. CST

    garden state is better than this will be.

    by mocky_puppet

    statistical fact.

  • June 23, 2005, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Zach Braff is gonna be huge ...

    by docfalken

    But just because there is a funeral in the film, doesn't mean that the films are trodding down the same path. I wouldn't mind seeing Zach Braff's playlist either. You really can't get enough The Shins.

  • June 23, 2005, 8:56 p.m. CST

    That girl with the brown curly hair

    by bigjeffrey

    That girl with the brown curly hair standing in the rain and messing around with Kirsten in the graveyard. The one who seems to be the focus of the trailer. Who is she? She's so pretty!

  • June 23, 2005, 8:58 p.m. CST

    If you're male and you liked this trailer.....

    by bigjeffrey

    please leave your testicles at the door on your way out!

  • June 23, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    It Does Reek Of Garden State Redux...

    by El Fuego

    But I loved Garden State, and more to the point, I love chicks, and chicks love Garden State. Taking a girl to see this will remarkably enhance your odds of getting laid at the end of the night. That said, aside from the somewhat older soundtrack, it looks like the same damn movie.

  • June 23, 2005, 10:09 p.m. CST

    fuck Garden State

    by freshthreads

    Garden State was a cliche piece of ass-crap. this movie, like all of Crowe's movies (exclusing Singles) is actually going to be great. Elizabethtown will be 8,012 times the movies Garden State was. shut-up about any simliarities, because that movie sucked.

  • June 24, 2005, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Amazing...

    by acorvey

    Yet another example of Cameron Crowe's uncanny ability to pick the best needle drops.

  • June 24, 2005, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Yeah Harry, gas prices are why ticket sales are down...

    by The Pretzelman

    ...It has NOTHING to do with rising ticket prices (I paid $11 to see Batman Begins at 5pm) or the increased popularity of home video (I rented 4 dvds today for less than $20). Great thinking Geekboy...

  • June 24, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST

    anonymouscowardx

    by prelaw101

    Your comment that "I hope they got some ignorant rednecks to play the citizens of Elizabethtown" is itself a very ignorant, baseless, useless, horrible and stupid thing to say. I was born and raised right here in Elizabethtown where I am also raising my children and I do not consider me nor any of my neighbors "ignorant rednecks". Ignorant rednecks are people much like yourself who have so little self-esteem and apparently nothing better to do with their time other than to flap their gums passing judgment on other people and on other issues they know absolutely nothing whatsoever about. I guarantee you that if you put your intelligence up against me or any of my friends or family, you would definitely come out on the losing end. But, I imagine, you are used to being a loser. Grow up and get a life. Look around you; try to learn something about the world you live in and then maybe you won't seem so ignorant.

  • June 24, 2005, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Gosh, I'm late on this, but yeah... Garden State.

    by viola123

    It did. I'm sorry. But it did. I'm not hating on this movie either. I am one of the few people who like "Vanilla Sky", but um, sorry, this movie does remind you an awful lot of "Garden State" and if so, well, I'm not sure it'll live up to that shoestring budget debut. It was simple and quirky, without trying to be. This one from Cameron seems like it's trying very hard to be unique and whimsy, when maybe it shouldn't be. I hope it's good for Orlando though.

  • June 24, 2005, 12:42 p.m. CST

    "ignorant rednecks"

    by Phloton

    I agree prelaw101. When I was in first grade I got it into my head that if I spoke with a southern accent, people would think I was stupid. So I conciously pronounced every word correctly, and ended up with no accent. When I went off to college in Chicago back in '88, no one believed I was from Kentucky unless I showed them my driver's license. Then I was asked stupid questions like: "Do you have paved roads?" I always hated people's perceptions that Kentucky must be like living in "Deliverance" 24/7. They shot a scene from "Next of Kin" across from my dorm (the restaraurant scene where Adam Baldwin shouts "Any fucking where he wants!"), and when I saw the film I was horrified. Where were the Kentuckians involved in this film? They had some Texans, an Irishman, and Ohioan, and a Brit making the film. Yeah, there are some rural areas in Kentucky but the same goes for every state. I've been all over the country and every state has rednecks, hicks and slackjawed yokels. Hmm. I thought I had a point, but now it just seems like rambling. Oh well, keep on truckin'. ps. remember Falls City Beer? That was from Louisville too.

  • June 24, 2005, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Oops! to anonymouscowardx

    by prelaw101

    I'm sorry. I mistakenly said "ignorant rednecks" when your comment was actually "idiot rednecks".

  • June 24, 2005, 3:18 p.m. CST

    The REAL trailer is now up on MTV.com!!!

    by crycrywolf

    go to their movie section, and select the regular trailer (they also have the 7 minute music video one as well -they refer to it as "the extended trailer,"). anyways....I think it looks pretty good. although I must say, hearing orlando speak in an american accent is wierd. it doesnt even sound like him.

  • June 25, 2005, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Nice to see Orlando not riding a horse for once.

    by doobieflixx

    I was tiring of him even though he's a great actor. I didn't catch Kingdom of Heaven in theaters because I am sick of seeing him in epic films. Not to say he shouldn't do them anymore. He's on the right track now. in my mind, he can now do another horsie movie. This movie looks great though. I like that the trailer didn't say anything major. For its length, that's saying something! I wouldn't call it a trailer really. More like a mood that the movie will be. Cameron Crowe. One of my fav directors. And people, it's fine to compare it with Garden State because his dad dies in it but it is obviosly something completely different. He seems to be travelling the US with his pops ashes. I don't recall Zach doing that in his wonderful movie. Garden State was a great movie. Not the best but it doesn't deserve to be dismissed because some tool likes to stir the pot in talkbacks. I'm out.

  • June 25, 2005, 12:46 p.m. CST

    My Morning Jacket and Ear-X-Tacy...

    by BCfreeB

    prove the cameron crowe has nailed it and knows what he's talking about. That and showing off Cave Hill Cemetery the way Cave Hill Cemetery should be shown off.

  • June 26, 2005, 7:35 a.m. CST

    A point of contention

    by Mafu

    I've read a lot of talkbackers writing that "Elizabethtown" is "Garden State 2." Well, just for the record, you'd all be dead wrong about that. "Elizabethtown" was filmed a year before "Garden State," so, if anything, "Garden State" is "Elizabethtown 2." You can't argue with the facts.

  • June 26, 2005, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Fuck all of you - Garden State was great

    by Ho-Chunk