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The Directors: Cameron Crowe wrangles emotions and ostriches
The Directors: Cameron Crowe wrangles emotions and ostriches

Cameron Crowe thought he would be directing a Marvin Gaye biography, not wrangling a herd of ostriches on the Thousand Oaks set of "We Bought a Zoo." The legendary soul singer and wild animals would seem to have little in common, but Crowe the boyish 54-year-old "Jerry Maguire" filmmaker said the two movie projects were ultimately much alike — both love stories. When "My Name Is Marvin" fell apart early last year over casting and budget issues, Crowe quickly jumped into "We Bought a Zoo," the writer-director's first narrative feature since 2005's critical and commercial dud "Elizabethtown." Loosely adapted by screenwriter...

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