Uh-oh. In the face of dark pre-release buzz, Cameron Crowe is pulling out all the stops to save the reputation of his latest film, Elizabethtown. First, he personally called gossip columnist Lloyd Grove to dispel rumors that he was unhappy with Orlando Bloom's performance in the film ("I love everything he did," Crowe insisted). Now, in a long feature in this week's Entertainment Weekly [via The Reeler], Crowe is going even further to shield his film from critical barbs - in what might be the worst way possible.

"There are two gods whom filmmakers aim to please: critics and audiences," Christine Spines writes. "Having faltered with one, Crowe is now counting on regular moviegoers for redemption." Crowe himself says, 'This movie is definitely a populist film, not created for cynics." Or critics: Gail Berman, president of Paramount Pictures, who are distributing the film, tells EW, "''Reviews are what they are. You live with them, hopefully learn from them, and move on ... [but] the populist reaction to the movie is overwhelming."

Hmmm. Call me crazy, but these quotes instantly reminded me of another "we made our movie for the people" defense from not-so-long-ago. "
I can tell you right now that none of the critics are gonna like this movie," said Kelly Clarkson, just before the release of her one-and-only film, From Justin to Kelly. "It's not for [critics] -- it's for the fans."

Okay, we kid, but seriously: the "I don't care about reviews" defense from a filmmaker with Crowe's trackrecord is worrisome. Elizabethtown, lest we forget, is probably Crowe's most personal film ever. It's
a fact-based retelling of his own process of grieving his father's death, and as such, it's a lot more touchy-feely for him than even Almost Famous. So it makes sense that he's  willing to guard it with his life; as Spines puts it, "he reveals flashes of vulnerability when defending his movie as if it were his child who just got beat up after school." Let's just hope it doesn't all blow up in his face.
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