Cameron Crowe

“After Crowe’s 1992 movie “Singles,” Warner Bros. Television asked him to turn the film into a TV series about a group of six 20-something roommates searching for love. Crowe declined. Several months later, ABC’s fall schedule was announced, and it included a show  called “Singles” about a group of six 20-something roommates searching for love. Crowe’s attorneys moved into action, but the show’s producers said it was all a big mistake, and their show was actually Friends.”

Six 20-something roommates looking for love. Jerry Cantrell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley. Roommates. Looking for love. I swear to god Cameron, what have you done?

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Cameron Crowe’s new Hawaii-set rom-com “Aloha” doesn’t open until this weekend, but it is already garnering criticisms for its depiction of Hawaii, with an Asian American watchdog group lambasting the film for the lack of Native Hawaiians in the cast. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor sent to Hawaii, where he becomes torn between two women — an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) and his ex (Rachel McAdams) — and meets a bunch of other white people on the way (Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, etc). While we haven’t seen the film yet, it isn’t hard to believe the criticisms, given Hollywood’s widespread habit of co-opting Hawaii as as an “exotic” setting for white people to find and reinvent themselves.

An Asian American watchdog group called the film “an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii”