From Nicole: Here's a press article [from the SMH] where the Rabbitohs players say, among other things, what they think of Russell and how he is with them: England forward Burgess, who was lured to Souths by Crowe, said the players were pleased the Oscar-winning actor was able to take time out of filming his latest movie in Iceland to watch them play. ''When Rusty is in town it is nice to have him at games,'' Burgess said. ''He has got a great presence about himself and he doesn't say much when he turns up … He just gives me a bit of encouragement and always asks me to go lead the team.''
The Mail UK: [ed note: give the guy a break] Surely they're not allowed on your plan? Newly-slim Russell Crowe takes a day off from the diet as he tucks into a burger and chips [Comment from CGee: "They are careful not to say what type of ‘burger’ Russell is eating, insinuating it’s a ‘hamburger’. Nandos serves flame grilled Chicken with fresh ingredients. So what they are making seem like a caloric overindulgence it’s actually a healthy choice for a for a fast food meal. I love Nandos and crave Peri-Peri sauce after I was introduced to it years ago by some South African friends in Sydney...]
Russell Crowe @russellcrowe Total Dad Cliche today.Did hammie at youngests' athletic carnival.After a 16km bike ride,stretches,yoga,air squats/push ups,oh the indignity
Sydney Confidential: Bunnies on the Ark - HE might be sporting a scraggly grey beard and a little extra paunch, but there was no mistaking South Sydney's biggest fan yesterday, with a very different-looking Russell Crowe taking up his regular spot in his private bunny box. - Thanks, Caliope,
Sydney Confidential - The Daily Telegraph: Russell Crowe lets rip with punk poet Patti Smith in Iceland --- "What a random, brilliant and unlikely happening. Unable to contain his passion for music, Crowe put his hand up last weekend to entertain the locals at three small local gigs in Iceland. At two of these, Smith, who is touring the country and is in outstanding voice at age 65, stepped up to sing Because The Night, Crowe joining in on backing vocals" - Thanks, CGee
Russell Crowe @russellcrowe Harassed by Pap for an hour.With my boys,talked to him twice,he didn't care,creeped my kids out, oldest says"his name is douche pickle" - [ed note: So RC is in Sydney for a bit]
From Mary Anne at TRC: Judy was kind enough to send us a link to a very nice video interview with Russell on Culture Night - we have it up here.
The Reykjavik Grapevine: Russell Crowe Swearing Earns Money For Red Cross - "...But even while on the set, he and three other Icelandic children he worked with kept the mood light, with some results even going to a charitable cause. RÚV reports that the kids fined Crowe 1,000 ISK for each time he used a swear word on the set. In the 20 days that filming took place here, the children managed to raise 14,000 ISK, all of which they donated to the local Red Cross." - Thanks, Steph
Studio System News: Warner passes on 'Dark Tower,' but MRC swoops in -- ...Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman recently delivered his latest draft for the first feature installment and Russell Crowe has shown interest in playing the lead role of Roland Deschain. Because Goldsman has a first-look deal at Warners, whose parent also owns HBO, setting "Dark Tower" there looked like a move that could save the project. - Thanks, Steph, Allison
Off topic: World Humanitarian Day -- A very worthwhile project can use your help: Don't forget to tweet about it before 9AM on August 19th - NY time. Help inspire people all over the world to do something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else. Tweet/post and encourage others to sign up too whd-iwashere.org #IWASHERE #WHD2012 [try again if it says the application is overloaded] - An article on the day in the NY Times - United Nations Is Looking to Spur a Billion People to Act
The Calgary Herald: 10 big fall movies you won't want to miss -- (Dec 14) - Les Mis trailer: The buzz: The extraordinary score is filled with anthemic songs that demand good voices. Jackman is a Broadway veteran, Crowe is a rock musician as well as an actor (his group is called The Ordinary Fear of God), and anyone who saw the Oscars last year knows Hathaway is a surprisingly accomplished singer. Eat your heart out, Susan Boyle.
RC at Twitter: 3 gigs tonight,Reykjavik get ready to be Folked! 5.30pm Harpan Concert Hall 8.30 pm XiD 977 Garden Party 9.30pm KEX Hostel
The Movie Timeline: LA Confidential - Lynn Bracken: You're the first man in five years who didn't tell me I look like Veronica Lake inside of a minute. -- Bud White: You look better than Veronica Lake
Master and Commander: Capt. Jack Aubrey: England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship *is* England.
Souths lose: From CGee: "It was a frustrating game to watch. At a time of the year where Souths should be building momentum, trying to keep the form of their six in a row wins they sputtered tonight in attack, allowed an ordinary Sharks team get the better of them and had their first back to back loss this year. Cronulla Sharks defeat South Sydney 20-7."
Vulture.com: The Danger of Genre Creep: Six Films That Hollywood Might Want to Rethink --- Harker. Dracula from a cop’s-eye view is how you can describe Warner Bros.' planned Russell Crowe thriller. In February, we first reported Crowe’s involvement in a new take on the classic vampire story: It would be from the perspective of Jonathan Harker, who — instead of his role as a lawyer in the original novel — would now be a Scotland Yard detective investigating the Count's string of grisly murders in England. But, in classic Crowe fashion, he has lost interest in the role that first grabbed his attention and now wants to play Dracula himself. Seeing how Crowe helped turn a fascinating project like Nottingham into an utterly banal flop like Robin Hood, we are already reaching for the garlic salt.
Jakarta Globe: Negotiations are under way for cricket-mad sprint king Usain Bolt to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League, with Shane Warne leading the campaign to bring him to Melbourne. - Thanks, Caliope
August 12 - I'm back!
While on vacation, watched the original "Man Of Steel": - Superman with Christopher Reeves - with my three grandkids. They loved it. [Marlon B as Jor-El hammed it up] - PS - They loved Starman even better!
In EW There’s a nice article w/ pix of RC as Javert with a note about Oscar buzz (duh!) & quotes from him about the process of getting the job. - Thanks, Gretchen, Judy
Here is the EW article thanks to Tamara at TRC: Hi Mary, hope you had a great vacation. EW has a fall movie preview out. This is a link to both our scan and the digital version of the article thanks to Hugh Jackman Fan. You can link to them or to this page whichever you prefer - nice write up and images from the film.
“Watch the Throne” (Vimeo) 10 minute + documentary of Jay Z and Kayne West filmed at a “private Sydney estate”. Russell shows up after the 6 minute mark. - Thanks, Judy, Allison, Steph
Huffington Post: Another pic of RC as Noah, showing more costume - Thanks, GV - Also at the LA Times: "So today’s first-look at a weathered Russell Crowe as Noah, furrowing his brow, no doubt looking at the gathering storm clouds in the distance, makes us happy. Forgive us our doubt, Darren. We believe."
News Track India: -- Aug 10 (IANS) Actor Russell Crowe says he has to climb mountains in order to reach on the sets of his forthcoming movie, "Noah". The 48-year-old is playing the lead character in the film based on biblical story of the great flood and is currently shooting in Reykjavik, Iceland. Telling about his experience, Crowe wrote on Twitter,"I'm living on a vast plain of volcanic ash in the lee of a volcanic glacier. The commute to work is a hike up a mountain ... Wind tears the volcanic desert, ash and sand arcing in 40 foot waves across the plain, in the distance the sonambulent glacier leaks."- Thanks, Allison
Russell Crowe @russellcrowe,1 show. NYC. October 13th, NYC, stay tuned for venue details. There will be no other cities and no other dates added.One night in Manhattan.
Deadline.com: Warner Bros Has ‘Dark Tower’ Decision Looming: And Russell Crowe Is In The Mix - I’m told that director Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Goldsman have been talking with their A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe about playing Deschain. While there is no deal with Crowe, that is the star that Warner Bros will be evaluating as the studio decides on whether to take a leap on a nine-volume book that has a huge following, with Howard, [Stephen] King and their partners planning a multi-platform presentation that could be unforgettable. The story will be told through three films and two limited run TV series. Thanks, Judy, CGee [Kindle Edition of the first book, The Gunslinger, HERE]
Alan and Russell sing Raewyn at the Indoor Garden Party in St John's
The Iceland Review: Russell Crowe Wears Hat with Icelandic Flag - Australian actor Russell Crowe sported a hat emblazoned with the Icelandic flag when he climbed Breiðdalshnúkur in Southwest Iceland as seen in a photo taken by his personal trainer Christ Feather, who posted it on his Twitter site. - Thanks, Ellen [The set is glimpsed far below] - ...Crowe’s co-stars have also been caught working out. Jennifer Connelly and her husband Paul Bettany were spotted in the fitness center World Class in Seltjarnarnes last weekend, mbl.is reports
From The Past: TOFOG - Sail those same oceans
Deadline.com: From Cindy: Another favorite of mine in Winter's Tale. Russell's worked with him in RH. Hurt plays Beverly Penn's father. Pretty sure Pearly Soames and Beverly's father don't have any scenes together - William Hurt Joins Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Winter’s Tale’
From Sec7: Here's a pic of Mr. Harris' statue at Kilkee with a bunny scarf. Don't know if you're interested at all but thought I would pass it along. Clearly he had a hand in the win over Wests this week...