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To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky visuals with exaggerated action. It's certainly nothing like the involving classic monster movies they're trying to reignite, such as the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy. But this movie has more in common with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters, with added swimming zombies.
Cruise plays Nick, an American army officer and mercenary who with his cohort Vail (Jake Johnson) has just located a long-lost burial site deep in Daesh-controlled Iraq. Somehow, the hot archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) arrives immediately to stop him from plundering this tomb. It turns out that the sarcophagus contains the remains of ancient Egyptian Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who was mummified alive for making a pact with the evil god Set and then murdering her father and brother. Now transported to London, she returns to life with a vengeance, casting a spell on Nick to help reassemble Set's dagger and finish her nefarious plan. So Jenny turns to her deeply unstable boss Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) for help.
There's rather a lot of mythology building going on here, setting things up for the further adventures of Jekyll's secret society, which is trying to deal with ancient evil like a mash-up of Men in Black and Night at the Museum. Without the humour. There are some throwaway gags here and there, but director Alex Kurtzman stages everything with a gloomy sense of foreboding that simply never gains traction. The thin plot seems constructed merely to connect a series of enormous action set-pieces, which are all very well choreographed but never remotely exciting. It doesn't help that everything on-screen has been extravagantly over-designed, with cavernous sets that have been made deliberately dark and sooty. But this leaves the entire movie feeling artificial, random mayhem in fake places.
Continue reading: The Mummy Review
Radio presenter Howard Stern criticised Crowe after pictures emerged of the actor kicking a ball in Sydney
Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe has hit back at radio presenter Howard Stern after the latter gentleman reportedly criticised the Gladiator actor over his weight. It seems Crowe was alerted to comments made over his physique by a fan and decided he wanted to respond.
Russell Crowe hit back at body shaming comments
Presenter Stern, who hosts his own radio talk show in the US, spoke about the lead of A Beautiful Mind on a recent episode of his programme.
The rapper is apparently 'shaken' and giving her version of events to Beverly Hills cops.
Azealia Banks has filed a police report against Russell Crowe after their spat in Los Angeles over the weekend, which saw the 'Noah' star throw the 'Big Big Beat' singer out of his hotel room in Beverly Hills as tempers flared. She was the plus one of RZA, who was invited to Russell's party after he cast the latter in 'The Man with the Iron Fists' 4 years ago.
Azealia Banks files report against Russell Crowe
The discord between Azealia and Russell has extended beyond social media, because now the rapper has gone to the Beverly Hills Police Department with her allegations when she didn't receive an apology from the actor. While her behaviour at Russell's hotel suite party on Sunday (October 16th 2016) was described as 'erratic' by a great many of the guests, in Azealia's version of events her ejection was rather more unceremonious.
Continue reading: Azealia Banks Goes To Police After Russell Crowe Hotel Spat
According to Banks, Crowe physically ejected her from a small dinner party he was hosting in a Beverly Hills hotel on Saturday.
A dispute has flared up between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe, with an incident occurring at the weekend in which Banks was physically ejected from the actor’s hotel suite in Beverly Hills on Saturday night (October 15th).
The oft-controversial 25 year old rapper took to Facebook on Sunday evening, in a post she’s subsequently deleted, to accuse the New Zealand-born actor of assaulting her at a low-key dinner party he was hosting.
Azealia Banks performing in 2015
Writer-director Shane Black returns to the comedy-noir vibe of his 2005 hit Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with this riotously funny thriller set in late-1970s Los Angeles. It's an entertaining mix of hilarious action mayhem, slapstick and violence anchored by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, who unexpectedly prove to be a superb comedy double-act.
It's 1977, and private detective Holland (Gosling) is searching for a porn star who was spotted alive after dying in a car crash. His investigation leads him to Amelia (Margaret Qualley), who has hired the thug Jackson (Crowe) to keep people off her tail. After beating up Holland, Jackson realises that maybe they should be working together, as other cases seem to be dovetailing around Amelia's politically powerful mother (Kim Basinger). But now Holland and Jackson are being chased by the legendary assassin John Boy (Matt Bomer). And Holland is having a terrible time keeping his bright 13-year-old daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) from getting involved in this dangerous case.
Gosling and Crowe play Holland and Jackson as a classic comedy duo along the lines of Abbott and Costello or Hope and Crosby: bumbling idiots who somehow manage to save the day due to dumb luck and someone smart looking out for them. In this case, their guardian angel is Holly, and young Aussie actress Rice more than holds her own against these A-list stars. Holly is the only person on-screen who has a clue what's actually going on, and Rice effortlessly walks off with the film, giving a knowing performance that's hugely engaging. The other scene-stealer is Bomer, whose slick, overconfident killer is simply screaming to be taken down a peg or two.
Continue reading: The Nice Guys Review
The Hollywood star was hoping to begin a holiday with his two sons, but cancelled his flight when the controversial toys weren't allowed on board.
Australian actor Russell Crowe has lashed out on social media at airline Virgin Australia after his children were told that they could not bring their hoverboards on a flight, as they have been deemed to be a fire risk.
The self-balancing motorised hoverboards have been the most in-demand toy this Christmas, despite a mass of safety warnings that many on the market were defective and could cause fires through overheating of the lithium ion batteries while charging. Warnings that appear to have passed the 51 year old by.
Russell Crowe with his youngest son Tennyson in 2015
If you're on the wrong side of the law and looking for someone to send a special kind of 'message', Jackson Healey might just be the man you call. One day his work takes him to the door of Holland March where he leaves his own particular type of message for Holland, a private detective who's currently a little down on his luck.
When an employee of the Department Of Justice finds that her daughter has gone missing, she employs Healey to find her by any means necessary. Out of his depth, Healey calls on the best private eye he knows. Initially very hesitant to work with the guy who only recently sucker punched him, Holland agrees to help find the girl.
As clues are revealed, it looks like Amelia (The missing girl) has somehow become intertwined with the mob who are trying to branch out in LA. As the amateurs hunt down Amelia, the case takes them down dangerous paths they never thought they'd venture down.
Critics' awards in Los Angeles and London bring out local stars, while Johnny Depp's Mortdecai premieres in Berlin, London and L.A. Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe and Jesse Eisenberg are snapped on their film sets, and new trailers debut for Kidnapping Mr Heineken and Good Kill...
A-list celebrities turned out in Hollywood for the starry Critics' Choice Movie Awards last weekend, including Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, Rosamund Pike, Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams and Chris Hemsworth. Jared Leto even matched his outfit to the blue carpet.
A rock star drops a new track, a pop star grieves and a film star confirms his engagement in this week's round-up.
Nice Work, 'Noah': Darren Aronofsky's latest epic, Noah, was released last weekend and managed to triumph at its debut box office with $44 million, despite all the negative publicity regarding religious condemnation and middling reviews. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, Noah is based on the well-known Genesis tale but is given a pump of testosterone with the Black Swan director's dramatic CGI marvel. Check out the trailer.
Empire Film Awards: Emma Thompson and James McAvoy were the big winners at this year's Empire Film Awards, taking home trophies in their respective acting categories for Saving Mr. Banks and Filth. Space thriller Gravity and the fantasy sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were the evening's most-awarded movies with Simon Pegg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sally Hawkins, Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Steve Coogan and Margot Robbie also honoured for a smashing year in film. Find the full list of winners here.
Tom, Arnie and Hugh pick up honours at the Empire Awards, while the stars of Noah, The Other Woman and Divergent walk red carpets in London. And new trailers arrive for films starring Shailene Woodley, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hardy, Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson...
Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hugh Jackman and Emma Thompson were all on hand for Sunday night's Empire Awards in London, a lively and colourful event with most winners chosen by the magazine's readers. Cruise was named The Legend of Our Lifetime, while Schwarzenegger was crowned The Action Hero of Our Lifetime and Jackman picked up the Empire Icon Award.
There was also a flurry of high-profile premieres in London this past week. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone walked a watery-style carpet for Noah; Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton were on hand for The Other Woman; and Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James dazzled the fans for Divergent.
Nothing can stand in the way of this biblical epic
It was another glitzy night in London’s Leicester Square last night as the area, so accustomed to Hollywood A-listers, hosted another U.K premiere. It was the stars of 'Noah' waltzing down the red carpet and talking to the press this time ahead of this Friday’s release of Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic.
Russell Crowe stars in 'Noah'
The film stars Russell Crowe as the titular Noah, with Emma Watson playing his adopted daughter Elah. Despite staunch opposition from many religious groups and numerous re-edits from the film’s studio, Aronofsky managed to put out the film he intended, and the critics have been kind, filing reviews to the tune of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Russell Crowe, the leading man of biblical epic 'Noah', is snapped on the red carpet on his arrival at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York for the movie's premiere alongside his onscreen wife Jennifer Connelly who was there with her real life actor husband Paul Bettany.
See what the critics are saying about Aronofsky's biblical epic.
With all the hype surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah – religious groups denouncing it; widespread bans in the Middle East; numerous re-cuts and studio interference – just getting it into cinemas sounded like a big enough challenge. But the Black Swan director, who put his foot down and released the film he intended, is reaping the rewards with some glowing report cards.
Russell Crowe as the titular Noah
The film sees Russell Crowe play Noah, who sets about building a huge arc to survive the biblical flood coming to offer up punishment to a disobedient and spiteful Man. But the film doesn’t restrict itself to the text; delving into spirituality and action film tropes in equal measure – something the critics have picked up on and praised Aronofsky for.
Continue reading: Darren Aronofsky Gets It Right: The Critics Don't Sink 'Noah's' Arc
'Noah' is one of the most ambitious movies in years.
Darren Aronofsky's retelling of the story of Noah was never going to be a straight biblical tale. We knew that after Lionsgate executives began sweating, pushing for a more religious slant and suggesting a Christian rock song for the final moments. Aronofsky - the man behind Black Swan, Pi and The Fountain - has described Noah as the least biblical, biblical story, ever and he's probably right.
Russell Crowe Stars As 'Noah'
The film fails to mention God once and paints Noah - played here by Russell Crowe - as more of an environmentalist. Critics aren't completely blown away, but there's no doubt that Noah is one of the more ambitious and visually spectacular movies in recent years.
Noah is not a religious movie. Got that?
Just to annoy the religious critics of his movie some more, filmmaker and self-professed Darren Aronofsky has called his retelling of the story of Noah, "the least biblical biblical film ever made."
Russell Crowe Plays 'Noah'
Somehow, Aronofksy has made a secular movie about the Biblical figure, painting Noah - played here by Russell Crowe - as an environmentalist in a movie that doesn't mention God once. Not once.
Continue reading: Darren Aronofsky Wants You To Know That 'Noah' Isn't Religious, At All
Apparently even Russell Crowe can't get a private audience with Pope Francis.
Pope Francis’ near-spotless public image lives on, as it has now come out that the Catholic leader did not cancel a planned meeting with Hollywood actor Russell Crowe. Paramount Pictures, the company behind Crowe’s Bible-inspired epic Noah, denied claims that the studio had scheduled a meeting behind him and the Pope.
Crowe was never going to have a private meeting with the Pope, because it would "cause a disruption."
“A meeting was never scheduled,” said a Paramount spokesperson, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This was in response to a Variety story on Monday, which ran the headline "Pope Cancels Tentative 'Noah' Meeting With Russell Crowe." The word “tentative” was not in the original headline and was only featured after the studio made the clarification.
Continue reading: Meeting Between Russell Crowe And Pope Francis Was Never On The Agenda
Darren Arofonsky's 'Noah' has been banned in the UAE because it contradicts Islam and the Bible, what other movies have been banned by religious groups?
Russell Crowe’s upcoming flick Noah has been banned in the UAE because of “scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible”, according to Juma Al-Leem, the director of media content at the National Media Center in the United Arab Emirates. Al-Leem added, “It is important to respect these religions and not show the film.”
Noah has been banned in the United Arab Emirates
Noah isn’t the first movie to be banned on religious grounds, but is it as subversive as some of these other movies that didn’t make the religious cut?
Continue reading: 'Offensive' 'Noah' Banned - Other Movies Banned By Religious Groups
It's all going on for Aronofsky and 'Noah'
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah was never going to fly under the radar. The film, based on the intrepid Noah from Genesis, essentially flies in the face of religion, which was a sticky issue for Paramount, who cut the film up into so many iterations it’s doubtful anyone knows which version made it to cinemas.
Noah has garnered a mixed response in Mexico
But, whichever version made it to Mexican cinemas, it wasn’t exactly perfect. Before the film, Aronoksky told the audience: "It's a very, very different movie," he said. "Anything you're expecting, you're f---ing wrong." Well, perhaps swearing didn’t set the right tone as some critics felt it dragged on, while others just simply didn’t like it. Others planned on positive reviews. Like we said, mixed signals.
Were early critics bowled over by Darren Aronofsky's new biblical epic?
Noah has received its world premiere in Mexico City where director Darren Aronofsky presented his biblical retelling at the Pepsi Centre with several members of the epic's cast. Official first reviews have been embargoed until the film's late March release date but early viewers took to Twitter to express their 140 character verdicts on the eagerly-anticipated movie.
The Epic, Russell Crowe-Starring 'Noah' Has Premiered In Mexico City.
The Black Swan director appeared at the premiere alongside Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Jennifer Connelly and, in a speech before the screening, warned the audience to expect the unexpected. "It's a very, very different movie," he said. "Anything you're expecting, you're f***ing wrong." Lead cast members Russell Crowe and Emma Watson were notable in their absence from the event.
Which upcoming movies are we most looking forward to seeing?
Now that the Academy Awards are over and done with for another year we can look forward to the new movies that are coming out in 2014! There’s a bunch of great films on the horizon, but here’s our top five that are coming out over the next couple of months.
Russell Crowe stars as Noah in a biblical epic about the building of the Ark and the flood. Noah looks like it will be packed full of some serious special effects, and Russell’s definitely got his serious acting hat on for the role. The star-studded cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Jennifer Connelly and is set to be released on March 28th.
Continue reading: Forget The Oscars: Here's Our Top Five Movies For 2014
Emma Watson fell ill on the set of Paramount's 'Noah'.
Russell Crowe Stars in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
Watson, who plays Noah's adopted daughter Ila in the big-budget movie, told Wonderland magazine that the movie's pro-environmental message meant the crew were not allowed to bring bottled water on set.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Drank Stagnant Water After Aronofsky's 'Noah' Bottle Ban
It took some work, but Aronofsky is putting out the film he wanted
Darren Aronofksy’s Noah is a film of epic proportions, telling the long tale of Noah’s fight against an almighty flood that threatens to end all of humanity and life on earth. But there was an almighty battle to be fought off screen, too. Paramount were keen to appease religious audiences on which the film was tested, attempting to gain control of the final cut.
We'll be seeing Noah as its director intended
All in all, repots suggest the film was actually cut a dozen times before Aronofsky finally got his way. "They tried what they wanted to try, and eventually they came back," he said. "My version of the film hasn't been tested ... It's what we wrote and what was greenlighted." He admitted "there was a rough patch" with the studio.
Continue reading: How Darren Aronofsky Won The Biblical Battle For Control With Noah
For all of Goldsman's emotional investment, the film has fallen flat in reviews.
Winter’s Tale (not to be confused with the Shakespeare play) starring Colin Farrell, premieres today to high expectations. For writer/director Akiva Goldsman, it’s been a labor of love, but a long and complicated one. Goldsman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, explaining some of the trouble he ran into with Winter’s Tale, as well as his personal life during pre-production.
Colin Farrell, horse - what more could you want in a romance flick, really?
"This movie is kind of an exercise in faith," he told THR. "I was trying to write it, and my wife passed away while I was writing the screenplay, and I didn't think I'd do much of anything after that. This became kind of a Hail Mary to the idea that there's a peacefulness behind random acts of love."
Continue reading: For All Its Candor, "Winter's Tale" Falls Flat With Critics
We'll see Noah the way its director intended; whether that's a good thing remains to be seen.
Darren Aronofsky came to loggerheads with Paramount over his biblical epic, Noah, starring Russell Crowe. The problem lay with the final cut, and the perennial battle between auteur and Hollywood studio reared its ugly head once more. But in an unlikely tale, akin to the subject matter in the film - in semblance rather than historical accuracy, at least – the director won.
The final cut is the director's, but will it be any good?
Paramount execs had previously demanded a re-cut, and made their own versions of the film due to an unsavoury reaction from U.S screeners. The religious content in the film led to unrest amongst Christian communities. Paramount wanted to please everybody. But Aronofsky, who wowed audiences with his efforts in The Wrestler and Black Swan, asserts that the cut we’ll see in cinemas is the one he intended; it’s not become anodyne or inhibited.
NFL Super Bowl XLVIII will see Noah's new spot, but should they redesign the Arc?
If you’ve got a film out after the Superbowl, then you generally try and get a trailer out for a match day broadcast. Not independent, black & white films made on a small budget, but high profile blockbusters, like Noah starring Russell Crowe.
Noah (Crowe) looks out upon doom and dispair, but he's got a stick.
It’s only 30-seconds long, but the spot features Russell Crowe as Noah, boarding his biblical vessel and facing the almighty wrath of God in flood-form. We should all be thankful he did that, because if he didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to look at cat gifs while we’re supposed to be writing stories and answering emails.
Continue reading: 'Noah' Gets New Trail, But Is The Boat The Wrong Shape!?
The Darren Aronofsky-directed biblical epic, starring Russell Crowe, will be airing a new trailer during the 2014 Super Bowl.
The Darren-Aronofsky-directed upcoming movie is alost as highly anticipated as the game, along with the ensemble cast, it has a budget of $130 million to spend on visual spectacles and monumental cinematic moments.
This film's trailer fits the bill for the huge sporting event, watched by millions of people around the world, and as there are predictions of blizzards and flooding at the MetLife Stadium, it really is a perfect fit.
Continue reading: Russell Crowe's 'Noah' To Release New Trailer During 2014 Super Bowl
Take a first look at the trailer for the visually spectacular $130m biblical adaptation of 'Noah's Ark.'
Everyone knows the story of Noah, whether religious or not, virtually everyone is familiar with the man who received a warning from God that a flood was coming and built a giant ark to save two of every species and his family. Director Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic has been rumoured for some time but now we have visual proof that Noah will be released next year.
Russell Crowe Gets A (Bigger) Beard For His New Role.
The trailer gives a flavour of the digital artistry and astounding visual effects we should prepare ourselves for ahead of the movie's March 2014 release.
I mean, does George Clooney like me? Hope so.
George Clooney, Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio are not best mates. They’re just not. But Clooney and Brad Pitt are solid bros. They’re solid bros. The Monuments Men actor/director/writer/producer was talking in an atypically candid interview with Esquire magazine.
George Clooney has been rather outspoken in his latest interview
Proving irrevocably that he’s a weird man, Crowe sent Clooney a book of his own poetry with a view to "apologise for insulting the shit out of me, which he did". According to Clooney, Crowe "picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all. He put out this thing saying, 'George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Robert De Niro are sellouts.'"
Take a look at these exclusive clips of the new movie!
We’ve all been waiting for Despicable Me 2 for a while now, especially considering just how good the first one was. So when these excellent clips arrived, the excitement was palpable. Those lucky critics have seen the whole thing and they’ve fallen in love with it too.
Grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history, the first Despicable Me movie – starring Steve Carell as the hilarious Gru – was a hit with the critics, garnering an overall review score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. This picture isn’t fairing too badly either, even if the current 100% rating is sure to drop to something we used to; a solid 80% perhaps?
'Gladiator' star Russell Crowe, who plays Superman's biological father in 'Man Of Steel', was spotted posing next to rapper RZA at the movie's world premiere at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The movie's composer Hans Zimmer, and two other stars, Antje Traue and Christopher Meloni, also made appearances.
The latest Superman film is out this week, but should you bother going to see it, or should you even care?
The Man of Steel is quite possibly one of the most eagerly anticipated summer blockbusters to be released in 2013, with critics and audiences alike readying themselves for the long-awaited return of Superman on the cinema screen. With an all-star cast and some of Hollywood's best comic book adaptors working behind the scenes, the film should be one of the hits of the year, but incase you don't feel as though the film will live up to expectations here's a quick list of why you shoudl give it a try.
Continue reading: Superman Is Back! - 5 Reasons To Go See Man Of Steel This Summer
Brad and Angelina hit the London red carpet for World War Z, while Britain gets to see Behind the Candelabra on the big screen. Meanwhile, stars are out promoting Man of Steel and Monsters University, and we have our first glimpse of Machete Kills...
This week's big world premiere was in London for the zombie apocalypse thriller where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made their first public appearance since news of Jolie's pre-cancer surgery. They were joined on the red carpet by director Marc Forster and other cast members. The film opens in two weeks.
This weekend British moviegoers get a chance to see Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the big screen in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. The film was broadcast last week on HBO in America, which means it isn't eligible for Oscars, but look for it to mop up Emmys and Golden Globes. And with glowing reviews from UK critics, Bafta nominations are also expected.
The actor spoke at length in a recent promotional interview for Man of Steel
Russell Crowe stars as Jor-El, Superman's Kryptonian father in the new comic book adaptation Man of Steel. With only a few days until the movie comes out, Contact managed to get a sit down with the acting great from Down Under to discuss his role in the film, in which he discussed how being a father affected his acting method in the movie as well as discuss a chance meeting he had with the film's titular star, Henry Cavill, more than a decade ago.
The cast and crew of 'Man Of Steel' are interviewed about the making of the movie, the modernisation of the story and the ethics and emotions behind Superman as a character. Among them are producer Charles Roven, director Zack Snyder and lead actor Henry Cavill.
Tributes have been rolling in for Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett – best known for her time in the Australian band, The Divinyls, has died. Her husband, Charley Drayton, who played alongside his wife in the band, confirmed the news. She died after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
"Chrissy's light burns so very brightly," said Drayton. "Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest". The statement on the Australian Recording Industry Association's (ARIA) website added: "With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women." Russell Crowe starred alongside Amphlett in a 1988 production of Blood Brothers in which she played his mother. “Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R,” Crowe tweeted. The Divinyls were founded in 1980 in Sydney. They went on to record five studio albums between 1982 and 1996. "Unfortunately the last 18 months have been a real challenge for me, having breast cancer and MS and all the new places that will take you,” wrote Amphlett in a Facebook post back in March. “My illnesses have really exhausted this little body of mine that I have thrown from one end of a stage to another and performed thousands of shows."
The Divinyls had a number one hit with I Touch Myself, which featured in the 1997 Austin Powers movie International Man of Mystery. "Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit I Touch Myself would be utilized to remind all women to perform annual breast examinations," said Drayton.
Continue reading: Australian Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dies Aged 53
Clark Kent is a mysterious young journalist who as adopted as a child by Martha and Jonathan Kent in a small, rural town in Kansas. However, he is an outcast on the planet Earth who possesses extraordinary alien powers because he was born on the planet Krypton; a planet that was destroyed when he was a baby. While he has tried his best all his life to fit in, his super-abilities inevitably come out when he prevents a tragic disaster as a teenager. As an adult, his new home is confronted by his own race who wish to destroy it and the time for hiding his powers away is over. He must use his gift to be the world's ultimate ally and defend it from forces human beings never dared wish existed.
'Man of Steel' is the brand new reboot of the 80s 'Superman' film series. It has been directed by Zack Snyder ('300', 'Watchmen', 'Sucker Punch') with production from his wife and frequent collaborator Deborah Snyder alongside 'The Dark Knight' trilogy producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Charles Roven. This epic new super-flick is based on the DC comic book characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and written by David S. Goyer. It will hit the UK this summer on June 14th 2013.
TV spot and extender trailer revealed.
A TV spot for the new Man Of Steel movie has been made available by the film’s makers Warner Bros. and it gives us our first taste of General Zod as he threatens earth if they do not return one of his people to him. Zod was a pretty formidable fella back in Superman II in 1980, but it sounds like his 21st century version might be even more of a menace, if you’re to go by the menacing tone of his voice anyway. Check it below.
Meanwhile Warner have also revealed a longer trailer for the film, which is coming out on June 14th 2013, and it shows Russell Crowe mithering about as Superman’s dad, at one point possibly sounding like he’s performing a spoken word rendition of Razorlight’s ‘Stumble & Fall’ (if any of you remember that,) and generally bigging up ahead of his imminent arrival to planet Earth. He’s going to be a saviour to us apparently, to help us do wonderful things.
Continue reading: Superman 'Man Of Steel' TV Spot Is All About General Zod [Video]
Clark Kent is a young reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper. He was adopted when he was a child after planetary disaster caused him to be sent down to Earth when his home planet Krypton was destroyed. His adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, brought him up in the rural town of Smallville in Kansas. Throughout his life, his super-abilities isolated him from the rest of the population; he had to make a choice about what kind of man he wanted to become equipped with these powers. Naturally, he transforms himself into the Superman, a new found alter-ego, and uses his astonishing faculties to defend the planet when it comes under attack from an evil force that could prove to be a match for his abilities.
Continue: Man Of Steel - TV Spot Trailer
But his Twitter followers seem more bothered about the district of Syndey he's working out of
Russell Crowe used to drink a lot but even at his worst he’d never go around predicting things like UFOs and so forth. That’s why it’s so strange that in 2013 and an all sorted out Crowe has taken footage from his Sydney office that he claims is proof of a UFO flying past his window.
“UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC's Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)” the star wrote on his Twitter, linking to the YouTube video below, which shows the tiniest spot in the sky that, we presume, is what Crowe means when he says he can see some sort of space ship. The tweet received plenty of replies, though disappointingly for Crowe, more of his followers seemed more interesting in discussing the fact that he worked out of an office in a place called Woolloomooloo than analysing whether Australia was about to be invaded by aliens.
Continue reading: Russell Crowe Claims UFO Sighting Near His Sydney Office
Les Miserables stars Russell Crowe and Samantha Bars are rumored to be dating
It looks as though Aussie actor Russell Crowe is dating his Les Miserables co-star Samantha Barks. Crowe, 48 and Barks, 22, have been openly Tweeting each other and Crowe’s a big fan of letting his 820,000 Twitter followers about the exercise regime that he often shares with the young actress. According to New Idea magazine, though, this isn’t simply a convenient fitness pairing friendship but is developing into something a little more serious.
One recent Tweet from Crowe read “Work out with @samanthaBarks 4km walk, 30 mins elliptical, 4 min prone hold, shoulder routine, leta, bench, turkish stand” and an onlooker at the Governors’ Ball, after the Oscars, revealed to the magazine that the pair were looking very cosy indeed. “She was continually touching his sleeve, giggling and sitting in awe of his every word, and he was lapping up every moment,” said the source. Russell separated from his wife Danielle Spencer last year; they had been married since 2003 after starting an on-again-off-again relationship back in 1989. They have two children together, Charles and Tennyson.
Crowe has also been using his Twitter page to defend allegations that he and fellow Aussie Natalie Imbruglia are dating. “I am not having an affair with nor am I dating Natalie Imbruglia. She has been a friend for years. No flirting, no whispers, total BULLSHIT,” read the 28 Feb tweet.
Continue reading: Just Fitness Pals? Or Is Russell Crowe Dating Samantha Barks?
While this thriller plays with themes of political ethics and ambition, it merely lets them simmer in the background. Director Hughes is clearly much more interested in macho posturing and the convoluted scandal-based plot, so he lets the cast members merrily chomp on the scenery but neglects to give us anything that engages our brains.
The broken city of the title is New York, where Mayor Hostetler (Crowe) covered up a shooting involving cop Billy (Walhberg) to protect himself seven years ago. Acquitted but disgraced, Billy is now working as a low-rent private detective when the mayor calls in a favour. He hires Billy to find out who his wife (Zeta-Jones) is having an affair with before it derails his re-election campaign against the passionate rising-star Valliant (Pepper). It doesn't take Billy long to get the incriminating photos, but clearly there's something much bigger at stake here, so he continues to investigate the situation, which uncovers such high-reaching corruption that Billy's life is in danger.
Demonstrating how little the film cares about its characters, Billy's long-time girlfriend (Martinez) is dispatched suddenly after a series of arguments during which she refuses to put up with his boorish, chauvinistic stupidity. Why she stuck with him this long is the real question. But this and other eccentric relationships in the plot are much more interesting than the dull property-development boondoggle that Hughes instead decided to focus on. The problem is that this leaves Wahlberg with the only remotely complex character, an intriguing mess of a man who overreacts wildly to everything and yet seems to want to do the right thing.
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With Jessica Chastain nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Her presence in Mama, alone, should be enough to generate interest in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller. Anyone expecting a Zero Dark Thirty-style action drama, though, will be sorely disappointed. And possibly a little scared.
Chastain plays the role of Annabel, a woman who welcomes her partner’s abandoned nieces into her home. They are traumatised and clearly disturbed. Annabel seems unsure whether or not she’s ready to look after them. Little does she know, however, that she’s opened the doors of her home to more than just the two young girls, who disappeared the day that their mother was murdered by their father. More of a psychological horror than a guts-n-gore kind of movie, del Toro knows exactly how to get inside the viewer’s mind and linger there, with his superb use of special effects and the kind of suspense tactics that will require the surgical removal of your fingers from the cinema seat by the time the movie’s over.
“Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ...” Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times
Broken City, Mark Wahlberg's latest crime-drama hits cinemas this weekend on the back of dismal reviews. The movie, boasting a solid cast including Russell Crowe, sees Wahlberg play a police officer turned private investigator who is hired by the mayor of New York City to look into the personal life of his wife.
It all reads as pretty standard stuff and it's difficult to understand why actors of Wahlberg and Crowe's calibre are accepting these roles. The script is written by debutant Brian Tucker, while director Allen Hughes hardly has a glittery track-record, with or without his brother Albert. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine said of Broken City, "Another January dud. Broken City drops hot-shot actors in a quicksand of clichés and watches them sink," while Scott Foundas of the Village Voice suggested, "The actors look generally unhappy to be here, most of all Crowe, who seems even more miserable than he did in Les Misérables." It's likely Crowe was unhappy to be there, trying to figure out why he signed on to yet another bog-standard crime drama. Wahlberg was probably having a whale of a time, though he lost his way years ago. The defence that he's made the foray into directing and producing is irrelevant, given that he still keeps making bad movies. In 2006 - just 6 years ago - Mark Wahlberg gave the finest performance of his career in Martin Scorsese's all-conquering The Department. A near-perfect movie held together by Wahlberg's Dignam, an instantly dislikeable and immoral character though one that scored the 41-year-old an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He lost out to Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine). Though a solid turn as legendary boxer Mickey Ward in The Fighter won Wahlberg some acclaim, he failed to capitalize on the fanfare for The Department and instead fell back into the same good-guy with guns roles.
The future looks bleak. Wahlberg recently starred opposite Dwayne Johnson in gym-drama Pain & Gain and will line up alongside Denzel Washington in another crime-drama, 2 Guns. After that, it's the comedy Good Time Gang, before beginning work on another totally unnecessary Transformers movie.
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With a cast boasting some of the greats of the past couple of decades, from Mark Wahlberg to Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, it would be more than acceptable to be a little excited about Broken City, despite the plot about corrupt politics and general scandal having been done before, and done to death. However, with just an 18% fresh rating on review aggregate RottenTomatoes, clearly it's very, very rotten.
Set in New York City, Wahlberg plays an ex-cop who is tasked with following the Mayor's Wife (Zeta-Jones, Crowe is the mayor) only to uncover a scandal in the process. THR note that it "Would have made for a fine film noir 60 years ago but feels rather contrived and unbelievable in the setting of contemporary New York." Crowe's portrayal of the mayor is dated, not to the fault of the actor, per se, but because the script calls for him to offer visitors a scotch on arrival. "Who was the last mayor of New York City to automatically offer a Scotch to every visitor to enter his office?" The review asks, "You'd probably have to go [a long way] back."
The NY Times agrees with the noir assertion, explaining that director Allen Hughes (Book of Eli) "has painted NYC a darker shade of noir." The Times it impressed with neither the screenplay nor the cinematography saying that the script is "weak" and describes the cameras as "restless and prowling". Village Voice also agrees with them all, considering the production and direction poor, "The actors look generally unhappy to be here, most of all Crowe, who seems even more miserable than he did in Les Misérables." Overall it seems, the general consensus is to simply not bother watching it.
Here’s one time we wouldn’t have minded Russell Crowe losing his head. After American Idol alumni and general berk Adam Lambert launched a scathing critique of Crowe’s latest film Les Miserables on Twitter, journalists were rubbing their hands with glee at what the temperamental Antipodean might have to stay in retort.
However, perhaps proving that he is a changed man these days, Crowe didn’t take the bait. Lambert had written (over several Tweets): “Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good). I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out. The industry will say "these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live" but why not cast actors who could actually sound good?”
Crowe however responded that rough and raw was how director Tom Hooper wanted it, writing “I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is” and thus stubbing out any faint hope of beef between the pair. Shame.
Lambert initially tweeted: "Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers," adding "It's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good)." He also added, that "The industry will say 'these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live' but why not cast actors who could actually sound good?" while adding that director Tom Hooper "should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals"
Crowe - star of the film and a fellow Twitter user - decided to use the same medium to defend his film. "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened," Crowe tweeted, "[Director Tom] Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."
The all-star cast for 'Les Miserables' arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere. Among them were Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman with his actress wife Deborra-lee Furness, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Sacha Baron Cohen, George Blagden, Samantha Barks and newcomers Isabelle Allen and Daniel Huttlestone.
Russell Crowe has had one heck of a year in front of the camera, with no less than five films being released within the next year featuring him. However, his next task may be harder than all of these combined as he looks to mend the rift in his family once his filming obligations are over.
Crowe, who is reportedly estranged from wife Danielle Spencer, told fans this week that he wants to make things right with his family once he has finished his final piece of filming, making them his top priority. The Man With The Iron Fists star Tweeted: "As soon as I finish this job & can get home, my priority is to try to bring my family back together."
Whilst many of us are still struggling to come to terms with the fact that one of cinema's leading hard men has a Twitter account, Crowe is busy counting down the days to when he can finally be reunited with his estranged family again. Yesterday he wrote, I have 3 shooting days to go, then the journey home begins," clearly yearning for reunification.
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Anne Hathaway is back on the town and back to her stylish self after undergoing a massive transformation for her latest role as Fantine in Les Miserables, having been spotted around the nightspots of London shortly after arriving in the city.
Hathaway has made a series of appearances in the English capital since she flew in to promote the new film earlier this week, and it looks as though the actress was more than happy to finally be back on the town following her rigorous weigh-loss campaign for her role in Les Miserables. The actress dropped a further 25lbs from her already slim figure to get ready for her dramatic role as the Fantine, which involves her having to sell her hair and body in order to survive during the French revolution.
Anne and her fellow co-stars, including Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, were in the capital for the world premiere on Wednesday (Dec 5) night, with Anne out for a meal with a male friend the following night looking seriously glamourous once again. Despite having to go down to her super-slim size, the dedication may pay off come February, with bookies making her one of the favourites to take home the Best Actress Oscar next year. That said, she still has stiff competition from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Sally Field (Lincoln).
Awards season kicked off in earnest this week with two major critical bodies - New York Critics and the National Board of Review - both naming the Osama bin Laden raid thriller Zero Dark Thirty as their film of the year. Jessica Chastain stars in the movie, which reunites director Kathryn Bigelow with The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal. The new trailer promises another exciting, intense military action drama.
Another major awards contender is Tom Hooper's film of the epic musical Les Miserables, with a high-powered cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried. All of them attended the glitzy red carpet world premiere in London this week. The film opens in America on Christmas Day, and in Britain in early January.
Rapper-turned-actor-turned-filmmaker RZA is clearly influenced by cohorts Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth as he indulges in this crazed pastiche of 1970s kung fu action romps. It's energetic and often quite funny, but far too silly to come together properly, mainly because he never adds any sense of post-modern wit. If the action scenes were more coherent, it at least could have been a guilty pleasure.
In a 19th century Chinese village, an American ex-slave (RZA) is known only as Blacksmith, forging weapons for gang members to raise the money to buy his girlfriend Lady Silk (Chung) from the local brothel's Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu). But their fate is caught up in a battle for power after the patriarch of the Lion clan is murdered and the swaggering Silver Lion (Mann) challenges rightful heir Zen Li (Yune). After a vicious attack by Silver Lion's muscled henchman Brass Body (Bautista), Zen Li is rescued by Blacksmith. And they get help from Englishman Jack Knife (Crowe) to fight Silver Lion and his thugs.
The title refers to something that happens about halfway in, when Blacksmith forges new arms for himself after being attacked by Silver Lion for helping Zen Li. This sets the stage for an orgy of metal-on-metal battling (there are also bronze and copper characters), leading to a clattering showdown between Blacksmith and Brass Body, who for some inexplicable reason can morph his body into, yes, brass. As such a wild fantasy, it's not surprising that the plot makes so little sense, although a bit more genuine character depth would have helped hold our interest.
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To undertake a cinematic reimagining of Les Miserables is to approach the proverbial poisoned chalice with gusto, with added virulent infections and - yes the cliched metaphors are done now - a rounded panning from the public and press, who have enjoyed the stage show and don't look upon change kindly.
But that hasn't been the case for Tom Hooper, who bravely took the helm to take this iconic stage show onto the big screen. Featuring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, and not to mention the brilliance of violinist Henry Salmon, 2012's Les Mis has enjoyed a positive reaction from a difficult circle of critics to please.
"Not only is Les Miserables a great film," write popular film website, HeyuGuys, "but it is now the textbook example of how to adapt a musical for the screen, all the while maintaining an utterly straight face. Glorious," they add, giving the film an impressive 5/5.
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The film adaptation of the musical theatre adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables could have been an enormous disaster. A lot was riding on it- loved by millions of book readers and theatre goers, scrutiny was bound to be intense. But the combination incredible director (Thomas Hooper), production team and cast, the grand French narrative, according to reviewers so far, has vindicated it and has proven to be a real triumph.
The Mirror gave it four stars, out of five, and praised the stars that appear in it individually. "Russell Crowe is a solid, uniformed presence as brooding baddie Javert while opposite hunk number Hugh Jackman is conflicted and formal (but not stuffy) as he smoulders as the heroic Jean Valjean - even after we are introduced to him in a prison camp."
"Anne Hathaway looked striking too - but her performance had even more impact. She is stunningly good as the tragic Fantine." They said, giving particular praise for the vocal performances of Hathway and Amanda Siegfried, "Her shaven-headed rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' is a real highlight... Elsewhere, Amanda Seyfried's gloriously piercing voice shines as much as her beautifully lucid skin."
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Given that all it needed was for the bulk of the cast to turn up to make it a truly star-studded premiere, it was no surprise that the London opening of the Tom Hooper directed Les Miserables had a turn out that could be match by almost no other. With the likes of Gillian Anderson, Ellie Goulding, Steven Fry and Idris Elba looking on, the center stage was undoubtedly taken by stars of the movie Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter.
Adam Hathaway has been using her publicity tour for Les Miserables to promote the virtues of her husband Adam Shulman, whom the actress referred to as her "other half". Hathaway - tipped to win an Oscar for Tom Hooper's new musical-drama - tied the knot with fellow actor Shulman, 31, in September.
Speaking to the January issue of Glamour magazine, she explained, "He's a good man. He's beyond intelligent. He loves fearlessly. His beliefs are beautiful. He's my best friend. I love him. I just feel that I have the greatest husband in the world for me." The actress has been married once before, though the relationship ended in acrimony after her real estate scam artist husband Raffaello Follieri was sentenced to over 4 years in prison and has since been deported for cheating investors and falsely claiming he had connections to the Vatican. Unsurprisingly, Hathaway is much happier with West Wing star Shulman, gushing, "I would never have gotten married if it weren't for him.You have to want to be married to someone. You have to feel that reciprocated. Marriage for marriage's sake doesn't make any sense to me, and I found someone with whom I could put my money where my mouth is, I guess."
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'Superman in shackles!?' You cry. Yes: it's Superman wearing cuffs surrounded by soldiers. All you comic book aficionados will be screaming out, saying the unless those cuffs are made of Kryptonite (and they're clearly not, as SM isn't writhing about in pain) then there's no chance he's in chains.
Well perhaps the man of steel is perpetrating a ruse? Allowing himself to be captured only to release himself in a moment of glory. Now this is the power of a movie poster, it's got us guessing in anticipation of the latest addition to a growing list of excellent superhero films. And like many of the recent superhero flicks, the leads have enjoyed a deeper characterization than those of the 70's and 80's. "It's a more serious version of Superman," explained director Zack Snyder. "We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you're going to see a Superman you've never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made."
Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams is out in the summer of 2013, on June 14th in both the America and the United Kingdom. Building on the success of The Dark Knight triology, Superman's latest cinematic outing could herald the comic book watchword for the next few years, should this one be a hit.
Anne Hathaway and her fellow cast members in Les Miserables were forced to sing live, MTV News have reported. They spoke to the movie’s director, Tom Hooper, who explained that it was of the utmost importance to have the actors singing live, to make the performances believable. The cast agreed, so Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman all had to put their vocal talents on display if they wanted to be part of the film.
“The whole sense that the character is producing the song, rather than the character is following a song, completely changes the medium of the music,” Hooper told MTV. “It's amazing how much more visceral and how much more real it is. I, for one, find lip-syncing; it's always made me find it fake. Even the great musicals, I have to kind of forgive them for miming. It's a real step forward in the form, which we are all really excited to be involved in.” Hathaway reportedly spent four months with a vocal coach before joining the rest of the coach for the nine-week filming schedule and it looks as though her hard work paid off.
The movie version of Les Miserables premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center. The Hollywood Reporter say that although Anne Hathaway’s performance as Fantine is a brief one, she makes an “indelible impression” and already, mutterings of potential Oscar nominations have begun to surface.
David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook - a stunning dark comedy starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper - appears to have hijacked the Oscars race. Russell was tipped for a golden statuette with The Fighter, though missed out on the directing prize to Tom Hooper (The Kings Speech). His latest movie has certainly thrown a spanner into the works for the greatest film prize of them all, so we've compiled an Oscars cheat sheet for Best Picture in 2013. So read on, before cleverly dropping the information into conversations with your friends.
Who's the frontrunner?
There's still a handful of likely Oscar contenders to be released, though the eight or ten movies most strongly tipped to get nominated for Best Picture are now in place. The list is headed by two movies: Ben Affleck's thriller Argo and Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln. The bookmakers cannot choose between the two, but most give the former's movie the edge as recent history suggests this type of film is likely to please the younger looking Academy. The Hurt Locker famously usurped Avatar in 2009, and Affleck's slick movie has much in common with Kathryn Bigelow's classic Iraq War film. As mentioned, both films are pretty much neck-and-neck in the betting, though Argo is generally available at 3/1 while Spielberg's epic is around 4/1.
Russell Crowe turned down Hugh Jackman's Wolverine part in the X-Men movies, though recommended the Australian star for the role. Crowe had just finished Gladiator and opted to work with Ron Howard on A Beautiful Mind - a film that scooped multiple Oscars including an acting nomination for Crowe.
In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M 104.9FM (via Yahoo), Jackman explained, "Bryan Singer asked Rusty to do Wolverine, and he said, 'Nah mate I've just done 'Gladiator', it's not for me but you should look at this guy..." Luckily, Crowe appeared to be right on the money with his endorsement, as Jackman's portrayal was a huge hit with movie fans. He's since appeared as the clawed mutant three times, with a second X-Men spin-off 'The Wolverine' due out in July 2012. Crowe and Jackman have been good friends for many years, and the X-Men star said, "He's a great guy in every way, I have so much time for him and to watch him work, everyone says he is a great actor, when you actually get to work with someone like that... He's that good when it matters, in that moment, in that close up tough moment, you just sit back and watch you know someone's got that confidence and is going to deliver. I learnt a lot from him."
2013 is likely to be a big year for both stars, with Jackman appearing in the forthcoming musical-drama Les Miserables (as is Crowe) as well as The Wolverine and thriller The Prisoner with Jake Gyllenhaal. Crowe is shooting the fantasy Winter's Tale, Superman flick Man of Steel and his Oscar tipped blockbuster Noah.
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It’s been a long time since a movie musical challenged for an Oscar, yet with the predictions and rumors starting to fly round there are suggestions that one could be in the reckoning to take the main Academy Award for the first time since Chicago triumphed way back in 2002.
In fairness, if Les Miserables was decent it was always going to have a chance; the book was considered one of the finest novels of the 19th century, whilst the musical was one of the most high profile of the last century. Switching it to film though obviously had a huge pressure, and people finally got a chance to see how British filmmaker Tom Hooper had handled that as his film of Les Miserables screened for the first time last Friday (November 23), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
No one at the screening, which took place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, was allowed to give their review of the film. What can be revealed is that Hooper himself was there and addressed the crowd. "I'm grateful that I finished it [the film]... “ he said in a speech, adding “I'm grateful to the thousands of people who have been on this journey, particularly the wonderful cast... and I'm grateful to Victor Hugo (who wrote the novel upon which the Broadway play upon which the film is derived), who unfortunately can't be with us." Starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter among others, the cast certainly has the chops for the Awards season, only time will tell whether the film matches up to the profile.
David O'Russell's new movie Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, appears to have a one-way ticket to the Oscars ceremony in February. Strong reviews for the movie with an all-star cast means it's likely to be competing for the major prizes in 2013. Lawrence is the massive favorite to win best actress, Cooper will battle Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix for best actor, though could Robert De Niro win his first Academy Award since 1981? (Raging Bull)
De Niro plays the father of Pat Solitano, a former school teacher who loses everything - his house, his job and his wife. Living back home with his parents, (mother played by Jacki Weaver), Pat attempts to rebuild his life and meets the mysterious Tiffany, played by Lawrence. De Niro is superb throughout, and is likely to be nominated for best supporting Actor, though can he go all the way? There's an interesting group of contenders this year, with Philip Seymour Hoffman a shoo-in for a nomination. His L. Ron Hubbard style character in The Master won fierce praise from critics, and the 45-year-old is a favorite of the Academy for sure. Ben Affleck could win best director for Argo, while the movie is the frontrunner for best picture, though it also has a couple of supporting performances worth a shout. Bryan Cranston plays a CIA officer in the political drama and has made a huge name for himself in Hollywood for his performances as Walter White in Breaking Bad - easily one of the finest characters in television drama for years. In the same movie, Alan Arkin also turns in a fine comedic performance with Jon Goodman and, of course, the Little Miss Sunshine actor has had his hands on the supporting actor gong before. Tommy Lee Jones is likely to get a nomination for Lincoln, while Leonardo DiCaprio will be disappointed to not make the shortlist for his turn as the evil Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
Outsiders for a shot at the statuette include Javier Bardem for Skyfall, Russell Crowe for Les Miserables and William H Macy for The Sessions. Let's be clear, Philip Seymour Hoffman will take all the beating here, though De Niro's performance will not be ignored by the Academy. His co-star Bradley Cooper said it would be "insane" should he win Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook and it certainly would be unthinkable for Daniel Day-Lewis not to walk away with that award come February, but best supporting actor? That's not so clear cut.
RZA has made his directorial debut with The Man With The Iron Fists, an epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone hero in nineteenth century China. You didn't expect the Wu-Tang Clan man was going to make this movie now did you?
The movie stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu and hits theaters this weekend on the back of quiet praise. It's difficult to predict how the film will fare at the box-office, though most critics were fairly complimentary of RZA's foray into the movie business. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times seemed pretty dumfounded by the whole thing, though suggested that TMWTIF "may just be one of the best bad movies ever." Manohla Dargis of the New York Times attempted to elaborate, writing, "As erratically enjoyable as it is consistently ridiculous, the martial arts pastiche The Man With the Iron Fists is the latest evidence that the vogue for neo-exploitation cinema shows no sign of flagging." Scott Bowles of USA Today wasn't taken in by the whole rapper-turned-director thing, writing, quite damningly, "Goes a long way in demonstrating that a bad movie with big names is still a bad movie. Just prettier." Kyle Smith of the New York Post provided this week's obligatory facetious review, offering, "At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long.
So, probably enough there to tempt cinemagoers into seeing The Man With The Iron Fists this weekend. Let us know what you thought of the movie.
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All eyes are on Flight and Wreck It Ralph this weekend as the main contenders for box office glory. Denzel Washington’s performance in Flight has already sparked whispers of an Oscar nomination from insiders, something that’s always guaranteed to get people fleeing to the movie theaters. However, with much of the East coast of the USA blighted by Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week, the attentions of much of the US public will be elsewhere as people try to recover from the devastation caused there.
Denzel Washington last won an Oscar in 2002, for the crime thriller Training Day. Flight is Washington’s latest stab at the prize. Described on Rotten Tomatoes as an “action packed mystery thriller,” Denzel plays the lead role of the pilot Whip Whitaker, who manages to land a passenger plane after a mid-air catastrophe and saves everyone on board. After being hailed as a hero, it soon becomes clear that something may be amiss with Whitaker and all is not as it seems.
The critical response to Flight has been largely positive, with Roger Ebert hinting at the power of Denzel’s performance by saying “Not often does a movie character make such a harrowing personal journey that keeps us in deep sympathy all of the way.” High praise indeed from Ebert. In fact, the bulk of the praise for Flight is centered on Washington; Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers surmises “Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He's a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years.” Sounds like one not to be missed! Wreck It Ralph might not have ‘Oscar Winner’ stamped all over it but it’s still shaping up to be a strong contender in the popularity stakes this weekend, with only one dissenter failing to give it the thumbs up on Rotten Tomatoes’ round-up of the top critics’ remarks.
Russell Crowe's Noah; a film depicting the tragic story of a colossal storm sent by God, is facing a huge delay in production due to a huge storm, although we can't confirm if it was sent by any kind of deity.
Hurricane Sandy, or Frankenstorm as it's colloquially been dubbed, has sent many aspects of New York life into standstill, including myriad TV and film productions, but perhaps one of the more ironic stoppage sees Noah forced into a lengthy pit stop, The Los Angeles Times reports. Emma Watson, who co-stars in the film opposite Crowe, sent out a Twitter message Sunday night saying, "I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production" of the film was not lost on her director or Crowe. Now a delay in production due to one of the biggest storms in history is manageable; it has to be as it's unavoidable anyway, but perhaps a more pressing concern for the team behind the film is the ship floating in Oyster Bay, N.Y.: a certain point of contact for the storm. Seeing a huge wooden ship floating around in the aftermath of colossal rain is just ridiculous, isn't it?
Elsewhere, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman went on to tape their talk shows without a studio audience, in perhaps one of the most foolhardy interpretations of the Hollywood slogan: 'the show must go on'.
Continue reading: Biblical Hurricane Sandy Shut Down Noah Production
The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has been making sure that the city's residents were fully prepared for Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York last night. And whilst the majority of New York citizens paid heed, TV presenter David Letterman decided to pay heed instead to that age-old motto from the world of entertainment. "the show must go on!"
According to MTV, Letterman wasn't going to let a minor detail like the biggest storms to ever hit the USA stop him from filming one of his late night chat shows. He did, however, film the episode of The Late Show With David Letterman without the presence of his usual live audience. He may have been prepared to brave the elements to get the show filmed but he wasn't about to let the general public endanger themselves in the process. The same applied to Jimmy Fallon's show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Other shows weren't so lucky. Jimmy Kimmel was forced to cancel one of his tapings in Brooklyn, announcing on Twitter "Though it pains us to do it, JKL from Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe." Over at Comedy Central, however, the laughter stopped for the night. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart both cancelled the filming for their shows.
Yes, photos prove that Russell Crowe has got old and fat since the break down of his marriage. However, his altered appearance isn't due to the emotional strife he has been enduring over the past few months, and instead is in aid of his new movie Noah, in which he plays mankind's saviour amid the Biblical flood.
The Gladiator has been snapped with a long grey beared and a spare wheel or two around his waist, on set of Dan Aronofsky's upcoming ambitious movie based on Noah, as he builds the ark, and attempts to save two of every species on Earth. Ray Winston, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly will be starring alongside Crowe, as part of the $78m budgeted epic. This update of one of the best loved stories of the Bible is to be set in a more contemporary era, and will be released in 2014, reports the Daily Mail.
Acknowledging the alteration in appearance, Crowe made light of it in a tweet 'The beard will be gone mid November so, no, I'm not booking Christmas shows #missedopportunity.' Although the star has gained a few pounds he has nevertheless kept up an intense work-out regime, and is generally keeping himself very, very busy since he filed for divorce. The pair's 9 year marriage simply couldn't handle the Hollywood pressure, as once source told the Daily Mail "a showbusiness marriage should still be a two-way street and he has been less behind her career than she has been behind his."
Megan Fox has welcomed a baby boy into the world and she’s called him Noah.
As far as we know, she didn’t choose the name because she’s excited about the release of Russell Crowe’s new biblical epic, but she’s yet to reveal the reasoning behind choosing the name. Megan actually gave birth to Noah a few weeks ago and somehow managed to keep it quiet. On her Facebook page today though, she announced “We have been very lucky to have had a peaceful few weeks at home, but I would like to release this myself before others do. I gave birth to our son Noah Shannon Green on September 27th. He is healthy, happy, and perfect.”
The 26 year-old Transformers star was already a stepmother, to her husband Brian Austin Green’s 10 year-old son Kassius but now she has a little bundle of joy, all of her own. We’re pretty impressed that Fox kept the news of the birth under wraps for so long; many celebrities have barely cut the umbilical cord before their posting on their Twitter profile but Megan managed to quietly give birth (well, we don’t know that she was actually quiet whilst she gave birth – we imagine she was screaming quite a lot… unless she was too posh to push…) and sneak the little one home for a few weeks before unleashing the news on the world.
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Although the news has not been officially confirmed by Russell or Danielle, her father, Don Spencer has told the Australian TV station Ten Network that the couple have officially split and that their main priority was their children.
Academy Award-winning actor Crowe and his musician wife Spencer started dating back in 1989, when they co-starred in the film The Crossing. They married in 2003, at Russell’s cattle ranch in New South Wales. They have two sons together, Charles Spencer Crow (b. 2003) and Tennyson Spencer Crowe (b. 2006). The cause of the couple’s split is currently unclear and Danielle’s father didn't give any hints as to what may have prompted the separation. Russell Crowe’s Twitter currently gives no hints as to the situation. Crowe is currently in the United States, filming the biblical epic Noah. Spencer has remained in Sydney with their sons. Though it has widely been acknowledged that Spencer has been responsible for calming Crowe’s notorious temper since they have been together, when she was asked about it, she told the Sydney Morning Herald “All that stuff has nothing to do with me as a person,” when asked about her husband’s fame and reputation.
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Billy Taggart is a less than perfect former police officer who is hired by the newly elected mayor of New York City, Nicholas Hostetler, to investigate his wife Emily Barlow's infidelity and find out exactly who she is romantically involved with. When he manages to acquire photographic evidence after following Barlow for Hostetler, he realises that this is a whole bigger thing and Taggart finds himself stuck in a position he can't get out of, where the mayor plans to discredit him in a major set up upon discovering a few smudges on his police record which could be potential harmful to him. However, it seems that the mayor has chosen the wrong cop to pick on as the unrelenting Taggart will stop at nothing to achieve justice and expose Hostetler as the corrupt politician he is.
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Jean Valjean was imprisoned in France's Toulin prison for over a decade after stealing a loaf of bread and making several escape attempts. After being paroled, Jean (known as Prisoner 24601) finds himself re-offending and therefore on the run from the uncompromising police inspector Javert who is thoroughly determined to get him back behind bars no matter what. Changing his identity, Jean finds himself at the heart of a revolution known as the June Rebellion in 1832 Paris. Jean eventually becomes a town mayor, while still evading capture, and meets the impoverished Fantine who struggles to care for her illegitimate daughter Cosette. Jean agrees become the child's guardian and brings her up.
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Clark Kent is a young reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper. He was adopted when he was a child after planetary disaster caused him to be sent down to Earth when his home planet Krypton was destroyed. His adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, brought him up in the rural town of Smallville in Kansas. Throughout his life, his super-abilities isolated him from the rest of the population; he had to make a choice about what kind of man he wanted to become equipped with these powers. Naturally, he transforms himself into the Superman, a new found alter-ego, and uses his astonishing faculties to defend the planet when it comes under attack from an evil force that could prove to be a match for his abilities.
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Robin Longstride (Crowe) fought alongside King Richard (Danny Huston) in the crusades but returned to England under shady circumstances with two of his archer buddies (Grimes and Doyle) and a beefy fighter (Durand). Heading to Nottingham to honour an oath, he meets Sir Walter (von Sydow) and his feisty daughter-in-law Marian (Blanchett), who are being squeezed out of their land by the Sheriff (Macfadyen). But there are bigger problems, as Godfrey (Strong) marauds through the country with an army of French goons, plotting to steal the country from the vain new King John (Isaac).
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Ridley Scott has a good thing going here, tossing these two Hollywood bigshots into the ring and letting them play cops and robbers while he slathers on the period detail with a trowel. There's some serious Superfly outfits (including a godawful $50,000 chinchilla coat that plays a surprisingly key part in a plot twist), a generous helping of soul music, enough fantastic character actors to choke a horse (Idris Elba, Jon Polito, Kevin Corrigan, an incredibly sleazy Josh Brolin, and so on), the specter of Vietnam playing on every television in sight, and the odd enjoyment one gets from watching cops in the pre-militarized, pre-SWAT days take down an apartment with just revolvers, the occasional shotgun, and a sledgehammer to whack down the door. Scott's smart enough to let the story cohere organically and without rush, keeping his main contenders apart for as long as could possibly be borne, making them fully developed characters in their own right and not just developed in opposition to the other. But there's something in this broad and expansive tale that can't quite come together, and it seems to start in Denzel's eyes.
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American audiences adore underdog stories, particularly those tied to sports. From Rocky to Seabiscuit, we devour worthy longshots given a chance to reclaim such precious commodities as pride, significance, or the undying love of family. That, and anything with Darth Vader in it.
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Consider the strange coincidence of Russell Crowe's character in Proof of Life making the moves on a distraught wife played by Meg Ryan's character in the film -- all while the real Russell Crowe was hitching up with married woman Meg Ryan in the outside world. I haven't seen this much chemistry between actors since McQueen and MacGraw teamed up in Peckinpah's masterpiece, The Getaway.
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At least among middle-aged women. Say what you will about TOFOG's music (I found it reasonably good, if not terribly original, but what do I know?), it's pretty clear that the TOFOG fan base is women smitten with a rock star they fell in love with in Gladiator and who comes from their own generation.
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Seldom do movies contain enough power to influence or change our convictions. Through enormously convincing performances, a masterful screenplay, and aggressive direction, this movie takes us on an extraordinary journey into the mind of a fascinating character, providing insight on its unique subject. Move over Good Will Hunting, here comes the ultimate movie about a math wiz!
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"Mystery, Alaska" is a modern, good old-fashioned, American feel-good movie, about a talented hockey team in a snowbound, Arctic Circle hamlet that gets to take on the New York Rangers in an NHL publicity stunt.
It's an obliging tweak on the traditional, triumphant underdog story, used as a backdrop for a delightful character dramedy that mixes tried-and-true with mordant-and-new -- like a frozen, Frank Capra-meets-Robert Altman, ensemble sports movie.
Written by Sean O'Byrne and David E. Kelley ("The Practice," "Ally McBeal," "Lake Placid"), and directed by Jay Roach (the "Austin Powers" movies), it's hard to not get caught up in the energetic spirit of this film from the opening shot, which zooms in on a lone figure, decked out in hockey gear and skating like the wind around icy Alaskan vistas while the soundtrack pumps with drum-driven, inspired determination music.
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Australian Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe was not interested in faking a violin performance for his latest film, so he went ahead and learnt how to play the instrument.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe was so committed to the authenticity of his latest film, that he hired a top violin player to teach him the basics for a scene where he plays the instrument. Crowe portrays Captain Jack Aubrey in 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World', based on a series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. Captain Aubrey is characterised as a proficient violin player throughout the Napoleonic adventure series, and Crowe decided that he didn't want to have the scene unless he could successfully play the instrument. In order to keep the scene in the film, Crowe enlisted the help of Richard Tognetti - one of the highest regarded Australian violinists.
Crowe explained the thought process behind his decision, saying: "I said to myself, 'You're not allowed to pretend that you're a violinist. Richard is the director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and we've become friends, so I asked him to be my violin teacher. It was a very long process and very strange things happened. I used to put my violin down after 45 minutes of rehearsing and I'd feel very lightheaded and euphoric and I thought that's amazing that it makes you feel like this."
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