Funny Russ video

This is quite funny! Not to be missed.

A Footy Show bit featuring Reg, one of the guys from the show who dresses up as an obnoxious fan, doing interviews at the MTV awards. Russ has been on the show plenty of times before, so he knows them and ends up playing along at the end.

TOFOG will be playing in NYC

Heads up to NY area people from Murph's site...

Note: From Russell -- TOFOG Concert in New York City -- "17th of may at the concert hall,nyc tickets on sale in a couple of days if needed we will do more than one show - rc"

(Ed Note - "The Concert Hall" is the Ethical Culture Society Hall. They don't have the gig information on the event site as yet, however. Here is the link for directions to the Hall. You can also continue to check the the Ticketmaster site)

Russ finds another movie

While waiting around for Baz's project to get going, Russell has found yet another movie to squeeze in this year. A small indie...

Crowe Is Gonna Try a Little 'Tenderness'
April 18, 2006
By Chuck Shelton

Aussie actor Russell Crowe has signed on as the star of an indie-produced film adaptation of Robert Cormier’s novel Tenderness.

The heavy-hitter hasn’t deigned to independent cinema in quite a while (the budgets of his last four movies totaled $406 million), but Tenderness is one low-budget flick the prickly thespian couldn’t resist. It’s to be directed by his longtime mate from Down Under, John Polson.

The director, and sometime actor, played Crowe’s lover in the 1994 Australian independent The Sum of Us, a cozy romance of man-on-man love that’s equal parts melancholy, yearning and, yes, tenderness.

Tenderness is Cormier’s 1997 young-adult novel about, as summed up by Kirkus, "a serial killer; an aging cop with a hunch; an impulsive 15-year-old runaway: Three familiar characters . . . spun by a master of suspense into another disturbing study in emotional dysfunction.”

Crowe will play the aging cop.

Polson, who also starred with the Oscar-winner in the 1990 Australian WWII film Prisoners of the Sun, most recently directed the decidedly non-independents Swimfan, with Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen, and Hide and Seek, starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning.

Here's an excerpt from the book on Russell's character, although for the movie, his name apparently will be different. Read more...Collapse )

And since Russ will be spending some time this year in New York (or general area) doing two movies, he and the band are taking a poll on Murph's site to determine if the band should do some more US gigs. So go and vote if you want to see them.

Baz's epic under pressure

The Daily Telegraph

March 31, 2006

HAGGLING over a budget cut – the size of which could fund the Australian film industry for a year – is the sticking point on Baz Luhrmann's proposed "epic" with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox has baulked at Luhrmann's proposed budget of $175 million, despite one studio insider saying they're desperate to work with the director, writes Michael Bodey.

A decision would need to be made within weeks if the "epic" is to begin in August to beat the north's wet season, as Luhrmann (pictured) desires.

But Luhrmann painted his wagon into a corner with that statement. The film was unlikely to begin production before August anyway, a fact confirmed by Crowe's commitment to Ridley Scott's American Gangster, which he will film opposite Denzel Washington from late this July.

While Luhrmann is intent on establishing a 150-plus crew in the Kimberleys for the production, the studio, which saw Titanic's budget sky-rocket while James Cameron was filming in Mexico, is reticent to gamble a massive budget at such a remote shoot.

They've asked him to lop tens of millions from the budget. While Luhrmann this week conceded some of the crew had been "disengaged", this is not uncommon on a delayed feature film.

And the director of Moulin Rouge!, and Strictly Ballroom is said to be unwilling to drop the film without a fight.

American Gangster

From Variety:

U gets going on 'Gangster' - U, Imagine nab Zaillian for rewrite -- In a seven-figure deal, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have rehired Steve Zaillian, this time to rewrite "American Gangster." Studio has also committed to a late July start date for the film to be directed by Ridley Scott and star Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Brian Grazer is producing....The tide turned when Scott became interested in Zaillian's version and his "Gladiator" star Crowe followed. Grazer also had ties to Crowe after producing "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man," and he and Scott persuaded Crowe to play the detective and juggle dates. Crowe is also starring this year with Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's untitled period epic.

Souths members vote yes to Crowe's plan

March 19, 2006 - 5:09PM

South Sydney members have voted to approve a $3 million privatisation plan for the NRL club by Peter Holmes a Court and Russell Crowe.

Holmes a Court and Crowe achieved a 75.8 per cent majority vote at the extraordinary general meeting held at Telstra Stadium on Sunday, which was above the 75 per cent majority required for the bid to be approved.

Holmes a Court and Crowe will now acquire a 75 per cent controlling interest of the football club.

About 1200 members attended the meeting, where Holmes a Court, Crowe and the chief opponent of the bid, former Souths Juniors boss Henry Morris, all addressed the gathering.

Hollywood actor Crowe was the last to speak, making an impassioned plea for members to vote in favour for the proposal, while Morris was loudly booed by the pro-privatisation gathering when he took to the stand.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
RC alive

It's another boy

March 11, 2006 - 7:50PM

Russell Crowe has let the world in on a little secret - his next child will be a boy.

On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Crowe leaned across to the host and said, "This is just for you - Charlie's going to have a brother", sparking squeals of delight from the studio audience.

In 2003 the 41-year-old actor married Australian actress and singer Danielle Spencer, who gave birth to their first child Charles Spencer in December of that year. Danielle is due in July.