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Justin Bieber says he's "growing, figuring some stuff out" - Us Weekly You'll be surprised by Jamie Dornan's acting dedication - HuffPost Celebrity Bradley Cooper is not slowing down after his breakup - Lainey Gossip Don't call Kit Harington a hunk; he finds it demeaning - Dlisted Olivia Wilde talks about her body after having a baby - Et Zoë Kravitz opens up about her eating disorder - JustJared You might want to avoid heckling this comedian - Hollywood Tuna Here's the latest superhero heading to TV - Pink Is the New Blog Guess who used to prank call Russell Crowe? - The Superficial »
Ryan Phillippe talks about his youthful appearance - Us Weekly Paula Patton on "becoming an adult" after split from Robin Thicke - Et Hilary Duff shares what she got for her 12th tattoo - Gossip Girl This Pll star understands your Tinder struggles - HuffPost Celebrity Christina Aguilera's fiancé is reportedly angry at this Jonas brother - Ok! This famous pop star was missing from Jay Z's Tidal launch - Lainey Gossip Russell Crowe reveals Michael Jackson used to prank call him - BuzzFeed Scott Eastwood has landed a new movie role - People Have these celebrities lost touch with reality? - Cracked »
"Hello, is your refrigerator running? Yes? Well, you better go catch it!" If you ever prank called someone with this when you were a kid, don't feel bad—according to Russell Crowe, Michael Jackson found this type of humor funny well into adulthood. In fact, the actor tells the U.K.'s Guardian that Jackson used to prank call him with an equally cheesy joke "for two or three f--king years." "I never met him, never shook his hand," says Crowe, "but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. 'Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls »
The actor, who is currently promoting his directorial debut The Water Diviner, made the bizarre admission during an interview with The Guardian, adding that he never even met the iconic popstar
He recalled how Jackson found out the name he had used to book hotel rooms before calling him up and performing pranks down the phone.
Crowe explained: "For two or three f**king years, I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up and do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know?
"'Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Haha.' You're »
Hit by a smooth criminal. Russell Crowe gave a very revealing interview to The Guardian recently, during which he revealed a strange but true story about his rise to superstardom in the early 2000s. According to the Noah star, he was the frequent victim of prank calls from none other than the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, "for two or three f--king years," despite the fact that the two had never been introduced in person. "I never met him, never shook his hand," Crowe told the [...] »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
The Blu-ray edition of Christopher Nolan's sprawling space pic is packed with featurettes about the making of "Interstellar," including a 50-minute special narrated by Matthew McConaughey about the scientific research behind the story.
Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn as Alan Turing doesn't quite elevate this pic above Oscar bait, but it's big and glossy and worth a look.
Reese Witherspoon stars in the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, as was Laura Dern, who has an extra-special role as Cheryl's late mom.
TV Worth Watching
"The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" (Monday on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. »
- Jenni Miller
He is famously combative when it comes to the press and the public. But is Russell Crowe more sinned against than sinning? As he happily promotes his directorial debut The Water Diviner, he sets the record straight
Russell Crowe’s publicist has two pieces of information she wishes to impart before I’m ushered into the actor’s hotel suite. The first is a warning that Crowe “may be smoking” during the interview, about which I couldn’t care less, beyond wondering how much it is costing him to have a ciggie. Clearly whatever eye-watering charges Claridge’s levies against those who break the hotel’s smoking ban are but a mere bagatelle to the highest-paid actor in the world – one who has reportedly earned $82m (£55m) at the box office in the past year. The second is that Crowe is “on good form, very talkative”. It’s said brightly, »
- Alexis Petridis
Now here’s a pairing none of us saw coming: hot off an Oscar nomination for his powerhouse leading turn in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper has entered negotiations to take the reins on a Warner Bros. remake of A Star Is Born that was previously being circled by Cooper’s Sniper director Clint Eastwood. The redo, which has been in the pipeline for many years, had courted Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Tom Cruise over the years to star, but it’s expected that Cooper will also take on the male lead.
As for the equally important female lead, the project is apparently still angling for pop royalty, with eyes for veritable Queen of the World Beyoncé Knowles. Of course, Beyoncé has not yet been approached, but the producers are hoping to do that very quickly if Cooper signs a deal to direct.
- Isaac Feldberg
Sentinel financed the development of “Paris Call Girl,” an original pitch from Matthew Ian Cirulnick, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers and the wild, dangerous journey they must take through Paris to start a new life together. Kseniya is a young European woman fleeing the high-end call girl ring she was recently forced into and Rob is a young American man with a tragic past.
“I love the edgy romance of our seemingly mismatched young couple at the center of the action, the way the narrative twists, compelling them both to fight for each other and »
- Dave McNary
Today's MPAA ratings bulletin brings a couple of notable titles beginning with Brad Bird's Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, which has scored a PG-rating, which isn't exactly a surprise, but an interesting rating given this era of PG-13 blockbusters as there is clearly a hope of appealing to the family audience with this one. Also from the Disney ranks comes the latest animated Pixar feature, Inside Out, which also scored a PG-rating while the short film Lava that will play in front of the film received a to-be-expected G-rating. Fox Searchlight's Sundance acquisition Me and Earl and the Dying Girl landed a PG-13 rating while the R-ratings were reserved for the likes of Russell Crowe's directorial debut The Water Diviner, the upcoming thriller Unfriended, Noah Baumbach's latest with Greta Gerwig Mistress America, and Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's latest, Mississippi Grind. This week's complete bulletin is included below, »
- Brad Brevet
Russell Crowe is opening up about his breakup from ex Danielle Spencer. Although the Oscar winner and Spencer split back in 2012 (they are still legally married), Crowe says he's still in love with his former other half. "I've loved Danielle Spencer since 1989—that's never going to change—and that's one of those things where I star at her and go, 'How did it fail?' I still can't work it out, because my feelings for her have never changed," the 50-year-old actor told The Sunday Times. When asked about the chances of them rekindling their relationship, Crowe added, "Once I commit to something, I stick with it, so you never know." Crowe and »
Well clearly, we're not the only ones obsessed with Elizabeth Hurley. While stopping by The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday night in London, The Royals star found out she had quite the famous admirer. Turns out fellow guest Russell Crowe has been quite the fan of Queen Helena for many years. When asked how he first met the stunning actress, Crowe revealed it was more than 30 years ago when he was asked to be a dog walker for Hurley's pet. "I have no idea who I'm going to meet so I go round to this house, knock on the door and a 21-year-old Elizabeth Hurley opens the door in a men's business shirt and nothing else," Crowe recalled. "I just thought 'thank you »
Many had hoped that "Insurgent" could improve upon the opening of its predecessor this weekend and signal a big step forward in the franchise. Based on the film's $21.3 million Friday, they may just have to be satisfied with the status quo. The second adaptation of Veronica Roth's Young Adult novel series, "Insurgent's" Friday was just behind "Divergent's" $22.7 million a year ago. It eventually ended up with a $54.6 million weekend. At this point, "Insurgent" will likely earn somewhere between $48-52 million. Walt Disney's "Cinderella" continued its magic in second place earning another $9.5 million for $97 million in just eight days. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairy tale is well on its way to becoming a very profitable player for the studio. Sean Peen tried to return to action films with Pierre Morel's "The Gunman," but audiences weren't interested. The thriller is a rare misfire for Open »
- Gregory Ellwood
A bunch of film release date changes and announcements have taken place this week, check out the key ones below.
Warner Bros. Pictures has shifted around their Summer 2016 schedule with the Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling-led "The Nice Guys" being moved up a month to a May 20th 2016 release. As a result, the Kevin Hart and The Rock-led comedy "Central Intelligence" has been locked into the old June 17th 2016 slot that 'Nice Guys' previously occupied.
Next up, Paramount Pictures has done some shifting of their own. Three weeks ahead of an April 10th wide release, the period drama "The Moon and the Sun" has been pulled from release and no new date has been set. Pierce Brosnan plays Louis Xiv in the film which deals with a captured mermaid.
Paramount has also locked in an April 29th 2016 release for "Same Kind of Different As Me" about a relationship formed »
- Garth Franklin
We're down to the final 12 contestants, which means it's the start of the live shows.
Each coach chooses one of their three to go through, and the public vote on which of the remaining acts they want to see again. Olly Murs and last year's winner Jermain Jackman will also be performing.
The Following: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
The FBI continues its fight against a serial killer cult.
Things could easily take a deadly turn when Hardy responds to a horrific loss. Meanwhile, Max, Ryan, and Weston go after those responsible for it.
The Jonathan Ross Show: ITV, 9.25pm
2Nd Update, 4:42 Pm: Warner Bros said today that The Water Diviner also will screen in Imax theaters starting April 24. Updated, November 7: Warner Bros just said it plans an April 24 limited release for The Water Diviner. Previously, November 7: Russell Crowe’s first feature as a director, The Water Diviner, will fall under the Warner Bros. distribution flag, Brett Ratner just said during a financing panel at the American Film Market. The film, which was unveiled at last… »
Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will be released on June 17, 2016. It centres on a CIA agent (Johnson) who works with a former classmate (Hart) to fight a villainous plot.
Central Intelligence will open against Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Warner Bros. upcoming buddy comedy from We’re The Millers‘ helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber looks set to enrapture audiences in summer 2016. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence has finally secured a release date, as Variety reports it will open on June 17, 2016 alongside Disney’s animated sequel, Finding Dory.
In the film, Hart plays a former high school sports star-turned-accountant. He is contacted by a old school friend (played by Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated as a teen but now works as an undercover contract killer for the CIA. So that Hart’s character can make amends, Johnson’s agent proceeds to rope him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.
Elsewhere on Warner’s slate, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling detective thriller The Nice Guys has also been shuffled around. Initially set to open on June 17, 2016, the Shane Black-directed pic will bow a »
- Gem Seddon
Briefly: Warner Bros. just dated/shuffled two big action comedies they have set for the Summer of 2016. First up, Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will open June 17,2016. That date was previously occupied by The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black and starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. […]
- Germain Lussier
Briefly: Warner Bros. Pictures is making some changes to their release schedule for next summer. Shane Black's next film, The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe has just been bumped up a month to a release on May 20th, 2016. And that's because the studio is giving a prime June 17th, 2016 release to their forthcoming buddy comedy Central Intelligence starring box office draws Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. It sounds like Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in both films to release them in the blockbuster summer season, but each could be some nice counter-programming to the big tentpoles. »
- Ethan Anderton
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