It's been five years since the infamous Bp oil spill, Jimmy Fallon's upset because tar balls are still washing ashore, and Russell Crowe's also peeved because, why not? The two passionate activists figured they should probably sing about the pesky tar balls Wednesday night for Earth Day. The result's like a half-baked Arrogant Worms performance, just with Russell Crowe putting his pelvis in people's faces. Are you not entertained? Happy Earth Day, guys. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Russell Crowe isn’t just an Oscar winning actor and blockbuster action star — he’s also a sports franchise owner and a surprisingly good singer. The “Gladiator” star showed off his passion for the former and talent for the latter when he appeared on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. In honor of Earth Day, the late-night host wanted to perform an acoustic song he’d written about the fifth anniversary of the Bp oil spill. “Those tar balls are still washing up,” he lamented. Because Crowe could “really feel” where he was coming from, he grabbed a guitar »
- Debbie Emery
Australian films are experiencing a resurgence in cinemas this year, raking in $21.7 million through April 20.
Given the upcoming release line-up including George Miller.s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin, Brendan Cowell's Ruben Guthrie,. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker, Simon Stone.s The Daughter and Michael Petroni.s Backtrack, the industry is on course to far surpass the 2014. total of $26.1 million from 39 films and feature documentaries plus holdovers.
Almost certainly 2015 will be a far bigger year for Oz cinema than 2013.s $38.5 million, and probably 2012.s $47.8 million. In the past 10 years the record is 2009.s $54.7 million.
This year local films are benefitting from an exceptionally buoyant trading period at the nation.s cinemas. Through the end »
- Don Groves
Russell Crowe never ended up joining the Church of Scientology, but he reveals there was a time when it was a possibility. The actor explains that during a time when he was hanging out with Tom Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman, Crowe became intrigued with the religion and started looking into it. "From a young kid, I was quite interested in religion," the Oscar-winning actor, whose parents chose not to baptize him so that he could explore his own beliefs, tells People magazine. "When I met Tom Cruise when he was married to [fellow Aussie] Nicole [Kidman], we were spending a bit of time together so I thought I'd find out a little bit about what he was into." So the actor began »
“Avengers: The Age of Ultron” doesn’t hit the U.S. until May 1, but it’s already shaping up to be an overseas juggernaut.
The superhero sequel will debut to between $160 million and $175 million when it bows in a number of foreign counties such as France, Italy, Korea, the U.K. and Russia. It will screen in roughly 55% of the international market before completing its world domination in the coming weeks.
The “Avengers” sequel faces some currency headaches. The relative strength of the dollar, coupled with a weak euro and a feeble ruble, could depress the total. That’s been cited as a reason that recent blockbusters such as “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” fell short of previous films in the franchise.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is expected to earn north of $200 million when it debuts in the U.S., hoping to eclipse the record-setting $207.4 million to which »
- Brent Lang
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe makes his feature directorial debut with the war drama The Water Diviner, which tells the deeply personal tale of one man’s life-changing journey to discover what happened to his sons at the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Once he is in Istanbul, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Crowe) finds an unlikely ally in Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan), a Turkish officer who may be his only hope in finding out what happened to his children. [caption id="attachment_446931" align="alignright" width="347"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] At the film’s press day, actor/director Russell Crowe spoke at a roundtable interview about why this story spoke so deeply to him, the biggest challenges in making this film, that he never got anything less than what he needed from his lead actor (being himself), how he approached the battle scenes, having a balance of lightness and darkness, what he learned about the Ottoman Empire, »
- Christina Radish
The immediate draw to The Water Diviner is to settle in for Russell Crowe's directorial debut. From the outside the story doesn't exactly inspire a "must see" attitude and, to be entirely honest, the film itself is passably mediocre. Not a great time at the movies, not a bad time, but simply a time. Crowe seems to be experimenting at times with his camerawork and a couple of curious zoom in close-ups caught me a little off-guard, but it's a good start with some of the editorial decisions seeming more defensive than anything else, attempting to ensure he had all his ducks in a row rather than getting too experimental with the overall final cut. On top of directing, Crowe also stars as the film's main character, Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer whose world is torn apart following the end of the Battle of Gallipoli. Four years after his three sons died in battle, »
- Brad Brevet
Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut will kick off the 16th annual festival (Nbff) in California, set to run from April 23-30.
“The Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to be partnering with the Australian Government and Warner Bros Entertainment to bring such powerful cinema to our audience.”
“G’Day USA and Ausfilm are delighted to, once again, partner with the Newport Beach Film Festival to bring the best of Australian film to Us audiences and commemorate the centenary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing in Gallipoli Cove during World War One,” said Australian Consul-General Los Angeles, Karen Lanyon.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Watch this exclusive featurette to hear Crowe discuss his powerful response to the script and explain why he decided to take on the emotional story of a father searching for his sons as his directorial debut. He admits he's "stolen" something from every director he's ever worked with, and since he's worked with many of the best, that's not a bad start.
In the film, Crowe plays Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer and water diviner who searches for his three sons, who are presumed dead after the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I. His grief-stricken wife blames him for their deaths, and Joshua vows to find his sons, like he finds water, and bring them home.
The historical drama currently has a 71 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, »
- Gina Carbone
Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios's inspired-by-true-events novel. In 1919, Joshua Connor (Crowe), a "water diviner" — i.e., someone with the quasi-mystical ability to use tuning rods to locate underground H2O — is left alone after his wife (Jacqueline McKenzie) commits suicide, shattered by the death of her three sons at Wwi's 1915 Battle of Gallipoli. Determined to honor her wishes, Connor travels to the famed Turkish battlefield, where he endeavors to locate his boys' corpses and, ultimately, one child he hopes is still alive. Crowe's visual framing and dramatic staging are as assured as his compelling lead »
Plot: After the end of The Great War, a grieving father (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to recover the bodies of his three sons, who perished in battle at Gallipoli. Review: After years of starring in epics from people like Ridley Scott, Peter Weir and Darren Aronofsky, it looks like Russell Crowe has picked up more than enough knowledge to make his directorial debut with an epic that certainly wouldn’t be out of any of those directors’ wheelhouse. Considering his »
- Chris Bumbray
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut on 'The Water Diviner,' an epic and inspiring tale of one man's life changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who four years after the bloody Battle of Gallipoli, risk his own life to search for his three beloved sons, who never returned home from the war. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor embarks on an emotionally charged and dangerous trek across the battle scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and perhaps his own peace. The films international cast also includes Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Jai Courtney, and Isabel Lucas.
Here is what Russell Crowe had to say about his film and his other passion rugby.
Russell how is it being an owner of a rugby team?
Russell Crowe: Nine years ago I spent some of my »
- Fernando Esquivel
Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” might be seen as just another film struggling to get a look from American audiences during a spring movie season dominated by the latest installments in the “Avengers” and “Furious” franchises.
But for the film community Down Under, and especially first-time director Crowe, the war epic amounts to something much larger – another chance for Australia to reassert itself as a maker of mass-appeal films and for the actor to shift from leading man to the man leading production.
Crowe did not try to downplay the stakes — or his ambition, at age 51, to shift at least a portion of his career to behind the camera — in an interview before the film’s American premiere last week.
“That’s the gamble, man. It’s three years of my life. And that’s what’s on the line,” he said outside the Tcl Chinese Theater. “The two »
- James Rainey
With about 40 films under his belt as an actor, an Oscar and several nominations, Russell Crowe now adds film director to his resume with The Water Diviner, a sweeping, humane and riveting tale that reminds you of the big and bold movies of the past that we loved. Or at least I loved before Hollywood discovered gold in them thar comic books. As I say in my video review above, Crowe has delivered a real crowd pleaser that I think for him is a triumph in every way… »
Tonight, the first series of Caitlin and Caroline Moran's sitcom, Raised By Wolves, comes to an end. Heavily inspired and based on their own adventures growing up in the West Midlands - although this particular writer veers geographically more towards Dudley than Wolverhampton - the six episodes have also given Rebekah Staton in particular a standout role as the kind of mum telly doesn't get very often.
Ahead of the series finale tonight, Caroline put down her pen/quill/word processor/Game Of Thrones boxset to spare us some time to talk about it...
It's a basic question, perhaps, but I'm interested in the answer. How has it been having your own sitcom on the television for the past month? How closely are you monitoring feedback and reaction to it? »
Two first-time Us filmmakers have accused The Water Diviner of ignoring the alleged slaughter of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks a century ago.
The Australian drama directed by Russell Crowe is the .highest profile piece of propaganda ever produced in the service of genocide denial,. Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian say in an open letter to Warner Bros., the film.s Us distributor.
Hovannisian, an Armenian-American, and Mouhibian, a Los Angeles-based writer, co-directed 1915 The Movie, a psychological thriller which follows a director (Simon Abkarian) who stages a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honour the victims of the Armenian tragedy.
As protesters surround the theatre and a series of strange accidents spread panic among his actors, the ghosts of the past reappear.
Published last week in The Wrap, their letter refers to the Us release date of The Water Diviner, April 24.
They write, .The problem is »
- Don Groves
What made Jor-El the man he is, and what's the story of him and Zod? Russell Crowe would like to find out, in a Superman prequel...
The attention over the past few days has been on the follow-up to Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Yet Russell Crowe, who continues to promote his directorial debut The Water Diviner, quite likes the idea of exploring what built up to Man Of Steel in the first place.
Crowe, of course, played Jor-El in Man Of Steel, and chatting to MTV he revealed that "what sparked my interest once I saw how Zack [Snyder, director] was creating Krypton".
He then said that "I'd like to see what made Jor-El, Jor-El. What made him and Zod, who are folklorically friends, what split them apart".
That said, Crowe is going to have to get in a queue, as at the moment, »
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“The Water Diviner,” which opens on April 24, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas, Megan Gale, Damon Herriman, Ryan Corr, Jacqueline McKenzie, Cem Yilmaz and Yilmaz Erdogan from director Russell Crowe and writers Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios! Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »
- Brad Brevet
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