That thing you have up about the stacked piano is only partially accurate. Yes, it is inspired directly by Ken Unsworth's piece, but we built it for the clip, we didn't use Mr Unsworth's priceless sculpture.
The one I had built for Dani's clip is practical ( as in the keys move) and it is personalized to her. The town and city names all have a direct connection to her life.
DNA India: Is Russell Crowe on a secret India visit? -- Mumbai: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is set to visit India secretly in July and spend about a week here. The Oscar-winning actor is likely to land in New Delhi and then head to religious places like Haridwar and Hrishikesh. - Thanks, Avril
EW.com: Current issue - Gladiator is number 64, page 80 - Thanks, Kris C
From Marie: Mary, there was a screening for The Next Three Days in Woodland Hills, CA tonight (Tuesday). We were told it was the first audience screening for the film. It was a terrific thriller. Superbly done edge of your seat film. I can't wait to see the finished film when released in the Fall.- [Ed note: If anyone who saw the screening would like to send along a review, we would love to post it.]
From Darrin at Constant Crowe: With HUGE thanks to Annie (and apologies for the delay in posting) we have two videos both from This Morning, first interviewing Mark Strong and then a delightful interview with Russell by Alison Hammond, just an adorable treat.
The Hollywood Reporter: 'Robin Hood' holds on to No. 1 overseas -- Dropping 60% from its opening launch, "Robin Hood" fought its way to $30 million in its second round on the foreign circuit, playing 7,157 sites in 58 markets. So far, director Ridley Scott's re-imagining of the Crusades-era outlaw costarring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett has grossed a total of $125 million overseas. - Thanks, Steph
Screen Rant Weekend BO:
That other greed-clad forest dweller, Robin Hood, dropped to third place with a weekend take around $18.5 million. The Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe team-up has now banked almost $67 million. It’ll need to keep a steady flow of audiences if it wants to get across $100 million.
The Mail UK: How Robin Hood got me all a quiver - "...He was a perfectionist - utterly committed, and extremely competitive. He's torn both Achilles tendons, he's had two operations on his shoulder, he's got a rib that pops out in his back and he'd say: "I'm going to get this right if I have to stand here all day, every day, and shoot a thousand arrows." And he did. He wore the bows out in training - that's how intensive he was.' " - Thanks, Steph
The Australian: The elderly wife of a 1970s heroin dealer who inspired the Russell Crowe film American Gangster has been arrested after officials said she tried to sell 2kg of cocaine at a hotel in Puerto Rico. ... - Thanks, Allison
From Sec: Scott Grimes has a new tune on iTunes and he says proceeds from the song go to Nashville relief efforts. It's under "Pop" ScottGrimes -- Young and Wild is the name of the song.
Reuters: ANTIBES, France (Reuters) – Mick Jagger, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Lopez were among the guests at AIDS charity amfAR's annual party during the Cannes film festival, which raised $6.7 million from a celebrity auction and seat prices.
The India Times: Crowe's Robin Hood delivers for Samsung - LONDON: The new Robin Hood film starring Russell Crowe helped a cinema campaign for electronics manufacturer Samsung's 3D LED TV deliver an estimated 1.1 million impacts, according to unofficial figures from Digital Cinema Media. - Thanks, Allison
LA Times: Will a Butler be born? Scottish star is up for iconic remake role - This winter, word surfaced that Russell Crowe was being considered for the part. But there's no offer, and it's very possible the "Robin Hood" actor won't do the role after all. So the studio is considering other options, and one of the names on its list is a juicy one -- Butler. - Thanks, Steph
Related -- IMDb - Prince of Persia: In February 2008, Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani was invited to do a screen test in London along with Gemma Arterton for the role of Tamina but she was arrested at the airport by the Iranian authorities & banned from leaving the country for six months because she had played in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies (2008) - Thanks, Allison
Fanbolt: Interview with Elizabeth Banks - You seemed really excited about The Next Three Days; is that going to be a really big action adventure film for you? -- Yeah it is. You know, it’s sort of—it’s like a—it’s a bit of a psychological thriller mixed with an action movie. And Russell’s amazing. It’s based on a French film called Pour Elle, For Her. - Opens November 18
And I'm really, really, really thrilled about it. Paul Haggis is amazing; he wrote a great character for me. And I'm really excited for people to see it, yeah.
The Hollywood Reporter: USA - TNT unveils 11 original series -- Graysmith: Based on the life of cartoonist, writer and part-time private detective Robert Graysmith (author of "Zodiac"). Ridley Scott is executive producer.
ed note: Off topic: Speaking of TV - The BBC will show the last episode in the great series Ashes To Ashes this Friday. Try to see it if you get a chance. The series stars Matthew MacFadyen's [Robin Hood] wife Keeley Hawes and the wonderful Philip Glenister
APJ Festival De Cannes Party -- Artists for Peace and Justice: Please join Oscar Generale and Moran Atias on May 20 for an evening hosted by Paul Haggis Founder of Artists for Peace and Justice and APJ Board Members Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer with a performance by TIMBALAND to benefit the first new APJ school serving the children of the slums of Haiti - Thanks, Anna
From Darrin: Mirella found a link to a vid of Robin & his Merry Men serenading the staff in the kitchen of that restaurant in Rome. I've fetched it and it's now ready at the site, along with more Merry Men thanks to Hollywood Dailies today.
New York Magazine: Come Back, Errol Flynn -- Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood steals from a rich legacy while ripping off poor moviegoers. By David Edelstein [ed note: particularly brutal -- the film needs a break by the USA critics!] - You can comment at the Crowe News Blog
From Darrin: 3 new E! News vids with Russell & Ben Lyons, a Hollywood & Dine vid talking about Black Angus with Russell, 2 Hollywood Dailies episodes with new interviews with Russell & Ridley and finally, Spotlight on Robin Hood now ready.
Hollywood.com Box Office: A very solid and better-than-expected debut for Universal’s “Robin Hood” with an impressive $37.1 million second place finish in North America and a worldwide total of $111.1 that put it on top in terms of the global marketplace. The themes of “steal from the rich, give to the poor” may have had particular resonance with audiences around the world as the economy continues to bring hard times to many folks. A terrific marketing campaign and a great release date that perfectly bridges the gap between “Iron Man 2” and “Shrek Forever After” next week put Universal in perfect position to capitalize on the strength of the Russell Crowe/Ridley Scott collaboration.
Hollywood.com box office: A very solid and better-than-expected debut for Universal’s “Robin Hood” with an impressive $37.1 million second place finish in North America and a worldwide total of $111.1 that put it on top in terms of the global marketplace. The themes of “steal from the rich, give to the poor” may have had particular resonance with audiences around the world as the economy continues to bring hard times to many folks. - Story also at USA Today
Russell at Twitter: "I'm going to give my beautiful wife a kiss at sunset on the roof of the Hassler. Last night of MM in Rome, what great fun we've all had."
The Herald Sun: Sales for blockbuster Robin Hood had reached $4.2 million in Australia -- ROBIN Hood has opened with a strong weekend at the box office, putting the film on track to rival Gladiator. Sales for the blockbuster had reached $4.2 million in Australia by Sunday afternoon, with a total of $5.7 million forecast by the end of the weekend. Internationally, film distributor Universal Pictures forecast box-office takings to reach $38 million in the US and $75 million elsewhere for the first weekend. - Thanks, Steph
The UK Times: Robin Hood to the maximus? -- Gladiator’s star, Russell Crowe, and its director, Ridley Scott, bring epic grandeur to the hero of Sherwood Forest - Thanks, Steph
Hollywood Insider - EW: RH Box Office -- Universal’s Robin Hood, which debuted to middling reviews, is faring quite well. The Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe pairing earned an estimated $13 million on Friday, and is on track to generate between $38 and $40 million for the weekend. One thing is for sure, its gross internationally is far more robust than its performance stateside. In fact, internationally, Robin Hood will generate over $75 million for the weekend, a number that will translate to over $200 million for the entire run. Not bad for a film that critics and media reporters were fearing was going to be the first real disappointment of the summer season. - Thanks, Ismail
Russell and pals sing at The Spanish Steps in Rome - Anyone have a video? Russell at Twitter wants us to find them -- "spanish steps mission accomplished. your mission, if you choose to accept it, find photo's and video's. There was 40 paps atleast + TV cams" - Here is a picture
NOTE: From barbiecat: It's Russell Brand, not Russell Crowe, who's to be starring in Arthur. Screen Daily must have made the mistake
Premiere Magazine France: PHOTOS - Cannes 2010 - Robin des Bois : suivez les flèches! - Thanks, Cecile
BBC: Russell's Gift -- Spurred on by Russell Crowe, who as well as starring in the film, is one of the producers, they were in the process of asking the props department for a massive battering ram. The £60,000 prop, created specifically for the film, had been nicknamed Rosie by all on set. "Then Russell comes up next day," says Charlie," and he says, I've sorted it. and I said what? And the penny dropped. He'd got Rosie for us. He was so pleased, he was dragging me across by the sleeve, saying 'look, she's all yours'." - Thanks, Sheila
The Guardian: Cannes opener Robin Hood gets mixed reviews -- Xan Brooks reports from the glittering opening ceremony for the 63rd Cannes film festival, where Ridley Scott's Russell Crowe-starring blockbuster failed to score a palpable hit with critics - Thanks, Deborah
From Darrin: I've put up the Today Show Cannes' coverage of Robin Hood opening the festival. There's also ET, AH & Extra videos along with a bunch of online vids with lots of new Russell interviews and some more singing with the Merry Men!
From Mary Anne: We have the high-quality video Tamara has rendered from hidef footage for the Ferguson show at TRC now, on this page
Telegraph UK: Eight year old actor settles Robin Hood feud -- Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire both lay claim to being home of the legend of Sherwood Forest, but the actor who plays a young Robin in the forthcoming film has settled the fierce debate with a concise answer. - Thanks, Allison
From Stacey: The History Channel -- There's going to be an hour long special about Robin Hood on Thursday evening called, The Legends of Robin Hood with Olly Steeds. This is a different one than the one that ran on the History Channel yesterday, though it look similar and also has scenes from the movie. Here's the link
Just Jared: Fellow Aussie Russell Crowe wore a black one-button shawl collar microfiber Giorgio Armani tuxedo. His wife Danielle Spencer will also wear a Giorgio Armani Privé white silk plisse halter evening gown."
From Darrin: In addition to the Craig Ferguson show with Russell and the ComingSoon interviews with Russell, Ridley and the Merry Men announced yesterday, I've added MTV, SkyNews & Radio 5 (audio only) interviews from the press junket and a Ch 9 Cannes interview done today to the website!
From Mary Anne: We've got new videos ready to watch at TRC -- great interviews with E! Online, Universal Spain, a much superior version of Russell and the Merry Men singing than what's been available previously, and several others -- on this page
Cinematical:5 Things To Steal From 'Robin Hood' -- "...Scott explained he thinks of the home video audience differently, which accounts for his extended or expanded versions of films. "A person sitting in their living room with a can of beer or a glass of wine, watching, is a different person than the person sitting in a theater with a lot of people," he observed. "It's a different head-set. You're more likely, when you're in your own living room, to watch three hours when you can pause, get up, have a pee, get another glass of wine, come back and resume. It's a different experience." - Thanks, Steph
Variety: Universal to beam Cannes abroad -- Digital deals delivers fest's opening night to pan-European theaters -- The Cannes red carpet is being rolled out throughout Europe today as more than 100 digital movie screens, in 10 countries, will air simultaneous footage of tonight's Palais arrivals and opening ceremonies.
From Ellen in Seattle: Just a reminder – tonight on the History Channel – they will be showing The Real Robin Hood with scenes from the movie and interviews with Ridley and Cast. It is a 2 hour program. Folks may want to double check times for their markets.
The Wrap: The True Cost of Robin Hood -- WaxWord has obtained a copy of the production budget of "Robin Hood," the mega-budget adventure film that will premiere this week at the Cannes Film Festival. While executives close to the film have claimed that it cost $155 million (pricey enough, to be sure), a copy of the green-lighted budget show the true cost to be $237 million, which came out to $200 million after tax rebates. - Thanks, Steph
From Darrin: The Ellen vids are now ready at Constant Crowe! Also from the Twitter announcement this morning (please follow http://twitter.com/ConstantCrowe to get early treats!) a BBC video interview with first Ridley and then Russell on the set!
From Nora Lee: "I'm just back from a press screening of ROBIN HOOD, so I'll just comment for RC fans' perspective: it's not his best or his best collaboration with Scott (there are many resonances to the early battle scenes in "Gladiator"). His performance is undercut by a loud, muddy sound mix that makes it hard to hear his scrumptious rumble over the noise, not that the dialogue he is stuck with is very pungent (particularly with Cate – and BTW there's only a very brief shirtless shot and only a couple of key embraces), so his physical action is more attention-getting . Best scenes are his early, warm interactions with Doyle and Durand. But in a rampaging, muddled history tale that should be seen on a very big screen for the big scenes, enjoy his many scenes on galloping horseback!"
The Guardian: Ridley Scott: Creator of worlds - As his Robin Hood opens the Cannes film festival, Ridley Scott talks about showdowns with Russell Crowe, his favourite men in tights – and why Churchill was a geezer - Thanks, Steph
RC on Twitter today: "Packed for Cannes, boys asleep. 5am start."
From Cassy: did you know Google Earth has mention "Last day of filming Robin Hood movie,2009" at the map?
From Hulu - a new RH trailer:
This morning’s Today Show announced that the cast of Robin Hood will be interviewed from Cannes on Wednesday, 5/12/2010. Cute clips with Russell making a joke to Matt Lauer. – Estela T. from Los Angeles
The Mail online: The return of Robin Hood: Wonderful Wales - the perfect place to film a movie and take a holiday (even if Robin never came here) - Thanks, Allison
From Jo: I just finished watching the 2-hour America: The Story of US on the History Channel tonight. It was about the Civil War and the settling of the West, but three times during it they advertised a program this coming Tuesday at 8 PM eastern about Robin Hood and they are using LOTS of scenes from the movie for it, so I wanted to give you a heads-up on that.
From Fabby: I found some appearances on Reelz channel. Movie Spotlight's episode "Russell Crowe stars in RH" runs Friday the 14th through Sunday the 16th at different times starting at 2:30pm Eastern. Then Hollywood Dailies Movie News has a virtual RH week starting Monday the 10th at 7-7:30pm with Russell. Tuesday is Cate, Wed. is RH, Thurs is RH films and Friday is "Fans review RH". Each show repeats several times in 24 hours and all the shows run in a row on Saturday morning.
From Darrin: Thanks to Anne and Mirella for links, I have two new Russell Crowe interviews, one including the Merry Men singing! Also an interview with Oscar Isaac where he tells who "inspired" his Prince John, On The Red Carpet visits with Robin & the Merry Men and finally CBS Sunday Morning's The History of Robin Hood segment
TRC - From Mary Anne: We've isolated Russell's interview with Radio 5; it's on this page, and ready to listen to - along with other recent vids (like the Merry Men singing) which you will see when you scroll.
A treat from Mirella - I found a very funny video of Russell doing a junket for Robin Hood at the Italian TV programme TG2 MIZAR. Then he and his Merry Men perform "Beautiful girl" and they are just wonderful. They are at about 22.15 Here's the link
Russell from Cannes on Access Hollywood this Wednesday. - Thanks, Allison
From Mirella: I found a very funny video of Russell doing a junket for Robin Hood at the Italian TV programme TG2 MIZAR. Then he and his Merry Men perform "Beautiful girl" and they are just wonderful. They are at about 22.15 Here's the link
From Darrin: Extra's weekend show had a promo bit for Robin Hood, including another press junket interview with Russell, which I've rendered and is now ready for download at Constant Crowe - Also from Darrin: Massive thanks to Anne in France for this link! I've fetched the interview Russell did for CanalPlus after he appeared on Le Grande Journal! There's also an interview in French with Lea Seydoux (in the middle) and then Russell appears again around the four minute mark.
From Mariola for Spanish fans: Just an information: thanks to a friend we got the RH production notes distributed to the press in the Madrid promotion. It's a doc. file (only in Spanish, sorry...) and you can find it to download IN OUR RH PAGE in RSLYE web.
From Mary Anne at Thoroughly Russell Crowe: We have more high quality video from hidef recordings at TRC, namely the Le Grand Journal Paris, the 7pm Crew Australia, and the HBO First Look. In the Robin Hood section of TRC
RC on TV this week --- Tomorrow on TV - Sunday Morning on CBS has The Legend of Robin Hood - On The Red Carpet has the RH cast - Wednesday: ET - Crowe Cannes Do, The Early Show - Summer films - possible alert -- Thursday: The Early Show - Cate -- Friday: The Early Show - Russell - Thanks, Allison
From Darrin: New at the blog, Anne from France has sent me some awesome pix of marquees she's spotted for Robin Hood near where she lives. Also, Caliope has posted her report of meeting Russell in Madrid at Mariola's site.
Treehugger.com: Ben Stiller and Friends Help Haitian Schoolchildren, John Leguizamo Hits the Streets, and More -- Stiller recently merged the Initiative with Artists for Peace and Justice, and brought in the Global Philanthropy Group for daily management of the project. Artists for Peace and Justice, founded by Paul Haggis, has raised more than $6 million for Haiti relief efforts; now Stiller joins the organization's Board of Directors, supported by an advisory board that includes Javier Brdem, Maria Bello, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, and Jackson Browne (among others). - Thanks, Steph
USA Weekend: Who's News: Mark Strong, Daisy Fuentes, Cokie Roberts, birthdays and more - Thanks, Allison
Roger Friedman - Showbiz411: Robin Hood: Ridley Scott Has Lots to “Crowe” About - Earlier this week, “Robin Hood” was screened in the U.S. so some of us going to Cannes wouldn’t have to experience it with jet lag. This isn’t a review, per se, since they won’t come until Sunday. But this much I can tell you: “Robin Hood” is the best opening choice for Cannes in a long time. It’s great filmmaking: exciting, involving, and incredibly human. It’s full of incredible action, too.... But first, “Robin Hood” has to conquer the Croisette. I can’t wait to see this group on the red carpet at the Palais next week. Sacre bleu, the place is going to go crazy! - Thanks, Cindy
Reminder: RC will be on Regis & Kelly today (5/7). Thanks, All -- Also on REELZ Friday May 14 at 11:00 AM
From Darrin: Thanks to my email elf, I have another interview Russell did on the press junket, this time with 7pm Project, a show in Australia. VERY cute and funny. Also, ET, Extra & AH mentioned the Simon Wiesenthal event from Wednesday night and I've condensed them all into one video.
SMH Rugby: Rabbitohs cap breach proposed at Crowe's home --- "I was at that meeting," Holmes a Court said. "It was raised as a question and it was thoroughly refuted. It's highly misleading to say it was discussed. It was not discussed, it was raised by somebody. It was shot down in flames."
Russell, Ridley, Cate and Brian on The Today Show next Wednesday (from Cannes?). - Thanks, Allison
The LA Times: The California Film Commission has approved more than $20 million in state film tax credits for Warner Bros. films expected to shoot in L.A. this year. Among them is "A Star Is Born," a remake of the 1976 film that is expected to star Russell Crowe - Thanks, Allison
To all Twitterers: Russell asks - "That should be when/where/will you see Robin Hood? Tell @scottgrimes too. " - if you are not a Twit person, I have started a topic in the Crowe Forum at Yuku where you may reply. I will send RC the link via Twitter so he can see too.
GQ UK: Russell Crowe's greatest roles (Don't forget to click on all the pages. They each have commentary) - Thanks, Andy - The cover article will be available shortly.
From Stacey: Just saw a commercial on BBC America that advertised this Sunday's Robin Hood the tv series marathon, in honor of the new Robin Hood movie. The commercial said that all day (starting at 3pm - check your local listings, though) during the marathon, they will air special sneak peeks / clips from the new movie. They showed one with Russell talking about the filming of the movie, too.
Related - From Lynda: Here is a video from a solo encore Alan did last night at the Great Big Sea show in Sellersville, PA. He explained he was doing this song because a friend from the Robin Hood film was in the audience (Oscar) and because it describes how he feels right about now..."Lucky Me".
Musicroom.net: Russell Crowe is no hard man -- "Despite being branded a tough character, Russell insists he is a sensitive soul who is in touch with his emotions. “People build this thing that isn’t real,” he said in an interview for the June issue of the British edition of GQ magazine (only up to May on line). “They take the smallest, tiniest increment of truth and expand it to some other place. I am always described as ‘Hollywood Hard Man’. It’s just ridiculous." - Thanks, Cindy
CTV Ca: Alan Doyle says he had a hoot making 'Robin Hood' -- "I've asked a bunch of my buddies in St. John's: 'Look, don't go see the movie till I get back, and then we'll all go, 40 or 50 of us,"' Doyle told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview Monday. -- "I actually get back around my birthday, so I said, for my birthday, we'll go out to the movie and then we'll go out to the pub downtown or something. "Maybe I'll cut out a piece of red carpet about 12 inches by 12 inches and we'll have our own St. John's opening." - Thanks, Steph
Sports illustrated: Under the radar: Keep believing the hype of prospects yet to excel - "...I recently sat through a pretty bad '90s movie called Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Seeing Washington play an ex-cop in a sci-fi action film wasn't the surprising part. At the time, he had finished films like Malcolm X and Philadelphia so I figured he was in the mood for a lighter role. Crowe, on the other hand, was just beginning his American movie career. He plays SID 6.7, a virtual reality villain who manages to escape into the real world."
PRWeb: Atlanta Cutlery Corp. (ACC) & Museum Replicas Ltd., (MRL) today announced they will develop a range of prop collectibles and specialty products, including full-scale helmets, weapons, costumes and other props all inspired by Universal Pictures' epic action-adventure, Robin Hood, which arrives in theaters on May 14, 2010. The products are developed through a licensing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing - Thanks, Steph
The NY Daily News: French mayor kept Jewish family safe during WWII - "...The Simon Wiesenthal Center will present the posthumous award to Pellesier's granddaughter during its National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills. The Wednesday night gala, with Jay Leno officiating and Russell Crowe presenting, will include humanitarian awards for movie producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard." - Thanks to all
The Age au: Bushfire rebuilding a failure -- Mr Crowe's representative, Andrew Watt, said the actor - who along with basketballer Luc Longley and the Coffs Harbour Council put together a bushfire appeal fund worth several hundred thousand dollars in the weeks after Black Saturday - was not wedded to any particular site for the centre. - Thanks, Steph
Musicrooms.net: What A Star -- "... He was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Danielle Spencer and their children Charlie and Tennyson. Russell was thrilled to receive a star and celebrated until the early hours with Danielle. "We were still outside with a vodka at seven in the morning... that's why I married the girl," Russell told British talk show host Jonathan Ross. - Thanks, Kris C
Empire Magazine: Mark Strong Webchat -- Our favourite villain on Robin Hood, Green Lantern and more! - Thanks, Gretchen
The UK Telegraph: Russell Crowe as Robin Hood: Maximus goes to Nottingham - How will Ridley Scott’s epic new Robin Hood differ from the seemingly countless screen versions that have preceded it? In a bit of Surrey transformed into a medieval battleground, Sally Williams finds out - Thanks, Steph, Christine
From Mariola: My report is finished in English. Please, forgive the mistakes you can find and let me know if there are serious ones to correct them. You'll surely understand I'm still getting over THE MOMENT