Crowe News 2012

March 31

From Judy: Finally Les Mis is being noticed in the mags. This Weeks People (mag not internet) has pics of Russell and Hugh in costume.

Begonia has a poll up

Related from Lynda: Tickets for all of Alan Doyle's Canadian and USA solo shows are now available for purchase. Schedule and purchase-links can be found at (Note: At present, the link for the Somerville (Boston) show is incorrect. It should be

March 30

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe no hotel tonight, sleeping where the Victory was built. The part of me that will be forever Jack Aubrey is chuffed to bits.

Superman Super Site: According to Cosmic Book News, Russell Crowe who stars as Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El in the film tweeted the following message that he was participating in a photo shoot for "Man of Steel": "Sat 15 mins yoga in the sun(go England!) 30 mins light weights,12 lengths pool,16 km bike. Photo shoot for MOS, fogger set off fire alarm" - Thanks, Allison TROPFEST PARTNERS WITH TOP TIER SPONSORS, MEDIA AND INDUSTRY LEADERS TO BRING WORLD’S LARGEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TO NEW YORK - Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, today announced it will collaborate with prominent media outlets STARZ CINEMA, NBC 4, and WNYC Radio as well as Citi, luxury hotel brand Thompson Hotels and Film Society of Lincoln Center in launching Tropfest New York in June.  The announcement was made today by Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson. - Thanks, Allison Dark New Superman Logo Revealed for Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' - Thanks, Allison

March 29

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe@alanthomasdoyle In Australia yet you lucky bugger...boys arrive here saturday, there'll be cuddles, there'll be laughter,can't wait

March 28

Russell's birthday is April 7. You may send wishes to him in the comments section at the Crowe News Blog Russell Crowe follows in the footsteps of workers as he rides into Portsmouth dockyard - Thanks, Caliope, and barbiecat, who adds: "Parts of Master and Commander were shot at the historic naval yards and locales around Portsmouth. It's interesting that Russell gets a chance to re-visit the area" - [ed note] They stayed at the Langstone Hotel - now on to Winchester

Portsmouth news: Hollywood stars eat out in Gunwharf Quays - Thanks, barbiecat

Hugh's Laughing Man Chocolates (a little plug) - they give back to charity Alabama Shakes Interview: Band Remains Unfazed by Buzz, Rusell [sic] Crowe - Thanks, Caliope

Hugh Jackman ‏ @RealHughJackman And yes, the convict beard and hair are gone. Got to shave it off last night

March 27

NY Mag The Vulture: See the First Official Photo of Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables - Jackman tweeted this picture of him playing Jean Valjean. (There are also paparazzi pics of Russell Crowe playing either Javert or Captain Crunch, if you're into it.) [Hugh Jackman/Twitter] - Thanks, Ellen

Broadway World: Amanda Seyfried Talks Landing a 'Dream' Role in LES MIS; Filming Begins in New Orleans Next Month [So, who is going to New Orleans??? You will get noticed if you wear a Bicorne hat!]

YouTube: EXCLUSIVE: Russell Crowe filming Les Miserables in Chatham - Thanks, Steph, Caliope

Updated the Happy Birthday Blog post to add anniversary wishes too

From Rebecca: Here is a link where we may be able to view Dani on DWTS Australia when it starts airing sometime after Easter.

Forbes: Robin Hood Has Always Been A Libertarian Hero - Thanks, Caliope

March 26

Jo A has a neat composite photo to share - The Gathering:


From Lynda: "I've Seen A Little," Alan Doyle's first-ever solo single, is now available for purchase on iTunes

Russell's birthday is April 7. You may send wishes to him in the comments section at the Crowe News Blog

Marilee ‏ @BarbieCat1 @Chris_Feather @russellcrowe My hubby put the triumphant 60km bike pic into photoshop to lighten and improve exposure. - Retweeted by Russell Crowe

March 25

Ugh! If true The Sun - Sacha Baron Cohen causes a stink on set -- Bruno star to wear same outfit for three months in his Les Miserables role

The Mail UK: Lots more pics of RC/Javert on horseback - You really are Les Misérables! First look at stoney-faced Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert on his trusted steed - Thanks, Tamara, CGee, Cindy, Christine and all -- (and for i phone/i pad users, the Daily Mail has an app in the UK store, and the story is there too. There is also one for several UK newspapers) in the US store

The UK Sun (Nice clear view): Russell Crowe is so Miserables - Thanks, Steph, Allison, Susi


March 24

Anyone else having problems with Twitter? I can't seem to post.

The person who took the photos (and those of Hugh Jackman) is a pap photographer. She has an account at Twitter and talks about getting the pics and the Telegraph's captions.

The UK Telegraph: Javert on horseback yesterday - Scans thanks to Anne H and Steph:


From Christine: UK Daily Telegraph 3/24  News section: slightly blurred photograph of RC in Javert costume, big grin on face, looks very happy. Attached to short piece about the gym incident. No link at present I'm afraid.

YouTube: EXCLUSIVE : Hugh Jackman filming new movie of Les Miserables - Thanks, Avril

Dromore Leader: The Britain's Got Talent judges gave the thumbs down to one would-be star when he turned up on stage dressed as a Roman soldier. The 57-year-old retired HGV driver, who told the panel he was called Maximus, was the first act on stage at the Manchester audition and recited a scene from the hit Russell Crowe film Gladiator. However he did not impress show supremo Simon Cowell who said it was a "horrible, horrible start" to the new series which begins tonight. - Thanks, Allison

March 23

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe - first day on set tomorrow. Will be like the new kid in school.

Souths lose - From CGee -- We owned the first half, defense was strong but the Broncos came out after the half and put together a couple of trys, caught the momentum and won the game. Good effort but we just couldn't score when we had our chances. Brisbane defeats South Sydney 20-12. Report HERE - Follow the Rabbitohs on Facebook

March 22

The Mail UK (Ironic headline) - Why so Misérable? Hugh Jackman looks glum and bedraggled as he films scenes for musical adaptation - Thanks, barbiecat

SFGate: Russell Crowe gets apology from Virgin officials - Actor Russell Crowe has received an apology from officials at Sir Richard Branson’s fitness firm after he was rudely turned away from one of their gyms in England. - Thanks, Tamara

March 21 ‘Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay To Star In ‘Winter’s Tale’ - (Lady Sybil) In addition, Russell Crowe is in final negotiations to play half a demon named Pearly Soames, [A child of an immigrant couple denied admission at Governors Island, Peter Lake is set adrift in New York Harbor in a miniature model ship called City of Justice. He is found in the reeds and adopted by the Baymen of the Bayonne Marsh, who send him off to Manhattan when he comes of age. There he first becomes a mechanic and then is forced to become a burglar in a gang called the Short Tails. He soon makes a mortal enemy of their leader, Pearly Soames, and is constantly on the run from the gang. Early one winter morning Peter is on the brink of being captured and killed by the gang when he is rescued by a mysterious white horse, who becomes his guardian] and Will Smith is rumored to be attached as well. The latter two are smaller roles and came out of past collaborations between the actors and the writer. Goldsman, who won his Oscar for scripting A Beautiful Mind, worked with Crowe on that film, and Smith on I Am Legend. Shooting will begin October 15 in New York. WME reps Findlay, who is managed by Management 360 and repped in the UK by Troika.

Indie Wire: (Another verison of the Noah news) - Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Greenlit With July Start Date, Russell Crowe Locked In To Star - Thanks Francisca

The Mail UK: (More pics of Hugh, no RC) - Spare any change, mate? Hugh Jackman is unrecognisable in his rugged rags and beard as he gets into character for Les Mis - Thanks, Caliope

March 20

Deadline NY: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Launching Finally With Russell Crowe Set For Biblical Star - Thanks, Cindy, Steph - Comment at the Noah Blog

Adelaide Now [Image]: Hugh's that gaunt and ragged actor (Still no Javert)

From Lynda: "Alan has uploaded his excellent first single, "I've Seen A Little," from his upcoming (May 15th) Boy On Bridge solo album onto YouTube and asked that it be shared"


Unreality TV: Britain’s Got Talent 2012: Russell Crowe ‘touched’ by David Walliams Thames swim documentary - Thanks, Allison

Mail UK: How to get thighs like Russell Crowe: Secrets of an A-list body - Thanks, Allison

March 19

UK Movies (Scroll a bit): Russell Crowe - Neighbours

YouTube: Russell Crowe as you have never seen him - Thanks, Steph:


Film news UK: Hugh Jackman ‘enjoying fight scenes with Crowe’ - "The crew find it hilarious as Crowe would obviously sweep the floor with Jackman in real life,” a source told British newspaper The Sun. "Hugh keeps egging Russell on and winding him up. But he's been getting his own back by calling Hugh a twirlie, which is showbiz speak for a singer/dancer." - Thanks, Caliope

SF Examiner: Paul Kelly Sings A to Z - There’s a bonus audiobook disc, read by fellow Australians Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Judy Davis, right? I know Russell and Hugh, and I’ve met Cate and Judy and I’m a fan of theirs. So I picked out chapters that would suit them. Hugh loves Frank Sinatra, so I gave him this chapter on Sinatra, and Russell did a chapter on film and acting. I wanted to have some variety to break up 17 hours of one voice. Especially my voice! - Thanks, Allison

March 18 Critics anticipating 2013 Oscar buzz -- "...Feinberg thinks Day-Lewis and DiCaprio could go head-to-head in the Best Actor category. They may be joined by one or both of director Tom Hooper's two leads in the musical “Les Misérables” (Dec. 14): Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert." - Thanks, Eileen

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe - In case you don't know South Sydney Rabbitohs 40 Penrith Panthers 24

RZA! ‏ @RZA @russellcrowe "South Sydney shall never fall". Congrats mate.

The Hollywood Reporter: Filmart: What You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Event -- (Related) - Rising Stars - Daniel Wu, 37, has starred in more than 50 Hong Kong films and is poised to make an East-West breakthrough with a role opposite Russell Crowe in the upcoming kung fu homage The Man With the Iron Fists, which shot in Shanghai and at the famed Hengdian World Studios. - Thanks, Caliope

From Nicole: Our Bunnies were awesome today vs Penrith Panthers and won 40-24. They led the whole game. Panthers tried to come back but they couldn't. Our Bunnies were lions. Good to see them play like that. They are in! -- Game Account at Fox Sports - Thanks, CGee

March 17 - St Patrick's Day

March 16

The Mail UK (Les Mis - scroll a bit): Flirty Bertie gets hands-on with Anne - "...Bertie Carvel, one of our best stage actors who all but steals the musical Matilda, has a tasty part as Bamatabois, the snarky dandy who attacks Fantine and then claims she assaulted him. Carvel will get to push snow down the front of Anne Hathaway’s dress" - Thanks, Gill - [Les Mis related - Just watched My Week With Marilyn. Eddie Redmayne was excellent as Colin Clark. Also like Adrian Scarborough, who plays the butler in the new Upstairs Downstairs]

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe LM3: rehearsing/rough blocking.Costume fittings,hair do's all the elements coming together.The whole thing gets rolling Monday.Very excited

Current date, RC says, for Les Mis opening - December 14, 2012

March 15 - The Ides of March

AMCTV: Bam! Check Out Movies These Eight Brutal Boxing Beatdowns - Thanks, Eileen

BBC News Beat: Introducing... Alabama Shakes - "Convenient then that amongst the stars tipping the band for big things is actor Russell Crowe and, odder still, Jamie Oliver."

Saffronwaldenweeklynew: Young performer wins place at National Youth Music Theatre -- "...Mrs Janssen was also celebrating this month after club member Georgina Jackson, who attends Bedazzle courses from Bishop’s Stortford, successfully auditioned for a part in upcoming film version of Les Miserables. The 12-year-old will perform opposite Hollywood A-listers Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Izzard and Russell Crowe." - Thanks, Caliope

March 14

E! on line: Oscar sets a date for 2013 (Feb. 24) - Thanks, Caliope - Their predictions: Les Miserables - In which Amanda Seyfried's Cosette falls for Eddie Redmayne's Marius, and the all-singing all-dancing Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean. Why it's a contender: Because Oscar loves a musical. Well, it loves to nominate a musical, even if it doesn't reward the musical with Best Picture. Because if nothing else, it will mean plenty of nominations for the actors. - Thanks, Allison

Bluebeard's Revenge Blog: Gladiator crowned ‘manliest’ movie of all time - Thanks, Eileen, Caliope

Cast Related (Bruce McGill [The Insider] - Edwin Stanton) - The upcoming film on Abraham Lincoln Headphones, Kung Fu, and the Knicks: A Visit With RZA -- "This year, aside from his many music projects, he's also wrapping up his first directorial feature, The Man With the Iron Fists, starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu — which he also cowrote. Between producing, recording, directing, and designing, he found some time to sit down with us and talk about what he's been up to. - Thanks, Caliope

March 13

Danielle will be on the Oz Dancing With The Stars (From her Facebook page) - Also at The Daily Telegraph - Thanks, Allison

SMH au: Spencer early favourite to win Dancing - Thanks, Rebecca

Anne Hathaway is on Charlie Rose tonight (Wll she mention Les Mis?) - Thanks, Allison

How to join the Rabbitohs

March 12

Dark Horizons: In this sixth volume I look at films that include a young assassin targeting his older self, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, the return of the "Madagascar" animals, an all-star male stripper comedy, Russell Crowe in a kung fu movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's skewering of Scientology, and the return of the Men in Black. - Thanks, Caliope

Sydney Confidential: Dancing With The Stars au - WITH Russell Crowe filming in London, his wife Danielle Spencer has danced off with another man - but it's not what you think. The pop singer began rehearsals for the new season of Dancing With The Stars opposite Perth-born pro dancer Damian Whitewood, who comes direct from partnering Pamela Anderson on the US series. - Thank, Caliope

From Jeannine -- Thierry LePortier, the French tiger trainer on "Gladiator", has done the work on the exquisite new Cartier commercial with a leopard (actually three). The full commercial with a "making of" feature is at this site.

March 11

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe 45 km bike ride, beautiful day in the Royal County. Have you seen the Jubilee statue in Great Windsor Park, the Queen has an impeccable seat

Souths Lose: From CGee - "Another tough loss. Souths started slow, pulled up even 10-10 at the half after trys by McQueen and Burgess but too many errors squandered scoring chances throughout the second half of the game. Melbourne [Storm] defeats South Sydney 24-10." - Thanks, Also to Nichole.

From Lynda: From last night's Hockey Night In Canada Game Day, a video snippet of the Alan Doyle Live Band performing "I've Seen A Little," the first single release (out on March 23rd) from Alan's upcoming "Boy On Bridge" solo album (album release date is May 15th):

March 10

Related [AG]: - Carla Gugino joins Sigourney Weaver in USA's 'Political Animals' - Thanks, Ellen

Broken City page at the IMDb

From Jo A: The Stars in their Courses: This fan fic is strictly based on the lyrics of the two songs Russell will sing in Les Miz.  I'm using pictures of Ben as Javert and of Jim as Valjean and it's set in Arizona but it is entirely the story of Javert and Valjean. It only has 5 chapters and I just got up the last one tonight.  The title takes you to chapter one.

March 9 Les Miserables Movie to Feature New Song Performed by Hugh Jackman - Thanks, Eileen - Javert's Suicide at i tunes

The Electric Typewriter Blog: 12 Great Articles that Inspired Films - Thanks, Allison - The Insider [Vanity Fair] -- American Gangster [NY Mag]

New Straits Times (link is fixed): Bring your hanky - Moviegoers love happy endings. Even the world-end fiction 2012 ends on a happy and hopeful note. But today, we bring readers 10 of the saddest movie endings of all time. - Thanks, Caliope First Set photos of Rush -- Hemsworth will be joined on set and in the film by German actor Daniel Bruhl as the other driver, Hunt’s rival Niki Lauda, Olivia Wilde as supermodel and Mrs. Hunt Suzy Miller, and perhaps even Russell Crowe in a cameo as actor Richard Burton. - Thanks, Caliope

Indie Wire: Les Miserables' Moves To Dec. 14th - "A few changes on the calendar, so get out those dry-erase markers. First up, while every studio has been tiptoeing around "The Hobbit" and its mid-December release date, Universal has finally grabbed their nutsack and said "Fuck that," moving their star-powered musical "Les Miserables" back a week to December 14th. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Gandalf! Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and more, not only does this have the red carpet appeal of an awards season player, it also has the Broadway history to make mad box office bling. That pic of Crowe up there isn't an official still, but holy shit we wish it was." - Thanks, Steph, Eileen

March 8

The San Diego Reader [His own opinion. Doesn't know or mention all the new projects. You have to register to comment]: What Happened? Russell Crowe - Thanks, Steph

Related:Hugh Jackman ‏ @RealHughJackman Day one of Les Mis shoot. Soooo excited! - Thanks, Eileen

From Tamara at TRC: We have a new BAFTA 2012 page in The Day Job. 

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe blue sky...well played England, just heard from @realhughjackman standing on a mountain in the South of France, he wasn't miserable at all

C21 Media: SVT snaps up Beyond shows -Swedish pubcaster SVT has picked up factual series on family arguments over wills and horrendous sporting injuries as part of a raft of deals in Europe by Australia-based Beyond Distribution. Damage Control (6x30′) is a series focusing on extreme injuries picked up by sports stars and how they are treated. Narrated by Russell Crowe, the series is produced by Beyond Productions - Thanks, Allison

Stirling Observer [Possible RH sequel?]: Oscar winner’s pals warn of turbine fears for valley -- WIND turbines could blow Carron Valley’s chances of becoming an international movie location, according to friends of Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe. And they could even put paid to plans to film a sequel to the Oscar-winner’s blockbuster ‘Robin Hood’ locally. - Thanks, Caliope, Christine - Another version of the story at - Thank, Allison

Screen Junkies: 7 War Filled Movies Like Troy - Thanks, Caliope

Superman Super Site: New Synopsis Revealed for "Man of Steel" - Thanks, Allison

March 7

Related Les Mis: Nine Actors to watch - Samantha Barks (go to #8)

No new news yet today --- or yesterday.... But from the past, and because we long for Spring..

March 5

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe 9km walk, au revoir Paris

From CGee: SMH: NRL Roosters stun Rabbitohs 24-20 -- It all went wrong so quickly. Rabbitohs had the lead during second half, Roosters needed two scores with 8 minutes to go and incredibly they scored 2 trys to win the game, 24-20. Unbelievable, and such a waste of what was mostly a good, solid effort by Souths. - Also thanks to Nicole

From Mary Anne: We have a new feature at TRC - an interactive timeline of Russell's upcoming projects here.

Film Junk: Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Russell Crowe Film? - Thanks, Sheri

IMDb Poll: The 50 Best Actors - Thanks, Caliope

March 4

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe - I'm meeting with an historian to discuss the development over time of the French penal system and police force 1700's -1800's. Jealous?

Brisbane Times: It's time for Rusty's Rabbitohs to deliver - Thanks, Allison

March 3

Film School Rejects: Time to Put On the Foil: 9 Tough Guys Who Make Hockey Movies Fun For The Whole Family - Thanks, Eileen

Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe - hotel du nord...that's where it was happening last night. That Anne Hathaway is a very fun,enough excercise to redeem myself

March 2

Russell is in Paris - See his Twitter feed

You Tube: Les Misérables - 26 - Noir Ou Blanc (Music in French - Quote from the page) - "...French version of Les Misérables, original concept album. I don't own anything, all belongs to the creative geniuses of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil." - Thanks, Steph

Yahoo Movies: The films that’ll be making an impact at Oscars 2013 (Scroll a bit for Les Mis)

The Chronicle Herald ca: From Ro -- There's an interview with Alan Hawco in the Halifax Chronicle Herald today with a brief but nice mention of Russell. "The current season started with a guest spot from Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe. "Having Russell Crowe on the show was truly unreal because before I was a friend of his, I always admired him as an actor — his simplicity and fierceness," said Hawco, who met Crowe through Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle." - Hawco shares his St. John’s

International Business Times: Trivial Things To Know About Russell Crowe - Russell Crowe has established a name that is simply unforgettable in Hollywood due to all his box office successes, with an appeal that can make any woman fall in love with - Thanks, Eileen

International business Times: Trivial Things To Know About Russell Crowe - Thanks, Allison

March 1 New MAN OF STEEL Set Photos Featuring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Christopher Meloni (no Russell) - "Director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel features Henry Cavill in the role of DC Comics' popular hero Superman. The film also stars three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves). Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), and Faora, Zod's evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Superman's father, Jor-El, will be portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator) alongside Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Superman's mother. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy. - Thanks, Eileen

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: [Geographically Related - TN3D] - 4-star film studio coming to Strip District

Wales On Line: David James: How Russell Crowe sheds light on Government policy - Thanks, sec7, Eileen

New Web Page for Noah

From Ellen: From this week's (March 2, 2012) Entertainment Weekly - Chart Flashback - 10 Years Ago.... 6.)  A BEAUTIFUL MIND --How do you turn a film about math into a box office smash?  Simple! Take eight Oscar Nominations, add a zillion rave reviews, and mulitiply by Russell Crowe's post-Gladiator appeal.  Weekend Gross $9.4M  Final Gross $170.7M  B+

Man With Iron Fist Related - Lucy Lui is great in Southland

Les Mis - Victor Hugo's novel (all 1400 pages of it) is available to read on Gutenberg. Here is the link to the Javert section

Hugo novel

February 29

Empire On Line: Crowe Officially In Talks For Noah -- Darren Aronofsky almost has him hooked - Thanks, BarbieCat

The Hollywood Reporter: 'A Winter's Tale': Warner Bros. Starting Screen Tests With Lily Collins, Tom Hiddleston -- Goldsman, who wrote the script and will be making his directorial debut, came close last year when he got to the casting stage but that was derailed by budgetary issues. Goldsman was able to bring the budget down by at least $20 million and has recruited some A-list friends with whom he previously worked  - Russell Crowe and Will Smith - to bring some wattage to a project that focuses on young leads. Warners liked the new presentation and has given Goldsman the go-ahead to begin casting. - Thanks, Steph, Eileen

New web page for Noah