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January 28

"Russell Crowe will present ( #AACTAAwards ) from a live-cross from LA..." http://t.co/sFvVFJEiZC @russellcrowe @WaterDivinerANZ - Thanks, CGee

NY Times: 10 P.M. (Starz) MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (2003) In Peter Weir’s adaptation of novels by Patrick O’Brian, Russell Crowe stars as Jack Aubrey, commander of a British frigate whose crew members must battle a faster, larger French vessel off the South American coast during the Napoleonic wars. Paul Bettany is the ship’s surgeon and the sensitive foil to Aubrey’s fierceness. Writing in The Times, A. O. Scott said that the film “hums with humor, passion and life.” He added, “It makes you wish Napoleon were still around, so we — that is, I mean, the British Empire — could beat him all over again.” - Starz

Sydney Confidential: Geoffrey Rush gushes about the calibre of Aussie creativity - “If this is the cream of Australian filmmaking in 2014, a slate that ranges from a blockbuster like Water Diviner to indie-spirited film Babadook, Predestination, Charlie’s Country, Railway Man and Tracks, that is a pretty damn good year expressing the breadth of the stuff we make in this country on a film level,” Rush said. - AACTA Awards 1/29/2015 - Film Award nominees - "Competition within the category of Best Lead Actor is strong. Past AFI Award winners Russell Crowe (THE WATER DIVINER) and David Gulpilil (CHARLIE’S COUNTRY) compete with Guy Pearce (THE ROVER), marking his sixth nomination from the AFI and AACTA since 2005, and Damon Herriman (THE LITTLE DEATH), who received an nomination at the 2nd AACTA Awards for his performance in LAID SERIES 2."

Lots of videos on this Crowe site - Russell Crowe Online -- worth a visit

The NZ Herald: Colin Hogg: A rare treat - some seriously good TV -Sundays on 7: Crowe interview



From Jeannine: While watching the powerful, yet harrowing holocaust HBO documentary, Night Will Fall, I saw Branko Lustig, one of the producers of Gladiator, American Gangster, Black Hawk Down, and Schindler's list among others. As a Croatian Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, he described recovering in a hospital and hearing the bagpipes of the British troops. He thought he must be in heaven. Like other documentaries before, the Night Will Fall documentary is very difficult to watch, but it is so important to see and never forget.

Night Will Fall - HBO

 

January 27

news.com.au: Is Russell Crowe’s directorial debut losing awards momentum in the lead-up to the AACTAs?

January 24

The Mail: Bad hair day? Russell Crowe gets his comb over tended to by a stylist while filming on set of new movie The Nice Guys

The Mail: Hot wheels! Ryan Gosling cruises around with Russell Crowe in a vintage convertible on the set of The Nice Guys

January 22

The Daily Mail: Ryan Gosling returns to set of Nice Guys with co-star Russell Crowe after failing to get permanent restraining order against stalker - Thanks, Steph (lots of pics)

January 21

The Mail: Russell Crowe set to attend South Sydney game with St Helens at World Club Series

Related -- Facebook - Berlinale Festival - Aronofsky's "Pi" opens the festival

Surname Database: Last name: Crowe -- This surname, with variant spelling Crow, has two distinct possible origins, one English and the other Gaelic Irish. In the first instance, the derivation is from the Middle English "crowe" (Olde English "crawa"), meaning "crow", and originally given as a nickname to someone thought to bear a fancied resemblance to the bird, perhaps someone with particularly dark hair. The surname from this source first appears on record in the latter part of the 12th Century (see below). Other early recordings include: Nicholas Crowe, in the 1187 Pipe Rolls of Norfolk, and William Croe, in the Hundred Rolls of Suffolk, dated 1273. One Thomas Crow, noted in Records of the Diocese of Dunblane, appears to be the earliest Scottish namebearer. In Ireland, the surname Crow(e) is used as an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic patronymic "Mac Enchroe" from an earlier "Mac Conchradha", "son of Conchradha", a personal name containing the element "con", hound. The Motto "Skeagh mac en chroe" is attached to the Coat of Arms for the Crow(e) family of County Clare. Mitford Crow, colonel and British diplomatic agent became governor of Barbados in 1707. An early settler in the New World Colonies was Adam Crowe, aged 19 yrs., who sailed from London on the "Thomas", bound for Virginia in August 1635, and Michael Crowe, aged 30 yrs., was a Famine emigrant to New York, leaving Cork on the "Agile" in May 1847. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ailwin Crawe, which was dated 1180, in the "Pipe Rolls of Warwickshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Martin Crowe at Wikipedia

January 20

FilmSchool Rejects: 6 Filmmaking Tips From Michael Mann

January 19

Russell Press Conference in Seoul - Part One --- Part Two -- Thanks, Jon

Zimbio: "The Water Diviner" Press Conference In Seoul - Thanks, Steph

The NY Times: For Musicians, a TV Series Underscores Diminishing Role - "New York musicians and union officials point to hopeful signs of films and television shows that are choosing to record in the city — including Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 film, “Noah,” which was recorded in Manhattan and featured a full orchestra."

The Water Diviner Blog: The Water Diviner Premiere in Seoul on Monday - Thanks, Andrew

January 18

The Daily Mail: Man of the people: Russell Crowe gets mobbed by fans at airport during first ever visit to South Korea 

in Korea

January 17

SSTV via You Tube: Russell in Korea:

Thanks, Agnes, Steph

My Daily Co: images of Russell in Korea - Thanks, Agnes

January 16

Michael Bolton: Are you working on any music now? -- I'm always working on ideas for new songs and albums. I recently wrote the title song for a forthcoming Russell Crowe film called Fathers & Daughters. What inspired that song was the theme of the story, which is a father-daughter relationship. I have three daughters and was very moved watching the powerful performances between Russell and Amanda Seyfried. It struck me on a deep level, and the song is written as a letter from a father to a daughter.

The Water Diviner Blog: If you're like me you could listen to Jack Thompson read to you all day and night. Bolinda Publishing have new stock of The Water Diviner audiobook read by Jack (on CD of for MP3s). We were thrilled when we heard he had agreed to do this, and doubly excited when we realised The Water Diviner was the first audiobook he had recorded. How is that possible? We feel privileged. I have to confess, when I went into the recording studio in Sydney to meet Jack last month, long before I announced my arrival I sat on the couch outside the booth with my eyes closed just listening. (ed note: Just bought it as an MP3 file)

The Hollywood Reporter: Oscars: Bradley Cooper Becomes 10th Actor Ever To Score Three-Peat Nomination - Russell one of the 10

January 12

Russell in Oz textbook - year 9 Humanities - thanks, Christine Pearson at Twitter - and Lily....

January 10

NY Times: Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Hollywood Scion, Dies at 88 - "For a time he owned Landmark, a chain of art theaters. As a producer, he was nominated for a best picture Oscar in 2004 for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

The Water Diviner Blog: Arise Sir Russell Bey? - "...As plans for Canakkale/Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey firm up, Hurriyet newspaper is reporting that Russell Crowe and Prince Charles will be attending the dawn service. They also mention Russell is being considered for special recognition for ‘The Water Diviner’ such is the goodwill generated with Turkish audiences by the film. What a wonderful accolade that would be."

January 8

NY Times: Hearing Oscar Buzz In Genre-Busting Scores -- Patti Smith, Trent Reznor and Others on Writing Film Music - "...Her involvement with “Noah” started by happenstance; she bumped into its director, Darren Aronofsky, at the Venice Film Festival. He told her he needed a lullaby for Russell Crowe to sing in “Noah,” about the Old Testament flood, and that the song would play a crucial role in the film’s narrative. Ms. Smith, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and steeped in the Bible, quickly offered herself. “I aggressively volunteered to write the lullaby because I like lullabies,” she said. “I have a strong relationship with the text.” Mr. Aronofsky was thrilled. “I tried to act as cool as possible and be as nonchalant as I could,” he said."

 

January 7

From Celia: "I just discovered that Noah is now showing on cable on EPIX on demand and it is free if you subscribe to EPIX."

January 6

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January 4

The Guardian: Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner tops 2014 Australian box office - Thanks, Steph

January 3

Water Diviner Blog: Another AACTA Nomination for The Water Diviner

Thanks to TRC: On this day in .... January 6, 1992 - In Australian Elle magazine with Simon Westaway talking about their production of The Blues Brothers on stage.

Elle

January 2

The Wrap:OscarWrap: Patti Smith Pens Lullaby Across Time for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Diviant Art (Jeff Victor): The Evolution of Russell Crowe

The Norman Mailer Society: Russell and Mailer on the set of Cinderella Man. Thanks, Steph

Gourmet Traveler: Behind the scenes of The Water Diviner

December 31 - New Year's Eve

Christine Sams - The Daily Telegraph au: Turkish delight! Russell Crowe’s film The Water Diviner edges out The Hobbit

 


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