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Ed Sheeran talks about using Russell’s recording studio at the farm for a collaboration with Eminem – video at Billboard
The press as usual has created something from nothing regarding Russell. Here is audio of the sodomizing bit. Sounds like laughter in that crowd to me, and doesn’t sound like he’s presenting the story in a callous manner. See what you think.
‘Kwaussie’ named 2017 word of the year by Australian National Dictionary Centre
The word refers to a person who is a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, a New Zealander living in Australia, or a person of Australian and New Zealand descent.
One of its earliest citations labelled Russell Crowe a kwaussie, calling him “what you get when you cross a Kiwi who can’t decide whether they’re a Kiwi or an Aussie”.
Russell signs on for True History of the Kelly Gang at Deadline
Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Captain Fantastic actor George MacKay andhave signed to star in director Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, along with Nicholas Hoult and Essie Davis. The script is by Shaun Grant, based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel, and follows notorious bushranger Ned Kelly (MacKay), one of the world’s greatest outlaws, and thecolonial badlands from which he rose. Filming will take place Victoria, Australia in March.
What is happening on Manus Island – at the New York Times.
Team Toby Leeds United
Excerpt: “You know when you see someone and you think, ‘I know him,’ well that’s what happened. I was unpacking boxes and I looked up and saw this man and was ‘I know that man’ and then I realised, I do know that man,” she emphasised, laughing, “It’s Russell Crowe. And I looked at him and was ‘Ok Russell Crowe.’ My first instinct was to go ‘Ah well’ that’s nice and simply continue about my business but then he turned to me and said, ‘Do you want a hand?’ And they all jumped up and started carrying the boxes and helping me.”
She said he was “extremely chivalrous and really down to Earth. A really nice guy.” Russell was in town with his band Indoor Garden Party to make an appearance on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show. “They were all in very high spirits, a real party atmosphere on a Friday night in Dublin, very, very funny and really enjoying themselves. There was a great atmosphere around them.”
Here’s a fun first-person report of the Leeds show from Pete Price, “award-winning radio host, stand up comedian and TV personality. He writes a weekly column for the (Liverpool) Echo”. Pete says his friends took him to see IGP as a surprise treat. Excerpt:
The lights went down and I still had no idea. The band came on and were called ‘Indoor Garden Party’. Most of the faces were familiar, as they were actors and turned out to be musicians as well. On came the star – it was A-lister Russell Crowe, the man worth an estimated $95m. I’d heard he writes music, sings and plays the guitar and there he was in front of me. The man who won an Oscar for Gladiator, one of my favourite films of all time. He was about to sing looking slightly uncomfortable at 53. He was so laid back and delivered a wonderful two hour. very one of them on stage was talented. You could have watched each band member for hours, in particular Scott Grimes, whose voice was amazing. He was one of the actors in Robin Hood. I didn’t know any of the music but loved every song. The whole experience was surreal and very entertaining. Later on I was invited to the bar by the promoter to meet the man himself with the band. It’s true what they say about him, he is one of the lads, enjoys partying and loves a drink. We were then invited to the aftershow party, which made me laugh as eventually they were travelling to Liverpool on the tour bus to get the ferry to Dublin. I don’t think anybody slept.
Russell on the set of Boy Erased. The link is Daily Mail. Please be aware that the initial, unconfirmed report, stated simply that Russell was asked to vouch for a guy who worked for Weinstein. That is all. Matt Damon has said that he made such a call because he had no personal reason not to do so. As these things go, the tabloid media takes it and runs with it until the story becomes something totally different.