Greetings from Sydney, Australia!

I am travelling with my son Connor in Australia and at the moment we are back in Sydney after a week in Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is endangered and may well disappear within our lifetimes so I urge you to go and see it and their rain forests if you can – we had a truly amazing experience there. Last night we were at ANZ Stadium for the game between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Newcastle Knights, and were honoured to be the guests of The Burrow. We did our best to learn the songs and sing loud and proud. It was a stunner of a game with the Bunnies back in their best form, all team members healthy and on hand to thump the Knights 52 to 6. Russell was present with Julie Burgess, mother of the mighty Burgess brothers – photos at Zimbio. Watch the match highlights and more at the official site of the South Sydney Rabbitohs

I have been posting the news at our twitter and Facebook accounts (see links to the right) which are easier for me to manage from my phone so my apologies for adding the news late to the website. In film news, Deadline says Russell is rumoured as being sought for a part in Kong Skull Island.

Also an interview with Mark Staufer, long time friend of Russell’s, back to when they were in a high school band together.

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Love Was My Alibi

Available on iTunes – the beautiful single “Love Was My Alibi” and The Water Diviner soundtrack

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Russell is in L.A.

Apparently with the family and working with Carl Falk and Scott Grimes on the Crowe Doyle Songbook Volume VIII according to his post on twitter. The DT has photos of him at his favored cafe and with Charlie. Warning: Annette Sharp is still not over Russell beating her in that bike challenge.

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Own “Water Diviner” on Blu-ray or DVD on July 28th

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Own “Water Diviner” on Blu-ray or DVD on July 28th or

Own it Early on Digital HD on July 7th

“Sensational screen entertainment.”

— Pete Hammond, Deadline

WITNESS HOPE AND SPECTACULAR

COURAGE WHEN

THE WATER DIVINER

ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY, DVD

and DIGITAL HD FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Blu-ray debuts on July 28

Own it early on Digital HD on July 7

Burbank, CA, June XX, 2015 – Separated by war, a determined father goes the distance to find his sons when “The Water Diviner” arrives onto Blu-ray and DVD on July 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) makes his directorial debut in “The Water Diviner,” an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery. The film will be available early on Digital HD on July 7.

Crowe directed “The Water Diviner” from a screenplay by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, who were also executive producers on the film. The film was produced by Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum, alongside executive producers James Packer, Brett Ratner, Kerry Stokes, Tim Worner, Angus Ross and John Collee. The film’s international ensemble cast also includes Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O’Toole, Jacqueline McKenzie and Isabel Lucas.

The Water Diviner” won three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including Best Picture. The film also won in the categories of Best Supporting Actor (Erdogan) and Best Costume Design. It also received five additional nominations, for Best Lead Actor (Crowe), Best Supporting Actress (McKenzie), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Editing.

The Water Diviner” will be available on Blu-ray for $29.98, and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “The Water Diviner” via purchase from digital retailers.

SYNOPSIS

Crowe stars in “The Water Diviner” as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919 goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier and single mother; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth…and his own peace.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“The Water Diviner” Blu-ray contains the following special features:

  • The Making of The Water Diviner
  • The Battle of Gallipoli

 DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On July 7, “The Water Diviner” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On July 28, “The Water Diviner” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET

Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

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Composer James Horner dies

Composer James Horner (A Beautiful Mind) has died in a plane crash in California. Details at the LA Times. Update here

Ron Howard and Russell Crowe expressed their condolences and loss at Twitter:

 

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Preorder The Water Diviner at Amazon

Preorder of The Water Diviner (US) BluRay or DVD from Warner Home Video available today!

Brief clip of Russell with cousin Martin Crowe in Aukland today from New Zealand TV.

The cousins appeared to be enjoying each other’s company as they laughed and chatted away over coffee and lunch at Cafe on Kohi on Tamaki Drive in Kohimarama.

Martin Crowe’s wife, Lorraine Downes, joined the pair, who are first cousins and have a close relationship.

The former cricketer had a hearty bowl of soup and the trio were all dressed in casual attire.

Martin Crowe revealed earlier this year that the cancer he once called a friend, because of how it transformed his outlook on life, was now “an enemy”.

The 52-year-old opened up to media about the rare “double-hit” cancer that has transformed from his original Follicular Lymphoma to become life-threatening.

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The Water Diviner well on EBay

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The prop well used in The Water Diviner is up for auction on EBay. It might be fun to have in the back yard, but you have to travel to Burra, South Australia to pick it up.

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Russell in DT Lux

Russell in DT Lux (Spain) May 2015. Scans thanks to Ernest Barath and Russell Crowe Russia at twitter.

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The Water Diviner Soundtrack

This is nifty: Russell tweeted a world-wide link for The Water Diviner soundtrack. No matter where you live, there is a download option.

The Water Diviner (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) now available on iTunes and at Amazon.

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Russell Crowe with John Nash

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Thanks to Marilee for the tall photo. Russell with John Nash on the set of A Beautiful Mind.

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And with Director Ron Howard, dated March 28, 2001

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