Director and cast of Boy Erased at TIFF

Video of director Joel Edgerton and cast members – sadly minus Russell – talk about Boy Erased. Thanks Allison!


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Joel Edgerton on ‘Boy Erased’

Interview with Director Joel Edgerton at L.A. Times. Excerpt:

With Nicole and Russell, I was actually concerned about the one-two punch of them because they were Australian and I was Australian and the story was very American. But when I met with Garrard, I asked him to send me some family photographs and when I saw his father, I was like, “Oh my God, it’s Russell Crowe.” And Garrard’s mother is this translucent peroxide blond and I just pictured Nicole.  I felt strangely like some sort of acting cupid that I finally put those two people together. But given their friendship and history, it was like they were already married when they turned up on the set.

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Early reports on Boy Erased – updated

Richard Lawson for Vanity Fair  Excerpt:

… there’s a terrific scene toward the end of the film in which Jared calmly, but with a tremble of emotion in his voice, lays out to his father what a continued relationship between the two of them would have to look like. It’s a smart, emphatic, direct piece of writing. And Hedges and Crowe are terrific together, as two men—one young and newly free with self-discovery, the other old and needing to reconsider toxic, long-held ideals—trying to lurch themselves forward together.

Steven Farber’s review at at The Hollywood Reporter

Jared’s father (Crowe) is an Arkansas pastor, and his wife (Kidman) is also a devout Christian, but they clearly love their only son, and the film resists the temptation to caricature them.

Crowe captures the single-mindedness of a religious zealot, along with genuine concern for his son. Kidman’s role is even richer, for her journey involves not simply accepting her son but also recognizing her own subjugation in a male-dominated community. When she apologizes to her son for her complicity in bending to her husband and the other men in town, her confession is wrenching as both a gay-positive and feminist statement, timely on both counts without being overstated.

David Erlich for IndieWire (also positive)

Looks like Telluride is the opener.

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Russell at the game – updated

Update – article at the Advertiser about Sophia Forrest who was sitting with Russell at the game. She’s an actress and the daughter of Russell’s longtime friend Andrew Forrest.

Souths romped all over Wests Tigers last night winning 51-10 in the run up to the finals. Sam Burgess left the field early with a suspect hamstring. Game wrap up at Russell was in attendance.
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Festival dates for Boy Erased

Boy Erased will have it’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival September 6-16, if it does not show up at Telluride first (they don’t announce films ahead of time). It will then go to the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on October 10-21, followed by the Austin Film Festival October 25 to November 1.

You can read more at Deadline, Chicago Tribune and IndieWire

And a sad if not surprising detail from the documentary film makers of The Last Blockbuster. The Cinderella Man jockstrap has gone missing – at

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Russell as Henry Power

Photos of Russell as Henry Power in The True History of the Kelly Gang at

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Russell at the game

Photos of Russell and Charlie at the Souths win over the Eels this week – Daily Mail and at Getty:

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Boy Erased trailer

Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe’s Heartbreaking new film –


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Casting call for Ned Kelly film

Casting call brings out locals in hopes of becoming extras on Ned Kelly film. More information at The Advocate

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Crowe to portray Ailes for Showtime

Source: LA Times

Russell Crowe is making his way to American television at last — and playing a U.S. media giant in the process.

The Oscar winner will star in Showtime’s currently untitled limited-series adaptation of “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, the cable/satellite outlet announced Monday.

Based on the reporting of Gabriel Sherman, the series has an eight-episode order and will be executive produced by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy and Emmy winner Jason Blum.

“In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today,” David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks said in a statement. “We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane, and it finds contemporary embodiment in the rise and fall of Roger Ailes. With Russell Crowe in the lead role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”

The series, which boasts a first episode co-written by Sherman and McCarthy, is to be told through multiple points of view and focusing primarily on the past decade, with flashbacks to previous events in Ailes life, including his meeting with Richard Nixon on “The Mike Douglas Show” as well as the allegations of sexual harassment that ultimately served as his Fox News downfall.

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