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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.
Russell Crowe with Ed Sheeran and their Giuliano Mazzuoli watches at the Daily Mail Russell was at Ed’s show at Wembley Stadium in London.
BBC interview with Garrard Conley offers details of Russell’s preparation for his role in upcoming Boy Erased.
Players from England and New Zealand will hold a rugby league test match this Saturday in Denver, Colorado. Source: NRL.com Excerpt:
The promotion for the Test received a boost after South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe indicated on Twitter that he would be travelling to Denver to watch Sam and Tom Burgess play for England.
The Guardian has an interview with Garrard Conley who wrote Boy Erased, and some interesting details about Russell during filming. Excerpts:
Boy Erased has been adapted into a film, due for release this autumn. Directed by Joel Edgerton, it stars Russell Crowe as Conley’s father and Nicole Kidman as his mother. Early last autumn, as filming commenced, a producer called Conley to ask if he knew where Russell Crowe was. “How the fuck would I know where Russell Crowe is?” he replied. “Isn’t he on set?” He wasn’t, as it turned out. Instead, Crowe had taken a private plane to Mountain Home to attend a Baptist service led by Conley’s father. “My dad called up two hours later, and he said: ‘Well, you’ll never guess what just happened,’ and I said, ‘Did Russell Crowe just show up at your church?’” Conley laughs uncomfortably at the memory. “It made a little bit of a scene – it’s a very small town, a lot of people have been on meth,” he says. “And then Russell Crowe comes in with his entourage and sits down. I was told my dad paused in his sermon for about two minutes, before continuing.”
Crowe went to great lengths to study Conley’s father, even coming away from Mountain Home with his lapel pin, a wooden cross from the Galilee, that he wore throughout filming. On set he sent a case of watches to Conley, asking him to select the one his dad might wear.
Update – many photos at Getty images
Photos of Russell at the Il Gladiatore In Concerto presentation in Rome, Italy at DailyMail
Self-videos on Russell’s twitter
Excerpt: Focus Features will release “Boy Erased” in select theaters September 28. The release date falls in the thick of awards season and suggests the studio is most likely going to premiere the film at one of the major fall festivals.
“Well played Russell Crowe, well played indeed.”