RZA sets it straight

Wow, remind us not to talk trash about RZA.

The rapper and music producer washed his hands of Azealia Banks on Thursday, rejecting her version of what went down Saturday night between her and Russell Crowe and announcing that despite her recent claim to the contrary,  no record deal had been signed.

“Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented,” said RZA, real name Robert Diggs, in a scathing post on Facebook.

More at L.A. Times

From RZA’s Facebook:


Normally I don’t respond to negative social media attacks towards me. Yet in this case of Azealia Banks I’m compelled to respond.
Firstly I only wish the best for her and any struggling artist in this complex industry.
Azealia was brought to my attention while I was casting my next Film Coco. I heard the rumors of her problems in the industry but disregarded them with the rationality everyone is innocent until proven guilty. So my producer and I fought for her to be in the film and we succeeded. During the filming process things ran smooth and she delivered. Thus my only experience with her had been professional. The only brief social moment was at the wrap party. Therefore “I HAD NO REAL EXPERIENCE OF HER SOCIAL BEHAVIOR…”
A few weeks ago Azealia hit me up for some economic help and bong I gave a helping hand.
She then followed up asking me to help her get a record deal.
I called a friend and bong a record deal was on the table. The only clause my buddy gave was I be the filter because the word is “she is volatile”.
I called her and told her a deal was in the workings. She immediately, prematurely went to social media and claimed she signed a deal with RZA Yet no deal was signed.
I didn’t respond or comment to her post because I’m not the type to stop the hustle.
I actually wanted her to win.
I advised her to stay focus, leave social media and tabloids alone and let your music and art do your talking.
She then hits me for a ticket to LA to work and Bong I comply.
She then needs a place to stay and bong I put her in a hotel.

I returned to LA shortly after and we scheduled a meeting.
I invited her to meet me at the BHH Polo Lounge. Yet I head also planned on spending some time with my Buddy RC in his suite so I ask him can she join. He says “cool Bobby” so I invited her.
Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room she becomes loud and obnoxious.
There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest.
Still verbal abuse can be tolerated but when it goes physical…
Azealia threaten to cut a girl in the face with a glass, then actually grabs a glass and physically attacks for no logical reason.
Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite.
Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented. I was totally puzzles by her and thought maybe meds or booze or something had her zoned out.
Nevertheless I made sure she got home safe.
I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg::::
I’m not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber.
My art, talent and success speaks for it self and Azealia’s recent slander of me and self victimization reflect’s the personality of the person that was in that room that night.
I have a wife, daughters, sisters and females on my staff so I protect women everyday.
I pray none of them ever behave the way I witnessed Azealia Banks behaved that night.


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Russell Crowe bounces guest threatening others at party

TMZ is reporting that Russell Crowe carried rapper Azealia Banks out of his hotel suite “in a bear hug” after she threatened to cut him and another guest during a dinner party he was hosting Saturday night. He then call security guards who removed Banks from the hotel property. There has been a lot of talk of the incident at social media sites today because Banks posted a radically different version of events at her Facebook page, then deleted it. TMZ says that at least 4 guests gave statements that support Russell’s version, including rapper RZA. Excerpt:

The bizarre incident went down Saturday night at Russell’s room at a Bev Hills hotel, where he’d invited about 10 people over to have dinner and listen to music. One of his guests was RZA, who brought Azealia along. According to eyewitness accounts the trouble started when Azealia laughed out loud at Russell’s music selection, and then called him and at least one other guest, “boring white men.” We’re told a female guest jumped to Russell’s defense and suggested Banks pipe down. Instead, we’re told she made an insane speech/threat to Crowe and the woman …”You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino s***.” Then for good measure, witnesses say she dropped a few n-bombs … yet Crowe remained surprisingly calm. We’re told Azealia reached for her glass, cocked it back … and that’s when Russell had enough.

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Russell Crowe presents Ridley Scott with Honor


Source: Deadline Hollywood  Russell began the ceremony:

“Hello American Cinematheque. Let’s grab this night by the pussy,” said host Russell Crowe as he opened the festivities honoring Sir Ridley Scott Friday night at the Beverly Hilton with the 30th American Cinematheque Award. “Before we begin I have been asked to make sure that each and every one of you are properly registered to vote. It’s a huge year so please don’t forget to vote for the Academy Awards when that time of year comes around.”

“… this was an evening devoted to praising the work of the 78 year-old director of such iconic movies as Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Thelma And Louise, The Martian, and so many others. What’s really remarkable, as Crowe immediately pointed out, is that Scott has made over 40 films as a director, 160 as a producer, and hundreds and hundreds of hours of TV shows (The Good Wife, The Man In The High Castle etc), yet he didn’t even direct his first feature film, 1977’s The Duellists, until he was 40 years old. That’s a remarkable output of work (which also includes over 2000 commercials). “Not bad for a late bloomer from the northeast of England,” Crowe said before going on to list every movie he had made with him including, of course, Gladiator which won Crowe his Best Actor Oscar.

Source: Yahoo Movies
“At this point it’s very clear that Ridley Scott is a filmmaker with the talent to do anything he wants in any genre you care to mention,” Crowe said. “From film noir to fantasy, from comedy to crime, from period pieces to the distant future, this man can do it all … He not only knows the language of film, he speaks all of its dialects. He speaks camera, editing, grip, gaffer, hair, makeup, all of those things — and he’s getting better at speaking actor.”

More photos at Zimbio

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Russell in Armidale

Russell was in Armidale, in Northern Australia, this week.  Source: The Northern Daily Leader


Coffeeshop co-owner Chrissy Rologas with Russell Crowe. Photo credit: Chrissy Rologas

He was very nice, he had breakfast here with his two sons and some friends.

The actor also added his signature to coffee shop’s wall-of-fame.


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Curtis Hansen passes

“I prefer stories about people who are, in a sense, trying to find better versions of themselves.” — Curtis Hanson

Russell at twitter:

RIP Curtis Hansen . Thank you for believing in me & standing your ground. In reality you made my job a career. Love & respect my friend.

Obviously distracted & upset…RIP to Curtis Hanson… this correction because he would have asked for another take…”in technicolor sir”

According to Deadline:

Officer Tony Im of the LAPD confirmed the news to Deadline, saying police arrived at Hanson’s home at 4:50 PM and that he was pronounced dead at the scene. The filmmaker had been in poor health for a while.

Hanson co-wrote (with Brian Helgeland), directed and produced L.A. Confidential (1997), an adaptation of James Ellroy’s noir novel which was up for Best Picture and also earned him a directing nom and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Set in 1953 Los Angeles, the film starred Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell,Danny DeVito, David Straithairn and — in brief but Oscar-winning scenes — Kim Basinger. It followed a group of corrupt LAPD officers and a deal with a Hollywood gossip rag to feed it celebrity tips

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Russell to host Award night for Ridley Scott

Russell Crowe will host the 30th annual American Cinematheque Award Tribute to Ridley Scott on October 14 at the Beverly Hilton. Matt Damon will present the award with additional tributes from Noomi Rapace, Katherine Waterston, Sigourney Weaver and Kristen Wiig. Tickets start at $600. Black tie suggested. For more information call Mann Productions: 323.314.7000

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Harry Connick Jr gets advice from Russell Crowe

and others. Promo video for Harry Connick Jr’s new chat show.

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Sam’s tailor 24 hours later

This from @samstailor at twitter – “24 hours later”


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The Nice Guys

is out on Blu-Ray today, in stores and at Amazon

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Russell in Hong Kong

Russell at the tailor in Hong Kong, posted to twitter earlier today:


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