Ridley misses Russell

I saw Ridley Scott’s The Martian last weekend and loved it, I think it’s his best work since American Gangster. Interview with Ridley at The Australian and this bit at the end:

“We’re ready,” he adds. “It’s up to the powers that be to help me out. Besides, I need to have a drink with Russell (Crowe) in Sydney; I haven’t seen him for a while!”

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In Sand and Blood news

Thanks to Judy and Steph – note that The Wrap does not have confirmation from Russell as yet.

Russell Crowe to Star in Epic Drama (The Wrap)

Oscar winner Russell Crowe is set to star in “In Sand and Blood” for IM Global, TheWrap has learned. It is unclear whether Crowe will direct the epic drama after recently making his directorial debut with “The Water Diviner.”

Representatives for IM Global and Crowe dodged multiple inquiries regarding the project over the last several weeks.

Ronan Bennett wrote the script, which may be based on Dean King’s nonfiction book “Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival.” Luc Roeg will produce, while IM Global’s Stuart Ford will executive produce.

In 1815, an American brig, the Commerce, was wrecked on the desolate coast fringing the Western Sahara. Starving and dying of thirst, its 12 man crew were captured, stripped, beaten and enslaved, kept barely alive on camel blood and urine. Five were never to be seen again, the others sold to a succession of tribesmen who bought and bartered each man for as little as a tattered blanket.

An Arab trader, Sidi Hamet, then bought Captain James Riley (Crowe) and some of his men, aiming only to sell them on at a profit. By impassioned advocacy and sheer bluff, Riley convinced Hamet that he would receive a far greater ransom from a European consul — that in truth existed only in Riley’s imagination — who was supposedly based in a Moroccan port a thousand miles to the north. What followed was an epic, terrifying and, for some, ultimately fateful trek across one of the most extreme environments on earth.

Crowe teased his involvement in the project last week in a cryptic tweet that suggested he had already begun researching his role.

(Editor’s note: scroll down this page)



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Fathers and Daughters news

Director Gabriele Muccino is in Italy promoting Fathers and Daughters, video at the link

Taiwanese poster (thanks to Steph)taiwanese:

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In Sand and Blood

From Russell at twitter: Research. #insandandblood



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Josh Lucas on Russell Crowe and his 30th birthday surprise

Josh Lucas shares how Russell contributed to his 30th birthday surprise while filming A Beautiful Mind

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Fathers and Daughters at the Tokyo Intl Film Festival



Metropolis and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) are pleased to offer five pairs of tickets to the pre-release screening of “Fathers & Daughters,” directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul. The film opens October 3, but you can screen it early on September 27 at this pre-festival event at Akasaka Civic Center Hall in Minato-ku.

To enter, just email your name and phone number to info@metropolisjapan.com.

Doors open at 3:30pm and the screening starts at 4.
The screening is co-hosted by the Minato Sports, Community, Culture, and Health Foundation and TIFF.

More than 200 films will be part of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival
Date: October 22 (Thu) – 31 (Sat), 2015

Venues: Roppongi Hills, Shinjuku Wald 9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku and other theaters in Tokyo. http://2015.tiff-jp.net/en/

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Russell and Tenny at the game – updated

From tumblr – thanks to Steph for the find:


Updated with new images thanks to Miyuki:

thanks to Lizi – click on thumbnails

From Getty Images. With Mark Carroll, Chris Murphy and Dave Kelly

Thanks to @lizibrown at twitter:



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Looking forward to 2016 – SSTID!

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ season came to an end with their loss to the Sharks this afternoon in the Elimination Final at Allianz Stadium 28-12. Bring on 2016!

Back while the game was still scoreless, the cameras caught a cute moment where Tenny objected to a call, and friends with him appeared to react to being on camera, and the lot of them pushed over into Russell who laughed and reached up to pat Tenny. Click on thumbnails for larger screencaps.

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New images from Fathers and Daughters

Thanks to Steph for the find

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Russell Crowe hopes for commercial result

Here’s a Huffington Post interview, originally from the press junket, reprinted to coincide with the dvd release of The Water Diviner – worth reading again for the many direct quotes:

“Here’s the thing, as an actor I used to think that I had the greatest job in the world.

“And then I did this. You know? And at this stage in my life this is, it really suits me to be doing this to you know but this is a gamble. This is the risk in play. It’s a three year process to direct a movie to this point now where it’s finally coming out and what’s on the line is essentially if I get a commercial result I buy my freedom. For 25 years I’ve been a gun for hire actor making lead roles and feature films and if Ridley Scott’s going to, wants to shoot in Morocco, we go to Morocco. If Darren Aronofsky wants to shoot in Iceland well, we’re going to Iceland. You know? I’ve got two boys. I’ve got an eight year old and an eleven year old and I need to be home more. So if I can wrest creative control, then I benefit in two ways. One is suits me now at this stage to actually run the show to make those creative decisions and also it means that my pre-production, post-production, the majority of any given year is going to be spent where my kids are so that’s the gamble but I need a commercial result.”

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