The Mummy behind the scenes

Fight scene!


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Dr Jekyll


Universal Monsters Universe has more detail on Russell’s Dr Jekyll character. Excerpt:

Dr. Jekyll, who’s dedicated his life and resources to studying the monsters within society since the beginning of civilization.  …

Will we eventually be seeing Mr. Hyde though? All Kurtzman could offer was the following, “The problem is, the person who seems to be the face of the organisation may or may not be trustworthy, and may or may not himself be a monster. So what does that mean?

More from Empire online:

And nowhere is that better illustrated than by the presence of Russell Crowe, the man who says that line. Although Crowe’s suited, booted and bearded character isn’t named in the trailer, Kurtzman has confirmed a long-standing rumour: that he’s actually Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, Robert Louis Stevenson’s tortured doctor, who famously has something of an identity crisis. But thinking of him as merely the Nick Fury – or Furry – of this new franchise is not entirely accurate.

“He’s the voice that begins to tell us the history of monsters,” says Kurtzman. “He’s part of an organisation that’s been studying that. I’ll use ‘studying’ as a very loose term. They’ve been doing a lot of things in relation to monsters. One reason that he’s there is that the audience is going to need an introduction into this world, so who’s that going to be from?”

But there’s also bite to Jekyll’s bark. Again, not seen in the trailer but confirmed by Kurtzman is a fight scene between Morton and the doctor that took four days to shoot, while Jekyll’s movitations are fairly sketchy. “As a character, Nick has several paths he can go on – are you going to be the good version of yourself or the bad version? Are you going to be the human or the monster? That also describes Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, so suddenly there was a reason for that character to exist in relation to Nick Morton. Henry Jekyll has been where Nick is going.”

And if Jekyll’s around, can we expect his alter-ego to make an appearance? Will Jekyll Hyde-out? “I would certainly hope so,” grins Kurtzman.

Moving this comment to the front –

Steven Biscotti
Thank you so much for the lovely mention on your site. I and the rest of the team at UMU could not be more proud and excited for “The Mummy,” and it’s so great seeing like-minded fans so thoroughly enthused and hyped.

Russell Crowe is going to be one of the scene stealers and an amazing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Monsters Universe of films.

Be well!

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The Mummy full trailer

Of course they used Russell’s line as the voice over for the official trailer! Best voice in movies!

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Russell and sons at Woolloomoolivin’ charity event

Russell, Charlie and Tennyson showed up to shoot hoops prior to the actual event. Photos at Gold Coast Bulletin

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Teaser trailer for The Mummy

About 3 frames of Russell in this teaser. Hoping for more in the full trailer!


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Russell Crowe helps re-net b-ball courts in Woolloomooloo

Community organizer Rosano Martinez ran into Russell in their shared neighborhood and told him about a community restoration project ahead of the Woolloomoolivin’ community Christmas party on December 3. Russell took Martinez’ card, called him up, donated the official NBA basketball nets, and showed up to help install the nets.

Looking good Mr. Crowe! Photos at The Daily Telegraph

Russell tweeted this on November 11:


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New portraits

Photographer Cara O’Dowd has posted two new portraits of Russell at her site (click on image for larger version) Thanks Steph!

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Crowe selling off property as part of divorce settlement

The Daily Telegraph says Russell is selling his 1000sq m Woolloomooloo apartment, where he has lived since 2003, as well as his Kingsford block of flats where bandmates have lived for years. The real estate sell off is said to be related to the divorce settlement with Danielle Spencer. He is keeping the 320ha property in Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour.

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L.A.Confidential in 35mm at American Cinematique

This Saturday

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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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