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November 2, 2012 | By Chris Lee
Russell Crowe: Serious thespian, Oscar winner, rage-prone phone thrower -- kung fu movie star? Fans of New Zealand's most celebrated dramatic export were mystified to discover that Crowe had signed on to appear in hip-hop superstar turned first-time filmmaker the RZA's directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists.” The rollicking martial arts mini-epic, shot on location in Shanghai, features ninja prostitutes, a bad guy with body-morphic brass...
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April 16, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
Whether or not you embrace director Darren Aronofsky's fierce biblical vision in "Noah," it's worth seeing the film for the remarkably moving performance by Russell Crowe in the title role. The actor seems to do his best work in period pieces, the more centuries away from the present the better. Crowe's very good Roman soldier in "Gladiator" won him an Oscar in 2001, and his swashbuckling ship captain in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" greatly buoyed that film. It's not that Crowe can't thrive in more contemporary eras - his other Oscar nominations were for portraying Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" and a big-tobacco whistle blower in Michael Mann's "The Insider.
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March 31, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
(On Monday mornings, Movies Now will be looking at some aspect of the No. 1 movie over the weekend. This week: "Noah" and the return of Russell Crowe as a box office force). After what seemed like 40 days and 40 nights of controversy over Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" taking creative license in adapting the story of Noah's ark to the big screen, the movie sailed to the No. 1 box-office spot over the weekend, taking in an estimated $44 million. For star Crowe, "Noah" marks the second-highest opening of his career and a return to the ranks of high-profile leading men. In recent years, the 49-year-old New Zealand-born actor has mostly turned up in supporting roles, and with mixed results.
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March 31, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
(On Monday mornings, Movies Now will be looking at some aspect of the No. 1 movie over the weekend. This week: "Noah" and the return of Russell Crowe as a box office force). After what seemed like 40 days and 40 nights of controversy over Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" taking creative license in adapting the story of Noah's ark to the big screen, the movie sailed to the No. 1 box-office spot over the weekend, taking in an estimated $44 million. For star Crowe, "Noah" marks the second-highest opening of his career and a return to the ranks of high-profile leading men. In recent years, the 49-year-old New Zealand-born actor has mostly turned up in supporting roles, and with mixed results.
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August 10, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was making the rounds for “Black Swan” a couple of years ago, our conversations would inevitably turn to his long-gestating, big-budget adaptation of the Noah's Ark tale from the Book of Genesis. And while we shared his fascination for the apocalyptic story, there was this gnawing feeling that this would be another of Aronofsky's dream projects that would never come to fruition. So today's first-look at a weathered Russell Crowe as Noah, furrowing his brow, no doubt looking at the gathering storm clouds in the distance, makes us happy.
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April 16, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
Whether or not you embrace director Darren Aronofsky's fierce biblical vision in "Noah," it's worth seeing the film for the remarkably moving performance by Russell Crowe in the title role. The actor seems to do his best work in period pieces, the more centuries away from the present the better. Crowe's very good Roman soldier in "Gladiator" won him an Oscar in 2001, and his swashbuckling ship captain in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" greatly buoyed that film. It's not that Crowe can't thrive in more contemporary eras - his other Oscar nominations were for portraying Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" and a big-tobacco whistle blower in Michael Mann's "The Insider.
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October 15, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer have separated after nearly 10 years of marriage, according to Australian media reports. Rumored reasons for the breakup include his hectic filming schedule -- which has also been cited as an effect of their relationship woes, rather than a cause. Also mentioned: Her friendship with Damian Whitewood, her partner on the Aussie version of "Dancing With the Stars," which saw them out to concerts and more outside of rehearsals.  The "Les Miserables" actor and the musician may have been living in separate homes for the last year when Crowe wasn't off shooting films, friends of the couple told the Sydney Telegraph . He has recently been in New York shooting "Noah.
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February 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Despite the nearly universal consensus that Sunday's Oscars telecast was overly long and dull, between Jennifer Lawrence's instantly iconic faceplant to Renee Zellweger's loopy onstage demeanor to all those sound guys with Fabio hair , there was plenty of fodder for late-night comedians Monday night. On “Conan,” it was “Les Miserables” star Russell Crowe who was the butt of the joke. The show has had a good time poking fun at the actor for his, shall we say, less than dazzling vocals, which were fully on display during Sunday's ensemble performance of “One Day More.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. The group met with the pope at the "udienza generale," which is open to the public and can draw thousands of faithful.
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October 18, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Russell Crowe's reported split from wife Danielle Spencer is still the stuff of rumors -- but there's one rumor a certain Damian Whitewood would like to shut down right now. The "Dancing With the Stars" pro is not the "other man. " "Everyone wants a piece of what's been going on between Russell and Danielle," Whitewood told "Entertainment Tonight," "and I'm just kind of stuck in the middle. " He and Spencer were partnered on the Aussie version of the dance show, finishing in the runner-up spot back in June.
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March 19, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Noah" star Russell Crowe and a few of the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie epic made it to Vatican City on Thursday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a screening of the film wasn't going to happen, but the trip to Rome had the actor upbeat on social media nonetheless. "What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day," he wrote, tweeting a picture of the crowd of about 80,000 at Vatican City.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. The group met with the pope at the "udienza generale," which is open to the public and can draw thousands of faithful.
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February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
There are myriad ways to promote a film these days, most notably through trailers, billboards, media junkets and talk-show appearances. Now "Noah" star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah's Ark story from the Book of Genesis. Addressing the pontiff as "Dear Holy Father," Crowe on Monday tweeted , "#Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant.
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February 13, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Winter's Tale" is so obviously a passion project, so much a labor of love for industry veteran Akiva Goldsman, that you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. It isn't, but the parts that do succeed, especially the fervor between stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay, provide such lush, emotional magic that unabashed romantics will be pleased. Co-produced, written and directed by Goldsman, "Winter's Tale" has been drastically pared from Mark Helprin's nearly 700-page 1983 literary blockbuster.
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January 10, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
You might not peg the guy who wrote "I, Robot" and adapted "The Da Vinci Code" as a self-described "shameless romantic. " But then, when looking back on "A Beautiful Mind," the movie that won him a screenplay Oscar, Akiva Goldsman remembers it as a "promise that love conquers all. " So when Goldsman says that he likes to see the world as "a grown-up fairy tale where nothing is without purpose," it makes perfect sense that 30 years ago, riding the...
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October 22, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The drama around Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" was already pretty thick, what with a hurricane tearing through its set a year ago and studio and director reportedly arguing over the cut ahead of the March release. Into that mix Tuesday came a leaked (double entendre intended) trailer. (It was here , but may well be gone by the time you read this.) The material shows a bearded Russell Crowe warning civilization about a diluvian future, the construction of the ark to protect from said future and the ensuing flood and revival.
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November 14, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
It's 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, and Russell Crowe is complaining. As almost everyone on the planet knows, the star resists most attempts to get him to reveal anything. And he's happy to taunt those who take on the challenge. Which tonight happens to be me. Sitting with director Paul Haggis at Beverly Hills' Polo Lounge several weeks before the release of their prison break thriller, "The Next Three Days," Crowe begins talking about the film. But it isn't long before one of his favorite topics comes up. "Whatever used to be called mystery, you're not allowed to have that anymore," his lament about celebrity begins.
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October 18, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Russell Crowe's combat armor from the 2000 sword-and-sandal epic "Gladiator" and Keira Knightley's flowing 19th century dress from "Anna Karenina" won't displace princesses or superheroes from this year's National Retail Federation list of top-selling Halloween costumes. But anyone with an iPhone or iPad can try on these and 14 other classic film costumes virtually, through a new 99-cent application created to commemorate the opening of the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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September 12, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Documentaries by their nature are prisoners of their moment in time. If they are fortunate, as the makers of "Red Obsession" are, that moment, even if it's brief, will be able to hold our interest. "Red Obsession," as it turns out, is a title that references two specific situations. One is the passion wine lovers worldwide have for the great Bordeaux reds, premier cru or first-growth vineyards such as Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The second is what happens when those wines catch the attention of the moneyed classes of that populous land once known to headline writers everywhere as Red China.
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