Monday, June 9, 2008

American Gangster TV Series

Season Two of the American Gangster TV series will be released on DVD Tuesday, June 10. Narrated by Ving Rhames, the series examines the lives of notorious African-American gangsters, like Frank Lucas.

"It’s awfully interesting to see the real Frank Lucas and the real Ritchie Roberts relating their stories, which so closely mirror the recent American Gangster movie. Denzel Washington actually appears in the episode himself, talking about Frank Lucas, who consulted a lot on the film set. "

The first season was fascinating, and this second season promises more of the same.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ridley Scott Interview

In this great interview with Ridley Scott, Eclipse Magazine talks with Scott about working with Russell Crowe, House of Lies, and the upcoming Nottingham.

QUESTION: Your work with Russell Crowe has been brilliant.

RIDLEY SCOTT: Well it makes life a lot

easier if you know each other. You can cut the crap.

QUESTION: Russell Crowe has said you are very gifted and you obviously feel the same about him?

RIDLEY SCOTT: I know that he is gifted. There are a lot of good actors out there but very few gifted ones.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

3:10 To Yuma Opening in Spain

Here's an excerpt of a review for 3:10 To Yuma, which just opened in Spain:

"Crowe gives a very good performance as Wade, demonstrating a range of emotions that give real authenticity to his character, offering glimpses of vulnerability beneath the brutality. Bale also delivers a winning, versatile performance as the rancher who, in desperation is risking his life to sustain his family - a noble but broken man who, after being stepped on for too long wants to change the way he is perceived by his children and his wife Alice (Gretchen Mol).

Frequently, when a film features two powerhouse actors, things can degenerate into two egos doing battle for screen time, but that’s not the story here. Both actors approach their roles with conviction, complementing each other excellently."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Crowe Mentions

Here's a smattering of Russell Crowe mentions from around the web that don't concern the Rabbitohs:

Best Hockey Movies-
"This Russell Crowe movie is the one where a small town team challenges the New York Rangers to play them in an outdoor game. Love the scene with the baked potato warming the skates. "

Film Effects Event-
"The day will start with a screening of 'Master and Commander', the high seas adventure story based on the novels of Patrick O'Brian and starring Russell Crowe."

Ledger Scholarship for Aussie Actors-
"AIF, a seven-year-old organisation for expatriate Australians in the US entertainment industry, boasts Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush and Mel Gibson among its 30 ambassadors."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Win American Gangster

Website is giving away five copies of the extended edition of "American Gangster" on DVD. To be eligible to win, you simply have to name three other movies directed by "Gangster" director, Ridley Scott. That gets you entered into a drawing of correct entries--to be conducted on June 20.

Monday, May 26, 2008

More Rabbitohs News

News on the trials and tribulations of Russell's beloved Rabbitohs abounds these days. Here are some links with additional goings-on:

The Australian

League HQ


Russell on the Rabbitohs

The Rabbitoh's website has words from Russell Crowe on everything that's going on with his team:

"The reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated," Crowe said.

"Today the board applauded Peter's achievements in lifting the South Sydney club and collectively we thanked him for his gargantuan effort over the past two years."

"Right now it's my belief that what South Sydney needs is the continuity, knowledge and experience that both Nick Pappas and Shane Richardson bring."

"Both men come from within the Souths family and both men understand intimately how to take advantage of the progress the club has made."

New appointments have now been made:

Nicholas Pappas--non-Executive Chairman

Shane Richardson-Chief Executive Officer

Coach John Lang-Football Consultant

Hopefully, all this means that things will settle down for the Rabbitohs, and that they can get back to playing games. And that the board and officers can get back to the business of running the club.