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Church Conference Gets First Look at Russell Crowe as 'Noah'

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Much like how the studios push their superhero movies at San Diego Comic-Con, Darren Aronofsky gave a church conference the first look at his Old Testament tale, "Noah."

The "Black Swan" filmmaker cast Russell Crowe as the title character in "Noah," due in theaters next year. Just as Mel Gibson took "The Passion of the Christ" to the core Christian audience nearly a decade ago (with many studios following suit when marketing faith-based films), Aronofsky and Paramount chose the Echo Conference in Dallas, Texas to unveil the first look at "Noah," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Echo is billed as "a church conference for artists, geeks, and storytellers" that explores "creativity in leadership, visuals, communications/branding, tech, and worship." Speakers at this year's event (which wrapped up Friday, July 26) included pastors, a Google employee, musicians and authors like Donald Miller, whose "Blue Like Jazz" was adapted into a 2012 movie starring Marshall Allman ("True Blood") and Claire Holt ("The Vampire Diaries").

During a video introduction shown on Thursday, the director promised an adherence to the Biblical story of Noah and The Great Flood. "It's been a long time since Bible movies were on the screen," he said. "There's been a lot of advancements in technology and special effects, and maybe that's the reason why Noah's never been attempted on the big screen before because of the size and scale of the deluge and all the different animals." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Russell Crowe Signs On to Imaginary 'Man of Steel' Prequel

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With "Man of Steel" nearing the $600 million mark worldwide, Warner Bros is already hard at work on a sequel, while fans and industry experts are happily speculating over which villain is going to be next in line to get their neck snapped by Zack Snyder's ragingly emo Superman.

But while most folks are focused on the franchise's future, there's at least one bloke fixated on the past: "Man of Steel" co-star Russell Crowe, who revealed to the Twitterati this weekend that he's totes down for appearing in a "Man of Steel" prequel about Jor-El's time on Krypton.

If, you know, anything like that was actually happening. Get More »

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Grimness All Around in First Character Pics from Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

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Darren Aronofsky, pretty much the director king of weirdly tragic movie heroes at this point, is at it again — this time taking all that signature spirit-spiraling onto twisty Biblical proportions with "Noah."

A first round of character pics for the Old Testament-stemmed drama dropped this week, and they're just as contemplative and broody as you might expect them to be from a movie which has been described as taking place in a "violent, freaky, scary world." Get More »

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In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Walhberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe). Billy's relentless pusuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, make him an unstoppable force and the mayor's worst nightmare.

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One prize winner will receive a "Broken City" movie poster signed by Mark Wahlberg and director Allen Hughes, as well as a "Broken City" Blu-ray. Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Silver Linings Playbook' and More

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This week: The romantic comedy gets an Oscar-winning upgrade with "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

Also new this week is Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the police drama "Broken City," Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in the road-trip comedy "The Guilt Trip" and the coming-of-age rock 'n' roll drama "Not Fade Away." Get More »

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Russell Crowe told Rebel Wilson to F**k Off!

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First the phone throwing incident, now this? Russell, why can't you just play nice?

Rebel Wilson, the hilarious star of "Pitch Perfect" and subject of pretty much every awesome GIF known to Tumblr made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where she talked about hosting the upcoming MTV Movie Awards...and about the time she met Russell Crowe.

Caution: Awkwardness ahead! Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and More

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This week: Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of three movies based on the classic fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprising his role as the wizard Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings."

Also new this week is Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the musical "Les Miserables," the Judd Apatow dramedy "This Is 40" and the pitch-black comedy "Bachelorette." Get More »

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Russell Crowe Saw a UFO, Wants You To Know

Of all Hollywood celebrities you might peg for being conspiracy-theory-buying alien chaser, Russell Crowe would not be high on the list. David Arquette? Maybe. Andy Dick? Most def. Tom Cruise? Well, chances are that guy lives in a spaceship. But Russell Crowe does not a believer seem.

Or so we thought, until he uploaded a video to YouTube in which he claims he saw a UFO outside his office window in Sydney. Considering the impressive production value (although, why should we be surprised that the clip looks movie-ready?), we smell the hint of a hoax, but we're not ready to rule it out just yet. Plus, isn't it fun to imagine Crowe, dressed head-to-toe in "Gladiator" armor chasing down the UFO with his sword to the sky?

Okay, maybe that's just us. Take us with you, Russell (just be gentle with that telephone).

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Skyfall' and More

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This week: Daniel Craig returns as 007 in arguably the best Bond film ever (or at least in decades), "Skyfall," co-starring Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw.

Also new this week is the coming-of-age drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" with Emma Watson, RZA trying to do Quentin Tarantino proud in "The Man with the Iron Fists" and the sexually frank drama "The Sessions" starring Helen Hunt. Get More »

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Adam Lambert Thinks 'Les Misérables' Sucks

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Hollywood can be a pretty cutthroat place, but as vicious as actors can sometimes be, there's one group even more cutthroat: Theater nerds. And never has this been more evident than this week, as former "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, the Guyliner Godfather himself, took to Twitter to let the world know that he basically thinks Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" sucks.

And his prime target? Russell Crowe, better known to most as the lead singer of the hit Australian rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. That's what he's famous for, right? Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Entertainment Weekly
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