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Cannes Film Festival Opens Wednesday with Robin Hood | Russell Crowe

Cannes Film Festival Opens Wednesday with Robin Hood

Originally posted 05/12/2010 07:30AM

The stars should brighten things up on the French Riviera this week as the 63rd Cannes Film Festival opens Wednesday night – in the wake of uncommonly gloomy, even freakish weather in the picturesque resort area.

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett are set to walk the red carpet on Wednesday for the world premiere of Robin Hood, which kicks off the proceedings. Other big names expected to attend the 12-day festival include Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Michael Douglas, Kate Beckinsale and Javier Bardem.

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POLL: Who Will Be Summer's Hottest Action Hero?

POLL: Who Will Be Summer's Hottest Action Hero?

Originally posted 05/07/2010 10:55AM

Summer movie season officially kicks off Friday with the release of Iron Man 2, and with stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Bradley Cooper taking to the big screen this year, it looks like summer's going to be a scorcher! wants to know:
Who do you think will be the hottest action star?

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Russell Crowe Picks on Robin Hoods of the Past

Russell Crowe Picks on Robin Hoods of the Past

Originally posted 04/29/2010 06:10AM

Robin Hood may steal from the rich and give to the poor, but when it comes to his interpretation of the folk legend, Russell Crowe is barely giving an inch.

As the star and producer of May 12's Cannes Film Festival opening attraction Robin Hood, Crowe compared and contrasted his new version to previous screen incarnations of Sherwood Forest's favorite bandit.

"Past filmmakers and studios have 'supposed' things about Robin Hood," the Gladiator Oscar winner, 46, said Tuesday night on French TV's Canal Plus Le Grand Journal.

On the other hand, his take on Hood and his merry men – which costars Cate Blanchett and marks Crowe's fifth collaboration with director Ridley Scott – "depicts the origins, where he might actually have come from" instead of relying on the "usual clichés."

Perhaps hoping to right the wrongs of the past, Crowe even went so far as to suggest his Robin Hood will "recalibrate the story … taking a fresh look."

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POLL: Who's the Sexiest Gladiator?

POLL: Who's the Sexiest Gladiator?

Originally posted 04/02/2010 02:30PM

The rebooted Clash of the Titans arrives in theaters Friday, and that means one thing: Sam Worthington will be sporting a gladiator outfit – and you'll get to see it in 3-D.

The Aussie is just the latest actor to spring into action – and action-hero garb – on the silver screen.

He's preceded by a hunky who's who of stars, like Brad Pitt, who played Achilles in 2004's Troy, Gerard Butler as King Leonidas in 300. And who can forget the original gladiator – Russell Crowe in his Oscar-winning turn as Maximus in 2000's Best Picture, Gladiator?

Before you catch Worthington in Clash of the Titans this weekend, tell us: Which actor is the sexiest gladiator?

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Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett Happy to Be Licked – on Stamps

Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett Happy to Be Licked – on Stamps

Originally posted 02/04/2009 07:45AM

Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush all have Oscars in common – and now each member of the Australian quartet can boast another distinction: They all appear on special edition 55-cent (about 35 cents U.S.) postage stamps in their native country.

"Something like this – when you see your face on a stamp – says 'wow,' " Kidman, 41, is quoted as saying by the BBC.

She added that she is particularly delighted that her children will one day "lick a stamp, put it on an envelope and say, 'That's my mum.' "

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Russell Crowe:  I'm a 'Pushover' Dad | Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe: I'm a 'Pushover' Dad

Originally posted 10/06/2008 06:55PM

Russell Crowe is not the kind of guy to tussle with. But when it comes to being a daddy, he says that he can be a softie.

"Between my wife and myself, I'm the pushover as far as the kids are concerned," Crowe told PEOPLE Sunday at the New York premiere of his new spy thriller, Body of Lies, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

"I wouldn't call myself strict as such," the actor says of his two young boys with wife Danielle Spencer. "But I have certain desires for my boys, like any parent. I want my boys to be good boys."

In Body of Lies, Crowe plays a CIA honcho who gives life or death commands to agents in the field from his cell phone in the suburbs while taking his kids to soccer practice. Like his character, Crowe says he is the kind of dad who multitasks.

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Russell Crowe Packs on 63 Lbs.

Russell Crowe Packs on 63 Lbs.

Originally posted 10/01/2008 10:45AM

Talk about a hefty commitment!

Russell Crowe, who famously buffed his bod for Ridley Scott's Gladiator eight years ago, tells Extra that he packed on 63 extra pounds for his role in Scott’s new suspense thriller Body of Lies.

Crowe, 44, says bulking up was a pleasure: "I'll have that cheeseburger for breakfast, thank you!" he jokes of his attitude toward the weight gain.

Though the Aussie has been known in the past for his affinity to his native VB beer, he says he avoided drinking as a way of gaining weight – because of his boys, Charlie, 4, and Tennyson, 2.

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Russell Crowe's Son Destined to Marry Keith & Nicole's Daughter? | Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe's Son Destined to Marry Keith & Nicole's Daughter?

Originally posted 09/26/2008 08:20PM

Russell Crowe jokes that a bride has already been picked out for his 2-year-old son Tennyson – 2 1/2-month-old Sunday Rose Urban.

Sunday not only has the same birthday as Tennyson, she just happens to be the daughter of Crowe's close pals Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

"Nicole had one look at my younger son Tennyson, and looked up at me and said, 'I'm a great believer in arranged marriages,'" the actor said Friday in Beverly Hills while promoting his film Body of Lies. "I believe she made the connection between Sunday and Tennyson now – so Tennyson is already engaged!"

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Sienna Miller to Star in New Twist on Robin Hood

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Sienna Miller to Star in New Twist on Robin Hood

Originally posted 06/18/2008 09:45AM

Get out the tights: Sienna Miller is set to play Maid Marian alongside Russell Crowe's Sheriff of Nottingham in an upcoming, revisionist view of Robin Hood, to be directed by Crowe's Gladiator collaborator Ridley Scott, the actress has confirmed.

"I just found out," Miller, 26, tells the BBC. "It's the most exciting news in the world."

This isn't any old Robin romp: This time in Sherwood Forrest, the usually villainous sheriff is due to be portrayed as heroic, while Robin – traditionally known for nobly stealing from the rich to give to the poor – is not.

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Russell Crowe Axes Poker Machines at His Rugby Club | Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe Axes Poker Machines at His Rugby Club

Originally posted 12/20/2007 10:30AM

You gotta know when to fold 'em! Russell Crowe, 43, has banned poker machines at his rugby team's games.

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