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Bilbo buzz spawns rumour about a hoard of treasure

Bilbo buzz spawns rumour about a hoard of treasure

The Lord of the Rings folklore continues to spread. Fox chronicles the Ring rage: the record breaking previews, websites, esoteric and precious fans, mammoth investment and eager anticipation that the project has spawned. “To…

Cate’s Elvish Ways: standing up for the sisters in

Cate’s Elvish Ways: standing up for the sisters in

Cate Blanchett, playing the role of the enigmatic and beautiful elf queen Gandriel in Lord of the Rings, found a unique way of keeping up with the lads on set – she wore platform…

Peter Jackson: “One of the Most Creative Directors Around”

Peter Jackson: “One of the Most Creative Directors Around”

Chicago Tribune, backs the talent of Jackson and a “top notch cast” as Hollywood indemnity for the Lord of the Rings. Jackson was recently voted 7th most promising director for the 21st century in…

Jesus and the Second Coming

Jesus and the Second Coming

Kiwi director Alison Maclean wowed Cannes with the moody Crush, then took a seven year maturing process, through Sex and the City, Homicide and a Natalie Imbruglia music video, to release the indie-hit Jesus’…

Rogue Anna Paquin is Premiere Cover mutant

Rogue Anna Paquin is Premiere Cover mutant

Playing the character of ‘Rogue’ in Bryan Singer’s (Usual Suspects) blockbuster adaptation of comic legend X-Men, Anna Paquin makes the special edition cover of July’s Premiere. Like Paquin’s Oscar winning acting talent, Rogue is…

Romance and roadkill in

Romance and roadkill in

Director Alison Maclean’s edge aesthetic gets sharper: described by the New Yorker as having a “big messy emotional talent”, she is thrilled that audiences are connecting with the romance rather than the wierdness. But…

From One Edge to Another to Take up the Haka Challenge

From One Edge to Another to Take up the Haka Challenge

From Vancouver on the edge of the Atlantic, director Jonathan Tammuz will continue a global roll to the edge of the Pacific to direct “Haka” an 1850s-set $30million British production. The production will be…

The Ubiquitous Crowe Tabloid Dispatch

The Ubiquitous Crowe Tabloid Dispatch

“Hollywood’s golden girl Meg in marriage split … Crowe has become Hollywood’s latest heart-throb since starring as Maximus, in the summer’s most successful blockbuster. Ryan is reported to have spent considerable time with Crowe…

Sam Neill: walking with the dinosaurs … again

Sam Neill: walking with the dinosaurs … again

Kiwi Neill has become the first major actor to sign on for more encounters with a blue screed/rampaging dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3. He will reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant from the…

Hollywood Hobbit Brings Trouble to Middle Earth

Hollywood Hobbit Brings Trouble to Middle Earth

Literary fans who are devoted to the purity of Tolkien’s Middle Earth ouevre are angry at rumours that Frodo Baggins is ready to flirt. The introduction of glamorous Hollywood stars such as Liv Tyler…

Maclean movie puts the art before the horse

Maclean movie puts the art before the horse

Feed gets a shot in the arm from director Alison Maclean. “We all know what to expect from ’70s smack movies. So why is Jesus’ Son so unexpectedly good? Maclean’s movie, like the much…

Tolkien epic is lord of the net

Tolkien epic is lord of the net

The $200m epic, in production in New Zealand and not due for release for a year and a half, is already burgling box-office treasure and causing a storm on the internet, with a promotional trailer breaking…

Bonding Bungee Brings Together Father and Son Film-makers

Bonding Bungee Brings Together Father and Son Film-makers

Award-winning doco “Pop & Me” charts father/son relationships around the world as the father/son makers work out their own. The film’s defining moment comes when Chris persuades his Dad join him in a tandem…

“All You Sweet Girls With Your Sweet Talk”

“All You Sweet Girls With Your Sweet Talk”

Known for her willingness to thematically peer over the edge ‘to the centre in her head’, Maclean is attracting attention for Jesus’ Son (starring Billy Cudrup and Samantha Morton). The film, about alienation, ennui…

Alison Maclean gives

Alison Maclean gives

The story of a grunged out herion addict ‘FH’ (Billy Cudrup), based on the stories of Dennis Johnson and inspired by the Lou Reed lyric, also stars Oscar nominated Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and…

Gandalf: Lord of the Seas

Gandalf: Lord of the Seas

Sir Ian McKellen takes a break on Auckland Harbour from playing the wise wizard Gandalf in the 16 month long shoot of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.  He is immersing himself in the…

Heavenly Creatures: In New York not all angels are innocent

Heavenly Creatures: In New York not all angels are innocent

From New York Daily News TV preview: “Lynskey and future “Titanic” star Winslet are phenomenal as two alienated teens in 1950s New Zealand who construct their own, ultimately lethal fantasy world in Peter Jackson’s…

New Zealand: Hottest destination of movie makers

New Zealand: Hottest destination of movie makers

It’s official: Bollywood star Hritihik Roshan has been made a singing-dancing- fighting icon in the Bollywood smash hit Kaho Naa … Pyar Hai (Say you Love me), a romantic musical thriller shot in the…

Niccol turns into Hollywood gold

Niccol turns into Hollywood gold

Kiwi Andrew Niccol is to write and direct ‘the Hollywood project’, rumoured to star Al Pacino as a down and out movie producer. Niccol was Oscar nominated for the screenplay to The Truman Show and…

Russell Crowe maximises his earnings

Russell Crowe maximises his earnings

“What we do in life echoes in eternity,” Russell Crowe as General Maximus says while admonishing his battle-ready troops in Gladiator. And what we do at the box office echoes in our paychecks”.

Roman in gloamin’ ?

Roman in gloamin’ ?

Russell Crowe is being hailed here as the best-looking guy in a skirt since Mel Gibson. The showbiz press have gone crazy over the New Zealander’s performance in Gladiator, just like Mel’s in Braveheart. …

G’Day Caesar

G’Day Caesar

Crowe’s accent crosses the expanses of the globe and the distance of time in the Gladiator – Owen Duggan corrects the notion that it’s Bondi-based, and Christine Kenneally muses on the sound of things ancient…

Rome with a View

Rome with a View

Ridley Scott’s exhilarating and ferocious Gladiator brings the epic back to life.  The movie is dominated by Russell Crowe’s towering Maximus, a man of intelligence, probity and Roman virtue.  He’s the most virile presence…

The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again…Already?

The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again…Already?

Currently being filmed in New Zealand on a mammoth 18 month shoot, the first film won’t even be released until Christmas 2001. Despite this the film’s official site is up and running. “Preview” footage…

Star Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott: an irresistible pairing

Star Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott: an irresistible pairing

“Scott, the big name auteur, and Crowe, the acting wunderkind, in the same room.  The director, with his well-bred English manners, and the thespian, with his New Zealander ease and laconic wit, are a…

Tragic death of activist remembered in Punitive Damage.

Tragic death of activist remembered in Punitive Damage.

The Kiwi-made documentary traces the life and tragic death of Kamal Badmadhaj, slaughtered in the 1991 Dili Cemetery Massacre by the Indonesian military.  The film won the Audience Award at the 1999 Sydney International Film Festival…

Russell Crowe: A Gladiator Even a Woman Could Love

Russell Crowe: A Gladiator Even a Woman Could Love

“Why would a woman want to see Gladiator: 1. It’s a love story. Really. 2. An intelligent female character.  3. Russell Crowe … Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Crowe’s got that take-no-mess…

Fresh Crowe Conquers in Revival of Old-genre

Fresh Crowe Conquers in Revival of Old-genre

“I just thought he was fresh, a new generation, he’s a man who’s on his way up,” says Ridley Scott, of Russell Crowe, the Gladiator’s 36-year-old New Zealand star.

Even Better than the Real Thing:

Even Better than the Real Thing:

When Ridley Scott wanted to recreate the Colosseum he stayed well clear of Rome, preferring to leave the real Colosseum to the tourists. Instead he used computer imaging and sets in Malta and Surrey….

Down-Under achievers: Which actor wasn’t born in Australia quiz? Answer: Russell Crowe is originally from New Zealand.

Down-Under achievers: Which actor wasn’t born in Australia quiz? Answer: Russell Crowe is originally from New Zealand.

Answer: Russell Crowe is originally from New Zealand. (4 May 2000)

Edge living: Roman style

Edge living: Roman style

From whistle-blower to tiger-slayer, countless billboards are proclaiming a new hero. But despite the many high-tech advances made since the earlier cinematic days of the wide-screen Roman Empire, at least one fact remains the same:…

When Love Comes to Boston

When Love Comes to Boston

New Zealand film When Love Comes about a “group of free spirits and sexual stripes” chosen to show at Boston gay and lesbian film and video Festival at Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The…

Russell’s a lot to Crowe About

Russell’s a lot to Crowe About

“Unlikely Hollywood hunk Russell Crowe may well have saved his best work for his latest film, a career-capping turn as an enslaved general in Ridley Scott’s sensational sword-and-sandal epic Gladiator“.

No Roman holiday and no soccer!

No Roman holiday and no soccer!

Crowe show he’s no slave and rebels against producer’s request: ”I mean, they’d let me run in front of chariots, wrestle tigers, and do battle with 5,000 men in the snow and mud. The…

Russell reasserts his edge roots

Russell reasserts his edge roots

“Hollywood is carving a bust for Crowe in the action-hero pantheon, but Crowe is keeping his distance. “I’d move to Los Angeles if Australia and New Zealand were swallowed up by a huge tidal…

Magnetic Maximus unleashes Hell to please the masses in

Magnetic Maximus unleashes Hell to please the masses in

Apart from its spectacular visuals the film’s other strength is its acting, “… but everyone else can step aside for Crowe. “Gladiator” should make the Oscar-nominated actor an international star. When he’s in a…

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Russell Crowe’s star-making turn reviewed in People, “Gladiator’s pull is potent, thanks to the razzle-dazzle fight scenes (the opening battle rivals that in Saving Private Ryan) and a magnetic performance by Crowe (The Insider),…

“In New Zealand if you asked for a coffee, it was a teaspoon of Nescafe.”

“In New Zealand if you asked for a coffee, it was a teaspoon of Nescafe.”

Kings Cross, 1986, newly arrived struggling actor waiting tables: an American customer orders a decaf coffee. “Suddenly I’m faced with long black, short black, cappuccino, and cafe latte – plus decaffeinated. So I take her…

“I wanna be Marlon Brando”…

“I wanna be Marlon Brando”…

sang Russell Crowe years ago when he was an aspiring rock star in New Zealand – the idea no longer seems absurd as Crowe brings an intensity and commitment to his craft that sometimes…

One of these days I’m gonna get myself maximised

One of these days I’m gonna get myself maximised

Here is man who would not take it anymore … Crowe makes the cover of Empire (the magazine – not the Civilisation). “The man exudes the physicality of a wild animal. Shifting testosterone…

“To Die or Not to Die – Very Good Question”

“To Die or Not to Die – Very Good Question”

Gladiator features breathtaking photography, sets and computer generated images. But the real glory of the show is Russell Crowe who is simply magnificent … Like James Mason, he is one of those actors who…

Short

Short

New Zealand director James Cunningham’s short film – a digital action thriller about a mutant hero that invades a computer system to destroy student loans – has been selected to compete in the prestigious…

Phantom Menace Humbled by Diminutive Hobbit

Phantom Menace Humbled by Diminutive Hobbit

The record number of downloads set by the trailer for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, has been dwarfed by the the Internet preview of of Peter Jackson’s epic movie trilogy The Lord…

Crowe does the hard yards to re-visit grandeur of Rome

Crowe does the hard yards to re-visit grandeur of Rome

“I broke a bone in my foot, I fractured a hip-bone, I had both bicep tendons pop out of their shoulder sockets – fortunately for me at different times so I could still use…

Call me Mr Comedy

Call me Mr Comedy

New Zealand-born Four Weddings and a Funeral/Blackadder creator, Comic Relief co-founder and top scriptwriter Richard Curtis discusses his career on BBC Radio4. Register and search to view Archives

Russell Crowe gets inside his character’s head

Russell Crowe gets inside his character’s head

Jeffrey Wigland, real-life whistleblower says Crowe, 22 years junior and a native of New Zealand “did a remarkable job .. he did things that made it feel very surreal for me, emotionally retching and…

Forget About the Brass Ring

Forget About the Brass Ring

Some 1.7 million fans hit the movie’s new website in its first 21 hours up, compared with only 1 million downloads the first day the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace site was open for…

New Zealand Wilderness a Hit with Big-budget Filmmakers

New Zealand Wilderness a Hit with Big-budget Filmmakers

Ever since Jane Campion brought the surging savage West Coast of Auckland’s Karekare beach and the rain-soaked bush to the world in her award winning film The Piano nearly a decade ago, more and…

Tolkien Teaser Runs

Tolkien Teaser Runs

“Attention fantasy fans: New Line Cinema is about to lift the veil of secrecy — just a little bit — that has shrouded Peter Jackson’s massive adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the…

Countless billboards proclaim there’s a new hero: Russell Crowe, bigger than Ben Hur.

Countless billboards proclaim there’s a new hero: Russell Crowe, bigger than Ben Hur.

From Auckland Grammar to singing on 80’s pop show Shazam. From Oscar nominations to the violent centre of a decadent ancient Rome. He’s one-sixteenth Maori and registered on the Maori voting poll, but he lives…

When in Rome … Russell Crowe fights on in

When in Rome … Russell Crowe fights on in

Kiwi editor of Oscar winning documentary paints LA pink

Kiwi editor of Oscar winning documentary paints LA pink

Director of the acclaimed “One Day in September” Kevin McDonald recounts his poolside adventures at the Oscars: “At 2pm, Justine Wright, the brilliant editor who cut our film arrives to get changed with us….

Spider pic hatched – New Zealander to direct

Spider pic hatched – New Zealander to direct

Hollywood: the duo behind Independence Day and Godzilla are producing “Arch Attack”, an f/x driven comedic thriller about a toxic waste spill that causes giant spiders to go on a rampage.  Will shoot in…

Russell Crowe: Heroic gladiator rises from the burger-pits of

Russell Crowe: Heroic gladiator rises from the burger-pits of

“The people who brought you World War II now think that you are ready for really ancient history: the Roman Empire. And, even though they’re leaving out the orgies, they may be onto something”.

Xena: motherhood becomes her

Xena: motherhood becomes her

Lucy Lawless’ pregnancy not only changed scripts on Xena: Warrior Princess, but the costume department had to ‘expand’ with the times too. New to the show: Spandex.

Looks Wonderful

Looks Wonderful

“It’s not always easy to flow the tortuous intrigues, passions and deceits, but it looks wonderful, with photography by the gifted New Zealand cinematographer and director Chris Doyle”. BBC2 film preview of Temptress Moon…