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If a massive flood happens to hit Long Island this fall, Darren Aronofsky has it covered.
The Black Swan director is currently working on Noah, starring Russell Crowe as the famous ark-builder of the Old Testament. Instead of recreating an Ark with CGI, Aronofsky has kept it real by building a life-size, 5-story tall Ark on the grounds of Planting Fields Arboretum in Upper Brookville, New York.
Russell Crowe has a new addiction. It's called "Skyr" and, though it may sound scandalous, Skyr is actually just Iceland's traditional yogurt which Crowe discovered while filming Noah there last month. Now that he's back in Australia, it seems Crowe's in crisis and having a hard time finding his new favorite food.
"I seem to have left Iceland with an addiction to Skyr...can you buy it anywhere else in the world?," Russell recently tweeted.
The first two minutes of this commercial, featuring the notoriously surly Russell Crowe being entertainingly surly, are a fun jaunt through Sydney. There's a panoramic of the harbor, a trip to a bar, and a bit of self-deprecation regarding one of the star's more notorious temper flareups. It actually kind of makes us want to go to Australia.
At about 2:05 of this tourism ad, however, things take a turn. Without getting into too many details: there's a tongue that jumps out of Crowe's body, starts hopping away, and then gets pecked by a bird. After that Crowe more or less threatens listeners with physical harm if you don't start planning their trip to Oz right away. None of which particularly makes us want to go to Australia.
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England's tourism board VisitEngland has been a whirlwind of activity lately and this month they're up to something a little bit different, taking advantage of the tourism buzz generated by Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.
We've already told you about how the movie is generating a spike in interest around Sherwood Forest. VisitEngland's new campaign, centered around their new "Myths and Legends" site, wants to expand that interest to all of England. They've created an interactive map that divides the country into dozens of regions and describes the fairy tales, myths, and stories based out of those areas.
Pull on your man-tights and string up your bow, because the release of the latest theatrical take on the tale of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, has sparked a tourism boom in Robin's hood, Sherwood Forest.
Sherwood Forest is located in Nottinghamshire, England and in Robin Hood's day, it was a royal hunting forest. Today on the other hand, it is part of a National Nature Reserve which you can visit. Within the mere 450 acres that remain of the forest, there are 900 veteran oak trees, including the famous Major Oak, one of Britain's most famous trees.
It would be easier to list the stars that don't appear in the film, "State Of Play". The thriller, about the dying newspaper biz and dirty politics, stars Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, and 2009's most talked about city thanks to our new prez, Washington D.C. The city's history sets the stage for all of the movie's suspense and drama. Here's a guide to touring D.C., "State of Play" style.
Where to Stay:
According to IMDb, at least one scene in the movie was filmed at the Americana Hotel in Arlington, VA. The hotel sounds pretty basic and is located next to a highway but it does have a reputation for being clean and having a friendly staff. The price is right too, rates start at $94 a night.
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If you have to mix business with pleasure, you might as well do it on a beach. While politicians in DC were fighting over the Stimulus Plan, celebs were doing their part to help out the economy by hitting the beaches....Er...ok, not quite.
Off duty from shooting "The Hills," Lauren Conrad headed for the beach in Malibu with new boyfriend Kyle Howard (although she still toted her cell phone).
Kelly Rowland chilled on Miami Beach the same week it was announced she was parting ways with longtime manager Matthew Knowles (Beyonce's dad).
Paul Walker may have enjoyed his trip to Hawaii with a girlfriend, but we know he's only surfaced to prepare for the April release of the fourth "The Fast and the Furious" movie (called, irritatingly, "Fast & Furious"). At least Russell Crowe looked fully focused on his family as they played together on a Sydney beach.
But after the fun in the sun has been had, it's time to go home. Days after shooting a new Victoria's Secret catalog in St. Barts, Alessandra Ambrosio returned to NYC -- much more bundled up -- to attend a gallery opening in the West Village. Fergie and Josh Duhamel came back from their honeymoon, although they managed to sneak in a little work there as well -- she performed and he played a celebrity golf invitational at their Bahamian resort. Guess there's no such thing as a real vacation any more.
· Stars Aren't Like Us. (Because They're Still On The Beach.) [Jaunted]
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The Oscars are back on, and we're celebrating with a series on the New York City locations you might've seen in this year's nominated films. Our Oscar Movies Map will be your golden statuette.
"American Gangster" didn't turn out to be the Oscar juggernaut Universal was hoping for, but it did pick up nods for Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actress for Ruby Dee.
Dee, a career actress best known to movie buffs as the human embodiment of good in "The Stand," plays the mother of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a black gangster who controls the Harlem drug trade with his exceptionally pure "Blue Magic" heroin, imported direct from Southeast Asia. Lucas enlists his brothers and cousins in the business and faces not only the competition of other local drug lords like Nicky Barnes (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) but also catches the attention of jealous cops looking to collect bribes from him.
We just love how practically every serious drug smuggling movie is set in the 1970s. Guess times were just way grittier then and the city sets were more believable. (Or the cops were just busier doing other stuff.) Anyways, today's pick, American Gangster, takes place in Harlem and revolves around a heroin kingpin (surprisingly Denzel Washington!) who is smuggling smack into the U.S. in the coffins of soldiers returning from Vietnam. Whoa there.
Thankfully there is a great detective on his case--that would be Russell Crowe--who senses a shift in the NYC drug scene and steps up.
This was actually shot in parts of New York, from the Bronx to today's neighborhood pick: Harlem, an up-and-comer that's got great history:
Where To Stay: 102 Brownstone Check into this cozy boutique brownstone hotel West 118th Street and pretend it's your own place. There are six tastefully themed suites for the choosing, from "Zen" to "Chalet" and all offer wireless, fully equipped kitchens and huge bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. It's a great neighborhood secret spot so keep it on the DL please.
Where To Eat: Sylvia's Let's get this straight, you do not go to Harlem and skip Sylvia's. It's a family-owned institution and offers the best of soul food in the neighborhood. Black-eyed peas, veggies and other treats make this a popular tourist stop, but it's worth it to fill up.
Where To Listen: Lenox Lounge Opened in the 1930s, this is the spot for jazz in NYC. Lenox Lounge has played host to folks like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and even (supposedly) Malcolm X. It was restored in 1999 to its original furnishings and features up to three shows a night.
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Hankering for a little authentic Western outlaw action? Check out 3:10 to Yuma this weekend. Christian Bale plays a cash-poor farmer who's in need of some fast money to save his land, and in turn takes on the responsibility of getting a murderer (Russell Crowe) to court on--yep, you guessed it--the 3:10 to Yuma.
Of course Crowe has his own gang of thugs in hot pursuit and doesn't waste time playing mind games and various other disappearing acts on Bale. There's tons of pretty scenery, shoot-em-ups and chase scenes. We hear this has the potential to be the surprise action movie of the summer.
3:10 to Yuma was shot in stunning Santa Fe, NM; here's some interesting things to check out in SF:
Where To Stay: The Inn of Five Graces -- Seep into the Far East-meets-Old West feel of this renovated, cozy inn. Each of the 22 suites has something unique, be it furnishings or a thatched ceiling. We hear the personal touches are pretty memorable: Think Dream Catchers on your pillow and an amazing breakfast. But what are the Five Graces? Basically, the five senses, which they claim to gratify completely.
Where To Eat: Harry's Roadhouse -- Get a little crazy and head to this offbeat, wacky looking spot where you can dig into New Mexican inspired favorites like smoked chicken nachos and or corn turkey enchiladas. There's a little ambiance lacking, but a photo in front of the colorful main sign makes a nice postcard.
Where To Visit: Santa Fe National Forest -- Scenes from the film were shot here for good reason. The 1.5 million acres provide some of the most gorgeous scenery in the west, including the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Truchas Peak. Call ahead of time as many areas of the park are often shut down due to dry conditions and forest fires.
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He's back in the ring folks! After 2005's phone throwing incident in NYC, Russell Crowe is apparently defending himself regarding allegations he threw a fit over the inflight food he was served on a private jet during a promotional tour for A Good Year.
A flight attendant claims Crowe freaked out when his wife, Danielle Spencer, was given the only meal (of chicken satay) left while on a private jet together. He wanted it for himself, and we know this man likes to get what he wants. The attendant says Crowe responded with:
"If I tell you I want something, you put it aside for me. Or wake me up. Is there some kind of language barrier here?'"Crowe, together with his LA-based lawyers, issued a 5-page denial and his lawyers have said he was "nothing less than a model citizen during the publicity tour." Hm, we just have a hard time believing him. The Mrs. probably should have just sacrificed the satay and given thanks she wasn't flying commercial or eating the food that comes along with it.
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· Crowe Slams Flight Attendant Abuse Claims [SF Gate]