What's he doing now?
Man of the People has been renamed to The Insider.
He's currently filming opposite Al Pacino in Man of the People. He will play Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower who exposes the illegal practices of the tobacco industry. Pic is directed by Michael Mann, written by Eric Roth and Marie Brenner, and will be distributed by Touchstone Pictures(Disney must really like him).
The hockey movie is done shooting. Hank Azaria and Lolita Davidovich are also in. Hank will play Charles Danner, a New York sportswriter who returns to his hometown of Mystery, Alaska, to set up and write about the hockey game. I still say it's a stupid title.
Burt Reynolds, Colm Meaney(O'Brien from Star Trek), and William H. Macy will appear in the hockey movie, tentatively title Mystery Alaska.
Ron Eldard, last seen as Rob Schneider's roommate on Men Behaving Badly, has signed on.
Mary McCormack, last seen as Alison Stern in Private Parts has signed to play Russell's wife in the Disney hockey movie.
He has signed to star as a hockey-playing sheriff in a Disney movie. According to Reuters/Variety, he will play the sheriff of a small Alaskan town, who leads the local team against the New York Rangers (I hear you guys laughing already) in a nationally televised game. Jay Roach, of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery fame will direct. David E. Kelley wrote and will produce the pic, formely titled "The Game". Presumably, the title was changed when the Michael Douglas movie of same name was released. Production will begin in January.--Is it just me, or does this thing reek of Mighty Ducks 5000?
Heaven's Burning was not in competition at Cannes. It was only screened for marketing. L.A. Confidential WAS entered, but lost. You can read more about at the Film Scouts site. There is also the Official Cannes Site, as well as the Americal Pavilion.
The final word from Harry Knowles regarding the Star Wars thing as quoted directly from the Prequel FAQ: Russell Crowe (Virtuosity) apparently read for the young Obi-Wan Kenobi part that has supposedly gone to Ewan McGregor.
He appeared on a New Zealand TV show awhile back. The show is called "Hey, Hey it's Saturday" and is a cross between a variety show & a kids show.. A kiddie type version of David Letterman (utter crap). Russell appeared with Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, performing their new single.."What's Her Name", which received about as much air-play as "the Photograph Kills" (which was zilch). Good song, good performance. He also appeared as a judge on a talent segment called "Red Faces" (which is rather like a short version of "the Gong Show") which features 3 dud acts.He was very subdued didn't say much at all... except his big movie release would be LA Confidential.(which we already knew) He said he had worked with some unknowns i.e. Kim Bassinger, Kevin Spacey & a guy called Danny de Vito. who, he said would be big.(Laugh from audience) & that was about it.--courtesy Sunnie
Well, No Way Back came and went on HBO. Thank you to the kind and generous soul who sent me a copy. For those of you who missed it, it wasn't one of Russell's best works. I've noticed that his Australian projects tend to be better. But I personally don't think it was THAT bad. My main problem with it was that it left a lot of loose threads hanging, and should have been more tightly written. And HBO were stupid and aired the version that did NOT have subtitles for the Japanese dialogue during the yakuza scene, so I had to make my sister watch it with me. She got a kick out of it, especially the scene where Yuji tries to make his grand getaway in the car, but only rolls back at the top of the hill.
Heaven's Burning(aka "You Don't Know What Love Is) was produced by Al Clark who did the oh-so-lovely Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Craig Lahiff directs.
last updated September 21, 1998