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Les Misérables: The YouTube Version

For all its stirring moments, Tom Hooper's film of the blockbuster musical spends too much time shouting at you in closeup

Russell Crowe Rescued After Getting Lost Kayaking

It’s not exactly difficult to picture Academy Award winner Russell Crowe playing the part of a dashing U.S. Coast Guard officer gallantly saving two friends who...

Box Office: Hallowed Weekend for Harry Potter

If Hollywood moguls needed final proof that the movie franchise is king and that the venerable notion of star power is kaput, they found it by glancing at the...

Box Office Report: Zac to the Future!

Zac Efron proved there is life after High School Musical. His body-swap comedy 17 Again will earn $24.1 million, according to studio estimates, to top the...

State of Play: Better on the Small Screen

I settled in for a screening of the year's first big prestige picture: State of Play, a political thriller starring Oscar laureate Russell Crowe as a...

Heath Ledger: Star in Distress

Even with his big face and chiseled jaw, Heath Ledger was one of those guys who blended in easily. In November 2005, waiting for me outside a pub, as he would...

Movies: Charm Offensive

Movies used to sail on charm. Gorgeous stars would purr their smooth patter, smile their way out of embarrassing entanglements and seal their conquest of a...

A Beautiful Mess

Russell Crowe's films tend to be more fun for the moviegoer than the moviemaker. And Eucalyptus, the star's latest project, appears to be another moviemaker's...

Who Did It with the Lead Pipe in the Study?

When celebrities attack, you never know what's going to hit you. Take Russell Crowe, who last week chucked a telephone in the face of a hotel concierge and was...

Movies: The Bold Man and The Sea

The first glimpse I had of what Russell Crowe's friends call Crowe's "intensity" was on the green waves of Sydney Harbor. In advance of our meeting, Crowe's...

Movies: Critical Opinion: Why Russell Ranks High

John Aubrey is a captain for all winds. His bravery is seasoned by intelligence; his initiative is tempered by loyalty to the Crown and its naval legend Lord...

Letters

The Bold Man and the Sea Russell Crowe is a strong person and a great actor because of his intensity and savantlike dedication to his characters [Nov. 24]. It...

Inside The Oscar Wars

This was to be a gentler, G-rated Oscar race. After 9/11, surely Hollywood and the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would behave with...

Aussie Confidential

Australians have been the talk of Hollywood this year, snapping up prestigious film and TV honors, threatening to rule the Academy Awards (Oscar hopefuls include...