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Michael Jackson prank called Russell Crowe for 3 years

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The last we heard from Russell Crowe, he was telling women in Hollywood to act their ages and not their shoe sizes. Thankfully, his most recent anecdote is far less offensive and actually kind of hilarious. In a new interview with The Guardian, Russell revealed that he was the victim of endless prank phonecalls from the late Michael Jackson… for three long years!

“For two or three fucking years,” he says. “I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”

And that’s literally is. There’s no context to this story, it’s never discussed again… it just is what it is. If it wasn’t Michael Jackson we were talking about here, I’d probably call bullshit, but as it stands, I think this is a totally true and pretty hilarious story. Good ole MJ – ever the prankster! “LOL”

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Meryl Streep agrees with Russell Crowe’s ageism (sorta)

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Remember how Russell Crowe recently said in an interview that actresses should stop trying to be young and stop complaining about ageism in Hollywood because hey, Meryl Streep can still get work? Well, Meryl Streep was actually asked about Russell’s comments during a press conference for Into the Woods and her thoughts are very typically Meryl-ish:

If you’re at work and can’t watch the video, here’s a synopsis of what she said, via Vanity Fair:

As for his comments denying that actresses have a hard time being cast as they get older Streep suggested that Crowe was simply “proving a point” and that he was generally “talking about himself as most actors do.” After literally waving off his remarks, she continued, “I agree with him. It’s good to live within the place that you are.” Acknowledging the fact that she plays a witch in Into the Woods—after speaking out in the past about how she bristled at being offered similar parts once she hit the four-decade milestone—she defended her choice to take on the character. “This witch [starts out as] a very, very young woman,” she said referring to how she plays the witch at both the “young and beautiful” and “old and ugly” phases of her life. “It was easier to do that. . . to make the transformation,” she added.

Now y’all know Meryl is my ultimate queen for life so I will never say a bad word against her, but I sorta wish she talked about the bigger points here – like the fact that women wouldn’t need to be scared of getting older in Hollywood if youth wasn’t so highly valued, yada yada. However, it was a press conference for this movie, not the Meryl Streep Show or a conference on her opinions on life, so I can totally see why she answered the way she did.

I still think Russell Crowe is a dickhead, though.

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Russell Crowe advises women in Hollywood to “act your age”

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Listen up, Hollywood actresses over the age of 30 – Russell Crowe‘s got some important life lessons you need to hear. Feeling insecure about losing roles to younger actresses? Feeling the pressure all women feel to stay youthful at all costs, only x 10,000 since you’re in the public eye? Pshaw to all that! Russell’s sick of actresses not acting their age, and he wants you all to wise up and… follow Meryl Streep‘s example, or something!

In an interview with Australia’s Women’s Weekly, Russell dispelled some home truths:

“The best thing about the industry I’m in – movies – is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life,” Russell says, in an interview with The Weekly.

“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that (the roles have dried up) is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21 year old.

“Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”

Yes, because Meryl and Helen are the rule, not the exception, right? Great, just what the world needs – another middle-aged man telling women how they should be acting. Russell needs to take this fuckery elsewhere. That’s not to say that I think women should be desperate to be younger, or that they shouldn’t embrace aging naturally because we all go through it – it IS to say that I don’t think women need Russell Crowe giving them life advice. Some things are better kept to yourself, Russ.

George Clooney Is Not A Fan Of Russell Crowe

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George Clooney got the ole Batclaws out when he lashed out at Russell Crowe, and I think that’s great, because Russell Crowe is kind of a dick. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Mr. Clooney said (via E Online),

He picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all. He put out this thing saying, ‘George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Robert De Niro are sellouts’…He really went after me. And so I sent him a note going, ‘Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What the f-ck is wrong with you?

WORD. His publicist backs up the statement, saying, “George was asked about it and told the truth.” You go, Clooney!

Who do you think is more insufferable: Russell Crowe or George Clooney?

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Australian Super Post: So, Russell Crowe Was Kind of a Dick to Rebel Wilson

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Everyone seems to absolutely adore Rebel Wilson. I don’t mind her – she’s funny, down-to-earth and doesn’t annoy the shit out of me, so that’s good enough in my books. But that’s besides the point. What is the point? Well, she appeared on The Tonight Show earlier this week and revealed that she won the Nicole Kidman Scholarship at the Australian Theatre for Young People as a kid, an honour which made her sort of freak out when she saw Nicole in the flesh a few years later having dinner with Russell Crowe (because all Australian people hang out together all the time).

“One time in Sydney, I saw her having dinner with Russell Crowe and I go, ‘OK, now’s my chance. I’m going to say thank you’,” Wilson recalled.

“I went up to them but, before I could say anything, Russell Crowe turns to me and says, ‘F-ck off!’”

Wilson revealed that she was totally stunned by Crowe’s behavior, explaining: “I just put my head down and walked the other way!”

The Australian actress went on to credit Kidman with helping her get her start in the entertainment industry through the scholarship program.

“I got to go to New York to study comedy and Nicole Kidman paid for everything: an apartment, going to see Broadway shows… She doesn’t know about that,” Wilson teased. (via DigitalSpy)

I’m not really sure what happened there, to be honest. Does Russell Crowe make a habit of telling people to f-ck off? Is Russell Crowe a total asshole? Was Rebel Wilson just making a weird joke? Who can say. It’s Friday and we have better things to think about, like weekend naps, warmer weather and my adorable dog, Milo (obligatory):

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Happy Friday!

Russell Crowe Might Be Bumping Uglies With Natalie Imbruglia

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If you thought you left Natalie Imbruglia in 1997, never to be seen again, prepare to be disappointed. Russell Crowe has gone and pulled her into the news of 2013 by maybe, possibly getting it on with her while listening to ‘Torn’ and his tracks on the Les Miserables soundtrack.

From The Mirror:

I can reveal Aussie stars Russell Crowe and Natalie Imbruglia got cosy after a steamy night of flirting in LA over Oscars weekend.

And there was also a steamy morning of flirting, which saw the pair gathered around a grand piano in the Gladiator star’s suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

They sang show tunes until daybreak but I hope Natalie threw in a line or two of her hit Torn, too – and some Les Mis from Russell.

A source said: “They were all over one another and doing little to hide their flirting.

“They were being really playful and jokey with one another. You could see they really hit it off.

“They then went back to Russell’s room with some friends where they were partying until broad daylight.

“They were singing really loudly together around the piano, belting out some show tunes, and they looked pretty cosy when everyone left them to it.”

The pair were first seen together at a party last month at Hollywood’s Soho House hotel.

They were spotted flirting at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, also attended by Robert De Niro and Quentin Tarantino.

I mean, I don’t subscribe the the whole “men and women can’t be friends” cliché, so their relationship could possibly be completely platonic. Probably not, though. I just think this is a bizarre pairing – but I suppose I’d think Natalie Imbruglia with anyone was weird because she’s just so random. Natalie Imbruglia dating a desk chair would probably get the same reaction.

As for Javert, he was most recently linked to Dita Von Teese, so I’m not sure what to make of this or anything else anymore. Is it Friday yet?

Oh Ew: Dita Von Teese and Russell Crowe—Are They Hittin’ That?

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From the New York Post:

Russell Crowe has been sharing some intimate rubdowns with burlesque goddess Dita Von Teese, sources tell us.

The “Les Misérables” star, who split from his wife, Danielle Spencer, in October after nine years of marriage, was spotted holed up with the pin-up gal at the Four Seasons Hotel in December, and they even got a romantic couple’s massage together at 6:30 a.m., says the source.

Crowe and Von Teese have been flirting with each other on Twitter for a while. Last year, Crowe retweeted her posting “Dressage. Was measured for bespoke blk patent boots w/my name stamped on the heel . . . But under whose bed did I leave my Hermes riding crop?”

Around the same time, he also retweeted her message: “Giving airport security a lesson in garter belts this morning.”.

Ugh, I can’t even tell you guys how mildly grossed out I am by this. Wait. I’m sorry—did I say “mildly”? Because I definitely meant “majorly.” See, Dita Von Teese is this lovely, unique creature who seems all delicate and soft and demure, while Russell Crowe is gross, gregarious, and gangrenous (the last one was a stretch, but do you have any better ‘g’ insults?).

Thoughts on the happy new hookup?