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18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009 - Best Of Decade

April 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
It may have been just a few years since these films were released, but the early seminal films of the 21st century have been able to hold their own against Hollywood heavyweight classics. From Roman gladiator epics to unconventional family road trips and all the hamburger phones, bottles of Merlot and deadly coin flips inbetween, the films of the early aught's first decade have already made a strong case for cinematic storytelling in the new millenium. Here are the best movies of 2000-2009.

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott’s thrilling Roman battle epic about revenge and redemption surely ent...

Hans Zimmer to be feted at Classic BRIT Awards

August 14th, 2013 3:10am EDT
The Lion King
Oscar-winning German composer Hans Zimmer is to be honoured for his contribution to music at this year's (13) Classic BRIT awards.

Zimmer has scored the music for films including Gladiator and The Lion King, for which he won an Academy Award in 1995, and his work will be celebrated at the prestigious U.K. prizegiving later this year (13).

The presentation of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award comes four years after Zimmer was handed the Soundtrack of the Year trophy for Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises at the 2009 ceremony.

Co-chairmen of the Classic BRIT Awards committee Dick...

Russell Crowe's kids baffled by small Superman movie role

June 14th, 2013 5:13pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe's young sons were unimpressed with their dad's movie career when they watched his latest film Man Of Steel as he only appears in a handful of scenes.

The Gladiator star's boys Charles, nine, and Tennyson, six, have been desperate to see their famous father on the big screen as he has previously refused to let them watch any of his movies because of their adult content.

When shooting wrapped on the new Superman film Crowe, who plays the superhero's biological dad in the movie, proudly took his two boys to a preview, but they were disappointed by his lack of screen time.

He t...

Britney Spears wanted Russell Crowe for Toxic duet

June 14th, 2013 5:13pm EDT
Britney Spears
Russell Crowe turned down an offer from Britney Spears to team up on a new version of her hit single Toxic.

The Gladiator star joked with his followers on about the similarities between his costume in movie musical Les Miserables and the space-age air hostess outfit sported by Spears in the promo of the 2004 track.

The banter prompted a tweet from Spears asking Crowe if he would like to get together to record a 'mash-up' of the song, but he declined as he had not heard of the music mixing technique.

Crowe reveals the incident began when a follower sent him a message on Twitte...

Superman babies relieved themselves all over Russell Crowe

June 5th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Director Zack Snyder gave Russell Crowe a real taste of the unpleasantness of fatherhood on the set of new Superman movie Man Of Steel - each of the four babies chosen to play his infant son Kal-El in the film relieved themselves while the Gladiator star was holding him.

Due to filming laws, Snyder had to hire four newborns for scenes with Crowe as Jor-El and the movie star admits he experienced all manner of toilet trouble with the bare babes.

He tells WENN, "I had a very interesting experience being a father on this movie... Unlike in my own experience as a father of two, I've managed t...

Russell Crowe Fights For Tomb Of 'Gladiator' Inspiration

January 1st, 2013 1:07pm EST
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe has teamed up with leading historians to urge Italian authorities not to abandon the tomb of the Roman warrior who inspired his film Gladiator.

The Les Miserables star was the first person to sign a new American Institute for Roman Culture petition calling for further preservation of the recently unearthed final resting place of Marcus Nonius Macrinus.

The Italians playing guardian to the 2008 find outside Rome were planning to rebury the mausoleum and other tombs because they could no longer afford to maintain the site, according to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, but it appear...

Director Ridley Scott Examines The 'Prophets Of Science Fiction' On New 8-Part Series

November 7th, 2011 2:35pm EST
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind legendary Hollywood classics including "Alien," "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator," comes to SCIENCE this November with the world premiere eight-part series, "Prophets of Science Fiction".

An auteur of science fiction himself, Scott goes from behind the camera to on-air guide to explore the relationship between genre and the constantly-evolving worlds of science and technology. From Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov to George Lucas and Phillip K. Dick, the dreams of storytellers often become the inspiration for researchers seeking mankind’s next transforma...

Russell Crowe To Perform At Canadian Folk Festival

July 9th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Russell Crowe
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is set to test out his musical skills by performing at a festival in Canada next month.

The Gladiator actor is to team up with his Robin Hood co-star Alan Doyle to perform two nights of music at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

They will be joined on stage by fellow Robin Hood stars Scott Grimes and Kevin Durand, Crowe's singer wife Danielle Spencer and Irish duo Size2shoes.

Crowe, who has called the shows an "indoor garden party," writes in a post on, "Alan Doyle and I will be singing tunes...

Russell Crowe To Play Jor-El In 'Superman' Reboot?

June 15th, 2011 9:38pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is in talks to take on Marlon Brando's role in the upcoming Superman revamp.

The Oscar winner is slated to portray the Man of Steel's father Jor-El in Zack Snyder's new superhero movie, opposite Brit Henry Cavill.

If he signs on, he'll join Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in the movie.

His Gladiator co-star Connie Nielsen is also reportedly in negotiations for the film - to play Jor-El's wife, and Superman's mom, Lara.

Brando played Jor-El in Superman: The Movie (1978) and was featured in 2006's Superman Returns, thanks to CGI (computer-generated imagery) effects.

Russell Crowe: 'Circumcision Is Barbaric And Stupid'

June 10th, 2011 11:37am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe has sparked a furious debate on after criticizing parents who have their children circumcised.

The Gladiator star provoked support and outrage in equal measure when he branded the practice "barbaric and stupid" and "man's interpretation of what God requires." He blasted parents who agree to "cut things off" their son, and ordered any fans who disagree with him to "f**k off".

The fiery actor wrote, "Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that God requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect. (I have) many Jewish fri...

Russell Crowe: 'Christchurch Needs Its Mates'

March 26th, 2011 8:36am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is urging fans to donate cash to help his fellow New Zealanders rebuild the city of Christchurch after a devastating earthquake hit the region last month.

The Hollywood actor has filmed a video message for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal asking for donations to help aid efforts in the stricken city.

In the clip, posted on, he says, "Christchurch needs its mates, whether they happen to be here in New Zealand, or across the ditch, or on the other side of the world. Your donation to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, no matter how big or small, will help the c...

Watch Classic Scenes & See the Full List of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ever

February 27th, 2011 8:50pm EST
The Artist
2011 (84th) The Artist (Watch scenes)
2010 (83rd) The King's Speech (Watch scenes from this film!)
2009 (82nd) The Hurt Locker (Watch scenes from The Hurt Locker)
2008 (81st) Slumdog Millionaire
2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men (Watch classic scenes from No Country for Old Men)
2006 (79th) The Departed (Watch classic scenes from The Departed)
2005 (78th) Crash

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby (Watch classic scenes from this film!)

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (Watch more scenes from it!)

2002 (75th) Chicago
2001 (74th) A Beau...

Russell Crowe Calls For 'Master And Commander' Sequel

December 7th, 2010 8:36am EST
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is pushing for a sequel to his 2003 movie Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World - he wants fans to bombard studio bosses at 20th Century Fox with messages to back his campaign.

The Gladiator star is eager to reprise his role as Jack Aubrey in the film based on the Napoleonic Wars. And he's posted a message on in a bid to garner support from his fans to help resurrect the film.

He writes, "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail (film executive) Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts."

And Crowe's appeal has already ...

Russell Crowe Denies 'Westworld' Rumors

September 7th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe has taken to his page to deny he's set to star in a remake of Michael Crichton's sci-fi thriller Westworld.

The Gladiator actor was rumored to have signed up to a new version of the 1973 film, which was author Crichton's first outing as a big screen director and starred Yul Brynner as a gun slinging android at a fantasy theme park.

However, Crowe has shot down the reports, insisting there is no truth to the rumors. He writes on his page, "WestWorld purely a rumor, I've never been contacted about it."

And he also sets the record straight about cla...

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett Star In 'Robin Hood' - On DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 21

August 8th, 2010 5:15pm EDT
Robin Hood
Oscar winner Russell Crowe reunites with "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott to reveal the untold story of a common archer’s rise to become a hero in "Robin Hood", the $309 million worldwide blockbuster coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and single disc DVD on September 21, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All of these versions will feature the theatrical film, as well as a never-before-seen unrated director’s cut of the movie. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand.

The 3-dis...

Russell Crowe Is No Longer A Sex Symbol

July 27th, 2010 11:45am EDT
Russell Crowe
The brooding Russell Crowe, 46, really made an impression on his fans when he hit the big screen as Maximus in "Gladiator" 10 years ago. Unlike George Clooney (who has somehow aged to perfection at age 49), Russ looks a little too tubby and a little too gray around the temples.

Crowe's recent big-screen adventure "Robin Hood" had a disappointing performance at the box office. His rep was forced to shoot down reports that the actor was digitally slimmed down for the role. The National Enquirer alleged, "Crowe just couldn't manage to drop the last 10 to 15 pounds he'd packed on, and producer...

Russell Crowe Is 'The Equalizer'

June 16th, 2010 11:50am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is preparing to step into the role made famous by the late Edward Woodward in a big screen remake of The Equalizer.

The Gladiator star has signed up to tackle a new film adaptation of the 1980s action series, which starred Woodward as an ageing New York vigilante with a mysterious past who solves problems and settle scores.

The movie has been in development since 2005, but now looks set to finally move forward with Crowe on board, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The film is the latest in a series of 1980s remakes which have graced the big screen recently, including T...

Russell Crowe Is Not Dead

June 10th, 2010 7:24pm EDT
Russell Crowe
A spokesperson for actor Russell Crowe has denied reports the "Gladiator" star is dead.

New York City radio station Z100 reported the "Robin Hood" star had passed away on Thursday morning, prompting a flurry of internet and radio reports speculating about the story.

But a spokesperson for the 46-year-old actor has acted quickly to dismiss the sick rumor.

Crowe is the latest in a string of stars who have fallen victim to similar reports - the most recent being Zach Braff, Johnny Depp, Bill Cosby and Kanye West.

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Russell Crowe Storms Out Of 'Robin Hood' Interview

May 14th, 2010 9:05am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe angrily stormed out of a British radio interview on Wednesday, after the host told the actor his accent in Robin Hood sounded Irish.

The famously short-tempered Oscar-winner was chatting to broadcaster Mark Lawson for BBC Radio 4's Front Row show, when he was asked if he purposely added hints of the Irish dialect to his portrayal of the English folklore hero. An infuriated Crowe angrily questioned Lawson's opinion - before swearing at him.

Lawson asked the star, "The accent you've given him (Robin Hood). There are hints to me of Irish, but what.... were you thinking in tho...

Russell Crowe Hated Kevin Costner's 'Robin Hood'

May 10th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe watched previous adaptations of the Robin Hood story to inspire his latest big screen outing - and hated Kevin Costner's turn as the folk hero.

The Gladiator star plays the legendary character in Ridley Scott's upcoming blockbuster and he studied other incarnations of the role to help shape his portrayal of the action man. And he admits Costner's 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves wasn't one he liked.

He says, "I watched the Richard Greene TV series when I was a kid. When you see the episodes now, they're a bit creaky, and it's basically the same story every week. I s...

Ridley Scott Planning 'Robin Hood' Sequel

April 5th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Ridley Scott
Director Ridley Scott is hoping his upcoming Robin Hood blockbuster is a hit - because he has already mapped out plans for a sequel.

The moviemaker has re-teamed with Gladiator star Russell Crowe for the epic, which tells the early story of the legendary British outlaw.

And Scott is desperate for the film to triumph at the box office when it is released later this year, because he wants to turn the Robin Hood story into a successful franchise.

He says, "It is the beginnings of how the man becomes known as Robin the Hood. You don't really get that until the last few minutes when you re...

Russell Crowe & Beyonce To Hook Up In 'A Star Is Born'?

February 6th, 2010 10:19am EST
Russell Crowe and Beyonce have emerged as the frontrunners for the lead roles in a remake of classic movie A Star Is Born.

Robert Downey Jr. was attached to the male lead at one point, but now it seems the Gladiator star has taken his place.

Crowe is the new favorite to play an aging, alcoholic musician who mentors and falls in love with a younger female star.

The film was a big screen hit in the 1930s and it has already been reworked twice, with Judy Garland and James Mason in 1957 and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in 1976.

Nick Cassavettes is onboard to direct the fi...

'Edge Of Darkness' Preview

January 27th, 2010 5:30pm EST
Edge of Darkness
Warner Brother's newest suspense action thriller, Edge of Darkness hits theaters on Friday, January 29th and we think it's a must see for all those who have been craving a long overdue Mel Gibson flick.

Mel plays Thomas Craven, a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department whose daughter is murdered on the threshold of his house, compelling him to believe that he was supposed to be the target. He soon suspects otherwise and heads up an investigation into his only daughter's secret life which leads him into the world of government conspiracy, corporate schemes and murder...

Sylvester Stallone's Broken Neck, And A List Of Hollywood's Most Painful Injuries

January 7th, 2010 11:01am EST
Sylvester Stallone
The other day Sylvester Stallone revealed that he had a metal plate placed inside his neck after a freak accident while filming a fight scene for his new movie The Expendables. Many stars want to do their own stunts, either out of pride or a desire to make the movie as real as possible. However, few have escaped unscathed.

Stallone has always insisted on doing his own stunts, and said he had his worst injury while filming Rocky IV. He insisted that co-star Dolph Lundgren actually punch him during takes, and Dolph delivered a stunning punch to Stallone's chest. His ribs compressed agains...

The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade

December 17th, 2009 9:30am EST
The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade
So far, we've given you lists of the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, and Albums of the decade. Now it's time to turn our focus to the Silver Screen.

This decade, moviemaking became incredibly fractured. After the Indie Boom of the nineties there suddenly wasn't much of a difference between an independent/art film and the mainstream movies from blockbuster studios. Many of these studios were now attempting to make their own indies, blurring the lines and resulting in more failures than successes.

Of course, there were still plenty of good movies to go around. The following is a list ...

'Lord Of The Rings' & Kanye's Debut Top Best Of Decade List

December 5th, 2009 10:40am EST
Lord Of The Rings
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Kanye West's "The College Dropout" album have been named the Best Movie and Best Album of the past decade in a new magazine poll.

Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic beat Brokeback Mountain, Gladiator and The Dark Knight to top Entertainment Weekly's end-of-the-decade film hit list, while the rapper's 2004 debut landed at number one ahead of Jay-Z's The Blueprint and Kid A by Radiohead.

The Sopranos beat Lost and comedy news show The Daily Show to claim the Best TV Show honor.

But boy wizard "Harry Potter" topped them all in the pub...

Russell Crowe Accepts Responsibility For Rugby Brawl

September 16th, 2009 12:28pm EDT
Russell Crowe Accepts Responsibility For Brawl
Russell Crowe has apologized for a bar fight involving members of his rugby league team, accepting the blame for one of his player's brawling.

The actor, who co-owns Australia's South Sydney Rabbitohs club, has opened up about the altercation in a letter printed in Sydney's Daily Telegraph. He admits he was "embarrassed" after star player David Fa'alogo reportedly knocked out Coach Jason Taylor during end-of-season celebrations earlier this year.

Crowe, who was not present during the incident, blames himself for failing to ensure the team maintained proper conduct.

He writes, "I...

Universal Studios Greenlights 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie For 2011

June 5th, 2009 11:09am EDT
Brian Grazer
Even with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra ready to heat up the big screen this summer, Hasbro is not about to rest on its laurels: the toy company announced a Stretch Armstrong film, slated for a 2011 release.

"'Stretch Armstrong' couldn’t be in more capable hands than Imagine and Hasbro," Chairman of Universal Pictures Marc Shmuger said in a press release. "We're so excited to bring this iconic property to audiences around the world in April of 2011."

"When Hasbro signed the multi-year strategic partnership with Universal, it was one more p...

Russell Crowe Too Fat For His Car?

May 26th, 2009 2:59pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe was scared into shape after piling on the pounds for 2008 movie Body Of Lies - because he gained so much weight, he struggled to even climb out of his car.

The Gladiator star's weight has fluctuated over the last 10 years due to yo-yo dieting for different movie roles. Crowe bulked up to play an overweight spy in Body of Lies - and admits he got so fat he got stuck in his own car.

The embarrassing accident forced the star to undergo a health check and he discovered his cholesterol levels were dangerously high.

Crowe says, "At one point I worried about it from...

Russell Crowe Fights To Keep Miners Away From Irwin's Reserve

April 20th, 2009 9:27am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe has turned gladiator again in a bid to stop Australian officials from strip mining in late pal Steve Irwin's wildlife reserve in Queensland.

Over 130,000 hectares of wilderness was handed over to conservationists by politicians after Crocodile Hunter Irwin's death in 2006 as a tribute. But the new Aussie government now plans to allow a local aluminum company to mine a portion of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - and Crowe is doing everything he can to make officials think again.

He says, "That site actually operates as a water filter and there are some species of ...

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