He's at it again. Perpetual bad boy Russell Crowe added another notch to his tally of abused interviewers when he walked out of a BBC interview in Cannes relating to his new film, Robin Hood. Crowe generally rails against intrusive paparazzi but in this case, the questions were seemingly innocent. The interviewer asked if he detected a hint of an Irish accent in Crowe's portrayal of the legendary hero. This innocuous inquiry offended Crowe, as did a follow-up question about a line of dialogue he memorably spoke in Gladiator. Crowe got up and abruptly left - though the interviewer didn't have a telephone flung at him, as did a hapless New York hotel clerk who incurred Crowe's wrath some years ago. Crowe is not only one of the best actors on screen today, but he's virtually alone in recalling the kind of macho leading men that once prevailed in the film industry. He's worth mega millions, has received international awards and has enjoyed the professional respect of his colleagues. Exactly what he is constantly mad about remains to be seen.
Author and Cinema Retro columnist Raymond Benson and his fellow critic Dann Gire have debuted a monthly movie debate column in the Daily Herald newspaper web site for suburban Chicago. The first topic is the James Bond franchise. Click here to read.
Add former Charlie's Angels star Kate Jackson to the ever-growing list of celebrities who have spent above their means, then sued a financial adviser for their woes. Jackson claims that her adviser, Richard B. Francis, persuaded her that she was worth far more than she actually was. She says Francis convinced her to buy a house she couldn't afford with the guarantee that the property could never go down in value - despite the fact that Jackson concedes she was aware she didn't have the resources to afford the home. She is now suing Francis for millions, claiming he is responsible for her financial woes. Jackson also claims that Francis convinced her she was worth far more than her actual net worth and could live off the interest alone. Apparently, she is not suing him for convincing her there is also a pot of gold in her name at the end of a rainbow. We don't know who is the guilty party in this case, but there is no doubt that many celebrities have indeed been misled by their financial advisers. Nicholas Cage is the most high-profile celeb to make this claim in recent years, even as he continues to sell off over-valued assets. Still, celebrities have got to take some responsibility for their own finances. How about asking to see some bank statements once in a while? For more click here
Cinema Retro studiously avoids commenting on most celebrity scandals, including the Tiger Woods debacle. However, this exception is merited because it pertains to one of the great TV bloopers of all time. The steamy faux pas occurred on The Golf Channel, which is usually second only to the Paint By Numbers Instruction Channel in terms of controversy and excitement. Gorgeous commentator Win McMurry meant to say that Woods was withdrawing from a golf tournament due to a "bulging disc" in his back. However, a Freudian slip occurred and she attributed his decision to a "bulging dick"! Click here to watch