Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Russell Crowe- Call him Bad Boy, but Don't Call him Irish!

First of, yes, I have seen Robin Hood, and enjoyed it. Russell Crowe's latest film efforts is a crowd pleaser. He and Cate Blanchett light up the screen with their understated chemistry, and there are arrows flyin' galore.
I was thinking about the casting of Russell Crowe as the legendary hero, and this mischief maker is perfect!

 Be careful who you point that arrow at!

Russell Crowe is THE Hollywood Bad Boy.
Case in point?

I read with much amusement about a recent radio interview when Russell got a mite steamed at being told his accent for the movie sounded 'a bit Irish'.

I believe his response was “You’ve seriously got dead ears if you think that’s an Irish accent.”

and later:

“I’m a little dumbfounded that you could possibly find any Irish in that character – that’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s your show.”

and finally refusing to answer any more questions he said some colorful things under his breath and walked out of the interview:


Kicking Ass and Taking Names!

Ah, Russell Crowe has lost none of his edge! He was arrested for throwing a phone at a Mercer Hotel employee because he was enraged he could not get his call out to Australia in 2005. (They later settled out of court). A new book is coming out discussing his various misdeeds and misbehavin'. But would you really want Russell any other way? Unlike the pithy soudbites and 'take my photo on my right side' image conscious stars, this man just doesn't give a sh*t! Hypermasculine, alpha, menacing and intense, Russell Crowe is going to be exactly who he is at all times.

....and it ain't Irish!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Opinions...everyone has one

In doing this blog today I am thinking of reviews and opinions about authors, because they are so diverse. One person's Tolstoy is another person's tabloid.

I was in class when I heard fellow students ripping Stephanie Meyers to shreds, stating she was "a bad writer."

I was cringing away in the corner. I am a good ten-fifteen years older than these people, and I am reading her YA (young Adult) work because I have fallen in love with the story of Edward and Bella. And I completely disagree!

Stephanie Meyers has created memorable characters, an awesome conflict, and
a deep emotional connection and chemistry between the characters.

But guess what? That's just my opinion. For every person who loves her to death-and we know there are many-there are others that hate her work.

It's purely subjective. In fact, writing is a subjective field. Some will love an author's work, and some will hate it. No matter who the author is, and how talented and widely acclaimed. I am often astounded to see pans by critics for books I've loved, and books I hold dear.

Are these people crazy? Um, not surprisingly, I have my opinion on that...!

As hard as it is for fans, it is even harder for the authors themselves.

It can be very painful as an author, yet rejection and critical opinions are part of this life. And they can be mysterious, undeserved and downright bizarre.

That aside, criticism, can also teach us something. Are there comments that keep coming up? What can you learn from them? Certainly self reflection should be a part of different opinions we receive. Criticism, when constructive, can be a very valuable tool. They help us grow.
(Note I say constructive. I am not talking about a hatchet job done by someone with an ax to grind. Don't give these opinions another thought! Lock them away in the darkest corner of your memory!)

The thing with opinions, is no one will ever agree on everything. We can't please everyone, in life, and in work. And in writing.

So of all the opinions, trust your own.

Right Stephanie?