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Russell Crowe Gets Way Better Press Down Under

It seems rather strange that the latest Russell Crowe movie Three Days Later is only just now opening in Australia, two months after its U.S. bow and roll out in dozens of international territories.

To mark the occasion, Sydney Morning Herald reporter Greg Truman rounds up the North American media bashing the actor suffered in connection with the poor-performing Lionsgate thriller ($21 million domestic). There’s the insinuation in a Toronto newspaper that Crowe drove writer-director Paul Haggis back to chain smoking; a cantankerous New York City press conference during which Crowe dismissed one question with the reply, “Oh dude, c’mon.” And there’s the LA Times piece that unfavorably compared Crowe to the likes of Johnny Depp.

Don’t they get it? It’s Russell; our Russ. Actor, chameleon, action guy, footy lover, phone thrower, charitable fella, thoughtful father, Aussie bloke…

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Ricky Gervais: Do You Really Think Johnny Depp Cares That I Didn’t Like The Tourist?

Speaking with Piers Morgan on CNN Thursday night, Ricky Gervais made it clear he doesn’t see anything wrong with his performance at the Golden Globes. “Like I’m going to go out there and not talk about the issues in their industry!” he exclaimed.

Gervais also expressed confidence that the celebrity attendees of the ceremony have a sense of humor about his jabs. On mega-star Johnny Depp, Gervais mused:

Do you really think he hasn’t seen the press about The Tourist? Do you really think he’s hurt that I didn’t like The Tourist?

Gervais went on to say that he’s sorry if anyone was offended… but he’s not sorry for anything he said.

Geena Davis Hosts Second ‘Gender in Media’ Symposium

Everyone is atwitter today about the accidental Tourist honors showered upon Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Tomorrow, at the Skirball Cultural Center, actress Geena Davis – an Oscar winner in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist – will host her second “Gender in Media” symposium.

The invitation-only affair is all part of Davis’ new role as head of her very own non-profit think tank, since 2004. In addition to her keynote address, other lunchtime speakers will include Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy Media, and USC Annenberg Associate Professor Dr. Stacy Smith.

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A Bodaciously Bad Tourist

One of the Italian words for “rotten” is “andato.” And that’s pretty much where the great majority of the reviews for the new Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist are stacking up this fine non-Italian morning.

But which film critics are rising most adeptly to the challenge of trashing two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their comatose Venezia intrigue? Here are our five (early) picks for the Columbia Pictures pan parade honor roll:

Eric D. Snider, Cinematical: “I urge you to say the director’s name aloud. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Did you do it? There, you just had more fun than you would if you watched The Tourist.”

Nigel Andrews, Financial Times: “Do anything. Arrange an appointment in Sumatra. Go to the moon. At all costs stay away.”

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Actress Amber Heard GLAAD to Be Out

Is it still a big deal in today’s Hollywood when an actress slated to appear on screen opposite Johnny Depp (in next year’s The Rum Diary) officially comes out of the closet? Absolutely.

At last night’s celebration of GLAAD’s 25th anniversary at Harmony Gold in Hollywood, Amber Heard (pictured, left) proudly walked the red carpet with partner Tasya van Ree as she has done before. But this time, she added an exclusive caveat via, appropriately enough, website AfterEllen.com.

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Time Inc. Closes Door on Buyouts Today

6a00d83455e65969e20120a653371f970b-320wi.jpgAs People magazine celebrates Johnny Depp as the “Sexiest Man Of The Year” (again), everything is not well in the state of People‘s publisher Time Inc. The company is still looking to trim $100 million from its budget through layoffs and buyouts, which could include up to 90 editorial positions at Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time magazine and Money.

According to Keith Kelly in today’s New York Post, layoffs at Time are only a hair away, as the publisher should find out today how many people from their titles have stepped forward to accept buyouts.

Kelly already has the name of one high-ranking staff member who is gracefully bowing out of the competition: Fortune managing editor Steve Koepp, who has worked at Time Inc. for 29 years, will be taking one of the buyout offers. Another top Time Inc. editor, Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel, has also removed himself from the staff, by accepting the top editor position at BusinessWeek. Fortune is looking to layoff 40 staffers compared to 12 at Time magazine, Kelly reports. (We’re hearing the number at Fortune might actually be closer to 25.)

Time Runs Out For Buyout Volunteers; Layoffs LoomNew York Post

Previously: First on FBNY: Time Inc. Shutters Custom Pub Fortune Small Business, Time Inc. Layoffs: Sports Illustrated Hit First, More To Come

A Glimpse Into Tim Burton’s ‘Wonderland’

USA Today published these stunning images from Tim Burton‘s upcoming film ‘Alice in Wonderland’, currently set to hit theaters on March 5, 2010. Wowza.

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Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter

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Forbes Has Four Way Tie For Number Two Spot in Top 20 Most Valuable Actors

Fist of Money.gifAngelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp are tied, according to Forbes Magazine in their worth currently. Really? Couldn’t figure out a way to rank the top five huh? Seriously?

If everyone is equal – it’s not a Top 20 list now is it?

Wil Smith is number one, according to the magazine. And in case you’re curious (we were) Tom Cruise wasn’t in the top 10. He ranked 13 down from number one a few years running. Alien conspiracy? Probably.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34235429-12132308.jpgSwoony Todd: As if we needed to be convinced to see a Johnny Depp film, here is a positivelyglowing review of Sweeney Todd. A taste: “In Depp’s portrayal, tones are held but without adornment. The vocal gruffness and hard-rock diction gave new, more immediate power to the lines.” We’re there.

34318525.jpgStrike … Two: The Oscars might not be able to show any film clips and no one will be writing the script for The Golden Globes, but Leno and O’Brien are returning to the air on Jan. 2, deal or none.

droolingmoron.jpegLow Blood Pressure? Try reading the message boards on the LAT site about the WGA strike. No matter what side you’re on, you have to admit that the human race is maddeningly, consistently, disappointingly stupid.

Marc Weingarten’s Review Pushed Hunter Thompson Widow To Tears

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Hunter Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, is boo-hooing over Marc Weingarten’s LAT review of a new biography of the gonzo king, Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson.

According to Stacey McCain in the Washington Times, Jann Wenner and Corey Seymour discredit everything Thompson wrote after leaving Rolling Stone. Considering the source, well, duh. What does she expect from Wenner? She sounds annoying as hell. So many rock widows do.

Weingarten wrote:

Rolling Stone founder Jann S. Wenner and writer Corey Seymour– who held Thompson’s hand as a Rolling Stone assistant editor in the ’90s–trace the slow spiral into infirmity and depression ending in Thompson’s suicide on Feb. 20, 2005.What “Gonzo” makes abundantly clear is that he circled the drain for a long time.

Mrs. Thompson wrote Wenner a tell-off letter last May, but assures fans that Johnny Depp, who wrote the forward, is a-okay:

for those of you worried about Johnny Depp, although I haven’t spoken to him in a long time, I can assure you that he probably did not have a chance to read the manuscript before agreeing to let Jann republish his rolling stone article as the “forward.”

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