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Marcia Hines & Russell Crowe - REMEDY
From Marcia’a spectacular new album AMAZING, released April 4th.
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On the song and recording with Russell, Marcia says,
"Remedy is totally a tongue-in-cheek, rollicking, dancefloor killer. Something that’s strong and cheeky that captures a little of the magic of Nutbush City Limits.
Making music is a magical thing and one of the greatest things about it is that it’s a shared experience and a continual learning process. I am a huge believer in collaborations, you learn so much more working with others than you do just alone. And on this, I was lucky enough to collaborate with the amazing talent of Russell Crowe.
Ah, Russell…all I can say is that he blew us away. He came into the studio totally prepared and he knew his stuff, and that’s one of the many, many, reasons why he is where he is today. I sang with Russell some time ago and really enjoyed it, so when we wrote Remedy, we were thinking about all the people that I could sing this duet with, and one morning it came to me, “why not just ask Russell to do the song”. He said yes after listening to it, and as they say in the classics, the rest is history.”
From Russia with love: The doting father bear who can’t help cuddling his cub
This is the touching moment a baby bear gets swept up in a big cuddle - from her affectionate father.
What makes the photographs, taken at a zoo in eastern Russia, so fascinating is that most male bears have nothing to do with their cubs and leave the rearing to females.
But Balu is more hands-on than most with four-month-old daughter Diva and is content to give her a proper bear hug.
He even appears to be blowing a raspberry on her tummy while mother Masha looks on. Keepers at Primorsky Zoo in Russia were stunned by Balu’s unusual devotion to his daughter.
Zoo director Elena Aseidulina, 34, who took the photographs, said: ‘The father, against all laws of nature, is very caring and loving with the cubs.
‘Normally, it is the mother that looks after the children, but Balu is the exception.
‘He is a real example of a good father.’
Balu and Masha have been living at the zoo since 2002 after they were rescued by Russian militia from poachers. The pair have settled in well - and are clearly enjoying their roles as parents.
Keepers also noticed that Balu has taken on nearly all the traditional ‘female’ roles carried out by brown bears - including teaching their young about the dangers of the world.
Miss Aseidulina said: ‘Balu taught Diva to swim in the pool - she looked to her mother for help but Masha was totally calm and obviously trusted her “husband”.
‘Balu would hold her under water to teach her that swimming is an essential skill for a bear - but he always knew how long she could stay under for, and would pull her out and keep her safe.
‘When Masha is feeding Diva, 14-year-old Balu waits patiently for his turn to play with her.’
The zoo director added: ‘Once, I saw him patting the mother’s paw as if to say “Hurry up, it’s my turn to play!”’
‘It always takes my breath away when I see them playing like this.
‘It just makes you realise that these animals have the same feelings as we do. I wanted to take pictures to show others how touching and heartwarming these animals can be.’
BEARS, YOU GUYS.
Photos from The Water Diviner’s set, Turkey!
Here’s a summary of the news from 3 different newspapers and a tv program:
”The Turkish actors involved in #theWaterDiviner threw a party for Russell Crowe the other in Taksim (Nu-Pera, Tepebasi, Istanbul) the other night. @CMYLMZ said ‘@russellcrowe and the crew were great hosts in Australia, and the Turkish crew wanted to thank them with the same hospitality.’ The Turkish culture themed party included a belly dancer (Bianca), Turkish music (Cem Yilmaz also performed), traditional dishes and drinks such as raki and traditional appetizers. Apart from Russell Crowe, there were numerous famous guests such as Cem Yilmaz, @yilmazerdogan (with his wife and daughter), Ozan Guven, Meltem Cumbul, and Salih Kalyon who also has a small part in the Water Diviner. RC reportedly brought a special bottle of alcoholic beverage to the party, and danced with the belly dancer whom he tipped in AUD. While entering the party location, RC kissed (on both cheeks) the lady guard, who seemed to be not expecting such a gesture. While leaving the party, RC was surrounded by street children asking for money, and the famous actor chatted with them shortly, asked how they were doing and how come they were asking for 1 Turkish Lira when they had such nice jackets and shoes, then handed them 100 AUD. The party reportedly lasted till midnight and the crew met at 4:30 am the following day to continue shooting the Water Diviner, and the day’s shooting lasted for 12 hours. Yilmaz Erdogan told the reporters that the project’s been going very well without any problems, they’re having so much fun on the set, and filming in Istanbul will continue for another 3 days. He also emphasized that the film will be important particularly for the people of Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. Salih Kalyon told the reporters that despite being one of the biggest stars in the world, Russell Crowe is an incredibly kind, friendly and humble person, and a real professional.”
Thanks to @GreatMagic on Twitter for the newspaper scans and translation.
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