Sunday 20th of September 2020

a fictional pirate versus a real one...


rush versus rupert

Geoffrey Rush has filed defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph, which published allegations the actor behaved inappropriately towards a female cast member in a Sydney Theatre Company (STC) play.

"It is an action I am taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community," he said.

"The Daily Telegraph has made false, pejorative and demeaning claims, splattering them with unrelenting bombast on its front pages.

"This has created irreparable damage to my reputation."

The 66-year-old Academy Award winner said the allegations were "extremely hurtful" to his wife, son and daughter.

"The situation is intolerable and I must seek vindication of my good name through the courts."


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romper stomper: it's acting...

Australian actor Jacqueline McKenzie has clarified comments made by Russell Crowe on Wednesday night at the Aacta awards, where he told what was perceived to be a tone deaf story about “sodomising” McKenzie on the set of 1992 film Romper Stomper.

McKenzie, who was nominated for an Aacta for her role in Don’t Tell, told Anna Broinowski for Guardian Australia: “[It was] absolutely not a #MeToo moment. It was awkward but dealt with as sensitively as possible, and we’ve joked about it for 25 years.”

On Thursday, McKenzie posted to Facebook that “there were no blurry lines” during that “awkward day’s filming” in 1991


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playing the greatest thinker of all...

Geoffrey Rush reacted to his Golden Globe nomination for Nat Geo’s Genius, saying that he believed in the  “complexity of humankind”. His nomination comes after allegations of “inappropriate behavior” emerged during an Australian play...


Rush was nominated in the Best Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance as Albert Einstein in Nat Geo’s Genius. The first season of the anthology series, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s Einstein: His Life and Universe book, is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television in association with Paperboy Productions, OddLot Entertainment and Fox 21 Television Studios. Nat Geo recently commissioned a second season based on the life of Pablo Picasso.



Rush said: “This is good news for Albert Einstein.  I believe in science.  I also believe in the complexity of humankind.  I am honoured to be in the company of fellow nominees who, with their artistry, have strived to define the multiplicity of dimensions in the male experience.”

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Most likely some rabid feminists will point out the poor women in Einstein's life...


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why germany got ahead...


fishing expedition...

The lawyer for Geoffrey Rush has accused The Daily Telegraph of going on a "fishing expedition" to dredge up a defence to defamatory articles it published about the actor last year.

Rush is suing the owner of The Daily Telegraph, Nationwide News Pty Ltd, over stories in late 2017 alleging he engaged in inappropriate behaviour during a production of King Lear for the Sydney Theatre Company (STC).

The 66-year-old has claimed the allegedly false claim distressed his family and damaged his career.

A hearing has been held in the Federal Court in Sydney in relation to a subpoena by Nationwide News Pty Ltd to the Sydney Theatre Company to obtain access to the file detailing the complaint.

Rush's lawyer Richard McHugh SC told the court the defence was attempting to use "the machinery of the court to dredge up a defence" to its defamatory articles.

He objected to this on the grounds that it was a "fishing expedition".

He said the defamation hearing had to rely on what material the media organisation had at the time when it published the article.


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a win for captain barbarossa...

The publisher of a Sydney newspaper has lost its appeal in the high-stakes defamation case of actor Geoffrey Rush, who was awarded a record multi-million dollar payout.

Key points:

  • The Federal Court dismissed all grounds of the Nationwide News appeal
  • The appeal judges upheld the original judgement that Eryn Jean Norvill's evidence was unreliable
  • They said the damages awarded to Rush were "not manifestly excessive"

Nationwide News appealed after the Oscar winner was last year awarded almost $2.9 million in damages over defamatory articles published by The Daily Telegraphs in 2017.

The stories alleged Rush behaved inappropriately towards Eryn Jean Norvill, his co-star in the Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear.

He denied the claims.

The record payout included $850,000 in general and aggravated damages, $1.9 million for past and future economic loss, and $42,000 in interest.


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