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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 7, 2014.
By United Press International
'Noah' floats to top of box office with $44 million

'Noah' floats to top of box office with $44 million

March 30 (UPI) -- Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson scored a No. 1 film over the weekend with "Noah."
Kate Stanton
Russell Crowe was mean to me, Giuliana Rancic says

Russell Crowe was mean to me, Giuliana Rancic says

March 20 (UPI) -- Giuliana Rancic said actor Russell Crowe was rude about the questions she asked him on a red carpet event.
Danielle Haynes
Director Darren Aranofsky says 'Noah' is 'the least biblical film ever made'

Director Darren Aranofsky says 'Noah' is 'the least biblical film ever made'

March 11 (UPI) -- Aranofsky speaks out against the controversy and says he doesn't "give a [expletive] about the test scores!"
Annie Martin
Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern countries

Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern countries

CAIRO, March 7 (UPI) -- Several Middle Eastern countries have banned the upcoming epic "Noah," and more countries are expected to follow.
Annie Martin

Australia model, TV host found dead in Sydney home in apparent suicide

SYDNEY, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Charlotte Dawson, a model and host of "Australia's Next Top Model," was found dead Saturday in her home in Sydney, an apparent suicide.
Colin Farrell says working with Eva Marie Saint was 'a dream'

Colin Farrell says working with Eva Marie Saint was 'a dream'

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Irish actor Colin Farrell, who has expressed in the past his great esteem for film legends like Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Taylor, says sharing the screen with Eva Marie Saint in the supernatural romance "Winter's Tale" was a career highlight for him.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Fifth Estate' was the biggest movie flop of 2013, Forbes says

'Fifth Estate' was the biggest movie flop of 2013, Forbes says

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- "The Fifth Estate," a drama starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was the biggest film flop of 2013, Forbes said.
'Noah' trailer debuts: Russell Crowe takes on a biblical disaster

'Noah' trailer debuts: Russell Crowe takes on a biblical disaster

Nov. 14 (UPI) --Russell Crowe portrays the biblical ark-builder commissioned by God.
Kate Stanton
'Winter's Tale' to open in North America in February

'Winter's Tale' to open in North America in February

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Warner Bros. Pictures says it has set a February North America release date for "Winter's Tale," the directorial debut of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman.
Hans Zimmer pens new Superman score for 'Man of Steel'

Hans Zimmer pens new Superman score for 'Man of Steel'

Director Zack Snyder says he tapped German-born film composer Hans Zimmer to score "Man of Steel" because he didn't want to borrow from previous Superman movies.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Michael Shannon was 'ecstatic' to play Zod in 'Man of Steel'

Michael Shannon was 'ecstatic' to play Zod in 'Man of Steel'

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- Michael Shannon, an American actor known for his intense performances in independent films and stage dramas, says he was "ecstatic" to play the villain General Zod in the new Superman movie "Man of Steel."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Man of Steel' star Russell Crowe says he never saw a Superman movie

'Man of Steel' star Russell Crowe says he never saw a Superman movie

New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe says he never saw a Superman movie before playing the alien hero's biological father Jor-El in director Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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Hudson, Crowe to appear in Oscars tribute to musicals

Hudson, Crowe to appear in Oscars tribute to musicals

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman will help honor movie musicals of the last decade at Sunday's Oscars in Los Angeles.
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Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actor and musician. His acting career began in the late 1980s with roles in Australian television series including Police Rescue and Neighbours. In the early 1990s, Crowe's local prominence peaked when he won the Australian Film Industry Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an inner-city skinhead in the Geoffrey Wright film, Romper Stomper. In the late 1990s, Crowe transferred his acting ambitions to the USA with his breakout role in L.A. Confidential (1997). Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Gladiator in 2001 and has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role: The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He is also co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs, a National Rugby League team.

Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Jocelyn Yvonne (née Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom were movie set caterers; his father also managed a hotel. Crowe's maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowe's maternal great-great-grandmother was Māori, and his paternal grandfather was from Wrexham, Wales; Crowe also has Scottish, Norwegian, English, and German ancestry. His two cousins, Martin and Jeff Crowe, are former New Zealand cricket captains.

When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Australia, where his parents pursued a career in film set catering. The producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce was his mother's godfather, and Crowe at age five or six was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson (in 1994 Thompson played Crowe's father in The Sum of Us. Crowe also appeared briefly in serial The Young Doctors.

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