News Roundup: Feb. 13


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Despite his recent Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) told reporters at the Berlinale film festival Tuesday that he is “still unsatisfied to a large degree” about his work as an actor, Reuters reports. Crowe, who has three Oscar nominations on his resume, went on to say, however, he “think[s] that’s a healthy thing to be as an actor.”

In General

There’s a new documentary coming out about George W. Bush called Journeys With George, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 75-minute film shot by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of the new House Democratic whip Nancy Pelosi, chronicles Bush’s 2000 campaign. It includes a scene where the not-yet-President drinks non-alcoholic beer, something other photographers weren’t permitted to shoot.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins will make a film about a British security officer who died in New York’s Twin Towers while saving thousands of civilians, the BBC reports. Rick Rescorla, who moved to the U.S. at the age of 23, became a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran whose battlefield story is being told in the upcoming Mel Gibson film We Were Soldiers.

Matthew Perry is going slumming, leaving the comfy confines of Nielsen leaders NBC for upstart Fox–but only for a short visit. According to People magazine, in addition to his recent Friends renewal, Perry will guest star as a brash, cocky lawyer on two upcoming episodes of Fox’s Ally McBeal.

Cary Grant will soon be the face of a first-class U.S. postage stamp, People reports. Expect the late, handsome actor to appear on perforated paper at a local post office near you in late summer or early fall.

George Harrison‘s final resting place was revealed Tuesday. Reuters reports the former Beatle died in a Hollywood Hills mansion that was once owned by Courtney Love and had been leased by Harrison‘s security guard while Love owned it. The current owner is listed as Mike Walley, who has owned the property just less than a year.

Rapper, producer, fashion designer and now actor Sean “Puffy” Combs “fit right in” with the cast of Monster’s Ball, says no less an expert than co-star Halle Berry, The Associated Press reports. Combs plays Berry‘s husband who is ultimately executed during the film.

Puffy isn’t the only one to match music and fashion: ‘N Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick debuted his new clothing line FuMan Skeeto Monday night, as part of New York Fashion Week, the AP reports. The line specializes in women’s vintage-chic style clothing, including novelty T-shirts and chenille patch jeans.

Musicians Sting, Michael Jackson, Randy Newman, Barry Manilow and Ashford & Simpson were announced Tuesday to be among those inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, the AP reports. The inductees will officially be honored at the 33rd annual induction and awards dinner, which takes place in New York on June 13.