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The Rock-itt : April 2011
Russell Crowe Born in New Zealand, Russell has made his home in Australia since he was a small child. The son of movie set caterers, Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child star on a local Australian TV show, Russell's first big break came with two films: Romper Stomper which gained him fame nationally and in surrounding countries, and his first American appearance in The Sum of Us. The role, which gained him recognition as an elite actor, was L.A Confidential, a role many believe he was unlucky not to claim the Oscar for best actor. He would avenge that snub 3 years later with his role in Ridley Scott’s epic Gladiator the catalyst for his Academy Award nod. Crowe's 2001 role as real-life Nobel Prize-winning schizophrenic mathem atician John Forbes Nash Jr. brought the actor back into the Oscar arena. Directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Jennifer Connelly it quickly vaulted past the 100-million- dollar mark as it took home Golden Globes for Best Picture, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, and Actor and racked up eight Oscar nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Crowe. Crowe returned to the big screen in 2003 by taking to the high seas in the period- adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. A hit at the box- office, the film also received rave reviews and a number of Oscar nods, including one for Best Picture. With his career m omentum higher than ever, Crowe next starred in 2005's Depression-era boxing drama Cinderella Man. Re-teaming him with A Beautiful Mind’s director Ron Howard the picture garnered Crowe more accolades from critics. It was at this time Crowe, along with businessman Peter Holmes A Court successfully wooed the Redfern faithful as they took over ownership of NRL team ‘South Sydney Rabbitohs’. Crowe is now a regular fixture at their home games. In recent years Crowe’s m ost notable work includes 3:10 To Yuma, American Gangster, and Robin Hood. Rachel McAdams Rachel McAdams captured the attention of Hollywood, literally overnight. On her first trip to Los Angeles from her native Toronto, she landed the starring role in a major studio comedy, “The Hot Chick,” At McAdams was raised in a small town near London, Ontario. At the age of four, she took up figure skating and skated com petitively throughout high school. She always knew she wanted to be an actress, and when a summer theater camp finally opened nearby, she was performing in productions of Shakespeare at the age of 13. McAdams went on to York University, appearing in numerous student films and stage productions, where she graduated with honors with a B.F.A. degree in theater, which remains her first love. Prior to her arrival in Los Angeles, the talented young actress starred in “Perfect Pie,” for which she was nominated for a Genie Award (Canada's equivalent of an Academy Award). It is a feature film based on the play by acclaim ed Canadian playwright Judith Thompson and directed by Barbara Willis Sweete (“Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach”) and is the story of two friends pulled apart by tragedy as teens who, years later, must come to terms with the past. Since arriving in LA McAdams has featured in a slew of popular films with titles including Mean Girls. W edding Crashers, and Sherlock Holmes as well as starring alongside Russell Crowe in 2009’s State of Play.