DONATED: Russell Crowe, 40, was so upset by a fire-bombing at a Jewish elementary school in Montreal that he called the school to offer a donation to help rebuild its library, a school spokeswoman tells Reuters, calling the gesture, “a huge morale boost for the school community.” Crowe is in Toronto to film Cinderella Man, a film directed by Ron Howard about the life of boxer James J. Braddock. “He said he was very upset about what had happened that a place of learning should be attacked that way,” said the school rep, Shelley Paris.
HONORED: Keanu Reeves, 39, will receive a Taurus World Stunt Award for his work in action films, and veteran stunt professional Ronnie Rondell (Speed) will be honored with a lifetime achievement award during the event, which is planned for May 16 at Paramount Studios. The event will be telecast May 26 by Spike TV, with Carmen Electra and Dennis Hopper hosting.
QUOTED: “The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young, female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three … I find it incredibly racist.” – Elton John, 57, on last week’s American Idol vote
DIED: Adam Shand Kydd, 49, stepbrother of Princess Diana, has died after an apparent overdose of sleeping pills in Cambodia, where he has been since early this month, police said on Wednesday. He was found dead Monday evening after his maid contacted the police. “We think he could have died from overuse of sleeping pills,” Prak Nhat, an autopsy police official, tells Reuters. “No one killed him.” Shand Kydd had been complaining about headaches for days and had told his maid he was having problems sleeping, police said.
RATED: NBC’s The Restaurant, starring Rocco DiSpirito, attracted only 6.5 million viewers in its season premiere last week, less than a third of the regular audience for Survivor and The Apprentice. But proving that there is still life beyond reality shows, last week’s Friends drew 22.6 million viewers – making it the No. 2 show, sandwiched between No. 1 American Idol (Tuesday) on FOX, with 23.4 million viewers, and No. 3 American Idol (Wednesday), with 21.2 million.
SPLIT: Ellen Barkin, 50, and billionaire Revlon owner Ron Perelman, 60, have agreed to separate, the actress has confirmed to New York’s Daily News. They were married in June 2000. Barkin was married to actor Gabriel Byrne from 1988 until their 1993 divorce (they had two children), and Perelman was previously married three times.
OFFERED: Some 400 pieces of memorabilia from Barbra Streisand’s 40-year-plus career will be auctioned off June 5 at Astra West in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, with simultaneous bids taken online. Proceeds will go to charities that the Streisand Foundation supports, and items include costumes from ITALIC “Funny Girl,” “A Star is Born,” “The Way We Were”] and The Main Event, album cover proofs, vintage costume jewelry and stage props from Streisand’s tours.
UNSETTLED: After a jury was unable to reach a verdict after deliberating for five days, a judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case against Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel (real name: Dwight Grant), 30, who was accused of shooting a man outside a bar last summer, the Associated Press reports. It was not immediately clear if he will be retried. In a separate case, Sigel faces about three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug and weapons charges stemming from a 2002 traffic stop, and he is awaiting trial on other charges that he fractured a 53-year-old man’s eye socket.