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Russell Crowe Offers Aid to Montreal Jewish School (was fire bombed)
yahoo ^ | Tue Apr 27, 2:50 PM ET

Posted on 04/27/2004 4:28:58 PM PDT by dennisw

TORONTO (Reuters) - Tough guy actor Russell Crowe (news) was so upset by a fire-bombing at a Jewish elementary school in Montreal, he called the school to offer a donation to help rebuild its library, a school spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Crowe is in Toronto to film "Cinderella Man," a film directed by Ron Howard (news) about the life of boxer James J. Braddock, who defeated world champion Max Baer in an upset match in 1935.

"It was a huge morale boost for the school community," said Shelley Paris from Montreal.

United Talmud Torahs elementary school was fire-bombed earlier this month and police said a note with anti-Semitic comments was found on the outside wall of the gutted library.

"He said he was very upset about what had happened that a place of learning should be attacked that way," Paris said.

"He wanted to make sure that our students knew that he was thinking about them and that he was very upset about the fire-bombing," Paris said.

The Academy Award-winning actor, who captured an Oscar for "Gladiator" four years ago, offered to make a donation to help rebuild the library, Paris said. The figure was not available.

Paris said the school hopes to reopen the library by August, the start of the new school year, and has received donations and support from across the country.

The arson attack sparked outrage in Canada and prompted a fierce condemnation from Prime Minister Paul Martin. The incident was one of a series of attacks on Jewish targets in Canada and raised concerns about a rise in anti-Semitism.

In March, vandals knocked over dozens of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Toronto while someone sprayed swastikas on a synagogue in a separate incident.


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1 posted on 04/27/2004 4:28:59 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw; shaggy eel
Good on ya Russell!
2 posted on 04/27/2004 4:30:13 PM PDT by dennisw (GD is against Amalek for all generations)
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To: dennisw
Actor Russell Crowe was so upset by a fire-bombing at a Jewish elementary school in Montreal, he called the school to offer a donation to help rebuild its library, a school spokeswoman said April 27, 2004. Crowe, in Toronto to film 'Cinderella Man,' a film directed by Ron Howard about the life of boxer James J. Braddock, is seen at the premiere of his film 'Master and Commander The Far Side of the World' in Beverly Hills, November 11, 2003. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)
Tue Apr 27, 4:36 PM ET
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Actor Russell Crowe (news) was so upset by a fire-bombing at a Jewish elementary school in Montreal, he called the school to offer a donation to help rebuild its library, a school spokeswoman said April 27, 2004. Crowe, in Toronto to film 'Cinderella Man,' a film directed by Ron Howard (news) about the life of boxer James J. Braddock, is seen at the premiere of his film 'Master and Commander The Far Side of the World' in Beverly Hills, November 11, 2003. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)

3 posted on 04/27/2004 4:31:47 PM PDT by dennisw (GD is against Amalek for all generations)
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To: dennisw
As crazy as that sumb*tch is, there was something I always liked about him. He has an independent streak a mile wide, and this shows it clear.

Hats off for a politically incorrect (Hollywood style) thing to do, Russell!

4 posted on 04/27/2004 4:33:13 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: dennisw
Nice to see someone in hollywood doing something other than spouting off at the mouth.

p.s. Gladiator rocks.
5 posted on 04/27/2004 4:35:04 PM PDT by Blue Scourge (Off I go into the Wild Blue Yonder...)
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To: dennisw
A celebrity giving money to a worthy cause for a change. Now, that's good news.
6 posted on 04/27/2004 4:42:56 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
7 posted on 04/27/2004 4:44:59 PM PDT by SJackson (If she'd lived, Kopechne would be 62..Ted Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age)
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To: 1bigdictator; 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2sheep; 7.62 x 51mm; A Jovial Cad; a_witness; adam_az; af_vet_rr; ..
I watched "Master and Commander" last week. Great movie!

FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel ping list.

WARNING: This is a high volume ping list

8 posted on 04/27/2004 4:46:39 PM PDT by Alouette (Pray for the IDF and the USA--see my profile page)
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To: Pharmboy
He was great in 'LA Confidential' and 'The Insider'.

I had no idea who the guy was when those movies came out..

9 posted on 04/27/2004 4:47:03 PM PDT by threat matrix
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To: dennisw
What a nice thing to do for those kids. Finally, an actor I can respect...besides Mel Gibson of course.
10 posted on 04/27/2004 4:49:01 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Torrance Ca....land of the flying monkeys)
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To: threat matrix
Did anyone see the Southpark episode with Russell Crowe and his boat Tugger? Hilarious!
11 posted on 04/27/2004 4:53:53 PM PDT by appleharvey
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To: dennisw
THANK YOU, MR. RUSSELL CROWE!

The attacks in Canada have been extremely underreported. I bet this is the first a lot of people have heard about this firebombing.

P.S. Mr. Crowe is awesome in "Master & Commander", "Gladiator," and "L.A. Confidential."

12 posted on 04/27/2004 4:56:20 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: dennisw
"Master and Commander"...shows western civilization in Britain in a good light for a change.

Wonderful, wholesome movie. Fabulous.

13 posted on 04/27/2004 5:02:42 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Alouette
If you liked it on DVD, you would have loved it on the big screen. It is so well filmed that you feel like you are on that ship.
14 posted on 04/27/2004 5:03:45 PM PDT by ShakeNJake
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To: dennisw
,,, Russell's done something right this time.
15 posted on 04/27/2004 5:04:33 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: boris
,,, thought this may be of interest to you after you claimed New Zealanders weren't too fussed on Jews.
16 posted on 04/27/2004 5:05:45 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: ShakeNJake
On the DVD cover it says "Nominated for 10 Academy Awards." Didn't win any, but there was no shame in that, just bad luck that it was up against LOTR.

Speaking of which, did you catch LOTR's "Pippin" (guy with the very thick brogue) as the First Mate in "Master & Commander"?

17 posted on 04/27/2004 5:08:34 PM PDT by Alouette (Pray for the IDF and the USA--see my profile page)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
P.S. Mr. Crowe is awesome in "Master & Commander", "Gladiator," and "L.A. Confidential."

You need to see him in "A Beautiful Mind," if you haven't done so already! He proved himself one of the greats of all time, with that role.

He also smells very nice. :D

18 posted on 04/27/2004 5:14:45 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: lawgirl
Russell Crowe ping!
19 posted on 04/27/2004 5:15:30 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
He was great in "The Insider", too.
20 posted on 04/27/2004 5:17:18 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: NYC GOP Chick
You smelled Russell Crowe? Do tell!
21 posted on 04/27/2004 5:17:59 PM PDT by wimpycat ("The road to the promised land runs past Sinai."-C.S. Lewis)
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To: dennisw
Wow. Good on you Russell!
22 posted on 04/27/2004 5:21:41 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: dennisw
Not that surprising that it (the bombing) should happen in leftward-tilting Canada.An unholy alliance has been forged between the hard left and muslim extremists that is easy to observe at anti-American rallies world-wide.
23 posted on 04/27/2004 5:25:13 PM PDT by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: wimpycat
Although I haven't smelled him, I did have the pleasure of meeting him briefly and shaking his hand after one of his band's concerts. Very nice, rediculously gracious to his fans, and gets an undeserved beating by the gossip press. I visited the set of A Beautiful Mind during filming, and after a grueling day of filming (yes, I know it's just acting, not rocket science) on an extremely hot day, he came out and signed autographs for every person waiting - of which there were at least 30! He did this every day during filming.

I'm mostly a lurker, but wanted to say something nice about Russell since everything you hear about him seems to be negative. It's all the VRHC (vast Russell-hating conspiracy) at work, I tell ya'!

PS - yes, I voted for Toomey today - hoping for the best!
24 posted on 04/27/2004 5:26:52 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: MsMoose
He reminds me a lot of Robert Mitchum, in that he does his own thing, and doesn't go by Hollywood standards. Robert Mitchum was dope-smoking philanderer, BUT when he showed up on the set, (they say) he learned his lines, and treated everybody from the lowliest crew member to the up-and-coming young stars like a regular human being, and didn't act like he was too good to talk to anybody.
25 posted on 04/27/2004 5:33:44 PM PDT by wimpycat ("The road to the promised land runs past Sinai."-C.S. Lewis)
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To: Pharmboy
As crazy as that sumb*tch is, there was something I always liked about him. He has an independent streak a mile wide, and this shows it clear.

Yep. Good on ya, Russell!

26 posted on 04/27/2004 5:35:07 PM PDT by radiohead (Over toning the opponent since 2003)
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To: MsMoose
Don't worry, even with all the negative press, I always thought he was pretty smart and gooooooooooooood looking! I am a sucker for the tough, rugged type with a brain. How exciting that you got to meet him!
27 posted on 04/27/2004 5:35:34 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Let me know when the Million Muslim March protesting the killing of Christians and Jews is.)
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To: WV Mountain Mama
It was pretty exciting. Of course at the time, I had lost the bonding off of my front tooth, and looked just lovely. All I managed to get out, after he said "nice to meet ya'" in Australian, was "good show". Very eloquent, aren't I?

You think he's good looking on screen, he's doubly gorgeous in person. He has some kind of magnetism in person that's incredible.

Okay, I'll stop now. I'm just a little bit of a fan. : )
28 posted on 04/27/2004 5:38:31 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: wimpycat
Yes, I think you're right. He does like to party, and is no choir boy, that's for sure. Although now that he's gotten married he's dissapointing us fans by being so BORING! : )
29 posted on 04/27/2004 5:40:13 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: dennisw
Good on ya, ya daff bugger.

(yeah, its me)

30 posted on 04/27/2004 5:45:50 PM PDT by Khurkris (Ranger On...Rest with the Lord Ranger Tillman.)
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To: wimpycat
You smelled Russell Crowe? Do tell!

I met him when he just before Mystery, Alaska came out -- before he became super-famous and hard to meet -- and while we were talking, I noticed that he smelled as if he'd just showered and had that clean, masculine scent about him. And my legs just about turned to jelly when he said my name. :D

31 posted on 04/27/2004 5:46:10 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Oh, I'm jealous of that meeting! I mean, you actually got full sentences out? I'm lucky I even made eye contact!
32 posted on 04/27/2004 5:48:34 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: dennisw
A tip of the hat to Mr. Crowe.
33 posted on 04/27/2004 5:50:10 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Be still my heart!

Seriously, as I am very picky these days with what entertainers get my money, I will consider RC one on my "to see" list.
34 posted on 04/27/2004 5:50:45 PM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: MsMoose
Oh, I'm jealous of that meeting! I mean, you actually got full sentences out? I'm lucky I even made eye contact!

I'm usually pretty tongue-tied when it comes to these things, but I guess I just figured that it was my one shot to meet him and I didn't want to make a total fool out of myself. :) I brought one of his band's more obscure CDs with me, and he signed it. He looked a little surprised that a woman all the way in NYC had that one.

35 posted on 04/27/2004 5:51:16 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: LisaMalia
You have exquisite taste, my friend! :D
36 posted on 04/27/2004 5:52:08 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Have you ever seen the band live? The summer of 2001 my crazy friends and I saw them 3 times, in Chicago, Philly and NY. One of the best summers of my life. He's unbelievable on stage.
37 posted on 04/27/2004 5:52:36 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: MsMoose
Nope, I never managed to do that. :(

But I *am* going to see The Who at Madison Square Garden next month, from seats fairly close to the stage! :D

38 posted on 04/27/2004 5:54:12 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; MsMoose
...For the ladies (why should the guys get all the eye-candy posts?)


39 posted on 04/27/2004 5:54:44 PM PDT by meowmeow
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To: what's up
As a youngster, Gregory Peck in Hornblower was my Idol. I read the whole series. I am still a Peck fan but Crowe in Master and Commander was one of the truely great movies and great acting jobs I have ever seen.
40 posted on 04/27/2004 5:58:20 PM PDT by JimSEA ( "More Bush, Less Taxes.")
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To: meowmeow
I know a site with some rather, um, interesting pics (screen captures) from some of his earlier films -- especially the one which opened with him nekkid and riding a horse through a stream...
41 posted on 04/27/2004 5:59:35 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
And you get the full rear view in Virtuosity, and The Sum of Us.
42 posted on 04/27/2004 6:01:49 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: dennisw
First Mel Gibson, now it's Russell Crowe bucking the politically-correct crowd.

Must be something in the water in Australia!
Hmmm...maybe I should see about importing bottled water from Oz!
43 posted on 04/27/2004 6:02:24 PM PDT by VOA
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To: MsMoose
Check your FReepmail for a link to that site... ;D
44 posted on 04/27/2004 6:03:12 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Alouette
I watched "Master and Commander" last week. Great movie!

Thank you Russell Crowe for your tzedaka !

45 posted on 04/27/2004 6:05:01 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I wouldn't mind a whiff of him.
46 posted on 04/27/2004 6:08:25 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC GOP Chick
he smelled as if he'd just showered and had that clean, masculine scent about him. And my legs just about turned to jelly when he said my name.

Be still, my beating heart!

47 posted on 04/27/2004 6:09:14 PM PDT by Alouette (Pray for the IDF and the USA--see my profile page)
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To: Alouette
Yes I did. I wonder how many others realized who that sailor was.

On the Academy awards, any other year and it had a real chance. Up against LOTR, it was no contest. It is a shame that so many great films happen to come out in the same year while other years, a film wins by default because it was the "least bad" of the lot.
48 posted on 04/27/2004 9:01:23 PM PDT by ShakeNJake
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To: dennisw; All
ALRIGHT Rack Russell Crowe

YEAH I saw him that Master and Commander movie RACK IT
49 posted on 04/27/2004 9:07:34 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SJackson
BTTT
50 posted on 04/27/2004 9:46:08 PM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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