Stork to visit the Crowes

Sydney, Australia -- "Gladiator" star Russell Crowe has a new empire to conquer: fatherhood.

The actor announced Monday that his wife, Danielle Spencer, is pregnant with their first child, which is due in January.

The 39-year-old actor married Spencer, 32, on April 7 at his sprawling rural property of Nana Glen near the east Australian beach resort town of Coffs Harbour. Rumors had circulated since June 11 that the couple were expecting a baby.

Crowe won a best-actor Oscar for 2000's "Gladiator," that year's best-picture winner. He also starred in the Academy Award winner for best picture the following year, "A Beautiful Mind."

A tussle Down Under

Sydney, Australia -- Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, the boyfriend of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, allegedly clashed with a photographer on a popular tourist beach and will appear in an Australian court, newspapers reported Monday.

The Daily Telegraph, a Sydney tabloid, reported that 47-year-old freelance photographer Jon Lister followed the singer to Seven Mile beach Sunday where Martin went surfing. The 26-year-old allegedly emerged from the water furious, demanding Lister erase the photos from his digital camera, Lister told the paper.

The incident allegedly resulted in the windshield of Lister's car being broken and the air let out from his tires.

Paltrow is in Australia with Martin, but is not believed to have been present at the time of the clash.

It's only an act

Los Angeles -- Democratic Party stalwart Barbra Streisand will be welcoming a Republican president home.

Her husband, actor James Brolin, has been cast as Ronald Reagan in the four-hour CBS miniseries "The Reagans," set to air during the November sweeps period.

Brolin, who starred in the TV series "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Hotel" and "Pensacola: Wings of Gold," will play Reagan as he moves from his film career to California governor to president.

Australian actress Judy Davis will play Nancy Reagan.

A 50 Cent clothing line

Los Angeles -- These days, you're nothing in the hip-hop world if you don't have your own clothing line: P.Diddy, Eminem and Jay-Z have all recently unleashed their dope designs and fly fashions to keep it real.

Now, rapper 50 Cent and designer Marc Ecko are partners in a new collection, G-Unit Clothing Co., which will debut with an abbreviated men's line for the holiday season, reports The Associated Press.

A full men's collection is planned for spring, with women's wear, children's wear, watches and leather goods planned over the next three years, the designer said.

Everything will have a 50-cent price point -- $29.50 for a T-shirt, for example.


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