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    One More in Crowe's Nest

    Russell Crowe is now Master and Commander of a more crowded ship.

    The Oscar winner and his wife, Danielle Spencer, welcomed their second son together Friday in Australia (that's Thursday for us Yanks), Crowe's manager, Grant Vandenberg, confirmed. They named the baby boy (and future poet laureate?) Tennyson Spencer Crowe.

    "Mother, father and baby are doing extremely well," Vandenberg said in a statement. Tennyson was born at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, weighing in at eight pounds.

    Crowe saw Spencer, 36, on and off for 13 years before making things official in 2003. The couple also have a two-and-a-half-year-old son, Charles Spencer Crowe.

    Though we won't be seeing Crowe collaborate with fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman in Baz Lurhman's upcoming historical epic (that honor is going to Hugh Jackman now), it should still be a pretty good year.

    Next up, the 42-year-old actor stars as an Englishman who travels to Provence to claim what he thinks is his vineyard, only to encounter an American woman who insists the land is hers. Hmmm, will romance grow along with the grapes in Ridley Scott's A Good Year?

    After that, Gladiator director Scott is going to get even more chummy with Crowe as the two start their next project, the crime drama American Gangster costarring Denzel Washington, due out in 2007.

    Last month Crowe began filming Tenderness, playing a cop trying to unravel the story of a teenager accused of murdering his own family.

    While Cinderella Man obviously boasts a tender, if not quite domestic, streak that softens his tough-guy image, his bad-boy days aren't too far behind him. In November, Crowe pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for tossing a phone at a hotel employee and was let off the hook on the condition he stay out of trouble for a whole year.

    And, except for a brief New Zealand-based investigation into whether he violated anti-smoking laws by chain-smoking through his rock band's latest performance at an indoor concert venue--that's exactly what he has done.

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