In brief: Russell Crowe puts fatherhood over career

Plus: Polanski to chair Deauville jury, and singer Jewel plans crime and punishment drama

Russell Crowe is planning to take a break from movies so he can look after his first child when it's born in January. According to the Daily Record, he's offered to be a stay-at-home-dad while his wife, Danielle Spencer, tours with her band after the birth. The actor reportedly described his agent as "nervous" about the deal.

Roman Polanski will head the jury at this year's Deauville festival of American film. His colleagues will include actors Claudia Cardinale, Nastassja Kinski, Ludivine Sagnier and Ben Kingsley. The event, running between September 5 and 14, will feature 10 American independent films, including Sundance hit American Splendor and Robert Duvall's directorial effort Assassination Tango.

Folk-rock singer Jewel is to develop, produce and star in Wave, a film about the relationship between a mother and her grown son, in jail for a crime of passion committed in his youth. The singer, whose new-agey acoustic tunes propelled her to stardom in the mid-90s, has worked the screen before: starring in Ride with the Devil for Ang Lee in 1999 and Standing Still this year.

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