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CULVER CITY, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara and Hank Azaria have returned for the sequel to "The Smurfs," Sony Pictures Animation announced.

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Cumming drops out of 'Spider-Man' musical

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NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Alan Cumming says on his Web site he is no longer set to star in the forthcoming Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
Cumming, Penikett to star in Syfy flick

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NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- Alan Cumming, Tahmoh Penikett and Laura Vandervoort have signed on to star in the four-hour U.S. television movie "Riverworld," Syfy said Friday.
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NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Actress Cynthia Nixon and talk-show host Joy Behar are to be honored at the upcoming 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in New York, organizers said.
'Spider-Man' musical postponed

'Spider-Man' musical postponed

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Actor Alan Cumming named OBE

Actor Alan Cumming named OBE

LONDON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Scottish-born actor Alan Cumming was made an Officer of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace in London Tuesday.
Kudrow, Cox reunite for 'Web Therapy'

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'Tin Man' is 2007's top cable miniseries

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- "Tin Man," Sci Fi Channel's re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's "Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was 2007's most-watched U.S. cable mini-series.

6.3M tune in for Part 1 of 'Tin Man'

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Sci Fi Channel's "Tin Man," an updated version of L. Frank Baum's "Wonderful Wizard of Oz," is now the highest-rated telecast in the U.S. network's history.

Sci-fi take on Oz among new TV series

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Top stars watch the Oscars from New York

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- Marcia Gay Harden, Iman, Dan Aykroyd, Fran Drescher and Chris Noth were among the throng of celebrities watching the Academy Awards from New York.
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Alan Cumming
Actor Alan Cumming arrives on the red carpet at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala taking place during the Rome International Film Festival in Rome on October 24, 2008. The event raises funds for AIDS research. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Alan Cumming, OBE (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, writer, director, producer and author. His roles have included the Emcee in Cabaret, Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, and Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids trilogy. He has also appeared in independent films like The Anniversary Party, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in; and Ali Selim's Sweet Land, for which he won an Independent Spirit award as producer. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, for which he received an Olivier award, the lead in Martin Sherman's Bent, and as Dionysus in The National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared as Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, the Emcee in Cabaret, for which he won the Tony in 1998, and "Design for Living". Cumming also introduces "Masterpiece Mystery" for PBS.

He has also written a novel, Tommy's Tale, had a cable talk show ("Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming") and produced a line of perfumed products labelled "Cumming". He has contributed opinion pieces to many publications and performed a cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car Today. Retaining his British citizenship, Cumming also became a U.S. citizen in November 2008.

Cumming was born in Aberfeldy, in Perthshire, Scotland, the son of Mary Darling, an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming, a forester. He has stated that his father was physically and emotionally abusive towards him. He has one older brother, Tom, and a niece and nephew. Brought up in Angus, Cumming attended Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School and originally aspired to a career in veterinary medicine, but a personality clash with his biology teacher prevented him from taking a related elective and he subsequently set his sights on becoming an actor. Following graduation, he spent a year and a half employed as an editor and columnist for the Scottish pop magazine TOPS before entering the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. On graduation from Drama school he married fellow student Hilary Lyon; they divorced 8 years later and had no children.

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