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SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS Alicia Keys leads the list of nominees for the 16th annual Soul Train Music Awards with four nods, while India.Arie, the late Aaliyah and the Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley follow with three apiece, MTV News reports.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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BILLY CRYSTAL The Directors Guild of America has named first-time director Billy Crystal as one of its five nominees for best director of a TV movie.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

GRAMMY AWARDS Dave Matthews Band and rapper Nelly are among the latest acts confirmed to perform during the 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremonies later this month.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

CGI no threat to actors -- for now, anyway

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Some Hollywood producers wonder, and some actors worry, about the chances that digital technology will render live actors obsolete, but a leading practitioner i
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Nominees for Independent Spirit Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the nominees for the 17th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, which will be presented in March by the west coast branch of the Independent Featu

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NBC confirms that an alumnus of "Saturday Night Live," Tim Meadows, will be joining the cast of a new comedy to be added to the Peacock Network's mid-season lineup. The new project is from the same writer as the highly acclaimed "Sex and the City," Jenny
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

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THE EMMY AWARDS
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IT'S NOW OR NEVER
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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)
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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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