Film of the Week: New 'Harry Potter'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- I took my son and his two best friends to see the latest "Harry Potter" movie, just as I had last November when they were third graders. Two hours and forty-one
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

While waiting for 'Godot'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Viewers will get an opportunity on Sunday to see something that you almost never see on American TV, when PBS presents "Stage on Screen: Beckett on Film" -- a c
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'Private Lives' gets scintillating revival

NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- The latest revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" on Broadway is a completely satisfying production, effectively wiping out the memory of the last horrendous

Noel Coward & Bin Laden don't mix

NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- Luis, the suave maitre d' at Barbetta, looks around the al fresco garden of his 96-year-old Piemontese restaurant and tries not to let the emptiness of the plac

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'Modern Millie' gets 11 Tony nominations

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- "Thoroughly Modern Millie," a new musical based on a 1967 Hollywood film, was the big winner in the 2001-2002 Broadway season Tony Award nominations lineup anno

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As predicted, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is breaking box office records right and left, adding its bespectacled star to the ranks of classical hero
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Potter star thunderstruck by end product

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The young titular star of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" says he was so enchanted the first time he saw the complete, high-spirited fantasy film, he ne
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Alan Rickman
British actor Alan Rickman attends the European premiere of "Sweeney Todd" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on January 10, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and theatre director. He is a renowned stage actor in modern and classical productions and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman is known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins, and Metatron in Dogma.

He is also known for his prominent roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. More recently he played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and voiced the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. The Guardian named Rickman as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Rickman was born in Hammersmith, London, to a working class family, the son of Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett), a housewife, and Bernard Rickman, a factory worker. Rickman's mother was from Wales and a Methodist, and his father was of Irish Catholic background. He has one elder brother, David (b. 1944), a graphic designer, a younger brother, Michael (b. 1947), a tennis coach, and a younger sister, Sheila (b. 1949). Rickman attended Derwentwater Primary School, in Acton, a school that followed the Montessori method of education.

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