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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
By United Press International
Russia blocks 'House of Cards' from filming at U.N. Security Council

Russia blocks 'House of Cards' from filming at U.N. Security Council

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (UPI) --Russia used its informal veto power to block the hit Netflix series "House of Cards" from filming scenes at the U.N. Security Council in New York.
Aileen Graef
'Bates Motel' gets third season from A&E

'Bates Motel' gets third season from A&E

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- The "Psycho"-inspired drama is still in its second season.
Kate Stanton
Morgan Spurlock lands new series about the seven deadly sins

Morgan Spurlock lands new series about the seven deadly sins

March 26 (UPI) -- Morgan Spurlock will write and host a new Showtime documentary series about the seven deadly sins.
Annie Martin
Michael Bay will remake Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

Michael Bay will remake Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

March 13 (UPI) -- "Transformers" director Michael Bay will face high expectations as he produces a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" with director Diederik Van Rooijen.
Annie Martin
'Bates Motel' Season 2 premiere gets live after-show special

'Bates Motel' Season 2 premiere gets live after-show special

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network A&E has announced plans to air a live half-hour special called "Bates Motel: After Hours" next month.
Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it plans to present actress Helen Mirren with its Academy Fellowship in London next month.

Actress Sarah Marshall dies at age 80

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Actress Sarah Marshall, whose TV credits included "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek," has died in Los Angeles, her family said. She was 80.
Russell Johnson, Gilligan's Island star, dies of kidney failure

Russell Johnson, Gilligan's Island star, dies of kidney failure

Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Russell Johnson, the actor who played the Professor on "Gilligan's Island," died Thursday morning of kidney failure. He was 89.
Veronica Linares
Each generation defines 'horror' differently

Each generation defines 'horror' differently

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Confronting what scares us via Halloween isn't a new phenomenon, a U.S. expert says; throughout history each generation has defined "horror."

'Star Wars' cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies at 99

ISLE OF WIGHT, England, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Gilbert Taylor, the cinematographer who shot the original "Star Wars" film, died at his home on Britain's Isle of Wight, his wife said. He was 99.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
By United Press International
Michael Vartan joins 'Bates Motel' cast

Michael Vartan joins 'Bates Motel' cast

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Michael Vartan is to play a new interest for Vera Farmiga's character Norma Bates on the U.S. drama series "Bates Motel," TV Line reported.

Sci-fi writer Richard Matheson dead at 87

CALABASAS, Calif., June 25 (UPI) -- Famed science-fiction writer Richard Matheson has died of natural causes at his home in Calabasas, Calif., his family said. He was 87.
454,000 attend New York's Tribeca Film Festival

454,000 attend New York's Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) --Nearly a half-million people attended New York City's Tribeca Film Festival and street fair, one of the festival's highest turnouts, organizers said Monday.
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Alfred Hitchcock
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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen, while remaining a British subject.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognisable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside "icy blonde" female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or "MacGuffins" meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon.

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, he came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else." The magazine MovieMaker has described him as the most influential filmmaker of all-time, and he is widely regarded as one of cinema's most significant artists.

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