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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 20, 2013.
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Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Well-known British TV actor Richard Armitage says starring as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit" movies has been a huge milestone in his career.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British actors Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman say the costumes, makeup and hairpieces they wore in their new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" greatly helped them transform into their respective, non-human characters.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast Stephen Colbert plans a week of "The Hobbit"-themed episodes of his New York chat show "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central said.
Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson announced in a blog post Friday he has completed principal photography on the two-part epic "The Hobbit" in New Zealand.

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Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Connolly has signed on to play dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" project, the director said Wednesday.
'Hugo,' 'Artist' earn 11 Critics' Choice nods apiece

'Hugo,' 'Artist' earn 11 Critics' Choice nods apiece

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- "Hugo" and "The Artist" each earned 11 nominations for the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, organizers announced in Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

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Spielberg: Jackson to direct next 'Tintin'

Spielberg: Jackson to direct next 'Tintin'

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg says Peter Jackson will direct the next installment in their animated Tintin film franchise.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Tintin' to screen at AFI Fest

'Tintin' to screen at AFI Fest

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The animated movie "The Adventures of Tintin" has been chosen to close out the 2011 American Film Institute Festival, organizers said Tuesday.
Franco, Serkis lured by 'Apes' technology and script

Franco, Serkis lured by 'Apes' technology and script

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" stars James Franco and Andy Serkis say the technology used to create the primates on-screen was a huge draw when they were considering whether to sign on to the project.
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'Apes' revives performance-capture debate

'Apes' revives performance-capture debate

PASADENA, Calif., July 9 (UPI) -- The special-effects boss on the new "Planet of the Apes" film says Andy Serkis was the humanoid who made the computer-generated ape Cesar as effective as he is.
Ian Holm to appear in 'Hobbit'

Ian Holm to appear in 'Hobbit'

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- British actor Ian Holm has joined the cast of "The Hobbit," the film's director Peter Jackson announced via Facebook Friday.
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Andy Serkis
Actor Andy Serkis arrives on the red carpet before a tribute to Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky during the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech on November 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Andrew Clement G. "Andy" Serkis (born 20 April 1964) is a British actor, director and author. He is popularly known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, for which he earned several award nominations, including the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. He also played the title role in the 2005 King Kong remake and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of Ian Brady in the British television film Longford.

Serkis plays Caesar in the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis will also co-star as Captain Haddock in the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn film. In 2012, he will reprise the role of Gollum for The Hobbit.

Many of Serkis' most prominent roles, including those in Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, have involved him being the subject of motion capture to animate and voice a computer generated character.

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