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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
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'Copper' canceled after two seasons

'Copper' canceled after two seasons

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- BBC America has decided not to renew its 19th-century, New York-set drama "Copper" for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.
Johnny Depp drops out of Whitey Bulger bio-picture

Johnny Depp drops out of Whitey Bulger bio-picture

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp has quit "Black Mass," Barry Levinson's Whitey Bulger bio-picture, after he was asked to take a pay cut, The Hollywood Reporter said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 6, 2013.
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Brother: Muhammad Ali's health failing ... Bobbi Kristina Brown calls grandmother's book 'disrespectful' ... Johnny Depp to play Boston gangster Whitey Bulger ... Destiny's Child reunites at Super Bowl in New Orleans ... News from United Press International.
Johnny Depp to play Boston gangster Whitey Bulger

Johnny Depp to play Boston gangster Whitey Bulger

BOSTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Actor Johnny Depp has signed on to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, said the authors of the book on which the film will be based.
BBC America orders 2nd season of 'Copper'

BBC America orders 2nd season of 'Copper'

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- BBC America says it has ordered a second season of its first original scripted series "Copper."
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Sheryl Crow has benign brain tumor

Sheryl Crow has benign brain tumor

LAS VEGAS, June 5 (UPI) -- American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow says she has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor after forgetting the lyrics to some of her hits while performing.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 6, 2012.
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Hundreds gather to honor 1982 film 'Diner'

BALTIMORE, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- About 800 people gathered at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Barry Levinson's 1982 movie "Diner."
Stage musical of 'Diner' headed to B'way

Stage musical of 'Diner' headed to B'way

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A new stage musical based on the 1982 film, "Diner," and featuring music by Sheryl Crow is to open on Broadway next fall, the show's producers said Tuesday.
Ben Foster to play John Gotti Jr.

Ben Foster to play John Gotti Jr.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Actor Ben Foster has signed on to play John Gotti Jr. in Barry Levinson's mob saga "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father," The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.
Lionsgate to release Levinson's 'Bay'

Lionsgate to release Levinson's 'Bay'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 15 (UPI) -- Lionsgate says it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to director Barry Levinson's eco-horror film "The Bay" from Alliance Films.
Levinson to direct obesity documentary

Levinson to direct obesity documentary

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Director Barry Levinson is to explore obesity in the United States in a new documentary, the Creative Coalition said Tuesday.
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(From top L to R) Jury members actor Sebastian Koch, director and jury president Barry Levinson, director Hugh Hudson, actor Joaquim de Almeida, director Agusti Villaronga, actress Natacha Regnier, psychiatrist Ghita El Khayat, writer Mariama Barry and actress Caterina Murino appear at a photocall during the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech on November 15, 2008. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942) is an American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. His films include Bugsy, The Natural and Rain Man.

Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Violet "Vi" (née Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in the furniture and appliance business. His family is of Russian Jewish descent. After growing up in Baltimore and graduating from Forest Park Senior High School, Levinson attended Baltimore City Community College, and American University in Washington, D.C., before moving to Los Angeles to work as an actor and writer. Levinson at one time shared an apartment with would-be drug smuggler (and basis for the movie Blow) George Jung.

Levinson's first writing work was for variety shows such as The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, The Lohman and Barkley Show, The Tim Conway Show, and The Carol Burnett Show. After some success as a screenwriter — notably the Mel Brooks comedies Silent Movie (1976) and High Anxiety (1977) (in which he played a bellboy) and the Oscar-nominated script (co-written by then-wife Valerie Curtin) …And Justice for All (1979) — Levinson began his career as a director with Diner (1982), for which he had also written the script and which earned him a Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

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