Paxton didn't love 'Big Love' finale

Paxton didn't love 'Big Love' finale

LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- The producers of "Big Love" say Hollywood actor Bill Paxton didn't initially love the plans for the polygamy-themed show's series finale.
'Big Love' renewed for fifth season

'Big Love' renewed for fifth season

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- HBO has ordered a fifth season of its U.S. polygamy drama series "Big Love," The Hollywood Reporter said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 17, 2008.
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Paxton quits Lone Star Film Fest

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Actor Bill Paxton has quit his chairman position with Texas' Lone Star International Film Festival after its artistic director Tom Huckabee was fired.

Clinton movie script being shopped

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A screenplay for a movie about former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, featuring Elvis Presley's music, is being shopped around Hollywood.

Globes recognizes several new TV shows

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Quite a few new TV shows, including "Mad Men," "Damages," "Pushing Daisies" and "The Tudors," were recognized with Golden Globe nods Thursday in Hollywood.

WGA picketing with the stars

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Dozens of U.S. television stars are planning to show their support for striking Writers Guild of America members by joining picket lines.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, May 17, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2006 with 228 to follow.
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HBO orders a second season of 'Big Love'

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- The premium cable network HBO Wednesday announced it will run a second season of its Sunday night polygamy drama, "Big Love."

HBO pushes 'Deadwood' back

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- HBO is delaying the third-season premiere of "Deadwood" by two months from March 2006 to June.

Imax adds more stars to moon movie

TORONTO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Imax Corp. Tuesday added Gary Sinise, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and John Travolta to "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D."

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2005 with 228 to follow.
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Feature: 'Apollo' program lives on

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- Nearly 35 years after a near-disastrous space mission, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell says he has long-since learned to see the mission as a success -- the way it is depicted in Ron Howard's 1995 movie "Apollo 13," now coming out in a 10th anniversary spe
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Bill Paxton

William "Bill" Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is an American actor and film director. He gained popularity after starring roles in the movies Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Paxton also starred in the HBO series Big Love, which aired between 2006 and 2011.

Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, to Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. Paxton was raised Catholic, his mother's religion, and attended St. Anne's Catholic School. He attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and began working for the movie director Roger Corman as a set designer on his movies. His experiences working behind the camera influenced Paxton's decision to pursue acting, which led him to relocate to New York City where he studied under Stella Adler.

Paxton has played many distinctive and memorable characters, including the sneering older brother Chet Donnelly in John Hughes' Weird Science; the loud-mouthed Colonial Marine Private William Hudson in James Cameron's Aliens; astronaut Fred Haise in Ron Howard's Apollo 13; the sadistic vampire Severen in Kathryn Bigelow's film Near Dark; tornado researcher Bill Harding with Helen Hunt in the blockbuster Twister; the treasure hunter to whom Rose's story is told in Titanic; and the sleazy car salesman in True Lies. Paxton has the distinction of being one of only two actors, the other being Lance Henriksen, who has starred alongside an Alien, a Predator, and a Terminator. He further holds a distinct honor of being the only actor to have been "killed" by all three, as each of his characters in these films meets his end during conflict with the lead antagonists.

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