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Woody Allen says 'Magic in the Moonlight' was inspired by his interest in illusion

Woody Allen says 'Magic in the Moonlight' was inspired by his interest in illusion

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) --Filmmaker Woody Allen says his latest romantic comedy "Magic in the Moonlight" was inspired by one of his lifelong interests -- the art of illusion.
Karen Butler
Parker Posey to star in Woody Allen's next film

Parker Posey to star in Woody Allen's next film

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) --Woody Allen says Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley have joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled film he is now shooting in Rhode Island.
Karen Butler
Colin Firth says his attempts at magic made Woody Allen sigh

Colin Firth says his attempts at magic made Woody Allen sigh

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) --Colin Firth says he read up on the art of illusion for his new movie "Magic in the Moonlight," but didn't try to master any complicated tricks on his own.
Karen Butler
Colin Firth says he didn't try to play Woody Allen in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Colin Firth says he didn't try to play Woody Allen in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) --Colin Firth says he was able to avoid giving a Woody Allen-like performance in "Magic in the Moonlight" because his character was nothing like Allen.
Karen Butler
Emma Stone annoyed Colin Firth by texting him the 'Bridget Jones' plot

Emma Stone annoyed Colin Firth by texting him the 'Bridget Jones' plot

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) --Emma Stone and Colin Firth discussed what it was like to work together on "Magic in the Moonlight" during an interview for the film with The Daily Beast.
Veronica Linares
Woody Allen says he firmly believes life is meaningless

Woody Allen says he firmly believes life is meaningless

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) --American filmmaker Woody Allen says there is one major reason the protagonists he creates usually view life as meaningless -- because it is.
Karen Butler
Ben Whishaw replacing Colin Firth as voice of Paddington Bear

Ben Whishaw replacing Colin Firth as voice of Paddington Bear

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) --Ben Whishaw to give a more youthful voice to Paddington Bear.
Danielle Haynes
Nicole Kidman loses her memory in 'Before I go to sleep' trailer

Nicole Kidman loses her memory in 'Before I go to sleep' trailer

LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) --Nicole Kidman plays a woman who can't create new memories in the new trailer for the mystery thriller, "Before I Go To Sleep."
Veronica Linares
Emma Stone, Colin Firth star in new photos from 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Emma Stone, Colin Firth star in new photos from 'Magic in the Moonlight'

LOS ANGELES, July 7 (UPI) --New Woody Allen film "Magic in the Moonlight" stars Colin Firth as a magician sent to unmask the charming but potentially fraudulent psychic Sophie (Stone).
Annie Martin
Colin Firth leaving 'Paddington' movie

Colin Firth leaving 'Paddington' movie

LONDON, June 17 (UPI) --Colin Firth will no longer voice Paddington in the film adaption of Michael Bond's story about a Peruvian bear who finds himself lost at Paddington Station.
Veronica Linares
WATCH: Emma Stone, Colin Firth star in first trailer for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

WATCH: Emma Stone, Colin Firth star in first trailer for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) --Colin Firth is on a quest to debunk Emma Stone's psychic claims in Woody Allen's latest film, "Magic in the Moonlight."
Kate Stanton
Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- An adorable teaser trailer for the film "Paddington" brings the beloved bear to life.
Annie Martin
'Love Actually 2' updates fans on where the characters are today

'Love Actually 2' updates fans on where the characters are today

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A faux movie trailer called "Love Actually 2" shows what the original film's stars have been doing since the British Christmas comedy debuted a decade ago.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Prince William, Taylor Swift sing backup for Jon Bon Jovi

Prince William, Taylor Swift sing backup for Jon Bon Jovi

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William and U.S. country music star Taylor Swift sang "Livin' on a Prayer" with rocker Jon Bon Jovi at a London charity event.
Taylor Swift thinks Prince William is 'awesome,' 'very funny'

Taylor Swift thinks Prince William is 'awesome,' 'very funny'

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift was among the celebrities who jetted to Kensington Palace Tuesday night to partake in the evening's Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint.
Veronica Linares
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Colin Firth
Colin Firth appears backstage with his Oscar for Best Actor for "The King's Speech", at the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Colin Andrew Firth, CBE (born 10 September 1960) is a British film, television, and theatre actor. Firth gained wide public attention in the 1990s for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In 2011, Firth received an Academy Award for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, a performance that also earned him the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. The previous year, he received his first Academy Award nomination, for his leading role in A Single Man, a performance that won him a BAFTA Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

Firth was born in England. His mother, Shirley Jean (née Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at King Alfred's College Winchester (now the University of Winchester), and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, was a history lecturer (also at King Alfred's) and education officer for the Nigerian Government. Firth has a sister, Kate, and a younger brother, Jonathan, who is also an actor. Firth's parents were raised in India, because his maternal grandparents, Congregationalist ministers, and his paternal grandfather, an Anglican priest, performed missionary work abroad. Firth spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, where his father was teaching.

He lived in St. Louis, Missouri when he was 11. He later attended the Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School (now Kings' School), a state comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, and then Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, Hampshire. While in Kings' School, he wanted to play the guitar, but the school banned the guitar and saxophone, as they were "not serious instruments", and he was told to play the euphonium instead. His acting training took place at the Drama Centre London.

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