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UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.
By United Press International

Actor G.D. Spradlin dead at 90

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- Actor Gervase Duan "G.D." Spradlin has died of natural causes at his cattle ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif., his family said. He was 90.

Vito from 'The Sopranos' arrested for DUI

TAMPA, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- Actor Joseph Gannascoli was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol early Friday in Tampa, Fla., police said.
Rep: Johnny Depp death rumor a hoax

Rep: Johnny Depp death rumor a hoax

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp's publicist says online rumors claiming the Hollywood actor died in a car wreck in France during the weekend are untrue.
Depp is declared 'Sexiest Man Alive'

Depp is declared 'Sexiest Man Alive'

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- People magazine has named Hollywood film star Johnny Depp the 2009 Sexiest Man Alive.
Landau's latest to debut in Milwaukee

Landau's latest to debut in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Actor Martin Landau is scheduled to attend the U.S. premiere of his new movie, "Lovely, Still," at the upcoming Milwaukee Film Festival, organizers said.

Feature: What would Ed Wood do?

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The new DVD release of the 1994 feature "Ed Wood" is drawing new attention to the man who is widely regarded as the worst movie director ever, and prompting the question -- what kind of filmmaker would Ed Wood be if he had access to all the digital equipm
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Ed Wood DVD pulled again

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Buena Vista Home Entertainment has mysteriously pulled a special edition DVD of "Ed Wood" from a scheduled Feb. 3 release.
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Edward Davis Wood, Jr. (October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978), better known as Ed Wood, was an American screenwriter, director, producer, actor, author, and editor, who often performed many of these functions simultaneously. In the 1950s, Wood made a number of cheap genre films, now enjoyed for their technical errors, unsophisticated special effects, large amounts of ill-fitting stock footage, idiosyncratic dialogue, eccentric casts and outlandish plot elements, although his flair for showmanship gave his projects at least a modicum of critical success.

Wood's popularity waned soon after his biggest name star Bela Lugosi died. He was able to salvage a saleable feature from Lugosi's last moments on film, but his career declined thereafter. Toward the end of his life, Wood made pornographic movies and wrote pulp crime, horror, and sex novels. His infamy began two years after his death, when he was awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time. The lack of filmmaking ability in his work has earned Wood and his films a considerable cult following.

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