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An international super-spy and a mobster seeking analysis knocked boy wizard Harry Potter from his perch atop the box office to the No. 3 spot this weekend.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Feature: Welcome to 'Sunshine State'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- If you think of politics when you think of Florida, be advised that veteran filmmaker John Sayles' most recent feature -- "Sunshine State" -- has a decidedly po
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Preliminary box office receipts have been counted, laying to rest the debate of who would top the box office this week: Boy wizard Harry Potter or his countryman James Bond? The answer is Bond. James Bond.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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JACK E. WILKINSON, United Press International

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"Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is confirming rumors he spent time in rehab to battle drug and alcohol abuse. The New York Daily News says the tough-guy actor admits as true the allegations his wife has leveled against him during their bitter divorce.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Emmy Award-winning comedian Ray Romano says next season may be the last for his hit comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Several years ago, open-minded New Yorkers defended Damien Hirst's right to display his shocking artwork, featuring dead cow carcasses, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Now the British conceptual artist once again is drawing fire from irate locals, this tim
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

'Frankie and Johnny' visits Broadway again

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Terrence McNally's voyeuristic play, "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune" has returned to Broadway only 15 years after its premiere with a terrific pair o
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

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Comic legend Jerry Lewis is taking it easy after collapsing Sunday night just before he was expected to appear at a London charity event. Organizers of the benefit to raise money for a drug and alcohol treatment group told the audience the 76-year-old act
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Julia Roberts says she and her new husband, cameraman Danny Moder, were meant to be together. Roberts, who tied the knot with Moder July 4 at her Taos, N.M., ranch, said during an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Good Morning America she "was born to
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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U.S. BOX OFFICE STILL ON TORRID PACE With "Men in Black II" hanging onto the No. 1 spot and "Road to Perdition" leading a field of four new releases, the U.S. box office continued to run well ahead of last year's pace, taking in an estimated $141 million
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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ROSEMARY CLOONEY RELAPSE
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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HONORS FOR GEORGE LUCAS
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Good art vs. bad art

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- Director/raconteur Joshua Logan related on many occasions an incident that occurred during the making of the film "The Garden of Allah" starring the legendary G
CHERYL FELICIA RHOADS, Special to United Press International
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Edie Falco
Edie Falco attends the CBS, CW, CBS Television Studios and Showtime Television Critics Association party in San Marino, California on August 3, 2009. UPI/ Phil McCarten
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Edith "Edie" Falco ( /ˈiːdi ˈfælkoʊ/; born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film and stage actress, known for her role in Oz as Diane Wittlesey and her roles as both Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos and the titular character on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. She is the first actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy as well as Outstanding Actress in a Drama.

Falco was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. Her father is Italian American and her mother Swedish American. Falco's siblings are Joseph, Paul and Ruth. Her uncle is novelist, playwright and poet Edward Falco, an English professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She was raised in Northport and West Islip, on Long Island. Falco graduated from Northport High School in 1981, after playing Eliza Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady. She attended the Acting Program at SUNY Purchase with fellow actors Stanley Tucci and Ving Rhames; she remains friends with both.

Early in her career, Falco made guest appearances on television shows like Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street. Tom Fontana, executive director of Homicide, cast Falco as Eva Thormann, the wife of an injured police officer, after watching Falco's performance in Laws of Gravity, a 1992 film directed by Nick Gomez. Fontana said of her, "She's an actress who's unadorned by any embroidery. She does everything with such simplicity and honesty, it's breathtaking." A struggling actress at the time, Falco said her salary from these television episodes paid for one month's worth of rent. Fontana cast Falco as a regular character, prison officer Diane Wittlesey, in his HBO series Oz based on her work in the Homicide episodes "Son of a Gun" and "A Shot in the Dark".

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