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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
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Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast Stephen Colbert plans a week of "The Hobbit"-themed episodes of his New York chat show "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central said.
VH1 to air 'Greatest Kid Stars' special

VH1 to air 'Greatest Kid Stars' special

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- America's VH1 cable network says it plans to air a four-night countdown special called "100 Greatest Kid Stars," with Catherine Reitman serving as host.
Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson announced in a blog post Friday he has completed principal photography on the two-part epic "The Hobbit" in New Zealand.
MCA, Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, dead at 47

MCA, Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, dead at 47

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Adam Yauch, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, has died, the New York hip-hop group announced Friday on its Web site. He was 47.
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Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Connolly has signed on to play dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" project, the director said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.
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'Twilight' burns bright at box office

'Twilight' burns bright at box office

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1," with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, took in $42 million in its second weekend atop the U.S. box office.
Miller praises P!nk's 'Happy Feet Two' performance

Miller praises P!nk's 'Happy Feet Two' performance

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Australian director George Miller says pop star P!nk felt much better about acting for the first time in his animated penguin picture "Happy Feet Two" after she heard how badly her co-star Brad Pitt sings.
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'Twilight' crushes box office competition

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1," with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, took in a whopping $139.5 million to top the U.S. box office this weekend.
'Sin City' sequel in the works

'Sin City' sequel in the works

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are collaborating with writer William Monahan on a sequel to their hit film "Sin City," The Hollywood Reporter said.

FX extends three comedy series

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable TV network, FX, has announced the renewals of three comedies -- "Wilfred," "Louie," and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Ian Holm to appear in 'Hobbit'

Ian Holm to appear in 'Hobbit'

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- British actor Ian Holm has joined the cast of "The Hobbit," the film's director Peter Jackson announced via Facebook Friday.
Izzard, Wood to star in 'Treasure Island'

Izzard, Wood to star in 'Treasure Island'

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland are leading the cast of a TV adaptation of "Treasure Island," now filming in Ireland and Puerto Rico.
McKellen, Serkis join 'Hobbit' cast

McKellen, Serkis join 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are to reprise their "Lord of the Rings" roles in "The Hobbit," which is to start shooting in New Zealand next month.
Elijah Wood to appear in 'Hobbit'

Elijah Wood to appear in 'Hobbit'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Elijah Wood is to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in the two-part film adaptation of the fantasy novel "The Hobbit," EW.com reported Friday.
Billy Boyd weds Ali McKinnon in Scotland

Billy Boyd weds Ali McKinnon in Scotland

GLASGOW, Scotland, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Boyd has married his longtime girlfriend Ali McKinnon in Glasgow, TMZ said.
Elijah Wood to star in 'Wilfred' series

Elijah Wood to star in 'Wilfred' series

LOS ANGELES, Colo., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- FX says it has ordered a U.S. version of the Australian series "Wilfred" that will star Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, and debut next summer.
Paramount secures rights to 'Romantics'

Paramount secures rights to 'Romantics'

HOLLYWOOD, May 7 (UPI) -- Paramount Famous Productions says it has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights for "The Romantics," a drama starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.
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Iggy Pop apologizes for offensive remark

BENICASSIM, Spain, July 20 (UPI) -- Rocker Iggy Pop apologized for a controversial comment made on television during the recent British music festival in Glastonbury.

Movies give 'gypsy punk' band a leg up

NEW YORK, July 10 (UPI) -- The big screen is helping the New York "gypsy punk" group Gogol Bordello get more attention. Frontman Eugene Hutz co-starred opposite Elijah Wood in 2005's "Everything is Illuminated."

Sarkozy's new-old France

PARIS, May 17 (UPI) -- France's new President Nicolas Sarkozy promises a return to the old values of "order and authority" as he launches his ambitious program of reform.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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