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Islamic State uses children as suicide bombers, says U.N.

Islamic State uses children as suicide bombers, says U.N.

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) --The Islamic State -- also known as ISIL -- is utilizing children as soldiers and suicide bombers, a senior United Nations official said Monday.
JC Finley

'12 Years a Slave' wins four awards at NAACP Image Awards

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Kevin Hart was named Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California, the event organizers said.
'The Butler' is the top pay-per-view movie in the U.S.

'The Butler' is the top pay-per-view movie in the U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- "Lee Daniels' The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, is the No. 1 movie-on-demand in the United States, Rentrak announced Wednesday.
Forest Whitaker to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

Forest Whitaker to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker is to receive the NAACP Chairman's Award during a ceremony in Los Angeles next month, organizers said.
Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Morgan Freeman is to present the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at Saturday's SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Tom Hanks tops list of Oscar nomination snubs

Tom Hanks tops list of Oscar nomination snubs

Jan. 16 (UPI) -- When this year's Academy Awards nominations were announced, many of the expected films and artists were there. But some big names were nowhere to be found.
Gabrielle Levy
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' nominated for SAG Awards

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' nominated for SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The stars of "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "August: Osage County" were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday.
Ford, Bullock, Roberts honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Ford, Bullock, Roberts honored at Hollywood Film Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were honored at the Hollywood Film Awards gala in Beverly Hills, Calif.

'One Direction' takes over weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Boy band fans rejoice -- "One Direction: This is Us" was No. 1 at the box office during the weekend with $17 million.
Whitaker hopes 'Butler' inspires young people to stand up to injustice

Whitaker hopes 'Butler' inspires young people to stand up to injustice

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker says he hopes his film "Lee Daniels' The Butler" inspires young people to stand up to social injustice wherever they see it.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Butler' leads box office for second weekend

'Butler' leads box office for second weekend

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- "Lee Daniels' The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, led the box office for the second weekend with $17.018 million in receipts.
Kentucky theater owner won't show 'The Butler' with Jane Fonda

Kentucky theater owner won't show 'The Butler' with Jane Fonda

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A Kentucky movie theater owner who trained pilots during the Vietnam War says he will not show "The Butler" because Jane Fonda plays Nancy Reagan.

'The Butler' serves up top weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- "Lee Daniels' The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, was No. 1 at the weekend box office with $25.01 million in receipts.
Oprah Winfrey insists she is not a 'control freak'

Oprah Winfrey insists she is not a 'control freak'

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. media mogul and actress Oprah Winfrey insists she is not a control freak and was happy to take direction on the set of her new movie.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker arrives at the premiere of "The Great Debaters" at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on December 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty, award-winning television series, The Shield.

Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA.

Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, and his family moved to South Central Los Angeles when he was four. His father, Forest Whitaker, Jr., was an insurance salesman and the son of novelist Forest Whitaker, Sr. His mother, Laura Francis (née Smith), was a special education teacher who put herself through college and earned two Masters degrees while raising her children. Whitaker has two younger brothers, Kenn and Damon, and an older sister, Deborah.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Forest Whitaker."
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