Jackson thrilled with 'Star Wars' role

NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- Samuel L. Jackson says he was delighted to play a Jedi in three "Star Wars" films, noting the role will probably cement his place in Hollywood history.

Fans flock to 'Star Wars' merchandise mart

INDIANAPOLIS, April 22 (UPI) -- "Star Wars" Celebration III, a massive maze of merchandising saluting the 6th and final "Star Wars" film, is drawing big Indiana crowds.

London prepares for 'Star Wars' premier

LONDON, April 19 (UPI) -- London will host a day-long celebration for the premiere of the new "Star Wars" film, including a Royal Philharmonic free concert of Star Wars music.

McGregor happier with newest 'Star Wars'

LONDON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Actor Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" movie prequels, said the fights are much better in "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."

'Star Wars' crew gathers for photo shoot

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor got together with other "Star Wars" stars for a Vanity Fair photo spread.

'Revenge of the Sith' new Star Wars movie

SAN DIEGO, July 25 (UPI) -- "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," will be the name of the new Star Wars movie, Lucas Films said at the Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Star Wars 3 in on-line confrontation

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Star Wars creators are looking for leaks of footage from the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 3" that will be released in May 2005.

Feature: Celebrating heroes and villains

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute has announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will host an AFI TV special honoring the greatest heroes and villains in American movies. "AFI''s 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains" is set to air June 3 on CBS.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Winners' at 23rd annual Razzie Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 22 (UPI) -- Here is a list of "winners" at the 23rd annual Golden Raspberry Awards -- better known as The Razzies -- which were announced Saturday in Santa Monica:

'Swept Away' sweeps Razzies

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 22 (UPI) -- Razzie voters have spoken -- declaring "Swept Away" by far the worst movie of 2002 at the 23rd annual Golden Raspberry Awards in Santa Monica. Madonna's remake of writer-director Lina Wertmüller's classic 1974 comedy-drama took five Razzies.

23rd annual Razzie Award nominees

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 23rd Annual Golden Raspberry Awards -- better known as The Razzies -- which were announced Monday in Los Angeles:

Video of the Week: 'Attack of the Clones'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- If you are blind, there is no point in purchasing "Star Wars: Episode 2: Attack of the Clones" on video (out on Tuesday for $29.98 list on DVD and $24.98 on VHS
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

VideoView -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

What's happening in the world of home entertainment.
JACK E. WILKINSON, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

Legendary songstress Rosemary Clooney, whose career spanned seven decades, died in Los Angeles over the weekend after a recurrence of lung cancer. She was 74.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International


DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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Hayden Christensen
Actor Hayden Christensen poses at the New York premiere of his film "Jumper" on February 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is a Canadian actor. He appeared in Canadian television programs when he was young, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He moved on to minor acting roles before being praised for his role of Sam in Life as a House, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He gained international fame portraying the young Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) in the second and third films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Christensen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Alie, a speechwriter for the heads of large companies, and David Christensen, a computer programmer and communications executive. His father is of Danish descent and his mother has Swedish and Italian ancestry. Christensen has an older brother and sister, Tove and Hejsa, and a younger sister, Kaylen. Raised outside Toronto in Thornhill, Ontario, Christensen attended E.J. Sand Public School, Baythorn Public School and Unionville High School in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. He was an athlete in high school, playing hockey competitively and tennis on a provincial level.

He spent summers in Long Island with his maternal grandmother, Rose Schwartz, and attended the Actors Studio in New York as well as the Arts York program for drama at his high school. He was "discovered" when his older sister Hejsa, a former trampoline champion, was shopping around for an agent after he landed a role in a Pringles commercial.

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