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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' releases a third and final official trailer

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' releases a third and final official trailer

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Hugh Jackman takes center stage as Wolverine in the final trailer for "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Annie Martin
Blanco, the horse who portrayed Shadowfax in 'Lord of the Rings,' has died

Blanco, the horse who portrayed Shadowfax in 'Lord of the Rings,' has died

FALLBROOK, Calif., April 11 (UPI) -- Blanco, who portrayed "lord of all horses" Shadowfax in "Lord of the Rings," has died.
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New official 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' character posters released

New official 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' character posters released

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Colossus and Blink star in new character posters for the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" film.
Annie Martin
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen continue their friendship in NY [PHOTOS]

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen continue their friendship in NY [PHOTOS]

March 31 (UPI) -- Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen continue to delight fans with their friendship in a series of photos posted on Twitter.
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' releases second trailer

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' releases second trailer

March 24 (UPI) -- "X-Men: Days of Future Past" released its highly anticipated second trailer on Monday.
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' posts unique teaser trailer on Instagram

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' posts unique teaser trailer on Instagram

March 17 (UPI) -- "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has posted a unique teaser trailer on Instagram in anticipation of the film's second official trailer release.
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' teases short clip on Instagram

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' teases short clip on Instagram

Jan. 24 (UPI) -- "X-Men Days of Future Past" released a 5-second sneak peak of the film via Instagram on Friday.
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Ian McKellen joins Nobel laureates in call for repeal of Russia's anti-gay law

Ian McKellen joins Nobel laureates in call for repeal of Russia's anti-gay law

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The openly gay actor joined calls for Russia to change its recently enacted laws against public displays of “homosexual propaganda” to minors.
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Lilly explains why 'Smaug' needed a new female elf character

Lilly explains why 'Smaug' needed a new female elf character

Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly says she understands why some fans of "The Hobbit" initially balked upon learning she was to play a female elf heroine created specifically for the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Stevie Nicks officiates Vanessa Carlton's wedding

Stevie Nicks officiates Vanessa Carlton's wedding

Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Fleetwood Mac singer married musicians Vanessa Carlton and John McCauley on Friday.
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'Hobbit' still stands tall at the box office

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, led the box office for the third straight weekend with $29.85 million.
Anna Paquin's scenes dropped from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Anna Paquin's scenes dropped from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Bryan Singer says Anna Paquin's scenes have been cut from his upcoming superhero picture, "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

'Hobbit' sequel tops second weekend in a row

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, took in $31.455 million to lead the box office for the second weekend.

'Hobbit' sequel rakes in $73 million in first weekend in U.S. theaters

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, took in a dragon-sized $73.675 million for the No. 1 weekend box office spot.

Sir Ian McKellen responds to Damian Lewis' "fruity actor" comments

Dec. 10 (UPI) --Following Homeland star Damian Lewis' controversial comments about not wanting to end up a "fruity actor" known only for playing wizards, Sir Ian McKellen has said no one should feel sorry for him.
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Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He has received a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films.

In 1988, McKellen came out and announced he was homosexual. He became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom's most influential LGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman.

McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, though he spent most of his early life in Wigan. Born shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the experience had some lasting impact on him. In response to an interview question when an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, he said: "Well, darling, you forget — I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old."

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