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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.
Annie Martin
'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.
Annie Martin
'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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Cumberbatch says he played like a kid during 'Hobbit' shoot

Cumberbatch says he played like a kid during 'Hobbit' shoot

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch likened recording his animated role of the fire-breathing dragon in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" to "playing like a kid."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Orlando Bloom dating Liv Tyler, report says

Orlando Bloom dating Liv Tyler, report says

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Has "The Hobbit" star moved on to another brunette?
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'Hobbit' trailer viewed 5.1M times since Tuesday

'Hobbit' trailer viewed 5.1M times since Tuesday

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A trailer for Hollywood's upcoming fantasy film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has been viewed more than 5.1 million times since it was posted online.
Ian McKellen officiates wedding of Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell

Ian McKellen officiates wedding of Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- British actor Ian McKellen announced on Facebook he officiated the wedding of his longtime friend Patrick Stewart and girlfriend Sunny Ozell.
Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in movie

Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in movie

TORONTO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- British actor Ian McKellen is to play retired detective Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's film "A Slight Trick of the Mind," The Hollywood Reporter said.
1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- More than 1.6 million people have viewed the trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" since Hollywood's Warner Bros. studio posted it online Tuesday.

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Crudup, Hensley to co-star with McKellen, Stewart on B'way

Crudup, Hensley to co-star with McKellen, Stewart on B'way

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley are to co-star with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in "No Man's Land" and "Waiting for Godot" on Broadway, producers said.

Ian McKellen: Remember Thatcher's anti-gay actions

LONDON, April 17 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher should be remembered for her anti-gay actions, actor Ian McKellen said Tuesday.
Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Well-known British TV actor Richard Armitage says starring as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit" movies has been a huge milestone in his career.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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