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'The Hobbit' Battle of the Five Armies' debuts epic tapestry poster

'The Hobbit' Battle of the Five Armies' debuts epic tapestry poster

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) --"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" debuted an epic, widescreen tapestry poster that previews the eponymous battle.
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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer previews war

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer previews war

SAN DIEGO, July 28 (UPI) --The first trailer for "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" previews the eponymous war that will bring the trilogy of movies to a close.
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Ian McKellen to portray a retired Sherlock Holmes in 'Mr. Holmes'

Ian McKellen to portray a retired Sherlock Holmes in 'Mr. Holmes'

LONDON, July 14 (UPI) --Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" reimagines Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) as a 93-year-old retiree, and follows the detective as he revisits an unsolved mystery.
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Ian McKellen discusses his television series 'Vicious'

Ian McKellen discusses his television series 'Vicious'

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) --Ian McKellen portrays an aging actor who lives with his partner of 50 years, Stuart Bixby (Derek Jabobi), in "Vicious," which debuted Sunday in the U.S.
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Hugh Jackman bounces into the Tony Awards show, teases Neil Patrick Harris

Hugh Jackman bounces into the Tony Awards show, teases Neil Patrick Harris

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) --Australian entertainer Hugh Jackman has kicked off his fourth outing as emcee of the Tony Awards ceremony in New York City Sunday night.
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'X-Men' writer reveals deleted Anna Paquin subplot in 'Days of Future Past'

'X-Men' writer reveals deleted Anna Paquin subplot in 'Days of Future Past'

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) --"X-Men: Days of Future Past" writer Simon Kinberg describes Anna Paquin's Rogue subplot, which was deleted from the final film release. [SPOILERS AHEAD.]
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James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart talk about sharing 'X-Men' hero role

James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart talk about sharing 'X-Men' hero role

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) --James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart both play the iconic film character Professor Charles Xavier in different time periods in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Hugh Jackman talks about combining casts for the latest 'X-Men' movie

Hugh Jackman talks about combining casts for the latest 'X-Men' movie

NEW YORK , May 23 (UPI) --Hugh Jackman says "X-Men: Days of Future Past" seems like two movies, since it features both younger and older versions of the franchise's famous characters.
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Peter Dinklage talks Nixon connection in 'X-Men' movie

Peter Dinklage talks Nixon connection in 'X-Men' movie

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) --Peter Dinklage says he has a distant, real-life connection to Richard M. Nixon -- with whom his character shares the screen in {i:X-Men: Days of Future Past}.
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Ian McKellen delights fans with throwback photo

Ian McKellen delights fans with throwback photo

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Ian McKellen delighted fans Thursday when he posted a throwback photo of himself on Twitter.
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Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston earn Tony nods

Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston earn Tony nods

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Film and TV stars Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris O'Dowd were among the Tony Award nominees announced in New York Tuesday.
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WATCH: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen play 'The Newlywed Game'

WATCH: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen play 'The Newlywed Game'

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- A video of Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen playing "The Newlywed Game" has resurfaced online after it was filmed at a Buzzfeed Brews event last February.
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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."
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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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British actor Ian McKellen attends "The Orange British Academy Film Awards" at The Royal Opera House in London on February 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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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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