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Fry and Laurie to co-star in animated 'Canterville Ghost' movie

Fry and Laurie to co-star in animated 'Canterville Ghost' movie

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) --Former comedy team Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are to co-star in an animated film version of Oscar Wilde's {i:The Canterville Ghost}, producers said Friday.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
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Angelina Jolie drawn to 'Maleficent' character since childhood

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Angelina Jolie said she was drawn to play the starring role in "Maleficent" because the villain is "wonderfully, deliciously cruel."
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'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' up for 8 Olivier Awards

'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' up for 8 Olivier Awards

LONDON, March 26 (UPI) -- The stage play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" led the field with eight when Britain's Olivier Award nominations were announced Tuesday.

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Disney starts shooting 'Maleficent' starring Jolie

Disney starts shooting 'Maleficent' starring Jolie

BURBANK, Calif., June 19 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios says production has begun on "Maleficent," with Angelina Jolie playing the villain from the fairytale "Sleeping Beauty."
Hugh Grant on the joy of playing 'Pirates!'

Hugh Grant on the joy of playing 'Pirates!'

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- British film star Hugh Grant jokes that the animators behind his new movie "Pirates! Band of Misfits" helped him be the actor he has always wanted to be.
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Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- British actor Hugh Grant admits to taunting his "Love Actually" co-star Billy Bob Thornton about his phobia of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
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'Matilda' wins 7 Olivier Awards

'Matilda' wins 7 Olivier Awards

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- The London stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book "Matilda" has won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.
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Queen to attend screening of 'Amateurs'

Queen to attend screening of 'Amateurs'

LONDON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The British big-screen comedy "A Bunch of Amateurs" has been selected as this year's Royal Film Performance, organizers said.

Preparations under way for new 'Potter'

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The stars are back along with a lot of new faces for the next film based on J.K. Rowling's series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Top actors teach budget classes

LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Actors Ewan McGregor, Patrick Stewart and Imelda Staunton are teaching cut-rate drama courses in London for aspiring British thespians.
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British actress Imelda Staunton attends the British independent film awards at Hammersmith Palais in London on November 30, 2005. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, OBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for her performances in the British comedy television series Up the Garden Path, the Harry Potter film series (in which she plays Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge) and Vera Drake. She drew critical acclaim as Vera Drake, earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a number of wins including the BAFTA and Venice Film Festival Awards for best actress in a leading role.

Staunton was born in Archway, north London, the only child of Bridie (née McNicholas), a hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. The family lived over Staunton's mother's hair dressing salon while Staunton’s father worked on the roads. Both of her parents were first-generation Catholic immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, with her father coming from Ballyvary and her mother from Bohola. Staunton's mother was a musician who could not read music, but could master almost any tune by ear on the accordion or fiddle and had played in Irish showbands.

Staunton attended La Sainte Union Convent School, an all-girls Catholic school on the edge of Hampstead Heath, from years 11 to 17. Her talent was spotted by Jacqueline Stoker, her elocution teacher. Before long she was starring as Polly Peachum in a school production of The Beggar's Opera. Staunton studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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