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Watanabe joins 'Shanghai' cast

Watanabe joins 'Shanghai' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has signed on to star in "Shanghai," a big-screen drama set in China in the months leading up to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

Haggis: Eastwood helped get 'Elah' made

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Paul Haggis says his new movie, "In the Valley of Elah," probably wouldn't have been made without Clint Eastwood's help.

Iwo Jima flag-raiser dies

RICHFIELD, Minn., June 26 (UPI) -- Minnesotan Chuck Lindberg, the last survivor of the raising of the first U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War II, has died.

Japan announces new name for Iwo Jima

TOKYO, June 19 (UPI) -- Japan has changed the name of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima to Iwo To. The Japanese Geographical Survey Institute announced the name change on Monday for the island that was the site of a famous World War II battle between Japanese and U.S. forces in 194

Kidnap victim Harvey Weinstein dies

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) -- Harvey Weinstein, a New York businessman who spent 12 days buried in a pit when he was kidnapped in 1993, has died at age 82.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, March 17, 2007.
By United Press International

Letters to Iwo Jima returning to sender

WALLKILL, N.Y., March 9 (UPI) -- Sixty-two years later, a former U.S. Navy man plans to complete the journey of about 100 letters to Iwo Jima.

'Dreamgirls,' 'Iwo Jima' sound winners

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "Letters from Iwo Jima," which tells of the World War II battle from the Japanese viewpoint, won the sound editing Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, Feb. 23, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.
By United Press International

Clint Eastwood recieves Legion d'honneur

PARIS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- France has bestowed its most prestigious civilian award, the Legion d'honneur, on Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in Paris.

Eastwood to receive Legion of Honor

PARIS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Actor-director Clint Eastwood, who directed bookend movies on the battle of Iwo Jima, will receive France's highest civilian recognition, the Legion of Honor.

Scorsese wins top DGA award

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese was named best feature film director for "The Departed" at the annual Directors Guild of America awards in Los Angeles.

MPAA to honor Eastwood

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive the inaugural Motion Picture Association of America's Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award in Washington.

Nominated screenplays cover diverse topics

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A British television character and a Hong Kong thriller provided plots for two films nominated Tuesday in the Academy Award's adapted screenplay group.

Scorsese, Eastwood get Oscar directing nod

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese earned his sixth nod for best director for "The Departed" when the 2006 Academy Award nominees were announced in Los Angeles Tuesday.

'Dreamgirls' leads nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The musical "Dreamgirls," amassed eight nominations for the 79th Academy Awards Tuesday but wasn't given the nod for Best Picture.

Eastwood wins Globe foreign film award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- "Letters from Iwo Jima," directed by Clint Eastwood, was named best foreign language film at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards Monday in Los Angeles.

Helen Mirren among AFI honorees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Helen Mirren, Clint Eastwood and "Little Miss Sunshine" continued to roll up accolades at the American Film Institute Awards in Los Angeles.

Scorcese leads Directors Guild nominations

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Several new faces were among the nominees for the annual DGA Awards announced in Los Angeles this week by the Directors Guild of America.

Eastwood's Iwo epics top AFI's 'moments'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Clint Eastwood's World War II films and O.J. Simpson's scrubbed book and TV deal are among the American Film Institute's "most significant" moments of 2006.

'Iwo Jima' packing Japanese theaters

TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Director Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" has garnered $13.3 million in box office ticket sales during its first 11 days in Japanese theaters.

Dallas critics name 'United 93' top film

DALLAS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association has chosen the Sept. 11, 2001, terror drama "United 93" as its best film of the year.

'Veil' center of year-end studio tiff

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- In a familiar Hollywood story, the producer of Oscar contender "The Painted Veil" is ticked off over the film's final cut.

Some stars double chances of winning

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A number of Hollywood stars appear poised receive award nominations for more than one of their films this year.
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