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Jessica Chastain spotted with beau Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in Beverly Hills

Jessica Chastain spotted with beau Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Jessica Chastain was photographed out and about Saturday during a Beverly Hills stroll with her boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo.
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Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy fall in love in 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' trailer

Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy fall in love in 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' trailer

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) --"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" shows love and loss from three different angles: "Him," "Her" and "Them," starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.
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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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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' earns $90.7M at the North American box office

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' earns $90.7M at the North American box office

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) --"X-Men: Days of Future Past" crushed the competition at the North American box office this weekend, raking in a whopping $90.7 million.
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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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'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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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.
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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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'Metro Manila' wins big at British Independent Film Awards

'Metro Manila' wins big at British Independent Film Awards

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- "Metro Manila" was named Best British Independent Film at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London Sunday.
'Starred Up' earns 8 British Independent Film Award nominations

'Starred Up' earns 8 British Independent Film Award nominations

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The prison drama "Starred Up" led the field Monday with nominations for eight British Independent Film Awards.

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British actor James McAvoy attends the "Empire Film Awards" at Grosvenor House in London on March 29, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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James Andrew McAvoy (pronounced /ˈmækəvɔɪ/ mak-ə-voi; born 21 April 1979(1979-04-21)) is a Scottish stage and screen actor. His best-known work includes the films The Last King of Scotland and Atonement, both of which earned him BAFTA Award nominations, and the TV series Shameless. McAvoy has won the BAFTA Rising Star Award and a BAFTA Scotland award. He has also been nominated for an ALFS Award, a European Film Award, and a Golden Globe award.

McAvoy was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a psychiatric nurse, and James McAvoy, a builder. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic. McAvoy's parents divorced when he was seven, and he subsequently lived with his maternal grandparents, Mary and James Johnstone, in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow. His mother lived with them intermittently, but McAvoy has not been in contact with his father since childhood. McAvoy attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, Glasgow, a Catholic school, and briefly considered joining the Catholic priesthood. During his education, he worked at a local bakery. He was a member of PACE Youth Theatre before he eventually graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000. His sister, Joy McAvoy, is a singer and actress.

McAvoy's first roles were in David Hayman's The Near Room in 1995 and then as Anthony Balfour in Pat Barker's Regeneration in 1997. He received his first big break with a role in the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries Band of Brothers. His first international starring role was as Leto Atreides II in the 2003 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (adapted from Frank Herbert's novels). The same year he also appeared in several episodes of the BBC sitcom Early Doors and co-starred in Paul Abbott's acclaimed thriller serial State of Play. In 2004, he starred as Steve McBride in another Abbott-written drama series, Shameless on Channel 4, for which he was nominated for the British Comedy Award for Best TV Newcomer. He also appeared in two other productions: Wimbledon as Paul Bettany's obnoxious brother, Carl Colt; and he played disabled character Rory O'Shea in the Irish film Inside I'm Dancing. In 2005, he starred in three productions: he played Ben in the Royal Court Theatre's production Breathing Corpses and an adaptation of Macbeth in the four-part BBC production ShakespeaRe-told; he also portrayed Mr. Tumnus, the Faun, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Max/Johnny-2008 in Penelope.

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