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Michael Fassbender thanks McQueen for launching career

Michael Fassbender thanks McQueen for launching career

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen are a match made in movie heaven.
Gabrielle Levy
Fassbender says he was 'in tears' reading '12 Years a Slave' script

Fassbender says he was 'in tears' reading '12 Years a Slave' script

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender says he and his frequent collaborator, Steve McQueen, were on the promotion trail for their celebrated 2011 sex-addiction drama "Shame" when the British film director first mentioned he wanted Fassbender to appear in his next project, "12 Years a Slave."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Joan Fontaine of 'Rebecca,' 'Suspicion' fame, dead at 96

Joan Fontaine of 'Rebecca,' 'Suspicion' fame, dead at 96

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine died of natural causes Sunday at her home in Carmel, Calif., her assistant said. She was 96.
Timothy Dalton joins 'Penny Dreadful' on Showtime

Timothy Dalton joins 'Penny Dreadful' on Showtime

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Welsh actor Timothy Dalton is to co-star in the new drama series "Penny Dreadful," which will begin filming this fall, Showtime announced Monday.
97 eligible for Best Score Oscar

97 eligible for Best Score Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The scores from 97 feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for Hollywood's 84th Academy Awards.

Museum wants to buy Bronte manuscript

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- England's Bronte Parsonage Museum says it is raising funds to buy at auction an unpublished manuscript written by Charlotte Bronte when she was 14.
'Shame,' 'Tinker,' 'Tyrannosaur' earn 7 BIFA nods

'Shame,' 'Tinker,' 'Tyrannosaur' earn 7 BIFA nods

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- "Shame," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Tyrannosaur" were each nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards in London Monday.
Cameras set to roll on 'Jane Eyre' film

Cameras set to roll on 'Jane Eyre' film

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- Production on the latest screen adaptation of the literary classic "Jane Eyre" is to begin next week in the United Kingdom, Focus Features said.
Wasikowska, Fassbender up for 'Eyre'

Wasikowska, Fassbender up for 'Eyre'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are in talks to headline a big-screen version of the classic British novel "Jane Eyre," sources told Variety.
Page to play title heroine in 'Eyre'

Page to play title heroine in 'Eyre'

LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Canadian actress Ellen Page has been cast as the heroine in the latest big-screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic British romance "Jane Eyre."

B'way star pleads guilty to abusing teen

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Broadway star James Barbour has pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

'Eyre' composer brings 'Emma' to stage

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Previews have begun in Palo Alto, Calif., for the world premiere of composer Paul Gordon’s musical version of Jane Austen’s "Emma."

U.S. actresses to play Bronte sisters

CANNES, France, May 19 (UPI) -- A move by a British director to cast U.S. actresses in his biopic film about Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte has come under fire in Cannes, France.

Author of Jane Eyre feared libel suit

LONDON, May 26 (UPI) -- An apology letter from the author of Jane Eyre, to avoid a possible libel suit over her portrayal of a school in the book, has just come to light.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Bus 'buffoon' gets jail for bomb hoax ... N.C. alcohol agency bans gossip ... Women turn from romance to crime ... Agents block stolen overseas shipments ... The world as we know it from UPI.
By United Press International

Women turn from romance to crime

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- A survey finds British women have turned from romantic novels to thrillers and crime fiction.

Broadway actor accused of teen assault

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- A Broadway star has been arrested in Los Angeles on a New York warrant for allegedly luring a young starlet to his apartment and assaulting her.

British librarians pick 'Mockingbird'

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- British librarians have voted Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" as the book they would recommend for all adults to read.

Watercooler Stories

Wordy classics retold in shorthand ... Some in Las Vegas resist scarlet A ... British commandos raid wrong hotel ... Senior rapped for feeding birds, squirrels ... Watercooler stories from UPI.
By United Press International

Wordy classics retold in shorthand

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Some of the most complicated and wordy works of English literature are being compressed to fit the tiny screens of mobile telephones.

Flames ever glowing, tears ever flowing

LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A British survey of romance novelists found Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is the most romantic novel of all time, the BBC said Friday.

'Jane Eyre's' secret staircase discovered

NORTON CONYERS, England, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The secret staircase leading to an attic prison, which inspired Charlotte Bronte's novel "Jane Eyre," has been discovered in Britain.

Book of the week: Reading Lolita in Tehran

SAN DIEGO, May 20 (UPI) -- The voice of Iranians women is being heard, at least abroad, if not in their own country.
SHIRLEY SAAD

Book Review: An artful 'forgery'

In "The Poet and the Murderer," Simon Worrall has taken hold of the complex and interesting subject of forging historical and literary documents and has untangled many strands to weave a coherent and eye-opening narrative.
JESSIE THORPE, United Press International

Interview of the week: Gwyneth Paltrow

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- When she was growing up, Gwyneth Paltrow's Manhattan home was always filled with wonderful books and people who loved to read them. It is no wonder, then, that
KAREN BUTLER
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