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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
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People in the news

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The latest news on today's hottest celebrities ...
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Actor Ben Gazzara dead at 81

Actor Ben Gazzara dead at 81

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Actor Ben Gazzara died of pancreatic cancer at New York's Bellevue Hospital Center Friday, his lawyer said. He was 81.
First full-length film shot on smartphone

First full-length film shot on smartphone

BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- San Francisco radio personality Hooman Khalili says he has shot the first feature-length film on a smartphone to be released in a theater.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.
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'Rosemary's Baby' set for re-make

'Rosemary's Baby' set for re-make

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood reportedly is planning a remake of Roman Polanski's classic 1968 horror film "Rosemary's Baby," which was based on Ira Levin's best-selling novel.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007.
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Zoe carries on Cassavetes family business

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Zoe Cassavetes said being a filmmaker was her choice, not the result of pressure from her parents, director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands.

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UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006.
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Broadband Report: Bravo goes alternative

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- In the last two weeks the folks at Bravo have made some interesting moves with the launch of two brand new broadband sites, BrilliantButCancelled.com, which fea
MICHELLE ALEXANDRIA, UPI Technology Correspondent

Hollywood to revisit the 'Dirty Dozen'

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- "V for Vendetta" filmmaker Joel Silver is reportedly writing and producing a Hollywood remake of "The Dirty Dozen" for Warner Bros. pictures. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec of TV's "Alias" will help with the writing duties, Daily Variety reports.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2005 with 22 to follow.
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'Sideways' sweeps Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The road-trip comedy "Sideways" swept the the 20th Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica Sunday, winning six awards including Best Feature.
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John Cassavetes
Actor Seymour Cassel arrives for the anniversary gala of the Vancouver International Film Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 8, 2005. Friends and co-writers, Jenny Albano and Alexandra Brodsky talked Cassel into starring in their John Cassavetes influenced film "Bittersweet Place" (USA) which is screening at the festival. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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John Nicholas Cassavetes (December 9, 1929 – February 3, 1989) was an American actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. He appeared in many Hollywood films. He is most notable as an influential pioneer of independent film. He used handheld cameras and cinema-vérité style techniques in his films, but they were based on actors and screenplays and were fiction.

Cassavetes was born in New York City, the son of Katherine Cassavetes (who was to feature in some of his films) and Nicholas John Cassavetes, Greek immigrants to the U.S. His early years were spent with his family in Greece; when he returned, at the age of seven, he spoke no English. He grew up in Long Island, New York. He attended Port Washington High School from 1945-1947, participating in Port Weekly (the school paper), Red Domino (interclass Play), Football, and the Port Light (year book). Next to his photo on page 55 of his 1947 year book is written "'Cassy' is always ready with a wisecrack, but he does have a serious side. A 'sensational' personality. Drives his 'heap' all over." Cassavetes also attended high school at Blair Academy in New Jersey before moving to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. On graduation in 1950, he continued acting in the theater, took small parts in films, and began working on television in anthology series such as Alcoa Theatre.

During this time, he met and married actress Gena Rowlands. By 1956, Cassavetes had begun teaching method acting in workshops in New York City. An improvisation exercise in one workshop inspired the idea for his writing and directorial debut, Shadows (1959; first version 1957). Cassavetes raised the funds for production from friends and family, as well as listeners to Jean Shepherd's late-night radio talk show Night People. His stated purpose was to make a film about little people, different from Hollywood studio productions.

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