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'Tarzan' begins shooting in the United Kingdom

'Tarzan' begins shooting in the United Kingdom

BURBANK, Calif., July 17 (UPI) --Principal photography has begun in the United Kingdom on the latest installment in the "Tarzan" film franchise.
Karen Butler
The Rock stars in new, action-packed 'Hercules' trailer

The Rock stars in new, action-packed 'Hercules' trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) --Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, stars in a new, action-packed "Hercules" trailer that focuses on the film's theme of revenge.
Annie Martin
Jim Jarmusch gives his own take on vampires in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Jim Jarmusch gives his own take on vampires in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

DETROIT, April 7 (UPI) -- Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as the vampires Adam and Eve in Jim Jarmusch's new film, "Only Lovers Left Alive."
Annie Martin

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
By United Press International
Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.
'Doctor Who' anniversary draws more than 10 million viewers

'Doctor Who' anniversary draws more than 10 million viewers

LONDON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The 50th anniversary special episode of "Doctor Who" drew more than 10 million viewers in Britain, overnight viewing figures indicate.
'Doctor Who' anniversary celebrated with Google doodle

'Doctor Who' anniversary celebrated with Google doodle

Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Fiftieth-anniversary of "Doctor Who" was celebrated by Google with an interactive doodle.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Sean Astin to star in FX vampire drama pilot

Sean Astin to star in FX vampire drama pilot

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Sean Astin has signed on to star in "The Strain," a vampire pilot Guillermo del Toro is directing for FX, executive producer Carlton Cuse said.

'Doctor Who' to return for eighth season

LONDON, May 19 (UPI) -- The current version of "Doctor Who" will return for an eighth season with actor Matt Smith, who has played the Doctor since 2010, producer Steven Moffat said.
Warren Jeffs still leads sect from prison

Warren Jeffs still leads sect from prison

ELDORADO, Texas, April 4 (UPI) -- Warren Jeffs, the polygamist serving life in prison for sexually assaulting two girls, still leads the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas, former followers said.

Tennant to star in 'Doctor Who' special

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- David Tennant and Billie Piper will appear in the 50th anniversary special of "Doctor Who," the BBC reported.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
By United Press International
Fifth and final season of 'Merlin' to air on Syfy

Fifth and final season of 'Merlin' to air on Syfy

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The fifth and final season of British fantasy series "Merlin" is to air on Syfy, starting next month, the U.S. cable network said Friday.
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Gambon, Law to receive BIFA honor

Gambon, Law to receive BIFA honor

LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Actors Jude Law and Michael Gambon are to be honored at next month's British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London, organizers said.
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British actor John Hurt attends the British premiere of "V for vendetta" at Empire,Leicester square in London on March 8, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born 22 January 1940) is an English actor, known for his leading roles as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mr. Braddock in The Hit, Stephen Ward in Scandal and Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, Caligula in the television series, I, Claudius, and An Englishman in New York. Recognizable for his distinctive rich voice, he has also enjoyed a successful voice acting career, starring in films such as Watership Down, The Lord of the Rings and Dogville, as well as BBC television series Merlin.

Hurt initially came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, and has since appeared in such popular motion pictures as: Alien, Midnight Express, Rob Roy, V for Vendetta, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the first and the last Harry Potter films and the Hellboy film series. Hurt is one of England's best-known, most prolific and sought-after actors, and has had a versatile film career spanning six decades. He is also known for his many Shakespearean roles. Hurt has received multiple awards and honours throughout his career including three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe Award, with six and two nominations respectively, as well as two Academy Award nominations. His character's final scene in Alien is consistently named as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

John Hurt was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, when his father was vicar of Shirebrook. He is the son of Phyllis (née Massey), an amateur actress and engineer, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, a mathematician who became an Anglican clergyman. Hurt has an older brother, Br. Anselm (born Michael), a Roman Catholic convert, who became a monk and writer at Glenstal Abbey, to whose books his younger brother John has contributed. John Hurt also has an adopted sister, Monica. His father was a vicar at St John in Sunderland, but in 1937 he moved his family to Derbyshire, where he became Perpetual Curate of Holy Trinity church. When John was five, his father became the vicar of St Stephens Church at Woodville, South Derbyshire and remained there until 1952. In 1945, John's father founded 1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group which is still going strong today.

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