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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
By United Press International

Visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen dead at 92

LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- Visual effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator Ray Harryhausen has died in London, his family announced on Facebook. He was 92.
'Animal House: The Musical' in the works

'Animal House: The Musical' in the works

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Canada's Barenaked Ladies are writing the score for a stage musical based on the 1978 big-screen comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House," producers said.

Hundreds attend Ronni Chasen's funeral

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the funeral of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, who was gunned down in her car last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Landis suing Jackson over 'Thriller' show

Landis suing Jackson over 'Thriller' show

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. director of the 1983 "Thriller" video filed legal papers claiming Michael Jackson has no right to plan a stage musical version without his consent.

John Landis tackling comedy online

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Veteran Hollywood director John Landis has used his talents for a series of six short films focused on aspiring comedians and appearing on JibJab.com.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 29, the 147th day of 2006 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

Film soundman 'Buzz' Knudson dead at 80

COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Three time Oscar-winning sound re-recording mixer Robert "Buzz" Knudson has died in Columbia, S.C., at age 80.

'Blues Brothers' DVD hails 25 years

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Director John Landis describes his 1980 hit movie "The Blues Brothers" as "'Singin' in the Rain' with car crashes."

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, May 29, the 147th day of 2005 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

'Animal House' dean Wormer dies at 72

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Film and television actor John Vernon, who played the sinister Dean Wormer in the 1978 classic "Animal House," has died in California. He was 72.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, May 29, the 150th day of 2004 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

Fox in $100 million copyright lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The recent Sean Connery movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," already a critical and commercial disappointment for Twentieth Century Fox, is now the su
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 29, the 149th day of 2003 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

The almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 29, the 149th day of 2002 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International
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John Landis
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John David Landis (born August 3, 1950) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He is known for his comedies, his horror films, and his music videos with singer Michael Jackson.

Landis was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirley Levine (née Magaziner) and Marshall David Landis, an interior decorator. His family relocated to Los Angeles when he was four months old.

He began working as a mailboy at 20th Century Fox. His first noteworthy job in Hollywood was working as an assistant director during filming MGM's Kelly's Heroes in Yugoslavia in 1969; he replaced the film's original assistant director, who suffered from a nervous breakdown and was sent home by the producers. While filming, he met actors Don Rickles and Donald Sutherland, both of whom he would later cast in his own films. Following this, Landis worked on many films made in Europe (especially in Italy and England), most notably, Once Upon a Time in the West, El Condor and A Town Called Bastard. Landis also worked as a stunt double.

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