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MacFarlane to guest host 'SNL'

MacFarlane to guest host 'SNL'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Comedian and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is to serve as guest host for the 38th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" in New York, NBC said.
'Looper' to open Toronto film fest

'Looper' to open Toronto film fest

TORONTO, July 25 (UPI) -- Rian Johnson's futuristic thriller "Looper," starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has been selected to open the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced.

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Bale visits Aurora shooting victims

Bale visits Aurora shooting victims

AURORA, Colo., July 25 (UPI) -- "The Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale Tuesday visited with seven people wounded in a movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., a hospital official said.
Cohen, Russell leave 'Django' cast

Cohen, Russell leave 'Django' cast

NEW ORLEANS, May 11 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell have dropped out of Quentin Tarantino's 19th century-set American drama, "Django Unchained."
'Bridesmaids,' 'Hunger Games' earn 8 MTV Movie nods apiece

'Bridesmaids,' 'Hunger Games' earn 8 MTV Movie nods apiece

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- The wedding comedy "Bridesmaids" and survival drama "The Hunger Games" earned eight MTV Movie Award nominations apiece in New York Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.
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Williams set for Hollywood Awards honor

Williams set for Hollywood Awards honor

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Michelle Williams is to be honored with the Hollywood Actress Award at next month's Hollywood Film Awards gala, organizers announced Wednesday.
Plummer set for Hollywood film honor

Plummer set for Hollywood film honor

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Christopher Plummer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jessica Chastain are to be honored at next month's Hollywood Film Awards Gala, organizers said Monday.
Production starts on new Batman movie

Production starts on new Batman movie

BURBANK, Calif., May 23 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun on "The Dark Knight Rises," the conclusion to Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
'Inception' co-stars sign on to 'Rises'

'Inception' co-stars sign on to 'Rises'

BURBANK, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Warner Bros. Pictures says Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have joined the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Next Batman film has mobster villian

Next Batman film has mobster villian

HOLLYWOOD, March 20 (UPI) -- The next Batman movie will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of villain Alberto Falcone, also known as The Holiday Killer, sources told Variety.
'Inception' wins big at Scream Awards show

'Inception' wins big at Scream Awards show

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The big-screen blockbuster "Inception" picked up six prizes, including the top honor, The Ultimate Scream, at Spike TV's Scream 2010 awards show in Las Vegas.
Actor Gordon-Levitt's brother dead at 36

Actor Gordon-Levitt's brother dead at 36

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced via Twitter his older brother, Dan, has died, but he didn't disclose the cause of his death.
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Cast member Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the premiere of the film "Inception" in Los Angeles on July 13, 2010. UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten
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Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor whose career as both a child and adult has included television series and theatrical films. He is known for his roles in the 2009 indie (500) Days of Summer and Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Inception. The former earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Beginning in commercials as a young child he made his film debut in 1992's Beethoven. Gordon-Levitt subsequently co-starred in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001) as the young Tommy Solomon. After a hiatus during which he attended Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt left television for film acting, appearing in various independent films, beginning with the 2001 film Manic, followed by critically acclaimed performances in 2004's Mysterious Skin, 2005's Brick, and 2007's The Lookout. He runs an online collaborative production company titled HitRECord.

Gordon-Levitt was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Sherman Oaks. His family is Jewish. His father, Dennis Levitt, was once the news director for the Pacifica Radio station, KPFK-FM. His mother, Jane Gordon, ran for the United States Congress in California during the 1970s for the Peace and Freedom Party; she met Dennis Levitt while she was working as the program guide editor for KPFK-FM. Gordon-Levitt's maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, was a Hollywood film director between the 1940s and 1970s, known for helming the 1959 Doris Day/Rock Hudson film Pillow Talk. Gordon-Levitt had an older brother, Dan, who was a photographer and fire spinner; he was born in 1974 and died in October 2010.

Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theater group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of The Wizard of Oz. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes.

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