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Bill Condon to direct live-action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast'

Bill Condon to direct live-action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast'

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) --Disney has tapped "Dreamgirls" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon to direct a live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."
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Henning Mankell says he has neck and lung cancer

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Swedish author Henning Mankell says he was diagnosed with neck and lung cancer two weeks ago by a Stockholm doctor.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
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Thompson forgives Bonham Carter for Branagh affair

Thompson forgives Bonham Carter for Branagh affair

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- British actress Emma Thompson told The Sunday Times newspaper she forgives Helena Bonham Carter for having an affair with her former husband Kenneth Branagh.
Helena Bonham Carter forgiven by Emma Thompson for affair

Helena Bonham Carter forgiven by Emma Thompson for affair

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- It's been nearly 20 years since Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh's marriage came to an end, in part because of an affair between Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.
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Kenneth Branagh bringing 'Macbeth' to New York

Kenneth Branagh bringing 'Macbeth' to New York

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Actor-director Kenneth Branagh says he plans to bring his Manchester International Festival production of "Macbeth" to New York next June.

Lily James to star in Disney's 'Cinderella'

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- Walt Disney Studios has chosen British actress Lily James to star in a live-action version of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella," the production company said.

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Murdoch: Opening ceremony 'too P.C.'

Murdoch: Opening ceremony 'too P.C.'

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch said via Twitter the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London was "a little too politically correct."
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Kenneth Branagh knighted by queen

Kenneth Branagh knighted by queen

LONDON, June 16 (UPI) -- Actor Kenneth Branagh said he was thrilled at being knighted by Queen Elizabeth as part of the sovereign's annual birthday honors.
Michelle Williams wins Spirit Award for portrayal of Marilyn

Michelle Williams wins Spirit Award for portrayal of Marilyn

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- To prepare for her role in "My Week with Marilyn," Michelle Williams learned to sing, dance, walk, talk and flirt like Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
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'Marilyn' to expand into 600 theaters

'Marilyn' to expand into 600 theaters

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- "My Week with Marilyn" is to expand into 600 American theaters in the days leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, The Weinstein Co. said.
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Spielberg, Pitt, Streep attend Oscar lunch

Spielberg, Pitt, Streep attend Oscar lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg were among those who attended Monday's Oscar nominees luncheon in Los Angeles.
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British actor Kenneth Branagh attends the "British Academy Television Awards" at Royal Festival Hall in London on April 26, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Kenneth Charles Branagh (pronounced /ˈbrænə/; born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor and film director. He is best known for directing and starring in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, but has also appeared in a number of films and television series.

Branagh, the middle of three children, was born and brought up in Belfast, the son of working class Protestant parents Frances (née Harper) and William Branagh, a plumber and joiner who ran a company that specialised in fitting partitions and suspended ceilings. He was educated at Grove Primary School. At the age of nine, he relocated with his family to Reading, Berkshire to escape the Troubles. He attended Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School, Tilehurst, where he appeared in school productions such as Toad of Toad Hall" and Oh, What a Lovely War!. At school, he affected an English accent to avoid bullying. On his identity today he has said, "I feel Irish. I don't think you can take Belfast out of the boy," and he attributes his "love of words" to his Irish heritage. He then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on a B.A. Fine Arts Degree.

Branagh achieved some early measure of success in his native Northern Ireland for his role as the title character in the BBC's Play for Today trilogy known as the Billy Plays (1982–84), written by Graham Reid and set in Belfast.

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