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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.
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New Line to remake 'Going In Style'

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- New Line Cinema says it is assembling a new gang for a remake of the 1979 George Burns comedy "Going In Style."
Cannavale heading back to Broadway

Cannavale heading back to Broadway

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- Bobby Cannavale is to star in a Broadway production of Clifford Odets' "The Big Knife," New York's Roundabout Theatre Company said.
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Actor Ben Gazzara dead at 81

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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.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
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Lesser, 'Seinfeld's' Uncle Leo, dead at 88

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Actor Len Lesser died Wednesday in Burbank, Calif., of pneumonia related to cancer, his family announced. He was 88.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.
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Jockstrip: The world as we know it.

Boy bites dog … Woman has Mona Lisa mowed into her lawn … Pair bring Shakespeare to subway … Elderly couple angered by mysterious noise … The world as we know it from UPI.

Pair bring Shakespeare to subway

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- A pair of University of Southern California students said they are spending their summer performing a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" on a New York subway train.

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Law sparks ugly fight over pretty star pix

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must decide whether to sign a bill giving an heir more control over a dead star's name and image.

Actress Anne Pitoniak dead at 85

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Actress Anne Pitoniak, who blossomed into a star on New York's Broadway in her 60s, has died of complications of cancer at age 85.

Angelina Jolie's mother dies

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Former actor Marcheline Bertrand, mother of Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie, died in Los Angeles hospital of cancer at the age of 56.
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Lee Strasberg
Actor Johnny Depp poses at the Actors Fund Of America gala in New York where he was honored with the Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement award on Oct. 30, 2004. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Lee Strasberg (November 17, 1901 – February 17, 1982) was an American actor, director and acting teacher. He cofounded, with directors Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, the Group Theatre in 1931, which was hailed as "America's first true theatrical collective". In 1951, he became director of the non-profit Actors Studio, in New York City, considered "the nation's most prestigious acting school". In 1969, Strasberg founded the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City and in Hollywood to teach the work he pioneered.

He is considered the "father of method acting in America," according to author Mel Gussow, and from the 1920s until his death in 1982 "he revolutionized the art of acting by having a profound influence on performance in American theater and movies". From his base in New York, he trained several generations of theatre and film's most illustrious talents, including Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Harris, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and director Elia Kazan.

Former student Elia Kazan directed James Dean in East of Eden (1955), for which Kazan and Dean were nominated for Academy Awards. As a student, Dean wrote that Actors Studio was "the greatest school of the theater the best thing that can happen to an actor". Playwright Tennessee Williams, writer of A Streetcar Named Desire, said of Strasberg's actors, "They act from the inside out. They communicate emotions they really feel. They give you a sense of life." Directors like Sidney Lumet, a former student, have intentionally used actors skilled in Strasberg's "Method".

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