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Russia nominates 'Stalingrad' for Oscars

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Russia's Oscars nomination commission said it chose Fyodor Bondarchuk's World War II drama "Stalingrad" as its entry for the foreign-language Academy Award.

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Russia starts registry of banned websites

MOSCOW, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A registry of websites that carry information about drugs, pornography, suicide and other banned topics was launched in Russia, authorities said.

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Knightley to star in 'Anna Karenina'

Knightley to star in 'Anna Karenina'

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Joe Wright is to direct British actress Keira Knightley in a big-screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel "Anna Karenina," Focus Features said Thursday.
Plummer channels Tolstoy in 'Last Station'

Plummer channels Tolstoy in 'Last Station'

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Christopher Plummer says he relished playing iconic Russian author Leo Tolstoy at the end of his life in the new film "The Last Station."
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Mirren top actress at Rome Film Festival

ROME, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- British actress Helen Mirren was honored for her role in "The Last Station" with a best actress award at the Rome International Film Festival.

Tolstoy relative facing uncertain times

LONDON, June 7 (UPI) -- Alexandra Tolstoy, a distant relative of famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy, is struggling with a newborn while divorcing her husband, a family friend says.

Survey: Britons lie about reading

LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- A survey released to coincide with World Book Day suggests two-thirds of Britons have lied about reading classic books such as Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."

Solzhenitsyn's achievement in exposing communism

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn passed away Sunday at the age of 89 after one of the most extraordinary lives in the history of world literature.
MARTIN SIEFF

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Hopkins tapped to play Leo Tolstoy

CANNES, France, May 21 (UPI) -- Academy award winners Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep are set to star in "The Last Station," a Hollywood biopic about the life of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Author Henri Troyat dies

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- Henri Troyat, who fled the Russian revolution as a child and became one of France's great modern writers, died in Paris at the age of 95.

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Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2006 with 113 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2005 with 113 to follow.
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Troubled Marineland attraction to reopen

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- The 67-year-old Marineland tourist attraction south of St. Augustine, Fla., plans to reopen this summer as an eco-tourist attraction.

Tokyo unveils monument to Anton Chekhov

TOKYO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A monument to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov was unveiled in Tokyo Tuesday to mark the centenary of Chekhov's death, the Novosti news agency reported.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 9, the 253rd day of 2004 with 113 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2003 with 113 to follow.
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'Babylon 5' Still Flying High

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Is "Babylon 5" the finest science fiction television series of all time? Obviously not quite, with the "Classic Star Trek" of the 1960s and Rod Serling's wonder
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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