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Denis Villeneuve says 'Prisoners' cast was a dream to direct

Denis Villeneuve says 'Prisoners' cast was a dream to direct

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve says audiences care about the characters in his thriller "Prisoners" because of Aaron Guzikowski's powerful screenplay and the extraordinary performances given by his cast, which includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Hugh Jackman gets lifetime achievement award at Zurich Film Festival

ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Australian actor Hugh Jackman said he was "honored to receive" a Golden Icon lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.
Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night with a segment showing him attempting to binge-view an entire TV season.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Fallon, Hamm, Hannigan to be Emmys presenters

Fallon, Hamm, Hannigan to be Emmys presenters

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan and LL Cool J are to serve as presenters at Sunday's Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.
Jackman talks about the responsibility of starring in 'Prisoners'

Jackman talks about the responsibility of starring in 'Prisoners'

Australian actor Hugh Jackman, a married father of two, says he felt a tremendous responsibility to the real-life families of kidnapped children as he made his new thriller "Prisoners."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Behind the Candelabra' wins 8 creative prime time Emmys

'Behind the Candelabra' wins 8 creative prime time Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- "Behind the Candelabra" won big in Los Angeles Sunday when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards.
'Gravity,' 'Prisoners' to screen at Toronto film festival

'Gravity,' 'Prisoners' to screen at Toronto film festival

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- The big-screen dramas "Prisoners" and "Gravity" have been added to the lineup of September's Toronto International Film Festival, Warner Bros. announced.
Washington likens 'Flight' to O'Neill play

Washington likens 'Flight' to O'Neill play

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Denzel Washington says he didn't sign on to play an intoxicated airline pilot who saves a planeload of people by executing some daring maneuvers in the drama "Flight" because he knew someone whose life was destroyed by addiction.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
HBO renews 'Treme' for 4th, final season

HBO renews 'Treme' for 4th, final season

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- HBO's Louisiana-set drama series "Treme" has been renewed for a fourth and final season, the show's co-creator confirmed.
Scorsese's 'Hugo' wins five Oscars

Scorsese's 'Hugo' wins five Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese's first family film "Hugo" won Oscars in five technical categories in Los Angeles Sunday night.
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Last year's winners to be Oscar presenters

Last year's winners to be Oscar presenters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman are to be presenters at Sunday's 84th Academy Awards show in Los Angeles, telecast producers said.
Boxing manager Alice Ward dead at 79

Boxing manager Alice Ward dead at 79

LOWELL, Mass., April 28 (UPI) -- Alice Ward, the mother and manager of boxers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, has died in a Boston hospital, months after suffering a heart attack and stroke.
Leo, Bale win Supporting Oscars

Leo, Bale win Supporting Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, who play mother and son in "The Fighter," won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Actor in Los Angeles Sunday night.
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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role winner Melissa Leo for her work in 'The Fighter' poses with her Oscar during the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Phil McCarten
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Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960), also known as Margaret May II or Margaret May, is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the late '80s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons from 1993–1997. Having previously been a regular on All My Children and The Young Riders, her breakthrough film role was in the 2003 film, 21 Grams.

Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in the 2009 film, Frozen River earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In 2011, Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed film, The Fighter. For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the television series Treme.

Leo was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the daughter of Peggy (née Chessington), a California-born teacher, and Arnold Leo, an editor at Grove Press, fisherman, and spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association. Leo was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and spent summers at her father's house in Springs, a section of East Hampton, N.Y. She is a former resident of Putney, Vermont and now lives in Stone Ridge, New York. She has a son with actor and former boyfriend John Heard named John Matthew Heard (born 1987) and years later adopted Adam (born 1984).

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