Soap actress Ruth Warrick dead at 88

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Emmy-winning veteran "All My Children" soap star Ruth Warrick died in New York of pneumonia. She was 88.

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2004 with 62 to follow.
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Feature: AFI calls Lucas a pioneer

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- When the American Film Institute presents George Lucas with its AFI Life Achievement Award next June, it will be the first time in the award's 33-year history t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Today is Sunday, Oct. 10, the 284th day of 2004 with 82 to follow.
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'Psycho' actress Janet Leigh dies at 77

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Janet Leigh, who gained her greatest fame as the victim of the shocking shower murder scene at the Bates Motel in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller "Psycho," has
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Feature: Video release fetes Scorsese

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Warner Home Video is set to release a DVD collection of five films by Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese -- including the 1990 crime drama "GoodFellas," ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Today is Thursday, May 6, the 127th day of 2004 with 239 to follow.
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Spielberg, Cruise do 'War of the Worlds'

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise are working on a new version of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic "The War of the Worlds."

Actress Mercedes McCambridge dies at 87

LA JOLLA, Calif., March 18 (UPI) -- Academy-Award-winning actress Mercedes McCambridge has died in the La Jolla, Calif., area at the age of 87.

Cecil Beaton photographs go on display

LONDON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- More than 150 photographs by Sir Cecil Beaton are on display at England's National Portrait Gallery marking the centennial of the famous photographer's birth.

Mission to Mars: The three basic questions

A series by UPI examining ongoing attempts by humans to explore the surface of Earth's nearest planetary neighbor. Part 1: NASA's new Mars rovers are designed to seek answers to fundamental questions about the origins of life.
PHIL BERARDELLI, United Press International

Mike Nichols to get Directors Guild award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America will present director Mike Nichols with its top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization announced.

'The Missing:' Ron Howard's horror-western

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Ron Howard's first film since winning the Best Director Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" is the vastly different "The Missing." It's a highly fictionalized and stra

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2003 with 62 to follow.
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Orson Welles
LAPX97070212 - 2 JULY 1997 - HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA: Actor Jimmy Stewart in a 1956 file photo, with actors Jim Cagney (center0 and Orson Welles in Hollywood. Stewart died today in his Beverly Hills, California home. Stewart was 89. cs/files UPI

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur."

After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.

Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces.

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