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Fassbender says he was 'in tears' reading '12 Years a Slave' script

Fassbender says he was 'in tears' reading '12 Years a Slave' script

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender says he and his frequent collaborator, Steve McQueen, were on the promotion trail for their celebrated 2011 sex-addiction drama "Shame" when the British film director first mentioned he wanted Fassbender to appear in his next project, "12 Years a Slave."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Paulson calls acting in '12 Years a Slave' a life-changing experience

Paulson calls acting in '12 Years a Slave' a life-changing experience

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Actress Sarah Paulson says working alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o on the harrowing historical drama, "12 Years a Slave," was an intense, career-changing learning experience she will never forget.
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
Downton Abbey Christmas special trailer released

Downton Abbey Christmas special trailer released

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A love triangle! An American visitor! A ball!
Gabrielle Levy
'Amazing Spider-Man 2' trailer brings out the baddies

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' trailer brings out the baddies

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Everybody's out to get Spider-Man.
Kate Stanton
Chiwetel Ejiofor felt connected to his '12 Years a Slave' character

Chiwetel Ejiofor felt connected to his '12 Years a Slave' character

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose parents are Nigerian, says he felt a tremendous connection to Solomon Northup, the character he plays in director Steve McQueen's historical drama, "12 Years a Slave."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Downton Abbey' gets fifth season

'Downton Abbey' gets fifth season

(UPI) --The upstairs-downstairs shenanigans of the Crawley family and their servants will continue for another season.
Kate Stanton
'Saving Mr. Banks' to open AFI Fest in Hollywood this fall

'Saving Mr. Banks' to open AFI Fest in Hollywood this fall

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- "Saving Mr. Banks" is to open the American Film Institute's festival in Hollywood this fall, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced Wednesday.
'Turbo' features music score by British composer Henry Jackman

'Turbo' features music score by British composer Henry Jackman

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood's upcoming animated family comedy "Turbo" will feature music by British composer Henry Jackman.
Paul Giamatti joins cast of 'Downton Abbey'

Paul Giamatti joins cast of 'Downton Abbey'

LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Paul Giamatti will appear in Season 4 of "Downton Abbey," the British costume drama's producers announced.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 6, 2013.
By United Press International
Netflix, DreamWorks team up for kids' show

Netflix, DreamWorks team up for kids' show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- An animated show based on DreamWorks' upcoming film "Turbo" will be the first Netflix Original Series for kids, the U.S. companies said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
By United Press International
Cruise, Baldwin sing on 'Rock of Ages' soundtrack

Cruise, Baldwin sing on 'Rock of Ages' soundtrack

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- The soundtrack to the Hollywood movie musical "Rock of Ages," featuring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin singing 1980s anthems, is set for release next month.
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Reynolds to lead voice cast of animated 'Turbo'

Reynolds to lead voice cast of animated 'Turbo'

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Ryan Reynolds is to lend his voice to the titular speed-obsessed snail in the cartoon "Turbo," California's DreamWorks Animation said Friday.
Steinfeld, Booth begin work on 'Romeo'

Steinfeld, Booth begin work on 'Romeo'

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth have begun work in Italy on the latest film version of Shakespeare's tragic romance "Romeo and Juliet," producers said.
New shows dominate Golden Globe nods

New shows dominate Golden Globe nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- "American Horror Story," "Boardwalk Empire," "Boss," "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland" were nominated for the Best Drama Series Golden Globe in Los Angeles.
'Super 8' dominates weekend box office

'Super 8' dominates weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- Sci-Fi thriller "Super 8," directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, owned the box office in its debut with $37 million in gross receipts.
'Rock of Ages' starts filming in Fla.

'Rock of Ages' starts filming in Fla.

BURBANK, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun in Florida on the film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," New Line Cinema announced.

'X-Men' claws its way to No. 1 spot

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- Prequel "X-Men: First Class," starring James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon among others, raked in a whopping $56 million during the weekend for the No. 1 U.S. spot.
Cruise to film 'Rock' scenes in Florida

Cruise to film 'Rock' scenes in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- Actor Tom Cruise is to film scenes for his music-themed movie musical "Rock of Ages" next month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., officials said.
Stars lining up for '30 Rock' roles

Stars lining up for '30 Rock' roles

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Matt Damon, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and Queen Latifah have agreed to be guest stars on the new season of the U.S. sitcom "30 Rock," NBC announced.

Comic creator Harvey Pekar dead at 70

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- Comic book creator Harvey Pekar died early Monday at his home in Cleveland, his family said. He was 70.
Hoffman, Giamatti to star in 'Version'

Hoffman, Giamatti to star in 'Version'

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Dustin Hoffman has agreed to star in a big-screen adaptation of the late Mordecai Richler's last book "Barney's Version."
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