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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
By United Press International
Anti-war protest at actor Schweiger's Hamburg house

Anti-war protest at actor Schweiger's Hamburg house

HAMBURG, Germany, March 26 (UPI) -- Detractors of the film "Schutzengel" have thrown paint on the Hamburg, Germany, home of the film's star, Til Schweiger, police said.

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Claudia Jordan fired on 'Celebrity Apprentice' ... Will Smith says he turned down Django because it wasn't a lead role ... Prince Harry plans U.S. tour to aid wounded troops in May ... Jesse James marries fourth wife, Alexis DeJoria ... News from United Press International.
Will Smith says he turned down Django because it wasn't a lead role

Will Smith says he turned down Django because it wasn't a lead role

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Will Smith says he turned down the chance to play the title character in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" because the role wasn't the lead.

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Weird courses offered in Boston schools ... Missing sausage costume recovered ... Woman finds, returns $11,000 ... Centenarian Bromfield cook gets diploma ... The world as we know it from UPI.

Weird courses offered in Boston schools

BOSTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Boston-area colleges are offering an array of quirky classes this semester, including a class on filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the HBO series "The Wire."

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'Argo,' Lee, Lawrence, Hathaway win top Oscars ... Christina Applegate and Martyn LeNoble get married ... Channing Tatum's wife to give birth in London ... Oprah appears in Kimmel's star-studded trailer for faux 'Movie: The Movie 2V' sequel ... News from United Press International.
'Argo,' Lee, Lawrence, Hathaway win top Oscars

'Argo,' Lee, Lawrence, Hathaway win top Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama announced via video from Washington Sunday that Ben Affleck's Iran-set thriller "Argo" had won the Best Picture Oscar.

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Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' wins Album of the Year Grammy ... 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' win big at BAFTAs ... ABC's Diane Sawyer to interview Amanda Knox ... Singer Faith Hill shows off braces on teeth at Grammys ... News from United Press International.
'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' win big at BAFTAs

'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' win big at BAFTAs

LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- "Argo" was named Best Picture and its U.S. director, Ben Affleck, Best Director at the BAFTA Awards for film at London's Royal Opera House Sunday night.

'Silver Linings' gets best film award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The romantic comedy drama "Silver Linings Playbook" won best picture at the Second Annual Australia Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards.

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'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Django' win big at Globes ... Roberts hopes to return to 'GMA' in weeks ... Kate and William's baby due in July ... Justin Timberlake releases new single ... News from United Press International.
'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Django' win big at Globes

'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Django' win big at Globes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- "Les Miserables" was declared Best Comedy or Musical, and "Argo" Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night.

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Tarantino irked by movie-violence queries ... Critics hail Affleck's 'Argo' ... Report: Actress Evan Rachel Wood pregnant ... Vieira leaving TV's 'Millionaire' ... News from United Press International.
Tarantino, asked about violent movies: 'I refuse your question'

Tarantino, asked about violent movies: 'I refuse your question'

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. director Quentin Tarantino says he still sees no connection between film and real-life violence, but heatedly refused to tell a British TV journalist why.
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American director Quentin Tarantino attends the premiere of "Inglorious Basterds" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on July 23, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Quentin Jerome Tarantino (pronunciation: /ˌtærənˈtiːnoʊ/; born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and occasional actor. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with films employing nonlinear storylines and the aestheticization of violence. His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (2003, 2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and the upcoming feature Django Unchained (2012). He has earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or, as well as Emmy and Grammy nominations.

Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Tony Tarantino, an actor and amateur musician who was born in Queens, New York, and Connie McHugh, a nurse. Tarantino's father is Italian and his mother is of Irish and Cherokee ancestry. He was raised by his mother, as his parents separated before his birth. When he was two years old, he moved to Torrance, California and later to the Harbor City neighborhood where he went to Fleming Junior High School in Lomita and took drama classes. He attended Narbonne High School in Harbor City for his freshman year before dropping out of school at age 15, to attend an acting class full time at the James Best Theater Company in Toluca Lake.

At age 22 he worked at the Video Archives, a now-defunct video rental store in Manhattan Beach where he and fellow movie enthusiasts, including Roger Avary, discussed cinema and customer video recommendations at length. He paid close attention to the types of films people liked to rent and has cited that experience as inspiration for his directorial career. Tarantino has been quoted as saying, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'"

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