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Lilly explains why 'Smaug' needed a new female elf character

Lilly explains why 'Smaug' needed a new female elf character

Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly says she understands why some fans of "The Hobbit" initially balked upon learning she was to play a female elf heroine created specifically for the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Cumberbatch says he played like a kid during 'Hobbit' shoot

Cumberbatch says he played like a kid during 'Hobbit' shoot

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch likened recording his animated role of the fire-breathing dragon in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" to "playing like a kid."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Hobbit' trailer viewed 5.1M times since Tuesday

'Hobbit' trailer viewed 5.1M times since Tuesday

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A trailer for Hollywood's upcoming fantasy film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has been viewed more than 5.1 million times since it was posted online.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
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1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- More than 1.6 million people have viewed the trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" since Hollywood's Warner Bros. studio posted it online Tuesday.
Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Well-known British TV actor Richard Armitage says starring as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit" movies has been a huge milestone in his career.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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'Dibley' cast reunites for Comic Relief special

'Dibley' cast reunites for Comic Relief special

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- The cast of the British sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley" has reunited for the first time in seven years for a 10-minute Comic Relief special, star Dawn French said.
Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British actors Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman say the costumes, makeup and hairpieces they wore in their new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" greatly helped them transform into their respective, non-human characters.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Report: Japan, China discuss island dispute

SHANGHAI, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Japanese and Chinese diplomats held secret talks in Shanghai on their dispute over a group of East China Sea islands, sources told Kyodo News Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
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Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson announced in a blog post Friday he has completed principal photography on the two-part epic "The Hobbit" in New Zealand.

Commentary: Saudi nuclear option?

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- If Iran goes nuclear, so will Saudi Arabia. That was the warning from a long-time Saudi spy chief.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Armitage set for miniseries 'Strike Back'

LONDON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- British actors Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln have been cast in a six-part drama series based on Chris Ryan's novel "Strike Back," The Guardian said.

Actor sleepless over 'killing' Lady Marian

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- British actor Richard Armitage admits he lost some sleep when he heard his character was going to kill Lady Marian on the TV series, "Robin Hood."

Bolton: Pakistan nuke security top concern

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says ensuring the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal ought to be a priority, CNN reports.

Rice, 14 others, face subpoenas

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge ruled two ex-lobbyists who allegedly disclosed defense information can subpoena U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other officials.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 7, 2007.
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Bush on CIA leak: 'Let's move on'

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Thursday said it's time to forget about the leaking of a CIA operative's name and move on.

Juror: Libby administration's 'fall guy'

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- A member of the Washington jury that convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said members of the panel believe Libby was set up as the administration's "fall guy."

Jury thought Libby was 'fall guy'

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Jurors in Washington who convicted I. Lewis Libby of perjury Tuesday believed that he was the "fall guy" for others in the Bush administration, one said.

Cheney won't testify for Libby

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Neither Vice President Dick Cheney nor I. Lewis Libby will testify at Libby's perjury trial in Washington, his lawyers said Tuesday.

India says it warned Pakistan of attack

MUMBAI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- India knew of a 2003 assassination attempt on Pakistan's president and warned him two days before it took place, a former Indian defense minister says.

Pakistan: U.S. threatened in 2001

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- President Pervez Musharraf refused to comment further Friday on his claim that Pakistan was threatened with bombing, saying he has to honor his book deal.

Novak, Armitage dispute Plame leak

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Washington columnist Robert Novak says the primary source in his column exposing CIA agent Valerie Plame is misrepresenting their conversation.
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