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'The Hobbit' Battle of the Five Armies' debuts epic tapestry poster

'The Hobbit' Battle of the Five Armies' debuts epic tapestry poster

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) --"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" debuted an epic, widescreen tapestry poster that previews the eponymous battle.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
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Jon Reep, Kyle Davis provide comic relief in tornado thriller 'Into the Storm'

Jon Reep, Kyle Davis provide comic relief in tornado thriller 'Into the Storm'

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) --Kyle Davis and Jon Reep say they were happy to provide a little comic relief to the action-adventure flick "Into the Storm."
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Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies head 'Into the Storm'

Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies head 'Into the Storm'

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Sarah Wayne Callies and Richard Armitage say they know audiences must care about their "Into the Storm" characters if the tornado flick is to be a success.
Karen Butler
'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer previews war

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer previews war

SAN DIEGO, July 28 (UPI) --The first trailer for "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" previews the eponymous war that will bring the trilogy of movies to a close.
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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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Richard Armitage
WAP2003020407 - WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Comm. on Feb. 4, 2003, in Washington as Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ill, left, and Sen. Chuck Hagel, right, D-Neb., listen. Armitage voiced his concerns that North Korea was reinstituting their nuclear program but underscored the difference between that country and Iraq. mk/Michael Kleinfeld UPI
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Richard Crispin Armitage (born 22 August 1971) is an English actor famous for his roles as John Thornton in North and South, Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, and Lucas North in Spooks. He is currently cast as Thorin Oakenshield in the two-film adaptation of The Hobbit.

Born in Leicester, England, Richard Armitage attended Huncote Primary School in Huncote, Leicestershire. Later at Brockington College in Enderby he studied music, performing cello in school and local orchestras as well as learning how to play flute. He pursued this interest to Pattison College in Coventry, where his education expanded to include dance and acting. He gained A Levels in music and English.

At 17, he joined a circus in Budapest for six weeks to gain his Equity Card. After returning to England, he pursued a career in musical theatre, performing in various productions including Cats as Admetus and Macavity.

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