Robert Altman to get honorary Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- "M*A*S*H," "Nashville" and "The Player" director Robert Altman will receive an honorary Academy Award.

South by Southwest names film fest opener

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, has chosen "A Prairie Home Companion" as its opening night film.

Picturehouse gets Keillor flick

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" directed by Robert Altman.

Justin Timberlake to take on London stage

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake is crossing the big pond to star in a play at Kevin Spacey's London theater.

Robert Altman to make Britain stage debut

LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Veteran Hollywood director Robert Altman will make his London stage directing debut at Kevin Spacey's Old Vic theater in London.

Playwright Arnold Weinstein dead at 78

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Playwright, poet and librettist Arnold Weinstein has died of liver cancer in New York at age 78.

Comic legend Pat McCormick dead at 78

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Veteran comedian Pat McCormick, whose wacky appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" are TV legends, has died at age 78.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 29, the 210th day of 2005 with 155 to follow.
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Kiellor to play himself in Altman film

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 16 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Robert Altman has chosen a St. Paul, Minn., site to start shooting the film version of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" in July.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2005 with 314 to follow.
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Indy film with Roth, Nolte in the works

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Tim Roth, Nick Nolte and Neve Campbell will begin work next month in Ireland on an independent film, "The Death of Harry Tobin."

Lohan to work with Streep

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan will play Meryl Streep's daughter in a new film that begins shooting in April, teenhollywood.com reports.

DGA announces TV movie award nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The list of nominees announced Monday for the Directors Guild of America TV movie awards includes Christopher Reeve, who died of heart failure in October.

Analysis: Entertaining politics

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The proliferation of documentaries and increasing competition among narrowcast cable channels have combined to produce a relatively new phenomenon: special, pol
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Sundance plans politics marathon

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Sundance Channel is planning two politically themed programming marathons before Election Day, channel executives announced Thursday.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2004 with 139 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 4, the 217th day of 2004 with 149 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 29, the 211th day of 2004 with 155 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2004 with 315 to follow.
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Cult TV show Tanner 88 goes mainstream

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Robert Altman, Gary Trudeau and Michael Murphy collaboration "Tanner '88" is finally making it to mainstream television.

Richard Curtis a fan of multi-story films

LONDON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Braiding together nine stories can be daunting for the most experienced filmmaker, but screenwriter Richard Curtis said in London he was determined.

'Tanner 88' rejoins 2004 politics

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- "Tanner 88," the HBO fictional series chronicling the 1988 presidential race is being updated for 2004 politics, according to Thursday's Daily Variety.

Political satire on Sundance Channel

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Sundance Channel announced Thursday it will air "Tanner '88," the political satire created by director Robert Altman and cartoonist Garry Trudeau.

Analysis: Globe nominees, Oscar clues

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Nominations are in the books for the 61st Golden Globe Awards, and it's time to examine the results for Oscar clues. Realistically, however, don't expect much.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Ban on Oscar previews grows dissent

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The firestorm of opposition to the ban on Oscar movie previews continued to grow over the weekend, Daily Variety reported Monday.
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