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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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Robert Altman
Actress Linda Carter married attorney Robert Altman on January 29, 1984 in a private ceremony attended by 250 guests. Wedding vows were recited at an undisclosed location in Hollywood attended by several celebrities. Miss Carter is 32 and Altman is 36. (UPI Photo/Glenn Wagnner/Files)

Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy Honorary Award.

His films MASH, Nashville and McCabe and Mrs. Miller have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Altman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Helen (née Matthews), a Mayflower descendant from Nebraska, and Bernard Clement Altman, a wealthy insurance salesman and amateur gambler who came from an upper-class family. Altman's ancestry was German, English and Irish; his paternal grandfather, Frank Altman, Sr., changed the family name from "Altmann" to "Altman". Although he would not go on to practice Catholicism in later life, Altman had a strong Catholic upbringing. He was educated at Rockhurst High School, a Jesuit school in Kansas City, prior to joining the Army at the age of 18; over the course of World War II, Altman flew over 50 bombing missions in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California and worked in publicity for a company that had invented a tattooing machine designed for the identification of dogs. He entered filmmaking only as a whim, selling to RKO the script for the 1948 picture Bodyguard, which he co-wrote with George W. George. Altman's immediate success encouraged him to move to New York City, where he attempted to forge a career as a writer; he enjoyed little luck, however, and in 1949 he returned to Kansas City, accepting a job as a director and writer of industrial films for the Calvin Company. Here he had his first experiences working with film technology, as well as with actors.

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