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THE END OF AN ERA The final Whitewater report was released by the independent counsel's office Wednesday, ending an eight-year investigation that cost taxpayers $70 million.
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PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Does Oscar history favor 'Rings'?

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) -- History offers conflicting signals on prospects for a best picture Oscar for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Will 'Moulin Rouge' make noise at Oscars?

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- "Moulin Rouge" is a sweet, sticky, gooey humongous sundae of a movie musical -- piled high with every topping in the case.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, March 14 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America, perhaps Hollywood's most effective union, is the best Oscar indicator of all.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Oscar race in homestretch

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday provided, as usual, revealing tips about who will walk home with the Oscars on March 24. And the pattern of wins was a sur
MARTIN SIEFF, Senior News Analyst

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

DAVID LETTERMAN David Letterman is staying put. The star of "The Late Show" announced Monday during the taping of his program that he had decided not to leave CBS for ABC ...
By United Press International

Oscar nominees lunch en masse

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- For a couple of hours Monday afternoon there were, probably, more movie stars per square foot at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., than anywher
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, March 11 (UPI) -- With a couple of weeks to go before the 74th annual Academy Awards, other movie honors parceled out this week have helped provide a profile of the four major fa
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Directors guild honors Howard for 'Mind'

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America honored Ron Howard Saturday night with its top feature film award for "A Beautiful Mind," his Oscar-nominated drama based on the
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

More Oscar clues due this weekend

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- Oscar-watchers will be paying close attention this weekend, looking for clues to the Academy Award outcomes, as the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Is Hollywood in love with musicals again?

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- Although he was overlooked for a best director Oscar nomination, Baz Luhrmann doesn't mind so much -- after all, his Oscar-nominated movie, "Moulin Rouge," won
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

PGA AWARDS The Producers Guild of America has presented its top film award to "Moulin Rouge," giving director Baz Luhrmann's fanciful tale of a Paris dancehall at the dawn of the 20th century a leg up in the race for Oscar gold.
By United Press International

Hollywood Analysis: Oscar puzzle pieces

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- The producers and writers guilds have spoken, so all that's left is to hear from the actors and directors, and Oscar handicappers will have just about all the i
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, March 4 (UPI) -- Fully half the 20 actors and actresses nominated for Academy Awards this year are foreign born, most of them from England.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International
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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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