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'Back to the Future' stage musical in the works

'Back to the Future' stage musical in the works

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A West End stage musical based on the 1985 science-fiction comedy movie "Back to the Future" is being developed, producers announced Friday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
By United Press International
Washington likens 'Flight' to O'Neill play

Washington likens 'Flight' to O'Neill play

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Denzel Washington says he didn't sign on to play an intoxicated airline pilot who saves a planeload of people by executing some daring maneuvers in the drama "Flight" because he knew someone whose life was destroyed by addiction.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Audiences returning to TV talk shows

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- New York-based TV talk show hosts said their live audiences would be back Tuesday night.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, May 14, 2012.
By United Press International

Denzel Washington to star in 'Flight'

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Academy Award winner Denzel Washington will star in director Robert Zemeckis' upcoming film "Flight," Hollywood's Paramount Pictures says.
Disney shutting down Zemeckis studio

Disney shutting down Zemeckis studio

NOVATO, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Company says it is closing its ImageMovers studio run by U.S. director Robert Zemeckis as a result of economic conditions.
'Yellow Submarine' remake in the works

'Yellow Submarine' remake in the works

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct a remake of the 1968 animated Beatles movie musical, "Yellow Submarine," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Carrey, Firth tout 'Christmas' in Cannes

Carrey, Firth tout 'Christmas' in Cannes

CANNES, France, May 18 (UPI) -- Director Robert Zemeckis and actors Jim Carrey and Colin Firth were in Cannes Monday to promote their upcoming film "Disney's A Christmas Carol."
Seth Green signs up for 'Moms' role

Seth Green signs up for 'Moms' role

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Seth Green has signed on to co-star with Joan Cusack in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's children's novel, "Mars Needs Moms."
Disney makes five-picture deal with IMAX

Disney makes five-picture deal with IMAX

SINGAPORE, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios says its five-picture deal with IMAX Corp. will begin with its 2009 holiday offering, "A Christmas Carol," starring Jim Carrey.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
By United Press International

'Beowulf' debuts at No. 1

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The fantasy adventure drama "Beowulf" burst into U.S. movie theaters with industry-best ticket sales, it was reported Sunday.

'Beowulf' gets comic-book treatment

SAN DIEGO , Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A star-studded, Hollywood film adaptation of the epic poem "Beowulf" has spawned a comic book series.

Carrey finds 'Yes Man' agreeable

HOLLYWOOD, July 25 (UPI) -- Actor Jim Carrey has agreed to star in "Yes Man," one of three films he expects to make before June, when Hollywood faces a possible labor strike.
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American director Robert Zemeckis attends the European premiere of "Beowulf" at Vue, Leicester Square in London on November 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Robert Lee "Bob" Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of the comedic time-travel Back to the Future movie series, as well as the Oscar-winning live-action/cartoon epic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), though in the 1990s he diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.

His films are characterized by an interest in state-of-the-art special effects, including the early use of match moving in Back to the Future Part II (1989) and the pioneering performance capture techniques seen in The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007) and A Christmas Carol (2009). Though Zemeckis has often been pigeonholed as a director interested only in effects, his work has been defended by several critics, including David Thomson, who wrote that "No other contemporary director has used special effects to more dramatic and narrative purpose."

Zemeckis was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a Lithuanian father and Italian American mother and was raised in a working-class Roman Catholic family. Zemeckis has said that "the truth was that in my family there was no art. I mean, there was no music, there were no books, there was no theater....The only thing I had that was inspirational, was television—and it actually was." As a child, Zemeckis loved television and was fascinated by his parents' 8 mm film home movie camera. Starting off by filming family events like birthdays and holidays, Zemeckis gradually began producing narrative films with his friends that incorporated stop-motion work and other special effects.

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