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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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Ridley Scott producing 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Ridley Scott producing 'Murder on the Orient Express'

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Fox has acquired the film rights to the classic British mystery novel, "Murder on the Orient Express," Acorn Productions and Agatha Christie Ltd. announced.
Mandy Patinkin admits, 'I behaved abominably'

Mandy Patinkin admits, 'I behaved abominably'

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. singer-actor Mandy Patinkin admits he earned his reputation for being difficult, but says it was partly because he previously saw direction as criticism.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 25, 2012.
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Director Ulu Grosbard dead at 83

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) -- Stage and film director Ulu Grosbard has died in New York, his family said. He was 83.
Director Sidney Lumet dies in New York

Director Sidney Lumet dies in New York

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Sidney Lumet, who made classics such as "12 Angry Men" and "Network" during a 50-year directing career, died Saturday in his New York home. He was 88.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2008.
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Hawke praises Lumet as an 'old master'

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- New York actor Ethan Hawke says he was eager to work with Sidney Lumet, but unsure what to expect from the 83-year-old filmmaker.

Hoffman plays Alpha male in new Lumet film

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman says he was eager to work with iconic director Sidney Lumet on his new film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Tomei, co-stars bond over smoke breaks

TORONTO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Marisa Tomei says she bonded with her "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" co-stars over cigarette breaks -- even though she doesn't smoke.

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UPI almanac for Monday, June 25, 2007.

Streep, Hoffman on board for 'Doubt'

HOLLYWOOD, April 20 (UPI) -- Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in the film adaptation of "Doubt," scheduled to begin production in New York in December.

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Today is Sunday, June 25, the 176th day of 2006 with 189 to follow.
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Sidney Lumet
Director Sidney Lumet, presenter, arrives for the 17th Annual Gotham Awards ceremony held at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn New York on November 27, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Sidney Lumet ( /luːˈmɛt/ loo-met; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4.

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific directors of the modern era, making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors", "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director."

Lumet began his career as an Off-Broadway director, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie was typical of his best work: a well-acted, tightly written, deeply considered "problem picture," 12 Angry Men (1957). From that point on Lumet divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).

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