Feature: A big fat Hollywood success story

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- With a big fat certified hit virtually securing her future in Hollywood, Nia Vardalos -- the writer and star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" -- has decided what to do for an encore.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporer

Hollywood Digest

The news from Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Assignment America: Not coming to dinner?

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- There's been a lot of musing in the press lately about the explosion in black-white marriages. Maybe "explosion" is a little much.
JOHN BLOOM, UPI Reporter at Large

Robert De Niro to receive AFI's top honor

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the AFI announced Friday.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter


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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is May 12th.
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

CHER Cher will play the role of God when she appears in an upcoming episode of "Will and Grace." According to Extra magazine, Cher will make a second guest appearance on the hit comedy.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2002 with 262 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is April 13. It was one of the more unusual disasters of modern times. On this date in 1992, construction workers breeched a retaining wall in the Chicago River, sending millions of gallons of water flooding through an underground freight tunnel sys
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Hollywood Analysis: The color of Oscar

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- Many critics complained about the to-do that was made over the race of Oscar winners this year, but if the ongoing conversation proves anything it is that the i
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, April 8 (UPI) -- Age is a many splendored thing except in Tinseltown, a burgh dedicated to young audiences and servile to youthful talent.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Joe Bob's America: Podium senility

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- Poor Brian Grazer, producer of "A Beautiful Mind," uncrumpling his supremely boring speech and bending his head down like a whipped puppy to bring the longest A

A Blast From The Past

Today is April 8. It was on this date in 1949 that three-year-old Kathy Fiscus of San Marino, Calif., fell into an abandoned well while playing.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

BILLY WILDER DIES The filmmaker responsible for such gems as "Double Indemnity," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Seven Year Itch" and "The Apartment" has died.
By United Press International
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Sidney Poitier
NYP2000052606- 26 MAY 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Fans greet actor Sidney Poitier as he arrives at Macy's department store May 26 to promo his spiritual autobiography, "The Measure of a Man". ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE ( /ˈpwɑːtjeɪ/ or /ˈpwɑːti.eɪ/; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films To Sir, with Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

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