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Katie Holmes will return to TV as a Manhattan socialite in ABC pilot

Katie Holmes will return to TV as a Manhattan socialite in ABC pilot

March 11 (UPI) -- Katie Holmes is returning to TV in her first starring role since "Dawson's Creek."
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Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild Award for 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild Award for 'Gravity'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America bestowed its top honors on Alfonso Cuaron, Vince Gilligan and Beth McCarthy-Miller in Los Angeles Saturday night.
Lopez not rushing latest relationship

Lopez not rushing latest relationship

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, 43, said she's not rushing things with her 25-year-old boyfriend, Casper Smart, because she's been "hasty in the past."
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Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham up for directing awards

Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham up for directing awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Television stars-directors Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham and Louis C.K. are among those nominated for Directors Guild of America Awards Wednesday.
Affleck, Hooper, Spielberg up for Directors Guild award

Affleck, Hooper, Spielberg up for Directors Guild award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America nominated Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg for its top prize Tuesday.

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Directors' guild to honor Milos Forman

Directors' guild to honor Milos Forman

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Directors Guild of America says it plans to honor Milos Forman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction.
Hollywood mourns death of Ephron

Hollywood mourns death of Ephron

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Meryl Streep and the Directors Guild of America have expressed their sadness at the Tuesday death of filmmaker Nora Ephron.

Director John Rich dead at 86

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Director John Rich, who worked in U.S. television for more than a half century, has died after a brief illness, the Directors Guild of America said.
Scorsese, Allen up for DGA Award

Scorsese, Allen up for DGA Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Woody Allen, David Fincher, Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese are up for the Directors Guild of America's top film prize.
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Oscars producer Gil Cates dead at 77

Oscars producer Gil Cates dead at 77

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Gil Cates, who produced Hollywood's Academy Awards shows 14 times between 1990 and 2008, has died, film industry officials said Tuesday. He was 77.
Hackford re-elected directors' leader

Hackford re-elected directors' leader

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Ray" filmmaker Taylor Hackford has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America.
Hollywood directors ratify contract

Hollywood directors ratify contract

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America says its membership voted to ratify a collective bargaining pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
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Jamie Foxx (L), star of "Ray" and his director Taylor Hackford pose with Hackford's nominee plaque during the 57th annual Director's Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills January 29, 2005. Hackford is nominated for best director for the film. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Taylor Edwin Hackford (born December 31, 1944) is an American film director, and the current president of the Directors Guild of America.

Hackford was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Mary (née Taylor), a waitress, and Joseph Hackford. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1968, where he was a pre-law major focusing on international relations and economics. After graduating, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, where he started using Super 8 film in his spare time. He decided that he did not want to pursue a career in law, and instead got a mailroom position at KCET-TV.

Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of Hackford's movie An Officer and a Gentleman where his character arrives at his lover's factory wearing his Navy dress whites and carries her off from the factory floor. Gere thought the ending wouldn't work because it was too sentimental. Hackford was initially inclined to agree with Gere until during a rehearsal the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later with the music underneath it at the right tempo, he said it sent chills up the back of his neck. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision. Hackford kept Lou Gossett Jr. in separate living quarters from the other actors during An Officer and a Gentleman so he could intimidate them more during his scenes as a drill instructor.

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