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Victoria Smurfit says clothes help make the woman in 'Dracula'

Victoria Smurfit says clothes help make the woman in 'Dracula'

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Irish actress Victoria Smurfit says the gorgeous clothing and jewelry she wears for NBC's "Dracula" are a tremendous help as she prepares to play a Victorian lady who moonlights as a vampire huntress.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Hugh Jackman to be Oscar presenter

Hugh Jackman to be Oscar presenter

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Actor Hugh Jackman, who served as host of the Academy Awards show in 2009, is to be a presenter at this year's edition of the event in Los Angeles.
Beckinsale awarded $32K in libel damages

Beckinsale awarded $32K in libel damages

LONDON, July 10 (UPI) -- The High Court in London has ordered Express Newspapers to pay actress Kate Beckinsale thousands of dollars in damages for a story it ran about her.

Sommers may head new 'Tarzan' movie

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Stephen Sommers reportedly is in talks to co-write and direct "Tarzan," a new version of the classic adventure tale.

Eccleston signs on for 'G.I. Joe' role

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- British actor Chris Eccleston has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming big-screen action flick "G.I. Joe."

32 films earn $100M worldwide in last year

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 29 (UPI) -- A record 32 movies grossed more than $100 million at the international box office during the past 12 months, media researchers Nielsen EDI announced.

Box-office blues linger

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood's 2005 box office blues continued over the weekend, when year-to-year grosses were off the for the 11th straight week, Daily Variety said Monday.

'Magic Kingdom' movie planned

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Plans are under way in Hollywood for a movie adaptation of author Terry Brooks' "Magic Kingdom" book series, Daily Variety said Tuesday.

Kate Beckinsale robbed twice in two days

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- British actress Kate Beckinsale has been robbed twice in as many days while shopping in London, the World Entertainment News Network reported Saturday.

No breast implants for Kate Beckinsale

LONDON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Actress Kate Beckinsale's agent denied the "Van Helsing" star has breast implants, a claim made by fellow British actress Sienna Guillory.

Analysis: Box-office blast

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- One year after Hollywood openly questioned the wisdom of relying too heavily on sequels, the U.S. box office is putting up record numbers thanks mostly to the p
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Andre: People can relate to 'Lot' heroes

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Andre Braugher says the well-drawn, flawed human characters in his new miniseries "Salem's Lot" are what set it above other vampire flicks.

Amy Leep writing songs before tour

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- Evanescence singer Amy Leep says even before the group's North American tour begins July 7 in Vancouver she is writing songs.

Harry Potter movie tops U.S. box office

HOLLYWOOD, June 6 (UPI) -- In its debut week, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," distributed by Warner Bros., topped the U.S. box office grossing $93 million.

'Shrek 2' tops U.S. box office, again

HOLLYWOOD, May 30 (UPI) -- Dreamworks' "Shrek 2," topped the U.S. box office by adding $74 million to its box office of $238 million, reported the Web site boxofficemojo.com.
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Professor Abraham van Helsing is a protagonist from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula.

van Helsing is a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: "M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc." The character is best known as a vampire hunter, and the arch-enemy of Count Dracula.

The typically Dutch prefix "van" gives the name a Dutch appearance. If Dutch, the "v" in his last name should not be capitalized. The character however uses German words instead of Dutch, such as "mein Gott" and "toll", which translate in English to "my God" and "amazing" respectively. At the time, German was a lingua franca throughout most of northern and central continental Europe, including the Nordic countries and Transylvania, a fact Stoker uses in the story when van Helsing's friend Jonathan Harker and the locals of Transylvania talk to each other using German.

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