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'Frozen' tops off weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- "Frozen (2013)," with the voice of Kristen Bell, was No. 1 at the weekend box office with $20.722 million in receipts.
Stiller says shooting 'Walter Mitty' scene was a fantasy come true

Stiller says shooting 'Walter Mitty' scene was a fantasy come true

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Actor-director Ben Stiller says closing off part of New York's Fifth Avenue to shoot a scene for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was "like a crazy fantasy come true."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

'Hobbit' still stands tall at the box office

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, led the box office for the third straight weekend with $29.85 million.
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Her' is National Board of Review's top film of 2013

'Her' is National Board of Review's top film of 2013

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The National Board of Review named the science-fiction love story "Her" the Best Film of 2013 Wednesday in New York.
Ben Stiller to help hand out Oscars

Ben Stiller to help hand out Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Ben Stiller has been booked as a presenter at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, telecast producers said Thursday.

British Army interpreter guilty of spying

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A British Army interpreter who had access to high-level NATO information has been found guilty of spying for Iran, prosecutors say.

Lawyer: Royal blackmail case a 'farce'

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- The case against two men charged with trying to blackmail a minor British royal is "insubstantial, insignificant and incomplete," a lawyer said Thursday.

Myers positioned for 'Mitty' role

HOLLYWOOD, May 23 (UPI) -- Canadian comic actor Mike Myers is the latest star said to be lined up for the Hollywood remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Wilson pulls out of 'Mitty' role

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures' on-again, off-again remake of the 1947 "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is apparently off again.

Owen Wilson stepping into Danny Kaye role

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- Owen Wilson was reported close Wednesday to accepting the Danny Kaye lead role in a remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Voice of Fred Flintstone Henry Corden dies

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- A veteran Hollywood character actor and voice-over artist, Henry Corden, who during the late 1970s became the voice of Fred Flintstone, died at age 85.

Analysis: End of an 'R' era?

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- A recent item in The Hollywood Reporter stated flatly that the adage "sex sells" no longer applies to the movies, but that analysis is probably too simplistic a
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Goldwyns to remake 'Walter Mitty'

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- A remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will link three generations of the famed Goldwyn filmmaking family.

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Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World— and Welcome to It in 1942. It was made into a film in 1947.

Mitty is a meek, mild man with a vivid fantasy life: in a few dozen paragraphs he imagines himself a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon, and a devil-may-care killer. The character's name has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual dreamer, appearing in several dictionaries. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Walter Mitty as "an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs". The most famous of Thurber's inept male protagonists, the character is considered "the archetype for dreamy, hapless, Thurber Man".

Although the story has humorous elements, some critics see a darker and more significant message underlying the text, leading to a more tragic interpretation of the Mitty character. Even in his heroic daydreams, Mitty does not triumph, several fantasies being interrupted before the final one sees Mitty dying bravely in front of a firing squad. In the brief snatches of reality that punctuate Mitty's fantasies we meet well-meaning but insensitive strangers who inadvertently rob Mitty of some of his remaining dignity.

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