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Shailene Woodley says 'Fault in Our Stars' reflects the passion of real-life, young love

Shailene Woodley says 'Fault in Our Stars' reflects the passion of real-life, young love

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) --Shailene Woodley says her love scene with Ansel Elgort in "The Fault in Our Stars" is her favorite part of the movie because it was handled with integrity.
Karen Butler
'Fault in Our Stars' author John Green says he cried almost every day on the film set

'Fault in Our Stars' author John Green says he cried almost every day on the film set

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) --John Green has confessed he cried "almost every day" he was on the set of the film adaptation of his cult-classic novel, "The Fault in Our Stars."
Karen Butler
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort reunite for 'Fault in Our Stars'

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort reunite for 'Fault in Our Stars'

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- Shailene Woodley says she was glad she and Ansel Elgort played brother and sister in "Divergent" before portraying young lovers in "The Fault in Our Stars."
Karen Butler
Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe named to Cannes jury

Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe named to Cannes jury

CANNES, France, April 29 (UPI) -- Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal have been named to the Cannes Film Festival jury.
Kate Stanton
'The Fault in Our Stars' clip unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards

'The Fault in Our Stars' clip unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- A new one-minute clip of the upcoming film {i:The Fault In Our stars} was unveiled Sunday at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
Veronica Linares
Ralph Fiennes relishes comedic role in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Ralph Fiennes relishes comedic role in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- British actor Ralph Fiennes says he was thrilled to play Gustave, the ambitious and charming concierge in Wes Anderson's 1930s Europe-set comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," because he is such a fascinating character.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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After Clooney, Venice fest features indies

VENICE, Italy, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- George Clooney will kick off the 2008 Venice Film Festival with his latest effort but after that independent movies will hold sway, officials said.

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Dafoe, Goldblum set to be 'Resurrected'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood actors Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe are set to headline the new Holocaust drama "Adam Resurrected" from Bleiberg Entertainment.

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Today is Saturday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2006 with 162 to follow.
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Weitz: 'I'm no Michael Moore'

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- Paul Weitz says his satirical movie "American Dreamz" is intended to entertain people and generate discussion, not to antagonize anyone.

Grant: 'Dreamz' character not Cowell

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Hugh Grant insists the mean-spirited TV host he plays in the new film "American Dreamz" is not based on "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.
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Willem Dafoe (R) and Giada Cologrande arrives on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Morton's in West Hollywood, California on March 5, 2006. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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William "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American film and stage actor, and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. He is best known for his roles in To Live and Die in L.A., Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, The Last Temptation of Christ, Shadow of the Vampire, Finding Nemo, Mississippi Burning, Clear and Present Danger, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho, the Spider-Man films, Antichrist, Speed 2: Cruise Control and xXx: State of the Union.

Dafoe, the sixth of eight children, was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the son of Muriel Isabel (née Sprissler), a nurse and Boston native, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. His birth name is William Dafoe; he changed it to "Willem" (Dutch for "William") so people would not call him "Billy". He studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but left before graduation in order to join the newly formed avant-garde group Theatre X.

After touring with Theatre X for four years in the United States and Europe, he moved to New York City and joined the Performance Group. Dafoe's film career began in 1981, when he was cast in Heaven's Gate, but his role was removed from the film during editing. In the mid 80's he was cast by William Friedkin to star in To Live And Die In LA, in which Dafoe portrays counterfeiter Rick Masters. A year later he starred as the leader of a motorcycle gang in The Loveless (and later played a similar role in Streets of Fire), but his first breakthrough film role was as the compassionate Sergeant Elias in Platoon (1986). In 1988 Dafoe starred in another movie set during the Vietnam War, this time as CID Agent Buck McGriff in Off Limits. He has since become a popular character actor. He is often cast as unstable or villainous characters, such as the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man film series and Barillo in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Before that, he was briefly considered for the role of The Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for 1989's Batman. Hamm recalls "We thought, 'Well, Willem Dafoe looks just like The Joker.'" The role ended up going to Jack Nicholson. He also played Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). He once remarked "To this day, I can't believe I was so brazen to think I could pull off the Jesus role", though Dafoe received acclaim despite the controversy surrounding the film.

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