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'Showgirls' worst sex scene ever

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Britain's Empire magazine says the worst movie sex scene ever is "Showgirls'" swimming pool tryst between Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2005 with 162 to follow.
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Redford fights claustrophobia in 'Clearing'

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and filmmaker Robert Redford says one reason he stared in "The Clearing" was because it forced him to confront his real-life claustrophobia.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 22, the 204th day of 2004 with 162 to follow.
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Willem Dafoe: I like to mix it up

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Willem Dafoe says when it comes to choosing movie roles, he likes to alternate between arthouse fare and studio feature films.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2003 with 162 to follow.
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The fine art of producing "Nemo"

One of the major challenges computer animators faced in creating Disney/Pixar's latest blockbuster was making the world of "Finding Nemo" look and feel like the
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Interview of the Week: DeGeneres in Disney

Playing an optimistic Regal Blue Tang with boundless faith in her fellow fish wasn't that much of a stretch for positive-thinking "Finding Nemo" star Ellen DeGe
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Feature: This is Hollywood on drugs

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- A one-hour documentary that premieres Monday on AMC offers viewers a frank, blunt and entertaining examination of Hollywood's portrayal of drugs.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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What's new in the world of home video...
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

New York Film Critics Online has declared the musical "Chicago" the Best Picture of 2002.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Video of the Week: 'Spider-Man'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- "Spider-Man" is the "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" of 2002 -- a franchise-launching blockbuster. Spidey actually beat Harry at the domestic box office
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

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COLIN FARRELL FILM ON HOLD DUE TO DC SNIPER
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones are not afraid of being too old to rock 'n' roll, lead guitarist Keith Richards told The New York Times.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Ruben Blades' new album, "Mundo," is a breakthrough release for the Panamanian-born singer and songwriter, a visionary world music statement combining Latin, Celtic, Middle Eastern, African, Afro-Cuban Sounds and more.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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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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