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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 29, 2008.
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Burglars hit celebrity homes in California

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- Some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles have been targeted by a burglary crew that has reportedly robbed from multiple celebrities.

Woody Allen to direct Puccini opera

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Actor-director Woody Allen will make his operatic directorial debut in September 2008, directing Giacomo Puccini's lone comedy for the Los Angeles Opera.

Singer has the 'Bug' for movie music

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- With California hard rockers System of a Down on hiatus, front man Serj Tankian said he is happy to be taking his music to the movies.

Edgar Baitzel, L.A. Opera COO, dies

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- Edgar Baitzel, chief operating officer of Los Angeles Opera, died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 51. Baitzel was considered by many as a major contributor to the artistic and financial success of the company, the Los Angeles Times said

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2006 with 124 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2005 with 124 to follow.
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Analysis: Enron again

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- The new documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" is an account of the corruption that led to financial ruin for the Texas-based firm and many of its shareholders, and if it makes audiences' blood boil, that's exactly what writer-director Alex Gi
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2004 with 124 to follow.
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Feature: Video release fetes Scorsese

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Warner Home Video is set to release a DVD collection of five films by Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese -- including the 1990 crime drama "GoodFellas," ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2003 with 124 to follow.
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'The Book of Skulls' to be movie

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Paramount has tapped William Friedkin, an Oscar nominee for "The Exorcist," to direct the "The Book of Skulls."
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William Friedkin
LAP97081211-12 AUGUST 1997-LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: William Friedkin, who directed the new version of the classic motion picture "12 Angry Men" arrives August 11 the Los Angeles premiere of the film with his wife, Paramount Pictures President Sherry Lansing. UPI jr/Jim Ruymen

William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His most recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies. He began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump's death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin's voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called "Off Season".

Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie while directing. In 1965 Friedkin moved to Hollywood and two years later released his first feature film, Good Times starring Sonny and Cher. Several other "art" films followed (including the gay-themed movie The Boys in the Band), although Friedkin did not necessarily want to be known as an art house director. He wanted to be known for action, serious drama, and for stories about an America turned upside down by crime, hypocrisy, the occult, and amorality, which he mounted up into his films.

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