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2009-07-31 11:31:40

The Cuban government in Havana has honored Che star Benicio del Toro for his body of work. The Oscar-winning, Puerto Rican actor's film credits include The Usual Suspects, Traffic and 21 Grams. His two-part epic Che, in which he portrays Argentine revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, reportedly was well-received in Cuba last year. Guevara helped Fidel Castro take control of Cuba a half-century ago. The BBC said del Toro was presented with the inaugural Tomas Gutierrez Alea prize at a ceremony...

2009-04-15 17:00:02

A British book dealer accused of stealing a Shakespeare first edition arrived in court dressed as Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Raymond Scott, 52, faces six charges of theft and handling stolen goods after he allegedly stole the 1623 collection of William Shakespeare's works, valued at $4.5 million, from Durham University, The Sun reported Wednesday. He arrived in Consett Magistrates' Court with three women and a bodyguard who were also dressed as revolutionaries. The Sun said...

2008-12-14 16:14:50

Puerto Rican actor Benicio Del Toro said his new movie, Che, should find an audience despite being 4 1/2 hours long and in Spanish. Del Toro said he is hopeful moviegoers will be drawn to its faithful take on executed Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara, the New York Post reported Sunday. I know people will see it eventually because it's done honestly and it will find a way, even if it takes a while on DVD and Blu-ray, Del Toro told the newspaper. Del Toro and director Steven Soderbergh have...

2008-10-12 12:00:14

By Associated Press TORONTO -- Steven Soderbergh's Che Guevara film biography "Che" has found a U.S. distributor that will release it in theaters this December to qualify for the Academy Awards. IFC Films announced Wednesday it acquired domestic rights to the two-part, 4 1/2-hour saga, which stars Benicio Del Toro as the Argentine doctor who became one of the heroes of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution. The film will play a one-week qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in December...

2006-07-22 15:21:06

By Cesar Illiano ALTA GRACIA, Argentina (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro took his Venezuelan protege on a pilgrimage on Saturday to the childhood home of his one-time revolutionary comrade, communist icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Residents of the small Argentine city packed the sidewalks, cheering as Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made their way through a middle-class neighborhood to the house, which is now a museum dedicated to "el Che." Guevara, whose bearded...

2006-07-05 08:09:08

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - After writing "The Motorcycle Diaries" screenplay, Jose Rivera felt he had more to say about Ernesto "Che" Guevara so he wrote a play he says shows the Latin American revolutionary would have had plenty to say about the war in Iraq. "When you're in a situation where you're killing people and no one really knows why, the times require someone to ask those questions," Rivera said in an interview in New York, where his new play "School of the...

2006-06-08 07:10:00

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent CAMIRI, Bolivia (Reuters) - The spirit of capitalist enterprise is flourishing in the footsteps of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary who died in his unsuccessful attempt to bring communism to Bolivia. Enterprising Bolivians think the time is ripe to expand tourism by increasing the trickle of international leftists who travel to Bolivia to pay homage to Che. He was shot in 1967, at the age of 39, and became a revolutionary...

2005-08-29 07:14:32

By Damian Wroclavsky HAVANA (Reuters) - With his picture on rock band posters, baseball caps and women's lingerie, Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara is firmly entrenched in the capitalist consumer society that he died fighting to overturn. The image of the Argentine-born guerrilla gazing sternly into the distance, long-hair tucked into a beret with a single star, has been an enduring 20th century pop icon. The picture -- taken by a Cuban photographer in 1960 and printed on posters...

2005-08-18 14:29:40

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian photographer Freddy Alborta, famous for his image of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara lying dead, has died in La Paz, his family said. Alborta worked as a photojournalist until earlier this year when illness forced him to retire. He died on Wednesday at age 73. In 1967, Alborta was one of a group of journalists allowed to view Guevara's body after he was captured and executed by the Bolivian army. The picture of the leftist guerrilla, with his...