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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Wyclef Jean Risked Life To Make Gang Documentary

January 26th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean feared he'd be killed while making hard-hitting gang documentary ”Ghosts of Cite Soleil” in his native Haiti after learning he was a wanted man. Gang leaders disapproved of the star's 2006 expose on the mean streets of Port-Au-Prince - and some wanted him shot dead.

The singer/songwriter says, "I thought I'd die before that documentary was finished. One time I was going to see a gang leader, and they'd told him to shoot me on sight.

"He said, 'Boss, these people have given me the authority to shoot you. What do you want me to do?' I said, 'Tell them I come in peace. ...
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Benicio Del Toro's Beard Helps Him Bond With The Homeless

October 2nd, 2007 12:52pm EDT
Benicio Del Toro
Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro has discovered he has an unspoken bond with homeless men after growing a long beard for his new film. The actor has grown his facial hair for his role as late revolutionary Che Guevara in upcoming movie Guerilla.

And, though he quite likes the nods he gets from vagrants, he admits the look also presents some problems.

He says, "It makes airports tougher. There's a different line for the dangerous-looking characters. Girls don't check you out as much, and guys look down. But it's funny the looks that I get from street people. Suddenly, I'm their brot...
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Fascinating Facts

September 10th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Usher
Newlywed Usher, who once dreamed of becoming a dessert chef, showed off his culinary skills on TV on Monday when he served up a redcurrant champagne cocktail and cooked cheese crackers on lifestyle queen Martha Stewart's show.

In return, Stewart handed the singer a collection of her famous linens as a belated wedding gift.

Former 'N Sync member J.C. Chasez is hunting for a new record label after cutting ties with bosses at Jive. The pop star was planning to release his second solo album, Kate, through Jive later this year, but is now shopping the project around with other labels. ...
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Steven Soderbergh Plans Back-To-Back Films About Che Guevara

November 1st, 2006 9:48am EST
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh is set to shoot two back-to-back films about Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara. Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro, who will play Guevara, have been working on the movies since they made Traffic together in 2000.

The films will also likely star Javier Bardem, Franka Potente and Benjamin Bratt, who are currently in talks for key roles. Both films pick up after the formative Guevara years captured in Walter Salles' film The Motorcycle Diaries.

The first movie, "The Argentine," begins as Guevara and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban ...
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Gael Garcia Bernal Would Like To Do American Films

May 3rd, 2006 8:43am EDT
Gael Garcia Bernal
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal would love to star in a Hollywood blockbuster but he has yet to receive any English-language movie offers. The 27-year-old gained international acclaim for his portrayal of the young Che Guevara in 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries, but he is still waiting to test his talent in an American movie.

He tells Empire magazine, "They don't offer (Hollywood films) to me. People like Steven Spielberg have done wonderful films. I can't just dismiss Hollywood. I'm really open to everything. But I love to work in Spanish - I have more mobility in it."

(This n...
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Parts of South America Ban Andy Garcia's Film About Che Guevara

April 25th, 2006 8:35am EDT
Andy Garcia
Andy Garcia's controversial new movie The Lost World has been banned in parts of South America because it depicts romantic revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in a terrible light. The star spent years trying to get the project made, only for film festival bosses and cinema chains to shun the movie because it tells the truth about the Marxist guerilla leader as he fought to revolutionize the country and hand Fidel Castro leadership.

Garcia, who wrote, directed and stars in the film, says, "There have been festivals that wouldn't show it. That will continue to happen from people who do...
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Andy Garcia is Fed Up With People Who Glorify Che Guevara

April 24th, 2006 9:57am EDT
Andy Garcia
Andy Garcia is urging fashion-conscious rebels to stop wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the image of Latino revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara because they remind Cubans of terrible times. The actor accepts that Guevara stands for rebellion and is seen as a hero to many, but he sees the revolutionary as a butcher who killed millions of his countrymen.

Argentine-born Guevara helped current Cuban leader Fidel Castro overthrow General Fulgencio Batista's government in a guerrilla revolution in the late 1950s.

Garcia, who left Cuba when he was five, says, "I'd be curious to go arou...
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Benicio Del Toro To Star in 'Wolf Man' Remake

March 16th, 2006 9:19am EST
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio Del Toro is set to play a classic movie monster in the big screen remake of The Wolf Man. The actor will star in and co-produce the new version of the horror film. Like the original film, which starred Lon Chaney Jr., the remake will be set in Victorian England.

Se7en writer Andrew Kevin Walker has started working on the script for the film. Shooting is scheduled to begin early next year, once Del Toro completes work on the Che Guevara biopic Guerilla. The film will be released in 2008.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Jude Law To Repeat Motorcycle Diaries Tour

October 19th, 2005 8:59am EDT
Jude Law
Jude Law is to go on a motorcycle tour of South America to escape the aftermath of his break up with Sienna Miller - and has persuaded actor pal Ewan McGregor to go along for the ride. The Closer star was inspired by McGregor's 20,000 mile bike ride with best friend Charley Boorman which was televised in the hit documentary series "Long Way Round".

Now 32-year-old Jude wants to follow the adventures of Che Guevara, featured in last year's hit movie The Motorcycle Diaries. A source said: "It's been an awful year for Jude and he's been thinking of a way to escape all the madness ever sin...
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