'Che' to be released in two parts in Jan.

'Che' to be released in two parts in Jan.

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- IFC Films says the four-hour-plus epic "Che" is to open for a week in Los Angeles and New York next month, then be divided in two parts elsewhere in January.

'The Class' takes top prize at Cannes

CANNES, France, May 25 (UPI) -- "The Class (Entre les murs)" took the top prize Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in a unanimous decision by the jury, Daily Variety reported.
Soderbergh's Che bio-pic debuts at Cannes

Soderbergh's Che bio-pic debuts at Cannes

CANNES, France, May 23 (UPI) -- Director Steven Soderbergh's two-part Che Guevara bio-pic reportedly ran more than four hours long when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
'Wolfman' to get 2009 release

'Wolfman' to get 2009 release

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures says its new version of "The Wolfman," starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, is to hit U.S. theaters next year.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008.
By United Press International

Joe Johnston to direct 'Wolfman'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Joe Johnston has signed on to take Mark Romanek's place in the director's chair for the new big-screen thriller "The Wolfman."

Romanek drops out of 'Wolfman' project

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Mark Romanek has reportedly quit "The Wolfman" after a dispute with Universal Pictures involving the horror flick's budget.

Celebs take part in 'Kite Runner' auction

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Authentic Afghan kites, each with a tail autographed by a different U.S. celebrity, will be sold on eBay to raise money for the Afghanistan Relief Organization.

Benicio's new Che look drawing attention

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Benicio del Toro said the scruffy look and dark beard he adopted to play Che Guevara in "The Argentine" attracted the wrong kind of attention.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.
By United Press International

It's Showtime for Duchovny's TV return

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- David Duchovny is eyeing his first regular TV role since "The X-Files" went off the air, with a new dramatic series on the U.S. cable network, Showtime.

Soderbergh to make Che Guevara film

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. director Steven Soderbergh is preparing to make his long-awaited biopic of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.

David Duchovny stars in DreamWorks' 'Fire'

GLENDALE, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- California's Dreamworks has signed actor-writer-director David Duchovny to star with Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro in "Things We Lost in the Fire."

Del Toro and Berry to star in 'Fire'

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- DreamWorks has lined up Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro and Halle Berry to star in its drama, "Things We Lost in the Fire."

Stars lined up for 'Wild Things' film

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic book "Where the Wild Things Are" will feature the voices of Benicio Del Toro and Michelle Williams.
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Benicio Del Toro
Benicio del Toro arrives on the red carpet before the screening of the film "Biutiful" during the 63rd annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2010. UPI/David Silpa

Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor and film producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for his role as Javier Rodríguez in Traffic (2000). He is also known for his roles as Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995), Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Franky Four Fingers in Snatch (2000), Jackie Boy in Sin City (2005), and Che Guevara in Che (2008). He is the third Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

Benicio del Toro was born and grew up in Santurce, Puerto Rico, a district of San Juan. He is the son of Gustavo Adolfo del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera, who were both lawyers. He has an older brother, Gustavo, who is a pediatric oncologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is of Italian and Spanish ancestry.

Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were "Skinny Benny" and "Beno", was raised a Roman Catholic and he attended Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (The Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help), a Roman Catholic school in Miramar, Puerto Rico. When del Toro was nine years old, his mother died of hepatitis. At age 12, he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where he was enrolled at the Mercersburg Academy. He spent his adolescence and attended high school there. After graduation, del Toro followed the advice of his father and pursued a degree in business at the University of California, San Diego. Success in an elective drama course encouraged him to drop out of college and study with noted acting teachers Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza, in Los Angeles, as well as at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, in New York City.

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