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Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2006 with 315 to follow.
By United Press International

'Three Stooges' biopic closer to reality

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- It looks like the Farrelly brothers' long-delayed "Three Stooges" feature is going to happen and when it does, look for unknowns to take top billing.

Colorado woman gets new trial

DENVER, March 29 (UPI) -- The Colorado Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a woman convicted in the 1997 murder of a Denver police officer.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2005 with 315 to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: SAG is early line on Oscars race

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Tuesday's announcement of the nominees for this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards does its bit to help separate the contenders from the pretenders in this year'
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

120 celebrity staplers auctioned online

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- More than 120 U.S. celebrities, ranging from Bill Gates to Jennifer Love Hewitt. are participating in the "Staplers of the Stars" online charity auction.

Quentin Tarantino acts for $1

LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- Quentin Tarantino has filmed a scene in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming movie "Sin City" for $1, Daily Variety said Tuesday.

'Stepford' rules at Golden Trailer Awards

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- The trailer for "The Stepford Wives" took three prizes in Los Angeles at the fifth annual Golden Trailer Awards.

Starlet Scarlett gets kicks in hotel lift

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) -- Movie starlet Scarlett Johansson reportedly admitted she and actor Benicio Del Toro enjoyed a pre-Oscars lust fest in a Los Angeles hotel elevator.

Soderbergh, Del Toro reunite on 'Che' film

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has replaced Terrence Malick as director of a new big-screen biography about revolutionary Che Guevara.

Analysis: It's all over but the Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- With the Screen Actors Guild Awards off the table, it's a straight shot to the Oscars next Sunday and the end of another awards season in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2004 with 316 to follow.
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Many U.S. actors attend London awards show

LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Uma Thurman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger are scheduled to attend the Baftas in London, Britain's most prestigious movie awards show.

Stars to flock to British film ceremony

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Dozens of A-list celebrities are expected in London Sunday for The Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, organizers said Thursday.

Watts to bring mom, Heath to Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Naomi Watts said in a television interview Monday she will take both her mom and boyfriend, Heath Ledger, to the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.
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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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