Real accident inspired '21 Grams'

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The man who wrote acclaimed films "21 Grams" and "Amores Perros" said they influenced by his own experience in a real-life car crash.

Del Toro: '21 Grams' makes you think

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Actor Benicio Del Toro admits he, too, was initially confused by the fractured storytelling technique of the film "21 Grams."

Interview: Benicio Del Toro

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- In director Alejandro González Iñárritu's powerful new drama, "21 Grams," Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro adds another electrifying performance to his resu
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Hollywood Analysis: Box-office blues?

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- Box-office analysts are searching for explanations for lackluster movie ticket sales so far in 2003, but they're pretty sure business will pick up soon.
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

The Academy Awards is set go on Sunday, but if the United States is at war the show will reflect the seriousness of the occasion.
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Just days after suffering a stroke, one of the "grand old men" of the Grand Ole Opry, Bill Carlisle, has died.
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Best-selling author Howard Fast died at his home in Old Greenwich, Conn., Book magazine reports.
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'House' dominates US box office

HOLLYWOOD, March 16 (UPI) -- The second weekend of "Bringing Down the House" topped the nation's box office with an estimated $22.4 million at 2,810 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period

'House' has 2nd week atop U.S. box office

HOLLYWOOD, March 16 (UPI) -- The second weekend of

Hollywood Digest

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Film of the Week: 'The Hunted'

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- There's an article of faith among Republican pundits that everyone in Hollywood is a pacifist feminist wimp. Yet, you sure wouldn't guess that from going to the
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'House' dominates U.S. box office

HOLLYWOOD, March 9 (UPI) -- The opening of Steve Martin-Queen Latifah comedy "Bringing Down the House" topped a solid national box office with an estimated $31.7 million at 2,801 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period, studio sources said Sunday.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2003 with 315 to follow.
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Feature: Hollywood letting its hair down

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Now that Hollywood has released its prestige Oscar contenders, it's time to feed the fun -- and occasionally mindless -- pictures into the release pipeline.
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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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