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By McClatchy-Tribune | December 24, 2006
MIAMI -- In some circles, Ernesto "Che" Guevara may live, but in Target stores, he's history. Images of the Communist revolutionary figure - his ears donning an iPod-esque set of earphones and splashed on the latest CD cases - have been pulled from the shelves. "The stores don't have pictures of Osama bin Laden or Adolf Hitler," said Miguel Saavedra, founder of the anti-Castro group Vigilia Mambisa. "It's disrespectful to the Cuban community." Miami's Cuban exile community collectively gasped at the use of Fidel Castro's one-time right-hand man to sell music accessories, with community leaders saying Guevara was one of history's brutal mass murderers.
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February 27, 2009
Che: (IFC Films) In 1956, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. With Julia Ormond and Rodrigo Santoro. The Class : (Sony Pictures Classics) Cultures and attitudes clash in the classroom as teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. With Francois Begaudeau. Medicine for Melancholy (IFC) Two black 20-somethings struggle to find a place in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Glenn Lovell and Glenn Lovell,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | October 7, 2004
Published in 1993, a quarter-century after its author's death, Ernesto "Che" Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries achieved instant cult status with nascent revolutionaries thanks to its fervent call for a new Pan-Americanism. It also became required reading in many Latin American schools and quickly was optioned for screen treatment. And why not? The memoir reads like an exhilarating coming-of-age adventure and spiritual odyssey, not some dry political manifesto. Eleven years later, The Motorcycle Diaries finally is reaching the screen as a $6 million road picture starring Mexico's Gael Garcia Bernal as the 23-year-old medical student Ernesto.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow | January 23, 2009
last call The Dark Knight : ** I bet, deep down, even comic-book fans were more entertained by Iron Man than The Dark Knight, but the latter became the most fiercely debated movie of the year and the most honored comic-book film of all time, thanks partly to Heath Ledger's ineffably scary Joker. The movie is on DVD and Blu-ray, but audiences who want to see what the fuss was about should take it in on the big screen (preferably, an IMAX) when it returns to theaters today. Even those of us who cooled to it got a tingle or two from the huge, eerie images of the Cowled Crusader stretching out his scalloped cape and swooping through the night.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 8, 2004
Lovely, heartfelt and unforced, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries is a portrait of a revolutionary as young man. The revolutionary is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and Salles' film, based on journals kept by the young Ernesto during an 8,000-mile trek in the 1950s through South America, as well as an account written later by his traveling companion, doesn't lionize its subject. Instead, it explores what might turn a 23-year-old medical student into a man determined to overthrow what he viewed as repressive regimes everywhere.
NEWS
By Jim Ruland and Jim Ruland,Los Angeles Times | September 3, 2006
Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories Ben Fountain Ecco / 230 pages / $24.95 Ben Fountain's quirky first collection of short stories poses the question: How do current events become history? These stories, set in foreign countries and populated with well-meaning protagonists who seek their American dreams beyond the U.S. border, explore the territory between yesterday's news and tomorrow's history books. This is fertile ground that combines the best elements of historical narrative, extreme travel writing and Cold War genre fiction.
NEWS
By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 19, 1997
"Companero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara," by Jorge G. Castaneda. Knopf. 457 pages. $30.In 1968, a survey of American university students found that "the historical figure they most identified with was Che [Guevara]." Two weeks ago a group of students at a local university were asked if they knew who the Argentine revolutionary was. Wasn't he the character in the movie "Evita?" one asked. Another had seen books about Guevara in a bookstore, but didn't know who he was. The others sat silently.
NEWS
February 27, 2009
Che: (IFC Films) In 1956, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. With Julia Ormond and Rodrigo Santoro. The Class : (Sony Pictures Classics) Cultures and attitudes clash in the classroom as teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. With Francois Begaudeau. Medicine for Melancholy (IFC) Two black 20-somethings struggle to find a place in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | August 7, 2008
A worthy production of Evita requires casting three leads - Eva and Juan Peron, and Che Guevara - with strong acting and vocal talent and mature understanding, a challenge for most companies and a major one for the Talent Machine Company, where the oldest performer is only 18. But there is no doubt that this young cast is up to the challenge - in fact, I soon forgot how young they actually were. Evita debuted in 1976 and marked the last Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice collaboration. Their first was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1968, followed in 1970 by Jesus Christ Superstar - three mega-hits usually described as rock opera.
NEWS
By Nelson Pressley and Nelson Pressley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 28, 2000
"Evita" demands a certain amount of sweep and brawn, and that's what it gets in the new production at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Director Toby Orenstein fills the in-the-round space with swirling crowds and catches the grandstanding Evita in white hot spotlights, keeping the pace brisk and always driving the action forward. As usual at Toby's, it's a high-energy evening. Like most Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, "Evita" is a peculiar musical. It's a sprawling epic with only two characters of any real size (Evita Peron and the narrator, Che Guevara)
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | August 7, 2008
A worthy production of Evita requires casting three leads - Eva and Juan Peron, and Che Guevara - with strong acting and vocal talent and mature understanding, a challenge for most companies and a major one for the Talent Machine Company, where the oldest performer is only 18. But there is no doubt that this young cast is up to the challenge - in fact, I soon forgot how young they actually were. Evita debuted in 1976 and marked the last Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice collaboration. Their first was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1968, followed in 1970 by Jesus Christ Superstar - three mega-hits usually described as rock opera.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | October 12, 2007
Viva el Cine Latino!, a celebration of Latin-American filmmaking, brings a pair of Mexican films to the Creative Alliance. Tonight, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) chronicles young med students Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) as they ride through South America and develop a distaste for social injustice and a taste for socialism. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Tomorrow, short comedies starring comics Cantinflas (Mario Moreno)
NEWS
By McClatchy-Tribune | December 24, 2006
MIAMI -- In some circles, Ernesto "Che" Guevara may live, but in Target stores, he's history. Images of the Communist revolutionary figure - his ears donning an iPod-esque set of earphones and splashed on the latest CD cases - have been pulled from the shelves. "The stores don't have pictures of Osama bin Laden or Adolf Hitler," said Miguel Saavedra, founder of the anti-Castro group Vigilia Mambisa. "It's disrespectful to the Cuban community." Miami's Cuban exile community collectively gasped at the use of Fidel Castro's one-time right-hand man to sell music accessories, with community leaders saying Guevara was one of history's brutal mass murderers.
NEWS
By Jim Ruland and Jim Ruland,Los Angeles Times | September 3, 2006
Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories Ben Fountain Ecco / 230 pages / $24.95 Ben Fountain's quirky first collection of short stories poses the question: How do current events become history? These stories, set in foreign countries and populated with well-meaning protagonists who seek their American dreams beyond the U.S. border, explore the territory between yesterday's news and tomorrow's history books. This is fertile ground that combines the best elements of historical narrative, extreme travel writing and Cold War genre fiction.
TOPIC
By MICHAEL HILL and MICHAEL HILL,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2005
It has been 40 years since gunmen killed Malcolm X as he was about to address supporters in a Harlem ballroom. His assassination on Feb. 22, 1965 - just before his 40th birthday - was part of a season of violence that sent many national leaders and civil rights workers to early graves, and also a murder with a peculiar set of circumstances. When he died, few knew much about Malcolm beyond the fact that he could deliver a speech and stir up controversy. Malcolm would become more important in death than he was during his life, both as a commodified pop culture symbol of defiance - the black counterpart to Che Guevara - and as someone who saw the limitations of the civil rights movement and called for an approach that would demand more fundamental changes.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 8, 2004
Lovely, heartfelt and unforced, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries is a portrait of a revolutionary as young man. The revolutionary is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and Salles' film, based on journals kept by the young Ernesto during an 8,000-mile trek in the 1950s through South America, as well as an account written later by his traveling companion, doesn't lionize its subject. Instead, it explores what might turn a 23-year-old medical student into a man determined to overthrow what he viewed as repressive regimes everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greg Morago and Greg Morago,THE HARTFORD COURANT | March 7, 2004
It appears that some Communist revolutionaries never really die - they just keep inspiring new generations of beret-wearing acolytes. Che Guevara, the Argentine-born guerrilla leader who became a hero to the New Left radicals of the 1960s, has been dead since 1967. But the spirit of the revolutionary theorist is very much alive. Oh, sure, there have been minor Che moments recently (Elizabeth Hurley was photographed in London wearing a Che T-shirt; rapper Jay-Z sports similar Che-wear on the cover of his MTV Unplugged recording; humorist Margaret Cho uses an iconic Cho-as-Che illustration to promote her latest "Revolution Tour")
NEWS
By Michael Sragow | January 23, 2009
last call The Dark Knight : ** I bet, deep down, even comic-book fans were more entertained by Iron Man than The Dark Knight, but the latter became the most fiercely debated movie of the year and the most honored comic-book film of all time, thanks partly to Heath Ledger's ineffably scary Joker. The movie is on DVD and Blu-ray, but audiences who want to see what the fuss was about should take it in on the big screen (preferably, an IMAX) when it returns to theaters today. Even those of us who cooled to it got a tingle or two from the huge, eerie images of the Cowled Crusader stretching out his scalloped cape and swooping through the night.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Glenn Lovell and Glenn Lovell,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | October 7, 2004
Published in 1993, a quarter-century after its author's death, Ernesto "Che" Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries achieved instant cult status with nascent revolutionaries thanks to its fervent call for a new Pan-Americanism. It also became required reading in many Latin American schools and quickly was optioned for screen treatment. And why not? The memoir reads like an exhilarating coming-of-age adventure and spiritual odyssey, not some dry political manifesto. Eleven years later, The Motorcycle Diaries finally is reaching the screen as a $6 million road picture starring Mexico's Gael Garcia Bernal as the 23-year-old medical student Ernesto.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greg Morago and Greg Morago,THE HARTFORD COURANT | March 7, 2004
It appears that some Communist revolutionaries never really die - they just keep inspiring new generations of beret-wearing acolytes. Che Guevara, the Argentine-born guerrilla leader who became a hero to the New Left radicals of the 1960s, has been dead since 1967. But the spirit of the revolutionary theorist is very much alive. Oh, sure, there have been minor Che moments recently (Elizabeth Hurley was photographed in London wearing a Che T-shirt; rapper Jay-Z sports similar Che-wear on the cover of his MTV Unplugged recording; humorist Margaret Cho uses an iconic Cho-as-Che illustration to promote her latest "Revolution Tour")
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