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Venezuelan singer, comedian and TV host who revived musica llanera – the music of the plains
Simón Diaz, who has died aged 85, was a national hero in Venezuela. He was a singer and composer, comedian, actor and TV host, best known for his passionate revival of Venezuela's country music, musica llanera, the songs of the pampas or plains, which influenced his own massively successful and influential compositions. His music was recorded or performed by major artists across Latin America and Europe, from Mercedes Sosa in Argentina and Caetano Veloso in Brazil to Placido Domingo, while one of his best-loved songs, Caballo Viejo (Old Horse), was controversially reworked by the Gipsy Kings into their global hit Bamboléo.
Born in Barbacoas, in the northern state of Aragua, he was the son of a farmer and self-taught musician. His father died when Simón was just 12 years old and he moved with his mother and »
- Robin Denselow
The media remains under siege in Venezuela as anti-government street protests continue to escalate. CNN en Espanol anchor Patricia Janiot, a former beauty queen from Colombia, abruptly left the country Friday after allegedly receiving threats from the local government, Venezuelan press union Sntp reported. CNN declined to comment but confirmed that Janiot was back in Atlanta and reporting on her experience Friday on-air. CNN en Espanol’s correspondent in Venezuela, Osmary Hernandez, confirmed on her Twitter account that all Cnne and CNN Intl. special envoys to Venezuela have had their press credentials revoked.
Despite the revoked credentials, both CNN en Espanol and CNN Intl. continue to broadcast in Venezuela.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel CNN from Venezuela unless it “rectified its coverage” of the recent demonstrations and has ordered his administration to begin the process of blocking CNN’s signal in the country. In response, CNN »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
It would appear that legendary actor Robert De Niro has had boxing on the brain these last couple of years. Not only did the Raging Bull star revisit the sport in last year’s Grudge Match, with Sylvester Stallone, but he’s about to be seen in Hands of Stone. The latter film is a biographical tale about Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran (the title is the english translation of that nickname). Despite being an incredible pugilist, winning 103 of 119 professional fights, Duran may be most famous for one of his losses in which he famously declared “¡No mas!” to prematurely end his bout against Sugar Ray Leonard.
De Niro will portray Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel. Arcel famously trained 18 world champions.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Robert De Niro will be returning to the boxing ring once again in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Hands of Stone. The film stars Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as his trainer, Ray Arcel. The Panama-born fighter first entered the ring at age 16 and 12 years later defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to become the Wbc Welterweight Champion. During a rematch though, he shocked everyone by surrendering and yelling out “No Mas,” which ended the fight prematurely.
If you’re a fan of boxing, you’re undoubtedly familiar with what is now known as the “No Mas” fight, as it’s one of the most famous events in the sport’s history. Co-starring Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin and John Turturro, Hands of Stone will look to answer the question of why Duran surrendered and chose not to complete the fight.
For those who remember it, and even those who don’t, »
- Matt Joseph
Last week, Steve was at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin and picked up some promo images and art from upcoming films. Among them was Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing biopic Hands of Stone. The film stars Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who won 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza. Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely. Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran's trainer, Ray Arcel. Hit the jump to check out the image. Hands of Stone also stars Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. »
- Matt Goldberg
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