April 12, 2014 |
In the British dance-off rom-com "Cuban Fury," Nick Frost plays a man who was a champion salsa dancer as a young boy who gave it up. Now an adult office drone, when a new boss arrives from America in the form of Rashida Jones, he is smitten. When he learns she is herself a salsa enthusiast, he is inspired to once again lace up his dancing shoes. The film marks the first starring film role for Frost outside his collaborations with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg on the films "Sean of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "Paul" and last summer's "The World's End. " One night Frost sent producer Nira Park a half-drunk email outlining the idea for a romantic comedy with salsa dancing and the next thing he knew, they were making it. "I've always liked dancing.
April 10, 2014 |
Don't let the cheesy title deter you. "Cuban Fury" is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser - sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring. British funnyman Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") makes for an especially root-worthy hero as Bruce Garrett, an earnest lathe salesman who reconnects with an old love: salsa dancing. Bruce may come off to friends and co-workers like a bit of a schlub; he's a self-described 2 on the 1-to-10 scale. But beneath that pudgy exterior lies the heart of a champion salsa dancer, which in fact he was as a kid until a humiliating incident dubbed "Sequingate" caused Bruce to burn his dancing shoes (literally)
April 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers interrogated the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday over the organization's funding of a Twitter-like program in Cuba reportedly designed to stir political unrest in the island nation. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on state, foreign operations and related programs, told USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah that the secretive government-funded program was a “cockamamie idea” that “from the get-go had no possibility of working.” Shah denied elements of a report by the Associated Press, which last week revealed the U.S. role in a social media messaging service for Cubans.
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March 11, 2014
Mohammad Qasim Fahim Influential Afghan vice president Influential Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, 57, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died Sunday of natural causes in Kabul. He had diabetes and other ailments. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was the top deputy of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an Al Qaeda suicide bombing two days before the Sept.
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February 28, 2014 |
Huber Matos Benitez, whose disenchantment with the Cuban Revolution he had helped lead brought him the wrath of Fidel Castro and 20 years in prison, died Thursday in Miami after a heart attack. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his grandson, Huber Matos Garsault. In 1952 Matos was a teacher and rice farmer in his early 30s when Gen. Fulgencio Batista led a coup that overthrew democratically elected President Carlos Prio Socarras. Hoping to restore democracy to his country, Matos took up arms against Batista's forces.
February 26, 2014 |
A Cuban man last week windsurfed his way from the Caribbean island nation to Florida, media reports said, becoming the first Cuban windsurfer to make the 100-mile crossing in two decades. Henry Vergara Negrin, 24, and two friends left Jibacoa, Cuba , not far from Havana. He reached land at the tony Waldorf-Astoria Reach Resort in Key West, Fla. During the 9 1/2-hour trip, he crossed the straits known for "sharks, difficult currents and sudden squalls. " After four hours or so he lost sight of his windsurfing buddies, a Reuters story said.