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Benicio Del Toro
New U.S.-Cuba Relations Open More Doors to Showbiz Exchange

Political reaction to the historic U.S.-Cuba joint bid to normalize relations may be polarized, but the response from both countries' artistic communities has been close to ecstatic. "It's historic, it's exciting and it's about time," said "Che" producer Laura Bickford of President Obama's announcement Dec. 17 that the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and eventually relax travel, export, communication and banking rules. Bickford had to use Puerto Rico and Mexico to double for Cuba in Steven Soderbergh's 2008 two-part biopic about Cuban revolution leader Che Guevara. "We look forward to traveling to Cuba without...

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