Arts and Entertainment Russell Brand is on his Messiah Complex tour

The comedian is on his Messiah Complex world tour

Media Diary: Luton riled by Sayle obits

Famous reporter Murray Sayle tracked down Che Guevara in Bolivia. But ex-BBC man Clifford Luton lodged double PCC complaints against the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times because their obituaries of Sayle failed to say he paid for a plane to locate yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester in 1966, while Sayle was merely a passenger.

Sharapova overthrown by Che Guevara fan Petkovic

Maria Sharapova, the world's highest-earning sportswoman, lost to Andrea Petkovic, who admires Che Guevara and wants to form her own political party. Francesca Schiavone beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 after four hours and 44 minutes, the longest women's match in Grand Slam history. Caroline Wozniacki mischievously told reporters that she had been attacked by a baby kangaroo. Yes, it was a good day here at the Australian Open for those who insist that women's tennis is not dull.

Argentina's farewell to a former president

Diego Maradona was among thousands who paid respects yesterday to the former president of Argentina Nestor Kirchner as his body lay in state at the presidential palace.

Gallery celebrates the 'man of the moment'

Elliott Erwitt, the photographer famed for his sublime (and often ridiculous) images, is the star of a new exhibition

Chevolution (TBC)

Alberto "Korda" Diaz's photo of Che Guevara in his beret may well be the last century's most reproduced image. ,/p>

This intelligent documentary wonders how it happened, and how a hardline Marxist keen on political violence became a marketing tool and patron saint of every vaguely anti-establishment movement on the planet.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (15), Jean-Fran&ccedil;ois Richet, (113 mins)<br/>Home (15), Ursula Meier (98 mins)

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Hollywood rediscovers rum, music and the magic of Havana

Big acting names travel to Cuban capital amid signs of thaw

DVD: Che Parts One & Two, Retail & rental, (Optimum)

Steven Soderbergh's four-hour Che Guevara biopic has been chopped into two halves, each of which concentrates on a guerrilla campaign.

DVD: Che: Parts One and Two (15)

If you ever wanted to know what the blow-by-blow run-up to the 1959 Cuban Revolution was like, then here it is. In part one of this four-hour effort, Steven Soderbergh tells the definitive account of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro's painstaking campaign through the Cuban undergrowth, culminating in their assault on Havana, in all its regime-busting glory.

Beat writers to get the Hollywood treatment

Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs feature in three new films

Death Row calling: The man broadcasting to save his life

Mumia Abu-Jamal, a US journalist, faces renewed calls for him to be put to death. Ian Burrell reports

Brian Viner: We are all copycat comedians

As soon as a joke is uttered on stage, it becomes public property

Julian Cope: 'It's time for war'

He believes democracy is overrated and doesn't think much of Barack Obama. On the eve of his new album, Julian Cope preaches insurrection to Eddi Fiegel

Che: Part One, Steven Soderbergh, 126 mins, 15

Not so much a biopic as 'I'm a rebel ... get me out of here'

Che way: Steven Soderbergh on how to play a famous historical character

Benicio Del Toro is stepping into the shoes of Che Guevara. But how does an actor bring a great historical figure to life? Here, Steven Soderbergh, the 'Che' director, reveals his favourite period performances, from the camp to the downright insane
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24-Hour party person

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A taste for rebellion

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Call me Ed Mozart

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Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I am a paedophile'

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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