The Weinstein Co. just added two titles to the 2016 calendar. John Carney’s Sing Street, which recently made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, will begin its limited release on April 15.
In addition, Weinstein Co. will release wide Hands of Stone on Aug. 26, the Roberto Duran biopic the company acquired at Cannes. That weekend precedes the four-day Labor Day stretch. Hands of Stone will battle Open Road’s Max Steel, Lionsgate’s Jason Statham title Mechanic: Resurrection and Sony’s Fede Alvarez/Sam Raimi untitled horror film.
Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed Hands of Stone, a rags-to-riches drama that stars Edgar Ramirez as iconic fighter Duran, Robert De Niro as his mentor and trainer Ray Arcel, and Usher as his ring nemesis Sugar Ray Leonard. Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades, John Turturro and Ana de Armas also star. A Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50, Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard in June 1980, capturing the WBC welterweight title. However, Duran shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch. Duran was outclassed and pummeled by Leonard. This resulted in Duran saying “no mas,” turning his back on Leonard and quitting in the ring. The title Hands Of Stone came from Duran’s nickname. During the course of his career he saw 103 victories in 119 fights. Hands Of Stone is produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jonathan Jakubowicz.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Point Break (2015), director Ericson Core’s remake of the 1991 Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves action film of the same name. The new film stars Édgar Ramírez as Bodhi and Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, along with Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone. Point Break arrives via 2D and 3D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo packs on March 29th.
The Blu-ray release of Point Break is presented in 1080p with Dolby Atmos surround. Extras include:
Point Break: Rock Climbing
Point Break: Wingsuit Flying
Point Break: Snowboarding
Point Break: Motocross
The Venezuelan star plays robber Bodhi in the action remake – which was originally made in 1991 and starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves – about a thrill-seeking group of surfers who are under investigation by the FBI.
And Ramirez says the cast – including Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone and Delroy Lindo – formed a bond with the stuntmen, many of whom were athletes and experts in physical fitness, because of the respect they had for their amazing physical abilities.
He said: “When I tell people about it, I get a huge sense of pride and excitement to these guys. They brought so much authenticity to the film and made us all proud … We all became brothers, among the actors and the athletes. They’re all our friends. It’s amazing. This world is extreme, but it’s not a macho culture.”
Edgar has just posted on instagram this wonderful video singing “Águas de Março”, original song of the Brazilian legendary musician and composer Tom Jobim.
Source: usatoday.com (December 2015)
Edgar Ramirez spent six months traveling the world for the updated version of the Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves classic Point Break and something in the filming of the bro-tastic surfing drama seems to have stuck with him.
Ramirez spoke to For The Win about his new movie and the conversation took a decidedly existential and philosophical turn along the way. The longer we talk, the more Ramirez starts to sound like the character he plays, Zen-master Bodhi. In discussing the film, Ramirez starts bringing up topics like self-determination and the spiritual renewal of the human spirit. He’s not afraid to go deep.
It sounds hokey, but Ramirez speaks with a conviction, passion and sincerity that’s hard to ignore. Listen to him and you might walk away just a little bit inspired.
1. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE FEAR
To do justice to the re-imagining of the Point Break story, Ramirez knew that they had to put aside the safety of Hollywood studios and go out into the open. The film shot in 11 different countries and the actors often hiked to remote locations humping their own gear.
“Someone asked me if I’d ever done a film this big before, and I said, ‘This big? Yes. But this crazy? Never.’”
While the film uses accomplished extreme sports athletes for many of the action sequences, Ramirez and co-star Luke Bracey (the new Johnny Utah) had to place themselves in precarious situations for some scenes, like the climatic “chase” scene up Angel Falls in Venezuela.
“We did a lot of rock climbing. The rock climbing is the safest, but still terrifying. Angel Falls goes up to three thousand meters, it’s very scary, of course, when you are just hanging from a rope and wire. That was the most extreme thing I did.”