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Hands Of Stone – Review

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As the Summer starts to fade, the multiplex looks again to sports films, those (like the “sport” of movie viewing) which are set indoors, away from the harsh cold winds. We’re not talking hockey or basketball, but rather the “mano y mano” battle that seems almost tailor-made for movies, boxing. Of course, there are many times when the boxing flick has been mixed with other genres. Just last year we had a boxing/ family tear-jerker with Southpaw and a boxing/ fantasy/ franchise-reboot Creed (it squeezed a few tears from audiences, too). This time out (perhaps to be an early Oscar contender), we’re seeing a pugilistic biography, a mix that goes back to the dawn of cinema. The 1940’s had Gentleman Jim, and the 50’s had Paul Newman as Rocky Marciano in Somebody Up There Likes Me. The greatest true-life boxing biopic may be 1980’s Raging Bull with an Oscar-winning turn by Robert DeNiro. »

- Jim Batts

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‘Hands of Stone’ Review: A Boxing Biopic That Can’t Decide Who Its Hero Is

14 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the biggest disservices a biopic can do to its audience is to rubber-stamp public perceptions of historical events. These films often revolve around that person’s defining moment, the first line in their obituary. In trying to squeeze a half-dozen life stories into its running time, “Hands of Stone,” the new film about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, magnifies that disappointing mistake.

Durán, played here by Édgar Ramírez, rose to prominence in the late 1960s, after his fighting ability caught the attention of patrons within the country and trainers from without. From Durán’s childhood days through the heights of his professional career, “Hands of Stone” drags in a bevy of supporting players meant to buttress the boxer’s complicated arc, but instead pull focus at each successive turn.

Both friend and foil to Durán, down-and-out trainer Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro) is painted as a sage dispenser of pugilistic truths. »

- Steve Greene

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'Hands of Stone' Review: Roberto Duran Biopic Is No 'Raging Bull'

24 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Boxing movies — the classic Raging Bull excepted — tend to punch the same way: Underdog hits it big, then blows it before launching a comeback. From Rocky to Creed, that's been the drill. Hands of Stone, the true story of 1970's lightweight champ Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), never strays far from the path. But the Venezuelan-born writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz (Secuestro Express) knows how to muscle up momentum and bring the best out of actors.

Ramirez (Carlos) excels as Duran, the natural street brawler from Panama whose hot temper often gets the best of him. »

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The inherent oddness of Michael Bay’s Transformers films

24 August 2016 9:41 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 25, 2016

Among all the explosions and chases, the Transformers franchise is one of the weirdest in Hollywood. Ryan takes a closer look...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for earlier Transformers, and rumours about next year’s Transformers: The Last Knight.

The rumours sounded crazy, but it now seems they were true. You may have read the stories from earlier this year - the forthcoming Transformers: The Last Knight, will take in elements of Arthurian legend, including Excalibur, horses, dragons and wizards in pointy hats. That’s pretty outlandish stuff, even for a franchise which is about alien robots from space who specialise in punching each other and disguising themselves as vehicles and household objects.

The Arthurian rumours recently received a corroboration of sorts when the BBC reported that the Transformers sequel - currently filming on the Isle of Skye - has horses and extras in shining armour standing around on its set. »

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"Hands Of Stone" 'Red Band' Trailer

24 August 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From RedBand.Ca, take a look @ restricted 'red band' footage from the boxing drama, "Hands Of Stone", based on the story of Panamanian fighter Roberto Durán, written/directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, starring Édgar Ramírez, Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull"), Usher, Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, Ana de Armas, Oscar Jaenada and John Turturro, opening August 26, 2016:

"...Roberto Durán made his professional boxing debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old, defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the Wbc welterweight title, then shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in the November rematch, saying 'no más' (no more)..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hands Of Stone"...


- Michael Stevens

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The Night Of: Season One Ratings

23 August 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A co-production of HBO and BBC Worldwide, The Night Of is being promoted as a "limited series". So, though there are only eight episodes in the first season, it could return for a second season (like the UK series it's based on, Criminal Justice). Will it be renewed or cancelled? Stay tuned.The Night Of delves into the intricate story of a murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial. Castmembers include Afton Williamson, Amara Karan, Ashley Thomas, Ben Shenkman, Bill Camp, Chip Zien, Glenn Fleshler, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin, John Turturro, Max Casella, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ned Eisenberg, Paul Sparks, Paulo Costanzo, Payman Maadi, Poorna Jagannathan, Riz Ahmed, and Sofia Black-d'Elia.Read More… »


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Can Suicide Squad Win Its 4th Box Office Weekend in a Row?

23 August 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend was supposed to knock Suicide Squad from atop the box office, with three new releases hitting theaters after this superhero blockbuster suffered a massive 67.4% drop during its second week of release. Thanks to all three of those new releases (Ben-Hur, War Dogs and Kubo & the Two Strings) underperforming, Suicide Squad three-peated to become the #1 movie yet again. Now it looks to close out the month of August with a clean sweep. Standing in its way are three newcomers, Sony's horror-thriller Don't Breathe, The Weinstein Company's boxing biopic Hands of Stone and Lionsgate's action sequel Mechanic: Resurrection. If our predictions ring true though, we believe Don't Breathe does have a chance to win the last weekend of the summer.

It has certainly been an unusual summer box office, which closes out on a rather weird note. All three of these new releases are rated R. R-rated movies »

- MovieWeb

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Jesus Returns in First Big Lebowski Spin-Off Set Photo

22 August 2016 5:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, a report surfaced that actor/director John Turturro's new film Going Places is actually a Big Lebowski spinoff, with the actor returning as Jesus Quintana. The film was already said to have started shooting in New York City, which is essentially a remake of 1974 French film Les Valseuses centering on his Jesus character, with Bobby Cannavale, Susan Sarandon and Audrey Tautou also set to star. Today we have the first photo from the set with John Turturro as Jesus, thanks to one of the actor/director's co-stars.

Susan Sarandon shared this photo on Instagram, with the brief caption, "The Man. John Tuturro on location. Love you." The actress also tagged the location as "The Sands at Lido Beach" in Lido Beach, New York, which is situated between Queens and Long Island. John Turturro is also directing this spinoff from his own script, which follows two thieves, John Turturro »

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Jesus Quintana Is Back In First Look At John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski Spinoff

22 August 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Consider it a rumor no more – John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spinoff, which entered development inconspicuously last week bearing the title Going Places, is officially a thing with a new set pic showcasing the actor reprising the role of Jesus Quintana.

Once believed to be little more than a hopeful pipe dream – neither the Coen brothers nor Jeff Bridges appeared to be very interested in the offshoot – it looks as though the perseverance of Turturro has paid dividends, with the official teaser revealing that said feature will center on “two petty thieves, Turturro’s Jesus and Cannavale’s Petey, who compete to give a woman (Tautou) her first orgasm after she’s roped into their hijinks. Sarandon also ends up in their company, playing a criminal who just got out after a long stint in prison.” Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and Susan Sarandon are also on board.

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- Michael Briers

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Summer TV Winners & Losers: UnREAL, Stranger Things, Sytycd and More

22 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

As the temperatures (finally) start to cool, it’s time to take stock of which summer TV shows are coming away golden, and which got burned.

RelatedFall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 120+ Premiere Dates

To be sure, the bar is higher than ever these dog days, now that summer is no longer riddled with reruns but populated by more and more fresh fare. And yet for every small-screen triumph (we’re looking at you, Toothless, Ghost and John Turturro’s feet!), there was an inevitable letdown (UnREAL was a meh second date), so we’ve boiled down the very »

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‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff ‘Going Places’: First Photo of John Turturro as Jesus Revealed

22 August 2016 6:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Eight-year-olds, dude.

The first photo of pederast and ace bowler Jesus Quintana has officially surfaced since news broke that the character played by John Turturro in the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” was finally getting his own spinoff movie, “Going Places.” Birth.death.movies broke the news earlier this month that the film was already a few weeks into production, and on Friday, actress Susan Sarandon posted an Instagram of Turturro reprising the role.

Read More: ‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff ‘Going Places’ Already Shooting, with John Turturro Directing and Starring as The Jesus

Sarandon co-stars in the film alongside Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou. Cannavale plays a thief named Petey who is competing with Quintana for the affection of a woman (Tautou). Sarandon plays a criminal who just got out of prison after serving a long sentence. The dramatic comedy that was initially going to be titled “100 Minutes with Jesus” is »

- Graham Winfrey

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Great Job, Internet!: Wrestle with the devil on Barton Fink’s 25th anniversary

22 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Twenty-five years later, and the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink meaning is still being debated. Is the Hotel Earle actually hell? Is this just a case of two filmmakers writing about their experiences in Hollywood? Does the threat of Red Scare loom over its every scene? Viewers may never know for certain, but it is fun to theorize and discuss the film at length; it’s a deep enough film that is open to multiple interpretations that rewards with every rewatch.

The Coen brothers’ tale of a playwright in 1941 going west to write a wrestling picture for Capitol Pictures has long stayed in the minds of the audiences that saw it. Though it’s not typically one of the go-to films people mention when discussing the Coens’ filmography, it does contain great dialogue; exceptional performances from John Turturro, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, and Judy Davis; and a fine blend of ...


- Rob Dean

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Their influence abides: where to next in the Coen brothers' universe?

22 August 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Turturro resurrects Jesus Quintana, a proposed sequel to Barton Fink, and a third series of Fargo on TV ... As the pasticheurs become the pastiched, welcome to the ever expanding Coens cosmos

“Nobody fucks with the Jesus!” So said the purple jumpsuited Latino bowler, Eagles fan and sex offender Jesus Quintana in The Big Lebowski. Save, perhaps, the man playing him. Last week, news broke that Turturro was resurrecting the character in a remake of the 70s French surreal comedy Les Valseuses. Called Going Places, it’s currently filming in New York.

It has long been Turturro’s ambition to give his scene-stealing turn another airing, and he isn’t alone in thinking the Big Lebowski just wasn’t big enough. Jeff Bridges has expressed a willingness to reprise the Dude; Tara Reid, who played Lebowski’s trophy wife, Bunny, made a painfully unfunny Funny or Die parody trailer for The Big Lebowski 2. »

- John Bleasdale

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Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone gets a new red band trailer

20 August 2016 10:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone opens in the U.S. this coming Friday, and we’ve got a new red band trailer for the film, which stars Edgar Ramirez as the boxing great alongside Robert De Niro, Usher Raymond, Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Reg E. Cathey, Oscar Jaenada and Ana de Armas; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Hands Of Stone follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the Wbc welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more.)

Hands of Stone is set for release on August 26th in the States.


- Amie Cranswick

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John Turturro’s Going Places reportedly a Big Lebowski spinoff

20 August 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For several years now, John Turturro has been talking about the possibility of a spinoff from the Coen brothers’ 1998 classic The Big Lebowski, and it seems it may be happening right now.

Turturro has recently started shooting Going Places, a remake of the 1974 French film Les Valseuses, and Birth.Movies.Death is reporting that its actually the long-rumoured spinoff, with Turturro reprising the role of Jesus Quintana.

The film sees Turturro starring alongside Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and Susan Sarandon, and reportedly follows “two petty thieves, Turturro’s Jesus and Cannavale’s Petey, who compete to give a woman (Tautou) her first orgasm after she’s roped into their hijinks.”


- Gary Collinson

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First Set Image From Big Lebowski Spin-Off Going Places

19 August 2016 3:09 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A couple days ago, we reported that John Turturro's current project, which is entitled Going Places, was actually a spin-off of the cult Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. It would follow his sex-crazed character Jesus Quintana and would also double as a remake of a French film of the same name.

Unfortunately, the following photo that's just hit the web can't really confirm or deny that rumor, but it is, without a doubt a picture of John Turturro on the set of said film.

Take a look below:

The Man . John Tuturro on location. Love you

Sadly, the image is too low-quality and too black-and-white to really give us any good information go to off of. We can certainly make out that that's Turturro standing next to the car, but as to whether or not that's actually Jesus Quintana he's playing...that's harder to tell.

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- Joseph Medina

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Nobody F––ks With the First Look at John Turturro in That ‘The Big Lebowski’ Spin-Off

19 August 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I probably have to eat a pile of shoes or hats or something because I’m pretty sure I’ve said in public, on more than occasion, that John Turturro‘s much-discussed The Big Lebwoski spin-off was obviously a pipe dream that was never going to happen. Well, I was apparently wrong. Which article of clothing shall I […]

The post Nobody F––ks With the First Look at John Turturro in That ‘The Big Lebowski’ Spin-Off appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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New Red-Band Trailer For Hands Of Stone

19 August 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Weinstein Company released the new red-band trailer for director Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing drama, Hands of Stone. The film is based on the true story of boxer Robert Duran who grew up on the streets of Panama only to grow up and become one of the greatest boxers in the world. 

Duran was nicknamed 'Hands of Stone' for his 103 wins in 119 fights in his boxing career. Duran was known to have a competitive rivalry with boxer Sugar Ray Leonard as the two faced each other many times in the ring. 

Actor Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) portrays Duran while two time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) plays his trainer, Ray Arcel. Usher Raymond, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades and John Turturro round out the cast.

Hands of Stone follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Crowdfunding: An Awkward, Instructive Tool for Student Filmmakers

19 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last month, I finished a Kickstarter campaign for my first short film: “Alpacaland,” a horror comedy inspired by a movement of late 1930s Soviet propaganda musicals set on farms. I looked at crowdfunding as a resource to help give the project funding I couldn’t otherwise offer. To cast a wide net of interest, I updated the page every day, asked a dozen friends to help with social media, and tried to make the project sound like a legitimate independent film worthy of the site I write for.

The experience was successful, buoyed by a number of supportive friends and family members. Yet for a while, it was an awkward, messy experience, bordering on obsessive and self-doubting. For weeks, our social media mark struggled to extend well beyond donors who knew a member of the team. I started asking students I knew at Wesleyan, Nyu and other schools if their experience was similarly strange. »

- Russell Goldman

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18 August 2016 9:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Hands of Stone,” which opens on Aug. 26, 2016 and is rated “R,” also stars Usher Raymond, John Turturro, Ellen Barkin, Ana de Armas, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Drena De Niro from writer and director Jonathan Jakubowicz. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

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