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Grammy and Academy Award Winning Musician A.R. Rahman Joins Forces with Pelé for Biopic

20 hours ago | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Rahman, who is about to embark on his Intimate Tour in the UK, is bringing his unique style to the big screen. Widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, Pelé’s biographical film focuses on the Brazilian footballer’s early life. Directed and written by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, the film is centered on the relationship between the character Pelé and his father.

The partnership sees football’s greatest talent meet Indian cinema’s most prolific composer. Known for his distinctive mix of eastern classical music with modern electro, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements, Rahman has sought inspiration from regional Brazilian sounds with international sensibilities.

Commenting on the lead song Ginga, Rahman says: “We were very careful not to go overboard. The song definitely doesn’t sound Indian, but gives the movie the energy which it needs. It’s not too regional but for the whole world. »

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Pelé Will Not Attend Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, Citing Health Issues

5 August 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brazil's most iconic athlete is taking a pass. Pelé - the Brazilian athlete who is widely regarded as the greatest professional footballer in the history of the game - will not be at Friday's Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The 75-year-old cited health issues as the reason for missing the ceremony, saying he's not "physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics." His statement, issued Friday and reported by the Associated Press, went on to explain that the decision was his alone. For more of People's Olympic coverage, pick up our collector's edition, The Best of the Games, »

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Pelé Will Not Attend Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, Citing Health Issues

5 August 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brazil's most iconic athlete is taking a pass. Pelé - the Brazilian athlete who is widely regarded as the greatest professional footballer in the history of the game - will not be at Friday's Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The 75-year-old cited health issues as the reason for missing the ceremony, saying he's not "physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics." His statement, issued Friday and reported by the Associated Press, went on to explain that the decision was his alone. For more of People's Olympic coverage, pick up our collector's edition, The Best of the Games, »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Pelé Will Not Attend Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, Citing Health Issues

5 August 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brazil's most iconic athlete is taking a pass. Pelé - the Brazilian athlete who is widely regarded as the greatest professional footballer in the history of the game - will not be at Friday's Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The 75-year-old cited health issues as the reason for missing the ceremony, saying he's not "physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics." His statement, issued Friday and reported by the Associated Press, went on to explain that the decision was his alone. For more of People's Olympic coverage, pick up our collector's edition, The Best of the Games, »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’ Review: Brazilian Soccer Giant’s Biopic Scores Zero Goals

12 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Any biopic attempting to capture the character of a once-in-a-lifetime athlete has its work cut out for it. Brazil’s soccer legend Pelé is one such sportsman, but the breathlessly superficial “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” from writers-directors Jeff and Mike Zimbalist is not the movie so vibrant and boundary-busting a figure deserves. Pelé’s story is already so sturdily mythic it demands insight, not further burnishing: the poor black Brazilian kid with exuberantly mad skills who healed his racially-divided, football-loving nation with a 1958 World Cup-clinching performance at 17 that led to a record-breaking career as the sport’s most beloved icon. »

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Most awaited football anthem “Ginga” by Ar Rahman from Pele out now

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

“Ginga”by Ar Rahman, titled after Pele’s popular style, has been released. The single has a celebratory vibe to it and its the most awaited football anthem.

Directed and written by Emmy Award nominated writers Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, the first biopic about the youngest World Cup winner, ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’ tells the miraculous story of the legendary Brazilian soccer player Pele’s rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17-year-old, who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958.

The film stars Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney. Produced by AcademyAward and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and being released in India by PVR Pictures, ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’ hits the theatres on May 13th.

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Pelé: Birth of a Legend – biopic of soccer's greatest is a terrible own goal

11 May 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A predictable and ham-fisted kids’ flick appears to be the aim of this attempt at committing the story of the Brazilian football great to celluloid, and it shows

In Star Wars – the first one – Luke Skywalker knows he’ll never be able to blow up the Death Star until he shuts down the fancy equipment on his X-Wing fighter, lets himself go and uses the Force. So it is with Pelé, the soccer star, who must disregard the Eurocentric obsessions of his coach and team captain, embrace his innate Brazilian gifts, and destroy those French jerks (and even nastier Swedes) who stand in the way of national glory.

Related: Pelé: Birth of a Legend continues the soccer star's big screen legacy

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[Review] Pelé: Birth of a Legend

10 May 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It may be called Pelé: Birth of a Legend, but Jeff and Michael Zimbalist‘s film is really about Ginga soccer and Brazil at risk of losing its soul. The climax depicts the 1958 World Cup with the country’s unexpected run to the final on the back of a seventeen year-old hobbled by a sprained knee, but it’s not his goal scoring that inspires confidence. His ability to run around the pitch in complete ignorance of the Europeans’ formation game lights a fire that burns deeper than technique. Vicente Feola (Vincent D’Onofrio trying a Portuguese accent) was hired to rebrand the team after a debilitating loss in 1950 and poor sportsmanship in 1954 by invoking that European way, but Pelé (Kevin de Paula) refused to forget his identity.

Ginga goes back to the African slave heritage of Brazil’s black community — explained as a fighting style and spirituality all but outlawed outside the soccer field. »

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Pelé: Birth of a Legend continues the soccer star's big screen legacy

10 May 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s clunky in places and has some very suspect accents, but the new biopic is far from the only own goal in the Brazilian legend’s on-screen back catalogue

Originally scheduled to appear in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the long-delayed Pelé: Birth of a Legend – the first ever biopic of the soccer legend – is finally being released. Co-directed by American brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, and executive produced by Pelé himself, the film unfolds like a superhero origin story crossed with a sporty riff on Slumdog Millionaire.

Related: 40 years on: how New York Cosmos lured Pelé to a football wasteland

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Pelé: Birth of a Legend continues the soccer star's big screen legacy

10 May 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s clunky in places and has some very suspect accents, but the new biopic is far from the only own goal in the Brazilian legend’s on-screen back catalogue

Originally scheduled to appear in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the long-delayed Pelé: Birth of a Legend – the first ever biopic of the soccer legend – is finally being released. Co-directed by American brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, and executive produced by Pelé himself, the film unfolds like a superhero origin story crossed with a sporty riff on Slumdog Millionaire.

Related: 40 years on: how New York Cosmos lured Pelé to a football wasteland

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Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’

29 April 2016 12:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In his 1992 soccer-fan memoir “Fever Pitch,” Nick Hornby recalled his first exposure to one of the great Pelé-led Brazilian World Cup teams, writing: “Brazil ruined it for all of us. They had revealed a kind of Platonic ideal that nobody, not even the Brazilians, would ever be able to find again.” Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s English-language “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” which dramatizes the star player’s first World Cup triumph, tries its best to visually convey just how revolutionary Pele’s arrival on the scene must have felt, but it’s continually hamstrung by an uninspiring, ultra-traditionalist narrative.

Shot in vivid color by “Black Swan” d.p. Matthew Libatique, with skillful editing and a rousingly rhythmic score from A.R. Rahman, the film nonetheless tackles the soccer legend’s early life with all the stolidness of an old-school bootstrap melodrama, yet its younger target audience should be able to appreciate the flash, »

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U.S. Trailer For ‘Pelé’ Showcases the Birth of a Legend

28 March 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Despite the worldwide popularity of the sport, it’s a shame the great football (aka soccer, around these parts) movies can mostly be counted on one hand. While it remains to be seen if the forthcoming biopic Pelé will be among them, it certainly has a great foundation to start with. The drama depicts the life of the soccer legend (born as Edson Arantes do Nascimento) from his upbringing in poverty in Brazil to becoming a global star by the time he was a teenager.

Directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist (who have previously worked on 30 for 30), the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a U.S. release this summer. Shot way back in the fall of 2013, it was thought it might be ready for the last FIFA World Cup, but then got delayed for re-shoots. With music from A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Darren Aronofsky’s go-to Dp Matthew Libatique, »

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Watch The New Trailer For PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend

25 March 2016 8:29 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Opening in theaters May 6th and VOD May 13th is the upcoming film PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend.

PELÉ tells the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17 year old who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever.

Starring Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney, check out the trailer below.

PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend is from Jeff and Michael Zimbalist – the filmmakers behind the sports documentary The Two Escobars.

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will screen PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend as part of its Special Screenings and events with Pelé in attendance. »

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Tribeca ‘16: Art and culture collide with Branson, Pelè and Aoki in Special Screenings, Events and Wip

25 March 2016 12:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 13 to April 24 in New York City and will screen two films that are works in progress, and five special screenings and four special events that include live performances by artists including Steve Aoki and Billie Joe Armstrong and special appearances including Sir Richard Branson and Pelè.

Dan Aykroyd (The Heart of the

Ghostbusters) in his Sony Ghost Corps office with pictures of his grandfather and father in the background along and other parapsychologist. Photo credit: Derrick Kunzer (co-producer and cinematographer of

Ghostheads)

Writer/director Brendan Mertens’ work in progress documentary Ghostheads is a special sneak preview into the many faces of the Ghostbusters fandom and its 30-year celebration as one of cinema’s most iconic franchises.  The Wip features interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Sigourney Weaver and Paul Feig.

From left to right: Bill Nye, Director Jason Sussberg, »

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IFC Films Drops First Trailer for 'Pelé: Birth of a Legend' + Sets Release Dates

24 March 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Imagine Entertainment's Pelé biopic, which will be titled "Pelé: Birth of a Legend," finally has an official release date: it opens in theaters on May 6th and on VOD on May 13th via distributor IFC Films. The film initially struggled to find a distributor thanks in part to reshoots and a lengthy post-production phase that caused delays (despite principal photography happening in 2013, the film was only completed just last year); also the sales company that was repping the film - Exclusive Media - imploded. The finished product was shopped at Cannes in 2015, but there were no takers, and one can only wonder why, given that it's a film about, arguably, »

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Watch 'PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend' Trailer Here!

24 March 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

IFC Films has released the official trailer for the upcoming biopic of Brazil’s most famous athlete, PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend, starring Kevin de Paula, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, and Colm Meaney.

PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend tells the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17 year old who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever.

PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend will premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 23, and then it will hit theaters on May 6 and will be available on demand May 13.

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Pelé Biopic Will Finally Make Its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Next Month (Pic)

8 March 2016 11:54 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Finally! Three years later... The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the complete lineups for its Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings programs, as well as the 10th annual Tribeca/Espn Film Festival, and it's all serious business. Of note, Imagine Entertainment's Pelé biopic, which will apparently be titled "Pelé: Birth of a Legend," which will make its World Premiere at the festival next month. The film struggled to find a distributor thanks in part to reshoots and a lengthy post-production phase that caused delays (despite principal photography happening in 2013, the film was only completed just last year); also the sales company that was »

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