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First look at ‘Pele’ is here

11 November 2013 4:07 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The first look at Pele has hot the web, and you can see it below.

Pele tells the story of the Brazilian soccer phenomenon who gained worldwide fame. Michael and Jeff Zimbalist are writing and the directing the film, which has been described as an origin story “chronicling Pele’s rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to become the people’s hero when, as a 17-year-old, he led Brazil to its first World Cup victory, in 1958.”

In the picture below you can see Leonardo Lima Carvalho, who plays Pele from ages 10 to 13, in the alleys of Bauro, Sao Palo playing with a soccer ball made of socks.

The film stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney and Seu Jorge.

Here’s a little info on Pele courtesy of Wikipedia:

Pele was trained since birth to become great by his father, mentor and former footballer (who was »

- Philip Sticco

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First Image Released From Pele Biopic

11 November 2013 9:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Today we have our first look at Pele, an upcoming biopic about the titular Brazilian soccer legend written and directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. Those names might not sound familiar but the duo was behind the fantastic 30 for 30 documentary The Two Escobars, so their familiarity with the sport should lend itself well to this upcoming project.

Widely regarded as one of greatest to ever play the sport, Pele is still a major figure in in the soccer world and the film looks to chronicle his entire life.

Check out the plot summary below:

PELÉ tells the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy to the 17 year old player 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 »

- Steven Attanasie

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First Look At Biopic Of Soccer Legend 'Pele'

11 November 2013 6:16 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even if you don't know your yellow cards from your free kicks, you likely know the name Pele (unless you're Colin Firth's Portuguese love interest in "Love Actually"). The Brazilian soccer legend is still regarded as one of the best to ever hit the pitch, and still remains an ambassador for the sport, so it's no surprise a biopic is on the way. And today brings the first look at the movie and the actor Leonardo Lima Carvalho who plays the footie phenom from ages 10-13. The film is now in production with Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist writing and directing. More details on the movie below:PELÉ tells the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy to the 17 year old player who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958.  From a life full of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look Image From Imagine Entertainment's 'Pele' Biopic

8 November 2013 10:33 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé (born Edison Arantes do Nascimento) will be the subject of a scripted feature film which will see the involvement of Brian Grazer and his Imagine Entertainment. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist penned the screenplay, and are directing the film as well, with principal photography scheduled to end this month. The brothers Zimbalist last helmed the acclaimed documentary The Two Escobars for Espn Films in 2010. According to Imagine Entertainment, the plan is to produce "more of a coming-of-age story that will trace Pele's childhood until he won his first World Cup in Sweden at the age of 17." Vincent »

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First Look: ‘Pele’ Biopic Shoots in Brazil (Exclusive)

7 November 2013 3:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento — better known to the world as Pele — scored 1,283 goals in his career and is the only player who was on teams that won the World Cup three times. He also stopped a civil war in Belgian Congo in 1969 as the combatants wanted to watch him play, and during the 1966 World Cup in England got a phone call from the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein offering an exclusive Beatles’ performance for the Brazilian team. He was politely refused.

The story of the poor Brazilian kid from the Tres Coracoes hamlet who became the King of Soccer and a global legend will finally be told in an English-language feature for the world market in “Pele.” The biopic will focus on Pele’s rise from a young boy to his first World Cup victory in 1958.

But the film is a U.S. production from Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures, »

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Rodrigo Santoro, Vincent D'Onofrio & Diego Boneta Join 'Pelé' Biopic

3 October 2013 9:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Seine Pictures has announced the start of principal photography on Pelé, a biopic about iconic Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, and they've also announced the principal cast of the film shooting on location in Brazil with writers Michael and Jeff Zimbalist also working behind the camera. Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro are in final talks to join the chronicle of the legendary athlete from childhood to his acclaimed soccer career. They will be joined by Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages), Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek) and Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)in supporting roles. Imagine Entertainment co-founder and Academy Award winer Brian Grazer is producing the film which will tell the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy to the 17 year old player who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup »

- Ethan Anderton

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Pele Biopic Begins Production, Adds Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro And More

2 October 2013 9:38 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While Ron Howard probably has the .Sports Movie of 2013. locked up with his Formula One racing movie Rush , his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer is probably hoping to take the title in 2014, as his biopic Pelé began principal photography on September 30th in Brazil. According to a press release, the film.s entire cast was announced, and it is a mixed bag of nationalities and acting status. Vincent D.Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), and one of Brazil.s most famous actor.s, Rodrigo Santoro (300), have all signed on for the film. They.ll join Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and Brazilian musician Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou) in the film. One of the most internationally recognized and respected athletes ever, Edson Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pelé), is quite possibly the greatest soccer player to play the game. The film, »

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The Overlooked Performances of Sylvester Stallone

3 June 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With Bullet to the Head Sylvester Stallone has done what his action movie compadre  did recently with The Last Stand. He has reinvented himself, post-Expendables, in his own image. That is the action hero persona which thrived in the 80s, was tempered in the decade following as the unease surrounding the relentless violence inherent in the films grew, and then through an almost self-parodic journey ended with the battle royale supercast of The Expendables.

With Arnie’s The Last Stand and Stallone’s Bullet to the Head the action hero is back and what is refreshing is that the advancing years of the two stars is no barrier, indeed is in some way integral to the characters.

The two actors will forever be linked to several of their more prominent roles. Their names will immediately conjure up the actors in the various films; The Terminator, Rocky Balboa, Conan, John Rambo and so on. »

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Global Village: Spaniards Salivate Over Food Shows; France Debates Mobile Tax, More

23 May 2013 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China

“Django” Eventually Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” returned to Chinese multiplexes May 12 after being suddenly removed, in some cases midscreening, a month ago. The pic has been stripped of three minutes of nude scenes, but the movie’s China B.O. will suffer less from the cuts than it will from competition from actioners “Iron Man 3″ and “Oblivion,” which are both still playing in the territory.

Pakistan

Bollywood Blackout

The nation’s distribs and exhibs have taken a page out of China’s protectionist playbook, aiming to shield the struggling local industry from foreign pics by blocking wildly popular Bollywood films during the Aug. 8 Eid holiday frame. Four Pakistani films are due for release in the period, including Bilal Lashari’s action pic “Waar,” with a budget of 170 million Pakistan rupees ($1.7 million) the most expensive local film ever made. The decision is unlikely to please Pakistani auds. »

- Variety Staff

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Pelé movie goes to Cannes ahead of August 2013 filming start

10 May 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Brazilian soccer star Pelé's life story will be turned into a movie.

Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (The Two Escobars) will write and direct the feature film from Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures.

Pelé, who is serving as an executive producer, will appear at this month's Cannes Film Festival to support the international launch of the movie. Imagine's Brian Grazer, Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth and Dany Wolf are also producers on the film.

The untitled biopic will chart Pelé's rise to fame from his impoverished youth to sporting superstardom. Pelé helped Brazil to their first ever World Cup victory in 1958 and was a part of two further World Cup-winning sides.

Pelé is regarded as the greatest football player of all time by many fans and pundits. He scored 1,281 goals in a career spanning 1,363 games.

The film is currently in production for a proposed shooting start date in August »

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Biopic Of Soccer Legend ‘Pelé’ Coming

10 May 2013 12:52 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Legendary soccer player Pelé is getting his own biopic. This announcement comes a day after current soccer star Lionel Messi had a film of his own announced.

The film is written and will be directed by Michael Zimbalist (writer of 30 for 30: The Two Escobars) and Jeff Zimbalist (directed 30 for 30: The Two Escobars).

Description of Pelé from Fifa.com

Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Pele. O Rei. Whatever the name, the memory is the same: of a world-beating superstar, a record-breaking football icon. Above and beyond his unequalled achievement in winning three FIFA World Cups, Pele was a genius who was constantly reinventing the game of football.

Logline: PELÉ tells the inspirational story of Pelé’s rise to glory, from his impoverished youth in Brazil to a soccer prodigy who put the hopes and dreams of his country on his shoulders, to lead Brazil to its first ever world cup »

- Alex Corey

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Pelé Movie Gets Go-Ahead

9 May 2013 11:43 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

If Goal didn't do it for you and you're still wrapping your head around the intricacies of Bend It Like Beckham, news of a Pelé movie will be like balm to your troubled, football-loving soul.Edison Arantes do Nascimento, the Brazilian superstar and arguably the greatest player to ever kick a goal, is getting the full biopic treatment in a movie that tracks his life from a poor upbringing in São Paulo to fame and glory as a 17 year-old superstar at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.No doubt there'll also be plenty on his years in a Allied Pow camp and his heroic performance against a Wehrmacht XI in Paris. Wait, that's Escape To Victory. Scratch that.The so-far untitled Pelé movie has a heavyweight production team, with Brian Grazer, veteran of truth-life stories like Rush, Frost/Nixon and J. Edgar, and Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth and Dany Wolf overseeing things. »

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