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The Liberator screens as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 23 at 6 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. For ticket information go here
For any film fans nostalgic for the kind of sweeping, historical epic that Cecil B. DeMille and William Wyler created for the big, Big screen, than look no further than this work from Venezuelan director Alberto Avelo. It’s the story of South American hero, Simon Bolivar (Edgar Ramirez). When we first meet the man, he’s on the run from assassins after re-uniting with his lover/ freedom-fighting partner Manuela (Juana Acosta). But what led him to this point? Flashback to his visit to the court of Spain several years before. The plantation owner from across the Atlantic bests the King and romances future wife Maria (Maria Valverde). But when the newlyweds return to his homeland, things have changed. The »
- Jim Batts
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods America: Imagine the World Without Her (documentary; Dinesh D'Souza; rated PG-13) Begin Again (comedy; Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo; rated R) Deliver Us from Evil (another possession/exorcism horror flick supposedly based on true events; Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez; rated R) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (animated; voices: Ty Burrell, Max Charles; rated PG) X-Men: Days of Future Past (superhero sequel; Hugh Jackman, Jennifer...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Clive Barker fans, this is the week we’ve all been patiently waiting for as Scream Factory is set to release the highly anticipated Director’s Cut of Nightbreed onto Blu-ray, forever filling the void that most us of Cabal enthusiasts have felt for many, many years.
Also coming home this week is Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Axelle Carolyn’s indie horror project Soulmate and the cult classic Planet of the Vampires gets a much-needed HD overhaul as well.
Other titles to keep an eye out for this week include Free Fall, Grace: The Possession, Red Nights as well as HD presentations of two oddball 70’s classics- Squirm and Werewolf Woman.
Deliver Us From Evil (Sony Home Entertainment, Blu-ray /Digital HD & DVD)
- Heather Wixson
As we approach the year’s end and look back in hindsight, 2014 served up some great new entries into the horror genre as a whole. Films like Annabelle, The Badabook, As Above, So Below along with another new entry into The Purge franchise ensured that genre fans had plenty to keep them up at night in petrified fear.
One such title was Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil, the supernatural-infused crime drama that took its inspiration from real-life events. In fact, the film is said to be based on the bone-chilling personal accounts from Sargent Ralph Sarchie’s own NYPD experiences.
For Derrickson’s rendition, Eric Bana steps into the shoes of Sarchie — a detective who must wrestle his own personal demons while stalking the streets of the Big Apple to solve a series of gruelling murders. Joining Bana in Deliver Us From Evil are Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, »
- Michael Briers
The Satanic Panic hits store shelves on October 28th with the DVD and VOD release of Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us From Evil, a film based on the non-fiction accounts of former NYPD sergeant Ralph Sarchie in his 2001 book Beware The Night. And whether you accept Sarchie's insistence that his tale is real or not - and, obviously, there will always be those staunchly on both sides - director Derrickson certainly knows his way around delivering a solid scare. New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez star and with the home release right around the...
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A demon has traveled from the sands of Iraq to the streets of New York City, possessing people with a body-bending, tongue-hissing intensity. Only a world-weary police officer and an unconventional priest stand in its way. You can see them face off in a spiritual smack-down when Deliver Us From Evil comes out on home media next week, and Sony has provided us with five Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
“In Deliver Us From Evil, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Deliver Us From Evil. »
- Derek Anderson
Credited as the first mass audience movie ever made, “Employees,” admitedly, is just some 40-seconds long, the remake a homage to the Festival sited at the birthplace of film as a popular art and industry. Almodóvar’s remake came one day before Lyon’s closing ceremony, marked by a gala screening of “All About My Mother.” The Lumiere Festival is non-competitive. But a group of Lyon high-school students award a best film prize which this year was shared by Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Pedro Almodóvar’s “High Heels.”
“I’ve been in Lyon since Thursday and every hour have had marvellous surprises. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine sharing »
- John Hopewell
“Probably my favorite thing about Ralph is his personal integrity. He definitely cares about the individuals.” Retired NYPD police officer Ralph Sarchie, the subject of Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil, helps people who are plagued by demonic forces. Sony is releasing the exorcism film on home media soon, and we’ve been provided with an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip about Sarchie’s craft.
Deliver Us From Evil comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on October 28th with the following special features:
“In Deliver Us From Evil, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, »
- Derek Anderson
We don't yet know who will be cast as Marvel's Doctor Strange, but it seems like every known actor has been rumored for the role. We look back at all eighteen actors who have reportedly been in the running over that last four years and give you a bit of info on the casting woes.
From our understanding, the two actors who came the closest have been Joaquin Phoenix and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The first concept that almost went into production was to have a 30 something actor as Strange, who could be the new center of the Marvel cineverse in the way Iron Man is currently. The thinking was that by casting younger they could get more movies out of the chosen actor. When a deal with Gordon-Levitt couldn't be made, the script was changed to have an older Doctor Strange. During that rewrite period we went six months without any casting rumors. »
- Free Reyes
This past week, I got another heavily-embargoed peek behind the curtain of what Marvel's up to in the near-future, and once again, I feel like they've got a real handle on what they're doing. They have a very specific plan, and the focus it takes to pull that off is sort of remarkable. Obviously, one of the priorities at the studio right now is "Doctor Strange." Scott Derrickson is onboard to direct, and they are working right now to find the right person to play the Sorcerer Supreme. Recent reports had Joaquin Phoenix circling the project, a rumor that started as far back as the week before Comic-Con. It has now been reported that those negotiations stalled, and that is probably a good thing. I think Phoenix is enormously talented, but he may be the same sort of artist as Edgar Wright, who probably fits better doing his own thing »
- Drew McWeeny
BAFTA’s latest Life In Pictures conversation featured British screen icon Ray Winstone, who proved a big draw despite the unseasonably warm October afternoon. With no new title to stump for (although he did mention his upcoming childhood-focused autobiography Young Winstone), the veteran instead entertained the crowd with a freewheeling look at his four-decade-long career, which includes prominent roles in films such as Noah, The Departed, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
While he had plenty of quips about his adventures in Hollywood – including an uncanny Martin Scorsese impression – Winstone spoke passionately about his work in British cinema.
Famous for playing East End tough guys – “My wife asked me why I always walk in a room looking like I’m going to kill someone” – Winstone waxed lyrical about Gary Oldman’s work directing him in the gritty 1997 drama Nil By Mouth.
That film unflinchingly looks at »
- Ali Jaafar, Special To Deadline
In The Liberator, Edgar Ramirez plays Simon Bolivar, the legendary Latin American political and military leader who helped lift the yoke of Spanish Colonialism in South America. Directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, The Liberator is one of the most expensive Latin American films to date, and that price tag shows in the film’s enormous scope. It follows Bolivar’s transition from spoiled rich kid to revolutionary hero across decades and continents; featuring epic battles, magnificent aerial shots, and a magnetic performance from Ramirez. Back in June I sat down for an exclusive interview with Ramirez while he was in town for the Los Angeles Film Festival. He talked about the challenge of taking on such an iconic character, balancing the line between historical accuracy and performance, and what it was like shooting a film with such a broad scope. He also talked about what to expect from the Point Break remake, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Édgar Ramírez has been an actor on the rise for the past seven years, after he first came into prominence playing the deadly and mysterious Paz in The Bourne Ultimatum. Following roles in Vantage Point and Che (Part 1), the Venezuelan-born actor delivered a breakthrough performance in the mini-series Carlos, which lead to roles in Wrath of the Titans, Zero Dark Thirty, The Counselor and Deliver Us from Evil.
The actor takes on a character close to his heart in the fascinating indie drama The Liberator, where he plays the historic figure Simon Bolivar, who became a legend by literally liberating South American countries such as Peru, Panama, Northern Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and the actor's home country of Venezuela. I had the chance to speak with the actor earlier this summer about The Liberator, which hits theaters on October 3. Here's what he had to say below.
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Directed by Alberto Arvelo and written by Timothy J. Sexton, The Liberator introduces us to Simon Bolivar, the military and political leader who played a key role in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire in the 1800s. Bolivar was said to have fought over 100 battles in South America and ridden over 70,000 miles on horseback. But while his military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great, he and his army were liberators instead of conquerors.
Playing Simon Bolivar in The Liberator is Edgar Ramirez, who is best known for his roles in Carlos, Domino, The Bourne Ultimatum and Zero Dark Thirty. We watch as Ramirez takes Bolivar from being the son in a rich family to becoming a man who finds a renewed sense of purpose when he joins the growing colonial revolt against the Spanish crown.
Recently, I had the chance to sit »
- Ben Kenber
Joaquin Phoenix is out, Ethan Hawke is in. That's the latest report on Marvel's "Doctor Strange." Last we heard, Phoenix was reportedly in "final talks" to play the Sorcerer Supreme, but that deal is allegedly off the table, and now Hawke is Marvel's primary choice for the magical role, which will usher in a more supernatural side to the growing Marvel universe. According to This is Infamous, the "Boyhood" star is currently in contract talks, with the studio trying to lock him down for a six-picture deal, meaning that Strange could pop up in future "The Avengers" or "Guardians of the Galaxy" films, as well as appear in "Strange" sequels. Casting Hawke makes perfect sense, since director Scott Derrickson previously worked with Hawke on the 2012 horror film "Sinister." He most recently helmed the horror-cop hybrid "Deliver us From Evil." Several other big names have been in the rumor mill over the past year or so, »
- Dave Lewis
To celebrate Simon Bolivar, Venezuela's answer to George Washington, is to mourn the death of a fanciful and impossible idea: the pan–Latin American state. A key figure in Hispanic America's independence from Spain, Bolivar is eye-rollingly romanticized as a wonderful lover and an even better fighter in Alberto Arvelo's lushly produced, dully reverential The Liberator, Venezuela's submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. Played by Édgar Ramírez, this Bolivar isn't any deeper than the elementary-school version of the hero: He came, he saw, he liberated. Timothy J. Sexton's bilingual script merely lists the military leader's triumphs and setbacks, with scant attention paid to dramatic structure or character development. The portrait »
Plowing the Sea: Arvelo’s Portrait of Famed Leader Hardly Revolutionary
Arriving with all the earmarks of a truncated and incredibly abridged version of history in order to cram into the corset of a two hour cinematic straightjacket, Alberto Arvelo’s The Liberator unwisely attempts to chart nearly the entire life of Simon Bolivar in one dense chunk. The result is a jack hammered miasma of assorted clichés, conflating events into a romanticized exaggeration of generalization, which collapses, as these types often do, into a hellishly dull exercise more appropriate for a high school history course.
It is September 25, 1828 in Bogota and Simon Bolivar (Edgar Ramirez) has just been chased out of the bed chamber of his lady love to evade members of the Spanish monarchy. We fly back to twenty eight years earlier in time, to his period as a wealthy member of the Venezuelan elite, visiting Spain to »
- Nicholas Bell
Spanish actress María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis also star in the story of Bolivar’s fight to free South America from Spanish rule and his role in establishing the Hispanic-American republic of Gran Colombia.
The film generated close to 600,000 admissions when it opened in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for its “artistic and production value, staging/realisation, music and photography.”
The film shot in Venezuelan locations such as Llanos de Acarigua, Parque Nacional de Canaima and Caracas, in addition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mundial, Im Global’s joint venture with Canana, is handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. Cohen Media Group acquired the North American rights and will be releasing the film on Oct. 3 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and other markets.
The film was released in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for “artistic and production value, staging/realization, music and photography.”
See also: “Liberator” review.
The film is told from Bolivar’s point of view, and features his military campaigns and his vision to unify South America.
“The Liberator” is a Venezuelan-Spanish co-production between Producciones Insurgentes and San Mateo Films. »
- Dave McNary
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