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Showtime revealed Feb. 17 that it is developing The Ali Summit, a limited series about the momentous June 4, 1967, gathering of 11 of the nation's top black athletes (plus Ohio state representative Carl Stokes) to vet and ultimately to support Muhammad Ali's conscientious objection to the Vietnam War draft. The drama, from Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (The Two Escobars), is the latest scripted project explicitly to tackle the topic of race relations in the U.S. and, to a lesser degree,...
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Showtime Developing Muhammad Ali Civil-Rights Movement Limited Series

Showtime Developing Muhammad Ali Civil-Rights Movement Limited Series
Showtime is developing “The Ali Summit,” a civil-rights limited series about Muhammad Ali objecting to the Vietnam War draft, Variety has learned.

“The Ali Summit” captures a seminal moment in the civil-rights movement: the gathering of 12 of the nation’s top black intellectuals and athletes to first vet and then ultimately support Ali’s conscientious objection to the Vietnam War draft, 50 years ago in 1967. The series will explore the intersection of civil rights and sports that continues to resonate today, and tracks the FBI’s crusade against Ali, Jim Brown and other black leaders in the lead-up to Ali’s arrest for draft evasion at the peak of his boxing career.

Brown will serve as an executive producer on the project.

Jeff and Michael Zimbalist will serve as writers and directors on the limited series. They will also serve as executive producers, along with Brown, Monique Brown, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth.

The
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It could be a twin win for Ar Rahman once again at 89th Academy Awards

In 2009, Ar Rahman was honoured with two Oscars awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song Jai Ho from the film Slumdog Millionaire and was also a nominee in the year 2011. It could be a twin win for Indian music maestro once again at the Academy Awards as his work for Pele: Birth of a Legend has found a spot in an initial list of Oscar contenders for the year. 'Ginga', Rahman's acclaimed number from the 2016 biographical film, is in the Oscar race too. He has been included in a 'long list' of 145 scores in contention for a nomination in the Original Score category for the upcoming 89th Academy Awards. It is part of the 91 songs, which are competing for a spot in the final nominations for the Original Song category. Co-directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, Pele: Birth of a Legend is based on the early
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A.R.Rahman to bag an Oscar again?

A.R.Rahman who won twin Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire has a good news. A popular daily has announced the eligible 145 Original Scores for this year, among which Rahman's Pele score also features.

Pelé: Birth of a Legend, which was the story about the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele had music by A.R.Rahman and was directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist.

The film was critically acclaimed especially for the background score by A.R.Rahman. Since it has now been announced as eligible for the Oscars, it might as well be A.R.Rahman’s next big award. Will history repeat itself for the legendary musician?...
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Grammy and Academy Award Winning Musician A.R. Rahman Joins Forces with Pelé for Biopic

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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Laurel Bernard Joins Simulmedia as Entertainment Marketing President (Exclusive)

Laurel Bernard Joins Simulmedia as Entertainment Marketing President (Exclusive)
Advanced television advertising company Simulmedia has hired longtime Fox executive Laurel Bernard as its new president of entertainment marketing. Bernard will be based in Los Angeles and report to Michael Zimbalist, the company’s chief marketing officer.

Bernard was one of the hundreds of Fox executives who recently accepted a voluntary employee buyout offer. She most recently served as executive vice president of marketing for Fox Broadcasting, a position she held for nine years.

“I have worked with Simulmedia and seen first-hand their ability to drive the kind of results that TV marketers need,” said Bernard. “I am energized by the opportunity to help expand Simulmedia’s footprint in Hollywood, where all entertainment marketers are beset by the challenge of finding audiences quickly, efficiently and at scale, and driving those audiences to take an action.”

Bernard spent 27 years at Fox, serving two stints at Fox Broadcasting, where she helped launch “Empire,” “American Idol
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Most awaited football anthem “Ginga” by Ar Rahman from Pele out now

“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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[Review] Pelé: Birth of a Legend

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

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

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

Continue reading...
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Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’

Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’
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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Watch The New Trailer For PELÉ: Birth Of A Legend

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

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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Imagine’s Brian Grazer Unearths Emerald Crime Tale With ‘Pele’ Helmers Jeff & Michael Zimbalist

Exclusive: Universal Pictures has optioned an untitled pitch hatched by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, who will produce alongside executive producer Anna Culp. They’ve set Jeff & Michael Zimbalist to write and direct a thriller set in Colombia's lawless mining region. The gangster saga centers on the mystery of the world's largest emerald. The Zimbalists, writing the script with Zack Akers, are Emmy-winners who’ve done films for HBO, MTV, PBS, Espn, Channel 4Uk…
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Composer A.R. Rahman Focuses on Projects Closer to Home in India

Composer A.R. Rahman Focuses on Projects Closer to Home in India
Prolific Indian composer A.R. Rahman has decided to slow down in order to get more done.

The composer, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” and was nominated for “127 Hours,” has decided to cut down his Hollywood assignments. His hitherto peripatetic life — he finished a summer concert series in the U.S. and just played a one-off show at London’s O2 Arena — will now be largely confined to Chennai, India, where he will spend more time with his young family and his passion project, the Km Music Conservatory.

Launched in 2008 under the aegis of the A.R. Rahman Foundation, the conservatory offers diplomas in collaboration with the U.K.’s Middlesex U. that combines the Hindustani and Western classical traditions, as well as a range of part-time courses including instrumental and vocal training, audio engineering and electronic music production.

Considered India’s preeminent composer, the 48-year-old Rahman has scored some 150 films in the Tamil,
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Berlin: 'Pele' Biopic Won't Be Ready in Time for World Cup (Exclusive)

Berlin: 'Pele' Biopic Won't Be Ready in Time for World Cup (Exclusive)
Berlin — Pele, the biopic about the legendary Brazilian soccer player and one of the hottest market titles at last year’s Efm, has hit injury time. A lengthy spell in post-production and reshoots for the project, written and directed by Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist, means Pele won’t be ready for delivery before this summer's soccer World Cup. Photos: Olympics: Sochi Mascots Reimagined by Hollywood’s Top Animation Talent Many buyers pre-bought the title on the guarantee that it would go out before the World Cup's kickoff in Brazil June 12, hoping the hype surrounding the sporting event would

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Tonight: New Espn '30 for 30' Doc 'Youngstown Boys' (On Maurice Clarett & Coach Jim Tressel)

As a former Ohio State University student, and Columbus, Oh resident, both stories are very familiar to me, and I'm looking forward to checking out this documentary, to fill in holes. Following a successful fall slate of documentaries, Espn Films will debut a new 30 for 30 tonight, Saturday, December 14, at 9 p.m. Et on Espn after the Heisman Trophy Presentation. Youngstown Boys is directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, known for their 2010 30 for 30 documentary The Two Escobars, which was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival. Youngstown Boys explores class and power dynamics in college sports through the...
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TV Review: Espn’s ‘Youngstown Boys’

Afforded a plum slot coming out of Espn’s Heisman Trophy presentation, “Youngstown Boys” is an interesting but slightly disjointed documentary from the network’s “30 for 30” franchise. Chronicling inequity in college football through two of Ohio’s native sons — former the Ohio State U coach Jim Tressel and running back Maurice Clarett — filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist devote too much time to certain aspects of the story and seemingly not enough to others. Kudos to Espn for airing a tough piece on one of college football’s big nights, but given gilded the expectations associated with the “30 for “30” name, it’s no prize-winner.

Running close to 100 minutes sans commercials, the movie meticulously introduces Clarett as a kid estranged from his father, but with a gift for football, and Tressel as a coach who looked like a product of central casting. Together, they helped Osu win its first national championship in
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Steven Spielberg's Longtime Editor Michael Kahn Tapped for 'Pele' (Exclusive)

Steven Spielberg's Longtime Editor Michael Kahn Tapped for 'Pele' (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn, Steven Spielberg's longtime collaborator, has been hired to work on Pele, the biopic about the legendary Brazilian soccer player. Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist direct the pic, which just wrapped shooting in Brazil. The film chronicles Pele's rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to international stardom when, as a 17-year-old, he led Brazil to its first World Cup victory in 1958. Story: 'Pele' Movie: First Photo From Biopic Released Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney and Seu Jorge star in the film. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Seine Pictures' Ivan Orlic

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New Film From Directors of 'The Two Escobars' to Air As Part of Espn's '30 for 30' in December

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New Film From Directors of 'The Two Escobars' to Air As Part of Espn's '30 for 30' in December
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's "The Two Escobars" was one of the best films from the first round of Espn's "30 for 30" documentary series, not to mention a hit on the fest circuit, playing Tribeca, Cannes and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The doc explored how the lives and deaths of Columbian soccer player Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar were intertwined. The brothers are currently working on "Pele," a biopic of the Brazilian soccer legend that they co-wrote and directed, but they've also maintained their relationship with Espn, co-directing the first "30 for 30" short "Arnold's Blueprint," as well as "Youngstown Boys," which it was announced today will be the next feature-length film in the series to air. "Youngstown Boys," slated to premiere Saturday, December 14th at 9pm after the Heisman Trophy Presentation, is a look at the class and power dynamics in college sports as told through the stories of
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