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Muhammad ‘Ali’ Biopic Returning to Theaters for Limited Run

8 June 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony’s “Ali,” the Muhammad Ali biopic starring Will Smith, will return to theaters this weekend in limited release as an homage and celebration of the life of the American icon.

Sony said the film, directed by Michael Mann, will be shown in a few hundred locations nationwide. Ali passed away on June 3.

It was recently reported that Smith, who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the legendary boxer, would be a pallbearer at Ali’s funeral this Friday, June 10, in Louisville, Kentucky.

“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution.

“The film truly honors everything that made Ali one of the central figures of our time, a man who commanded his sport but whose personal faith and principles made him mean so much more,” Bruer added. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Ali’ Director Michael Mann on the Greatest, the Man Behind the Movie (Guest Column)

8 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Muhammad Ali’s biggest struggles culminated in 1974’s Rumble in the Jungle, where it seemed that the spirit of the progressive forces in the world was about to battle the spirit of the repressive status quo.

Early on, Cassius Clay related to the wider world. His father was interested in Marcus Garvey and pan-Africanism. Cassius started reading “Muhammad Speaks” in 1959. In the early ‘60s, the front page may have featured the opening of a Nation of Islam haberdashery on 64th Street in Chicago, but buried in the middle pages were national liberation struggles in the third world, Patrice Lumumba in the Congo, gleaming new public housing in Nkrumah’s Ghana.

Then, when he became world champion and changed his religion and declared himself free of every Jim Crow assumption and expectation including his slave name (“I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. »

- Michael Mann

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