10 items from 2014
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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While many films prospered during the DVD era, the slasher subgenre is being treated with more love and respect in this Blu-ray age, and that suits me just fine! Case in point: The 1987 slasher flick Slaughterhouse will see an HD bow sometime next year.
We don't know who's releasing this little gem yet, but we were tipped off by a post on metal band Mortician's Facebook page:
So today I received a message from Rick Roessler, the producer and director of the cult classic film "Slaughterhouse," requesting the use of the Mortician song "Slaughterhouse" for inclusion in the ending credits of the Blu-ray release of the film. Where do I begin? Um... how fast can we say yes? Since that is a Relapse Records owned song, they will have to deal with them, but we of course said yes and hope it happens. Oh yeah and in case you didn't catch that. »
- Matt Serafini
Edgar Ramirez is a pretty terrific actor. He also happens to have an impressive resume with appearances in such feature films as Domino, Vantage Point, Zero Dark Thirty as well as the mini-series “Carlos the Jackal.” And this weekend he is taking on a demon or two in Deliver Us From Evil. In the new Scott Derrickson directed flick, Ramirez steals nearly every scene he is in. The man exudes a ton of presence in the film and gives one hell of a performance. When I sat »
When Marvel hired Scott Derrickson to direct their upcoming Doctor Strange movie, my first thought was, I hope he casts Édgar Ramírez. Turns out, he might! Ramírez is doing press for the Derrickson-directed thriller Deliver Us From Evil, and IGN asked him if the director had approached him about a role in the Marvel movie. The actor said,
"We’re talking. We’ve been talking."
I would like Ramírez to be in all the things, so I am hoping that means he is about to sign on to star in Doctor Strange. But the actor wouldn't elaborate on what exactly they've been talking about, so it could mean that he joins Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy on the short (but apparently growing) list of actors up for the titular role, or it could mean that he is in the running to play Doctor Strange’s nemesis Baron Mordo, »
- Mily Dunbar
We're not sure Edgar Ramirez's career has quite shaken out the way we thought it might in the last few years. Having made his screen debut in "Domino," of all things, Ramirez ticked along appearing in things like "Vantage Point," "Che" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," before giving an explosively brilliant performance in Olivier Assayas' epic "Carlos." Since then, though, things have been a bit more mixed: Ramirez played the villain in the awful "Wrath of The Titans," was better in a tiny role in "Zero Dark Thirty," and will next appear in ropey-looking horror "Deliver Us From Evil," with the lead in the "Point Break" remake also on the way. But maybe sticking to foreign language fare is the secret? Ramirez's latest lead role is in Alberto Arvelo's "The Liberator," written by "Children Of Men" scribe Timothy J. Sexton, a period biopic of Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez, 37, is set to replace Gerard Butler in Alcon's Point Break remake. According to Variety, Ramirez is the man who will now play Bodhi in the remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 classic about an undercover FBI agent attempting to infiltrate a gang of criminals. In the original, the gang was a pack of surfers. In the remake, surfing has been replaced by extreme sports.
Butler was set to play the enigmatic Bodhi, inheriting the role from Patrick Swayze, and would've been the leader of the gang. As the story progresses, our undercover FBI agent (this time played by Luke Bracey) becomes seduced by Bodhi's lifestyle and philosophies about life to the point where the lines become blurred for him. Butler had to exit the project, though, due to a scheduling conflict which opened the door for Ramirez. The actor has had quite a career so far, with roles in The Bourne Ultimatum, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Offers nothing by way of suspense, intrigue, or characters who rise even a little bit above the yawningly bland. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
For a movie called Paranoia, there’s precious little here in the way of irrational — or even rational — anxiety or delusional fear or worry about whom to trust with what. There’s precious little of big-name, big-charisma stars Gary Oldman (RoboCop) or Harrison Ford (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), who mostly just wander into scenes every once in a while as if to remind you how much cooler and more intense a movie this could have been. There is, alas, a helluva lot of Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), even as it is becoming increasingly clear that his big brother, Chris, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
For the third weekend in a row, The Lego Movie easily took first place at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii both attracted little interest from moviegoers.The Lego Movie fell 37 percent to an estimated $31.5 million. That's the second-highest third weekend ever for an animated movie behind Shrek 2 ($37.9 million). Through 17 days the movie has earned $183.2 million, and Warner Bros. recently announced that they are moving ahead with a sequel (currently scheduled for Memorial Day 2017). In second place, 3 Days to Kill opened to an estimated $12.3 million. That's a bit lower than The Family, which was the last collaboration between Relativity Media and French producer Luc Besson. It is at least a minor improvement over recent EuropaCorp outings like Colombiana ($10.4 million) and From Paris with Love ($8.2 million). More so than other Besson productions, 3 Days to Kill seemed like a close relative to 2009 hit Taken: both movies »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While we weren’t exactly thrilled with Taken 2, and Liam Neeson went on the record saying he didn’t think a third film was likely, a big box office result and a potentially lucrative deal for the man with the particular set of skills led to the announcement last June of Taken 3. The second film’s director, Olivier Megaton, is back behind the megaton-phone, and he has Forest Whitaker in talks to co-star.Producer Luc Besson and regular scribbling partner Robert Mark Kamen have thrashed out the screenplay for the film, though we don’t yet know exactly what will be happening beyond the obvious possibilities for kidnapping once again. Neeson is back as Bryan Mills, and Deadline reports that Maggie Grace will return to play his daughter Kim, and Whitaker, if he makes a deal, will join them in some capacity.Though he's been on a run of higher-brow drama recently, »
10 items from 2014
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