On June 10 — the same day the late Muhammad Ali will be honored in a memorial procession and interfaith service in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. — the 2001 biopic “Ali” will return to a limited number of theaters around the country. (We found it at AMC Barrywoods and Town Center.) Will Smith, who will be one of the pallbearers, was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the late boxing legend; Jon Voight, who played sportscaster Howard Cosell, was nominated as well.
If you want more movies to remember Ali, here’s a one-two punch of possibilities:
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▪ “When We Were Kings” (1996): Leon Gast’s behind-the-scenes documentary about the Rumble in the Jungle, the 1974 bout between an aging Ali (then 32) and a young George Foreman.
▪ “The Greatest” (1977): Not actually the greatest movie, but with Ali playing himself it’s mesmerizing. You can click this link to watch the full film.
What’s in a name?
Everyone loves “The Shawshank Redemption,” right? But the 1994 prison drama, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was no hit at the box office. Freeman, who is out promoting “Now You See Me 2,” thinks he knows why:
“I read the script and it was so well done, such a good script,” Freeman said on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” this week. “And I said to my agent, ‘OK, I’ll do anything in here.’ ” But that title! “The original title was Stephen King’s book: ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,’ ” Freeman said. “Now, don’t choose Shawshank Redemption when you’ve got Rita Hayworth! So they said when I complained — and I did — that it won’t fit on the marquee. So what? Just put ‘Rita Hayworth …’ but they chose not to, and so it took a while to catch on.”
Does anyone like Sacha Baron Cohen anymore? I mean his “Brothers Grimsby” tanked in March, and he helped drag down last month’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” And yet Warner Bros. is thinking about casting him for a film adaptation of the “Mandrake the Magician” comic strip, according to Deadline Hollywood. Mandrake, like the Four Horsemen in the “Now You See Me” movies, uses his illusionist powers for good. Some might think Baron Cohen should just perform his own disappearing act.