HOLLYWOOD STARS TALK ABOUT MANNY PACQUIAO

Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg may be among the biggest names in Hollywood action movies, but when it comes to “real action stars” both celebrities admit to being fans of Filipino Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao. Neeson who narrates the documentary Manny says he has been a fan of Pacquiao “for many, many years.”  “What a boxer. He is one of the greats,” the Irish actor said during his most recent guesting at ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kimmel and Neeson then chatted about co-starring together in Manny, which will be having its world premiere during the week-long South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 8. “After I narrated (our) film, the producer sent me an e-mail with a little film footage of Manny saying to the camera, ‘Hello, Liam, I look forward to meeting you,’ and I’m showing it to everybody,” Neeson shared with the TV host. “I haven’t met him… but he is a fantastic boxer.” Pacquiao himself has appeared on the Kimmel show several times, and Kimmel shared that he was also interviewed for the documentary. Another very vocal Pacquiao fan is Mark Wahlberg, who often visited the eight-division champion at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles whenever Pacquiao trained there. Wahlberg even credited Pacquiao as his model when he portrayed retired boxer Mickey “Irish” Ward in the movie, The Fighter. “Every time he was training at Wild Card Gym, I watched him because my whole approach was, I wanted to look like a Manny Pacquiao-caliber fighter. I didn’t want to look like another actor who’s doing an okay job,” he was quoted in one of his interviews. Other personalities appearing in the documentary include actor Jeremy Piven; boxers Oscar de la Hoya and Evander Holyfield, singer Dan Hill, respected sportswriters and boxing analysts as well as friends and family of Pacquiao. Directed by Ryan Moore and Leon Gast, Manny takes a look at the inspiring life story of Pacquiao who rose from poverty to become a 10-time boxing world champion, congressman and international icon.

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Manny Pacquiao is the subject of a nearly two-hour long feature film documentary entitled "Manny" that will premier during a week-long film festival next month in Austin, Texas, according to the film's director/producer, Ryan Moore. The movie is narrated by actor Liam Neeson, a former boxer, with the musical score by composer Lorne Balfe, whose credits include Inception, The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes. Moore, 33, co-directed the film with Leon Gast, who won an Oscar for the documentary When We Were Kings, which detailed "The Rumble In The Jungle," the 1974 heavyweight championship in which Muhammad Ali regained the title from George Foreman. "Right now, we have a world premier scheduled at the The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas in early March that will be announced formally sometime this week," said Moore. "It's arguably the largest film/music/interactive festival in North America, and they're expecting over 300,000 attendees this year for that festival. We'll be one of the headlining events there.".

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It’s not a reality show; it’s a docu on boxer-turned-lawmaker Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, more popularly known as Pacman. The biggest challenge in making the documentary “Manny” was sifting through 1,200 hours of raw footage, said coproducer Don Puno. The production team had to follow Pacquiao for four and a half years in making the docu.
“The hardest part was editing. Manny also gave us 200 hours of his personal home videos of his earlier fights and his kids’ birthday parties,” Puno told the Inquirer shortly after the Philippine premiere of “Manny” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on Monday. Moving target: “Another difficulty was the fact that Manny is a moving target, meaning we’re shooting a guy who is in the middle of his life,” Puno explained. “We didn’t know how to end the story. There was no script. We just had to figure things out as we went along. Only when Manny was knocked out [by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012] did we find the beginning of our story.” The film, directed by Filipino-AmericanRyan Moore and Academy-award winner Leon Gast (“When We Were Kings”), was among the 150 films selected out of 2,000 entries that debuted at the recent 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Manny Pacquiao’s Hollywood fans include Liam Neeson (far left)

MANILA, MARCH 10, 2014 (PHILSTAR) Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg may be among the biggest names in Hollywood action movies, but when it comes to “real action stars” both celebrities admit to being fans of Filipino Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao.

Neeson who narrates the documentary Manny says he has been a fan of Pacquiao “for many, many years.”

“What a boxer. He is one of the greats,” the Irish actor said during his most recent guesting at ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel and Neeson then chatted about co-starring together in Manny, which will be having its world premiere during the week-long South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 8.

“After I narrated (our) film, the producer sent me an e-mail with a little film footage of Manny saying to the camera, ‘Hello, Liam, I look forward to meeting you,’ and I’m showing it to everybody,” Neeson shared with the TV host. “I haven’t met him… but he is a fantastic boxer.”

Pacquiao himself has appeared on the Kimmel show several times, and Kimmel shared that he was also interviewed for the documentary.

Another very vocal Pacquiao fan is Mark Wahlberg, who often visited the eight-division champion at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles whenever Pacquiao trained there.

Wahlberg even credited Pacquiao as his model when he portrayed retired boxer Mickey “Irish” Ward in the movie, The Fighter.

“Every time he was training at Wild Card Gym, I watched him because my whole approach was, I wanted to look like a Manny Pacquiao-caliber fighter. I didn’t want to look like another actor who’s doing an okay job,” he was quoted in one of his interviews.

Other personalities appearing in the documentary include actor Jeremy Piven; boxers Oscar de la Hoya and Evander Holyfield, singer Dan Hill, respected sportswriters and boxing analysts as well as friends and family of Pacquiao.

Directed by Ryan Moore and Leon Gast, Manny takes a look at the inspiring life story of Pacquiao who rose from poverty to become a 10-time boxing world champion, congressman and international icon.

Gast won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature (1996) for When We Were Kings a film about the classic match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman which happened in Kinshaha, Congo, in 1974.

The film also features original music by composer Lorne Balfe (Inception, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) and songs by Yardnoise with Chad Hugo (The Neptunes/NERD).

Manny opens on March 12 in Philippine theaters and will be distributed by Solar Entertainment Corp.

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Manny Pacquiao documentary to premier in March February 11, 2014

Manny Pacquiao is the subject of a nearly two-hour long feature film documentary entitled "Manny" that will premier during a week-long film festival next month in Austin, Texas, according to the film's director/producer, Ryan Moore.

Click here for a video clip of "Manny"

The movie is narrated by actor Liam Neeson, a former boxer, with the musical score by composer Lorne Balfe, whose credits include Inception, The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes.

Moore, 33, co-directed the film with Leon Gast, who won an Oscar for the documentary When We Were Kings, which detailed "The Rumble In The Jungle," the 1974 heavyweight championship in which Muhammad Ali regained the title from George Foreman.

"Right now, we have a world premier scheduled at the The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas in early March that will be announced formally sometime this week," said Moore.

"It's arguably the largest film/music/interactive festival in North America, and they're expecting over 300,000 attendees this year for that festival. We'll be one of the headlining events there.".

Moore said that he interviewed Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven and Jimmy Kimmel, as well as boxing commentator, Larry Merchant, and other boxing journalists for the film.

Pacquiao's is preparing for a rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao lost to Bradley by split-decision in June of 2012 before being stopped in the sixth-round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December of that same year. Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios last November.

FROM THE INQUIRER

The Pacman show By Marinel R. Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer March 14, 2014 | 12:03 am

It’s not a reality show; it’s a docu on boxer-turned-lawmaker Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, more popularly known as Pacman.

The biggest challenge in making the documentary “Manny” was sifting through 1,200 hours of raw footage, said coproducer Don Puno. The production team had to follow Pacquiao for four and a half years in making the docu.

“The hardest part was editing. Manny also gave us 200 hours of his personal home videos of his earlier fights and his kids’ birthday parties,” Puno told the Inquirer shortly after the Philippine premiere of “Manny” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on Monday.

Moving target

“Another difficulty was the fact that Manny is a moving target, meaning we’re shooting a guy who is in the middle of his life,” Puno explained.

“We didn’t know how to end the story. There was no script. We just had to figure things out as we went along. Only when Manny was knocked out [by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012] did we find the beginning of our story.”

The film, directed by Filipino-American Ryan Moore and Academy-award winner Leon Gast (“When We Were Kings”), was among the 150 films selected out of 2,000 entries that debuted at the recent 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

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PACQUIAO training with Roach

The docu is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson.

“We originally wanted actor Mark Walberg to do it, but he was busy,” said Puno. Neeson, however, made the project more interesting. “Neeson was a boxer in Ireland. He had about 40 amateur fights— that’s how he got his trademark crooked nose. As a retired boxer, we knew he’d be able to understand what Pacquiao went through. We sent him a letter through his agent. Despite having eight other projects, he accepted.”

Neeson, as it turned out, is a big Pacquiao fan. He agreed to be a partner in Puno’s production and accepted a minimal talent fee.


Liam Neeson does an impression of Manny Pacquiao.

“Liam has never met Manny. Before this, we sent him a video of Manny saying hello. He showed it off on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show recently. He also did an impersonation of Manny.”

Filipino story

The impetus of the project was Puno’s high-school classmate, Moore. “In 2010, he gave me a call about this and I immediately said yes. For years, Filipinos have been trying to find ways to tell our story to the world. We thought, what better way to do it than through Manny Pacquiao. He’s probably the most recognizable Filipino now,” he said.

“Manny” opened in local theaters last Wednesday, through distributor Solar Entertainment Corp.

Sportscaster Chino Trinidad insisted that both local and foreign audiences would appreciate the docu. He remarked: “It tells the struggle of a person who has special gifts, who refused to give up when faced with the most difficult problems.”
Trinidad, who has been covering Pacquiao’s career for over a decade now, said “Manny” offered another interesting story, that of the boxer’s wife Jinkee. “She is the woman behind the man’s success. Jinkee was frank and brutally honest in her interview,” said Trinidad.


COPRODUCER Raffy Puno recalls that the editor had to sift through 1,200 hours of footage. (Photo by Rowena Tan)

Marital woes

Rumors of Pacquiao’s womanizing and his marital problems were tackled in the film.

Apart from Trinidad, Filipino sportswriters Quinito Henson and Ronnie Nathanielsz, and foreign journalists Tim Poole, Gareth Davies, Larry Merchant and Thomas Hauser, also appeared in the docu.

Other personalities who granted interviews were Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer; Buboy Fernandez, assistant trainer; Bob Arum, fight promoter; Michael Koncz, financial adviser; Alex Ariza, strength and conditioning coach; and Franklin Gacal, chief of staff.

Hollywood personalities like Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Will Ferrrel and Dan Hill also appeared in the docu.

Funniest scene was Pacquiao’s recording session with Hill.

Kimmel quipped: “Manny to Filipinos is Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy rolled into one.”

Politicians Imelda Marcos and Chavit Singson and Inquirer columnist Winnie Monsod commented on Pacquiao’s foray into politics.

Executive producer is Jay Bajaj and editor is Lenny Messina.

Charming, lovable

Coproducer Ricky Puno said the team didn’t have a hard time asking celebrities to be part of the docu. “They said they found him charming and lovable.”

Trinidad remarked: “Through the movie, we will be able to appreciate the real Pacquiao. Sadly, he has had to deal with controversies lately as a result of how poorly he managed his life.”

Pacquiao, who is currently in Los Angeles to train for his fight with Timothy Bradley on April 12, has not seen the film yet, related Ricky. “Perhaps he didn’t want to get distracted. But I think he’ll enjoy it, too.”

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MANILA, Philippines - Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez is not the only Filipino skater at the Winter Olympics as a young Pinay is set to perform at the official closing ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.

Martinez's friend, Audrey Alcaraz, will be showcasing her skating prowess to the world on February 23, prior to Russia's ceremonial transfer of the Olympic flame to South Korea for the 2018 games. Alcaraz, 13, said in an interview with Tempo that the invitation for her performance came all of a sudden.

She said that she does not know why she was chosen for the event, but said her third place finish at a training camp in Korea probably made a mark that led to the invitation for her to perform in Sochi.

The 8th grade student at Saint Pedro Poveda college said that she is honored for having been invited to perform. She also sees the performance as a very big opportunity for someone at such a young age. - Camille Diola

VIDEO: Alcaraz performing at the Megamall skating rink event

 
A January 2014 video of Alcaraz performing at the Megamall skating rink event


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