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What would Adrian think? We all know that Sylvester Stallone did extremely physical work in the Rocky films, but it turns out that fighting Dolph Lundgren in the fourth film very nearly killed him, both on screen and off. In a recent interview with Ain’t It Cool, Stallone was asked about his worst on-set injury, and turns out it was a doozy that came from trading blows with Lundgren. He said: ...after the third take of taking body blows, I felt a burning in my chest, but ignored it...Later that night I couldn’t breathe very well, and they took me to the emergency room...The next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive care for eight days...He struck me so hard in the chest »
On March 24th, 1975, struggling actor Sylvester Stallone spent his last few dollars to see boxing champ Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner. Thought to be an easy win, Ali surprisingly met his match: a career brawler who was having the fight of his life. Fifteen rounds and an Ali knockdown later, Wepner lost. But the scrappy no name fighter inspired Stallone, who emerged from a twenty-hour writing binge with a screenplay and an underdog character named Rocky Balboa.
The script quickly became a hot property in Hollywood, and several attempts were made to purchase it for stars like Burt Reynolds and Ryan O’Neal. But Stallone refused, knowing full well that no one could play the part like he could. Stallone eventually got his wish at United Artists, and under director John G. Avildsen, the rest became movie history. Released in 1976, Rocky was a global sensation, winning a Best Picture Oscar »
- Danilo Castro
It’s been almost 40 years since “Rocky” first premiered, but you’d never guess it watching Sylvester Stallone strut down the black carpet premiere of “Creed” at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood on Thursday night.
“Either you let Rocky go out into the sunset or you believe in youth and a young kid’s ambition, and I thought I’ve been wrong so many times in my life, I don’t want to be wrong again,” Stallone said.
- Matthew Cole Weiss
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? Friday the 13th gets mashed up with Weekend at Bernie's, Dragon Ball Z gets a live action fan film and Liam Neeson teams up with Stephen Colbert for a Candy Crush movie parody. But wait, there's more! Another mashup brings Star Wars: The Force Awakens and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia together, and a 30 for 30 parody shows how Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Last week, we reported that Activision Blizzard is launching their own movie and TV studio. They also recently made headlines by purchasing the company responsible »
Ralph Macchio's birthday -- he turns 54 on November 4 -- reminds us that, not only do we love the Karate Kid, but we love even more a training montage.
You know, that staple of feel-good, fist-pumping, sweat-exuding movies, especially from the aerobicized '80s, that shows rapid-cut clips of the star getting in shape or mastering some arcane fighting technique, usually set to some inspirational, synth-heavy anthem.
By the end of that decade, the training montage had become such an overblown cliché that it fell out of favor, which is why we cherish the few new ones that come along and relish the old ones that still make us feel like slackers. So cue up Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," raise a glass of raw eggs, and drink a toast to the best training montages ever.
11. 'G.I. Jane' (1997)
Training to become the first female Navy Seal, Demi Moore's Lt. »
- Gary Susman
The “Justified” and “Friends” alum has been cast as Bobby B., one of Dice’s oldest friends and whipping boys. He has always been known as “Bobby The Mooch” because he never had a dime to his name, but now, Bobby has come into some serious money, and he’s going to throw enough cash around that he kills that nickname stone dead — a decision that just makes Dice simmer with fury until it boils over.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Thanks to our friends at Magnet Releasing, TwitchFilm readers now have an opportunity to win Skin Trade on Blu-ray! Skin Trade is an all out martial arts action film starring Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren (who also wrote the film's story), Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman, and Peter Weller, and it definitely delivers in the kicks-to-the-face department.Our Jim Tudor reviewed the film on it's initial release, and while he was dubious of the overall quality, he did have this to say about the action:There's jaw-cracking roundhouse action and as many explosions as the film's modest budget could afford. Lundgren, as the driving force in and behind this film, gladly utilizes the violent-justice protocol that Stallone locked down in First Blood, Part II, and later was nudged...
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Attention Deadites, a marathon hosted by Bruce Campbell featuring the first three installments in The Evil Dead franchise will air on October 30th on Starz. Also: a Murder in the Dark clip, Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Morgan Jones mini bust details, A Nightmare on Elm Street screening, and Synapse Films on Vhx.TV.
Evil Dead Marathon: Press Release: "Beverly Hills, Calif., October 20, 2015 – Setting the stage for the premiere of the highly anticipated Starz Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” Starz presents a marathon of the cult classic Evil Dead horror franchise on Friday, October 30 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Et/Pt hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell (Ash). The marathon will conclude with a sneak peek of the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” at 12:15 a.m. Et/Pt.
- Tamika Jones
Hello again, dear readers. This past week saw the release of Guillermo del Toro’s new horror film Crimson Peak, which I’m very excited about. In the meantime, I’ve got another trailer for a 2016 movie to show you. Now let’s take a look at the first trailer for Hail, Caesar!, the next film from the Coen Brothers.
Premise: Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a Hollywood “fixer” helping the production of the upcoming epic film Hail, Caesar! starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). But when Whitlock is kidnapped by a group calling themselves “The Future,” Mannix is the one in charge of collecting the $100,000 ransom and rescuing him.
My take: There’s something I just love about the golden age of Hollywood, that period from the late 1920s through the late 1950s. And I love movies about that era of filmmaking. And that’s just what we’re getting with Hail, »
- Timothy Monforton
The list of names that'll be in the credits for Hail, Caesar! is, to put it mildly, ridiculous. Josh Brolin George Clooney Scarlett Johansson Channing Tatum Ralph Fiennes Jonah Hill Tild Swinton David Krumholtz Frances McDormand Clancy Brown Fisher Stevens Robert Picardo Alden Ehrenreich Alex Karpovsky Dolph Lundgren Oh, and there'll be those written and directed by credits for Joel and Ethan Coen. We're sure we don't have to say anything else...
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Last we heard, old man action franchise The Expendables was being re-developed as a TV series. But it seems there's life in the movies yet, since studio Nu Image / Millennium have suddenly set up The Expendables 4. They've just announced that the film will shoot next year, for a release in 2017. The film has been made possible by financing from China, where Expendables 3 took in almost half its total worldwide box office haul of $200m (a relatively meagre $40m came from the States but $80m was Chinese).“What seems to work in their favour in China, is that these movies are good old-fashioned shoot ’em up entertainment,” says executive producer Steven Paul.There's no mention yet of a director or casting, so the level of involvement of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the rest is unknown at the moment. Given some of Nu Image's output, »
With the all-conquering Game Of Thrones dominating his recent career, it's easy to forget that George R.R. Martin also has a long history of television work running alongside his novels and short stories. He was heavily involved with Beauty And The Beast and the '80s iteration of The Twilight Zone, and he currently has Captain Cosmos developing at HBO. Now he's setting up another new series. Cinemax are developing Skin Trade, which Martin will executive produce, based on his own novella.Nothing to do with the Duran Duran song or the Dolph Lundgren movie, Martin's Skin Trade is a World Fantasy Award-winning "werewolf noir", first published in 1988. It revolves around one Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent with a sideline in lycanthropy. The story sees him investigating a series of murders and a "dark secret" in cahoots with a private detective called Randi Wade.“I have always thought there was »
Though The Expendables 3 was a substantial box office disappointment, drawing less than its two predecessors both domestically and internationally, a fourth installment in the star-studded, testosterone-fueled action franchise is still happening, according to sources.
The Expendables 4, which is being greenlit with a sizable $100 million-plus budget, is getting the green light after Nu Image and Millennium struck pre-sales deals with Sp International Pictures on behalf of Ssxh Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution to make the movie happen.
Those deals include equity investments in the project and give Chinese distribution rights – $78 million of the last installment’s $206 million haul came from the country, where The Expendables is apparently a beloved and extremely lucrative series instead of the more nostalgia-infused amusement it is stateside. Or, as Steven Paul of Sp International puts it:
“What seems to work in their favour in China, is that these movies are good old-fashioned shoot ’em up entertainment. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The list of names that'll be in the credits for Hail, Caesar! is, to put it mildly, ridiculous. Josh Brolin George Clooney Scarlett Johansson Channing Tatum Ralph Fiennes Jonah Hill Tild Swinton David Krumholtz Frances McDormand Clancy Brown Fisher Stevens Robert Picardo Alden Ehrenreich Alex Karpovsky Dolph Lundgren Oh, and there'll be those Written and Directed by credits for Joel and Ethan Coen. We're sure we don't have to say anything else at this point. Either you're already sold by this project or you're not, and if you are not, we assume it's because you just arrived on this planet and you don't know who any of those people are and why seeing all of those names in the same place is so exciting. But should you happen to...
- Peter Hall
The first trailer has arrived online for Hail, Caesar!, the new film from the Coen Brothers, and you can view it in the player below…
The first effort from the Coens’ since 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film is described as a “musical comedy” and sees a hot-short studio “fixer” (played by Josh Brolin) have to try to find the star of a new historical epic (George Clooney) after he is kidnapped.
As usual, the film promises the usual amount of Coens magic, with a hugely impressive cast to boot. In addition to Brolin and Clooney, both of whom have worked with the directors before, the film also stars Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
- Scott J. Davis
The Coen Brothers are continuing their usual pattern of following a serious drama with a bawdy comedy. This time their follow-up to "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the Hollywood caper film "Hail Caesar!" which, not unexpectedly, boasts a massive cast and looks just downright spectacular.
Set during the golden age of Hollywood when the big studio systems fiercely protected their stars, Josh Brolin plays a private detective turned movie company fixer who tracks down and covers up scandals among contracted players and directors.
His most recent cast involves the disappearance of a big-time actor (George Clooney) mid-way through a shoot. Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert, Robert Picardo and Dolph Lundgren also star in the film which opens February 5th.
- Garth Franklin
The Hudsucker Proxy followed Barton Fink; Burn After Reading followed No Country For Old Men; and continuing that trend of a serious film followed by a fun one, The Coen Brothers' next after the low-key Inside Llewyn Davis is Hollywood kidnap caper Hail Caesar!. They've assembled a stellar cast of favourite collaborators and Coen newbies for this one, and the first trailer has just arrived.Set during one of the golden ages of the big studio system, the film is focused on private detective turned movie company fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), who tracks down and covers up scandals among contracted players and directors. His current case involves him digging into the mysterious disappearance of a big star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) mid-way through a shoot.Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert, Robert Picardo and Dolph Lundgren (no, really) are »
The Coen brothers are back with a new movie - and they've brought everyone who's anyone in Hollywood along for the ride.
Hail, Caesar!, which has just premiered its first trailer, boasts Coen veterans George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson, alongside newbies Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes.
Oh, and Dolph Lundgren is supposed to be in it as well but we didn't spot him in the trailer.
The comedy follows a single day in the life of an old-school movie studio fixer (Brolin as Eddie Mannix) faced with keeping a barrage of scandals under wraps, chiefly the abduction of one of Tinseltown's biggest stars, Baird Whitlock (Clooney).
Tatum will play an actor who's one of Mannix's clients, Swinton is a gossip columnist and Fiennes is calling the shots as one of the studio's directors.
Hail, Caesar! refers to the lavish Roman epic being »
Read More: Watch: Horse Freaks Out in Exclusive Clip From Award-Winning Documentary 'Unbranded' Danny Trejo is out for vengeance and taking matters into his own hands once again in an exclusive clip from "4GOT10," an action-thriller from director Timothy Woodward Jr. The movie co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Johnny Messner, Michael Paré and Vivica Fox. The official synopsis reads: "'4GOT10' begins as Brian Barns (Messner) wakes up in the desert wounded and surrounded by eight dead bodies, millions of dollars in cash and a van full of cocaine. Worse yet, he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. However, he soon learns that he is being hunted by a notorious drug lord (Trejo), a DEA agent (Lundgren) and a corrupt Sherriff (Paré), all of whom will stop at nothing to find him." "My team and I worked hard to create a stylized picture that captures »
- Zack Sharf
Commando, the iconic Arnie action movie with one of the biggest kill counts in the world, is 30 years old. That's right, it's been three decades since we met "Chenny!" and Bennett let off some steam.
To celebrate, here are the top five Hollywood actors in order of on-screen deaths delivered, starting with - you guessed it - one Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Nb: All statistics come from the experts in this field, MovieBodyCounts.com, who spend more time watching stunt men pretend to die than you could possibly imagine.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger - 312 career kills
5 most bloodthirsty films (by total kills)
1. Commando (1985): 81
2. Total Recall (1990): 44
3. True Lies (1994): 51
4. Predator (1987): 25
5. Eraser (1996): 29
Watch his most iconic kill (from Commando)
Matrix: "Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?"
Sully: "That's right, Matrix! You did!"
Matrix: (Dropping Sully off a cliff): "I lied."
2. Dolph Lundgren - 239 career kills
5 most »
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