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MGM’s Rocky spin-off pic, Creed, has finally cast its leading lady in the shape of Tessa Thompson. The actress is currently on a winning streak this year, after accruing critical acclaim for her turn in heavyweight drama Selma and bagging a Gotham award for her part in Dear White People. Now that she’s boarded the boxing pic, she’ll be entering the ring with another noted rising star.
Reuniting with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler for the movie is leading man Michael B. Jordan. He is locked in to take on the part of Apollo Creed’s grandson alongside the titular star of the original series, Sylvester Stallone. With Jordan’s character in training with the older, more wizened Rocky, it’s thought that project newcomer Thompson will play his love interest. But who knows, maybe they’ll meet in a co-ed punch-up?
Coogler and his co-writer »
- Gem Seddon
It's been quite a year so far for Tessa Thompson, between breaking out with a star turn in Justin Simien's acclaimed indie satire Dear White People and landing a supporting role in Ava DuVernay's awards contender Selma. I'm excited to start seeing more of Thompson, as she is a very good actor, and according to a recent Deadline article I won't have to wait too long to get my wish. Deadline reports Thompson is now set for a role in MGM's Rocky spinoff Creed, where she will be featured opposite Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan and Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) is directing the film from a script he wrote with Aaron Covington. In all, this sounds like a project ripe with talent, despite the fact it is treading somewhat familiar ground. Coogler pitched the project to MGM with the help of Stallone, and »
- Jordan Benesh
From the looks of it, Taken 3 -- or Tak3n, if we.re really going with that . isn.t falling into the trap of taking itself too seriously. Case in point, Exhibit A: a seasonal jingle in which the 12 days of Christmas are replaced by brutal acts of physical violence Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) unleashes on the idiots who stand in his way. Check it out now: 20th Century Fox dubs this the "12 Skills of Christmas," piggybacking off of the very special set of skills Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) has displayed over the course of two Taken movies. The tag line for this third chapter swears that it.s the last, claiming, "It Ends Here." But really, don.t you think Neeson can be swayed by Sylvester Stallone to bring his act over to the Expendables series for some bone-crunching action-hero mash-up movie? I can tell you two dudes »
Back in the summer of 2013, we heard that MGM was developing a Rocky spin-off called Creed that would focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers from the original film franchise) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan were brought aboard the film, and Sylvester Stallone was even going to reprise his role as Rocky. Well, believe it or not, that project is still happening, and Deadline reports they've just landed Dear White People star Tessa Thompson in a role. Thompson will take the female lead in the film, which will likely be akin to the Adrian role played by Talia Shire. The actress showed great potential in her breakthrough performances in the aforementioned provocative, racial satire, a role which actually won her the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor. »
- Ethan Anderton
Far too often, people tend to associate “big movie” with “bad movie.” If I was to wrangle up half a billion dollars for a film about cats that can ice dance, there’s no doubt you’d question my motives in doing so. It doesn’t matter if teaching cats to arabesque really is a hundred-million-dollar expenditure or if doing so would guarantee Two Meows on the Rink as the herald of a new golden age in cinema – with the term “blockbuster” comes phantom thoughts of brainless toy commercial cash-ins. It certainly doesn’t help that this year’ biggest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was indeed a brainless toy commercial cash-in. But in 2014, Transformers was the exception, not the rule. This was a year when we went to the movies not just to see things explode, but for movies that would challenge us, intellectually… with explosions. And I’m just talking about December, when »
- Adam Bellotto
Deadline is reporting Dear White People and Veronica Mars star Tessa Thompson has been cast as the female lead in the planned Rocky spinoff Creed. The film will focus on Apollo Creed's grandson (played by Michael B. Jordan), with Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa training the young boxer. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) will direct Creed from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington, and production on the film is set to begin next month in Philadelphia. Thompson is a »
- Jesse Giroux
• Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year's Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline] • Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal's untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, »
- C. Molly Smith
Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington. Stallone will bring back his Rocky Balboa character as a trainer for the grandson of Apollo Creed, portrayed by Carl Weathers in 1976’s “Rocky.”
Thompson plays the host of the titular radio show in “Dear White People,” for which she won a breakthrough actress award from the Gotham Awards, and civil rights activist Diane Nash in “Selma.” She is repped by Greene & Associates, Mosaic and Jackoway Tyerman.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Dear White People star Tessa Thompson has landed the female lead in MGM's Rocky spinoff Creed. No details were given for the actress' character, but she will star alongside Michael B. Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed, with Sylvester Stallone also starring as Rocky Balboa. The project was first announced back in July 2013, when Michael B. Jordan signed on to star for his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, who is co-writing the script with Aaron Covington.
The story follows Creed's grandson, raised in the lap of luxury, who has a natural instinct for boxing and pursues a career in the sweet science, against his family's wishes. Rocky Balboa, who is now a fight trainer, steps in to mentor and train the young man. The plot will also delve into the mythology of the entire Rocky franchise. We also reported last month that real-life boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew »
Exclusive: MGM’s Rocky spinoff Creed has found its female lead in Tessa Thompson, the actress who broke out this year in the Sundance hit Dear White People and also can be seen in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Oscar contender Selma.
Thompson will star opposite Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in the film from Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler, which will see Stallone reprise his iconic character Rocky Balboa, now a trainer and mentor to the grandson (Jordan) of his boxing bestie Apollo Creed.
Coogler, who scripted with Aaron Covington, teamed with Stallone to pitch the project to MGM and is helming it as his follow-up to his Cannes-, Gotham- and Spirit Award-winning 2013 debut Fruitvale Station. Original Rocky producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff are producing alongside Stallone and Kevin King.
Thompson’s having a banner year: She won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for her turn in »
- Jen Yamato
You know you’ve made it when they make a onesie in your honour. Rocky’s is iconically straightforward: it is black with a red hood, it shows a pair of red gloves hanging around the neck, and across the shoulders the word ‘Rocky’ is displayed in typically solid white capitals. There is something so simple and straightforward about the whole Rocky franchise that makes it irresistible – but there is more to the story than just the commercialisation.
In truth, Sylvester Stallone’s eponymous hero was a merchandising man’s dream – or to put it another way, Stallone captured something of the American dream in his humble, heart-as-big-as-a-lion hero: American dreams have always been in fashion.
- Kyle Reese
It has been twenty years since the Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes-led sci-fi thriller "Demolition Man" hit cinemas. Looking back on it though, the one thing that most people remember is a visual gag - the three sea shells.
For those who haven't seen the film, Stallone's character is a cop who is put into cryostasis and awakens several decades into the future. When he uses a public toilet for the first time, he discovers there is no toilet paper - only three sea shells on one side.
He doesn't know how to use them, a fact that makes everyone else highly amused. To this day it's still not known how they work (two for clamping, one for scraping?), and the film's writer Daniel Waters isn't going to say.
At a recent Q&A for the 25th anniversary screening for "The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane" in Los Angeles though, »
- Garth Franklin
There's an argument that suggests the closest Sylvester Stallone ever really came to playing Judge Dredd wasn't in the 1995 film of the same name, but in his earlier sci-fi action film, Demolition Man. It's not a brilliant argument, but it's an argument nonetheless.
We've an awful lot of time for Demolition Man, which co-starred Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and the late Nigel Hawthorne (a man who was less of a fan of the movie, using it as a stepping stone to get The Madness Of King George made). But one of the residing mysteries of it centres on, well, the toilet. More specifically, the three sea shells that have replaced toilet paper in the future.
Whilst we're no closer to working out how the three sea shells work, we »
In the 1993 sci-fi film "Demolition Man," Sylvester Stallone played John Spartan, who was released from a cryogenic prison and finds himself in a future he's completely unfamiliar with. One of the things that's new to him are the three seashells that have replaced toilet paper. And now, "Demolition Man" writer Daniel Waters revealed where the idea of the three seashells came from. "There's a scene where Stallone has to use a restroom," he said. "I'm trying to come up with futuristic things you'd find in there. I was having trouble, so I called my buddy, another screenwriter across town, asked him if he had any ideas. Ironically enough that guy was taking a dump when he answered the phone, looked around his bathroom and said 'I have a bag of seashells on my toilet as a decoration?' I said 'Ok, I'll make something out of that.'" »
In the 1993 science fiction action film Demolition Man, Lapd Sgt., John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) is put into a cryogenic prison in 1996 when he's falsely accused of manslaugther. He is later awoken in 2032 and reinstated into the police force so that he can help ill-equipped cops of the future apprehend psychopathic career criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes). The best scenes in the film have to do with Spartan adjusting to this new futuristic environment. In it, Taco Bell (Pizza Hut for some international markets) has won the "Franchise Wars" and is the last remaining chain restaurant, Arnold Schwarzenegger was (at one time) President of the United States of America, and they replaced toilet paper with Three Seashells! This past weekend at The Egyptian in Hollywood, there was a screening of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane in advance of the film's 25th Anniversary. Screenwriter Daniel Waters was one of the guest »
Q: So did all cast members get their make-up done together?
A: No, we didn’t; we had separate bungalows. It was only when we were all on set, all grey or green or blue and we couldn’t touch anything because we would just smear paint and stuff all over everything. We’d all sit together and Dave would be eating a super-healthy meal, I’d be having some fish and chips and Chris would be asking me: ‘So how’s the texture? Do you like the fish?’ He couldn’t eat it himself because he was on a strict diet so he was always asking me what my food tasted like.
Q: How did you while away the long hours in the make-up chair?
A: Listening to music, talking… Sometimes I’d ask about Dave and was told, ‘This dude is meditating – he sits there and doesn’t »
- ComicMix Staff
North Korea's government has denied responsibility for the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack, but praised the intent behind the massive security breach.
Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed that it had been the victim of a large-scale hacking on November 25, with a group called Guardians of Peace later taking credit.
A North Korean official previously promised retribution if Sony's comedy film about an assassination plot against Kim Jong-Un was released.
State-run media in North Korea has now released a statement from the government describing allegations of responsibility for the Sony hack as a "wild rumour", but also positing that supporters of the regime could be responsible.
"The hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathisers with the Dprk in response to its appeal, »
The massive data breach and hack at Sony is still under investigation, but the consequences are likely going to be seen over the weeks and months to come. Among the most serious leaks so far includes over 47,000 Social Security numbers of former and current employees, including celebrities like Judd Apatow, Rebel Wilson, and Sylvester Stallone. The salaries "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco received for the film have also been revealed (guess who was paid more?), and there is probably more to come. And some of the internal documents reveal just how Sony employees felt about some of the actual movies they were involved with. Gawker pored over the trove of documents and one in particular grabbed their attention: "Sony_2012_Comments." Basically, it's a roundup of (negative) comments from employees at the studio, and they make one thing clear — please, for the love of all that is holy, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures Entertainment is facing embarrassment over its recent data breach following claims that the firm stored scores of passwords in a folder called 'Password'.
Documents leaked online by hackers purportedly reveal that the corporation's movie arm housed 139 sensitive documents containing information about employees and actors in the obviously-named location, BuzzFeed reports.
A group called the Guardians of Peace have taken credit for the data breach, with rumours suggesting that it originated from North Korea.
Sony Pictures film The Interview was vehemently denounced by the Asian country's government, but Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the hack.
The company's CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal described the hack as a "brazen attack on our company, our employees and our business partners" in an internal »
The cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment breached personal information of 47,000 current and past employees, reports suggest.
The film conglomerate confirmed that it had been the victim of a large-scale hacking on November 25, with a group called Guardians of Peace later taking credit.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal discloses that data security firm Identity Finder LLC's analysis found that home addresses, personal details and financial information were breached for several employees who have worked with Sony.
Data from as far back as 2000 was apparently recovered by the hackers responsible for the cyber attack. Sony Pictures Entertainment has not issued a comment on this latest report.
The company initially reacted to the cyber attack on November 25 with a statement that read: "Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a system disruption, which [we] are working diligently to resolve. »
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