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You know how your parents will often carry around embarrassing photos of you when you were little to show off an inopportune times to maximize your feeling like a real doofus? Well Sylvester Stallone is doing something similar when it comes to Michael B. Jordan in the form a video that shows the actor getting Ko'd for real while filming the new movie Creed, in theaters this week. In an interview with Fandango, Stallone talks about wanting Jordan -- who plays the son of Rocky's former best friend and world champion boxer, Apollo Creed -- to take a good hard punch to know what it feels like. "Michael [got] completely clocked," Stallone teased. "Let me see if I can find it. [Goes through files on his phone] Wow, did he get demolished. Yikes. After...
- Erik Davis
Yes, Creed – as in Apollo. Who knew one of the most popular and tragic characters in the Rocky mythology had a son? This is the premise in the latest installment of the Rocky franchise (technically Rocky 7, for those of you keeping count) titled Creed.
At first I thought this was just a clever way of disguising the fact that this is indeed a “Rocky movie”, because let’s face it, after the triumphant original (Rocky, 1976) not all the sequels lived up to the standard. The first few were good, but after Rocky IV (1985) – the one where he beats “the Russian” – Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006) just felt old and desperate. And not done very well. Even Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, couldn’t save them. So naturally the idea of another Rocky movie couldn’t have been an easy pitch, not to mention there was a certain disappointment that everyone’s »
- Melissa Thompson
“Creed” has a tough fight ahead if it hopes to beat the “Hunger Games” finale at the box office this weekend, but at least the “Rocky” spinoff has the critics in its corner. Director Ryan Coogler‘s drama following the rise of the late boxer Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), has a stunning 96 percent approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes. Of 59 total reviews, so far, only two are deemed “rotten.” Although TheWrap’s Robert Abele concluded the seventh film in Sylvester Stallone‘s iconic franchise “never rises above being one more by-the-numbers ‘Rocky’ retread, »
- Greg Gilman
During this year's San Diego Comic Con I had a chance to meet and hang out for director Ryan Coogler as he and I were in the same panel over the summer, and we were just talking shop and just being fans of film. Now a few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to Coogler again about his upcoming film "Creed". The film reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.
Here is what he had to say about the film.
My question is, was it you who come up with the idea to do some sort of like back story to Apollo Creed? How did this all come about? How did you plan the script?
Ryan Coogler: Yeah, it was my idea. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Sylvester Stallone’s “Creed,” the latest end-run on his Rocky mythology, ebbs and flows, but mostly delivers the “Rocky” ethos thanks to direction by “Fruitvale Station’s” Ryan Coogler and a sensational performance by Michael B. Jordan. Jordan, who also starred in “Fruitvale,” essays Adonis Johnson, the son of famous boxer Apollo Creed, who battled Rocky in earlier films. The picture also stars Tessa Thompson as Bianca, a local singer who becomes involved with Adonis and Phylicia Rashad as Apollo’s widow. ...Read More »
Bar none, the most competitive acting race this season is for best supporting actor. The number of ensembles with multiple standout portrayals, as well as films with scene-stealing turns, makes for a dense category that could easily stretch to 10 nominations. This year, a lot of fine work is going to be left on the sidelines.
Let’s start with the ensembles. “Spotlight” — by any measure a strong best picture contender and likely the year’s Screen Actors Guild winner for best performance by a cast in a motion picture — is filled to the brim with prospects. Indeed, the entire cast will compete in the supporting category. Michael Keaton, fresh off last year’s best actor circuit, is probably out front in “Spotlight” as the conscience of the movie. But Mark Ruffalo sparks with a fiercely mannered portrait of a beat journalist; Liev Schreiber’s dialed down editor-in-chief simmers on a different level; and Stanley Tucci, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Making the first entrance in a bout between septologic ‘70s revivals, Creed is not a movie many will be talking about by year’s end, once The Force Awaken starts breaking box office records while actually playing in theatres. Compared to Star Wars, the Rocky franchise is a series of scrappy character dramas – and, yes, that counts the one where Rocky Balboa single-handedly defeated the Soviet Union. Creed hasn’t a hope of beating Disney’s 500lb gorilla in box office receipts or cultural impact, but as far as heart, technique, and performances go, Creed is already 2015’s franchise revival to beat.
This isn’t to say that the film’s magic doesn’t owe a great deal to the nostalgia factor all series this old seemingly must; Creed is as much Rocky VII as it is the start of something new. As the seventh entry in Sylvester Stallone’s career-making, »
- Sam Woolf
Just like its predecessors, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dominated during its opening weekend at the box office. However, it debuted with a franchise-low $101 million, and many are wondering if it will be dethroned already in its second weekend in theaters, going up against three new releases, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Warner Bros.' Creed and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein, all of which open tomorrow, November 25, in lieu of the Thanksgiving holiday. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 suffers a decrease of more than 50%, and the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com are accurate, than The Good Dinosaur will reign supreme this weekend.
Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which opens in roughly 3,600 theaters, is projected to take in $60 million, which should be more than enough to take down The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, as it will likely drop to second place with an estimated $50.4 million. The Good Dinosaur »
Who knows whether "Creed" (opening Nov. 25), in which Rocky Balboa trains old frenemy Apollo Creed's son (Michael B. Jordan), will be the last time Sylvester Stallone laces up his gloves? Even if it is, he's done more than his share to ensure that the boxing drama will continue to be a Hollywood tradition.
After all, Hollywood has been making movies about boxers who fight their own demons in the ring for nearly a century. Some of them have even jabbed their way to victory at the Oscars. Here are some of the best boxing movies; enjoy your ringside seat. »
- Gary Susman
And as Coogler told a story about a father-son relationship between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, of course) and Adonis Creed (Fruitvale star Michael B. Jordan), the young filmmaker and his cast found themselves being coached off-screen by Rocky himself.
"There was a lot of art imitating life," said Coogler, 29. "The same way Rocky has this advice for Adonis, (Stallone) would kind of treat (us) the same way."
Creed tells the story of Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son of Rocky's late opponent-turned-friend Apollo Creed. Adonis never met his father, but he wants to be a professional fighter, so he goes to Philadelphia to seek Rocky's help. Though initially reluctant, »
- Associated Press and Cineplex Staff
Early on in Creed, the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) shadowboxes in front of a screen projecting footage of a bout between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), and his father, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). It’s a sharp composition, but the positioning is the revealing aspect, as Jordan’s stationary form overlaps with both Rocky and Apollo – the David and Goliath relationship of the Rocky series.
There’s few greater visual metaphors for Creed as both a character, and as the continuation of a successful franchise than this image. Despite its reputation as an iconic underdog story, Rocky — and the franchise by extension — aren’t dark horses anymore, and neither is Adonis.
Director Ryan Coogler taps into something existential about the Rocky story. He knows that the legacy of Rocky will always tower over Creed, but by transforming those expectations into a mirror for its protagonist, »
- Michael Snydel
Almost a decade on from Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone revisits his most iconic character. But this isn’t a story of one improbable blood-soaked last round in the ring chasing a final flush of glory – we had Grudge Match for that. Instead, with everyman slugger Rocky well into his sixties, Creed follows the fortunes of
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- Daniel Brightmore
Sylvester Stallone is rightfully seen as the king of all things Rocky. So when it was announced that the seventh film of the franchise would focus on the son of Apollo Creed, Sylvester Stallone was also announced to be participating - but only as an actor. The Italian Stallion has now explained why he decided that Creed would be the first Rocky film that he didn't write. Sylvester Stallone made this admission to America.s auntie, Ellen DeGeneres, on her eponymous The Ellen Show, confessing that he felt he was too old to write a boxing film for a young, modern audience. Stallone candidly admitted this in the following statement: The reason I didn.t want to write it is because it.s a whole new generation. Forty years has passed, and what worked in my generation doesn.t exactly work in this generation. Everything.s just changed. Stallone deserves »
Movie theaters and studios haven’t had a lot to be thankful for this fall.
Painful flops have outnumbered the hits, as “By the Sea,” “Our Brand Is Crisis,” “Burnt” and others have fallen victim to audience indifference. Even “Spectre,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” and other blockbusters have trailed previous entries in the franchises they represent, disappointing analysts who were expecting to receive a bigger bump from James Bond and Katniss.
The hope is that a box office that’s been huffing and wheezing will catch its breath and regroup heading into Thanksgiving. There’s certainly some promising offerings at the multiplexes, among them Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which should attract family crowds and “Creed,” the “Rocky” spinoff that has sparked talk of an Oscar for Sylvester Stallone.
Thanksgiving tends to be one of the busiest times for movie-going, but last year’s holiday was lackluster, with »
- Brent Lang
On Friday, one of the most shockingly great movies of the year opens in Creed, the sequel/spinoff to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky series. I’ll have a full on article about that one in a few days, but today I wanted to pay tribute to the franchise in a way by actually breaking down all of the films within it. Yes, I’ll be going from Rock to Creed, with everything in between, ranking them from best to worst. I did the franchise, so this will be a pleasure to me. Take a look, and remember, this is just how I see things, not necessarily the inarguable truth… Here now is how I would rank the films in the Rocky franchise. 7. Rocky V – The pretty much undisputed worst of the series, it’s the only one that even Stallone seems quick to forget about. It was an attempt to recapture the first one, »
- Joey Magidson
Cinematographer Edward Lachman may not be a household name, though he undoubtedly should be. One of the most highly regarded directors of photography in the business, Lachman has collaborated with some of the best filmmakers of his generation: Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz, Paul Schrader, Sofia Coppola, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, George Sluizer, Wim Wenders, Mira Nair, Ulrich Seidl, and Andrew Niccol — to name a handful.
His career began in 1975 by photographing the infamous Sylvester Stallone–Henry Winkler Brooklyn gang cult-fave, The Lords of Flatbush. In the last 40 years, he’s carved out a truly varied résumé. For example: in 2002, Lachman co-directed Ken Park with filmmaker Larry Clark, before moving onto direct the exercise video Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease in 2003.
Lachman’s most recent feature, Carol — his third partnership with Haynes, and perhaps his finest work — just entered a limited release, so there’s no better time to »
- Tony Hinds
After breakout roles on groundbreaking television dramas like The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, Michael B. Jordan seamlessly transitioned to the big screen with roles in films like Chronicle, the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station and last summer’s Fantastic Four. Now, the actor reteams with his Fruitvale director Ryan Coogler and legendary actor Sylvester Stallone to play Apollo Creed’s son in Creed, out November 25. Let’s take a look at the up and...
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Not since 1991 — when Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley were both nominated for "Bugsy" — have two actors from the same film been nominated in this category. Can "Spotlight" change that? The film is campaigning for its entire cast in the supporting categories, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. Now, we're not suggesting an all-"Spotlight" affair, but it seems quite possible both Keaton and Ruffalo — both nominees last year — make the cut, especially if "Spotlight" continues to be seen as a best picture frontrunner. They'd most definitely be joined by "Bridge of Spies" M.V.P. Mark Rylance if they do, with Sylvester Stallone ("Creed"), Benicio Del Toro ("Sicario"), Idris Elba ("Beasts of No Nation"), Jacob Tremblay ("Room") and Joel Egerton ("Black Mass") waiting to see how difficult the scores of potential players from "The »
- Peter Knegt
Back in July 2012, Lionsgate confirmed that Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games novel will be split into a two-part movie. The decision, which came just months after The Hunger Games franchise launched, angered many fans of the books, and it seems that strategy may have backfired. Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the top spot at the box office with $101 million, the lowest opening weekend of all four movies.
The $101 million opening weekend is far lower than many box office projections, many of which predicted the franchise finale would earn around $120 million. The Hunger Games opened in 2012 with $152.5 million, followed by 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with a franchise-high $158 million, and last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $121.8 million. The franchise has taken in $2.2 billion worldwide since opening just three years ago, and while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
Hollywood studios and theater owners are hoping for a filling Thanksgiving feast to close out an otherwise tough fall season at the box office. The holiday brings three new entries, all opening Wednesday: Pixar and Disney's The Good Dinosaur; Creed, a Rocky reboot of sorts teaming Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone; and the long-delayed Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. Of the new films, The Good Dinosaur has the strongest shot of challenging the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 for the No. 1 spot. The animated family film is tracking to open to $60 million-plus for the Wednesday
- Pamela McClintock
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