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Boxer Tommy Morrison dead at 44: Was featured opposite Sylvester Stallone in ‘Rocky V’ and had boxing career ruined by HIV-positive status Boxer Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who was featured opposite Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 sequel Rocky V, and who made headlines after it was revealed that he was HIV-positive, died Sunday night, September 1, 2013, at a Nebraska hospital, according to various online reports. The cause of death hasn’t been made public. Morrison (born on January 2, 1969, in Jay, Oklahoma) was 44. (Photo: Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Morrison in Rocky V.) According to the IMDb, Tommy Morrison could be seen in only two films. Besides Rocky V, he had an uncredited bit role as a resistance fighter in John Carpenter’s (sort of) satirical actioner / sci-fier They Live (1988), starring wrestler Roddy Piper. In John G. Avildsen’s Rocky V, the 21-year-old Morrison played Tommy ‘Machine’ Gunn, an up-and-coming boxer Sylvester Stallone »
- Andre Soares
Some directors have given us some of the greatest film franchises in the world, so popular, in fact, that fans usually want more. And often they get it, in increasingly worse sequels. This leads said fans to cry out for that director to come back and regain control of their franchise, or at least follow it up with something decent. On the other hand, perhaps said director just misses a franchise, and wants to return, now that they have the technology/money/power to do so, so they can continue a franchise the way they originally envisioned it.
Sometimes, it isn’t that simple, however. Sometimes it goes horribly wrong.
Who? I hear you cry! John G. Avildsen was the director of the first Rocky in 1976, you know, the good one. Well, when reviews were waning after Sylvester Stallone directed the next three instalments, John G. Avildsen »
- Matthew O Donnell
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
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