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Evolution of a Champ: The Rocky Film Saga

  • CinemaNerdz
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
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10 sequels that ignored previous films

  • Den of Geek
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.

We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.

News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).

Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's
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12 Craziest Character Names Created By Sly Stallone

12 Craziest Character Names Created By Sly Stallone
In honor of the star's 68th birthday, we celebrate some of the weirdest names he's ever written for films.

Hollywood heavyweight Sylvester Stallone turns 68 today, June 6, and he still looks like he could kill anyone he wanted with one hand tied behind is back - and his other hand inside a hungry crocodile.

What some may not know is that Stallone has had a prolific career as a screenwriter in addition to his acting career. He got nominated for his script for Rocky in 1976 right alongside his Best Actor nomination. He's also written all the Rambo films – including the acclaimed one, First Blood – and all of his Expendable films, not to mention several others.

One common thread that Stallone loves is giving his characters some crazy names. In celebration of the beloved action star's 68th birthday, let's take a look at some of the bonkers names he's given characters in his films.

Expendables Franchise
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A report from An Evening With Sylvester Stallone

  • Den of Geek
Feature Nicholas Higton 14 Jan 2014 - 06:37

Action star, writer and director Sylvester Stallone gave an evening of anecdotes at the London Palladium on Saturday. Here's what went on...

Sylvester Stallone was on fine form as he entertained a near capacity crowd at London’s famous Palladium theatre last Saturday night. The evening was compèred by an excellent Jonathan Ross (here far removed from his usual television interview persona), who talked with Mr Stallone over the remarkable highs and lows of his film career to date.

Stallone spoke about his way into the acting world, performing in Death Of A Salesman while teaching physical education at a boarding school in Switzerland. Sly even sang a short duet with Jonathon Ross from the main theme of Paradise Alley, written by brother Frank Stallone, and impressed the audience with a quotation from Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors.

Discussing one of his most famous characters portrayed on the screen,
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Tommy Morrison obituary

World heavyweight boxing champion with a star role in Rocky V

When Tommy Morrison outpointed George Foreman to win the Wbo version of the world heavyweight boxing title in 1993, it seemed he had it all. He was then aged 24, and three years earlier had starred in the film Rocky V alongside Sylvester Stallone. With millions in the bank and an internationally recognised face, he had beaten a huge figure in Foreman and was intent on cashing in on his fame.

But his life changed forever in 1996 when he tested HIV positive, and his boxing licence was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic commission. In a nationally broadcast press conference, Morrison said: "I lived a permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle. I hope I can serve as a warning that living this lifestyle can really only lead to one thing, and that's misery. I thought I was bulletproof and I'm not." A decade later Morrison,
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Tommy Morrison Death Certificate -- No Mention of AIDS

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Boxing champ Tommy Morrison -- who starred in "Rocky 5" -- died from a blood infection ... so says his death certificate which contains no mentions of either HIV or AIDS, TMZ has learned. According to his death certificate, filed in Nebraska, the 44-year-old died from cardiac arrest ... stemming from a blood infection known as Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Septicemia. Fyi -- back in 1996, Morrison announced he had contracted the HIV virus ... but later recanted and questioned if the
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Tommy Morrison Dead: Ex-Heavyweight Champion Dies At 44

  • HollywoodLife
On Sept. 1, the world lost a champion when world-renowned boxer Tommy Morrison, also known as “The Duke,” died of unknown causes at the young age of 44.

Out of 52 professional fights, Tommy Morrison only lost three. Going head-to-head against icons like Lennox Lewis and George Foreman, and starring in Rocky V alongside Sylvester Stallone, Tommy had a successful career, despite testing positive for HIV.

Tommy Morrison Dies At 44

Tony Holden, close friend and promoter of Tommy confirmed that the boxing champion had passed away at an hospital in Omaha, Neb. at 11:50 Pm with his wife Trisha Morrison by his side. At this time, the family is not releasing his cause of death.

While Tommy was well-known for his fighting ability, he entered the news in 1996 when the Nevada Athletic Commission released that he had tested positive for HIV. He followed the announcement with a press conference, where he announced he would “absolutely” never box again.
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Rocky V Star Tommy Morrison Dead at 44

Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight boxing champion and star of "Rocky V," died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night after a long battle with AIDS. He was only 44 years old. Morrison has been in the hospital for several months battling an illness. And just like he's done for the last twenty years, he has been denying that he ever tested positive for AIDS. His family refused to reveal which illness ended his life. The boxer won his first 28 professional fights, beating such champions as Pinklon Thomas along the way. He eventually became known worldwide after beating George Foreman to claim the heavyweight world title. Morrison became so recognizable that Sylvester Stallone cast him in "Rocky V" as Rocky's protege who ends up betraying him.
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Tommy Morrison dies: Former boxer and 'Rocky V' star was 44

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Former heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison, who fought under the nickname "Duke," died Monday (September 2) at age 44. His family is not disclosing the cause of death, but promoter and friend Tony Holden say he was a patient in a Nebraska hospital at the time. Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1996, the Associated Press reports.

Morrison won his one and only Wbo heavyweight title in 1993, when he beat George Foreman. He lost it three months later to Michael Bentt. Morrison then tested positive for HIV shortly before a bout in 1996, which essentially ended his professional fighting career.

Years later, Morrison had two more matches, both of which he won by Tko. He claimed his HIV tests were actually false positives and was able to get licensed to fight in Arizona in 2007. It was reported August 23 that he had been bedridden and critically ill for a year.

Those who aren't fight fans may
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Rocky V Boxer Dead at 44, Made Headlines Following HIV Diagnosis

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
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‘Rocky’ V’ Boxer Tommy Morrison Dead at 44

  • The Wrap
‘Rocky’ V’ Boxer Tommy Morrison Dead at 44
Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who was widely known for his power-punching style, a charismatic smile and role in the “Rocky V” movie, has died at the age of 44. The boxer’s former promoter, Tony Holden, told the Tulsa World that Morrison had died on Sunday night in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska but no official cause of death was given. “He was with his wife Trisha when he passed,” Holden said. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2013 Prior to a bout in 1996, Morrison tested positive for the AIDS virus and had his boxing licence suspended before he returned to the.
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Boxer Tommy Morrison, Who Appeared in 'Rocky V,' Dead at 44

  • The Wrap
Boxer Tommy Morrison, Who Appeared in 'Rocky V,' Dead at 44
Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who was widely known for his power-punching style, a charismatic smile and role in the "Rocky V" movie, has died at the age of 44. The boxer's former promoter, Tony Holden, told the Tulsa World that Morrison had died on Sunday night in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska but no official cause of death was given. "He was with his wife Trisha when he passed," Holden said. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 Prior to a bout in 1996, Morrison tested positive for the AIDS virus and had
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Tommy Morrison Dead -- 'Rocky V' Star Dies at 44

  • TMZ
Tommy Morrison -- a former heavyweight boxing champ and star of "Rocky V" -- died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night ... after a long battle with AIDS. Morrison's longtime boxing promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the death. He tells TMZ, Morrison had been in the hospital for several months battling an illness ... he wouldn't specify what. He died peacefully, his wife by his side. Back in 1996 Morrison tested positive for HIV, thus ending his boxing career.
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Tommy Morrison, 'Rocky V' costar, dies at 44

Tommy Morrison, 'Rocky V' costar, dies at 44
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday. He was 44.

Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, said Tony Holden, his longtime promoter and close friend. The family would not disclose the cause of death.

In 1993, Morrison beat Foreman to win the Wbo heavyweight title, only to lose it to unheralded Michael Bentt in a defeat that scuttled a showdown with Lewis. Morrison would fight Lewis a couple of years later, getting knocked out in the sixth round in Atlantic City, N.J.

Morrison,
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Tommy Morrison Dies, Rocky V Star Was 44

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Tommy Morrison Dies, Rocky V Star Was 44
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday. He was 44. Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, said Tony Holden, his longtime promoter and close friend. The family would not disclose the cause of death. In 1993, Morrison beat Foreman to win the Wbo heavyweight title, only to lose it to unheralded Michael Bentt in a defeat that scuttled a showdown with Lewis. Morrison would fight Lewis a couple of years later, getting knocked out in the sixth round in Atlantic City, N.J. Morrison,
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Tommy Morrison Dead: Rocky V Star Dies at 44

  • Us Weekly
Tommy Morrison Dead: Rocky V Star Dies at 44
Tommy Morrison has died at the age of 44. The Rocky V star and heavyweight champion died on Sunday, Sept. 1, in a Nebraska hospital, TMZ reports.  Morrison's promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the news that he had been in and out of the hospital for several months. He died with his wife by his side. Morrison, nicknamed "The Duke," won his first heavyweight fight in 1989, by knocking out Alan Jamison in the first round. He then went on to play Tommy 'Machine' Gunn in 1990's Rocky V, [...]
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'Rocky V' star and former boxing champion Tommy Morrison dies, aged 44

'Rocky V' star and former boxing champion Tommy Morrison dies, aged 44
Tommy Morrison, the boxer and actor who played Tommy Gunn in Rocky V, has died at the age of 44.

He passed away yesterday (September 1) from respiratory and organ failure after battling Miller Fisher Syndrome.

Morrison's wife Trisha confirmed the news to Mma Dirt.

He is best known to film and TV fans for his role in 1990's Rocky V, in which he played a rookie boxer taken under the wing of Sylvester Stallone's eponymous sports star.

Morrison also appeared in an uncredited role in John Carpenter's They Live and an episode of Cybill.

His achievements in boxing include beating George Foreman to win a Wbo heavyweight title in 1993.

Morrison was suspended from boxing in Nevada in 1996 by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for HIV. He left the sport vowing never to fight again, but returned in 2007 claiming that his tests had been false positives.

Watch Morrison's Tommy
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Jumping The Shark 2: 8 More Franchise Derailing Films

To prove that no one is above perpetrating a quick cash in to milk a prior success, I have decided to create yet another list of films that jumped the shark of their franchise.

As explained in my prior Jumping the Shark post, the term to “jump the shark” signifies that an artistic property has lost all credibility due to committing a staggeringly poor artistic decision both insulting and stupid. The idiom derives from an episode of the sitcom Happy Days where the Fonz jumps over a shark while on water skis in defiance of logic, good taste, and artistic credibility.

Often movie franchises insists on pumping out sequel after sequel until the proverbial artistic horse is not only beaten past death but its corpse humped into an unrecognizable powdery dust. I present my second list so conscientious filmgoers can pinpoint when a franchise jumped the shark and give the
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The Worst Action Hero Names

Marion ‘Cobra’ Cobretti. John Matrix. Frank Shatter. Action cinema history is littered with terrible hero names, and here’s our list of the most memorably awful...

Weird accents and bizarre amounts of muscle have become staples of the action movie genre, and the latter certainly makes sense, because no one's going to believe that some nine-stone weakling could save the world from terrorists or a bus full of innocent people from Dennis Hopper.

Why, though, do the protagonists in these films so often have utterly ridiculous names? In Die Hard, the totally ordinary sounding John McClane did just fine without having a moniker with any kind of alliteration, rhyming or jokes in it. No one sat there watching it thinking, "This film would be so much better if Bruce Willis was called 'Buck Shot'."

Still, though, Hollywood persists with the daft action hero names, and we've put a selection of
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DVD Playhouse--December 2009

DVD Playhouse—December 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Public Enemies (Universal) Johnny Depp portrays legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in co- writer/director Michael Mann’s take on America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Like many big studio releases today, Public Enemies has it all: A-list talent before and behind the camera, but lacks a heart or soul that allows its audience to connect with it. Film plays out like a “true crime” TV show with re-enactments of famous events cast with top actors and shot by the best technicians in the business, with little, if any, character or story development to hold it together in between. A real disappointment from one of our finest filmmakers and finest actors. The lone standout: the great character actor Stephen Lang as a hard-eyed lawman who’s seen a lot, but manages to retain a tiny piece of his heart. For a better take on the same subject,
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