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We're a nostalgic bunch, aren't we? I'm speaking of movie geeks in general, but I suppose, more specifically, those of us who were around decades ago to worship action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone when they were in their prime. Predator. Rambo. The Terminator. Cliffhanger. Total Racall. Rocky - not action, ok, but still tough-guy Stallone so it counts - and much more recently, The Expendables. And because, why not? Over the Top and Kindergarten Cop. With those films in mind, Escape Plan has its own nostalgic draw, taking two iconic action stars and setting them up in a Prison Break-like scenario. Above is the new poster for the film, which shows stars Schwarzenegger and Stallone in separate cells, their backs to one another while they're locked up in "the most secure prison ever built," where "no one breaks out alone." Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, Escape Plan »
Almost as old as Hollywood itself, nepotism has had the movie industry stitched up for decades and Will Smith's family are keeping up the tradition
Seriousfacing its way into cinemas this weekend, After Earth is the $130m father-son action movie that fans of slightly icky familial relationships have been waiting for. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth 1,000 years after its abandonment by humankind, the film stars Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith, has a story by Will Smith, and is produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett. And people say Hollywood is too incestuous.
The Smiths have been cultivating their showbiz dynasty for more than a decade now, ever since a four-year-old Jaden was cast in All Of Us, an autobiographical sitcom produced by his parents. (Layabout sibling Willow was a doddering six-year-old by the time her own acting career began). Still, »
- Charlie Lyne
★★☆☆☆ This latest installment in the post-Expendables renaissance of Sylvester Stallone ticks all the sorts of boxes you might expect from an action star old enough to draw a state pension: there are guns, there are girls, there are explosions, there are rippling, steroid-enhanced muscles, there's a dunderheaded plot of sorts, there's even a few choice one-liners. And yet, despite all these key elements dutifully present, Bullet to the Head (2012) rarely rises too far beyond mediocrity. Perhaps it's down to being lost in translation - the film is an adaptation of the French graphic novel Du plomb dans la tête, providing Stallone with the character name Jimmy Bobo.
Perhaps in French, the name Jimmy Bobo is tough and masculine, not absurd and cuddly as it is in English. Sadly, it's rather indicative of the film's wobbly disconnect with the hearty action vintage to which Stallone clearly aspires. Bobo (seriously, that really »
- CineVue UK
Paulette Goddard: An Ideal Husband and Paris Model on TCM Paulette Goddard height: Supposedly 5’4″. Paulette Goddard age: Well… Goddard would have turned 108 today. Or 103. Or 102. Or 98. It all depends on the source, though Goddard herself apparently — and not at all surprisingly — preferred the 1915 birth date, which would have made her 98 years old in 2013. Whether a centenarian or a nonagenarian, Paulette Goddard is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Day. TCM has already shown several Goddard movies, among them Charles Chaplin’s Modern Times and the Luise Rainer star vehicle Dramatic School, and it’s currently showing An Ideal Husband. (Picture: Paulette Goddard publicity shot, ca. 1940.) Made in England for London Films, An Ideal Husband (1947) was quite a prestigious production so as to justify the presence of a top Hollywood star in a British film. No less a figure than London Films founder Alexander Korda directed this movie adaptation of »
- Andre Soares
With Bullet to the Head Sylvester Stallone has done what his action movie compadre did recently with The Last Stand. He has reinvented himself, post-Expendables, in his own image. That is the action hero persona which thrived in the 80s, was tempered in the decade following as the unease surrounding the relentless violence inherent in the films grew, and then through an almost self-parodic journey ended with the battle royale supercast of The Expendables.
With Arnie’s The Last Stand and Stallone’s Bullet to the Head the action hero is back and what is refreshing is that the advancing years of the two stars is no barrier, indeed is in some way integral to the characters.
The two actors will forever be linked to several of their more prominent roles. Their names will immediately conjure up the actors in the various films; The Terminator, Rocky Balboa, Conan, John Rambo and so on. »
- Jon Lyus
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
Feature Simon Brew 31 May 2013 - 06:51
Earlier this year, two former giants of action cinema were hit with heavy, heavy blows. Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined brand new action films, in the shape of Bullet To The Head and The Last Stand respectively, and both failed dramatically at the box office
For Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand marked his first full leading role in a motion picture since Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines back in 2003. A sabbatical into the world of politics had taken nearly a decade out of his movie career, and this was when he was to be back to what made him a global megastar.
The problem was, the build-up to The Last Stand overlooked a few things. Firstly, that the movie had been »
An actor or filmmaker’s career is sure to have its ups and downs throughout. However, this can magnified when the talent is known for ground-breaking performances, in some of cinema’s most unforgettable masterpieces. Today, we’re celebrating the UK release of all-star romantic comedy, The Big Wedding, with a look back at some of the offerings of, arguably, the greatest living actor (although, Pacino will undoubtedly have something to say about that); two-time Academy Award-winner, Robert De Niro.
With an acting credit list of close to 100 films, we can’t look at them all, but we’ve focused on what we believe are Bob’s best, along with a few of his worst…
First coming to prevalence in Brian DePalma’s late 1960s cult trio Greetings, Hi Mom and The Wedding Party, before stand-out roles in gangster comedy, The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight, and baseball drama, »
- Craig Hunter
It's finally happening, "Arrested Development" fans. After seven years (and what's felt like a lifetime), Season 4 of the fan favorite comedy has finally arrived, and we couldn't be more excited. That's why we here at Zap2it couldn't wait a minute longer than necessary to watch the show's 15 new episodes.
Sure, series creator Mitch Hurwitz suggested against marathoning the new season, but what does he know? We decided to watch Season 4 in one sitting starting when it premiered at 12:01 a.m. Pt on May 26 because we already waited long enough for it, and we welcome you to check out our thoughts. Read our live blog below, and make sure you check out Zap2it's "Arrested Development" Rewatch of Seasons 1 through 3 as well.
11:30 p.m. - We're prepping for the new season by watching "Development Arrested," the final episode of Season 3. Also, this is about as themed as we get. »
Fight choreography videos are always cool to watch because you never truly appreciate the amount of work that goes into the final sequence you see on screen. Boxing movies are almost equally as captivating because you can't improvise the outcome. Every move has to have meaning and a result or the fight will look fake. So actors have to memorize round by round what they're going to do. It can really grill an actor both mentally and physically, especially when you're simultaneously directing the film. Watch this clip of Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers walking through a fight for Rocky!
- Mick Joest
Holy moly, this Exploitation Alley article is long overdue, as it’s been a month since the last one (sorry!). In anticipation of Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake coming out next month, I thought that I would revisit the original 1980 film and spend some time on it. So hold onto your scalps, and watch out for crazy Frank Zito, because he just might blow your head off..it’s time for Exploitation Alley!
Maniac follows Frank Zito, played brilliantly (and co-written) by the late Joe Spinell (Cruising, Rocky, The Godfather). Frank is an overweight, greasy looking guy who lives alone, and well…murders women (and sometimes men) and cuts the scalps off of said ladies to place on his mannequins, along with their wardrobe as well. Frank completely exudes a sketchy as hell demeanor but never quite takes it over the top, instead turns in a really subtle yet sometime erratic performance. »
Remember the RoboCop statue that fans funded through Kickstarter and is slated to be erected somewhere in Detroit? It's nearly finished. Via Screen Crush we have an update on the monument, which stands 10 feet tall and is almost complete, as you can see above. The idea of putting up statues of fictional movie characters has been met with controversy. The bronze likeness of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) made for the Rocky movies was originally denied permanent placement in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art because it was deemed a cheap and ugly prop rather than "art." And originally the idea of a RoboCop statue was publicly rejected by the mayor of Detroit. But there's no reason to dismiss these landmarks simply because they're...
- Christopher Campbell
Mumbai, May 13: Dev Goel, son of director Jyotin Goel, is set to make his debut as an actor and writer with comedy "Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke". He says he will be very happy if his debut film also becomes a hit just like the film "Rocky" proved for the Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone.
Stallone also made his debut as an actor and writer in Hollywood with the 1976-released film "Rocky". The film was a sleeper hit and even won three Oscars, including one for the best picture. It made Stallone a big star and went on to have five sequels.
All these five sequels were written by Stallone and also starred him.
"The only time when. »
- Lohit Reddy
Directed by Hal Needham
It’s going to take a lot more than skill for Cru Jones to conquer the toughest BMX challenge in the world. It’s going to take a miracle.
Rad, made three years after Nicole Kidman’s BMX Bandits, remains the most popular BMX film to date; which isn’t saying much since there have only been a handful of BMX films ever made. A product of the 80′s, Rad seems more interested in ramping up as much product placement as it could squeeze in, than in character development or plot – but longtime Stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham (Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run) does the best he can with the script given to him. In fact, Rad fits so well into Needham’s oeuvre that it’s no wonder he offers a stunning opening 8 minute BMX montage and »
- Ricky da Conceição
Veteran actor and all around badass Clive Owen (Sin City, Children Of Men) is set to co-star opposite Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth) in Survivor for director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, The Raven).
The film follows a State Department employee (Heigl) working at the American Embassy in London who loses her team in a bombing attack. After she is framed for a series of crimes for which she is innocent, she embarks on a desperate journey to clear her name and prevent an attack on New Year’s Eve. Production company Nu Image will present the film to prospective financiers at the Cannes Film Festival. Legendary producer/director Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Goodfellas) will produce the project.
Something about the pairing of Clive Owen and Katherine Heigl is very bothersome to me. In her relatively short career, Heigl’s reputation as something of an unappreciative and arrogant diva precedes her. »
- Damen Norton
Proving that no movie is safe from the musical treatment, “Rocky,” the Oscar-winning classic that made Sylvester Stallone a star, is set to make its Broadway debut. The new musical, produced by Stallone, premiered last year in Germany and will open on Broadway in February 2014. It follows the same story as the film, with struggling boxer Rocky Balboa taking on heavyweight champ Apollo Creed in a bout meant to prove Rocky's worth to the world, and himself. A trailer for the musical hit the web this week, featuring interviews with Stallone, director Alex Timbers, and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, and short clips of songs and scenes from the show. Apollo Creed dances to a disco number and Rocky sings that he must “make a new start” and “fight from the heart.” It all seems a bit cheesy, but the producers say that “Rocky” is a universal tale of love and inspiration. »
- Katie Roberts
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- Meghan Rooney
When Rocky looks for Adrian at the end of the first "Rocky," expect more gut-wrenching "Adriannnnnnnnnnn" in the broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning film. Presented by Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone, the show will begin performances on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater in February of 2014 according to THR.
The stage version's book is written by the Tony-winning Thomas Meehan ("The Producers," "Hairspray") and the music is composed by Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. The director is Alex Timbers with fight choreography by Steven Hoggett ("Once") and dance choreography by Kelly Devine ("Rock of Ages").
Here's what Stallone said about the Broadway production of his original story/screenplay, .I couldn.t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage." Stallone further said, .The story of Rocky was very much like my life »
You know what Broadway isn’t missing? Another musical based on a movie.
But it seems, asked for or not, the Great White Way will be getting yet another show based originally on a hit movie. Over the weekend, news broke that plans were in the works to adapt Rocky, based on the 1976 Sylvester Stallone-starring boxer classic. The cast hasn’t been announced, but the show had a well-received world premiere last fall in Germany (hopefully containing a dance at some point in the show to “Eye of the Tiger”). Some may remain skeptical, but the creative team, particularly »
- Erin Strecker
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Set to hit New York City in March 2014, the play sets out to do the same thing as the 1976 film did: "Bring to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed."
"I couldn't be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage," said Stallone, the original star and screenwriter of Rocky. "The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time -- starting out with nothing, having to fight for roles and recognition. So I put those »
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