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While the attention of most Cannes journalists was fixed on George Miller’s adrenaline-rush “Mad Max: Fury Road,” or trying to make sense of the fight sequences in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” (where rivals dance around a bit, bow and then walk off into the woods), a select group of people were having their minds blown by “Kung Fury,” a 30-minute homage to all things ’80s — from Chuck Norris to Cannon films, “Street Fighter” graphics to its synthesizer pop score. After premiering last Friday in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the short hits YouTube this Thursday, and the world will never be the same. Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. It Takes a Foreigner to Truly Appreciate the Insanity of American ’80s Entertainment
Writer-director David Sandberg was born in Sweden. “My family didn’t have cable when I grew up, so I missed out on a lot on the great television shows from the ’80s, »
- Peter Debruge
After "The Expendables 3" only managed to earn $206 million worldwide, the worst performance in the trilogy, it's unlikely that Lionsgate will want to move forward with a fourth film. But now comes word from Hulk Hogan that Sylvester Stallone is working on "The Expendables 4" and wants Hogan to play the villain. "We're trying to figure out a way to maybe turn me into the most evil man in the world," Hogan explained. "Stallone gave me my first break and he's been a great friend. We had a great conversation, talking about the possibilities. Can I still run, can I still jump? Well, not as fast or not as high, but I think Hollywood could find a good stunt man to help me out." The "first break" that Hogan referenced is his feature film debut in Stallone's "Rocky 3," which resulted in a decent acting career. Hogan and Stallone have been »
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
Could a Rocky Balboa shared cinematic universe be on the cards?
We already know that Sylvester Stallone is set to return to the role of the Italian Stallion as mentor to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis (son of Apollo) Creed in Ryan Coogler’s upcoming Creed, and now TotalRocky has word that an Ivan Drago spin-off could be in the works.
The site reports that a screenplay entitled Drago has been filed with the U.S. copyright office, which is based upon Rocky’s nemesis in the 1985 sequel Rocky IV, played by Dolph Lundgren. Based upon an earlier script entitled Communist Boxing Redemption Movie, the new version would see Ivan Dragon fighting his way through prison en route to a confrontation with world heavyweight champion Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon (played by Antonio Tarver in Rocky Balboa) in order to save his mafia boss brother.
The script for Drago has been penned by Andrew LeMay, »
- Gary Collinson
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. At a certain point, you cannot think of one without the other. Action icons of the 80s, they are as synonymous with 80spop culture as the side ponytail, hair metal and New Coke. For action fans they are yin and yang, the flip sides of the same sweaty bicep. While they bear some superficial similarities, their star personas are actually quite different.
Stallone - The Underdog
Though he boasts a bulky physique comparable to the former Mr Universe, the essence of Stallone’s appeal is that he is inherently an underdog — this is why he is perfect for Rocky Balboa, and miscast in Cobra and Judge Dredd. »
Dolph Lundgren hasn’t enjoyed the same continued prominence as many of his equally hulking, stone-jawed peers – unlike Arnie, who has a new Terminator out this summer, or Sylvester Stallone, who’ll play Rocky again for fall spinoff Creed, the towering Swede has been contained to bargain-bin fare and occasional cameos in The Expendables. And though no one is contesting his ability to throw a punch, Lundgren still hasn’t had his True Lies moment, so to speak.
I wish I could report that Skin Trade was that watershed for the actor, that perfect part to elevate him from man-mountain to dramatic heavyweight – but it’s just not the case. As vengeful New Jersey cop Nick Cassidy, Lundgren is working well within his wheelhouse, and the ease with which the performer manages his dialogue speaks to how standard a part Skin Trade gives him. That shouldn’t come as a surprise – after all, »
- Isaac Feldberg
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
It was Romania, and the year was 1985. A population frightened into submission by secret police and round the clock surveillance under the dictatorial thumb of communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu were unable to act towards their own freedom, or show any act of defiance. But into this dark time came a hero: Chuck Norris. Well, sort of. Ok, not really.
The title of Chuck Norris vs Communism is misleading. It suggests that the 80s action star of such hits as Missing in Action, The Delta Force and Lone Wolf McQuade brought down the Iron Curtain. That may not be true exactly, but it wouldn’t be untruthful to say that Norris didn’t do his part just by being there. In video cassette form.
It’s easy to forget now that with entire film libraries are as close as an internet connection and a Netflix account just how revolutionary home video »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Opening on November 25, 2015 comes the new film Creed. The film explores a new chapter in the Rocky story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
The films will be playing for one night at the B&B Wildwood 10! Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.
Rocky (1976) Synopsis:
- Movie Geeks
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
Michael B. Jordan is ''ripped'' for his role in the 'Rocky' sequel 'Creed'. The 28-year-old actor has been cast as Adonis Johnson Creed - the grandson of Rocky's most famous opponent and friend Apollo Creed, who was played by Carl Weathers in previous films in the franchise - and is in fight-ready shape for the role, according to world renowned boxing announcer Michael Buffer. The announcer - who also stars in the film - told the New York Post newspaper: ''He could get in the ring today and hold his own against anyone.'' Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that scenes for the much -anticipated new film are to be shot in the UK. Training scenes for the film - which will see Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as legendary fighter Rocky Balboa for a seventh time - will be shot in London after bosses »
You’ve got to give it to Warner Bros., they don’t mess around. Not content to bring out the stars from a couple of its biggest upcoming hits, the studio managed to corral the leads from almost all the films on its slate, parading A-listers through the Caesar’s Palace Colosseum like so many cocktail waitresses. But among all the many exciting properties on display, the one that most impressed was a first look at the MGM co-produced Creed, Ryan Coogler’s Rocky spin-of.Walking on stage accompanied by stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, Coogler described how this very personal film sprang from his relationship with his own father. Starring Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of Carl Weathers’ Apollo, who died fighting Ivan Danko (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV, the film is the story of a boy born into boxing royalty but who wants to earn his »
Viewers in the UK who woke up thinking “Did I really see Sylvester Stallone in an ad for Warburtons bread last night?” may be reassured to know Sly is still working the day job. His Instagram account has played host to a production still of him in action with Michael B. Jordan for upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed. Here’s the pic:
The plot sees Jordan as the son – named Adonis! – of Carl Weathers’ legendary opponent track down his late father’s old sparring partner Rocky Balboa (Stallone) so he can be trained up as slugger par excellence. As you may remember Weathers exited the franchise during part IV back in the mid-Eighties, when a fledgling Dolph Lundgren beat him to a fatal pulp.
- Steve Palace
There have been a couple of pictures out in the world from Ryan Coogler’s Rocky spin-off Creed, but this must be considered the... um... money shot? Point your eyes towards the image above of Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan training in the boxing ring.Written by Coogler and Aaron Covington, Creed follows the exploits of Adonis Creed (Jordan), the grandson of Apollo, who met a bloody, fist-driven death at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. While Adonis never knew his grandfather, he feels the fire of the boxer coursing through his veins and heads to Philadelphia to seek out Rocky Balboa (Stallone).Hoping that Rocky will train him, Adonis battles through the older fighter’s insistence that he’s out of the game, and Rocky sees the strength and determination of his fierce rival and, later, closet friend in the young man. Reluctantly agreeing to help him out, »
Sylvester Stallone has given “Rocky” fans the first look at upcoming spinoff “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan. The photo shows Stallone in character as Rocky Balboa training the grandson of his fellow boxing alumnus, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who was permanently knocked out by Russian boxer Ivan Drago during an exhibition match in “Rocky IV.” “Creed,” which is currently shooting in Philadelphia, is being directed by Ryan Coogler, who caught Hollywood’s eye in 2013 when he wrote and directed “Fruitvale Station.” Jordan played the lead role in the film, which was based on the real-life story of Oscar Grant, who was. »
- Greg Gilman
Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan re-team for boxing drama "Creed," after winning much acclaim for their first pairing, "Fruitvale Station," in 2013. The "Rocky" spin-off, which also co-stars the original Rocky, Sylvester Stallone, as well as Tessa Thompson, will see Rocky Balboa acting as a trainer and mentor to the son of one of his previous opponents, Apollo Creed, as he preps to follow in his father's footsteps in the ring. All eyes will probably be very interested in seeing what Coogler does next, so I anticipate that this won't be a project lacking in press and critical attention when it's released in November. The month of its release »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The photo, which Stallone shared on Instagram, features the actor alongside "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan, who plays Adonis Johnson, the son of the late "Rocky" favorite Apollo Creed. "Creed" focuses on Adonis's quest to become a heavyweight champion, just like the father who died before he was born.
Get ready to go for it!
A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Apr 12, 2015 at 10:51am Pdt
In "Creed," Adonis travels to Philadelphia to seek out Rocky for guidance and help training. That's purportedly what's happening in the photo that Stallone shared, though we question Rocky's choice to wear a fedora in the ring.
- Katie Roberts
Michael B. Jordan is quickly moving up the ranks of Hollywood's elite, and his next two movies might take him to the next level. Following the Fantastic Four, he's starring in the Rocky franchise's spinoff, Creed. He's playing Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky's former rival, Apollo, who - spoiler alert - died in Rocky IV. We don't have a ton of details about the plot of the film, but we do have the first picture from the movie. It's nice to see Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is back and training Adonis. Might we expect to see some shirtless pictures of Jordan's bulked-up body soon? Let's hope so. The movie is due out on Nov. 25! Get ready to go for it! A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Apr 12, 2015 at 10:51am Pdt »
Michael B. Jordan is stepping into the ring! Jordan's co-star Sylvester Stallone took to his Instagram page yesterday to share the first photo of the 28-year-old boxing in his upcoming movie Creed, a spinoff from the Rocky franchise. "Get ready to go for it!" the 68-year-old acting legend captioned the pic. The action shot shows Jordan and his character Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky Balboa's rival-turned-friend Apollo. Jordan looks ready to rumble as he stands with clenched fists in the ring dressed in black and white sporting gear. Meanwhile, Stallone coaches him on some punching moves from the side. Creed will be Stallone's seventh film in the Rocky franchise and his latest since »
Hugo Boss is out ... Nike is in -- at least that's the way it seems when it comes to the "Rocky" franchise ... with Apollo Creed's grandson decked out in Swoosh gear on the set of the upcoming "Creed" movie. But get this -- there's no official sponsorship deal in play ... it's as simple as Nike sent over a bunch of free stuff to the set and essentially said, "Feel free to use this in your new movie. »
- TMZ Staff
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