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If you.re like MGM, you.ll agree that cinema just doesn.t have enough remakes of thinly veiled biopics that aren.t biopics. In that respect, you should be happy to know that their upcoming update of 1980.s The Idolmaker has landed a director with his own history of music-infused filmmaking. Footloose director Craig Brewer will stand at the helm for an all-star trio of producers: Justin Timberlake, Hawk Koch, who produced the original, and Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood. (Fun fact: Kirkwood also produced the remake-defying Uhf!) Even though it isn.t clear in Variety.s story in what capacity this remake is coming, Brewer is a strong choice for the job. He bumped a lot of car trunks with his 2005 breakout drama Hustle and Flow - a film that is infinitely rewatchable to me for some reason - and followed that up with the bluesy Southern drama Black »
The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
“The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox. »
- Dave McNary
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Will everyone with ringside tickets kindly rise and proceed to take your places.” A boxing ring, with a burly announcer at its center, is descending from the rafters of the Winter Garden Theatre. “Welcome to tonight’s heavyweight fight! Live from Philadelphia …” The actor is interrupted by raucous cheers and applause—though not for him. It’s ten days until the first preview of Rocky the musical, and a particularly complicated piece of technological razzmatazz has made its debut without a hitch. The orchestra of the Winter Garden—where the musical based on Sylvester Stallone’s iconic 1976 film will open on March 13—has been transformed into a kind of mission control. Half the seats are covered with tables, each a hub for the various departments—choreography, lighting, costume, set design, and on and on—involved in the tech rehearsals that lead up to previews. At the center table sits Alex Timbers, »
- Mary Kaye Schilling
Poor Leonardo DiCaprio is fast becoming known as much for his lack of Oscars, as he is his movies. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 – losing out to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) – and Best Actor in 2005 and 2007 – losing out to Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland) on those occasions – it’s an injustice to many that he’s never won one; Titanic sweeped eleven and he still didn’t collect one of his own.
The joke perhaps reached a peak last week, with “I want you more than an Oscar” memes featuring Leo circling in time for Valentine’s Day. DiCaprio’s not alone though; the history books are littered with the fantastic and the famous who have smashed box office records and captivated critics, but never picked up an Academy Award. It certainly hasn’t always been a reliable measurement for subtle »
- Mark White
Broadway’s New York Yankees love-fest Bronx Bombers, starring Peter Scolari as Yogi Berra, isn’t exactly pulling major-league numbers at the box office. In the first full week since its Feb. 6 opening, the new drama took in a measly $177,559, according to figures released by The Broadway League. That’s less than a quarter of the potential gross at Circle in the Square (one of Broadway’s smallest theaters) — and does not bode well for its future.
The biggest surprise this winter has been the season’s unlikeliest but very palpable hit(s): the Mark Rylance-led productions of »
- Thom Geier
Fans can revisit one of the most popular film franchises of all time with the Rocky Heavyweight Collection debuting on Blu-ray February 11. This set includes all six movies - Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V and Rocky Balboa - along with three hours of bonus features including "8 mm Home Movies of Rocky," a new featurette narrated by director John G. Avildsen. If you need to make this a part of your collection, you're in luck, because we have a giveaway lined up where fans can win copies of this Blu-ray set. You better act fast because these prizes will be gone in a heartbeat.
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Boxer Frank 'Wise Guy' Buglioni tallies the points and renders his verdict on the De Niro-Stallone comedy about two fighting rivals
Like most young boxers, I loved Rocky and Raging Bull. In fact, I've been a fan of Sylvester Stallone and Robert de Niro since I was a kid. So I enjoyed this film, in which they play two retired boxers who come back to fight each other one last time. It's nothing like Rocky and Raging Bull, though. It's a comedy, very tongue-in-cheek: as long as you don't go along expecting a serious film, it's actually pretty funny.
The concept of a "grudge match" between two former rivals is certainly feasible. Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn are a good example. Boxing does get personal, especially if there's a major title at stake. Two older fighters would still tend to be evenly matched, too: what you don't see is an »
- Laura Barnett
The Rocky: Heavyweight Blu-ray Collection hits 10th February and to mark the occasion, we got to sit down with acting legend Sylvester Stallone to discuss the franchise which spawned into 6 movies for the action hero.
He talks about the legacy which Rocky has left behind and what we can expect in this remastered version of his films.
It is challenging to sustain the power of a global brand for such a long period. What makes MGM’s 90th anniversary a great reason to celebrate?
Sylvester Stallone: The reason is that in this business, which is constantly morphing through every generation, that this one has been able to go 90 years, four Generations, and still has its A-Game in place. It continues to crank out films in this economically tough environment. »
- David Sztypuljak
To celebrate the release of the brand new Rocky Heavyweight Collection on Blu-ray and Limited Edition Steelbook on February 10th, we’ve teamed up with MGM & 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer you a chance to win a pair of tickets to an exclusive screening of Rocky in central London on Tuesday 11th February, followed by a Q&A with former Wba Heavyweight Champion David Haye, hosted by the brilliant talkSPORT pundit Steve Bunce.
You’ll want to go the distance with the Rocky Heavyweight Collection, featuring all six knockout Rocky films, so check out the trailer below and also the report from our evening with Sylvester Stallone last month:
For your chance to win that pair of tickets, all you need to do is follow us and Rt »
- Dan Bullock
Creator of the Steadicam [pictured] to receive festival’s Vision Award.
Garrett Brown, creator of the revolutionary Steadicam, will receive Locarno’s Vision Award.
The award distinguishes who, through their inspirations and technical knowledge, have left their mark on film history.
Brown created and perfected the Steadicam in the 1970s, revolutionising thinking about and the practice of cinematography. He won an Oscar in 1977 for its invention.
He now holds 50 patents for devices that include the Steadicam Merlin, a miniature version for camcorders, and numerous award-winning cameras for sporting events such as the wire-suspended Skycam.
Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian commented: “It is both an honour and a pleasure to welcome Garrett Brown to Locarno; he is one of those artists who has enabled cinema to make a giant step forward, and for reality to be explored in a new way.
“Both fluis and muscular, nimble and precise, his Steadicam has made its mark on the horizons of cinema »
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“Rule number three is the hardest,” Halsey says. “It has a lot to do with dealing with producers and directors about material. Telling the truth is hard.”
After getting a job in the mailroom at Warner Bros., Halsey eventually worked his way up and has served as an editor on numerous popular films, including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sister Act” and “Rocky.”
Halsey says one of the fondest memories of his editing career is working on location with his wife, Colleen.
“We were co-editors on ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ ” Halsey says. “We were on location in Florida at a place called Saddlebrook, which is a golf and tennis resort.”
The avid tennis player says playing the sport is also how he first got to know writer-director-actor Paul Mazursky.
“I invited him to »
- Andrea Seikaly
To a large majority of the female population, a couple of weeks ago I lived the ultimate dream: I was in a deluxe hotel room in Manhattan with Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller, to talk about their new romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment."
These are about the hottest young guys in the world right now, and I'm not just referring to the insane amount of attractiveness floating around that room, with each one of them about to embark in some really crazy, potentially world conquering projects -- Jordan is set to star in the "Rocky" spin-off "Creed," where he'll play Apollo Creed's son who gets trained by Rocky Balboa; Teller is set to appear in "Divergent," based on the best-selling young adult series; and Efron will co-star with Seth Rogen in "Neighbors," a movie whose trailer seemed to single-handedly break the Internet.
Not that being in a room with these guys, »
- Drew Taylor
Arriving on Blu-ray on February 11, 2014 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, this collection contains over three hours of bonus features including a new featurette “8mm Home Movies of Rocky” narrated by Director John Avildsen. Go the distance with this Rocky Heavyweight collection, featuring all six knockout Rocky films including the first film with a stunning new master. Sylvester Stallone stars in the greatest boxing saga of all time and triumphs as one of the most inspirational characters in cinematic history. Witness every epic, action-packed fight and unforgettable moment as Rocky strives for greatness through sheer determination against impossible odds. Rocky Heavyweight Collection Blu-ray Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1 Audio: Disc 1: English DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 »
- Pietro Filipponi
The 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards ceremony will take place on February 7 in Los Angeles. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Grudge Match, 2013.
Directed by Peter Segal.
A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.
There are plenty of must see movies coming out this year. To pick one out as the must see movie of this year would be tough. Of course Grudge Match would surely rank up high on the must see list… surely… no? Okay, maybe not but for those who were fans of either Rocky or Raging Bull, or both, this will be viewed (somewhat out of pure curiosity) as a film that needs to be watched. In this age of sequels, remakes and gimmicky films, Grudge Match in many regards manages to tick all three boxes. It’s almost an unofficial »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆The great 'who would beat who in their prime' filmic boxing debate has always been a popular discussion, an ultimate what-if scenario that almost always yields outlandish answers. One such set-up is that of Rocky vs. Raging Bull, and though the time to see them duke it out at their peak has long since passed, Peter Segal's Grudge Match (2014) - which pits Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, avatars of the aforementioned characters, as boxing rivals - is still an easy sell for the majority of pugilist-loving punters. It's an intermittently entertaining sports comedy, but for every punch it lands there are several which miss the mark.
- CineVue UK
Perception versus reality is a perpetual rivalry that comfortably overshadows the epic battles between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. With Sylvester Stallone hobbling back into the boxing arena for his latest effort Grudge Match, now seems a fitting time to reexamine Rocky, the movie that propelled him to stardom in 1976, scored 10 Oscar nominations and became firmly embedded within the tapestry of modern culture. But almost four decades on, can it still land a knockout blow?
When one thinks of Rocky, an array of iconic moments, sounds and feelings are instantly evoked. The triumphant theme music; the fists furiously pounding animal carcasses in the meat freezer; the training montage that sees the Italian Stallion run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and punch the air. Then there are the desperate cries of "Adriaaaan" after the climactic fight, which to this day continues to cause countless sore throats as »
Inside Llewyn Davis (15)
Bob Dylan hadn't written Like A Rolling Stone when this is set (New York, 1961), but Isaac's eponymous hero could almost be the inspiration. He's the archetypal drifter: a complete unknown with no direction home and little prospect of realising his folk-star dream, despite, or perhaps because of, his artistic integrity. The Coens let us know exactly how it feels. This is their most mature drama to date: subdued, sincere, bleakly funny, and as finely crafted as we've come to expect.
August: Osage County (15)
Heavy acting artillery is positioned for a full-on awards assault, with Streep's malign matriarch marshalling her fractured family for some mourning and bloodletting. »
- Steve Rose
Rocky vs Jake La Motta. I know what you’re thinking. Two of the most iconic boxing characters ever to hit the big screen (arguably Rocky is more iconic). It sounds awesome doesn’t it? It’d be like if Darth Vader turned up on the deck of the Enterprise and forced choked Kirk. Thankfully, Grudge Match hasn’t turned into the big cheese festival, that one might have imagined it had the potential to. However, you can’t help but think that’s Rocky in the ring. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, two retired boxers who, after beating each other back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, are convinced to do one final….Grudge Match. Grudge Match is a big surprise. A major surprise in fact. Expendables aside, Stallone hasn’t made a good movie for years and with very little exceptions in the last decade (at »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
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