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How can you put Sylvester Stallone in the same sentence with Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles? Rocky. The film that made him only the third person to be nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay in the same year. The stories are legend; a young unknown actor who nobody trusted to carry a film peddling one of the greatest underdog scripts every written with pennies left in the bank as he held out for his big shot. Producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff could greenlight a film and took a chance, while the Steadicam proved itself the future of cinematic motion, capturing a character race up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps from obscurity to icon. Here, with the first of the series newly remastered, are all six movies on Blu-Ray for the first time. Yo Adrian!
- Kyle North
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
Though he has six Rocky movies and a new Broadway musical under his belt, Sylvester Stallone nearly missed out on the role as the Italian Stallion. Stallone told Today in a segment that aired Tuesday morning that though he was the writer who owned the rights to the boxing story, studio heads were instead eyeing Burt Reynolds, James Caan or Ryan O'Neal for the ring. Theater Review: Rocky "They wanted every celebrated actor at the time," he said. "And big-name directors. When they found out I wanted to be involved, they scattered, ran for the hills." He
- Ashley Lee
The name director Ted Kotcheff may not be as instantly recognisable as some of his filmmaker contemporaries, but a fertile creative period during the 70s and 80s saw him craft a number of well-received films across a variety of genres – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (which launched the career of a young, pre-Jaws Richard Dreyfuss), the original Fun with Dick and Jane, North Dallas Forty, Switching Channels and Weekend at Bernie’s.
Arguably, he’s best known for bringing the iconic character of John Rambo into the world with the 1982 ‘Nam-scarred survivalist classic First Blood, but another underappreciated film from his CV is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. 1971’s Wake in Fright was an early addition to the Australian New Wave cinema movement, and remains a vivid and disturbing depiction of the country’s hard-drinking, fiercely masculine subculture of that era. We talked to Kotcheff earlier this month »
- Adam Lowes
Rocky Winter Garden Theatre, NYC
Turning successful motion pictures into Broadway musicals has become the norm in recent years. Whether the iconic 1976 Sylvester Stallone film, Rocky, was a movie that cried out for a musical adaptation is open to question. But, Rocky has arrived on Broadway and, somewhat like its title character, the musical has a bit of a bumpy road but is triumphant in the end. Rocky, of course, tells the story of the small time, well meaning Philadelphia boxer, Rocky Balboa, his romance with meek girl friend Adrian, and his improbable chance to fight for the heavyweight championship.
Some top Broadway professionals have brought Rocky to the stage. The book is written by Stallone along with Thomas Meehan, the three time Tony Award winner, who wrote Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray, and many more Broadway musicals. The score comes from lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, who »
- James Miller
Most aging movie stars today seem content on doing sequels to their long ago hits. Sylvester Stallone with further installments of Rocky and Rambo, Bruce Willis with Die Hard, Harrison Ford with Indiana Jones (especially now that certain rumors have been denied), everyone who’ll be returning for the next Star Wars installment. And Arnold Schwarzenegger might be joining them, given that there’s talk of him returning to the Terminator, Conan and Twins properties. But aside from the Terminator franchise, he has never been one for sequels (I don’t count his Expendables work yet, as they’re not really his movies), and even with that series he basically opted out of the last one, although part of the reason was because he was busy with his new career as Governor of California. Now that he’s back in the action, there’s been an easy inclination to compare his new movies to his old. It »
- Christopher Campbell
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. That’s certainly the case in Rob the Mob, Raymond De Felitta’s jaunty, disarmingly human crime caper about Tommy and Rosemarie Uva, a real Queens couple who brazenly stuck up social clubs habited by members of two major New York crime families, and got away with it – until they didn’t.
When we first meet Tommy and Rosie, they’re embarking on an ill-advised robbery, one which will land Tommy in prison for 18 months. Immediately, the motivations behind their life of crime are clear; of course, the financial incentive is there, but there’s a heated romantic spark driving their activities forward as well. So crazy in love that they feel invincible, the two lovebirds instinctively feel that the world is theirs for the taking.
Once Tommy’s out, it’s not long before the two are scheming again, despite Rosie’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Are you ready for another unlikely pairing for the latest feature on our Fearnet web series here known as 'The Vault?' Of course you are! This week, we've got actors Samm Levine ('Inglourious Basterds') and Amber Benson ('Buffy The Vampire Slayer') providing commentary for William Lustig's "slasher" cult classic 'Maniac,' starring the late, great Joe Spinell.
You may be familiar with the recent remake starring Elijah Wood (currently streaming over on Netflix Instant), but check out the film that not only inspired that film, but that kicked off a slew of "slasher"imitators in the early 80's! This is the first official directing credit for Bill Lustig who would go on to give us the 'Maniac Cop' and 'Relentless' franchises and it stars character actor Joe Spinell ('The Godfather,' 'Rocky') in a genre defining role as the sympatheitc and troubled Frank Zito, »
- Rob Galluzzo
Feature Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2014 - 06:21
The 1977 docu-drama Pumping Iron launched Schwarzenegger's career, and led to an era of fitness obsession and action heroes, Ryan writes...
In February 1976, the Whitney Museum in New York played host to a highly unusual exhibit: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clad in little more than a tiny pair of brown briefs, posing like a Greek statue on a rotating platform. Around him, some of the Manhattan art scene's most famous critics sat and pontificated.
Called Articulate Muscle: The Male Body In Art, the exhibition included two fellow Mr Universe bodybuilders, Frank Zane and Ed Corney, plus a panel of artists and historians, who discussed the notion of "the body itself as an art medium". The event was inspired and organised by Charles Gaines, a former weight lifter and author of the book Pumping Iron, a candid and in-depth account of bodybuilding with photographs by George Butler.
Originally expected to attract around 300 visitors, »
London, Mar.15: Rocky The Musical has finally made its debut on Broadway, with technical wizardry triumphing over 'non-descript' music.
David Rooney wrote in The Hollywood Reporter that the finale fight was so visceral and exhilarating that it sent the audience out on a high.
Rooney added that if marketed successfully, Rocky could become for boys and their dads what 'Wicked' is to the girl contingent.
- Amith Ostwal
Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. [...] »
Good genes run in the Stallone family!Sylvester Stallone stepped out with his wife Jennifer Flavin and their three daughters at the opening night of "Rocky on Broadway" -- and his girls are so beautiful.The 67-year-old actor looked happy to have all of his ladies on his arms. The two-time Oscar nominee once revealed his daughters -- Sophia, 16, Sistine, 14, and Scarlet, 11 -- often get embarrassed by him. "When I give them advice they say, 'Why would I listen to you?' I say, 'Look at the house you’re living in and look at the school you're going to – I must know something!'" Stallone told ShortList last year."'Yeah, but you don't know about modern stuff, Dad – and you’re not as funny as you think you are,'" he added. "In the movies, I kill guys with an axe. In real life, I can't control a 10-year-old girl. »
- tooFab Staff
We give our verdict in a first-look review of Sylvester Stallone's classic boxing tale adapted for stage
Boxing is a fine subject for the stage. As Frank Bruno has contended, the sport is "show business with blood". This musical, which began its run in Hamburg under the inexplicably amusing title Rocky das Musical, deviates little from Sylvester Stallone's 1976 film. Rocky Balboa (Andy Karl), a third-rate club fighter, woos a timid pet-shop clerk (Margo Seibert), then steps into the ring against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (Terence Archie, charisma personified). Rocky loses the fight, but he gets the girl, the cheque and the feeling of self-worth.
Karl proves himself to be the bravest actor on Broadway, absorbing dozens of punches and singing a plaintive solo to a pair of pet turtles. At the top of the second act, »
- Alexis Soloski
Odd List Ryan Lambie 17 Mar 2014 - 06:02
In his blockbuster movies, Tom Cruise likes to ride motorcycles and run with his fingers outstretched. Jean-Claude Van Damme likes to wear tight lycra and do the splits a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to make that sort of guttural "graargh" noise when he gets into fights.
Sylvester Stallone, on the other hand, has his own set of interests and habits. He likes to fire machine guns one-handed, scream while flying helicopters, and making a "hurgh!" noise when he does something athletic. Also, he has a tendency to star in films that involve prisons.
Now, admittedly, Stallone's appeared in lots of films where there's no sign of jail cells, sadistic prison wardens or metal trays with hideous food piled up on them. But then again, he has appeared in these. »
New York – "Nobody leaves the theater humming the scenery." That old Broadway wisecrack, often attributed to Richard Rodgers, implies that no amount of eye-popping visuals in a show can overcome an unmemorable score. Rocky may be the exception. While the songs in this musicalization of the career-making 1976 Sylvester Stallone movie come and go without leaving much of an impression, the stage magic that director Alex Timbers and set designer Christopher Barreca work with the finale fight is so visceral and exhilarating that it sends the audience out on a high. Of course, having an indestructible
- David Rooney
Allow us to ruin your dinner, America. Wednesday night's episode of “Late Show With David Letterman” features a rather foul little display, with host Letterman, “Rocky” star Sylvester Stallone and “Divergent” actor Theo James chugging raw eggs for no other apparent reason than to test their gag reflexes. See video: David Letterman Doesn't Know If It's Ok to Talk About ‘House of Cards’ Premiere Spoilers Either “All day long, we've been discussing, ‘Will we eat raw eggs, or will we not eat raw eggs?'” Letterman told the audience. “I said, ‘I'm not eating raw eggs, I don't want salmonella. »
- Tim Kenneally
Rocky is likely to be a Broadway success – so which of Sly's other films deserve the song and dance treatment?
Rocky is far from the first movie to be turned into a Broadway musical, but it might be the most unexpected. Ever since Sylvester Stallone and the Klitschko brothers announced their plan to inject Stallone's plucky underdog story with the requisite razzle-dazzle to make it fly on stage, the project has piqued curiosity like little else.
If the musical turns out to be a hit – and, judging by the superlative reviews it received when it debuted in Germany two years ago, it's likely – then the next step is already painfully obvious. Sylvester Stallone is a man who made five separate sequels to Rocky. The idea of restraint is completely alien to him. If people go and see a Rocky musical, he's bound to flood the market with musicals based on his other films. »
- Stuart Heritage
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
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